Thanksgiving 2014: Make, Take or Break?

With just a week away from Thanksgiving Day, what are your plans for the big feast this year?  Gonna’ make the entire meal from scratch, or at least one or two dishes for a pot luck? Going takeout with a Turkey-to-Go package? Or are you going to take a complete break from the kitchen and dine out or head to a party this time around?

Hawaii Prince Hotel’s Prince Court Thanksgiving-To-Go packaged feast

I will say once again, the main reason I’m not a Turkey-to-Go fan, is they usually pack all the sides in containers that aren’t ready-to-go and heat-proof on the stove top or in an oven. So you end up spending almost as much time in the kitchen carefully heating everything back up by transferring the food to the appropriate pot and pan, keeping an eye that nothing burns, along with the hassles of washing all that cookware afterwards, just as if you made it from scratch!

All the good stuff: Turkey smothered with home-cooked gravy, cranberry sauce, stuffing (dressing), green bean casserole, glazed yams with marshmallows, potato salad, and only in Hawaii, Turkey gravy-smothered rice!

Not to mention that you’re likely to “doctor” whatever came with the TTG package to your own taste, which essentially negates the concept to begin with. I’m not saying they’re all like that, however that’s been my experience most of the time.

Hopefully this year, places offering “TTG” packages have addressed this “issue”, and will be able to pack it so you can conveniently just pop the whole thing in the oven, set it, and forget it until it’s time to eat!

Keanu’s supah ono homemade Blueberry Cream Cheese Pie for dessert!

Dining out at a restaurant on Thanksgiving Day is actually something I’ve never done my entire life. Ever. It was always home or at the home of and with family and friends, enjoying a good ‘ole home cooked feast. However, if there’s any one I’d choose to dine out for Thanksgiving this year from the following places, I’d choose either Japengo at the Hyatt or Ocean House in the Outrigger Waikiki.


Thanksgiving Honolulu 2014 Dining Out Guide*

*Source: Honolulu Star Advertiser

3660 on the Rise
3660 Waialae Ave.
Thanksgiving Day, 3:30 to 7pm
Thanksgiving Day Buffet
$49 Adult, $20 children 3-10
Menu: Roast Prime Rib of Beef, roast turkey, BBQ ribs, crab-crusted salmon, slow-cooked chicken with exotic mushroom sauce and more

Anytime Cafe
2919 Kapiolani Blvd. #218
4-Course Thanksgiving Special November 27-30
Menu: Fried Dumpling Salad, Cream of Pumpkin Soup, Turkey Breast or Rib Eye Steak and Chef’s special dessert

Beachhouse at the Moana
2365 Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki
Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet
November 27, 2014
3:30pm – 8:30pm
$80 adults, $40 children 6-12 years old

Chef Chai
1009 Kapiolani Blvd.
Specail Thanksgiving Dinner
$55 per person ($45 before 5pm, $75 with wine pairing
Menu: PUmpkin Bisque with Creme Fraiche, Smoked Duck Breast Carpaccio Salad, entree of Roast Turkey with Giblet Gravy and side of Mochi Rice and Stuffing, choice of Pumpkin Custard or Apple Tartin dessert. Ala carte choices also available.

Fendu Boulangerie
Manoa Marketplace, 2752 Woodlawn Drive, Suite 5-119
9″ Holiday Pies: $20, $23, $22
Choose Pumpkin, Maple Pecan and Fuji Apple Pie with Oatmeal Crumble. All natural with no shortening or chemicals.

Il Lupino
Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, Bldg. B, Level 1
Thanksgiving Roast Turkey Meal $39.95
Menu: Roast Turkey with sides of Butternut Squash Soup, Herbed Stuffing with Pancetta, Baby Croissant, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Cranberry Sauce, Homemade Gravy and

I Lupino’s Pumpkin Cheesecake.

Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort and Spa
2424 Kalakaua Ave. Waikiki
Thanksgiving Dinner $65
Menu: Salads – Nalo farms’ baby romaine, Cesar dressing, pecorino crisp tomato, Kabocha Pumpkin, Quinoa, Kale, Beet, macadamia nut; Soup – kahuku corn chowder with Applewood smoked bacon; Carving station – butter-poached Tom Turkey with Kona Sea Salt; sides – Hawaiian Pipikaula stuffing, Hamakua Mushrooms, Portuguese sausage, sweet bread, Port Wine and cinnamon Cranberry puree, Crème fraiche and chive, Yukon Potato, Sauvignon blanc & Herb Gravy; dessert – Pumpkin Pie & Spiced Mascarpone Pecan Pie & Vanilla Ice Cream

JJ Bisto & French Pastry
3447 Waialae Ave.
Thanksgiving Chef’s Tasting $32.70
Menu: Four course gourmet meal includes soup or salad, Chef’s Tasting and Selections of JJ’s famed Poached Lobster Tail, Lamb Wellington and Stone Crab Claw

Mac 24/7 Waikiki
Hilton Waikiki Beach
2500 Kuhio Ave.
Thanksgiving Buffet Feast
$45 adults, $18 keiki under 12
Menu: (featuring) Traditional Slow-Roasted Tom Turkey, Cherry-Pineapple Glazed Ham, Hawaiian Sea Salt Crusted Prime Rib of Beef

