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    We're thinking of going the 'turkey-to-go' route this year instead of cooking our own bird. Has anyone tried any of the many hotels/restaurants, etc, which offer the 'turkeys-to-go'? Opinions on the good and bad if you've experienced any. Thanks in advance!

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    We've bought from Safeway for the past seven/eight years for both T-Day and Christmas. Easy, relatively cheap ($40 or so) and good. We augment with sweet potatos, peas, and jellied cranberry sauce (it comes with cranberry, but it's got fruit and whole berries, and too many of us are stuck on the kind we grew up with).

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    Quote Originally Posted by wifeofchrees
    We're thinking of going the 'turkey-to-go' route this year instead of cooking our own bird. Has anyone tried any of the many hotels/restaurants, etc, which offer the 'turkeys-to-go'? Opinions on the good and bad if you've experienced any. Thanks in advance!
    Yuppers. Last year.

    PACIFIC BEACH HOTEL to be exact.

    You basically call in your order by phone and pay by credit card. The meal we ordered costed $70 in advance, which feeds up to 6 people. It included a fully cooked turkey and all the fixinz in a gourmet style preparation.... like Li Hing Mui Cranberry Sauce. Yummy!

    Everything is prepared the morning of Thanksgiving and stored in a refrigerated "Matson" container in the back access driveway of the hotel. You drive up, give them your name, and they give you a box full of the stuff.

    You take it home and reheat everything as directed on the included insructions.

    PBH did a FANTASTIC job. The turkey was moist and all the gourmet style fixinz tasted like it was home-made. Winnah!

    If you don't feel like cooking (or cleaning up a messy kitchen), ready-to-eat TG dinners are the only way to go.

    My friend tried Safeway's and also had good things to say.

    Also heard good reviews about Zippy's Turkey Dinners-to-go.

    Or, if it's only two of you, just buy Swanson's Turkey and Gravy TV Dinner for just about $4.00 each. Nothing wrong with that!
    Last edited by Pomai; November 5th, 2005 at 03:30 PM. Reason: Swanson

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    I do the Sack 'n Save/Foodland full turkey dinner every year for Christmas...includes turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, dinner rolls and a pumpkin pie...for approx. $40. and it feeds 8-10. It truly is excellent. I add a salad and veggie.

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    Since Safeway got good reviews, that'll be our choice. There's a store about 1/2 mile down the road from us. Thanks all!

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    Paid $50 for our 25lb turkey last Thanksgiving from our local Shaws. It also came with gravy, potatoes, squash, macaroni salad and dinner rolls.
    Lovena

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    I tried Foodland one year and I didn't like it too much. Everything came in packages. I like a nice juicy roasted taste than some cold cut freezer section taste for thanksgiving turkey.

    A place you may try is Molly's Smokehouse. Molly gets slammed with Turkey orders but your turkey will get to you roasted and warm, kinda like how a turkey comes out of the oven when you cook it .

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    Default Turkey-To-Go Heat & Serve Meals

    HYATT REGENCY WAIKIKI
    Turkey-To-Go
    Whole Roasted Butterball Turkey, 10-12 lbs.
    Chestnut & Sage Dressing (stuffing),
    Home-made Mashed Potatoes
    Corn Chowder
    Giblet Gravy
    Buttered Corn
    Rolls
    Cranberry Relish
    Candied Yams
    Pumpkin Pie
    72.00
    (808) 528-6066
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    TIMES SUPERMARKET/HILTON HAWAIIAN VILLAGE
    Turkey-To-Go
    Whole Roasted Turkey, 12-14 lbs.
    Dressing (stuffing)
    Real Mashed Potatoes
    Traditional Turkey Gravy
    Cranberry Relish
    Bouchon Dinner Rolls, 10 ea.
    Times Homemade Pumpkin Pie
    64.00
    Call nearest Times location
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    ZIPPY'S
    Whole Turkey Package
    Whole Roast Turkey, 8-10 lbs.
    Stuffing, 4 lbs.
    Real Mashed Potatoes, 4 lbs.
    Poultry Gravy, 4 lbs.
    Cranberry/Pineapple Relish, 1 lb.
    Sweet Dinner Rolls, 1 dozen
    56.95
    (808) 973-0880
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    SAFEWAY
    Turkey Dinner
    Full cooked Turkey, 10-12 lbs.
    Homestyle Bread Stuffing, 2 lbs.
    Creamy Mashed Potatoes, 3 lbs.
    Homestyle Turkey Gravy, 24 oz.
    Holiday Cranberry Sauce, 15 oz.
    Dinner Rolls, 1 dozen
    Pumkin Pie, 30 oz.
    CLUB PRICE
    37.99
    Call nearest location
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    Note: These were the only four T-T-G specials advertised in this Sunday's Honolulu papers. Pacific Beach Hotel - our choice from last year - was already sold out. So we placed our order with The Hyatt. A Catered Experience, an entity of Zippy's was offering basically the same thing for about $20 more, so it wasn't listed. Serving sizes vary based on weight of Turkey. Quantities are limited at most places, so hurry if you want yours reserved. There's quite a few restaurants advertising Dine-In Turkey dinners, which is another good option. Hope this helps.
    Last edited by Pomai; November 13th, 2005 at 11:46 AM. Reason: Added Times/HHV

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    Slightly OT but still in the turkey day mode, has anyone seen whole turkey breast for sale? I'm looking around our neighborhood stores (admittedly Pearl City is not a nirvana of grocery choices, other than Japanese specialities) and no one has any. I will drive to buy if anyone can point me in the right direction. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by saigonwarrior
    I tried Foodland one year and I didn't like it too much. Everything came in packages. I like a nice juicy roasted taste than some cold cut freezer section taste for thanksgiving turkey.
    [...]
    Sorry to hear you had a not-so-good experience. I assume, right or wrong , that the TTG dinners for all of the Foodlands and Sack 'n Saves come from the same place. Yes, everything does come in packages with a complete set of instructions for reheating. We did not experience the 'cold cut' taste at all and found the turkey wonderfully moist, juicy and tasty. One of my guests is a very, very finnicky eater...to the point that I don't invite them for dinner anymore! And, I'm not a bad cook, either! He loved the turkey and everything else . Ya coulda knocked me over with a feather!

