To cook or not to cook? That’s today’s Thanksgiving question

If cooking a traditional Thanksgiving feast seems like way too much work, then Los Gatos has just the answer for you. Local grocery stores are offering meals to go that only require dishes to be reheated; you avoid the prep work but not the cleanup.

Prices and menus vary greatly, with a $49.99 turkey meal available from Safeway. Nob Hill’s turkey dinners start at $69.99, and Lunardi’s full-course meal is $129.99.

The turkey dinner diva at Whole Foods said, “We have a bunch of dinners to choose from,” including a $39.99 vegan meal for two, a $69.99 turkey dinner for four and a feast for 12 that costs $249.99, and includes both a turkey and a ham.

If you do decide to go the precooked route, be sure to order well in advance. Nob Hill, for instance, advises that dinners should be ordered by Saturday, Nov. 18, for pickup on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23.

Also be sure to check store hours as many grocery stores close early on Thanksgiving Day to allow employees time with family.

Another option is to go out to dinner, although an unofficial survey of the major restaurants in town found only four that plan to be open Thanksgiving Day.

VERGE Restaurant at the Toll House Hotel, 140 S. Santa Cruz Ave., is serving a Thanksgiving buffet with seatings at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. In addition to turkey and prime rib carving stations, the buffet features leg of lamb, a seafood bar, salads, desserts and unlimited mimosas.

The buffet costs $69.95 for adults, $29.95 for children 6-12 years old. For reservations, visit vergerestaurant.com/reservations or call 408-884-1054.

The Los Gatos Lodge, 50 Los Gatos-Saratoga Road, is also offering a Thanksgiving Day buffet that includes appetizers, turkey and side dishes, desserts, and champagne or wine. The cost is $35.

Seatings are at 11:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Call 408-354-3300 for reservations.

You can get a family-style Thanksgiving dinner at Viva, 15970 Los Gatos Blvd., between noon and 8 p.m. Viva is also offering an a la cart menu on Thanksgiving Day at $23 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under.

The family-style menu is available for parties of four of more and costs $38 for adults and $23 for kids 12 and under.

“If you order the family-style menu, we’ll serve it on platters like you do at home,” Viva manager Mike Binschus said. “It includes a bruschetta appetizer, two salads, the main

Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle

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