Don't Cook This Thanksgiving! 2020 Pandemic Version

First and foremost, let's take a moment and give thanks for making this far into 2020. No small feat!

Second, please be careful this year and have a plan whether or not you cook at home, carry out or dine in somewhere. Here is the CDC's recommendation for Thanksgiving 2020 at home! Folks are so stressed about Thanksgiving going well that Whole Foods even is offering turkey insurance!

My advice: don't 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. But the 8-10 hours (shopping, cooking, and dishes) never seem worth it for the 30-45 minutes of gorging on the meal (and then the glorious tryptophan nap). And in a year where Thanksgiving needs to hit it out of the park, I make an especially impassioned annual pitch for you to leave it to the pros!

Below is a list of take-out options that will create gastronomic joy and render stress obsolete. And if you are looking to eat out, Open Table is a good place to see who is offering dine-in and what safety protocols they are taking. Either way, leave the cooking and cleaning to the experts, be safe and enjoy!

Thanksgiving To-Go or Outside The Home

Thanksgiving is a time to count blessings, not carbs. Just for Thanksgiving, TWO urban licks will be offering Two-Go options that are two good to pass up (get it?). Conveniently located on the Atlanta BeltLine, TWO is offering both a la carte and bundle menus, feeding four to six people. Satisfy the whole family's tastebuds with everything from savory to sweet. Orders must be placed by Wednesday, November 18th at noon and are to be picked up by Wednesday, November 25th at Bully Boy. To place an order call 404.522.4622 or email For more information or to make a  reservation, visit  or call  404.522.4622. TWO  urban licks is located at 820 Ralph McGill Blvd. Atlanta, GA 30306. Stay  connected on Twitter at @2urbanlicks and Instagram at @TwoUrbanLicks and on Facebook at 

Castellucci Hospitality Group - (Bar Mercado & Recess / Cooks & Soldiers / Double Zero / Sugo / The Iberian Pig) offers a full Thanksgiving to-go menu, available across all CHG restaurants (**also hosting a holiday Feed the Frontlines campaign to feed Atlanta frontline workers this Thanksgiving). Thanksgiving to-go menu featuring a whole turkey + a selection of sides by the quart, pies, wine party boxes & bottles, and a list of the most popular dishes across various CHG restaurants. WHY IT'S UNIQUE: This is the first time ever that signature menu items from multiple CHG restaurants have been offered all together on one menu! The menu offered a la carte (mix-and-match for the perfect Thanksgiving spread). The menu is available to pre-order & pick-up at every CHG restaurant (first-come, first-served!). TO ORDER:

Rocket Farm Restaurants - offering take & bake commissary items for your at-home Thanksgiving celebration including Buttermilk-Honey Rolls ($14/dozen), Pies ($25 each): Coconut (BeetleCat's famous), Chocolate Chess, Pecan, Pumpkin (*Each pie also includes a "kit" to make a whipped cream topping). All items are available to purchase here, & are available for pick-up at ONLY no. 246, JCT. or Superica Buckhead. TO ORDER:

Keep it cozy at home this Thanksgiving with Gunshow's Thanksgiving meal for two ($75). Braised pork shank, "French onion" spaetzle, German potato salad, kohlrabi rotkohl and apple streusel pair perfectly with the Kings Harvest Punch cocktail kit for four ($45) or Cattin Crement d'Alsace sparkling pinot blanc ($60). Gunshow shows off fall ingredients with a seasonal tonic cocktail kit ($12/serves one) with butternut squash vodka, cranberry and harissa tonic, roasted onion and seltzer. Place orders and pay online by midnight on Sunday, Nov. 22 for pick-up on Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 4 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall is now accepting pre-orders for Thanksgiving meals to go! Available in serving sizes for two, each take-and-bake feast features classic Thanksgiving favorites. Orders must be placed on Ladybird's website here by Sunday, November 22, with the option to choose between home delivery and pick-up at Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall (684 John Wesley Dobbs Ave) the day before Thanksgiving (Wednesday, November 25). Meals are $60 and feed two people, and beer and wine can be added to orders. For every Thanksgiving Feast purchased, Ladybird will donate a meal for a metro Atlanta family through sister-nonprofit, ATLFAMILYMEAL.

