In the South, we like to take care of our neighbors, family and friends. When there’s a baby, we bring food. When there’s a death, we bring food. When there’s a new house, we bring food. There’s a well-oiled meal-train machine established for just about any of life’s major moments. Women sign up to shower three-course meals upon our friends to show our love and support. It’s just what we do. However between school, full-time jobs, side hustles, ball practice and social calendars, some of us might not always have the time to devote to the kitchen. If you’re next on the meal train, or if you just need a night off from your own kitchen, have no fear. We’ve found the best places to pick-up pre-packaged, tastes-like-it’s-home-cooked meals around town. Atlanta hostesses, busy moms and do-gooders, we’ve got your back!
Where to Get Prepared Meals in Atlanta
3145 Peachtree Road, Ste. 165, Atlanta, GA 30305 (Plus two OTP locations)
Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Two words: taco pie. You may already be familiar with Southern Baked Pie’s collection of sweet pies the likes of traditional apple, caramel pecan and chocolate chess, but we’re here to tell you that their savory pies steal the pastry spotlight. Southern Baked has a few savory selections on their menu including tomato pie, chicken pot pie, beef stroganoff pie and a few quiches, too. However, the taco pie is the perfect palate pleaser, and recipients will be singing your praises long after the last Southwestern bite is gone. The taco pies can be baked frozen making them easy weeknight go-tos for any last-minute drop-offs or meal planning disasters. Add a few fun toppings like cheese, guacamole, salsa and sour cream for extra pizzazz and plate appeal.
56 E. Andrews Drive NW, Ste. 15, Atlanta, GA 30305
Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
We’ve said it once or twice, and we’ll say it again: Lucy’s Market is one of our favorite local haunts. In addition to a gorgeous selection of produce, fresh-baked goods and spectacular wines, Lucy’s also stocks ready-to-bake casseroles and side dishes. Peek around any of their refrigerated cases and you’ll find various dips for appetizers, sides like twice-baked potatoes and green beans almondine, and mains like lasagna and poppyseed chicken. If you want to bring breakfast instead, look no further than Lucy’s selection of cinnamon rolls and biscuits. Before you check-out, ask the Lucy’s crew to work their magic, and they’ll fill a basket with your food selections, utensils, plates and napkins — effortlessly chic at its finest!
Various locations with specified hours throughout metro-Atlanta
If your family is full of pizza lovers, you can’t miss the best-kept pizza secret in ATL: Blue Moon Pizza’s take-and-bake pies. These pizzas put grocery store frozen alternatives to such shame that your family will think you’ve been hiding your pizza skills all this time. You can get any pizza on the Blue Moon menu, in any size, as a take-and-bake option. Need to please a picky eater? Just have the chef remove any unwanted toppings. Order your take-and-bake pizzas at the bar, which is the perfect excuse for a little alone time with an adult beverage, or place your order over the phone before you arrive. Then bake your pizza using the easy-to-follow instructions at your leisure at home. The pizzas taste exactly like they do at the restaurant, if not better. You can thank us later.
Various locations with specified hours throughout Atlanta
With fall on the horizon and winter hot on its heels, it’s only a matter of time before soup makes its way back onto our weekly menus. Skip the stock pot and stock-up on Souper Jenny’s soups instead. The eatery has quarts of soup available in their refrigerators for easy pick-up, or you can fill a fresh quart while you’re there. My Dad’s Turkey Chili is always a winner in our book, but don’t let us stop you from going quart crazy. There are worse things in life to indulge in than homemade soup. Add one of Jenny’s salads (Big Green is our go-to) along with rolls and a few cookies too, and you’ll leave with a meal fit for a family. We also love the idea of grabbing lunch to-go at Souper Jenny as a midweek surprise for your child’s teacher. With locations sprinkled throughout town, the convenience of soup, salad and sandwiches is just around the corner.
Find more great places to dine in or take out in Atlanta. Check out our food and dining section here.