Believe it or not, the holiday season is nearly upon us. Many restaurants are gearing up for Thanksgiving, Nov. 28, with specials, and even pre- holiday meals. Here's a selection:
■ Hanna's on Lime, 214 South Limestone, will serve its annual pre-Thanksgiving lunch Wednesday, more than a week early. It consists of turkey, dressing, fresh cranberries, and one side dish for $8.25. Parking is available in the adjacent lot. Call (859) 252-6264 or go to Hannasonlime.com.
■ Red State BBQ, 4020 Georgetown Road, is taking orders for smoked turkeys. Pickup is available any time until 9 p.m. Nov. 27. Call (859) 233-7898 or go to Redstatebbq.com. Smoked ribs are the special Friday night at Red State.
■ Ted's Montana Grill, 2304 Sir Barton Way, will be open Thanksgiving Day, serving a three-course meal. Included are choice of side salad, cup of tomato soup or bison chili; whole-roasted turkey and gravy; garlic mashed potatoes; herb dressing; green beans; squash casserole; cranberry sauce; and apple pecan crisp. The cost is $25; children's meals are $12. Call (859) 263-5228 or go to Tedsmontanagrill.com.
■ Clawdaddy's, 128 North Broadway, has added holiday specials to its menu. Individual lobster pot pies and lobster mac and cheese are available, along with family-size portions for holiday meals. Call (859) 258-2529 or go to Clawdaddys.net.
■ Chipotle Mexican Grill will cater your holiday meals through Dec. 31. Chipotle Catering offers a taco and burrito bowl spread that can be ordered with two or three meats and sides. For smaller orders, Chipotle offers a Burritos by the Box option, which allows customers to mix and match their choice of chicken, steak, carnitas, barbacoa or vegetarian burritos. Go to Chipotle.com/catering.
■ Matt and Laurie Preston of Lexington decided to give up a pair of reserved seats for the Avett Brothers concert Nov. 23 at Rupp Arena to raise money for Ronald McDonald House of the Bluegrass. Matt Preston approached Bourbon n' Toulouse and West Sixth Brewing Co. to see whether they would donate gift certificates or merchandise as extra prizes for the raffle. Kevin Heathcoat, co-owner of Bourbon n' Toulouse, said the restaurant will give $2 off any meal when a patron purchases a raffle ticket Friday.
Call Preston at (859) 940-2567 or Heathcoat at (859) 797-5087 or go to Ilovecajun.com/Avett.html. The drawing for the tickets will be Thursday at Bourbon n' Toulouse, 829 Euclid Avenue.
■ TAI on Rye, the pop-up deli at Temple Adath Israel, returns Sunday after taking a year off. In addition to New York-style pastrami and corned beef sandwiches, kosher hot dogs and freshly made chopped liver, the deli menu includes a new half-sandwich/soup option featuring homemade vegetable barley soup. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Temple Adath Israel is at 124 North Ashland Avenue. Go to Lextai.org.
■ Furlong's, 130 West Tiverton Way, is having a Wise Dan party Saturday to celebrate the past two years of reigning Horse of the Year. The party starts at 5 p.m., and live entertainment begins at 7. Guests will be trainer Charlie Lopresti and farrier Steve Norman. Call (859) 523-5500.
■ MonTea will celebrate its fourth anniversary Friday. The tea shop will serve free cake and tea, and unveil its holiday line of teas. MonTea is at 814 Euclid Avenue. Call (859) 268-8327 or go to Monteashop.com.
■ Holly Hill Inn, 426 North Winter Street in Midway, will have its sixth annual classic cassoulet dinner Sunday. Guest chef Clay McClure of Lexington will assist with the dinner, which requires more than two weeks of preparation. Clay apprenticed under French master chef Jean-Robert de Cavel at the Maisonette in Cincinnati. Dinner, at 7 p.m., is $45. Call (859) 846-4732 or go to Hollyhillinn.com.
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■ Lexington Farmers Market will remain open Saturdays in Cheapside Park throughout the winter. Products include apples, fall vegetables, meats, and holiday turkeys. Go to Lexingtonfarmersmarket.com.
Sharon Thompson: (859) 231-3321. Twitter: @FlavorsofKY. Blog: Flavorsofkentucky.bloginky.com.