Busy working families seem to like the idea of a Thanksgiving “to go,” judging by the lines at stores like Central Market that cater a complete holiday meal that only needs heating.
The Alamo Heights store says its pre-order Holiday Hotline has been busier than normal this year.
Gabriel Lira, who heads up the catering department at Central Market, says, “We got a lot of preorders for both our pre-cooked turkeys a la carte, our dinners and our fresh, raw turkeys as well.”
The pick-up lines were doing a brisk business the day before Thanksgiving, and many of those in line admitted that they will pass off the already cooked sides and turkey as their own.
Jane Bull has seen it year after year.
“Most of them cheat about it," she said. "This is my first year to cheat.”
While restaurants and stores say they don’t mind their customers taking the credit, some people, like Sandi Taylor, think cooking the turkey each year is something her family can’t do without.
“It's the whole experience, getting up early and the house smelling good,” said Taylor.
Central Market plans to keep its doors open until 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day with employees who volunteered for the overtime so that last-minute shoppers can still get their dinner warmed up.
Many restaurants will also be open for diners, but they warn that you should make reservations in advance.