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Home for the Holidays: Thanksgiving in Ames

Thanksgiving in home sweet Ames?
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Good Eats: Enjoy the holiday with family and friends while leaving the kitchen clean-up to someone else! We’ve compiled a list of CYtes of Ames members ready to welcome you and yours for a Thanksgiving feast to go or dine in!

Blaze Pizza | 515-854-1904 | blaze.pizza.com

  • DIY (Do It Yourself) Kits available via the Blaze app as one ($8.95), two ($15.95), or family (four smaller pizzas, $18.95). The kits come with dough, flour, and the ingredients are all pre-portioned. Kits good for 24 hours, so can pick up day before Thanksgiving (store is closed on Thanksgiving).

Bricktown Bakery | 515-336-6887 | bricktown-bakery.com/pies

  • Pies available thru online ordering and in store purchase. Pick up on November 24 and 25. Pie flavors: apple, triple berry, pumpkin, pecan and omas chocolate.

Cornbred |515-715-1066 | cornbredbbq.com

  • Thanksgiving pre-order, pick up only on November 25, orders due by Sunday, November 22, by 9pm. All orders cooked and served to you cold, with re-heating instructions. (smoked whole turkey or turkey breast, whole brisket, cornbread pudding, sausage stuffing, sweet potato salad, gravy, pumpkin pie with smoked whipped cream, and more!)

Great Harvest Bakery and Cafe | 515-598-2624 |ames.greatharvestbread.com

  • Pre-order and pick up Thanksgiving Turkey Bread, a jaw-dropping, edible centerpiece for your table! The equivalent of three bread loaves, feeds a crowd.
  • Pre-order and pick up seasonal favorites to order and pick up: Cornbread, Pecan Pie Bars, and specialty breads, including Autumn Apple and Cranberry Walnut. Gluten-free and Vegan options available.

Hickory Park Restaurant Co. | 515-232-8940 | hickoryparkames.com

  • Pre-order Thanksgiving Bundle (thick sliced hickory smoked turkey and ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, buttered corn, green beans with bacon and onion, glazed carrots), serves 4-5. Place your order by calling 515-232-8940 by Tuesday, November 24. All bundles will be package cold for Wednesday, November 25 pickup.

Hy-Vee (West) | 515-232-5580 | hy-vee.com

  • Ready-to-eat food departments open until 2:00pm with special Thanksgiving dishes available. Store open until midnight. Pre-made dinners available for purchase.

IowaStater Restaurant at The Gateway Hotel | 515.268.2238 | IowaStater.Reservations@gmail.com

  • Plated Thanksgiving special available for in-side dining, 11:00am to 8:00pm (roasted turkey breast, mashed potatoes & gravy, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, traditional stuffing, salad, and slice of pumpkin pie).
  • Hot Thanksgiving Family Meal Pick Up (serves 4-6 people), two pick up times on Thanksgiving Day at 10:30am and 4:30pm, must preorder Family Meal by November 19. (turkey breast, mashed potatoes & gravy, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, traditional stuffing, salad, and whole pumpkin pie)

Perkins | 515-233-3648 | orderperkinstogo.com

  • Simplify the holidays with Thanksgiving To Go, full turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Visit the Holiday Bake Shop for a variety of pie options.

Provisions Lot F | 515-298-1783 |provisionsames.com

  • Pre-order and pick up Thanksgiving Helpers online, pre-orders must be placed by Saturday, November 21. Curbside Pick Up on Wednesday, November 25, between 11am and 7pm (Guinness & rosemary rolls, brioche rolls, classic apple pie, sweet potato bourbon pie, bread loaves: cranberry pecan, sourdough, multigrain, ciabatta, baguette).

The Cafe | 515-292-0100 | thecafeames.com

  • Pre-order and pick up Thanksgiving Helpers online, pre-orders must be placed by Saturday, November 21. Curbside Pick Up on Wednesday, November 25, between 11am and 7pm (Guinness & rosemary rolls, brioche rolls, classic apple pie, sweet potato bourbon pie, bread loaves: cranberry pecan, sourdough, multigrain, ciabatta, baguette).

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Good Things to Do: Need to get out and walk off that big Thanksgiving meal? Check out these ideas for fun with the family!

Reiman Gardens | 515-294-2710 | reimangardens.com

  • Open Friday, November 27, as well as regular hours on the weekend, November 28 and 29, 10:00am to 4:30pm. Reiman Gardens’ popular RG Express train returns for the holidays. Admission charges apply.

Ames Main Street Farmers’ Market-Indoors | 515-520-0702 | amesmainstreetfarmersmarket.com

  • Open Saturday, November 28, 9am-1pm, 500 Main Street. Face coverings required. Come see the incredible gifts, decor, treats, and more handcrafted by local artisans and producers!

North Grand Cinema | 515-715-1788 | northgrandcinema.com

  • Open Thanksgiving Day and all weekend long. You can also experience the magic of the silver screen with your own private screening party, email North Grand Cinema for more information on private screening parties, northgrand@silverscreenmagic.com