The Mandalay
Fine Asian Cuisine
1055 Alakea St., Downtown Honolulu

Thanksgiving Day Dim Sum Brunch Buffet
10:30am to 12:30pm
Turkey with Chinese Stuffing, Hong Kong style Dim Sum

Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet
5pm to 7pm
Turkey with Chinese Stuffing, Roast Pig, Ham, Yams & Cranberry Sauce, Peking Duck with Bun, Shrimp Cocktail

Maple Garden
909 Isenberg St.
Thanksgiving Day Buffet
Lunch 11am to 2pm
Adults $19.95
Dinner 5pm to 9pm
Adults $23.50
Menu: (featured) Crab Legs, Smoked Turkey, Roast Pork

Max’s of Manila
Iwlei and Waipahu
599-5033, 676-1504
Thanksgiving Brunch Buffet
$25 adults, $13.50 children under 10
Menu: assorted breakfast items including scrambled eggs and Daing na Bangus; salads and appetizers of eggroll and baked mussels; Fried Chicken, Crispy Pata, Seafood Paella, Roasted Turkey with Stuffing, Sdies of Sweet Potato and Jasmine Rice; dessert includes Halo Halo station and other sweet treats.

Outrigger Reef Hotel
2169 Kalia Road, Waikiki
Thanksgiving Day Dinner: $33.95 adult, $12.95 keiki (under 12)
Menu: Slow-roasted Lehua Honey Glazed Tom Turkey with Homemade Sage and Fine Herb Gravy, Cranberry Macadamia Nut Stuffing, Maui Onion Mashed Potatoes, Candied Molokai Yams and Homemade Cranberry Sauce topped with candied Ginger, along with Pumpkin Pecan Pie for dessert.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Restaurant Row & Waikiki Beach Walk locations
599-3860, 440-7910
Thanksgiving Day Menu: $46.95 adults, $19.95 keiki
Menu: New Orleans-inspired Thanksgiving Feast incudes Corn and Crab Chowder or House Salad, entree of oven-roasted Turkey and Cornbread, Andouille Sausage Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Sweet Island Kahuku Corn, Cranberry Sauce and Dessert of Pumpkin Cheesecake or Sweet Potato Pie Ala Mode. Entrees will be available ala Carte.

Wailana Coffee House
1860 Ala Moana Blvd., Waikiki
955-1764, ext. 3
Thanksgiving Specials (prices vary)
Menu: Eggs Benedict Royal ($10.95, breakfast only), Turkey with Smoked Ham ($14.25), American N.Y. Steak ($16.95) and Seafood Continental ($14.95). Dinner includes access to salad bar, soup, fresh fruit cocktail, baked or mashed potatoes, french fries or steamed rice, corn on the cob, pumpkin pie with whipped cream,coffee, tea or soft drink. House wines also available $4.50/glass, $7.50/half carafe).

Waikiki Resort Hotel
2460 Koa Ave. Waikiki
Korean Thanksgiving Brunch Buffet
November 27, 2014
Lehua Room 11am to 2pm
$39 adults, $19 children 5-12  (under 5 free)
Prime Rib, Turkey (Korean Style), Chili Shrimp, Bibimbap, L.A. Kalbi, Salads, desserts

Wolfgang’s Steakhouse
Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, Waikiki
Thanksgiving Celebration at Wolfgang’s
Menu: Caesar Salad or Lobster Bisque, Roast Turkey & Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Cranberry Sauce, Steamed Vegetables, Homestyle Gravy, Pumpkin Cheesecake

Turkey-To-Go Packages Honolulu 2014

Big City Diner
Kailua, Pearlridge West & Waipio
263-8880, 487-8188, 678-8868
Thanksgiving Turkey-To-Go
Fresh Roasted 1/2 Turkey (5=6  lbs. cooked)
Portuguese Sausage Stuffing
BC’s Famous Garlic Smashed Potatoes
Chef’s Famous Giblet Gravy
Baked Cinnamon Cane Sugar Sweet Potatoes
Cranberry Maui Pineapple Relish
Macadamia Nut Pumpkin Crunch

A Catered Experience
94-587 Ukee St.
Oven-Roasted Hot Turkey Package

See Deli Counter at your neighborhood Foodland to place an order
(Receive $5 off any Deli Party Platter with pruchase of any holiday dinner)

Turkey Dinner
serves 6 to 8; heat and serve; allow 1-2 hours for heating
10-12 lbs. fully cooked Turkey, 32 oz. Mashed Potatoes, 22 oz. Homestyle Stuffing, 24 oz. Homestyle Gravy, 12 oz. Cranberry Relish, 8″ Pumpkin Pie, 12 Sweet Dinner Rolls

Farmer John Ham Dinner
serves 6 to 8; heat and serve; allow 1-2 hours for heating
7-9 lbs. Smoked Spiral Sliced Ham, 32 oz. Mashed Potatoes, 22 oz. Green Bean Casserole, 3 lbs. Potato Salad, 8″ Pumpkin Pie, 12 Sweet Dinner Rolls

