Slaving over a hot stove and getting dough in your fingernails followed by schlepping piles of dirty dishes may not be your ideal Thanksgiving celebration with friends and family. Perhaps you’d rather put all of your energy into roasting the perfect turkey and making Grandma’s stuffing recipe, but don’t want to fool with the other side dishes. Or maybe you just want to throw all of your energy into being 100% present, spending quality time with loved ones. Well, let Birmingham’s culinary creatives take care of the Thanksgiving table!
Everybody knows you can get lots of ready-made items at HoneyBaked Ham, Whole Foods, Fresh Market and Trader Joe’s, but the nine 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. Phone it in, pick it up and spend the rest of the holiday enjoying the holiday. Easy peasy!
9 Thanksgiving Takeout Places in Birmingham
212 24th St. N., Birmingham, AL 35203 • (205) 920-1862
Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sunday & Monday, closed
On Thanksgiving, the order of the day is treating yourself to a heaping plate of yummy, down-home soul food, and this is one day of the year that we don’t skimp on dessert. So make those calories count with drop-dead delicious pies and cakes from Bandit Baking Co., including salted caramel apple pie, brown butter pecan pie, dark chocolate peanut butter pretzel tart (gluten-free available), maple cream pie, lemon cream tart with candied citrus and pumpkin pie with toasted meringue (gluten-free available). Each pie and tart is $30 and serves 8 to 10 people. And fuel up for Turkey Day cooking and entertaining with cinnamon streusel coffee cake, gingerbread bundt cake, lemon pound cake, cranberry orange scones or cherry almond granola. Don’t be shy — indulge in the name of patriotism and giving thanks and any other reason you’d like to throw in there!
DEADLINE & PICKUP: To place your order, call (205) 746-1350 or order online at banditbakingco.com. Order deadline is Monday, November 21, and pickup is available through Wednesday, November 23, at 4 p.m.
2916 18th St. S., Homewood, AL 35209 • (205) 871-4901
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, closed
During the holidays, Savage’s Bakery and Deli offers a variety of freshly baked breads, including the ever-popular butterflake, Brookhouse and Parkerhouse rolls, as well as a variety of pies, some of which are new recipes, such as the salted caramel-apple pie, holiday berry and pecan pie. “The most popular item is our tiny cheese biscuits, which are freshly baked biscuits, sliced and filled with baked ham and Mr. P’s honey mustard,” says owner Margaret Scott. “Warm them up in the oven for the perfect addition to Thanksgiving dinner or any occasion!” Some folks like to pick up some pastries like the old fashioned cinnamon rolls, meltaways and orange rolls for a quick and easy breakfast to savor while they watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. For the loyal Savage’s customers, Turkey Day wouldn’t be complete without the bakery’s famous turkey-shaped iced cookies!
DEADLINE & PICKUP: Call (205) 871-4901 or simply drop by the bakery. There aren’t necessarily deadlines for ordering, but Margaret suggests placing your order several days in advance to ensure they can bake your items fresh just for you!
3147 Green Valley Road, Vestavia Hills, AL 35243 (in Cahaba Heights, with additional locations in Inverness and Riverchase) • (205) 822-4142
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 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. And let’s not forget about dessert! Ashley Mac’s holiday specials are definitely special. Ranging from red velvet to caramel cakes and cupcakes to pecan pie and pumpkin cheesecake bars, the sweets at Ashley Mac’s are always a hit!
DEADLINE & PICKUP: To order, call (205) 822-4142 for the Cahaba Heights and Inverness cafes, and call (205) 259-5044 for the Riverchase cafe. Please allow 48 hours’ notice for all orders. All orders must be placed by Tuesday, November 22.
1922 22nd Ave. S., Birmingham, AL 35209 • (205) 820-7100
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
“Feast without the fuss,” proclaims Real & Rosemary’s Thanksgiving menu. Order their complete Thanksgiving dinner or build your own a la carte menu, choosing from delicious dishes such as all-natural Joyce Farms roasted turkey, cornbread dressing, sweet potato casserole with sorghum pecan topping, charred carrots with thyme, Brussels sprouts, humble green peas, seasonal succotash and, of course, homemade cranberry sauce and gravy.
DEADLINE & PICKUP: Order online or call (205) 820-7100. Orders must be placed in advance and paid in full to be confirmed. Pick up is Tuesday, November 22, and Wednesday, November 23, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
2900 Crescent Ave., Homewood, AL 35209 • (205) 868-0888
Hours: Monday through Thursday, noon to 5:30 p.m.; Friday, noon to 4 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, closed
Offering classic holiday staples, including spiral honey-glazed ham and roasted turkey, hash brown casserole, homestyle green beans, sweet potato casserole, yeast rolls, one-bite biscuits, carrot cake and pecan pie, What’s 4 Supper — Edgewood Catering is your one-stop shop! Not only will they prepare your Thanksgiving meal, they have you covered for the next morning with their delicious breakfast casserole as well.
DEADLINE & PICKUP: Call (205) 868-0888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to place your order. Order deadline is Wednesday, November 16. Pickups are scheduled for Thursday, November 17, through Tuesday, November 22.
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.; Sunday, closed
If any eatery can take on a to-go menu, it’s DINNER. This takeout-only spot offers complete Thanksgiving meals — for 8 to 10 people or for 4 to 6 people — that include the turkey, prepped and ready for the oven; turkey gravy and cranberry relish; focaccia stuffing with leeks and turkey sausage; mixed green salad with dried cranberries, crumbled blue cheese and dressing; gruyere mashed potatoes; puréed carrots; haricot verts with roasted garlic; creamed corn with fresh thyme and bacon and cheddar biscuits. Enjoy that delicious feast or build your own Thanksgiving spread from their a la carte offerings, which include soups, additional sides, hors d’oeuvres and desserts.
DEADLINE & PICKUP: To place your order, call (205) 637-3007 or stop by the shop in Crestline. Orders are due by Friday, November 18, and pickups are on Wednesday, November 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Delivery is available for $50 on orders of more than $300.
1919 28th Ave. S., Homewood, AL 35209 • (205) 871-1621
Hours: Monday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, closed
“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 pimiento cheese; traditional sides like praline sweet potatoes, buttermilk mashed potatoes and roasted vegetables; 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!
DEADLINE & PICKUP: Order in advance by calling (205) 871-1621 or email email@example.com. Orders will be available for pickup on Wednesday, November 23.
1906 First 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 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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or to pick up sides and pies, drop by anytime on Monday, November 21 through Wednesday, November 23, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
75 Church St., Mountain Brook, AL 35213 • (205) 803-3005
Hours: Monday through Friday & Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Monday through Friday, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Tracy’s homemade casseroles are made with the freshest locally farmed ingredients, and are sure to wow all your friends and family! Broccoli casserole, squash casserole, cornbread dressing and macaroni and cheese all come ready to bake and serve. True to classic Southern recipes, these casseroles will make any Thanksgiving dinner reminiscent of a delicious holiday spread made with love by Grandma.