Monday, November 7, 2016

This Thanksgiving, Let Someone Else Do the Cooking

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Emily Connolly or Morgan Lanier
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Atlanta’s Best Restaurants Serve up Delicious Alternatives to Cooking at Home

ATLANTA (Nov. 7, 2016) – Thanksgiving is a time for connecting with family, counting our blessings and sitting down to a generous feast. Even better, it doesn’t have to be one you’ve prepared yourself!  Whether you enjoy the abundance of an all-you-can-eat buffet or the convenience of tasty takeout, you’ll be thankful for these Turkey Day options.

From 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., 5Church Atlanta offers a special three-course menu; $35 per adult and $17 for children 13 and under. 404-400-3669,

Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland is going all out with a plentiful Thanksgiving dinner 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; sweet potato biscuits; and for dessert, Southern pecan pie and pumpkin cheesecake with a gingersnap crust. Price is $28 for adults, $18 for young adults and $10 for kids under 10. Doors open at 4 p.m., and reservations are strongly recommended. 404-876-7249,
Marietta’s Chicken and the Egg is cooking up a traditional Southern Thanksgiving feast, all prepared in-house with responsibly sourced ingredients, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Choose from a smoked turkey breast or a sorghum and mustard-glazed ham with a choice of three sides (cornbread dressing, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, mac and cheese, creamed corn and green bean casserole). For dessert, choose from apple cobbler, pecan or pumpkin pie, all for $27.50 for adults and $12.50 for children 6-12. The restaurant is also offering to-go dinners to feed parties of 6-8 ($90) or 10-12 ($125). Cal the restaurant to order by Nov. 21. 678-388-8813,
Ray’s Restaurants are known for their Thanksgiving buffets, serving heaping portions of Thanksgiving favorites alongside Ray’s signature offerings from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. At Ray’s on the River, enjoy commanding views of the Chattahoochee alongside roasted turkey and herb-roasted prime rib for $45.95 per adult and $22.95 per child (ages 5-10). Help yourself to a Cajun-fried whole Bell and Evans turkey or a Big Green Egg peppered barbecue brisket at Ray’s at Killer Creek for $39.95 per adult and $19.95 per child. Or dig into a carved suckling pig or steamship of beef at Ray’s in the City, also priced at $39.95 per adult and $19.95 per child. For full menus, visit


Hosting your own family feast? Skip the supermarket and treat your guests to a 12- to 14-pound apple-brined and smoked turkey from Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails. This sumptuous bird comes with Madeira gravy and sage-corn spoonbread and can comfortably feed 6-8 guests for only $85. Sides are available upon request. Order online by Nov. 18 for pick-up Nov. 22-23. 770-817-0161,

Top off your celebration with fresh-baked pies from The Southern Gentleman. Pastry chef Kelly Lovett is preparing fresh pumpkin, apple crisp and Georgia pecan pies perfect for your Thanksgiving feast. Regular-sized 10-inch pies are $35, while mini-pies that serve 1-2 are $7. All orders must be placed by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, and pickup is Wednesday, Nov. 23 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For ordering information, visit 404-939-9845,

Storico Fresco Alimentari e Ristorante’s Thanksgiving to-go menu features a selection of Italian favorites, including three different lasagnas (Bolognese, mushroom-truffle and spinach-artichoke), a variety of seasonal salads, meat-and-cheese platters and butternut squash soup. Don’t miss the desserts! Burnt ricotta pie? Yes, please! All orders must be placed by Friday, Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. Pick up begins Monday, Nov. 21 at 3 p.m. 404-500-2181,


What better way to cap a day of caloric excess than a night of dancing and merriment at Johnny’s Hideaway?  Buckhead’s long-running nightlife landmark will be open from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. 404-233-8026,


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