Food & Chefs: Don't Cook this Thanksgiving! 2017

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Published by: David Danzig on Sunday November 12th, 2017

David Danzig


It’s that time of year where I make my huge pitch for people NOT to cook!

Don't get me wrong--I love the Thanksgiving meal as much as anyone.  It's a joyous union of about 8 of my favorite comfort foods all at the same table.  Turkey, stuffing--all of it comes together in one of the most delicious and nostalgic flavor profiles of the year.  As an incurable pragmatist, here's what I cannot get over:  the disproportionate time and energy goes into cooking versus the time it takes to eat the meal. Think about the head chef of your home operation.  The hours and hours they slave away--usually over a multi-day span--preparing dish after dish after dish.  Yes, this yields an amazing feast but seriously, how long does ingesting the meal take?  30 minutes?  An hour?  And then the cleanup comes next.  That's a good couple of hours alone!  So figure 8-10 hours of work to an hour of pleasure.  Come on, that work-to-enjoyment ratio is too out of whack!

Well this year I say keep the food tradition but break tradition with all the work and hassle and check out some of these great options to either bring home the meal ready to eat or dine in someone else's kitchen.  Make plans now and take a load off your mind and enjoy the holiday in style!  Below I have a long list of places to dine out—this link to Open Table is a perfect place to see if most of these are available for seating!  Also below you will find where to have world-class chefs prepare your bounty to bring home and look like a genius. Other pick up options include Amazon just announced that they are slashing prices at Whole Foods for Thanksgiving


Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland is serving a Thanksgiving feast that includes a Big Green Egg-smoked turkey breast with caramelized apple and sage stuffing and cider gravy; braised pork shoulder with roasted root vegetables and a bourbon glaze; green bean casserole with crispy onions and roasted mushrooms; roasted garlic mashed potatoes; cranberry Grand Marnier compote; and sweet potato biscuits. For dessert, a choice of Southern pecan pie or pumpkin cheesecake. Price is $30 for adults, $20 for young adults and $10 for kids under 10. Doors open at 4 p.m.; reservations are strongly recommended. 404-876-7249,

Treat loved ones to “A Southern Thanksgiving” at Marietta farm-to-table mainstay Chicken and the Egg from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For an entrée, choose from a smoked turkey breast and a brown sugar and mustard-glazed ham with choice of three sides (cornbread dressing, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, mac’ and cheese, creamed corn and green bean casserole). Dessert includes a choice of apple cobbler, pecan or pumpkin pie. Price is 27.50 for adults and $12.50 for children 6-12. 678-388-8813,

Buckhead's Le Bilboquet is pleased to announce that it will be serving a special Thanksgiving menu that features holiday favorites with an elevated twist including apple cider onion gratiné, butternut squash risotto and pecan pie with pumpkin whipped cream. Dinner will be $65 per adult and $25 per child.  To make reservations, call (404) 869-9944.  Menu includes Apple Cider Onion Gratiné, Spinach & Frisée Salad, Wagyu Beef Tartare, Quail Eggs Mimosa, Traditional Roasted Whole Turkey and Homemade Stuffing, Smashed Potatoes, Green Bean Casserole, Roasted Brussel Sprout, Fresh Cranberries and Gravy Seared Diver Scallops, Foie Gras Cromesquis, Tomatoes Confit, Sautéed Mushrooms, Bacon Chicken Jus, Butternut Squash Risotto, Squash and Zucchini Confit, Shaved Parmesan, Truffle Pumpkin Broth, Cajun Chicken, Mixed Green Lettuce, French Fries, Beurre Blanc and for dessert Vanilla Crème Brûlée, Pecan Pie, Pumpkin Whipped Cream Chocolate Mousse.  Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017 | 12 p.m.-8 p.m. 

Food 101 in Sandy Springs is serving up a generous Thanksgiving spread heavy on chef-crafted American favorites from 11:30 a.m. to 7. p.m. Choose between sage apple and honey-roasted turkey or housemade Cheshire pork loin ham for an entrée and enjoy a selection of family-style sides like buttermilk whipped potatoes, mac ’n cheese and garlic and thyme-roasted fingerling potatoes, along with plentiful appetizer and dessert options. Reservations are required. Price is $46 per adult and $20 for kids ages 5-12. Tax and gratuity not included. The restaurant is also open for brunch on Black Friday, Nov. 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., serving its weekend brunch menu.  404-497-9700;

Share special memories and give thanks this year at Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse. Executive Chef Matthew Rosekrans will prepare a special Thanksgiving Day menu highlighting classic Turkey Day recipes. The Thanksgiving dinner menu is available between 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. for $59 per adult and $23 per child (12 years & under). Make your reservation by calling 404-844-4810.

Both locations of HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern offer a respite from cooking and cleaning with the added bonus of a first-class menu of tavern favorites and spirits. The original Midtown location (404-968-2288) is serving its regular menu all day, along with a special Thanksgiving burger with turkey steak, stuffing, cranberry sauce and melted Brie cheese, served with sweet potato fries. In Brookhaven (404-464-8971), enjoy a Thanksgiving buffet for $39 per person from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Both locations are also serving mulled wine for $8.

