All the togetherness at Thanksgiving is something to be grateful for, but it can also create a lot of stress. Did you cook enough food? Did you cook too much food? What will vegetarian aunt Linda eat? Is there enough wine to get through the moment when politics come up? Who is going to clean up all the mess? We are here to help with a collection of Atlanta restaurants that are cooking up a feast On Thanksgiving Day. We can’t guarantee there won’t be a family feud - but there will be enough food, and zero cleanup.
Chicken and the Egg
Diners choose between smoked turkey beast of brown sugar and mustard glazed ham at chef Marc Taft’s Southern Thanksgiving feast. He’s got all the fixins planned too. Choose three among cornbread dressing, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, mac and cheese, creamed corn and green bean casserole. There will be cranberry relish along with rolls and butter too. Save room for desserts like apple cobbler, pecan and pumpkin pie. Adults are $27.50. Kids up to 12 are $12.50 and kiddos 5 and under are free.
800 Whitlock Ave. NW. Marietta. 678-388-8863. Chickenandtheegg.com.
When conversation drifts toward politics, look up and change the subject to The Art of War. All 13 chapters of Sun Tzu’s treatise are written in white paint on the ceiling. You are set if your family does Thanksgiving as lunch or dinner. A three-course menu runs from 11 A.M. to the last seating at 7 P.M. Adults are $45 and kids 12 and under are $20. A wine pairing option is an additional $20.
1197 Peachtree ST. NW. Midtown. 404-400-3669. 5churchatlanta.com.
Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar - Virginia Highland
Enjoy your fest at the longest running tavern in Atlanta. Atkins Park has been serving for 95 years, so they know how to set a table. They are smoking the bird on a Big Green Egg and serving it with apple and sage stuffing and cider gravy. Not a fan of turkey? There is also a choice of braised pork shoulder with roasted root vegetables. They will even had the green bean casserole you crave topped with crispy onions. Sweet potato biscuits can sop the gravy and there will be pie. Adults are $30. Young adults are $12 and kids under 10 are $10.
794 N. Highland Ave. Virginia Highland. 404-876-7249. Atkinspark.com.
Livingston Restaurant + Bar
The lush dining room of Livingston, located in the historic Georgian Terrace hotel is a lovely way to bring family together. The buffet they are preparing has varied options for your clan of different tastes. A carving station will have roast turkey with giblet gravy and apple sage stuffing as well as slow roasted New York Strip. Two of the loveliest words will also be nearby: dessert buffet. Adults are $50. Children under 12 are $25 and kids 3 and under are free.
659 Peachtree St. NE. Midtown. 404-897-5000. Livingstonatlanta.com.
Zach Meloy’s plates are always clever and striking. Sure, his Thanksgiving feast includes smoked turkey breast and leg, but also roasted trout with lady pea cassoulet, winter squash hushpuppies, and whipped corn tea. We’re crushing on the anticipation of smoked ham hock croquettes. Sweet potatoes are in the form of doughnuts and cherries in the form of ice cream. No pumpkin pie here, instead it’s an ambrosia pineapple upside down cake among other delights. A seat is $85 per guest with optional wine pairings.
349 14th St. NW. Westside. 404-695-4547. Betterhalfatl.com.
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