Thanksgiving is a time to gather with loved ones and savor a hearty feast, and while a home-cooked meal is delightful, sometimes you want to leave the cooking to the professionals. The following are some of the top spots to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner in Iowa.
For a Southern twist on Thanksgiving, visit Bubba’s in Des Moines. The restaurant is offering a special Thanksgiving to-go menu that includes traditional favorites with a dash of Southern flair. This lineup contains chef-curated plates, including whole pies, bread baskets, pre-made cocktails, buttermilk biscuits, deviled eggs, country gravy and more for the ultimate feast. All orders must be placed by Nov. 21 and picked up on Nov. 22 between noon and 6 p.m.
Cost: A la carte.
For more information: bubbadsm.com.
Ox Yoke Inn
Ox Yoke Inn’s Heat & Serve Thanksgiving dinner is perfect for those who want a homey meal without the stress of cooking. Order the pre-cooked feast to enjoy at home by Nov. 15, and get ready to chow down on all the fixings, including a roasted turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, dinner rolls, cranberry sauce, coleslaw, corn and more. This Thanksgiving dinner in Iowa must be picked up by Nov. 22 and will come with heating instructions.
Cost: $94.99 per person.
For more information: oxyokeinn.com.
Prime N Wine
Prime N Wine’s Thanksgiving feast is an ode to American classics. The holiday menu includes all your favorites and the cozy ambiance is perfect for a memorable family gathering. This buffet-style dining experience features iconic plates in addition to a salad bar and scratch desserts. The meal will be available from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: $27 per adult; $13 for kids under 10.
For more information: primenwine.com.
Bread Garden Market
If you’re in Downtown Iowa City and seeking a hassle-free Thanksgiving, Bread Garden Market has you covered. The market will boast a complete Thanksgiving dinner to go, featuring fresh, locally sourced ingredients. A la carte items, including an herb-marinated turkey breast, turkey gravy, mashed potatoes, Hawaiian rolls, green beans, corn casserole and much more, will be included in this Thanksgiving dinner in Iowa. An assortment of sweets is also available to choose from, including apple, pumpkin or pecan pie. This meal can be picked up hot and ready on Thanksgiving day between 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. or early on Nov. 21 or Nov. 22 between 2 and 5:45 p.m.
Cost: $159 on Thanksgiving Day or $139 for early pick-up.
For more information: breadgardenmarket.com.
Gateway Market is a food lover’s paradise and its holiday to-go menu is no exception. From turkey to side dishes and desserts, you can find everything you need for a gourmet Thanksgiving dinner in Iowa. This season’s turkey is from Ferndale Farms and is antibiotic-free. You can select from whole turkeys weighing between 10 to 24 pounds or bone-in turkey breasts, which range from five to eight pounds. The price is $4.49 per pound and can be brined upon request for an additional $10.
For more information: gatewaymarket.com.
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
If you crave a luxurious Thanksgiving experience, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar in West Des Moines is the place to be. The Thanksgiving menu boasts three courses that combine classic favorites with premium steaks and an impressive wine selection. From an herb-roasted turkey to a filet mignon, there is something for all celebrators this holiday. The seasonal menu will be available all day, starting at 11 a.m.
Cost: $56 per adult; $26 for children.
For more information: flemingssteakhouse.com.
Granite City Food & Brewery
Granite City Food & Brewery offers a warm and welcoming environment for your Thanksgiving meal. Its holiday menu is sure to please and the craft beers are a delightful complement to your feast. Give thanks while indulging in items including a crisp apple salad, dinner rolls, sliced roasted turkey breast, sage stuffing, mashed potatoes, pumpkin or pecan pie and many more holiday staples. The meal will only be available on Thanksgiving, with reservations from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. currently available.
Cost: $34.99 per person.
For more information: opentable.com.
350 First at DoubleTree by Hilton
For a contemporary twist on Thanksgiving, 350 First at DoubleTree by Hilton in Cedar Rapids offers a special holiday buffet with a modern touch. The chic setting overlooking Cedar Rapids will make your holiday unforgettable. The buffet boasts items from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., with options to load your plate with, including turkey breast, herb stuffing, maple-glazed brussels sprouts, bacon mac and cheese, green bean casserole and many more. Seasonal sweets and cocktails will also be on the menu, including a Pumpkin Old Fashioned and Pumpkin Pie Martini.
Cost: $29 per person.
For more information: opentable.com.