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ATLANTA CHEFS TAKE STRESS OFF THE TABLE ON THANKSGIVING DAY
Do Turkey Day the Restaurant Way with Special Menus and Tasty To-Go Meals
ATLANTA (Nov. 7, 2018) – Several of Atlanta’s best restaurants are at the top of the list of things to be grateful for this year because they are taking all the pressure out of planning for the biggest meal of the year, which takes Americans on average seven hours to prepare. On Thursday, Nov. 22, the city’s top chefs are helping home cooks reclaim those seven hours by setting the Thanksgiving Day tables and offering complete kits for a tasty to-go meal. Put the grocery list away and start dialing for reservations.
A TABLE-READY THANKSGIVING
5Church Atlanta offers a special three-course prix fixe menu in place of the regular à la carte menu starting at 11 a.m., with a last seating at 7 p.m. Appetizers like saffron potato leek soup, Maryland crab cakes and duck confit aim to please, while entrée options allow for traditional fried or baked turkey breast as well as shrimp and grits, braised short ribs and cracklin’ pork belly. Price is $50 per adult and $20 for children 12 and under, with a $20 optional wine pairing available. 404-400-3669; 5churchatlanta.com.
Leave the meal planning to the professionals at Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland this year. The city’s oldest continuously licensed tavern is serving a Thanksgiving feast that includes smoked turkey breast, braised pork shoulder, green bean casserole, roasted apple and sage dressing, sweet potato biscuits, pumpkin cheesecake and more. Price is $30 for adults, $20 for young adults and $10 for kids under 10. Doors open at 3:30 p.m.; reservations are strongly recommended. 404-876-7249; atkinspark.com.
The Brookhaven (404-464-8971) location of HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern offers a respite from cooking and cleaning with a traditional Thanksgiving buffet from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. for $39 per person. The festive menu features a soup and salad selection, honey glazed ham, slow-roasted turkey breast, roasted Atlantic salmon, HOBNOB’s famous mac and cheese, sweet potato soufflé, fire-roasted cauliflower and more. Be sure to save room for the dessert station! The original Midtown location (404-968-2288) is open and serving a limited selection from the restaurant’s regular menu all day. hobnobatlanta.com.
Begin the day with a festive brunch buffet in Midtown at Livingston or in The Georgian Terrace’s Grand Ballroom on Thanksgiving Day featuring a chef’s carving station with bacon-basted turkey and slow- roasted prime rib, blackened halibut, traditional green bean casserole, poached shrimp, chilled asparagus, an assortment of desserts and much more from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Price (excluding beverages, tax and gratuity) is $50 for adults, $25 for children 12 and under and complimentary for children 3 and under. 866-845-7551; livingstonatlanta.com.
Round up family and friends and head to Milton’s for a Thanksgiving feast to remember. The historic Crabapple restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For $45 per person (plus tax and gratuity), dig in to executive chef Derek Dollar’s three-course prix fixe menu of traditional favorites such as butternut squash bisque, applewood smoked turkey breast, spiral cut ham and bourbon pecan pie. 770-817-0161; miltonscuisine.com.
Ormsby’s is serving up a traditional Thanksgiving dinner beginning at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Guests can enjoy classics like slow roasted turkey with roasted garlic and rosemary gravy, honey bourbon-glazed ham, mushroom sage cornbread dressing, sweet potato souffle and more. $28 per adult, $18 for young adults, $10 for children 10 and under. Stay after for some post-Thanksgiving games like bocce, darts, pool, shuffleboard and more. Call 404-968-2033 for reservations. ormsbysatlanta.com.
Thanksgiving at Ray’s Restaurants is an Atlanta tradition thanks to the legendary buffet offerings. At Ray’s on the River, take in stunning views of the Chattahoochee while savoring a fresh seafood bar, a large selection of breads and salads, roasted turkey with thyme gravy, blackened salmon and hickory smoked Cheshire Pork ribs among many other dishes for $55 per adult and $27.50 per child (ages 5-10). In Alpharetta, Ray’s at Killer Creek blends enticing starters such as pimento cheese fritters and creamy smoked salmon mousse with brunch favorites like crispy chicken with buttermilk waffles and eggs Benedict. A fresh seafood bar, Cajun-fried turkey and slow-roasted prime rib round out the offerings for $55 per adult and $27.50 per child. For more traditional Thanksgiving features, a deluxe carving station and made-to-order omelets and waffles ($50 per adult and $25 per child), head downtown to Ray’s in the City. All three restaurants are open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Full menus available on raysrestaurants.com.
