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Where in the Bay Area to Purchase Your Thanksgiving Turkey?

Bi-Rite's San Francisco stores have you covered for Thanksgiving turkeys, sides, and desserts. (Courtesy of Bi-Rite)

Nov. 08, 2023

It's that time of year, folks, when visions of giblets and gravy boats dance in our heads.

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If you happen to be hosting Thanksgiving this year, or if you're acting as MVP by bringing the turkey to a potluck bash, you may be hot on the hunt for the perfect bird. For gourmands wanting organic, heritage-bred, and more flavorful turkey, these local Bay Area butchers and markets have you covered.

Not sure how big a bird you should get? Estimate one to one-and-a-half pounds of turkey for everyone who will be at the table.

Happy almost Thanksgiving!

Bi-Rite Market Thanksgiving Turkey

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The Birds: Get them raw or roasted, organic, whole heritage, or as breasts, thighs, or legs from Good Shepherd Ranch and Pitman Family Farms.

The Prices: Whole birds range from $59 to $129.

Extras: Make Thanksgiving dinner a breeze with a plethora of meal kits, sides, soups, cornbread, desserts, and wines.

Get It: Available for pre-order online for pickup and local delivery Nov. 17-23. // 3639 18th St. (Mission); 550 Divisadero St. (NoPa), biritemarket.com

Luke's Local Thanksgiving Turkey

Luke's Local offers several kinds of bird along with sides, pies, and even floral designs for Thanksgiving.

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The Birds: Branigan's broad-breasted turkeys, Willie Birds, and Good Shepherd Ranch's Mary's heritage turkeys are available raw in sizes small, medium, and large. Willie Bird half and whole turkeys are also available herb-roasted or house-smoked ($82-$148).

The Prices: All turkeys require a$50-$75 deposit upfront. Once the turkeys arrive, Luke's will charge the remaining balance based on the bird's final weight. Willie's birds are $4.50/lb. Branigan's turkeys are $5.75 per pound. Mary's Heritage birds from Good Shepherd Ranch are $14.99/lb.

Special Options: They also offer whole duck, Cornish hen, frozen crab, and oysters by the dozen.

Extras: Order housemade sides like cornbread stuffing, root vegetable and kale salad, honey chili Brussels sprouts, and spiced cranberry sauce. Don't forget the pies.

Get It: Call 415.742.4207 for more information. // 960 Cole St. (Cole Valley) and 2190 Union St. (Cow Hollow), lukeslocal.com/collections/holidays

Olivier's Butchery Thanksgiving Turkey

Olivier's elegant turkey rotis.

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The Birds: This Dogpatch spot is offering Branigan's whole and brick turkeys, which come from a family-owned operation in Woodland, CA that's been free-range farming the birds since 1942. Turkey roti with homemade stuffing, offals, boneless breasts, wings, and legs are also available.

The Prices: The whole Branigan's turkeys range from $75 for an 8-10 pound bird to $185 for a 24-26 pound bird. The turkey roti with gluten-free stuffing is $140.

Extras: This is a butcher shop after all, so if bird ain't your game, you can order up several cuts of grass-fed or grain-finished prime beef; bone-in leg of lamb roast; pork racks, and more.

Get It: Place your order before Saturday, Nov. 18 by phone or online. Pickup during regular hours between Nov. 20-22. // 1074 Illinois St. (Dogpatch), oliviersbutchery.com

The Butcher's Son's Vegan Thanksgiving Feast

In 2022, the Butcher's Son's vegan turkey won a PETA award for best vegan roast.

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The Bird: Turkey, but hold the meat: The Butcher's Son's vegan bird is a seitan and Impossible Meat blend (contains gluten), wrapped in a crispy soy "skin." It comes fully cooked and seasoned.

The Price: $18 for a one-pound turkey. Or, go all in for the whole feast (the bird plus sides for four to six people) for $102.

Extras: Add on a soy-and-seitan "sausage" stuffing with roasted vegetables and pine nuts, a plant-based chicken pot pie or plant-based beef shepherd's pie, plus vegan chocolate chip cookie dough and New York–style cheesecake.

Get it: Order by Nov. 12 for in-person pickup until Nov. 23. // 1954 University Ave. (Berkeley), thebutchersveganson.com

Williams-Sonoma Willie Bird Turkeys for Thanksgiving

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The Birds: Fresh, free-range Willie Bird turkeys are just a click away from this San Francisco–based kitchen retailer. Get 'em organic, pre-brined, whole, as bone-in breasts, or even smoked or stuffed.

The Prices: Pre-brined turkeys start at $175 for a 12-14 pound bird and come in three sizes. Organic pre-brined birds are $172-$243. Fresh free-range turkeys start at $120.

Extras: Choose from pre-prepared sides like cranberry sauce and maple squash au gratin, starter kits, and even a whole Thanksgiving meal for 12. You'll even find recipes galore.

Get it: Order by non PST on Friday Nov. 17. // Order online at williams-sonoma.com.


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