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Best Alternative Take-Out Thanksgiving Dinner In OC

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If you're having guests over for dinner, it's no surprise that you want to really impress them with some great Thanksgiving food. But, preparing a whole meal can be a lot of work, so no one can blame you for not wanting to prepare it yourself. Orange County offers some great options available if you want a great take-out Thanksgiving dinner. Here are some top picks:

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Stefano's Golden Baked Hams
18220 Yorba Linda Blvd.
Yorba Linda, CA 92886
(714) 993-4267

The name of the place is Stefano's Hams. However, if you order your Thanksgiving meal from this restaurant, you can choose either a turkey or a ham. The hams here are available from seven to 18 pounds, depending on the number of people you have to feed. In addition to the ham or turkey, six standard sides are included in your meal. Additional sides like mashed sweet potatoes are available a la carte.

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6507 Quail Hill Parkway
Irvine, CA 92603
(949) 725-1773

If you don't want to cook on Thanksgiving, Lucca definitely has you covered. The traditional Thanksgiving dinner comes with a little help from Chef Cathy Pavlos at LUCCA, who will handle everything from shopping for groceries and scrubbing roasting pans, to worrying about whether the turkey is cooked to the right temperature and picking out wines! With their menu, guests can entertain 2 or 200 guests with ease and offer a special mouth-watering menu guaranteed to delight any budget and palate. Thanksgiving Dinner includes items like thheir LUCCA Free-Range Turkey (12-14 lbs for 10 people; larger turkeys available), Apple-Pork Sausage, Fennel and Sage Stuffing, Rich Turkey Gravy, Cranberry-Orange Chutney, Mashed Yukon Potatoes and Parsnips with Parmesan Cheese, Fire-in-the-Sky Yams with Candied Walnuts, Farmer's Market Green Beans with Hazelnuts and Fresh Oregano, LUCCA Salad: Organic Mesclun Greens, Market Tomatoes, Roasted Peppers, and more.

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Ono Ono Hawaiian BBQ
17582 E 17th St.
Tustin, CA 92780
(714) 505-0750

If you're looking for a non-traditional Thanksgiving feast, Ono Ono can accommodate with a catered Hawaiian barbecue meal. For entrees, you can choose chicken, beef, pork or a variety of seafood options. You can accompany any of those with soups like oxtail or miso. Sides range from rice to Asian slaw and cucumber kimchi. It will truly be a unique Thanksgiving dinner.

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Oak Tree Fine Chinese
3533 E Chapman Ave.
Orange, CA 92869
(714) 288-2808

If you don't have a lot of people to feed, and you want something other than a traditional Thanksgiving feast, Oak Tree is a good place to visit. Beef, chicken, pork and seafood dishes are available in three sizes, depending on how many folks you have to feed. Like most Chinese restaurants, plenty of vegetarian options are available. This restaurant is open till 2am on most nights, and from Thursday to Sunday, it's open till 4am!

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Clay Oven
15435 Jeffrey Road
Irvine, CA 92618
(714) 552-2851

If you want something exotic for your Thanksgiving dinner, Clay Oven is the place to call. For 20 years, this restaurant has prepared a Tandoori turkey that Thanksgiving guests are sure to remember. The turkey is stuffed with vegetables and basmati rice, and served with cranberry chutney on the side. The Tandoori turkey feeds at least six people. Call to reserve your turkey.

Related: Best Places In OC To Buy Your Thanksgiving Turkey

Gary Schwind is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. His work can be found on
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