Dated: November 21 2019

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Cooking is time consuming and the holidays are stressful. Avoid the hassle altogether by ordering a pre-prepared Thanksgiving meal or enjoying a turkey day feast at a 417-land restaurant.

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The Gracious Plate

2127 W College St., Springfield, 417-501-6014
The Gracious Plate, owned by Katie Baker, offers weekly meal plans that are tailor-made to suit dietary needs and take some of the pressure of cooking off you. From lunch to dinner, The Gracious Plate has options for cooked and prepared meals in eco-friendly packaging for those with gluten sensitivity, dairy-free dietary requirements, vegetarians and vegans and more. Now, Baker is also offering her own custom holiday meal plans! Take a look at the holiday meal plan menuor try your hand at a gluten-free stuffing recipe courtesy of Baker herself! 


107 West Aldersgate Dr, Nixa417-374-7291
Contemporary Italian restaurant Piccolo is offering their own spin on Thanksgiving with a seasonal catering menu. If you're looking for something different this Thanksgiving, you have some delicious options from Nixa's Italian eatery: a pumpkin spice cannoli dip, bacon and honey roasted Brussel sprouts, lasagna, creamy spinach dip and much more. Meal plans feed 8–10 people, make sure you get your order in before November 24.

Level 2 Steakhouse

200 E. Main St., Branson, 417-243-3433
This steakhouse, nestled inside Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel, offers an upscale buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. The mouth-watering entrees like cranberry and honey-glazed salmon, and house-smoked and oven roasted turkey are just a few of the menu standouts. Priced at $69 for adults, $29 for children ages 7 to 12 and free for children 6 and younger, this buffet also has a variety of salads, traditional Thanksgiving side dishes, breakfast bites and sweet treats. Call Level 2 Steakhouse to make reservations.

Big Cedar Lodge

190 Top of the Rock Rd, Ridgedale, 1-800-225-6343
Even if you’re not a hotel guest, Big Cedar Lodge has you covered this Thanksgiving, offering three different buffets. Devil’s Pool Restaurant is open on Thanksgiving Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., offering meals at $39.95 for adults, $17.95 for children ages 4 to 12, and free for children 3 and younger. The menu is a balance of standard brunch items like made-to-order omelets, waffles and ham, as well as foodie picks like roasted strip loin and gluten-free macarons. Starting a bit earlier at 9:30 a.m. is The Worman House Thanksgiving feast, which has an entirely different menu from Devil’s Pool Restaurant. The third and final Big Cedar Lodge Thanksgiving feast is set at Top of the Rock’s Osage Restaurant, Buffalo Bar and Arnie’s Barn Restaurant from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Reservations are required for all Big Cedar Lodge Thanksgiving options

Black Market Smokehouse

603 S. Kimbrough Ave., Springfield, 417-831-5300
Confident about your side dish situation but fearful of over-cooking the star of the Thanksgiving show? Check out Black Market Smokehouse. This Springfield restaurant is selling 13-pound birds coated in a savory and sweet dry rub and smoked to tender perfection for $41.99 each. Call the number above to order, and pick up in-store on November 27 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. or on Thanksgiving Day from 9 to 11 a.m.


1720 W. Battlefield Rd., Springfield, 417-881-1950
With 16 holiday meals to choose from, Hy-Vee pre-prepared dinners are ideal for hosts catering to a large group, picky eaters or people with food allergies. Visit the website to select a main course meat like turkey, ham or prime rib, then customize your meal by choosing from a long list of sides dishes and desserts. These cold dinners, which should be ordered online about five days in advance, are available for pickup after November 2. And each order comes with detailed heating instructions, making this Thanksgiving meal option totally foolproof. Prices range from $49.99 to $299.99. 

Pro Tip: Hy-Vee does not allow customers to re-enter the online portal after making a purchase, so employees recommend nailing down the details in advance. Finalize your Thanksgiving plans and triple-check your guest list number before placing an order. 

Price Cutter

417-land Price Cutter stores
Purchasing a Thanksgiving meal from Price Cutter could not be more convenient; simply call your local Price Cutter deli three to four days in advance, then pick up your dinner at any of the 417-land locations. Side dishes vary, but both choices (the Deluxe Turkey Dinner and the Spiral Ham Dinner) serve six to eight people and include a pumpkin pie dessert. Starting at $79.99, theses dinners come cold but can be heated and ready to serve in just 90 minutes. 


Flanagan, Hanna. "Thanksgiving Meals That Don't Involve Cooking" 417 Mazagine, Nov. 2019, 

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Michelle Cantrell

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