How to bring home the perfect Atlanta Thanksgiving meal

Act quickly for these Thanksgiving helpers

Mashed potatoes, pomegranate, stuffing, and broccoli
Sides from Star Provisions

Photograph courtesy of Star Provisions

Thanksgiving is late this year—November 28—and that’s likely doing nothing to help your holiday malaise. The malls are already decked out in all-Christmas everything; every Atlanta tree-lighting ceremony seems to be this weekend, before we’ve even had a chance to stuff ourselves on turkey. But if you’d rather spend your time on getting ahead on Christmas shopping than on brining, stuffing, and roasting, you can save a ton of time on Thanksgiving prep by ordering some (or all) of it from a local Atlanta restaurant—as long as you act in the next few days. Whether you need a pie that doesn’t involve rolling dough all night or a fried turkey that won’t set your backyard on fire, here are a few options we recommend.

The whole meal

Wood’s Chapel BBQ
What you can get: The acclaimed Summerhill newcomer offers two complete dinners, one for four guests ($160) and one for eight ($320). Both come with cornbread stuffing, pumpkin soup, candied yams, green bean and shitake mushroom casserole, potato souffle and gravy. The main difference is the meal for four comes with a smoked turkey breast and half pie, while the meal for eight comes with a whole smoked turkey and whole pie. Wood’s Chapel also offers all of these items a la carte.
Don’t miss: The pies—for $40, you can take home a brown butter pumpkin or bourbon chocolate pecan pie, among other flavors
Deadline: Thursday, November 21 at 5 p.m.

Star Provisions
What you can get: Bacchanalia chef Anne Quatrano’s more casual cafe is offering three types of turkey: a whole bird, a bone-in breast, and a heritage black. But the biggest draw here is the huge array of side dishes that surely will put anything you make on your own to shame, including sage and apple dressing, cranberry and orange relish, roasted roots, Brussels sprouts (with or without bacon), and yeast rolls. Don’t forget to order a pie for dessert.
Don’t miss: The thyme-onion rolls, if you’re looking for an alternative to traditional yeast
Deadline: Sunday, November 24 at 5 p.m.

What you can get: Order a meal from this O4W restaurant that includes a first course of butternut squash soup or salad, a main course of either garlic roasted turkey breast or fried turkey, three sides (think braised green beans and onions or macaroni and cheese), and pie or cranberry white chocolate bread pudding for dessert. $140 for four people, $255 for eight. You can also order just a turkey for $80.
Don’t miss: The roasted sweet potato side comes with maple compound butter
Deadline: Sunday, November 24

What you can get: Order a Classic Turkey Feast from either location of this Atlanta mainstay, which comes with turkey, soup, salad, mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts, cornbread dressing or bread stuffing, rolls, cornbread, and a pie. Prices range from $170 for four people to $470 for 12.
Don’t miss: Alon’s also offers appetizers, if you need a cheese board or shrimp cocktail for guests to munch on pre-meal.
Deadline: Monday, November 25 at 5 p.m.

What you can get:
Parish’s $130 bundle meal comes with an 8-10 pound turkey and five sides—macaroni and cheese, green bean casserole, sage stuffing, sweet potato puree, and cranberry-orange relish—as well as Parker House rolls and a choice of pumpkin or pecan pie.
Don’t miss: All of these items are also available a la carte, for those who want just sides or a bird.
Deadline: Monday, November 25 at 12 p.m.

Turkey and other protein

Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q
What you can get:
Feast upon a $75 whole smoked turkey or smoked turkey breasts for $22 per pound. You can also order a hickory smoked ham for $65.
Also available: Sides including green bean and sweet potato casseroles, and desserts including pumpkin pie bars and Dr. Pepper chocolate cake
Deadline: Sunday, November 24

What you can get: Looking to impress guests with a turducken, the unholy Thanksgiving centerpiece of a chicken stuffed inside a duck stuffed inside a turkey? Copeland’s in Cobb County will whip one up for $150. Alternately, you can also just order a Cajun fried turkey ($63-$70) or a honey ham ($70).
Also available: Sides including red hot potatoes and biscuits, and desserts including Creole cheesecake and a pan of brownies
Good to know: Both restaurants are open on Thanksgiving with a buffet.

Sweet Auburn Barbecue
What you can get:
For $85, snag a whole turkey that will feed about 12 guests from this Poncey-Highland barbecue joint.
Also available: You can add $13, quart-sized sides to your order, including green papaya Asian slaw, Jamaican jerk collards, stone-ground cheddar grits, smoked bacon lima beans, and wok-fried green beans. The restaurant also offers a six-person meal bundle for $85.
Good to know: Sunday, November 24 at 3 p.m.


Muss & Turner’s
What you can get:
This Smyrna restaurant continues its tradition of offering a ton of sides to round out your Thanksgiving meal, including butternut squash gratin ($42), collard greens with bacon ($32), sweet potato mash with brown butter pecan streusel ($32), lingonberry puree ($12), and smoked chicken liver mousse ($12).
Also available: Desserts, including the signature Evil Cookies ($18 for a half dozen) and oatmeal stout pumpkin pie ($32)
Deadline: Saturday, November 23

Table & Main
What you can get:
If you’re looking for some Southern-style sides, this Roswell restaurant offers cornbread and sausage stuffing ($32), collards ($29), mashed red potatoes ($29), even honey butter ($10/pint). All sides feed six people.
Also available: Whole turkeys ($89) and apple pie ($24)
Deadline: Saturday, November 23


Root Baking Co.
What you can get:
The Ponce City Market bakery, one of our favorite in town, offers plenty of loaves to complete your Thanksgiving table, including olive bread ($7.90), baguettes ($3.80), cranberry pecan bread ($7.35), sourdough ($7.60), and more.
Also available: Plenty of dessert options, including apple pie ($30), citrus pound cake (from $4.35), ginger molasses cookies ($2.15), and more.
Deadline: Monday, November 25 at 3 p.m.


Little Tart Bakeshop
What you can get: Impress guests with one of star baker Sarah O’Brien’s pies; flavors include pumpkin caramel ($32), apple oat streusel ($32), double crust apple ($40), and maple pecan ($36).
Also available: A crème fraiche quiche with seasonal veggies ($40)
Deadline: Sunday, November 24

What you can get: Order a variety of traditional flavors—pumpkin, pecan, cherry, and apple—along with vanilla and chocolate chess pies, each for $18-$20.
Also available: Thanksgiving-themed petit fours ($23), Parker House rolls ($4.60-$9), and even a gingerbread house kit ($40)
Deadline: 48 hours before pick-up

Southern Baked Pie Company
What you can get:
This bakery offers pies in both mini and full sizes, in flavors such as caramel apple pecan, buttermilk, french coconut, pumpkin, and cherry.
Also available: Savory pies, including taco and beef Stroganoff flavors
Deadline: November 20 is the last day to have a pie shipped to your door, but the shop’s online ordering system currently allows you to order and pick up pies thorough Tuesday.