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Whether you want to only prepare a portion of the Thanksgiving meal or not even one morsel, Birmingham’s culinary creatives can help you put the feast on the table in any form or fashion. Below are 10 local eateries, listed in alphabetical order, that make some noteworthy and downright scrumptious Thanksgiving takeout. That means you can get the warm fuzzies this holiday season by shopping local and spending less time in the kitchen and more time with family. Phone it in or submit your order online, then pick it up and spend the rest of the day enjoying the holiday at home. It doesn’t get any easier than that!

Where to Get Thanksgiving Takeout in Birmingham

Ashley Mac’s

3147 Green Valley Rd., Birmingham, AL 35243 • (205) 822-4142
1821 2nd Ave. N. Unit 170, Birmingham, AL 35203 • (205) 360-0221
5299 Valleydale Rd., Birmingham, AL 35242 • (205) 346-6186
4730 Chace Cir., Hoover, AL 35244 • (205) 259-5044
1831 28th Ave. S. Suite N101, Homewood, AL 35209 • (205) 582-0062
Hours vary by location

Helping us celebrate Thanksgiving for 15 years, we’ve deemed Ashley Mac’s the queen of the holiday season. This year, they’re stepping up their Turkey Day game by offering bundles that include turkey and homemade gravy, making them the ultimate one-stop-shop. Menu items include sweet potato casserole, brown sugar bacon green beans, cornbread dressing, squash casserole and more traditional favorites. Ashley Mac’s also has versatile dishes like baked cheese grits and creamy macaroni and cheese, which can feed a crowd before and after the big Turkey Day feast. And let’s not forget about dessert. With a variety of cupcake offerings, the sweets at Ashley Mac’s are always a hit.

2020 DEADLINE & PICKUP: Check out the holiday menu, and then call your preferred pickup location to place your order. Allow 48 hours’ notice for all orders and note the deadline to order is Monday, November 23.

Thanksgiving takeout in Birmingham: Ashley Mac's

Ashley Mac’s makes your Thanksgiving easy and beautiful! Image: Huckleberry Collective


2013 2nd Ave. N., Birmingham, AL 35203 • (205) 438-7000
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; closed Sunday and Monday

Birmingham’s hottest new restaurant, Helen, is happy to announce its first-ever Thanksgiving takeout option. Chef Rob McDaniel, a five-time James Beard Foundation semifinalist, has worked tirelessly to curate a memorable entrée for families to enjoy this holiday season. For $75, patrons can feast on a holiday smoked turkey breast that serves up to eight people. Whip up your favorite sides and gather around the table this Thanksgiving.

2020 DEADLINE & PICKUP: Helen accepts orders until they sell out, and with limited quantities available, it’s best to place your order quickly. To order, call the restaurant directly. Pickups take place Wednesday, November 25, during their posted hours.

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Homewood Gourmet

1919 28th Ave. S. Ste. 113, Homewood, AL 35209 • (205) 871-1620
Hours: Monday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed Sunday

“Everything is made from scratch and ready to heat on Thanksgiving day,” says Homewood Gourmet co-owner Laura Zapalowski. “Our baby blue salad is very popular, and so are our spiced pecans.” Homewood Gourmet’s fantastic menu features appetizers like parmesan-artichoke dip and pimento cheese, traditional sides like praline sweet potatoes, buttermilk mashed potatoes, and marinated and roasted vegetables. They also feature delicious desserts like pumpkin pie, chocolate chess pie and pumpkin bread pudding with bourbon caramel — not to mention the soups, sauces, rolls and even housemade boudin sausage, which is perfect for taking your turkey stuffing to the next level.

2020 DEADLINE & PICKUP: Order in advance by calling the restaurant or emailing [email protected]. Orders are available for pickup beginning Monday, November 23 through Wednesday, November 25.

