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When It's Time to Stock Up for Thanksgiving, What are Your Favorite Downers Stores?

If you're feeding a small army on Thanksgiving day, getting the right food at the right price is a big part of the job. Where do you go?

Somehow my wife always pulls it off: Thanksgiving is hands-down the best meal of the year—great food with family, without the stress of gift-giving. It's all about being together to share a great meal.

Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetable casseroles, pies, ice cream—the hot dishes all come out hot and tasting great. Everybody who shows up leaves with leftovers and all that turkey keeps me sleepy for a week.

But before the miracle of the meal comes the shopping. And there are many choices, not only the big supermarket chains, but smaller grocers and specialty shops with their own strengths. Who sells the best meat? The freshest veggies? The best deals for dessert? Maybe you've got a Thanksgiving recipe with a hard-to-find ingredient.

Where do you love to shop? We'd like you to share your Thanksgiving market expertise with other Patch readers. Leave a comment below, or add a review on one of these business listings:

Tell us your Thanksgiving banquet strategy.

John Schofield November 22, 2011 at 02:04 PM
It is Westmont not Downers Grove, but not to be omitted: Nature's Best Foods, 257 North Cass Avenue, (630) 769-0004. Good selection of fresh produce at good prices (sometimes half what Dominick's or Jewel charge). Also farther afield in Westmont: Standard Market, 333 East Ogden Avenue, (630) 366-7030. Brand new high end competitor to Whole Foods. Impressive fish and meat counters, among other features. In Naperville: H-Mart, 1295 East Ogden Avenue, (630) 778-9800. Whatever Asian ingredients you want. I go there for the fresh green vegetables I cannot find elsewhere. Chinese broccolli for Thanksgiving :-) And of course, Whole Foods.
Steve G. November 22, 2011 at 03:57 PM
Thanks, John. Like it wasn't hard enough finding parking at Nature's Best! :)
Jim Pokin November 22, 2011 at 07:13 PM
Thanks, John. Heard that Standard Market is definitely an interesting store and definitely high-end.
Steve G. November 22, 2011 at 08:46 PM
We bought our turkey from Yuppie Hill Poultry Farm of Burlington, WI -- a DG Farmers Market regular for years!
Scott C. November 22, 2011 at 08:51 PM
Just picked up my turkey from Standard Market today. That place is unbelievable. A real game changer. And while they are high end in offerings, they have a really impressive amount of items that are same price as Jewel and a lot of specials that are incredibly inexpensive by comparison. I'm a bit worried about Lemon Tree...hoping they have enough local and/or restaurant business to keep them viable in light of Standard Market's offerings. Love Lemon Tree, but love Standard Market too.
rachello November 23, 2011 at 07:28 AM
@Steve that's really the name? I have to check that out!

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