So, Thanksgiving is next Thursday. That's right. NEXT THURSDAY! Last year, on the run-up to T-Givs, I was making pies, buying farm fresh birds, and generally getting ready to cook a feast. This year, I have no kitchen. It's under renovation, and the Atlanta branch of our family is left in the big city, fending for themselves.
I haven't quite decided what will happen to my family come next Thursday. We'll probably end up at my mom's on Johns Island with a much smaller group, eating only tier one and tier two foods (apparently after a decade of inclusion on the Thanksgiving table, Brussels sprouts have made it to tier two. Yay for Brussels sprouts).
But, since we haven't ordered our turkey yet, we're keeping our options open. You never know, we may order Thanksgiving out this year. If you're thinking of doing the same, check out my roundup of places who are packing up Thanksgiving feasts all over town.
Bull Street Gourmet & Market
120 King St.
Bull Street will roast, fry, or smoke your turkey, which they are getting from Tanglewood Farms in Winston-Salem. You can also stock up on sides like sweet potato soufflé, collards with bacon, roasted turnips, and fresh-made pie. Pickup begins on Wednesday and ends at 11 a.m. on Thanksgiving.
The crew at Cru will take care of you with a big spread of traditional dishes for a minimum of four people. Roasted turkey and Southern stuffing (we call this dressing), giblet gravy, port wine cranberry sauce, roasted pumpkin and arugula salad, whipped sweet potato, caramelized Brussels sprouts, and bourbon pecan pie. Pretty much all the tier one and tier two foods you could want. Deadline for ordering your spread is Sun. Nov. 20. Or you could just get them to cater the whole day at your house.
Caviar & Bananas
51 George St.
They've got a big menu for you to choose from at Caviar & Bananas. You can get a raw and dressed bird to cook yourself (and why would you want to do that?) or you can opt for a roasted turkey. Accompaniments range from cauliflower-gorgonzola bisque to garlic chive mashed potatoes and green bean casserole. They've got pies too, including classic pumpkin, bourbon pecan, and caramel apple. Deadline for ordering is Mon. Nov. 21, and pick up is between 9 a.m. Tues., Nov. 22 and 2p.m. on Thanksgiving.
The Glass Onion
1219 Savannah Hwy.
You can't get a turkey from the Glass Onion, but you can get some savory sides that will fool your guests into thinking you've been slaving away for hours. Seasonal sides, soups, and desserts include cornbread dressing (with or without oysters), gumbo, braised collards, and chocolate pecan pie. Deadline to order is Fri., Nov. 18, and pickup is Wed., Nov. 23, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. See full menu here.
Ted's deadline for ordering a pre-made feast is today, so make haste if you want to order from their spread. They've got out-of-the-ordinary choices like Southern pimento cheese corn pudding, pumpernickel dressing, and dill havarti & broccoli au gratin in addition to classics like mashed potatoes, gravy, and green beans. Pickup is Nov. 22 and 23.
Whole Foods will be open on Thanksgiving, and their hot bar will be stocked with classic dishes, so if all goes awry on the big day, keep this information in your back pocket. Otherwise, if you're not cooking, you can order ahead by visiting the store's website. They've got a ton of options, including a heat and serve dinner for four for $79.99.