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November 3, 2020
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Thanksgiving To Go 2020

Thanksgiving 2020

This might be the year that calls for turkey take-out. If you’ve got just a few at your Thanksgiving table, is it really worth cooking the whole megilla? Here’s where to get yours.

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Grass & Bone, Mystic: Let Grass & Bone do the heavy lifting this year. Order and roast your own local Ekonk Hill Turkey, and choose your sides and desserts including Grass & Bone’s famous Tur-Duck-En stuffing, scalloped or roasted potatoes, nana’s cranberry sauce, gravy and cinnamon streusel apple crisp. Pick up in Mystic or grab your delivery in Old Lyme on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1:45.

Coffee’s Country Market, Old Lyme:  Thanksgiving Dinner for 10–12 is $325.00 and includes an 18 lb brined & herb-rubbed turkey, with 2 quarts of homemade gravy, cranberry walnut chutney, 3 quarts of butternut bisque soup, your choice of four sides, choice of stuffing, a Mile-High apple pie & a pumpkin pie. DONE!

The Essex is whipping up holiday dinners for four for $135 including local roasted turkey with fresh sage, rosemary, mushroom and brioche stuffing plus pumpkin bisque, chopped salad, mashed potato, sweet potato gratin, crispy brussels, green bean casserole, brioche rolls, and a pumpkin pie. Even better, for a $10 donation, a full turkey dinner is donated to Shoreline Soup Kitchens.

Water’s Edge Resort, Westbrook: All the classics are on the menu at Water’s Edge; get takeout for two for $79 and up to 8 for $325, including roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, maple sweet potatoes, traditional stuffing, sautéed green beans, wild rice salad, freshly baked rolls and pumpkin pie.

Fresh Salt, Old Saybrook: Traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings and bakeshop specialties available for curbside pickup or delivery. Plus baked stuffed clams, seared crab cakes and shrimp cocktail. Orders must be received by November 22nd (860)388-1111

Simon’s Marketplace: Order everything you need from Shrimp Cocktail to the turkey from Simon’s. See the menu here or call 860-526-8984.

La Belle Aurore, Niantic: Go farm-to-table here with locally grown vegetables for sides, soups, appetizers (butternut squash and pomegranate crostini, anyone?), stunning pies, and more.

Bar Bouchee, Madison: Celebrate Bar Bouchée “Prêt à manger” in the comfort of your home. $49.50 per person includes celeriac and chestnut soup, roasted natural turkey, mushroom and sausage stuffing, potato gratin, Brussels sprouts, cranberry sauce, truffle sauce, apple-pecan pie, rolls and butter. – Order by phone any day after 3:00 pm. 203-318-8004. Order must be placed before Monday November 23rd . – Pickup Wednesday November 25th between 2:00 and 6:00 pm

The Marketplace at Guilford Food Center: This hybrid grocery-café-caterer is offering up Bell & Evans, Plainville or Gozzi’s turkey which you can buy either brined (and you roast) or roasted for you. All the classic sides and pies are available here, plus gluten-free options and if you’re dining solo, individual dinners are ready to go too.

Gourmet Galley Catering, Stonington: Dinner delivered! Order the full feast for eight for only $165, or pick and choose among appetizers, sides and the bird a la carte.

Mystic Market, Old Saybrook & Mystic: You can order turkey and the fixings for two to twenty here, or put together a bountiful feast from their a la carte menu (spiced apple-cider glazed carrots, Italian sausage and fennel stuffing), or just get your gozzi turkey and have them roast it up.

Old Lyme Inn is offering a seven-course feast to go for two, four or six people, including pumpkin soup, field green salad, roasted turkey breast, mashed potatoes, sausage and apple stuffing, green beans, condiments and pie, of course.

Pasta Vita, Old Saybrook: Turkey breast, wild mushroom soup, pumpkin cheesecake and classic sides plus all the Italian favorites Pasta Vita is famous for (seven choices of lasagna, eggplant rollatini).

White Gate Farm, East Lyme:  Reserve one of White Gate’s organic, pasture-raised turkeys before they sell out. Farm fresh pies and sides including raw cranberry sauce and roasted roots and mushrooms, sausage or vegan stuffing and mashed potatoes available, too.

Flanders Fish Market, East Lyme:  Truffled mashed potatoes, gougeres and Donna’s famous hot crab dip are included in this complete feast for 4 to 6 at $150.

Cooking Company, Killingworth & Haddam: Thanksgiving menu not available at press time, but check the website.

Walt’s Food Market:  Something is done right at this shoreline institution where over 1,000 pounds of Walt’s housemade gravy is sold each year. Available for pre-order every year are Waybest turkeys between 10-28 pounds. Not inclined to roast a whole bird? Order any combination of parts or even complete dinners, with comforting sides you’d expect like Mashed Potatoes, Corn Bread Stuffing, and Whole Cranberry Sauce. Call Walt’s at 860.388.3308 to place your order.

The Food Crate: Have your entire holiday dinner cooked and delivered, including a citrus roasted turkey, traditional stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, potato Au Gratin, cream of spinach, sweet potato soufflé and while mushroom ricotta strata! Visit for more.


Get Your Turkey:

Gozzi’s Turkey Farm, Guilford: Famous for their Day-Glo dyed turkeys, though some of us find the display at the farm a little disconcerting. Nevertheless, their prized broad-breasted Gozzi Whites have been a favorite on the Shoreline for generations. Call 203.453.2771 to reserve your bird.

Cliff’s Quality Meats in Essex provides an all-natural bird. Order it up oven-ready with their signature sausage and bread crumb stuffing and a quart of house gravy or surprise your family with one of Cliff’s smoked turkey breasts and house-made kielbasa to skip the cooking altogether. Call 860.767.1539 anytime to place your order, while supplies last.

Shoreline Prime, Branford:  I believe this might be the only place to purchase a Turducken on the Shoreline (deboned chicken stuffed into a deboned duck, stuffed into a deboned turkey) for your feast this year.

Walt’sin Old Saybrook has Waybest Turkeys this year, in addition to all of the yummy sides and gravy above.

White Gate Farm: See above.

Thanksgiving Pies


A Few Favorite Bakeries:

If you’ve got the cooking covered but just need a few desserts, here are our go-tos:

Bishop’s Orchards: Five kinds of apple pie plus pecan, pumpkin and their famous cream pies, this is the Shoreline destination for Thanksgiving pie. Even find a selection of no-sugar pies.

Sift Bakery, Mystic: Pumpkin white chocolate cheesecake? Yes please.

Savour Cafe, Essex: Pumpkin Roulade with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

White Gate Farm, East Lyme

Cooking Company, Killingworth and Haddam

Pursuit of Pastry, Old Saybrook

Hadlyme Country Market, Hadlyme.

Dagmar’s Desserts, Old Saybrook: Apple Strudel, Pear Galette, Pumpkin Tart and more on the Thanksgiving menu.

Zest Fresh Pastry, Stonington: Pumpkin Meringue, Sweet Potato Pecan Pie, plus all the classics here.

Hen + Heifer: Pumpkin cheesecake, Paris Brest, Salted Caramel Cream Puffs are just a few options at this classic French bakery. . Visit Hen + Heifer’s Facebook page.

Four & Twenty Blackbirds, Guilford: Keep an eye on their facebook page for this beloved bakery, now a pop-up.

Simon’s Marketplace: This year Simon’s is offering pies, cookies, and of course — Salty Baguettes!

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