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If you can’t visit family due to the COVID-19 pandemic, host a virtual Thanksgiving dinner instead.

USA TODAY

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