Eating Around: Thanksgiving

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Every week, we give you an in-depth calendar of upcoming dining events to help you navigate the weekend’s culinary festivities. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we’ve dedicated this week’s edition to restaurants serving up alternatives to home cooking/slaving and places that can sell you all the stuff to keep your Turkey Day guests stuffed. But if you want a stress-free holiday, better make your move fast; most of these spots stop taking reservations tomorrow evening. So get ready for Thursday, November 26.

PACES 88
The St. Regis Atlanta’s restaurant has a five-course, prix-fixe menu by Chef Mark Alba. Beginning with an amuse bouche of lobster bisque, the Paces 88 meal will coalesce with a main course of either roasted hen turkey or poached salmon, and it will also include a set of cold and hot appetizers and a dessert. The meal runs $65 per person, $35 for children twelve and younger, or $105 for wine pairings.

CRAFT
The Atlanta branch will host its first Thanksgiving dinner this year. Chef Kevin Maxey has crafted a three-course, prix-fixe menu, which will include Craft’s executive chef Tom Colicchio’s sausage stuffing. Dinner costs $85 per person, and the kitchen will be open between two and eight.

30 TABLES
30 Tables will also inaugurate its Thanksgiving tradition with a buffet offering. Chef Daniel Chance will dish out honey-baked ham, roasted turkey, plus all the trimmings. The evening cost $35 per person, or $15 for children twelve and under.

DYNAMIC DISH
Chef-owner David Sweeney is hosting the first Thanksgiving dinner at his restaurant; seatings are from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Despite Dynamic Dish’s vegetarian leanings, Sweeney is indeed cooking a pasture-raised, organic-fed Early Rising Turkey from Darby Farms in Monroe, Georgia. Other dishes include roasted golden beet and ruby red grapefruit soup, mashed potatoes and gravy, herbed cornbread stuffing, fresh cranberry sauce, collards, wine, and a “cookies and cream” buffet. Cost is $75 per person.

ROOM AT TWELVE
Twelve’s Room offers its own Thanksgiving buffet, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., costing $44 a person, and $17 for children twelve and under (and children under five eat free).

SOUTH CITY KITCHEN
South City Kitchen’s Midtown location will whip up a three-course, prix-fixe menu for patrons from noon to 6:30 p.m., which will include an appetizer, an entree, and a dessert. The meal costs $35 per person, and children twelve and under dine for $17.50.

TOULOUSE
The Buckhead bistro will add traditional turkey to its menu this Thanksgiving, with hours from noon to 7 p.m., so Toulouse diners can oscillate between pilgrim pride and French forays.

CANOE
After closing because of flood damage, Canoe will reopen on Monday, November 23, and the eatery will serve up a three-course, prix-fixe menu on Thanksgiving from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The meal costs $55 per person.

RITZ-CARLTON
The Ritz-Carlton’s Atlanta location will offer brunch and dinner this Thanksgiving, the former from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for $55 a head (children for $25) and the latter from 5:30 p.m. to (an insanely late) 10 p.m. for $56 a head (children for $30). The brunch includes breakfast mainstays plus desserts, and children are encouraged to decorate cookies. The Southern-style, four-course dinner, on the other (read: better) hand, includes grilled Georgia mountain rainbow trout and smoked turkey, plus (I can only speculate) more dessert.

LIVINGSTON
Pulling up the rear, Livingston will also initiate its first Thanksgiving feast with a buffet menu featuring Tanglewood Farms roasted turkey, chorizo and sourdough bread dressing, brown butter spiced sweet potatoes, thin bean casserole, apple cobbler, pecan pie, and maple cheesecake. The buffet will run from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and it costs $29.95 per person (12.95 for children twelve and under).

PLACES TO STOCK YOUR KITCHEN
If you’re set on eating in but want to raise your table’s food caliber above Kroger or Publix levels, these establishments will probably come in handy. Star Provisions has organic turkeys galore from Animal Welfare Institute–approved Good Shepard Ranch, plus sides such as Yukon gold potato puree, sage and apple dressing, green beans with wild mushroom cream and fried shallots, and braised collard greens. Alon’s, as per usual, has everything, including: turkeys (roasted or smoked), cornbread, cornbread-chestnut dressing, corn chowder, pate with pear chutney, shrimp and crab claws, apple butter, cranberry relish, cranberry-raspberry mousse cake, cranberry scones, pumpkin soup, and, of course, pumpkin pie. Murphy’s will sell sets of Thanksgiving-for-four to-go for $125. And even Rolling Bones BBQ has some Thanksgiving catering options, such as bone-in turkey breast, beef brisket, and whole duck.

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