Thanksgiving meal by Homewood Gourmet

A beautiful AND tasty spread by Homewood Gourmet | Image: Amy Henry Photography

Irondale Cafe

1906 1st Ave. N., Irondale, AL 35210 • (205) 956-5258
Hours: Sunday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; closed Saturday

This classic cafe, famous for inspiring the Fannie Flagg novel-turned-movie Fried Green Tomatoes, is also well-known for its delicious, down-home meat-and-three fare. This Thanksgiving, the beloved Irondale Cafe cooks up Thanksgiving dinner with tasty sides like creamed corn, Alabama sweet potato soufflé, slow-cooked greens, cornbread dressing with giblet gravy, black-eyed peas, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, brown gravy and more. You don’t have to pre-order your sides, but if you are in the market for a brined, slow-roasted hen turkey or a boneless split hickory-smoked ham, you’ll need to call ahead for those. And don’t forget the homemade pies. From peanut butter pie and chocolate chip pecan pie to buttermilk pie and cookies and cream pie, Irondale Cafe has you covered.

2020 DEADLINE & PICKUP: To order your turkey or ham, call the restaurant or email [email protected], and to pick up sides and pies (no pre-order necessary), drop by anytime. Pickup starts Monday, November 23, through Wednesday, November 25, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Customers are advised to reserve their meat order at least two weeks in advance, if possible.

Chocolate pie from Irondale Cafe

This chocolate chess pie makes our mouths water. Image: Irondale Cafe

Iz Cafe

2514 Rocky Ridge Rd., Vestavia Hills, AL 35243 • (205) 979-7570
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; closed Sunday

Iz Cafe in Vestavia Hills offers the full Thanksgiving meal — from fried turkey and sweet potato casserole to cranberry chutney and freshly baked carrot cake. All items are sold à la carte, so if you just need one dish to take to your family’s gathering, you can shop online and your work is done. Alternately, you can order the whole Turkey Day spread. All items are made from scratch and never frozen. “The casseroles are ready to bake, so your house will truly smell like Thanksgiving without all of the fuss,” says Iz Cafe owner Kay Reed.

2020 DEADLINE & PICKUP: Orders may be placed online by Friday, November 20. Pickup is scheduled for Wednesday, November 25, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Martin’s Bar-B-Que

3029 Pump House Rd., Vestavia Hills, AL 35243 • (205) 715-8999
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Enjoy a traditional Southern Thanksgiving with Martin’s Bar-B-Que. Its easy, family-style takeout offering is the perfect solution for those looking for a delicious, time-saving alternative this holiday. Made to feed families of all sizes, Martin’s offers two packages — one for a small gathering of four to six guests, as well as an option for a large gathering of 12 to 15 guests. Meals include smoked ham or turkey, dinner rolls, sides and a dessert. Martin’s also offers whole smoked meats and sides, along with special family recipes from Pat Martin’s mom, including delicious sweet potato pie and sweet potato casserole.

2020 DEADLINE & PICKUP: Place your order online or by phone. Pickup dates begin on Monday, November 23.

Meals by Misty

108 Watterson Parkway, Trussville, AL 35173 • (205) 508-5993
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A hidden gem tucked away in Trussville, Meals by Misty is a grab-and-go gourmet grocery store and caterer, specializing in meals-to-go that are made fresh daily. Their holiday menus are extra special as they focus on traditional favorites like cornbread dressing, squash casserole, sweet potato casserole, grilled vegetables, macaroni and cheese, and green bean casserole. They also offer some of their most requested desserts, including pecan pie brownies, deep-dish caramel apple pie, and a pumpkin and maple cinnamon cheesecake trifle. Need the turkey too? Meals by Misty has Boar’s Head Oven Roasted Turkey Breast and Sweet Slice Uncured Ham. Sit back, relax with family, and enjoy the tastiest holiday of the year.

2020 DEADLINE & PICKUP: To order, call the store or fill out their online form. The deadline to order is Friday, November 20. All pickups must be made by 2 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25.

