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Thanksgiving Prepared Meals (2013)

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For me, part of the fun of the holiday is cooking and baking, but I know many with busy families would rather have a nice meal prepared for them. One option is going to a restaurant that serves on Thanksgiving, but many prefer to have the meal in the comfort of their own home. Keep in mind that for most of these locations, you need you to order at least 2 weeks before Thanksgiving, sometimes
more. Most prepared meals require some cooking/reheating. Call for details on preparation. Most start taking orders the first of November.


Be sure to check my comprehensive Holidays in Little Rock page for events, more food and tips on surviving the holidays.

1. Burge's Smoked Turkeys

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Burge's is the first place that comes to mind when people say "turkey" in Little Rock. Whole turkeys range from around $60-120, but they have a variety of cheaper options if you don't want a whole bird. They also have excellent ham and pies. If you're in the area, stop in for a sandwich and try them out. You won't get the side's here, but the bird is the hard part. Located at 5620 R St. in Little Rock. Some turkey preps at Burge's require thawing. Call for details. 501-666-1660. More info and reviews

2. Hillcrest Artisan Meats

Hillcrest Artisan Meats (HAM) is an artisan meat shop providing locally-sourced, natural and organic meats and charcuterie products. It's the perfect place to go to get a turkey, smoked or uncooked.  They support the local foods movement and are a favorite of foodies (this year they have Falling Sky Farms and Freckle Face Farms turkeys).

3. Diane's Gourmet

Since you won't get the sides at my number one pick, my number 2 is the place with the best homemade casseroles in Little Rock. You can get the ubiquitous Thanksgiving broccoli and rice casserole, macaroni and cheese and au gratin potatoes at Diane's. They also have homemade breads, salads and desserts. A casserole, salad and bread starts at around $23. Located at 11121 N Rodney Parham Rd in Little Rock, 501-224-2639.

4. The Argenta Market

The Argenta Market features local foods whenever possible and they do prepared holiday meals. A complete Thanksgiving meal ranged from $90-160. You can either buy the full meal or just buy the parts and sides you need. They also have free range turkeys. Located at 521 Main Street in North Little Rock, 501-379-9980. More about local eating.

5. Petit Jean Meats

Petit Jean meats can be found in grocery stores all over town, but you can order direct from company too. They offer a complete turkey dinner for around $70. You can order a pre-cooked turkey for just $55. These take about an hour to heat up and come straight from Morrilton. The product is not shipped frozen, but can be frozen. Check their website for details.

6. Kroger Complete Meals

I've eaten some of Kroger's complete Thanksgiving meal. It's actually not bad. It's also pretty cheap. A complete dinner is less than $50. You can't even make Thanksgiving dinner yourself for that. The meals are completed cooked and only require reheating (no thawing). All of the locations in Little Rock offer a meal, but you have to order in advance.

7. Catering to You

Catering to You has a full holiday menu of side dishes and desserts. They have all the traditional favorites like broccoli rice casserole, deviled eggs and mac and cheese.  They are located at 8121 Cantrell Rd. in Little Rock, 501-614-9030.

8. HoneyBaked Ham

At Honey Baked Ham, a complete Thanksgiving "feast" is around $70. You can get a turkey for $40. People seem to like their meats better than their sides. Meals are ready to eat, but require reheating. Located at 9112 North Rodney Parham Road in Little Rock, 501-227-5555.

9. Whole Foods

Whole foods has a variety of prepared casseroles and vegetable sides. For Thanksgiving, they normally have turkey too. I have heard mixed reviews about Whole Foods meals, but if you generally like Whole Foods, it's worth at least picking up a few sides. They are located at 10700 N. Rodney Parham Rd in Little Rock, 501-312-2326

10. Chatz Smoked Meats and Catering

I once heard someone remark that Chatz had the best ribs they had ever tasted. I can't vouch for that, but they do a smoked turkey that would be perfect for Thanksgiving. Located on 8801 Colonel Glenn Road, 501-562-4949.

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