Some people like to brine and baste and bake their birds at Thanksgiving.
Others would rather jet over to the nearest barbecue restaurant and pick one up, ready to go.
For those who prefer convenience over culinary accomplishment, several restaurants and caterers in town are ready to help.
Many are offering to sell people fully cooked turkeys and hams – or of they’d prefer, the whole darn Thanksgiving meal, complete with potatoes, stuffing and dessert.
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Here’s a guide to getting Thanksgiving to-go. But call soon. Some are taking orders only through Saturday.
Turkeys and hams
B&C Barbecue, 355 N. Washington, 316-263-8815: Selling smoked 12- to 14-pound turkeys for $39.95 and hams that vary in price and weight. Pick up by 3 p.m. Nov. 23. Call for reservations.
Delano BBQ Co., 710 W. Douglas, 316-260-4950: Selling 13-pound smoked turkeys for $39.95, and seven-pound double smoked hams for $42.95, and 8- to 10- pound spiral ham for $49.95. Deadline for ordering is Nov. 19. Pick up by 2:30 p.m. Nov. 23.
Gone Wild BBQ, 128 S. Seneca, 316-393-9580: This catering company serving 10- to 20-pound turkeys either smoked ($40-$60) or deep-fried ($55-$90) or hickory-glazed, bone-in, spiral-cut for $50 for a half or $100 for a whole. Order deadline is Nov. 20; pickup or delivery available on Nov. 23.
Green Acres, 8141 E. 21st St., 316-634-1088 and 10555 W. 21st St., 316-729-4365: The Bradley Fair and west Wichita locations of the local grocery store is serving cooked all-natural turkeys for $6.99 a pound and organic turkeys for $9.99 a pound. They must be ordered by Nov. 20 and picked up no later than 8 p.m. on Nov. 23. Call for reservations or visit the store and fill out an order form.
Hog Wild Pit Bar-B-Q, 233 S. West St., 316-945-9550; 1200 S. Rock Road, 316-618-7227; 662 E. 47th St. South, 316-522-7636; 3550 N. Woodlawn, 316-684-1945; 8821 W. 21st St., 316-721-7775: Selling 12- to 14-pound turkeys for $35 or 5.5-pound smoked hams for $30. Pickup is available until 8 p.m. on Nov. 23. Call for reservations.
Hungry Heart, 415-225-3181: The restaurant is closed, but one of the former owners is still selling 10-12 pound turkeys for $40 or carved for $45. Also selling chipotle cranberry sauce for $8 a pint. Order by Saturday at 415-225-3181 or at email@example.com.
Pig-In, Pig-Out, 1003 E. 13th St., 316-263-7474: Selling 14-pound smoked turkeys for $39.99 or two for $75.99 and whole unsliced hams for $8.99 a pound that are approximately 5-7 pounds. Pickup until Nov. 22-23.
R Coffee House, 1144 Bitting, 316-351-7778: Selling 15-18 pound smoked turkeys for $40. A $20 deposit is required. Order by Nov. 21 and pickup on Nov. 23.
Taste of Times Square, 217 E. Douglas, 316-201-6600: Selling 10- to 13-pound roasted turkeys that start at $25.99. Reservations due by Nov. 22. Pickup by 3 p.m. Nov. 23.
Two Brothers BBQ: The local restaurant chain will sell 12- to 14-pound smoked turkeys for $39.99 and half hams for $59.99. Pickup is available until 9 p.m. on Nov. 23, and reheating instructions will be included. Make reservations by Nov. 21 by calling one of these five stores: 3134 E. Douglas, 316-978-9990; 300 S. Greenwich, 316-683-1330; 8406 W. Central, 316-729-7755; and 1701 W. Central in El Dorado, 316-452-5522.
Whole Foods, 1423 N. Webb Road, 316-630-8484: The grocery store allows customers to order turkeys, hams and full Thanksgiving meals online and pick them up in the store. Cooked turkeys range from $7.99 to $8.99 a pound. Hot turkeys are $9.99 to $11.99 a pound and available for Thanksgiving day pickup. Fully-cooked spiral-sliced hams are $3.99 a pound. Find the online order form at www.wholefoodsmarket.com.
When Pigs Fly, 7011 W. Central, 316-295-2150: Selling 12- to 14-pound smoked turkeys for $37.99 and 8- to 10-pound spiral-cut hams for $42.99. Pick up between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Nov. 23. Order by Saturday, Nov. 19.
Dillons: Local Dillons stores will sell full meals that serve six to eight people and range in price from $49.99 to $89.99. They’ll come with reheating instructions. For a list of meals available, visit https://www.dillons.com. Call your neighborhood Dillons for details.
Eberly Farms, 13111 W. 21st St. N., 316-722-3580: The farm serves spiral cut, hickory smoked glazed hams or smoked turkeys served with mashed potatoes, gravy, dressing, green beans and dinner rolls for $13.95 a person, 25 meal minimum per order. Pickup is available until noon on Nov. 23. Make reservations soon.
Garden of Eatin’, 612 E. Douglas, 316-768-4299: Serving turkeys ready to bake, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, green bean casserole and whipped sweet potatoes with brown sugar and maple candied pecans. Feeds four to six and costs $150. Reservations due by Nov. 21. Pickup between 2 and 6 p.m. Nov. 23.
Green Acres, 8141 E. 21st St., 316-634-1088 and 10555 W. 21st St., 316-729-4365: The Bradley Fair and west Wichita locations of the local grocery store also is serving complete meals that serve four to six and range from $99 for an all-natural turkey with sides or $129 for an organic turkey with sides. Meals must be ordered by Nov. 20 and picked up no later than 8 p.m. on Nov. 23. Call for reservations or visit the store and fill out an order form.
Olive Tree Catering, 2949 N. Rock Road, 316-681-1100: Latour is selling a dinner package that will feed up to 22 and includes a 20- to 24-pound roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, green beans and rolls for $197.95. A smaller package serves up to 16 and has a 12- to 14-pound turkey and costs $146.95. Pickup by 7 p.m. Nov. 23.
Stroud’s, 3661 N. Hillside, 316-838-2454: The restaurant will serve turkey or ham dinners with sides for $22.99 a person, $12.99 for ages 10 and under. Includes roasted turkey or smoked ham entree with sides. Pick up on Thanksgiving Day.
Taste and See, 255 N. Washington, 316-260-4233: Take-home dinner option No. 1 serves 8-12 people and includes a 10-pound turkey or ham, four family-style sides and two desserts for $120. Option No. 2 serves 12-16 and includes a 14-pound turkey or ham, six sides and three desserts for $150. Deadline to order is 3 p.m. Nov. 21. Pickup is Nov. 23 for heat-and-eat or or Thanksgiving Day between 10 a.m and 1 p.m. for a hot pickup.
When Pigs Fly, 7011 W. Central Ave., 316-295-2150: Serving complete holiday meals that feed 12 to 14 people. Meal with a smoked turkey plus rolls and two sides is $61.99. Same deal with a smoked ham is $67.99. Place orders by 8 p.m. Nov. 21. Pick up between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Nov. 23. Order by Saturday, Nov. 19.
Whole Foods, 1423 N. Webb Road, 316-630-8484: The upscale grocery store is offering full Thanksgiving meals that can be ordered online. There are several options, ranging from $39.99 for a vegan holiday dinner for two to a $189.99 roasted organic turkey dinner for eight. Pickups can be scheduled from now to Nov. 24. Find the online order form at www.wholefoodsmarket.com.