Central Iowa restaurants open for Thanksgiving pickup orders
If you can’t visit family due to the COVID-19 pandemic, host a virtual Thanksgiving dinner instead.
The pandemic forced you to cancel Thanksgiving dinner with the extended family and you don’t want to make a 16-pound turkey for yourself. What to do?
Central Iowa restaurants are offering to-go Thanksgiving dishes and meal kits to simplify the holiday cooking. Treat yourself to a premade Thanksgiving meal, stay safe and support local restauranteurs along the way.
Here are some of the restaurants offering take-home Thanksgiving service this year.
If a restaurant should be added to this list, please contact Katie Akin at [email protected]
AJ’s Steakhouse at Prairie Meadows
AJ’s offers two fixed-price Thanksgiving repasts: a $150 meal for four or a $250 meal for eight. The feast includes turkey and gravy, a salad, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green bean casserole, bread and a choice of homemade pies.
Order deadline: Noon Nov. 19. Order online at www.prairiemeadows.com/dining/thanksgiving-to-go-fillable-form
Available for curbside pickup from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
Americana’s Thanksgiving “Take & Bake” includes dinner and dessert for four-six people. The package, which costs $110, includes sous vide turkey, gravy and cheddar mashed potatoes, corn soufflé, green bean casserole, stuffing and a pie.
Order deadline: Nov. 24. Order by emailing [email protected]
BeerStyles Taproom & Gastropub
The Thanksgiving “to-go kit” from BeerStyles includes ready-to-cook dishes with simple instructions. The four-person dinner costs $49.99. It includes turkey, gravy, salad, a mushroom and asparagus casserole, mashed potatoes and mashed sweet potatoes and squash, cheddar biscuits and pumpkin bread budding.
Diners looking for an extra treat can add a bottle of wine or a selection of cocktails to the order for an additional cost.
Order deadline: 5 p.m. Nov. 23. Order online at www.beerstyles.com.
Kits will be available for curbside or in-store pickup on Nov. 24 or 25.
Downtown’s southern restaurant is offering Thanksgiving sides by the quart for those who want to make their own entree. The a la carte options range from garlic buttermilk mashed potatoes ($16) to pimento mac and cheese ($20). Bubba also is offering pumpkin or whiskey pecan pies for $30 each and cocktails to go.
Order deadline: 5 p.m. Nov. 24. To order, call 515-257-4744.
Pick-up is scheduled after 1 p.m. Nov. 25. Bubba will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.
Cactus Bob’s BBQ Corral
Just hoping to avoid turkey troubles? Cactus Bob’s has you covered. The Johnston restaurant is selling 7-8 pounds of fully cooked turkey meat — enough to feed 12-15 people — for $49.95. The turkey will come with simple instructions on how to warm and serve it.
Order deadline: Nov. 22. Call Cactus Bob’s at 515-331-0057 and ask for a manager to take your order.
A turducken is not just a myth with the Cheese Bar’s roulade of turkey, duck, chicken and poultry sausage for $75. Customers also may add orders of cheesy potato casserole, take-and-bake mac and cheese, charcuterie, dessert and wine.
Order deadline: 9 p.m. Nov. 21.
Pick up on Nov. 24 or 25. Call 515-277-7828 to order.
Country Club Market
The Country Club Market, a Clive-based catering service, allows customers to choose their own Thanksgiving adventure. Select among turkey, ham or pork loin, and choose from a wide variety of side dishes, soups, breads and appetizers. Then top the meal off with a dessert — anything from apple pie to maple pumpkin cheesecake with a brownie crust.
Prices will vary based on the order.
Order deadline: Nov. 19. Email chef Terrie Kohl to place an order at [email protected]
Court Avenue Restaurant & Brewing
Instead of turkey, Court Avenue Restaurant & Brewing Co. is selling a to-go kit with four servings of bacon-wrapped pork tenderloins with currant sauce. In addition, there’s an array of sides, including pretzel stuffing and pumpkin bars. The $125 meal kit feeds four.
Order deadline: Noon Nov. 20. Call Court Avenue Restaurant & Brewing at 515-282-2739 or order online at cabco309.square.site.
Pick-up on Nov. 24 or 25.
Simplify your side-dish plans with Dinner Delights, a personal chef service based in Pleasant Hill. Dinner Delights offers a selection of classic Thanksgiving dishes, from scalloped corn to butternut squash risotto, serving six-eight people. Customers can request vegan and gluten-free sides as needed.
Sides cost $8-$10. Add a pie to the order for $20-$25.
Order deadline: Nov. 19. Order online at www.mydinnerdelights.com.
Pick-up or delivery is on Nov. 25.
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar
This West Des Moines steakhouse is offering three-course family meals that feed four or more, including a salad, turkey, filet mignon or ribeye, sides and dessert. Everything is served family style. The three-course menu is available for carry-out starting at $45 per person between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.
Customers also may pre-order larger portions of meat, sides and desserts for pick-up from 10-11 a.m. Thanksgiving Day.
Order deadline: Not specified. Call 515-457-2916 or order online at flemings.menu.
Gilroy’s Kitchen + Pub + Patio
The four-person Thanksgiving dinner from Gilroy’s costs $125 and includes turkey, sweet potatoes, stuffing, blueberry salad and more. Customers can add desserts and extra side dishes for a fee.