THANKSGIVING TO GO
For hosts whose Thanksgiving guest list just keeps getting longer, 4 Rivers Smokehouse knows how to feed a crowd. From smoked turkey and brisket to àla carte sides and fixins’ packages to sweet shop cakes, the Westside restaurant offers a complete Thanksgiving Day feast. Simply reheat, sit back and collect the compliments. Order online by Nov. 17 for pick up on Nov. 21. For a more convenient holiday experience, whole pre-cooked turkeys and holiday cookies are available for purchase online. Just one click and it ships straight to your door. 844-474-8377; 4rsmokehouse.com.
Henri’s Bakery & Café has a cornucopia of sweet and savory ways to make Thanksgiving a breeze. Let the beloved bakery with three Atlanta-area locations prepare the giblet gravy, cornbread stuffing, macaroni and cheese, Parker House rolls and dessert (pumpkin, pecan, fruit and chess pies) – just add turkey! Place an order by Nov. 20 for pick up by end of day on Nov. 21. Gingerbread kits are also available starting at $39.99 (unassembled) to $64.99 (assembled and decorated). henrisbakery.com.
King Barbecue is the king of convenience when it comes to Turkey Day. For a feast that doesn’t require lifting a finger, take advantage of the Avalon restaurant’s Thanksgiving Family Meal. Prepared fresh and ready to serve, this to-go package feeds 12 to 14 people and includes cider-brined smoked turkey, cornbread dressing, baked mac and cheese, stewed green beans or collard greens, turkey gravy and cranberry marmalade for $250. Orders may be placed by calling the restaurant or emailing email@example.com. Pick up at the restaurant between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day - no need to reheat! 678-248-5159; kingbarbecueatl.com.
Take home a 12-to-14-pound apple-brined and smoked Thanksgiving turkey from Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails executive chef Derek Dollar. The $85 feast comfortably feeds six to eight guests and includes one quart each of Madeira gravy and sage-corn spoon bread. Additional sides such as cheddar grits, Kentuckyaki Brussels sprouts and smoked gouda mac and cheese can be purchased for $18/quart. Place orders online and pick up at Milton’s on Nov. 20 and 21 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. 770-817-0161; miltonscuisine.com.
For 25 years, Murphy’s has offered a four-course Thanksgiving meal to go, allowing hosts to enjoy the day with their loved ones instead of spending it in the kitchen. Don’t fret over dietary restrictions – the beloved Virginia-Highland restaurant can accommodate these upon request and also offers a non-turkey option, along with wine and extras for an additional cost. The $155 meal serves four, comes with easy instructions to serve at home and is available for pick up at Murphy’s on Nov. 21. Quantities are limited, so guests are encouraged to order online. 404-872-0904; murphys-atlanta-restaurant.com.
Fresh pastured bird is the word thanks to White Oak Pastures. The Bluffton, Georgia, farm’s pasture-raised poultry are not only tender and full of flavor, but are also part of a multi-species, holistic grazing program and never receive antibiotics, artificial growth hormones or steroids. Reserve a small (8-12 pound), medium (12.1-16 pound) or large (16+ pound) bird online today, and the farm will ship them out the week of Nov 12. Home cooks can feel great about serving a turkey that’s Certified Non-GMO, Certified Humane, Animal Welfare Approved and processed in a zero-waste processing abattoir located on the farm. 229-641-2081; whiteoakpastures.com.
4 Rivers Smokehouse is getting in the Turkey Day spirit with a month-long sandwich special. Throughout November, the barbecue restaurant serves a “Thanksgiving on a Bun” sandwich called The Pilgrim that’s stacked with smoked turkey, savory stuffing, warm gravy and tart cranberry chutney. 844-474-8377; 4rsmokehouse.com.
Feeling “stuffed” is inevitable on Turkey Day, but The Alden is helping guests go lighter on Thanksgiving Eve by serving a special shellfish menu on Wednesday, Nov. 21 alongside its regular menu. 678-395-6892; thealdenrestaurant.com.
Although Storico Fresco Alimentari is closed on Thanksgiving Day, the Italian grocery story and restaurant can help make hosting family a delicious experience. Consider lasagnas for an easy dinner the night before or a beautiful meat and cheese platter to enjoy as an appetizer while the turkey is roasting. All orders must be placed by Nov. 17 and can be made by calling the restaurant and asking for the retail counter. 404-500-2181; storicofresco.com.
THANKSGIVING CALORIE BURN
If family is in town all weekend, break from Thanksgiving fare and take them to Gypsy Kitchen for Sunday brunch. From 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., enjoy popular favorites like candied spicy chorizo Belgian waffles, steak & eggs, huevos estrellados and more. 404-939-9840; gk-atl.com.
If you're looking for some Thanksgiving football, stop by Irby's Tavern to watch the Falcons vs Saints game. They will be open from 6 p.m. to midnight and will have $10 domestic pitchers all day.