Whether you’re looking for some help putting on a full Thanksgiving spread or you’d rather not set foot in the kitchen at all this year, Birmingham’s culinary creatives can help. We’re offering up a list of several standout local eateries with downright delicious holiday takeout. That means you can get the warm fuzzies by supporting local and spending less time in the kitchen so you can spend more time with family!
Neighborhood: Locations in Cahaba Heights, Downtown, Inverness, Riverchase and Homewood
More info: ashleymacs.com
Helping us celebrate Thanksgiving for over 15 years, we’ve deemed Ashley Mac, the queen of the holiday season. The team at Ashley Mac’s is stepping up their Turkey Day game this year by offering four bundles. The breakfast bundle ($65) includes a breakfast casserole, baked cheese grits, and sour cream biscuits. The turkey bundle ($125) consists of a Boar’s Head turkey breast, cornbread dressing, sweet potato casserole, and sour cream biscuits. The ham bundle ($115) includes a Boar’s Head ham, brown sugar-bacon green beans, twice-baked mashed potatoes, and sour cream biscuits. The ‘Traditional Trimmings’ bundle ($65 to $120) includes brown sugar-bacon green beans, cornbread dressing, squash casserole, sweet potato casserole, and twice-baked mashed potatoes. Each bundle serves at least six people, and à la carte options are also available.
2023 DEADLINE & PICKUP: Check out the holiday menu to place your order online. Select ‘Holiday Bundles’ from the dropdown menu (à la carte options are under the ‘Gourmet To-Go’ menu), choose your location, and schedule your pickup day and time. The deadline to order is Sunday, November 19.
Neighborhood: Vestavia Hills
More info: everythingiz.com
Iz Cafe in Vestavia Hills offers the entire Thanksgiving meal — from fried turkey and praline sweet potato casserole to cranberry chutney and caramel 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. Alternatively, 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 the fuss,” says owner Kay Reed.
2023 DEADLINE & PICKUP: Orders may be placed online. Pickup is scheduled for Wednesday, November 22.
More info: homewoodgourmet.com
“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, as well as traditional sides like praline sweet potatoes, buttermilk mashed potatoes, and marinated and roasted vegetables. They also offer 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.
2023 DEADLINE & PICKUP: Order in advance by calling the restaurant. Orders must be placed by Friday, November 17, and pickup starts Monday, November 20. See the full menu here.
Neighborhood: Vestavia Hills
More info: martinsbbqjoint.com
Enjoy a traditional Southern Thanksgiving with Martin’s Bar-B-Que. Its accessible, family-style takeout offerings are 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 ($129.99) and a second option for 12 to 15 people ($224.99). The larger bundle includes smoked ham or turkey, dinner rolls, sides, and a dessert. You can also purchase sides, desserts, meats, and beverages à la carte. 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.
2023 DEADLINE & PICKUP: Place your order online or by phone by 2 p.m. on Thursday, November 16. Orders are available starting Monday, November 20.
Vaughn and Company
Neighborhood: Mountain Brook
More info: vaughan-and-company.com
Vaughn and Company, a Mountain Brook go-to for dine-in and to-go meals for the whole family, offers all the Thanksgiving sides you need to complete your feast this year. Order a sausage, egg, and cheese bake, sausage pinwheels, or a quiche Lorraine for breakfast, and casseroles, sweet potatoes, green beans, and Brussels sprouts to serve alongside your turkey dinner. They’re also offering desserts, and small bites and appetizers, including mini poppyseed ham and Swiss, mini hot browns, mini Reuben sandwiches, pimento cheese, chicken salad, mini crab cakes, candied bacon, deviled eggs, and more.
2023 DEADLINE & PICKUP: Check out the holiday menu and call to place your order by 5 p.m. on November 14. Pickup is Wednesday, November 22, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Real & Rosemary
Neighborhood: Locations in Crestline Village, The Summit, and Homewood
More info: realandrosemary.com
Feast without the fuss with Real & Rosemary’s Thanksgiving offerings. Suggested menus include smoked turkey accompanied by delicious à la carte dishes, such as cornbread dressing, macaroni and cheese, charred carrots, Brussels sprouts slaw, seasonal succotash, and homemade relish and gravy. “The sweet potato casserole with sorghum pecan topping is always a favorite, and you can also order it in-store through the holidays,” says owner Jennifer Mims.
2023 DEADLINE & PICKUP: View the Thanksgiving menu here and place your order over the phone or online. Limited quantities are available, so orders must be placed by Sunday, November 19, and paid in full to be confirmed. Pickup is on Wednesday, November 22, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Crestline Village location.
Meals by Misty
Neighborhood: Locations in Homewood and Trussville
More info: mealsbymisty.com
A hidden gem tucked away in Trussville and Homewood, Meals by Misty is a grab-and-go gourmet grocery store and caterer specializing in meals-to-go that are made fresh daily. The holiday menus are extra special, focusing on traditional favorites like cornbread dressing, squash casserole, sweet potato casserole, macaroni and cheese, and green bean casserole. They also offer some of their most requested desserts, including pecan pie, pumpkin pie, and a delicious bread pudding. Meals by Misty also serves a smoked whole turkey or turkey and dressing entrées. Sit back, relax with family, and enjoy the tastiest holiday of the year.
2023 DEADLINE & PICKUP: To order, call the store or fill out their online form. Pickups are available starting November 17.
Happy Thanksgiving, Birmingham!
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