Supreme Turkey Dinner
serves 10 to 12; heat and serve; allow 1-2 hours for heating
14-16 lbs. Fully Cooked Turkey, 64 oz. Mashed Potatoes, 66 oz. Home-style Stuffing, 48 oz. Home-style Gravy, 24 oz. Cranberry Relish, Two 8″ Pumpkin Pie, 24 Sweet Dinner Rolls

Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki
100 Holomoana St., Waikiki (next to the Ilikai and The Modern)
Turkey-To-Go Hotline: (808) 952-4789
Hawaii Prince Thanksgiving-To-Go
Hot Macadamia Nut Honey Glazed Turkey (approx. 12 – 14 lbs before cooking), Cornbread, Sausage and Chestnut Stuffing (48 oz.), Garlic Mashed Potatoes (48 oz.), Giblet Gravy (32 oz.), Orange and Port Wine Cranberry Sauce (16 oz.), Molokai Sweet Potato with Coconut Flakes (16 oz.), Assorted Fresh Baked Rolls, Pumpkin Pie (9 in.)

Kaka’ako Kitchen
1200 Ala Moana Blvd.
Thanksgiving Party Pack (to go): $40 for two, $120 for six, $240 for twelve
Menu: Sliced Turkey, Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes, House-made Turkey Gravy, Sage Stuffing, Fresh Cranberry Relish, Brown sugar Candied Yams, Bacon Green Bean Casserole and Pumpkin Crunch Bars. Orders must be placed by Nov. 20. Pickup on November 26 by 5pm.

in the Kam Shopping Center in Kali-hee & Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, Waikiki
841-0931, 922-3333
Holiday-To-Go Packages
Freshly-Roasted Turkey Complete Package
$139.99 (1/2 complete package also available for $99.99)
12-14 lb. Turkey, 2 lbs. Mashed Potatoes, 2 lbs. Stuffing, 1 quart Gravy, 8 Sweet Hawaiian Dinner Rolls, St. Germaine Pumpkin Pie

Holiday Spiral Ham
5 lbs. Bone-in Ham with Pineapple Raisin Sauce

Mac 24/7
Hilton Wikiki Beach Hotel
2500 Kuhio Ave., Waikiki
“Turkey on the Run” to-go package (feeds 8-10): $125; also available, Dine-in Buffet: $45 adult, $18 keiki
Menu: Slow-roasted Turkey and a slew of sides.

Pacific Beach Hotel
2490 Kalakaua Avenue, Waikiki
Gourmet Holiday Feast on the Run

Turkey Dinner $150 (serves 6 to 8)
12-14 lbs. Hot Roasted Turkey

Ham Dinner $170 (serves 8 to 10)
Hot Honey Glazed Bone-In Ham

Accompaniments (cold): Turkey Giblet Gravy, Cranberry Sauce (Turkey Dinner Only), Hot Bourbon Mustard Sauce (Ham dinner only), Maple Yams, Country Stuffing, Red Skinned Mashed Potatoes, Edamame and Corn Succotash, Punalu’u Sweet Bread Rolls, Pumpkin PIe

Regal Diner
1960 Kapiolani Blvd. in the McCully shopping Center
Thanksgiving Special Complete Turkey Dinner
19 lb. Turkey with Stuffing & Gravy, Choice of Pumpkin or Custard Pie, Pan of Chow Funn or Fried Noodles, 2 dozen Dinner Rolls or Chinese Folded Buns, pan of Mashed Potatoes, White Rice or Brown Rice, pan of Crispy Gau Gee or Chinese Chicken Salad

Holiday Dinners (each meal serves 6 to 8)

Turkey Dinner $54.99
Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce, Dinner Rolls and Pumpkin Pie

Spiral Ham Dinner $54.99
Spiral Ham, Scalloped Potatoes, Green Bean Casserole, Corn Medley, Dinner Rolls and Apple Pie

Open Nature Turkey Dinner $64.99
Open Nature Turkey, Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Cranberry Sage Dressing and Green Bean Casserole

Seafood City Supermarket
94-050 Farrington Hwy., Waipahu
Tel. 352-5172, Text 518-3855
Lechon Turkey Thanksgiving Dinner Package $110
Lechon Turkey
Arroz Valenciana
Bibingka Loaf
Mashed Potatoes & Gravy
(Lechon Turkey only $54.99)

Island-wide on Oahu and Kahului, Maui
Holiday Meals to Go

Whole Turkey (no sides)
$57.95 Oahu
$59.95 Kahului

 Whole Turkey Package*
$89.95 Oahu
$92.95 Kahului

 Half Turkey Package*
$45.95 Oahu
$48.95 Kahului

 Custard Pie
$8.25 Oahu
$9.25 Kahului

 Pumpkin Pie
$8.25 Oahu
$9.25 Kahului

*Turkey package contains: Roast Turkey, Stuffing, Real Mashed Potatoes, Poultry Gravy, Cranberry/Pineapple Relish and Sweet Dinner Rolls