Livingston Restaurant & Bar | Thanksgiving Buffet

  • November 23, 2017
  • 659 Peachtree St. Atlanta, GA, 30308
  • (404) 897-1991
  • 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • $50 for adults, $25 for children ages 12 and under, free for children ages 3 and under
  • Full menu can be found here.  Reservations are not required but are highly suggested and can be made by visiting or by calling 866-845-7551

 Better Half | Thanksgiving Dinner

  • November 23, 2017
  • 349 14th St. NW Bldg C-100 Atlanta, GA, 30318
  • (404) 695-4547
  • $85/person with additional wine pairings available for $30

5Church Atlanta offers a special three-course menu starting at 11 a.m., with a last seating at 7 p.m. Price is $45 per adult and $20 for children 12 and under, with a $20 optional wine pairing available. 404-400-3669,

Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails is setting the Thanksgiving table in historic Crabapple from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For $45 per person, dig into three courses of traditional favorites such as turducken meatballs, spiral cut ham, shrimp and grits, sweet potato-pumpkin pie and blueberry-peach pie. 770-817-0161,

Thanksgiving at Ray’s Restaurants is an Atlanta tradition thanks to legendary buffets featuring plentiful portions of favorite Turkey Day treats. At Ray’s on the River, enjoy hickory-smoked beef brisket with Carolina Gold BBQ and blistered sweet peppers or molasses-glazed rotisserie chicken, among many other offerings (not to mention killer views of the Chattahoochee) for $47.95 per adult and $23.95 per child (ages 5-10). Savor roasted Bell and Evans turkey with sage dressing, gravy and cranberry relish or Big Green Egg-smoked brisket with whipped potatoes and homemade BBQ sauce at Ray’s at Killer Creek for $45.95 per adult and $22.95 per child. Or head downtown to Ray’s in the City for braised beef burgundy or roasted turkey and smoked turkey legs for $42.95 per adult and $21.95 per child. For full menus, visit

Four Seasons Atlanta will be serving brunch and dinner on Thanksgiving…Thanksgiving Brunch begin or continue the tradition of our elaborate Thanksgiving Buffet. $110 for Adults, $48 Ages 6-12, Under 5 are Complimentary.  Seatings at 10:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.  Thanksgiving Dinner  Enjoy a prix fixe menu with a variety of delightful creations including smoked Tom turkey with sausage cornbread dressing, cider gravy, and charred Brussels sprouts. $85 for Adults, $45 Ages 6-12, Under 5 are Complimentary, Seatings start at 7:00 p.m.

ALLORA, the newly opened Italian concept in Atlantic Station at the TWELVE Hotel, will be open on Thanksgiving for breakfast from 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., for lunch from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and dinner from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. For more information or to make a reservation, visit or call 404.961.7370. ALLORA is located in Atlantic Station at 361 17th St NW Atlanta, GA 30363. Stay connected on Twitter and Instagram at @alloratl. 

Atlas at the St. Regis Atlanta will be open from 4 to 9 p.m. Atlas invites guests to celebrate Thanksgiving with an unforgettable three-course prix fixe dinner created by Executive Chef Christopher Grossman for $75 per person. The full dinner menu will also be available. Atlas is located in the St.Regis Atlanta at 88 West Paces Ferry Rd NW Atlanta, GA 30305. To make reservations, visit or call 404.600.6471.

Hampton + Hudson will be open on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23, beginning at 6 p.m, serving a limited menu. Hampton + Hudson is located in Inman Park at 299 N. Highland Ave., Unit L, Atlanta, GA 30307. For more on Hampton + Hudson, visit Stay connected on Twitter at @_HamptonHudson and on Instagram at @HamptonHudson.

ROOM, located in the TWELVE Centennial Park hotel in Downtown Atlanta, is open on Thanksgiving Day for breakfast from 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., while the bar remains open until dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. ROOM will also be serving Executive Chef Juan Carlos Huerta’s $4 select sushi rolls from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., including fresh favorites like the Spicy Tuna Roll, California Roll, Sakura Roll and more. For more information or to make a reservation, visit or call 404.418.1250. ROOM at TWELVE is located at 400 W Peachtree St, Atlanta, GA 30308. Stay connected on Twitter and Instagram at @roomattwelve.


Gobble, gobble! Bantam + Biddy has a limited number of Thanksgiving dinners to feed 10-12 adults for $200. The dinner includes a 12-14 lb. pecan wood-smoked turkey, braised collard greens, sage and wild rice stuffing, North Georgia apple pie and more. Orders must be placed by 5 p.m. on Nov. 21 and picked up at the Lenox location on Nov. 22 between 1-3 p.m. To order, call 404-725-5059 or email [email protected].