    At least there are lots of choices for those who don't want to go to all of the work...and several price options.

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    We found fresh whole turkey breasts at the Foodland on Beretania. They are also selling half turkeys and legs only for those looking for something smaller than a whole turkey. The cost for the turkey breast was just over $4/lb.

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    has anyone seen whole turkey breast for sale?
    I'm headed for Safeway Waimalu in an hour or so; I'll look for whole Turkey bird breasts and come back to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Linkmeister
    I'm headed for Safeway Waimalu in an hour or so; I'll look for whole Turkey bird breasts and come back to you.
    I have returned! Safeway has 'em in what appears to be 3-4 lb. size at $1.79/lb, although that may be the Safeway Club price. If so, I think it's $1.99/lb for non-members.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Linkmeister
    I have returned! Safeway has 'em in what appears to be 3-4 lb. size at $1.79/lb, although that may be the Safeway Club price. If so, I think it's $1.99/lb for non-members.
    Thanks Linkmeister!Excellent news. I'm heading out now to the Waimalu store. BTW, the cost at Foodland Beretania was $2.59/lb not $4. Can't beat the Safeway price though and avoiding a trip to town - that's priceless!

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    Middle freezer aisle, bottom shelf.

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    We did the to-go turkey dinner package from Molly's Smokehouse in Wahiawa. It's among my wife's favorite restaurants, and to get a thanksgiving dinner with a southern twist (collard greens!) was appealing.

    As Saigonwarrior hinted above, though, they were quite slammed, and definitely had problems coordinating things. Folks were missing dishes, items were running out, Molly was presiding over a staff that got easily flustered, and the place was filling up with frustrated people waiting to go home.

    I was told to come back in 45 minutes to get my mashed potatoes, but when I returned, I was told they'd given it to someone else and that I could wait as they started another batch. I got a refund instead.

    The turkey was pre-prepared and refrigerated, by the way, but wrapped well and still quite delicious.

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    Here's my review of the
    HYATT REGENCY WAIKIKI Turkey-To-Go

    Whole Roasted Butterball Turkey, 10-12 lbs.
    -- Packed semi-roasted in baking bag and ready-to-heat foil pan. About 10 lbs. It took about 2 hours to fully cook. The finished turkey was tender and moist.. perfect. Not one complaint. The plastic baking bag really helped it retain all its moisture. No special seasonings that I could taste. Just a perfectly done turkey.

    The following side dishes came packed in sealed STYROFOAM containers...
    Chestnut & Sage Dressing (stuffing)
    --Nice zesty flavor, with pieces of innards mixed-in. Was a bit dry by itself, but with gravy over it.. excellent.
    Home-made Mashed Potatoes
    --These were more plain than I had hoped. It was also a bit dry. I had to add my own butter and cream to liven it up.
    Corn Chowder
    --Pretty good. A little too thick out of the container, so I thinned it with a little water. It had a bechemel sort of base (creamy). Overall good with the rest of the meal.
    Giblet Gravy
    --Your basic gravy. Not bad, but not great. I poured the drippings from the finished turkey into the gravy pot and thickened it with some flour. That gave it a heck of alot more flavor.
    Buttered Corn
    --Very sweet flavor.. lots of butter already in the mix. I prefer whole corn-on-the cob though.
    Candied Yams
    --Sweet Potato.. candied yams... whatever it is.. it was excellent. I think they seasoned it with nutmeg and cinnamon.

    Rolls
    --Packed in a paper bag. 8 each. Nice sweet, buttery flavor. Very fresh. We warmed them a little in the toaster over. They also included single serving butter packets.. a nice touch.
    Cranberry Relish
    -- Made from fresh Cranberries. Nice sweet and tang kick that complimented the turkey nicely.
    Pumpkin Pie
    -- Whole, fresh-made, Ready to serve in its own plastic container. "Hotel Quality" texture and flavor. Great finish to the meal... I always add vanilla ice cream on mine!.

    My main complaint is the packaging. Instead of packing all the side dishes that need reheating in STYROFOAM containers, they should pack EVERYTHING in ready-to-heat disposable foil containers. So you can simply unpack the box, throw everything in the oven at timed intervals, then forget about it.

    Having to tranfer each side dish into individual pots makes it almost feel like you're still cooking the whole meal. The way it is now, you still have to "slave in the kitchen" to a degree, then wash pot after pot when you're finished eating. Hopefully someone will have a solution to this next year. The one that does will get my order.

    Overall though, we had a fantastic feast which everyone enjoyed.

    The turkey bones are already in the pot making stock for Jook.

    Post edit: Forgot to mention.. the included instructions do mention that the meal may be microwaved. Yet its primary instructions focus on conventional oven and stove-top reheating method. IMO - if you're gonna' cook a T-T-G meal in a microwave, you may as well buy a frozen TV Dinner.
    Last edited by Pomai; November 25th, 2005 at 12:47 PM. Reason: The "Nukeelar" option

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