Order deadline: 8 p.m. Nov. 18. Order online at gilroyskitchen.com/thanksgiving.
Pick up on Nov. 24 or 25.
G. Migs 5th Street Pub
The Valley Junction restaurant is offering plates of traditional Thanksgiving fare for $18 a person, including a salad, turkey, rolls, cranberry sauce, stuffing, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and pumpkin bars.
Order deadline: 5 p.m. Nov. 23. Order via email [email protected] with the number of meals and pickup time.
Great Caterers of Iowa
The Great Caterers of Iowa is offering several Thanksgiving meal packages — a four-person dinner for $40 or a 12-person dinner for $180. Additional sides and desserts can be purchased a la carte.
Order deadline: Nov. 20. For more information and to order online, visit the Great Caterers of Iowa on Facebook.
Pick up on Nov. 25.
Hy-Vee Catering offers an array of holiday meal packages. Customers can order a traditional “family feast turkey dinner,” which serves 12 for $129, or choose pot pie or ham or even lobster tail. The West Des Moines-based grocer also offers Thanksgiving sides a la carte — casseroles, potatoes with cheese, vegetables and desserts.
Order deadline not specified. Visit Hy-Vee.com for more information and to place an order.
Irina’s Restaurant and Bar
The Russian-American restaurant is serving up $70 meals for four that includes soup, turkey, four sides, rolls and pumpkin pie.
Order deadline: Not specified. Pick up from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. Call 515-331-0399 to order.
For a barbecue-themed Thanksgiving, Kue’d is offering holiday meats for reheating at home, including turkey, ham, brisket, pork butt and prime rib. Prices vary by size and choice of meat. Kue’d also is offering sides for $9.99 a quart or $33.49 a gallon.
Order deadline: Nov. 20. Order by calling 515-987-4972.
The Machine Shed is offering a dinner for four, including a choice of ham or turkey; four sides such as corn casserole and sage stuffing; cranberry relish; dinner rolls; and pie for $69.99.
The meal is fully cooked and comes with re-heating instructions.
Order deadline: 24 hours in advance of pickup, which is anytime during normal business hours. The metro location in Urbandale is closed on Thanksgiving and will close at 9 p.m. the day before. Call 515-270-6818 to order or order in person at the restaurant, 11151 Hickman Road.
Main Street Café & Bakery
The Ankeny café is offering meals of roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green bean casserole, autumn salad, white or wheat dinner rolls, and salted caramel pumpkin cake, almond cake, chocolate cake or apple crisp for dessert. For $79.95, they feed five-six people. The café also is selling dinner rolls and desserts separately.
Order deadline: Not specified. Call 515-964-7141 to order.
Pickup is Nov. 25.
Montana Mike’s Steakhouse
The catering arm of Montana Mike’s Steakhouse is offering meals that feed six-eight people and include five pounds of turkey or ham, sides and pie. The meal kit is $89. A la carte options also are available.
Order deadline: Forty-eight hours’ notice on all orders. Call 515-414-8775 or email [email protected]
The Des Moines location burned down, but orders will be delivered throughout the Des Moines metro from the Newton restaurant on Nov. 25. Pick-up options also are available.
Range Restaurant + Cocktail Bar
Have a rangeof tastes in your family? The Range is offering individual take-and-bake meals for $25 per person, with a maximum order of 30 servings. Each plate comes with one pound of turkey or ham, a dinner roll, three sides like white cheddar mashed potatoes or mac and cheese, and a slice of pumpkin pie.
Order deadline: 10 a.m. Nov. 23. Order via email at [email protected] or call 515-252-7500, extension 2.
Pickup is from 2-7 p.m. Nov. 25.
This events center is offering meals for four ($150) to 18 people ($500), including turkey, ham, salad, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, scalloped potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce and South Union rolls. It’s also offering add-ons like charcuterie plates, wine and dessert.
Order deadline: 5 p.m. Nov. 22. Order online at rivercenterdsm.com or call 515-330-1517.
Pick-up is from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 25.
Smokey D’s BBQ
For BBQ lovers, Smokey D’s BBQ is offering several options for holiday meals, including smoked turkey or maple bourbon-glazed ham bundles for $99.99; holiday feasts with traditional sides for $189.99; non-traditional meats like smoked brisket and prime rib; and lasagna. Some sides can feed up to 30 people. Customers can choose whether to pick up their food hot or cold.
Order deadline: Not specified. Order online at www.smokeydsbbq.com under the online ordering tab.
Pickup starts on Nov. 21. This holiday menu also is offered around Christmas.
The Australian-style restaurant is offering $30-per-person Thanksgiving dinner boxes, which include roasted turkey breast, confit turkey thigh, mashed potatoes and gravy, sourdough stuffing, sweet potato casserole, green beans with bacon and onions, cranberry sauce and chocolate bread pudding. The boxes are packaged for reheating in the oven.
Order deadline: End of business Nov. 19. Call 515-556-7918 or email [email protected]
The Tangerine Food Company
The Tangerine Food Company offers a $159 meal for four that includes turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, rolls, cranberry sauce and roasted vegetables. The Des Moines-based catering company also is selling casseroles and desserts a la carte.
Order deadline: Nov. 19. Call 515-720-7510 or email [email protected] to place an order. Available for pickup or delivery.
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