If you want Thanksgiving dinner at home but you don't want to cook, consider takeout.

Dozens of restaurants, supermarkets, gourmet shops, caterers and hotels in the Washington area offer Thanksgiving takeout as entire meals at a fixed price or a la carte side dishes, appetizers and desserts.

Just pick it up, transfer the takeout side dishes into your own serving pieces (we won't tell) and when you get compliments, smile.

Ordering a Thanksgiving meal not only saves time and reduces stress but also -- perhaps best of all -- leaves less to clean up at the end of the day.

This year's list is arranged by geographical region. Menu offerings and prices vary greatly. Check the Web sites or call for details on what's available.

Whether you're new to the takeout scene or a seasoned orderer, here are some things to keep in mind:

* Pay attention to deadline dates for placing orders.

* Don't forget to ask for reheating instructions or hotline numbers.

* Be conscious of scheduled pickup and delivery times. Many locations are not open on Thanksgiving and lines can be long, so be prepared to wait.

This list will be on www.washingtonpost.com through Thanksgiving.

AREAWIDE

Balducci's

866-278-8866

www.balduccis.com

A la carte/complete

Ordering in advance is preferred. Pickup on Nov. 23 and until 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

Chicken Out

800-328-4663

www.chickenout.com

A la carte/complete

Order 48 hours in advance for pickup on or before Nov. 23; closed on Thanksgiving.

Dish Caterers

202-863-1213

58 L St. SE

www.dishcaterers.com

Complete meals

Orders must be received by noon Nov. 21 for pickup by Nov. 23; closed on Thanksgiving.

Festive Foods Catering

301-230-2700

4980 Wyaconda Rd., North Bethesda

www.festivefoods.com

E-mail: info@festivefoods.com

A la carte/complete meals

Order by 5 p.m. Nov. 18 for delivery before 4 p.m. Nov. 23; closed on Thanksgiving. Minimum order 12 guests.

Food Lion

www.foodlion.com to find the nearest store

A la carte/complete meals

Order by Nov. 23 for pickup by 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

Giant Food

888-469-4426

www.giantfood.com for nearest store

A la carte/complete meals

Orders must be placed by Nov. 21 for pickup on or before Thanksgiving.

Heavenly Ham

800-725-4267

www.heavenlyham.com for nearest location

A la carte/complete meals

Order by Nov. 21 for pickup on or before Nov. 23; closed on Thanksgiving.

La Madeleine

www.lamadeleine.com for the nearest locations.

A la carte/complete meals

Order by Nov. 21 for pickup by 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving; otherwise open until 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

Magruder's

301-230-3000, Ext. 309

www.magruders.com for store locations

A la carte/complete meals

Order by Nov. 21 for pickup on or before Thanksgiving.

Safeway

800-723-3929 or contact the nearest Safeway store

www.safeway.com for store locations

Complete meals

Order 48 hours in advance for pickup on or before Thanksgiving (while supplies last)

Shoppers Food and Pharmacy

800-775-9888 or www.shoppersfood.com for nearest location

A la carte/complete meals

Orders taken on or before Thanksgiving (while supplies last); open on Thanksgiving.

Whole Foods Market

www.wholefoods.com/catering/midatlantic_holidays.html for nearest location

A la carte/complete meals

Order by Nov. 20 for pickup by Nov. 23; open on Thanksgiving.

THE DISTRICT

Dean & DeLuca

202-342-2500, Ext. 233

3276 M St. NW

A la carte/complete meals

Orders accepted until 5 p.m. Nov. 21 for pickup before 5 p.m. Nov. 23; open on Thanksgiving, but not for catering pickups.

Fairmont Hotel

202-429-2400, Ext. 164

www.fairmont.com/washington

2401 M St. NW

Complete meals (cooking hotline phone number included with order)

Orders must be placed by Nov. 18 for pickup 8 a.m.-2 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

Galileo

202-293-7191

www.robertodonna.com

1110 21st St. NW

Complete meals

Orders must be placed by noon Nov. 21 for pickup Nov. 23; closed on Thanksgiving.

Maggiano's

202-966-5500

www.maggianos.com

5333 Wisconsin Ave. NW

A la carte

Order by Nov. 21 for curbside pickup noon-7 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

Ritz-Carlton, Washington

202-974-5566

1150 22nd St. NW

www.ritzcarlton.com/hotels/washington_dc/dining/default.asp

Complete meals

Order by noon Nov. 22 for pickup 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

Rocklands Barbeque & Grilling Co.

