Thanksgiving is a time for celebrating with loved ones while savoring hearty fare. While that might involve sliding an extra leaf into the dining room table, it could also mean a quick jaunt to a local restaurant or caterer, where all the food prep is taken care of, and your only concern is lively conversation. Just be sure to call ahead to place your order or reserve a spot at a table.
3131 8th Street SW • Altoona, IA 50009 • (515) 967-7979
Claxon’s Smokehouse and Grill in Altoona always offers delicious catered meals, and Thanksgiving is no exception. Menu items include turkey, ham, prime rib, mashed potatoes, fried corn and more. And choose from a variety of serving styles: party platters, family- and large-size meals as well as a la carte options. All meals must be pre-ordered as the restaurant is not open on Thanksgiving Day.
2624 NW 157th Street • Clive, IA 50325 • (515) 987-5957
If you’re looking for an alternative to the same-old, same-old, Country Club Market is a great outside-the-box Thanksgiving dinner option. Chef Terrie will help you create a one-of-a-kind menu using fresh, seasonal ingredients. You’ll also want to inquire about Country Club Market’s specialized services, such as flower bouquets, desserts and special occasion cakes.
802 SE Oralabor Road #102 • Ankeny, IA 50021 • (515) 964-2999
With the holidays just over the horizon, Cowboy Chicken is once again prepping its beloved mouthwatering tradition, the Wood-Fired Rotisserie Turkey Holiday Package. This Texas-sized feast feeds eight to 10 guests with one 10-12 lb. wood-fired rotisserie turkey, Twice Baked Potaters, choice of Wild West side, country-style stuffing, 12 fluffy dinner rolls and peach or apple cobbler, all for $99.99 (tax not included). Guests can also order the turkey à la carte for $44.99 (whole turkey) and $49.99 (sliced). Please keep in mind that you’ll need to order and pick it up early, as the restaurant is not open on Thanksgiving Day.
150 S Jordan Creek Parkway • West Des Moines, IA 50266 • (515) 457-2916
Fleming’s Steakhouse will be offering its three-course Thanksgiving feast at its West Des Moines location. Starting at 11:00 am on Thanksgiving Day you can enjoy classics like Mixed Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast or their Sliced Beef Tenderloin. They’ve also created a delightful three-course Thanksgiving Children’s Menu for $19.
2900 University Avenue • West Des Moines, IA 50266 • (515) 635-6016
Whether you want just the turkey or the entire meal, The Fresh Thyme Market can help. The “Hassle Free Complete Dinner” feeds up to six guests for $69.99. It’s a delicious feast of turkey, artisan stuffing, turkey gravy, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole and butterflake dinner rolls. Desserts, appetizers and other a la carte options are also available for an additional cost.
Des Moines Marriott Downtown • 700 Grand Avenue • Des Moines, IA 50309 • (515) 558-6730
This hotel restaurant serves up it’s annual Thanksgiving Feast. The buffet menu typically features roasted turkey and ham. Side dishes include three cheese baked macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes and gravy, candied yams, green bean casserole, vegetable medley, dinner rolls and a salad bar. Of course, there is a dessert table and the meal is served from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.
8805 Chambery Boulevard #250 • Johnston, IA 50131 • (515) 252-9887
You can always count on a BBQ joint to provide a feast. ShortE’s BBQ in Johnston offers smoked turkeys and hams for the holidays. You have to pre-order off their website or give them a call and pick up your delicious main course in time for your holiday dinner. (The restaurant is not open on Thanksgiving.) You could also order a few of their tasty sides like green beans and cheesy corn and call it a meal.
1800, 1802 N Ankeny Boulevard #100 • Ankeny, IA 50023 • (515) 963-9632
The Fletcher typically serves a Thanksgiving Day Buffet. This daytime meal (perfect for little ones who can’t make it through the dinner hour) includes a turkey and ham station, mashed potatoes and gravy, traditional stuffing as well as green beans. They also have a pasta station, cold items and desserts, as well as a kid’s station that serves chicken strips corn dogs and pizza.
721 E 1st Street • Grimes, IA 50111 • (515) 986-1900
The Radish in Grimes has a delicious traditional Thanksgiving Day Brunch Menu that is simple and delicious. They will be serving prime rib, ham, turkey, brisket, chicken, beans, potatoes, breakfast fixings, cinnamon rolls, pies and much more from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm.
If you know of a restaurant or caterer that serves up Thanksgiving dinner, let us know and we’ll add it to the list!