Give thanks for cornucopia of meal options
Thanksgiving is next week. If that thought fills you with dread, you might want to check out some of the restaurants and stores selling pre-made meals that you heat up at home.
Many restaurants are also open Thanksgiving Day. I provide some examples here, but it’s not a comprehensive list. I suggest calling your favorite restaurant to see if it’s open for Thanksgiving.
And whether you’re dining at a restaurant or bringing a meal home, remember to make reservations ahead of time since demand is high.
The Victoria Rose Restaurant in Clovis is selling two Thanksgiving dinners, one for eight to 10 people for $185, and a second for 15 to 18 people for $258.95.
The dinners include a seasoned turkey and all the sides, such as garlic mashed potatoes, green beans and cranberry sauce. Everything is cooked but the bird.
Meals must be ordered by Friday and can be picked up the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Customers can order via phone at (559) 322-4832 or in the restaurant at 356 Pollasky Avenue in Clovis.
Campagnia restaurant has two dinners available that both serve six to eight people. One has a 12-pound herb-marinated turkey as the main course and costs $130, the other a 9-pound bone-in prime rib for $190.
Both dinners come with all the fixins, including sausage stuffing, garlic mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie.
Dinners can be reserved by calling (559) 433-3300.
In Visalia, chef Elaine Dakessian’s Thanksgiving meals can be picked up at Fugazzis California Bistro downtown.
Dishes can be bought individually and include spiced pecans, Waldorf salad, wine-and-butter-basted turkey and baby pumpkins stuffed with roasted root vegetables.
Details: (559) 936-1260.
Save Mart is selling two holiday dinners for $49.99 each that serve four to eight people. Pre-order at the store’s bakery or deli.
The turkey dinner features an 8 to 10-pound Butterball turkey with mashed potatoes, stuffing, green bean casserole, turkey gravy and cranberry sauce. The ham dinner comes with a 7 to 9-pound Hormel spiral sliced honey ham, scalloped potatoes, sweet potatoes and green bean casserole. Both meals come with apple or pumpkin pie, and a bread option.
Vons sells turkey, spiral ham and prime rib dinners for $44.99, $54.99 and $74.99, respectively with a Vons club card discount.
The dinners include several different sides, such as scalloped potatoes au gratin, green bean casserole and pumpkin pie.
Customers can pre-order in the store or by calling 1-888-358-7328.
Whole Foods has every kind of Thanksgiving dinner imaginable available, including meals that feature a traditional roasted turkey, a lemon-herb turkey, a southwest turkey, an heirloom turkey, ham and goose. The store also sells an organic turkey meal and vegan dinners.
You can view all the meals online at WholeFoodsMarket.com/shop.
Meals can be ordered online or in the store by Monday.
Marie Callender’s restaurant is selling several types of take-home Thanksgiving feasts, ranging from $100 to $150. They include turkey, ham and a combination of both for various family sizes. The meals include sides.
But if you’re cooking at home and just need a little extra help, you can buy individual sides, including apple-sage stuffing, gorgonzola, pecan and field greens salad and corn bread.
If you don’t even want to deal with reheating, Marie Callender’s is open on Thanksgiving Day, too, serving a special Thanksgiving meal for $19.99.
The Elbow Room also serves a take-home Thanksgiving meal and is open for dining.
The take-home feast created by chef Roy Harland feeds 12 people and includes a 14-pound turkey and a thermometer.
The dining room is open from noon to 8 p.m. It will serve a traditional Thanksgiving meal, but it will also have elements of its regular menu, including steak, shellfish and ham.
Mimi’s Cafe is selling to-go Thanksgiving meals, including turkey and all the sides, to serve six to eight people for $89.99. The restaurants also offer a “just the sides” option for $34.99, including mashed potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, stuffing and vegetables.
Mimi’s also serves a Thanksgiving dinner for diners who want to eat there. Their holiday turkey dinner costs $15.99 for adults and $8.99 for kids.
The School House Restaurant & Tavern, which many people still probably remember as the Sherwood Inn at Frankwood Avenue and Highway 180, is also open on Thanksgiving Day.
Diners can get a two-course meal for $28 or a three-course meal for $34. The restaurant is serving traditional roast turkey, but also other options like Dungeness crab risotto and butternut squash risotto.
Ducey’s on the Lake at The Pines Resort at Bass Lake will serve Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The buffet includes roasted turkey and prime rib, along with salads, sides and dessert. The meal costs $32.95 for adults, $26.95 for seniors 55 and over and $16.95 for children ages 4 to 12. Reservations are required, (559) 642-3131.
The Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite offers three Thanksgiving Day Dining options.
A buffet will be served in the grand ballroom from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. with live entertainment and a visit from Santa. Cost is $37.95 for adults, $29.95 for seniors and $15.95 for children 4 to 12.
The Sierra Restaurant is open from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Embers Upscale Dining is open from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Menus for all three restaurants are available online at Tenayalodge.com.
In Yosemite, dinner will be served from noon to 9 p.m. at the Wawona Hotel. Cost is $49.95 for adults, $21.50 for children 6 to 12.
The Mountain Room at Yosemite Lodge at the Falls, known for its local and seasonal approach to dining, will serve turkey, ham and roasted fall squash soup from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Cost is $67.53 for adults and $32 for children 12 and younger.
The Ahwahnee will serve local organic turkey and butternut squash soup as part of dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. The price is $91.10 for adults and $32.75 for children 12 and under.
Reservations can be made at Wawona, Yosemite Lodge and the Ahwahnee by calling (801) 559-4935.
By Bethany Clough