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Thanksgiving is one week from today. If you, like me, are feeling a little frazzled about that (how is it November already?! Where did this year go?), there are great local options to take the stress out of the holiday and leave you with just the best parts–time with family and friends.

Prepared Dinners

Dinner by Design

Ordering Deadline: Not Stated
Pick Up Times: Various, through Wednesday, Nov 26th
Location: Jones Valley
How to Order: Call (256) 650-1266 or Order Online (To get to the Thanksgiving menu, select “pick up”, then “ala carte”, then use the drop down menu in the upper right to choose “Thanksgiving 2014”)
Menu: Available here
Quick Bite: Their macaroni and cheese is a crowd pleaser.
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The Jackson Center

Ordering Deadline: Friday, Nov 21st
Pick Up Times: Wednesday, Nov 26th (9:00am – 6:00 pm)
How to Order: Fill out this online form
Menu: Slow Roasted Turkey & Homemade Cornbread Dressing, Cranberry Sauce, Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Topping, Macaroni & Cheese, Green Bean Casserole, Glazed Carrots, Freshly Baked Rolls, Classic Pumpkin Pie with Whipped Cream and Chocolate Pecan Pie.
Quick Bite: I attended an event held at the Jackson Center earlier this year and was blown away by their “boxed lunches” which were fresh, well organized, and delicious. As an added bonus, for every 10 dinners sold, the Jackson Center will be donating 1 turkey to Manna House.
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Lyn’s Gracious Goodness

Ordering Deadline: NOON on Friday, Nov 21st
Pick Up Times: Wednesday, Nov 26th (10:00am – 2:00 pm)
Location: Central Huntsville
How to Order: Complete the order form and carry into the store (Prepayment is required)
Menu: Available here
Quick Bite: Their menu includes appetizers like toasted pecans and cheese wafers as well as more classic dishes.
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New Market BBQ

Ordering Deadline: Sunday, Nov 23rd
Pick Up Times: Wednesday, Nov 26th (8:00 am -11:00 am)
Location: New Market
How to Order: Order Online
Menu: Smoked turkeys and hams as well as their usual menu items. (Full menu available here)
Quick Bite: My husband adores their smoked mac and cheese and I heartily recommend the chocolate chip pecan pie.
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 Rolo’s Cafe

Ordering Deadline: Not Stated
Pick Up Times: By Wednesday, Nov 26th at 5:00 pm
Location: Airport and Whitesburg
How to Order: Call (256) 883-7656
Menu: Available Here (Plus carrot cake as annotated below)
Quick Bite: Good solid comfort food.
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What’s for Supper

Ordering Deadline: Sunday, Nov 23rd (midnight)
Pick Up Times: Wednesday, Nov 26th at 4:30 pm
Location: South Huntsville
How to Order: Order Online or call (256) 682-7899
Menu: Available Here
Quick Bite: They did the catering for a friends’ wedding earlier this year and my friends were delighted with the food.
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Prepared Turkeys

Granville’s Gourmet Ribs and Bar-b-que

Ordering Deadline: Until Sold Out
Pick Up Times: Not Stated
Location: North Huntsville
How to Order: Call (256) 585-3550
Turkey Style: Smoked
Quick Bite: In addition to smoked turkeys, they also have spiral cut hams available.
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New Orleans Lunch Box

Ordering Deadline: Not Stated
Pick Up Times: Not Stated
Location: Central Huntsville
How to Order: Call (256) 830-0081
Turkey Style: Fried or Smoked
Quick Bite: From their smoked sausage to their prize winning bbq, New Orleans Lunch Box has proved they know their way around meat. I have no doubt these turkeys will be delicious.
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Tim’s Cajun Kitchen

Ordering Deadline: Friday, Nov 21st
Pick Up Times: Not Stated
Location: Central Huntsville
How to Order: Call (256) 533-7589
Turkey Style: Deep fried
Quick Bite: I can’t help but wonder if these turkeys will have a cajun seasoning to them…if you order one, please let us know!
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Baked Goods

Honeypie Bakery

Ordering Deadline: Not Stated
Pick Up Times: In Decatur, Tuesday, Nov 25th or by other arrangements
Location: The Bakery is out on the 72 East
How to Order: Call (256) 686-4500
Menu: Available Here (They also take requests.)
Quick Bite: Not only are their baked goods excellent but they also offer sugar free pies and gluten free items by request.
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Mason Dixon Bakery

Ordering Deadline: Saturday, Nov 22nd
Pick Up Times: Not Stated
Location: South Parkway
How to Order: Call (256) 213-7545 or email masondixonbakery@gmail.com
Menu: Available Here
Quick Bite: Huntsville’s only dedicated gluten-free bakery, they are also equipped to deal with a wide variety of dietary restrictions (vegan, paleo, no dairy, no nuts, etc). If you are looking for desserts, breakfast items, or even side dishes (gluten free mac and cheese!) that everyone can enjoy, this should be your first stop.
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