Slaving over a hot stove and getting dough under your fingernails followed by schlepping piles of dirty dishes to the sink may not be your ideal Thanksgiving celebration with friends and family. Perhaps you’re an enthusiastic cook who would rather put all of your energy into roasting the perfect turkey and making Grandma’s stuffing recipe, but you don’t want to fool with the other sides. Or maybe you just want to throw all of your energy into being 100% present, spending quality time with loved ones. Well, lean on Birmingham’s culinary creatives to help you enjoy Thanksgiving to the fullest!
Everybody knows you can get lots of ready-made items at HoneyBaked Ham, Whole Foods, Fresh Market and Trader Joe’s, but the 10 local eateries listed below make some noteworthy and downright scrumptious turkey day takeout as well, so you can get the warm fuzzies this holiday season by shopping local and spending less time in the kitchen and more time with friends and family. Phone it in or submit your order online, then pick it up and spend the rest of the day enjoying the holiday. Easy peasy!
Thanksgiving Takeout Places in Birmingham
3147 Green Valley Rd, Birmingham, AL 35243 • (205) 822-4142
5299 Valleydale Rd, Birmingham, AL 35242 • (205) 346-6186
4730 Chace Cir #100, Hoover, AL 35244 • (205) 259-5044
1831 28th Ave S Suite n101, Homewood, AL 35209 • (205) 582-0062
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
“We have everything but the turkey,” says Ashley McMakin, owner of Ashley Mac’s. “You can order large pans frozen that you just pop in your oven on Thanksgiving morning, and it looks like you slaved all day.” Menu items include sweet potato casserole, brown sugar and bacon green beans, cornbread dressing, squash casserole and more traditional favorites, as well as versatile dishes like baked cheese grits and kettle chip hashbrown casserole that can feed a crowd before and after the big Turkey Day feast. And let’s not forget about dessert! Ashley Mac’s holiday specials are definitely special. Ranging from red velvet cakes and cupcakes to pecan pie and more, the sweets at Ashley Mac’s are always a hit!
DEADLINE & PICKUP: To order, check out the holiday menu, then call (205) 822-4142 for the Cahaba Heights cafe, (205) 259-5044 for the Riverchase cafe, (205) 346-6186 for the Inverness cafe and (205) 582-0062 for the Homewood cafe. Please allow 48 hours’ notice for all orders. All orders must be placed by Monday, November 19.
1830 29th Ave S Ste 175, Homewood, AL 35209 • (205) 769-6080
Hours: Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The new kid on the block in Homewood, Market Table, is offering a smoked turkey dinner, which feeds six to eight people, and a smoked turkey breast dinner, which feeds four to six. Both come with dressing, rosemary and roasted garlic green beans, sweet potato casserole, cranberry sauce, gravy and rolls. Or, feel free to order your meat and sides a la carte. “People should definitely try the sweet potato and corn casseroles. They are so light and tasty. And we’re always proud of our smoked meats,” says cafe owner Laurel Mills, who is actually ordering a Market Table Thanksgiving takeout meal herself, in order to get more quality time with her family. And don’t forget the classic pies — they’ve got sweet potato and apple.
1922 29th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35209 • (205) 820-7100
Hours: Open daily, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Feast without the fuss with Real & Rosemary‘s Thanksgiving offerings. Order their all-natural turkey by the pound, accompanied by delicious a la carte dishes such as cornbread dressing, smashed red potatoes, charred carrots, Brussels sprouts, humble green peas, seasonal succotash and, of course, homemade cranberry sauce 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 Real & Rosemary owner Jennifer Mims. This year, they’ve added a white chicken chili that’s not only to-die-for but perfect for feeding a hungry crowd on Thanksgiving Eve!
DEADLINE & PICKUP: Place your order online. Limited quantities are available, so orders must be placed by Saturday, November 17, and paid in full to be confirmed. They will take last-minute requests if possible. Pick up will be scheduled for Tuesday, November 20, and Wednesday, November 21.
2514 Rocky Ridge Rd, Vestavia Hills, AL 35243 • (205) 979-7570
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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 or simply a fresh Iz salad. All items are sold a la carte, so if you just need one dish to take to your family’s gathering, shop online and your work is done. Or 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.
DEADLINE & PICKUP: Orders may be placed online at everythingiz.com. They are accepting orders until they sell out, so order now! Pickup is on Wednesday, November 21, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
2907 Central Ave #101, Birmingham, AL 35209 • (205) 871-9852
Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This hidden gem in Homewood is often mistaken for a cookie-only joint, but they actually carry some delicious bake-at-home dinners and soups, as well as other tasty surprises like cheese straws. For Thanksgiving this year, they are offering smoked gouda mac ‘n’ cheese, maple-bacon roasted Brussels sprouts and sweet potato soufflé with brown butter pecan streusel.
