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Thanksgiving to go

O’Niell’s Nob Hill and O’Niell’s Heights are each offering traditional Thanksgiving meals for pickup.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Extended families may not be able to gather for Thanksgiving this year, but that is no reason to skip feasting on foods that make the holiday special.

What you can pass on is spending hours in the kitchen to prepare the traditional Thanksgiving meal. O’Niell’s has it all covered and is offering Turkey Day meals for a party of two up to a family of eight.

The menu has all of the mouth-watering conventional sides and succulent roasted turkey. Each meal will come with portions of sliced turkey, stuffing, yams with marshmallows, mashed Yukon gold potatoes, housemade cranberry sauce, gravy and dinner rolls. Substitutions are not available.

“We’ll have everything vacuum-sealed boil-in bags so we can keep the integrity intact,” said Jeff Trent, O’Niell’s operations manager. “People just have to reheat it in simmering water. So the mash potatoes won’t turn mealy, the turkey won’t dry out. And that was another thing where if we’re going to do this, let’s do this so the integrity is intact.”

Pumpkin pie is the usual go-to dessert on Thanksgiving. So O’Niell’s decided to change things up with a different sweet treat.

“We didn’t include a dessert (with the meals),” Trent said. “We have one a la carte just in case someone was baking some awesome pumpkin pie or something. We have a banana bread pudding with butter rum sauce.”

The prepared dinners are $32.00 for two, $64 for four, $96 for six and $128 for eight people. The bread pudding varies in price depending on how many people being served. The dessert cost runs from $12 to $48.

The Thanksgiving meals can be ordered online at oniells.com. They will be available for pickup on Tuesday, Nov. 24, and Wednesday, Nov. 25. Customers can choose from two pickup locations, O’Niell’s Nob Hill, 4310 Central SE, or O’Niell’s Heights, 3301 Juan Tabo Blvd. NE.

“People can buy off our website, so in case with the lockdown, they don’t have anywhere to go or they want to avoid groups or if it’s just going to be two people,” Trent said. “We figured it’s a win-win to provide this and also (it is) just kind of the new normal for right now, so let’s just do what we can do.”

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