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If slaving over a hot stove and washing mounds of dirty dishes leaves you feeling less than thankful, or if you’d rather cook one or two dishes and let someone else do the rest, opting for good, old-fashioned Thanksgiving takeout might be just the ticket! Here are six local places where you can do just that. Phone it in and pick it up. Boom, done!

Ashley Mac’s

While their Cahaba Heights location is temporarily closed, Ashley Mac’s is still dishing out homestyle goodness at their Inverness and Bluff Park locations. The holiday menu covers all the bases from appetizers, like sausage balls with creamy mustard sauce, to sides, like cheesy, twice-baked mashed potatoes. And don’t forget the sweet endings, like their decadent pumpkin cheesecake bars. Order 48 hours in advance. Get details at

Savory sausage balls at Ashley Mac's

Savory sausage balls at Ashley Mac’s | Image credit: Ashley Mac’s

Edgar’s Bakery

Edgar’s is well-known for its sugary confections, so save plenty of room for their scratch-made apple or cherry pie. The pecan tart, made with fresh Alabama pecans, is another sweet crowd-pleaser.  Order online at least 48 hours in advance. Learn more at

The pecan tart at Edgar's Bakery

The pecan tart at Edgar’s Bakery | Image credit: Edgar’s Bakery

Edgewood Catering/What’s 4 Supper

Edgewood Catering and What’s 4 Supper offer classic holiday staples, like spiral ham, yeast rolls and pecan pie. If you’ve got company staying overnight, their breakfast casserole is a real winner, too. Orders are required, but if you miss the deadline, no worries. They’re planning to make extras for those who forget!  Order by Wednesday, November 19; pickups are scheduled for November 24-25. Learn more at

Glazed spiral sliced ham is a holiday must! Image credit Edgewood Catering/Whats4Supper

Glazed, spiral-sliced ham is a holiday must! Image courtesy of Edgewood Catering/Whats4Supper

IZ Café/Everything IZ

Love a deep-fried turkey, but don’t care to try it at home? No problem, IZ Café offers a succulent masterpiece sure to wow all your peeps. Add a dozen yeast rolls or praline sweet potatoes to your order, and your guests may never leave! Order online and select your pickup location. Order by Saturday, November 22, and pick up by Wednesday, November 26. Get details, menu options and more at

Deep-fried turkey from IZ Café

Fried in canola oil, this bird is crispy on the outside, yet juicy and tender on the inside. Image credit: Everything Iz

Whole Foods

What we love most about Whole Foods’ catered Thanksgiving choices is that so many options are offered in the “feeds four to six” range. This allows us to get all the kid favorites, like mac and cheese, as well as the must-have traditional dishes that perhaps not everyone eats, like cranberry relish, gravy and stuffing. They also offer complete meal plates and vegan options. Order at least 48 hours in advance; visit for details.

V. Richards Market

Festive feasting is on V. Richards’ holiday menu, which includes fresh traditional fare, like squash casserole and corn bread dressing. Housemade pies, like pecan and key lime, and tarts, such as cranberry-walnut, make for a memorable ending! Order by Saturday, November 22, and pick up on Wednesday, November 26 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Learn more at


Cornbread dressing from V. Richard's

Corn bread dressing is a Southern classic. Image courtesy of V. Richards Market

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