Revival serves up a Southern Thanksgiving tradition with its a la carte to-go menu featuring main course meats, all the fixings, sweets and adult beverages. Options include whole smoked turkeys and Cheerwine-glazed hams ($115); sides such as Revival mac 'n cheese, classic cornbread dressing, old-fashioned squash casserole ($10-$20/serves four); sweets like apple brown betty and pumpkin bread pudding ($22); and adult beverages such as autumn sangria and hot mulled cider ($35). View the full menu and place orders online by midnight on Sunday, Nov. 22 for pick-up on Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 4 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

In Marietta, Seed Kitchen & Bar takes care of everything except the turkey this Thanksgiving. Cook the bird and leave it to Seed to provide all the fixings including Parker House rolls with honey pecan butter, roasted carrots, Brussels sprouts with smoked bacon vinaigrette, roasted fingerling potatoes, cornbread stuffing, smoked Gouda mac 'n cheese, cranberry sauce, roasted turkey gravy and a choice of pumpkin pie or Ellijay apple streusel pie for dessert. The Thanksgiving to-go feast feeds eight and costs $199. Extra pies are available for $25, and wine packages curated by Seed's sommeliers to pair perfectly with the meal are available for an additional cost. View the full menu and place orders online by Nov. 22 for pick-up on Nov. 24 or 25.

Milton's Cocktails and Cuisine offers a to-go meal option including a 12- to 14-pound apple-brined and smoked turkey that feeds six to eight people and one quart of sage-corn spoonbread and Madeira gravy. For those wanting a Thanksgiving meal with ALL the fixings, Milton's is preparing a Thanksgiving feast boasting a 12- to 14-pound apple-brined and smoked turkey with one quart each of mashed potatoes, Madeira gravy, sage-corn spoonbread, smoked Gouda mac 'n cheese, cheddar grits, Kentuckyaki Brussels sprouts and green beans for $175. The turkey comfortably feeds six to eight guests with sides feeding two to four. Additional savory sides for both meal options are $20 per quart. Order online by Friday, Nov. 20 for pick-up on Wednesday, Nov. 25 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Marlow's Tavern is whipping up a Thanksgiving dinner for $140 that serves five people with the possibility of a few leftovers for later. The dinner includes a choice of entrée—a sliced 2.5-pound turkey breast with turkey gravy and cranberry sauce, a 2.5-pound brown sugar-glazed ham or a 4-4.5-pound whole prime rib with red demi-glace ($35 extra). A selection of accompaniments round out the meal such as Tavern salad, butternut squash soup, pimento cheese and pita bread, cornbread stuffing, green bean almondine, sweet potato casserole and pumpkin spice bread pudding. Marlow's also offers a selection of a la carte favorites to create your own Thanksgiving feast or add to the pre fixe dinner. Place orders online by 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22 for pick-up on Wednesday, Nov. 25 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Leave the hard work to Loyal Q and Brew this Thanksgiving. The Alpharetta eatery offers whole smOAKed turkeys, French-cut turkey breasts and whole smOAKed brisket sure to please a crowd. Add on traditional gravy, garlic mashed potatoes, sweet potato mash and cornbread muffin stuffing to complete the meal without making a mess in your kitchen. View the menu online and call 470-366-3221 or email to place orders by Sunday, Nov. 22 at 5 p.m. Each order comes with simple reheating instructions and can be picked up at Loyal Tavern or Loyal Q and Brew on Wednesday, Nov. 25 from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. or on Thanksgiving Day from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Marcel - bring your Marcel favorites home for the holidays with their signature TO-GO meal kits, available beginning Nov. 16 through the holiday season. Marcel Reserve Burger ($49) - House ground and blended dry-aged beef patties, gruyere, buns, bacon, truffle chips, Marcel Classique ($105) - Two 8oz Filet Mignon, Pommes Dauphinoise, Asparagus, Sauce Diane, evoo and maldon sea salt for finishing, Marcel Experience ($145) - One 22oz Bone-in Ribeye, One 16oz Bone-in NY Strip, Pommes Dauphinoise, Asparagus, Mushrooms, Sauce Diane, evoo and maldon sea salt for finishing or Marcel Royale ($155) - One 30oz Tomahawk or Porterhouse, Pommes Dauphinoise, Asparagus, Mushrooms, Sauce Diane, evoo and Maldon sea salt for finishing. TO ORDER 24-hour notice required for ordering. Call to order or

Little Rey - add a festive Mexican flair to your Thanksgiving spread this year! Available beginning Nov. 2. TO-GO whole and two whole chicken dinner ($49): includes queso & 1 quart of margarita base. TO ORDER: online or call to order.