703-778-8000 (catering department)

www.rocklands.com

2418 Wisconsin Ave. NW (202-333-2558)

A la carte

Order by noon Nov. 22 for pickup by 5 p.m. Nov. 23; closed on Thanksgiving.

Vidalia Restaurant

202-659-1990

1990 M St. NW

Choice of lemon chess and southern pecan pies. Order by Nov. 22 for pickup before 10 p.m. Nov. 23 (limited availability).

Wagshal's Delicatessen

202-363-5698

4855 Massachusetts Ave. NW

A la carte/complete meals

Orders must be placed by Nov. 21 for pickup on or before Nov. 23;

changes or cancellations require 48-hour notice; closed on Thanksgiving.

Willard Intercontinental

202-637-7450

www.washington.interconti.com

1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

Complete meals

Orders must be placed by Nov. 22 for pickup on or before Thanksgiving.

MARYLAND

Eatzi's

301-816-0330

11503-B Rockville Pike, Rockville

A la carte/complete meats

Order by 6 p.m. Nov. 22 for pickup Nov. 23; closed on Thanksgiving.

Koshermart

301-468-0400, Ext. 1

www.koshermart.com

4860 Boiling Brook Pkwy., Rockville

A la carte/complete meals

Order by noon Nov. 23 for pickup by noon on Thanksgiving.

Market on the Boulevard

301-229-2526

7945 MacArthur Blvd., Cabin John

A la carte

Order by Nov. 16 for pickup on or before Nov. 23; closed on Thanksgiving.

Nick's Supermarket

301-868-7101

7601 Old Branch Ave., Clinton

A la carte

Order by Nov. 20 for pickup on or before Nov. 23; closed on Thanksgiving.

Ridgewells

301-652-1515

5525 Dorsey Lane, Bethesda

www.ridgewells.com

A la carte/complete meals

Order by noon Nov. 21 for pickup or delivery 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 23; closed on Thanksgiving.

River Falls Seafood Market

301-765-8001

10124 River Rd., Potomac

A la carte

Order by Nov. 21 for pickup on or before Nov. 23; closed on Thanksgiving.

VIRGINIA

Amphora Catering

703-938-3800

A la carte/complete meals

Order by 5 p.m. Nov. 21; open Thanksgiving.

Orders, which will be warm, can be picked up at Amphora (401 Maple Ave. West, Vienna, or 1151 Elden St., Herndon) or delivered on Thanksgiving.

Ayrshire Farm

540-687-8882 or 540-592-9504

www.ayrshirefarm.com

1 E. Washington St., Middleburg

A la carte/complete meals

Orders must be placed by Nov. 18 for pickup by 6 p.m. Nov. 23; closed on Thanksgiving.

Epicurious Cow

540-675-2269

www.epicuriouscow.com

13830 Lee Hwy., Amissville, Va

A la carte/complete meals

Order by Nov. 20 for pickup by Nov. 23; closed on Thanksgiving.

Harris Teeter

See www.harristeeter.com for nearest location

A la carte/complete meals

Ordering by Nov. 23 is preferred, but stores will try to accommodate every customer; open on Thanksgiving.

Lansdowne Resort

703-858-2107

www.lansdowneresort.com

44050 Woodridge Pkwy., Lansdowne

Complete meals

Order by 3 p.m. Nov. 22 for pickup 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

Maggiano's

703-356-9000

www.maggianos.com

2001 International Dr., McLean

A la carte

Order by Nov. 21 for curbside pickup noon-7 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

Market Salamander

540-687- 8011

www.market-salamander.com

200 W. Washington St., Middleburg

A la carte/complete meals

Orders must be placed by 4 p.m. Nov. 20 for pickup 4-8 p.m. Nov. 23 and 6-9 a.m. on Thanksgiving; otherwise closed on the holiday.

Pica Deli (Arlington)

703-524-5656

www.picadeligourmet.com

3471 N. Washington Blvd.

A la carte/complete meal

Order by Nov. 21 for pickup by Nov. 23; closed on Thanksgiving.

Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City

703-412-2760

www.ritzcarlton.com/hotels/pentagon_city/

1250 S. Hayes St., Arlington

Complete meals

Order by noon Nov. 21 for pickup 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

Rocklands Barbeque & Grilling Co.

703-778-8000 (catering department)

www.rocklands.com

4000 Fairfax Dr., Arlington (703-528-9663) or 25 S. Quaker Lane, Alexandria (703-778-9663).

A la carte

Order by noon Nov. 22 for pickup before 5 p.m. Nov. 23; closed on Thanksgiving.