The table is set, the football game is on, the turkey is in the oven, the cranberries — wait, who forgot the cranberries?
No matter how much planning goes into your Thanksgiving dinner, chances are something crucial will be left behind. Or maybe you’ve decided to skip out on Thanksgiving but still need to eat a balanced meal at some point during the day. While the majority of Boston grocery stores are closed on Thursday (you can thank Massachusetts’ Blue Laws, which control operating hours on Sundays and holidays), not all is lost: These grocery and convenience stores are all open on Thanksgiving Day for those last-minute items and meals.
Only one of City Convenience’s five locations will be open on Thanksgiving, though you’ll have to travel to the end of the B Line to do your shopping. At 2195 Commonwealth Ave., you’ll be able to stock up on basic groceries and purchase prepared foods at the store’s Last Stop Deli, which serves made-to-order sandwiches, hot wings, soup, and breakfast items all day. (City Convenience, 2195 Commonwealth Ave., Boston; 8 a.m.–3 p.m.; citycoboston.com)
City Feed and Supply
While its smaller Boylston Street outpost will be closed on the holiday, City Feed and Supply on Centre Street in Jamaica Plain will be open for limited hours. The neighborhood grocery store, café, and deli specializes in organic and all-natural foods; you can pick up artisanal cheeses, fair trade coffee, kombucha, and imported chocolate. Get there early for a B1 breakfast sandwich (egg, cheddar cheese, pork sausage on an English muffin) to jumpstart your day. (City Feed and Supply, 672 Centre St., Boston; 8 a.m.–3 p.m.; cityfeedandsupply.com)
Both the Charles Street and Newbury Street locations of DeLuca’s Market will be open with reduced hours on Thanksgiving Day. If you’re looking for specialty items that might not be so easy to find at, say, Stop & Shop, this is your spot: Stock up on imported sodas, fresh bread, gourmet pickles, and more. (DeLuca’s Market, 11 Charles St., Boston and 239 Newbury St., Boston; 9 a.m.–3 p.m.; delucasmarket.com)
Cambridge’s Asian-centric supermarket is keeping its regular hours on Thanksgiving Day, meaning you’ll have access to the store’s huge bank of fresh produce, seafood market, bakery items, and dozens of kimchi variations. The individual restaurant vendors within the supermarket will be open as well, including Paris Baguette and Sapporo Ramen. (H Mart, 581 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge; 8 a.m.–11 p.m.; hmart.com)
The Italian grocer is maintaining regular hours on Thanksgiving, which is great news for those who were in charge of the charcuterie plate this year. Stop by to peruse a vast selection of cured meats in addition to cheeses, olives, desserts, and sauces. Want to be the star of the day? Pick up a box of Filippi Panettone Classico, an Italian holiday cake. (Salumeria Italiana, 151 Richmond St., Boston; 8 a.m.–7 p.m.; salumeriaitaliana.com)
South End Food Emporium
This neighborhood market is closing five hours before its usual 10 p.m. closing time, but you’ll still be able to drop by from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. A variety of produce, deli meats, yogurt, chips, and more line the shelves, and fresh coffee is on hand in case you need a pick-me-up before starting the day’s cooking spree. (South End Food Emporium, 465 Columbus Ave., Boston; 6 a.m.–5 p.m.)
As one of Boston’s few 24-hour convenience stores, Wholesome Fresh is maintaining its late-night destination status by staying open throughout Thanksgiving Day (and night). Stock up on last-minute appetizers with a selection of cheeses, nuts, and crackers, or purchase pre-packed sushi and items from the hot food and salad bar if you’re looking to skip the turkey. Their deli will also be open for 24 hours, offering made-to-order ramen and deli sandwiches at all hours. (Wholesome Fresh, 60 Church St., Cambridge; 24 hours; wholesome-fresh.com)