Chicken and the Egg has two traditional dinner packages to take home for Thanksgiving that includes roasted turkey breast, gravy, cornbread dressing, mashed potatoes and rolls.  Feed parties of 6-8 with the Traditional package for $90 or order the Deluxe to feed 10-12 people for $130. Additional sides such as sweet potato casserole, cornbread dressing and cranberry relish are available to purchase, as well as whole pies for $12 (pumpkin) and $15 (pecan). To-go orders must be placed by Nov. 20. 678-388-8813,

Sol Catering, Taqueria Del Sol's catering division will be offering delicious, non-traditional Thanksgiving sides such as Roasted Jalapeño Mac & Cheese, Jalapeño Cole Slaw, Smashed Red Bliss Potatoes and much more, Sol Catering is the perfect way to please the family this Thanksgiving. Sol Catering provides pick-up or delivery options and can also supply disposable utensils for a quick and easy clean-up after the big feast. To place an order, call (404) 853-3239. All orders must be placed by Monday, November 20 with a pick up on Wednesday, November 22. For a full menu and other details, please visit

Feel like staying home this Thanksgiving? No problem! Take home a 12- to 14-pound apple-brined and smoked turkey from Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails and feed 6-8 guests for just $85. Each bird comes with a quart of Madeira gravy and one quart of sage-corn spoonbread. Additional sides like mashed potatoes, green beans and extra gravy and spoonbread are also available for $20 per quart. Pick up at the restaurant on Nov. 21 or 22 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.  770-817-0161,

For those looking for stress-free baking, Revival in Decatur takes care of Thanksgiving dessert with fully cooked pies and cakes available for pre-order. Pies are $35 each and available flavors are apple streusel, pumpkin and lemon icebox. Cakes are $55 each and available flavors are Awesome Chocolate Cake, red velvet cake with cream cheese icing and yellow cake with chocolate icing. To order, contact [email protected]. Must order by Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. and pick up on Nov. 22 between 1-5 p.m. No substitutions. 470-225-6770,

Fox Bros BBQ | Thanksgiving Offerings

  • Order by November 19
  • 1238 DeKalb Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA, 30307
  • (404) 414-0826
  • Whole Smoked Turkey ($75), Hickory Smoked Ham with peach glaze ($65), Smoked Turkey Breast ($22/pound). Small sides ($20) feed up to 12 people, medium ($40) feed 20-25 people and large ($80) feeds up to 50. Sides include Green Bean Casserole, Cornbread Dressing and Sweet Potato Casserole. Whole desserts are available as well and include Pumpkin Pie Bars and Dr. Pepper Chocolate Cake. A full menu can be found here. To order:[email protected] or (404) 414-0826
  • The Mercury in Ponce City Market| Thanksgiving Holiday Box

Order by November 19 and Pick up on Wednesday, November 22 from 11 am to 3 pm.   Choice of: 12 lb Turkey or Honey Glazed ham, 3 Sides, 1 Dessert and one bottle of Proof Traditional Cocktail Syrup.  $199, Feeds 4 people.  To order call (404) 500-5253 

The Pinewood | Thanksgiving Holiday Box

  • Order by November 19; Pick up on Wednesday, November 22 from 11 am to 3 pm
  • 254 W Ponce De Leon Ave, Decatur, GA, 30030
  • (404) 373-5507
  • Choice of: 12 lb Turkey or Honey Glazed ham, 3 Sides, 1 Dessert and one bottle of Proof Traditional Cocktail Syrup
  • $199, Feeds 4 people
  • To order call (404) 373-5507

The Four Seasons Looking for a home cooked holiday meal without the hassle of preparing it? Chef Michael Patria offers the convenient “Turkey To Go” for your Thanksgiving gathering. Dinner includes: holiday baked turkey, sage-turkey gravy, whipped potatoes, green bean casserole, chestnut-sage stuffing, cranberry-orange relish, candied sweet potatoes, traditional pumpkin pie and bourbon pecan pie. $325 all-inclusive, serves 8 people.  Deadline to order is Thursday, November 17th.  Pick-up is Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23rd.

The Brasserie and Neighborhood Café at PARISH is combining fresh ingredients and creating delicious menu items, capturing the essence of Thanksgiving, for guests to enjoy this upcoming holiday with PARISH’s Thanksgiving To-Go. Feeding 6-8 people, PARISH is offering both a la carte and bundle options for this special occasion. Orders must be placed by Monday, November 20th by 3 p.m. to be picked by Wednesday, November 22, after 10 a.m.  They have an a la carte menu as well as a bundle menu option which feeds 6-8 people, $119.  Bone-In Turkey Breast with Chardonnay Turkey, 1 of each sides and choice of Pecan or Pumpkin pie.

This Thanksgiving, let Chef Shane McIntosh of Ocean Market and Ocean Catering Company do all the hard work. The acclaimed chef has prepared what promises to be an unforgettable, four-course Thanksgiving dinner to-go menu for parties of four, eight and 12 starting at $134. Taking orders now through Monday, November 20, 2017 at 12 p.m., the easy-to-prepare Thanksgiving meals will be available for pick-up at Ocean Market on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 before 3 p.m. Orders can be placed by calling 404-665-1495.

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