Thanksgiving Takeout? Place Your Order Now

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — With health officials urging people to avoid public gatherings, orders for Thanksgiving takeout dinners are running much higher than normal.

“Sales are double or triple over last year,” said Dwin Mran, manager of the Canfield Bob Evans Restaurant.

As of Monday afternoon, orders for individual turkey dinners stood at about 400. “They’re pretty popular this year,” Mran said. “We’ve been selling orders all month.”

A single turkey dinner, with three side dishes, rolls, and a slice of pie is $14.99; the Premium Farmhouse Feast, which features sliced turkey, ham, side dishes, pie and rolls, is $124.99, feeds 8 to 10 people and is packed cold and ready to heat up.

All meals or feasts must be ordered today and picked up by Nov. 25; pickups will not be available on Thanksgiving Day, Mran said, because of social distancing measures. The Bob Evans dining room will be open for dining-in Thanksgiving Day. For details, go to BobEvans.com.

Chrystal’s Catering in Youngstown usually has a busy Thanksgiving Day at Overture Restaurant, which it operates.

But because the DeYor Performing Arts Center, downtown, where Overture is located, is closed due to the pandemic, Chrystal’s is offering takeout feasts for Thanksgiving.

“We always have a grand buffet at Overture but we can’t do that this year,” said Jeffrey Chrystal, owner and chef of Chrystal Catering. “We are offering a single dinner [to go] just to help our older clientele that usually go to Overture.”

Sales “took off tremendously,” Chrystal said.

So far, he has orders for 350 individual dinners. The deadline to order is at noon today. Dinners are $24.50. Whole turkey dinners are also available, and in two sizes: 6-8 people, for $285; and 12-14 people for $350.
Call 330 744 9900 or go to JeffreyChrystalCatering.com.

Rachel’s Restaurant and Catering, 54 Westchester Drive, Austintown, is usually closed on Thanksgiving Day, but decided to open this year to meet demand. Rachel’s will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, for curbside pickup and limited outdoor dining.

Individual dinners for takeout are $22, and the restaurant also offers a family bundle that serves five. Dinners include turkey, ham, side dishes, bread, salad and a whole pie.

But if you haven’t ordered yet, it’s too late; the deadline was Monday.

The phone has been ringing all day with orders, said a spokesperson for the restaurant. A total of 380 orders had been received, and Rachel’s is cutting off sales at 400.

“We could get more than that but we’re not going to risk it not being good,” the spokesperson said.

Mocha House is also offering takeout feasts on Thanksgiving Day. The chain has locations in Warren, Boardman and downtown Youngstown.

This is the first year the downtown location, which opened Jan. 22, has been around for a Thanksgiving, and Kalli Georgalos, co-owner of the location, says orders are approaching 100.

The holiday dinner is $79.99 and serves six people. It includes choice of roasted turkey or glazed ham, stuffing and three side dishes and a pumpkin or fruit pie. The dinner is packed cold and comes with heating instructions, Georgalos said.

The deadline to order is 5 p.m. Tuesday; call 330 951 0070. All orders must be picked up by 5 p.m. Wednesday, as the branch will be closed on Thanksgiving day.

Waypoint 4180 at Westford Commons in Canfield will be open for a dine-in buffet limited to 100 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

The dinner includes carved breast of turkey, ham with pineapple cherry glaze, whipped potatoes, gravy, stuffing and several sides, plus rolls and muffins and choice of apple or pumpkin pie.

Carryout meals are available for $25 with two pickup times: 11 a.m. to noon and 3 to 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Call 330 286 3864 for reservations or to place a carryout order.

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