South City Kitchen serves up a southern-inspired take & bake menu (with a tablescape décor add-on!). To-go take & bake meals "with all the fixins'" - a Southern-themed a la carte menu with salads, Thanksgiving mains, "for the table" & "dine all day" sides & snacks, + desserts. WHY IT'S UNIQUE: Also offering a Low Country Tablescape (PHOTOS) magnolia centerpiece to add to your order (magnolia centerpiece with colorful turkey and pheasant feathers). With proper storage, can be used for years to come! Available to order from South City Kitchen's Buckhead, Midtown & Vinings locations.

Star Provisions Market & Café - a la carte Thanksgiving to go with all the fixings! The menu includes: MAIN: Raw Joyce Natural Free-Range Turkey (options range from 10-24lbs), FIXINS: includes turkey gravy, cranberry relish, Yukon gold potato puree, sage & apple dressing, sweet potato puree, green beans, roasted carrots, brussels sprouts, mac and cheese, & pan orders of yeast/onion thyme rolls; DESSERT: Ellijay apple crumb pie, Georgia pecan pie & pumpkin pie. FULL MENU & TO ORDER: PICK-UP: Wednesday, Nov 25 from 10am-4pm

Graffiti Breakfast, currently known for innovative pop-ups, catering, and incredible cocktails. will open at Chattahoochee Food Works and feature breakfast staples with a southern twist. The concept will "pay it forward" by using local ingredients from Atlanta's urban farms. This will be the first brick and mortar location for the husband and wife team, Chef Marcus James Waller and Tonya Waller. The duo is well-known for providing exceptional guest service. This year you can order Thanksgiving and the chef will personally deliver to you! Ordering is via email only --

Ray's on the River, Ray's at Killer Creek and Ray's in the City are doing Thanksgiving to-go and are open for dine-in. The to-go menu feeds 4 for $200. Orders must be placed by November 23 at 5 p.m., for pickup on November 24 and 25 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dine-in is open at Killer Creek and the City (booked at the River!), with the menu available for $50 per guest. Reservations must be made by 5 p.m. on November 23.

Eat, drink, and be FULL! Throughout November, Red's Beer Garden is giving Atlantans and foodies alike something to be eternally grateful for, The Thanksgiving Dog! Topped with cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, gravy, and chives, hungry revelers can indulge in Red's take on all-things Thanksgiving for $8.50. Enhance this tasty Thanksgiving treat by pairing it with the perfect six-pack of beers, including lagers, pilsners, stouts, Saisons, and more. Red's is open for take-out and patio dining for optimal ways guests can enjoy The Thanksgiving Dog and full menu. Red's Beer Garden is nestled between Grant Park and East Atlanta in Benteen Park, 1328 Boulevard SE, Atlanta, GA 30315. For more information, visit or call 770-637-2299. Stay connected on Facebook and Instagram at @redsbeergarden.

Hot Chick Peas wants to be a part of what brings joy to Thanksgiving, so we are preparing a special meal that the entire family can enjoy, and be thankful for--their Thanksgiving Turkey and side dishes wish to reunite your loved ones with good memories delicious food. Phone: (770) 710-0455 Email: Facebook page:;!!F8-Dj6fVkZI!NIwsnDsD0S_yeTFtg8g6xBMGThLo48nlsutJB11vjlaQDyixqEkrkLsnq0D0Y6MH$

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it's time to start thinking about what family and friends will want to feast on. With their new Thanksgiving-To-Go offering, Dantanna's is ready to the cooking for parties of four. For $160, diners can indulge in a three-course, chef-driven meal and choose a soup or salad, four sides, a 1/2 breast or 1/2 bird flavored with a choice of sage butter roasted, house rubbed and slow hickory smoked, or flash-fried in zero trans-fat soybean oil, and a dessert. Order online at by November 15th.  Dantanna's Buckhead is located at the  Shops Around Lenox, 3400 Around Lenox Rd NE #304,  Atlanta, GA 30326. For more information, visit   or  call 404.760.8873.  Stay connected on Twitter and Instagram at @dantannas. 