3916 Clairmont Ave, Birmingham, AL 35222 • (205) 407-5460
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
From the talented team at Whistling Table comes their first year of Thanksgiving meals to-go. Choose from appetizers, including a bar nut mix, pickle sampler (ideal for your Bloody Mary bar), charcuterie and a truffled grilled cheese with persimmon butter, crispy ham and fines herbes that might just steal the show. Their side dishes offer an elevated twist on the classics. Think, burnt Brussels with a bacon-sherry vinaigrette, sweet potato gratin with a sage-walnut crumble, hot-honey glazed baby carrots with peanut powder and a turkey roulade prepared with turkey sausage. And it doesn’t stop there! With four dessert options — including a seasonal favorite apple crumble made gluten-free — all of your Thanksgiving guests will be delighted … and stuffed!
DEADLINE & PICKUP: To place an order, view the menu here and call (205) 847-6226 or email [email protected] by November 19 (with some flexibility). Orders can be picked up on Wednesday, November 21, after 11 a.m.
73 Church St, Mountain Brook, AL 35213 • (205) 637-3007
Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Closed on Sunday
If any eatery can take on a to-go menu, it’s DINNER. This takeout-only spot offers a complete Thanksgiving a la carte menu that includes the all-natural, free-range turkey (or simply a turkey breast), prepped and ready for the oven; cranberry relish; traditional turkey gravy; cornbread dressing with sausage and leeks; mashed potatoes; creamed spinach and puréed carrots; sweet potato casserole; haricots verts with roasted garlic; creamed corn with fresh thyme and bacon; cheddar biscuits and more traditional faves. All of the sides are fresh and pre-cooked (not frozen), so all you have to do is heat them up! But DINNER. treats the turkey a little differently. “The turkeys come brined, seasoned and in a roasting pan so there is nothing to do but place the turkey in the oven,” says Albert Thomasson, co-owner of DINNER. “The great thing about doing it that way instead of pre-cooking the turkey is your house is filled with that great turkey aroma which is one of the greatest things about Thanksgiving.” They’ve also got deviled eggs, pimento cheese and stuffed mushrooms as hors d’oeuvres and pumpkin cupcakes, brownies and pot de crèmes for dessert.
DEADLINE & PICKUP: To place your order, call (205) 637-3007 or stop by the shop in Crestline. Orders are due by Friday, November 16, and pickups are on Wednesday, November 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
1919 28th Ave S #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 on 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 & roasted vegetables; and delicious desserts like pumpkin pie, chocolate chess pie and pumpkin bread pudding with bourbon caramel — not to mention the soups, sauces, rolls and even house-made boudin sausage, perfect for taking your turkey stuffing to the next level!
1111 Dunston Ave, Birmingham, AL 35213 • (205) 871-5444
Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Get all of your favorite sides from Dish’n It Out in Crestline Park. Choose from classics like macaroni and cheese, green bean casserole and sweet potato casserole topped with candied pecans, among others, including the new garlic-brown sugar roasted Brussels sprouts. “The cornbread dressing is probably our best seller,” says co-owner Jennifer Fuller. “And the roasted squash casserole and caramelized-onion mashed potatoes are pretty fantastic.” You can also order your cranberry relish, giblet gravy, yeast rolls and cornbread muffins at this Turkey Day takeout spot!
DEADLINE & PICKUP: Stop by the to-go store or call (205) 871-5444 to place your order by Thursday, November 15. Pickup is Monday, November 19, through Wednesday, November 21, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Nourish is a Birmingham-based meal delivery service, bringing healthy, prepared meals made by a team of trained chefs to your door. And this Thanksgiving, they are offering some simply scrumptious sides like loaded mashed cauliflower (with bacon, cheddar and green onions), roasted Brussels sprouts, mashed butternut squash, toasted pecan haricots verts and glazed carrots.
DEADLINE & PICKUP: Order online at nourishmeals.com by the November 15 deadline at 2 p.m. CST. Birmingham deliveries will be made on Sunday, November 18.
1906 1st Ave N, Irondale, AL 35210 • (205) 956-5258
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
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. And this Thanksgiving, the beloved Irondale Cafe is cooking up Thanksgiving dinner with tasty sides like creamed corn, Alabama sweet potato soufflé, slow-cooked greens, broccoli and rice casserole, black-eyed peas, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes and giblet gravy, among others. 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!
DEADLINE & PICKUP: To order your turkey or ham, call (205) 956-5258 or email [email protected], and to pick up sides and pies (no pre-order necessary), drop by anytime. Pickup is on Monday, November 19, through Wednesday, November 21, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
2854 18th St S, Homewood, AL 35209 • (205) 582-2623
Hours: Monday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
And having cookies on hand for hungry visitors and family never hurts, especially when they are from Cookie Fix! Their November flavors include ginger molasses, “Spicy Jane,” carrot cake, “Big Apple” and “Gobble Gobble” — and back by popular demand is Cranberry Jumble with orange glaze. All cookies are available freshly baked, and some are available as frozen dough to-go.
DEADLINE & PICKUP: Orders can be placed online at cookiefix.com or by calling (205) 582-2623. Deadline to order is Monday, November 19, and special varieties are subject to availability, so order early! Pickup is Monday, November 19, through Wednesday, November 21.
Time to start mapping out your Turkey Day! Gobble, gobble!
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