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Thanksgiving Prepared Meals 2018

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 Thanksgiving 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.

Burge's Smoked Turkeys

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

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 bread, salads and desserts. A casserole, salad and bread start at around $28. Located at 11121 N Rodney Parham Rd in Little Rock, 501-224-2639. More

Petit Jean Meats

Petit Jean meats can be found in grocery stores all over town, but you can order direct from the company too. They offer a complete turkey dinner for around $75. You can order a precooked turkey for just $65. 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. More.

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 around $60. 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.

Honey Baked Ham

At Honey Baked Ham, a complete Thanksgiving "feast" is around $90. You can get a turkey for $50. 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. Honeybaked Ham also sells meats at many Kroger stores. More

Cracker Barrel

Cracker Barrel stores are open on Thanksgiving day for eat-in, but you can also order a to-go feast starting at $67.99 (you can individual sides too for less).  All you have to do is heat and serve. More.

Capital Hotel

The Capital Hotel's restaurant, One Eleven, has dine-in options, but also a to-go meal for 12-15 people. Located at 111 W Markham St, 501-374-7474.  More.


Franke's is open this year for Thanksgiving and offering smoked or fried turkeys, hams, bread, sides and pies for take-home.  Located at 11121 N Rodney Parham, 501-225-4487.

Whole Foods

Whole foods has a variety of prepared casseroles and vegetable sides. For Thanksgiving, they normally have turkey too.  They are located at 501 Bowman Rd in Little Rock, 501-312-2326.


One year a friend of mine made me try Popeyes Cajun fried turkey (they only have them around the holidays). It was delicious, and it was only $35. Popeyes starts taking orders for these around November 1. They'll have a store locator on their website to help you find out which locations have the turkeys (most of the ones in Little Rock had them). The turkeys come fried and frozen and have to be cooked for a few hours. More

Floyd's (Cook Your Own Bonus)

Ever heard of a turducken? The only one I've ever seen in real life came from Floyd's. It's a deboned turkey, stuffed with a deboned duck that is stuffed with a deboned chicken. The chicken is stuffed with stuffing. Floyd's doesn't just have frankenturkeys. They also have boneless stuffed turkeys and some other interesting Cajun food. These have to be cooked, but it might be worth it for a turkducken. During the warmer months, they have some of the best seafood around. Floyds is in Sherwood, at 4067 East Kiehl Avenue, 501-833-3308. More

Restaurants Serving on Thanksgiving Day

Don't even want to heat it up? Save yourself the clean-up by going to a restaurant. Check my list of restaurants serving on Thanksgiving Day.

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