5 non-pumpkin pies for 5 different types of Thanksgiving dinners
Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away. But don’t panic because we’ve got options for where to eat out and where to get stuff to eat in, whether you need a whole turkey, sides, desserts or even the whole meal.
Places open for Thanksgiving:
▪ Lockbox in the 21c Museum Hotel will serve Thanksgiving classics with a twist including turkey and sides for $45 a person, $20 for kids. This year there will be a prime rib option for $55. All meals come with shareable snacks and family-style seasonal salad as well as dessert. And if you just need sides, you can get a to-go box for $15. Large selection of spins on traditional sides. Call 859-899-6860 for reservations.
▪ CRU Food & Wine Bar, 107 Summit at Fritz Farm, will host Thanksgiving dinner from noon to 9 p.m. for $42 per person. Wine pairings extra. Call 859-971-9463 for reservations.
▪ Texas de Brazil, 151 La Rue, will open at 11 a.m. on Thanksgiving day for full rodizio-style menu including the 50-item salad area and selection churrasco grilled meats plus a variety of traditional Thanksgiving fare including roasted turkey, stuffing and sides. Call 859-559-4000 for reservations.
▪ The Hyatt Regency Downtown, 401 West High Street, will serve a Thanksgiving brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with seatings on the hour, featuring a carving station, a hot buffet, a seafood station and a Southern biscuit station It’s $38.95 for adults; $29.95 for seniors and $15.95 for children 5 to 12. Reservations are required; call 859-519-4191.
▪ Triangle Grille in Hilton downtown, 369 West Vine, will serve a Thanksgiving buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a smorgasbord including turkeys and ham, traditional sides, a Mediterranean table, dessert table and salad display. It’s $28 for adults, $15 for children 6 to 12. Reservations recommended; call 859-281-3773 or go to the Triangle Grille website, trianglegrille.com.
▪ Good Foods Co-op, 455 Southland Drive, will have a buffet with turkey, vegetables, sides and no-meat options from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for $10 a pound. The store will also have a full grab-and-go section with sides and pies. Good Foods also will have a sampling event Nov. 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with turkey and ham.
▪ Cracker Barrel is a Thanksgiving pro: The holiday is the chain’s busiest day of the year, serving 652,000 pounds of turkey, 8 million ounces of gravy, 1.6 million ounces of cranberry relish and 1 million slices of pie. From 11 a.m. to close you can get a traditional turkey and dressing meal with turkey gravy, a sampling of sugar cured ham, sweet potato casserole, cranberry relish, choice of a country side, a refillable beverage, buttermilk biscuits or corn muffins, and a slice of pumpkin pie for dessert (salted caramel nut ice cream on top for free? yes, please) for $12.99 per adult and $7.99 per child.
Places to order prepared feasts to take home:
▪ Missy’s Pies, 201 1/2 Woodland Avenue, is taking orders for holiday pies. Call 859-253-0449. The deadline to order is Nov. 18. Pies can be picked up until Nov. 21, and Ramsey’s Diners has full dinners or individual casseroles and vegetables available for ordering, too. Deadline for vegetables is Nov. 20, with pickup available on Nov. 21. Call 859-252-7926 to order.
▪ Bayou Bluegrass Catering is not hosting a buffet for Thanksgiving this year but will be cooking turkeys (cajun fried, baked or honey smoked), hams, smoked brisket, sides, gravy and sides. Order by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 859-523-7915.
▪ Wallace Station Deli, 3854 Old Frankfort Pike, just outside Midway, is taking orders for takeout Thanksgiving dinner. The menu includes roast turkey breast, old-fashioned dressing, real mashed potatoes and gravy, creamy spinach casserole, cranberry relish, rolls and for dessert, pecan or pumpkin pie, all packaged and ready to eat or to serve Thanksgiving Day. Reheating instructions included. Cost is $26.99 a person. Deadline for ordering is 8 p.m. Nov. 19. Orders may be picked up any time between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Nov. 21. To order or for more information, call 859-846-5161.
▪ The Midway Bakery, 510 South Winter Street in Midway, is baking several types of pie for Thanksgiving, as well as dinner rolls, mini butter biscuits, fresh bread and quiche. Pies include southern pecan, chocolate bourbon pecan, pumpkin, sour cream apple and peanut butter mousse. Gluten-free English muffins also available. Call 859-846-4336 or order online at themidwaybakery.com.
▪ Minton’s, 760 North Limestone, is preparing meal and dessert pickups the week of Thanksgiving. Roast turkey breast, old-fashioned dressing, garlic mashed potatoes and turkey gravy, green bean casserole, corn pudding, cranberry and orange compote, yeast rolls, and apple, pecan or pumpkin pie for $30 per person, four-person minimum.
▪ Willie’s Locally Known, 286 Southland Drive, is cooking smoked turkeys for Thanksgiving. Order for $59.99 or they will smoke your bird for $39.99 (birds over 15 pounds, add $10.) Deadline to bring by a frozen bird is Nov. 16. All turkeys come with traditional and bacon jalapeno gravy. Add a side (feeds 20-24) of sweet potato casserole, traditional stuffing or broccoli casserole for $29 each or get all three for $85. Call 859-281-1116 to order.