Be extra thankful this year with STK Atlanta's Thanksgiving offerings. Starting Wednesday, November 26 through Saturday, November 29 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., STK's Thanksgiving menu is something to gobble about. Known for its signature and seasonal offerings, STK will be serving a roasted turkey special with chestnut cornbread stuffing, green beans, sweet potato, Yukon Gold Potatoes, old school gravy and cranberry-orange chutney for $49 per person. Children 12 and under can also enjoy a roasted turkey special with all the trimmings for $29. Guests with a sweet tooth can dive into a Traditional Pumpkin Pie served with Bailey's whipped cream and vanilla ice cream for $12. STK's full dinner menu featuring Lobster Mac & Cheese, seafood platters, and an array of cooked-to-perfection filets, delectable sides and much more, will also be available. Bring the family or enjoy the options of takeout and delivery. For more information or to make  a reservation, visit or call  404-793-0144. Stay connected on Twitter and@eatstk #stkatlanta.

Give thanks this Thanksgiving at Kona Grill with special seasonal dining options. Beginning Tuesday, November 25 to Saturday, November 29, the holiday diners can enjoy a choice between delicious Thanksgiving dishes including Traditional Roasted Turkey Plate: roasted turkey breast, mashed potatoes and cream gravy, brioche stuffing, sautéed green beans, and ginger- yuzu infused cranberry sauce for $24; a Macadamia Nut Turkey Plate: macadamia nut crusted turkey breast, miso mashed potatoes, shoyu cream sauce, sautéed green beans, and ginger-yuzu infused cranberry sauce for $26; or a Turkey Loco Plate: sautéed turkey patties, a sunny side up egg, cream gravy, whipped sweet potatoes, sautéed green beans, dried cranberry spiced pecans, pumpkin seeds, and crispy collard greens for $26. Children can enjoy a choice of Thanksgiving trimmings such as the Kids Macadamia Nut or Roasted Turkey plates, served in a bento box with Kona's signature orange bear, and a children's beverage for $14. Keep the night sweet with a Macadamia Nut Pie with roasted nuts, coconut flakes, and vanilla ice cream, for just $12. The full Kona grill menu and children's menu will also be available. Kona is open for dine-in, delivery and curbside pickup. For more information or to make a reservation, visit or call 470-226-1540. Stay connected on Instagram at @konagrill and on Facebook at @KonaGrill.

Varuni Napoli: Consider dessert and dinner checked off your list with Varuni Napoli's pizza and cannoli kits. Don't forget to top the meal off with to-go cocktails! All of these delicious at-home offerings include everything needed. Want a little of everything? Varuni's At-Home Holiday Bundle is available for purchase for the discounted price of $160 - complete with pizza, cannolis, and cocktails to make the perfect evening. All kits require 24-hour notice - 404-709-2690 to place an order.

Southern Baked Pie at Vinings Jubilee: Make the holidays even easier with Southern Baked Pie's two bundles - available for a limited time only and ships on November 10! Both options arrive frozen until you're ready to cook it. Hostess with the Mostest Bundle: Choice of 1 sweet pie (Caramel Pecan or Chocolate Chess), Choice of 1 quiche (Spinach Mushroom or Sausage Onion), Chicken Pot Pie, Buttermilk Biscuits, and Cheese Crisps. Gracious Gift Breakfast Bundle: Choice of Quiche (sausage or spinach), pimento cheese, buttermilk biscuits, sharp cheddar biscuits.

Paces & Vine at Vinings Jubilee: Take a break from cooking with Paces & Vine's family-style Thanksgiving. Guests can enjoy traditional style Thanksgiving dishes from 12-6 pm. No to-go options will be offered. Stay tuned for more details on Paces & Vine's social channels and website.

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