Thursday, November 16, 2017

Restaurants That Make Holiday Dinners For You in Arkansas.

Here's a growing list of places around the state of Arkansas where you can pick up your Thanksgiving, Christmas or any other holiday dinner with all the fixings - so you don't have to cook.

Every year I'm approached by individuals who want to give their families a taste of Arkansas - or who just don't want to cook. Here's a quick guide to places where you can pick up meats, sides and pies.

Burge's in the Heights is Arkansas's idea of smoked turkey - and over the course of the holidays thousands will order the birds (along with ham, chicken and duck) to be delivered to their homes. However, locals know to reserve their own turkey to pick up from the R Street eatery - along with plenty of sides, including turnip greens with bacon, green beans with bacon, cornbread dressing, giblet gravy, cranberry relish, potato salad and baked beans.
Order a pie from Burge's: Well, no, unless you want to pick up some fried pies. No worries - other places have great pies to pick up.
Call:  (501) 666-1660
Visit: 5620 R Street in the Heights in Little Rock

Capitol Smokehouse downtown has its own array of holiday offerings to share, including Southern Comfort Ham and slow smoked turkey, both of which are smoked over apple and pecan wood. The sides include the restaurant's popular fresh squash casserole, candied sweet potatoes, au gratin potatoes, cornbread dressing with giblet gravy, macaroni and cheese, broccoli cheese casserole, green bean casserole, seasoned green beans, buttered corn and more.
Order a pie from Capitol Smokehouse: The pie here is pecan.
Other desserts: Candy says the banana pudding is the real winner here. Gooey butter cake, cherry cheese delight and fruit cobblers are also available.
Call: (501) 372-4227
Visit: 915 West Capitol Avenue in downtown Little Rock.
More information on holiday eats.

Franke's Cafeteria, the state's oldest cafeteria and the oldest restaurant in central Arkansas, is a go-to for generations of holiday diners. Classic Turkey Dinners include cornbread dressing, giblet gravy, cranberry sauce, rolls, and pumpkin pie - or you can shake things up and go with sliced turkey, roast beef or ham. Sides include the restaurant's famed eggplant casserole, candied sweet potatoes, seasoned green beans and macaroni and cheese.
Order a pie from Franke's. In addition to the signature, found nowhere else cinnamon cream, you can pick up a whole egg custard, Karo nut pecan, sweet potato, chocolate cream, apple, sweet potato coconut, brownie, coconut cream or pumpkin pie for your table.
Call:  (501) 225-4487
Visit:  11121 North Rodney Parham in Little Rock
More information on holiday packages. Note - you MUST order three days in advance.

Lindsey's Hospitality House is offering traditional ham or turkey dinners with cornbread dressing, giblet gravy, cranberry sauce and dinner rolls. However, you can also pick up a combo pack for a less traditional holiday meal and share a whole smoked chicken, a pound each of sliced beef, sliced pork, smoked ribs and smoked links for $49.99. Sides include seasoned green beans, smothered potatoes, mashed potatoes, coleslaw, baked beans, steamed cabbage, glazed carrots, whole kernel corn, macaroni salad, pasta salad, broccoli and cheese casserole and more.
Order a pie from Lindsey's: sweet potato, pecan, coconut meringue, lemon meringue.
Other desserts: peach cobbler, pound cake, cheesecake, German chocolate cake.
Call: (501) 374-5707
Visit: 207 Curtis Sykes Drive in North Little Rock
More information on the package.

Petit Jean Meats. The longtime Arkansas standard offers ham or turkey dinners delivered to your door - a turkey or ham along with cornbread dressing, pecan cobbler and sweet potato casserole that takes about two hours to prepare.
Call: (800) 264-2475
More information on holiday dinners.

South on Main has locally raised turkeys from Grass Roots Co-Op on its smoker, along with cheese grits casserole, creamed greens, green bean corn casserole, cornbread dressing, yeast rolls and cranberry relish.
Order a pie from South on Main: Here, it's pecan cream cheese or coconut cream.
Visit: 1304 Main Street in Little Rock.
More information on holiday eats.

Three Sams BBQ lends its own delicious smoke to a traditional holiday dinner of turkey, cornbread dressing, green bean casserole and sweet potato casserole.
Order a pie at Three Sams: Make it pecan, lemon icebox, coconut cream, peanut butter, chocolate cream, pumpkin or sweet potato. Also, there's iced strawberry bread, a fine selection of cheesecakes and one of the best Italian cream cakes in the state.
Call: (501) 407-0345
Visit: 10508 Mann Road in Mabelvale.
More information on holiday pckages.

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Other restaurants:

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen. This popular chain offers Cajun Turkeys. Check with your local outlet.

Grocery store links for holiday meals to go:
Edward's Food Giant
Harps will give you a 10-12 pound (uncooked) turkey with $100 purchase.

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