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Want to host Thanksgiving without the hassle this year? Many Fort Collins-area restaurants and grocery stores are serving up premade holiday meals.
Whether you want a fuss-free meal package or to choose your own adventure with expansive a la carte menus, you have options. Here they are:
501 S. Taft Hill Road, Fort Collins
Brothers BBQ is back with its special-order smoked turkeys, spiral hams and family meals for the holiday season. Through Jan. 1, the barbecue spot is selling smoked turkeys and spiral smoked hams for $100 each. Single-family packs, including turkey or ham, two quarts of sides, gravy or ham glaze cost $119.99. Double family packs cost $219.99. A la carte cornbread and holiday pies are also available. Holiday meal orders must be placed in advance. Pickup will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. You can order online at brothers-bbq.com or call 970-232-9397 for more information.
5800 McWhinney Blvd., Loveland
Cracker Barrel will be offering heat-and-serve Thanksgiving meals again this year — with meals serving anywhere from four to 10 people. Pick from its heat-and-serve turkey, ham or prime rib dinners, which range from $114.99 to $164.99, or order its a la carte meats, sides and pies. You can order Cracker Barrel’s Thanksgiving meals at crackerbarrel.com/holiday/thanksgiving while supplies last, with pickup on Nov. 20 or Nov. 21. To order over the phone or learn more about the available holiday offerings, call Cracker Barrel at 970-593-9947.
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Fiona’s Delicatessen, Bakery & Catering
1001 E. Harmony Road, Fort Collins
Looking for options? Fiona’s has plenty this holiday season. The Fort Collins deli, bakery and caterer has a full range of Thanksgiving sides, appetizers, entrees, brunch and desserts for you to choose from, as well as a completely premade, turnkey turkey dinner that feeds four to six people for $155. Peruse and order from its Thanksgiving menu at fionasdeli.com/holiday-orders by Nov. 17. Pickup is Nov. 22.
225 Maple St., Fort Collins
Fill your plate — or pay it forward — at FoCo Cafe this Thanksgiving. The nonprofit restaurant, which operates on a pay-what-you-can model, will offer Thanksgiving dine-in and to-go meals with traditional, gluten-free and vegan options available. You can preorder your to-go Thanksgiving meal online by Nov. 21 or make someone’s day by donating a pay-it-forward meal for the holiday (also online). Visit fococafe.org/thanksgiving-celebration/ for either option. Preordered meals are $15 for adults and $12 for kids. Walk-in meals will be pay-what-you-can. To-go meals can be picked up at FoCo Cafe between 10 a.m. and noon Thanksgiving Day. Dine-in meals are first come, first served. Learn more at fococafe.org/thanksgiving-celebration/.
The Honey Baked Ham Co.
731 E. Harmony Road, Fort Collins
The Honey Baked Ham Co. is offering an array of standalone ham and turkey options as well as heat-and-serve holiday meals of varying sizes and prices. Order yours ahead of time at honeybaked.com — preferably by Nov. 20. The Honey Baked Ham Co. will be open Nov. 19-22 for meal pickup. For more information, call 970-225-1211.
Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar
123 N. College Ave., Fort Collins
Oysters may not be a regular on your Thanksgiving table, but Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar is hoping to change that this holiday. Jax’s Thanksgiving oyster kits include two dozen “CrackerJax” oysters, a shuck knife, bar towel and oyster accouterments like lemon, mignonette and cocktail sauce. Kits cost $85. The Old Town oyster bar will also be serving up large format to-go cocktails this year, with 32-ounce strawberry lemonade and cucumber lemon cocktails and a 32-ounce margarita option for $35. Oyster orders must be placed by 8 p.m. Nov. 22.