▪ Wild Thyme, 1060 Chinoe Road, can provide a fully cooked, ready to heat and eat Thanksgiving feast or sides, turkeys, pies, gravy, stuffing individually. Place orders up until Nov. 17 and pick up food as late as 6 p.m. Wednesday. There’s also a make-and-take pie class for kids the the weekend before Thanksgiving. Sign up and place orders online at wildthymecooking.com or call 859-523-2665.
▪ J. Render’s Southern Table & Bar, 3191 Beaumont Centre Circle, is cooking smoked turkeys and smoked hams, along with an array of holiday sides that can be picked up the day before and cooked at your home. A full smoked turkey is $60 for a 15-16 lb bird (sliced is extra) Get half-pans (feeds about 25) of hashbrown potato casserole, broccoli casserole, sweet potato casserole, Mary’s corn pudding, mashed potatoes, green beans, collard greens, yellow squash casserole or smoked mac and cheese for about $26 each. Call 859-533-9777 to order. Deadline to order is Nov. 17; pick up by Nov. 21.
▪ Critchfield Meats, 2220 Nicholasville Road, has sides including broccoli casserole, corn pudding and sage dressing, pies and loads more to go with cooked whole turkey, cooked breast or uncooked whole turkeys. (The turkey gravy goes quickly, so order early.) Or order a baked country ham or a tray of country ham on rolls. Order online at Critchfieldmeats.com or call 859-276-4965.
▪ Proud Mary BBQ, 9079 Old Richmond Road, will cook a 12 to 14-pound smoked or fried turkey for $55; ham, brisket and half-pans or quarts of side dishes including jambalaya, dressing, sweet potato souffle, mac-n-cheese, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, corn pudding, cranberry salad, broccoli casserole, green salad, rolls and desserts also are available. Or you can order a family meal of fried turkey, cornbread dressing, two sides, gravy and fresh cranberry sauce for $128. Text a name and email address to 859-913-5611 to order. All orders must be prepaid by Nov. 20. Pick up orders Nov. 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. or Thanksgiving Day from 9 a.m. to noon.
▪ Staxx BBQ, 11 Carson Place in Frankfort, is accepting orders for hams and turkeys. The hams are smoked, and the turkeys can be smoked or fried. Place orders by Nov. 16; pick up all day Wednesday or from 8 to 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Call 502-352-2515 to place orders.
▪ Elmwood Stock Farm still has fresh organic specialty breed turkeys, if you want to cook the one thing that will wow everyone. Order by phone at 859-621-0755 or online at elmwoodstockfarm.com/turkeys/ and pick up and pay for your bird either at the Lexington Farmers Market on Nov. 17 (great time to get fresh produce and other items for the meal) or at the farm on Nov. 20. All turkeys are processed under USDA organic inspection and will be freshly frozen for food safety.
▪ Bojangles, which has locations in Georgetown and Versailles, will prepare a fried turkey, seasoned with that magical Bojangles spice, that you can reheat at home and serve up to eight. You can also get mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, mac ‘n cheese, Bojangles’ dirty rice, Bojangles’ buttermilk biscuits and desserts, including individual sweet potato pies. Call or go by your location Bojangles for prices and to order; turkeys, which start at $39.99, go fast.
▪ Cracker Barrel also prepares whole meals to go. Order on crackerbarrel.com/thanksgiving or the Cracker Barrel app. A full heat-and-serve meal that feeds 10 can be picked up Nov. 17 through Nov. 25 for about $110. It includes two oven-roasted turkey breasts, cornbread dressing, turkey gravy, cranberry relish, a choice of three sides, sweet yeast rolls, a pumpkin pie and a pecan pie for dessert. For an additional charge, you can upgrade one of the sides to green bean casserole or add as an additional side item. Gallons of spiced apple tea are also available. Order online at least 24 hours in advance of pickup. Don’t need that much? A meal that serves six is about $68. Whole pies are available, including chocolate pecan, pecan, apple pecan streusel, and all-American apple pie (no sugar added) for $8.99 until Dec. 24. Pumpkin pies are available Nov. 17 – 25 (while supplies last).
▪ The Fresh Market, 3387 Tates Creek Road, can prepare a full meal, including turkey and sides, for as little as $8 per person. The deluxe holiday dinner for 12-14 people is about $150 and includes a fully cooked turkey, spiral ham, traditional herb stuffing, Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, homestyle turkey gravy, corn souffle, green beans, cranberry relish with walnuts and golden dinner rolls. The traditional holiday dinner for 8-10 people is about $80 and includes a turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry relish and rolls. If you don’t need a full turkey, they have the essential holiday dinner for 3-5 people for about $55 with a turkey breast and sides. You can also order desserts and pies. Deadline for ordering online is Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. and in-store is Nov. 21. Store will be open Thanksgiving Day from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
▪ Whole Foods Market, 4059 Finn Way, has a great non-meat option: Chef Jeremy Fox’s Vegan Meal for Two, including loads of savory vegetables prepared in inventive ways for $39.99. Traditional Thanksgiving items are available as pre-cooked or oven-ready feasts. You can also get just a turkey, either baked or smoked, and other items a la carte; pre-order online at WholeFoodsMarket.com. The store also will be open limited hours on Thanksgiving.