Bartlesville restaurants prepare for Thanksgiving dinner orders

Daisy Creager
Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise
Michael Hale takes a freshly smoked turkey out of Dink's barbecue pit.

With the countdown to the holidays started, the window to pre-order Thanksgiving dinner staples at local restaurants is closing fast.

Owners of BobbyQ barbecue and The Eatery by 3 Kids and a Cake said their Thanksgiving pre-orders have been somewhat slower than previous years, although last-minute planners still have a chance.

Food truck-turned, brick-and-mortar restaurant BobbyQ, 915 N Dewey Ave., which sells prepared ham for the holiday, has received 10 orders — less than expected. The restaurant is accepting orders through Tuesday, owner Bobby Allen said.

Annie Saltsman, owner of The Eatery, 324 S Johnstone Ave., said their pre-orders for pies were also slower than last year. While they are no longer accepting pre-orders, the bakery will have some pies available for purchase in the store throughout the week, she said.

A strawberry rhubarb, pumpkin and a slice of chocolate meringue pie wait for hungry partons to enjoy at Pies and Such. Sigrid Dahlquist, the owner of Pies and Such, will be baking over 50 pies this Thanksgiving for customers.

The requests have not slowed at Dink’s pit barbecue restaurant. Though they do not tailor a specific prepared food or dessert package for Thanksgiving, they will smoke your meat for $1.99 a pound.

“People can bring in their own turkeys and hams and we can smoke them. We do that year-round, it’s just more popular during Thanksgiving,” said Meagan Dashner-Gardener, Dink’s front of house manager.

“It’s a very popular thing every year. I’ve been here three years and we’ve been slammed for it.”

The turkey or ham must be frozen when brought to the restaurant. Dink’s had 25 orders by Nov. 18, but expects upwards of 60 before Thanksgiving.

The restaurant also teamed with The Eatery for a Thanksgiving giveaway — three people will be selected to receive a smoked turkey from Dink’s and an apple pie from The Eatery. More details can be found on Facebook, where the winners will be announced.

Price’s Old Fashion Meat Market has also been inundated with orders ahead of the holiday. The store offers a Thanksgiving meal package that includes cornbread, stuffing, mashed potatoes, turkey, gravy, rolls, broccoli and rice casserole, sweet potato casserole and a choice of green beans or green bean casserole.

By Thursday, the store had received enough pre-orders of the package to serve 112 people — not counting orders of the store’s cuts of turkey and ham.