Thanksgiving takeout charcuterie board

A charcuterie board or grazing table is a wonderful addition to any holiday spread. Meals by Misty offers them during the holidays if someone wants an untraditional approach to their Thanksgiving meal. Image: Meals by Misty

Real & Rosemary

1922 29th Ave. S., Birmingham, AL 35209 • (205) 820-7100
323 Summit Blvd., Birmingham, AL 35243 • (205) 820-7200
Homewood hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; closed Monday
Summit hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Feast without the fuss with Real & Rosemary‘s Thanksgiving offerings. Order all-natural turkey breast by the pound, accompanied by delicious à la carte dishes such as cornbread dressing, macaroni and cheese, charred carrots, Brussels sprouts slaw, seasonal succotash, and, of course, homemade cranberry relish and gravy. “The sweet potato casserole with sorghum pecan topping is always a favorite, and you can order it in-store through the holidays, as well,” says owner Jennifer Mims. This year, they’ve welcomed back their fan-favorite, a white chicken chili that’s not only to-die-for but perfect for feeding a hungry crowd on Thanksgiving Eve.

2020 DEADLINE & PICKUP: Place your order online. Limited quantities are available, so orders must be placed by Monday, November 23, and paid in full to be confirmed. The restaurant also accepts last-minute requests, if possible. Pickup is scheduled for Wednesday, November 25.

Real & Rosemary Birmingham Thanksgiving Takeout

Save yourself the fuss and pick up this full (beautiful) meal from Real & Rosemary. Image: Real & Rosemary

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3161 Cahaba Heights Road, Birmingham, AL 35243 • (205) 969-9690
Hours: Wednesday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; closed Monday and Tuesday 

Satterfield’s, the Cahaba Heights restaurant known for its globally inspired Southern cuisine, offers a special Thanksgiving family-style feast to-go. Crafted by Executive Chef Rita Bernhardt, the festive menu offers a variety of thoughtfully prepared traditional dishes, including roasted turkey breast, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, butterscotch bread pudding and much more. Each dish comes with detailed reheating instructions so diners can enjoy a proper Satterfield’s Thanksgiving at home.

2020 DEADLINE & PICKUP: Orders may be placed online by Wednesday, November 18 at 5 p.m. Pick up for to-go orders is Wednesday, November 25, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Satterfield’s also calls patrons to schedule a specific pickup time.

Smiley Brothers Specialty Foods

214 Huntley Parkway, Pelham, AL 35124 • (205) 406-8421
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; closed Sunday and Monday

“We have your complete Thanksgiving ready for you — from a flavorful, natural Joyce Farms turkey to savory sides like bacon mac and cheese, roasted root vegetables, cornbread dressing, cranberry sauce and more,” says Criss Smiley, owner of Smiley Brothers Specialty Foods. “If you aren’t favoring a turkey this year, we will have Joyce Farms Gloucestershire Old English Spot Pork Rack, crown roast, USDA Prime Standing Rib Roast and USDA Prime Tenderloin as alternatives. We also have many options for custom cut steaks that could be a great choice … for both small and large gatherings. We want this Thanksgiving to be the most delicious ever!” If you’re looking for a full spread this Thanksgiving, look no further than Smiley Brothers. This laidback deli boasts delicious sandwiches, a world-class butcher shop and a delectable cheese shop. Enjoy time with your family, and let someone else handle the food.

2020 DEADLINE & PICKUP: To order, check out the holiday menu on the Smiley Brothers website, then call the store to order. All orders must be placed by Friday, November 20.

Thanksgiving takeout in Birmingham: Macaroni and cheese from Smiley Brothers Specialty Foods

This macaroni and cheese is a Thanksgiving game changer. Image: Smiley Brothers Specialty Foods

Enjoy a beautiful Thanksgiving at home surrounded by your loved ones, and of course, a lot of great food. Gobble, gobble!


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