Local groceries want your business this year, and they know you want their turkeys. Having just moved to Houston from the country's 10th-most populous county for turkeys (Dubois, in southern Indiana), I should point out that most of these are the same birds stuffed into different-colored wrappers. But these numbers are worth crunching -- there are some deals out there for the savvy. The main markets and their offerings, in alphabetical order (all prices are per pound unless otherwise noted):
Central Market (all fresh)
DEALS/PROMOTIONS: A smoked or baked turkey or a spiral ham, cornbread dressing, green beans, sweet potato casserole, giblet gravy and cranberry relish runs $39.99. Not available at all stores.
DEALS/PROMOTIONS: Buy a spiral-sliced, bone-in half or whole ham or a natural spiral-cut bone-in half ham, and get an up to 12-pound RiverSide turkey free (or $4.80 off a larger turkey).
Also, buy a fully cooked turkey or beef brisket and get ice cream, chopped spinach, charro beans, bacon, broth, tea, macaroni and cheese and a turkey rack free.
Rice Epicurean Market
Whole Foods Market
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DEALS/PROMOTIONS: Buy any turkey and get bacon, eggs, English muffins and orange juice free.