Various locations in Fort Collins, Loveland and Windsor
If you don’t feel like grabbing all the ingredients to make your own Thanksgiving feast, let King Soopers do it for you. The grocery chain offers premade holiday meals — from full meal bundles ranging from $65 to $90 to a la carte turkeys, hams and prime rib. Head to kingsoopers.com/order-ahead to choose your holiday meal while supplies last. For more information, call your King Soopers store.
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425 S. College Ave., Fort Collins
Pick from precooked turkeys, side dish bundles and fully assembled holiday meals at Lucky’s Market. The store’s premade Thanksgiving meals and offerings range in size and price. Check out its full menu and place your order at shop.luckysmarket.com/holiday or by calling 970-482-0388.
1209 N. College Ave., Fort Collins
Take and bake your Thanksgiving sides this year, courtesy of The Lyric. The local theater’s kitchen is churning out an array of Thanksgiving side dishes, from classic mashed potatoes and gravy to sweet potato parmesan polenta and bacon-wrapped dates. Each dish serves five to 10 people, is sold a la carte and ranges in price from $15 to $30. Dishes must be ordered by noon, Nov. 19, with pickup Nov. 20 through Nov. 22. Place your order at lyriccinema.com/movie/take-and-bake-thanksgiving.
2100 W. Drake Road, Unit 1
How about a little bit of Southern cooking this holiday season? Maya Cove, a west Fort Collins neighborhood bar and barbecue joint, is serving up premade Thanksgiving dinners and smoked turkeys. Meals include one 16-pound smoked turkey, a choice of three sides, six rolls and gravy for $125. Single smoked turkeys are also available for $69.99. The deadline for ordering is Nov. 21 and pickup is from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 22 and 9 a.m. to noon Thanksgiving Day. Call 970-217-7024 to place your order.
Various locations in Fort Collins, Loveland and Windsor
Homestyle turkey dinner, anyone? Safeway is serving up a trio of prepared holiday meals this Thanksgiving, including a homestyle turkey dinner that feeds six to eight people, a spiral ham dinner that feeds eight to 10 or a prime rib option that feeds five to six. The meals range from $69.99 to $99.99. Orders can be placed online at safeway.com while supplies last.
Sonny Lubick’s Steakhouse
115 S. College Ave., Fort Collins
Head to Sonny Lubick’s for your takeout turkey needs. The Old Town eatery’s holiday menu includes appetizers, classic sides and traditional or vegetarian Thanksgiving plate options. If you’re feeling less traditional, you can also pick from its filet mignon, Verlasso salmon or butternut risotto. With limited meals available, order yours ahead of time at sonnylubicksteakhouse.com. Meals can be picked up from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. If these Thanksgiving dishes sounds good, but you’re looking for a dine-in meal, Jay’s Bistro will be offering the same menu for in-person diners Thanksgiving Day. Make your reservation at jaysbistro.com/reservations or by calling 970-482-1876.
Sprouts Farmers Market
4345 Corbett Drive and 2601 S. Lemay Ave., Fort Collins
Whether you’re a meat eater or vegan, Sprouts has you covered with its premade holiday meals. Choose from its traditional spiral-sliced ham and turkey meals or opt for its smaller vegan holiday roast meal. To order your premade meal, head to catering.sprouts.com. For more information, call either local Sprouts Farmers Market location at 970-416-3350 (Corbett Drive location) or 970-282-8003 (Lemay Avenue location).
Whole Foods Market
2201 S. College Ave., Fort Collins
You had me at “Thanksgiving extravaganza,” Whole Foods. Whole Foods Market has a ton of options for holiday entertaining this year. Try its $99.99 premade whole Thanksgiving turkey meal that feeds four people or its $539.99 Thanksgiving extravaganza that feeds 12. You can also pick from its a la carte entrees, classic holiday sides, not-so-classic holiday appetizers, cheese plates, seafood platters and more. Whole Foods’ premade holiday meals and entertaining platters will be available while supplies last and must be ordered online at wholefoodsmarket.com by Nov. 21. For more information, call the Fort Collins store 1-844-936-2428.