Slaving over a hot stove and getting dough under your fingernails followed by schlepping piles of dirty dishes 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 side dishes. 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!
10 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 cookies from Bandit Baking Co. This year, they’ve got chocolate pecan pie, pumpkin pie with torched meringue and salted caramel apple pie. Each pie serves 8 to 10 people. Or order a holiday cookie box of one or two dozen of your favorite flavors. Don’t be shy — indulge in the name of patriotism, giving thanks and any other reason you’d like to throw in there!
DEADLINE & PICKUP: Order online at feastandforest.com. Order deadline is Monday, November 20, and pickup is available through Wednesday, November 22, at noon.
3147 Green Valley Road, Cahaba Heights, AL 35243 • (205) 822-4142
5299 Valleydale Road, Hoover, AL 35242 • (205) 822-4142
4730 Chace Cir., Hoover, AL 35244 • (205) 259-5044
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, 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 Monday, November 20.
81 Church St., Ste. 104, Mountain Brook, AL 35213 • (205) 290-5007
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Closed on Sunday
“All of our foods are cooked from scratch using the freshest, best ingredients I can find,” says Julie Grimes of Black Sheep Kitchen. “They’re sold refrigerated (not frozen), so reheating is a breeze.” Nestled in Crestline Village, this gourmet to-go establishment is cooking up some deliciousness for Thanksgiving. For starters, there’s hot bacon crab dip, Mediterranean deviled eggs, baked brie with cranberry-apple chutney or veggies with avocado ranch, and they come in a variety of sizes to suit your party’s needs. Then there’s the slow-roasted turkey and orange-and-pomegranate-glazed pork roast, which can be paired with sides such as autumn salad; cornbread dressing; carrot and cauliflower gratin; brown butter Brussels sprouts, onions and apples; potatoes Dauphinoise; and a jeweled cranberry mold. Then, there are the elegant and creative housemade desserts, as well as fresh pies from Pie Lab in Greensboro, Alabama. “Normally, we don’t require pre-orders, but at the holidays, it’s best,” says Julie. “We can’t guarantee that we’ll have all items in the quantities needed unless folks order ahead.”
DEADLINE & PICKUP: Stop by the shop or call (205) 290-5007 to place your order. Their order deadline for guaranteed availability is Saturday, November 18, by 3 p.m. Pick up your order between 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Monday, November 20, through Wednesday, November 22.
1830 29th Ave. S., Ste. 175, Homewood, AL 35209 • (205) 769-6080
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Closed Sunday
The new kid on the block in Homewood, Market Table, is offering a smoked turkey dinner, which feeds 6 to 8 people, and a smoked turkey breast dinner, which feeds 4 to 6. Both come with dressing, rosemary and roasted garlic green beans, sweet mashed potatoes and carrots, 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 casserole with candied pecans. It’s 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 snuggle time with her sister’s new baby. And don’t forget the classic pies — they’ve got pumpkin, sweet potato and apple.
DEADLINE & PICKUP: Stop by the store, call (205) 769-6080 or go to their online form to place your order by Saturday, November 18. Pickup will be on Monday, November 20, through Wednesday, November 22, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
1922 22nd Ave. S., Birmingham, AL 35209 • (205) 820-7100
Hours: Open daily, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
“Feast without the fuss,” proclaims Real & Rosemary‘s Thanksgiving menu. Order their complete turkey dinner, or build your own a la carte menu, choosing from delicious dishes such as all-natural Joyce Farms roasted turkey, cornbread dressing, charred carrots with thyme, 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 brown butter walnut pie with homemade crust that’s to die for, and you can even order a charcuterie board for your guests to enjoy at cocktail hour!
DEADLINE & PICKUP: Place your order online. Limited quantities are available, so orders must be placed by Friday, November 17, and paid in full to be confirmed. They will take last-minute requests as possible. Pick up will be scheduled for Tuesday, November 21, and Wednesday, 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.; 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; turkey gravy; cranberry relish; traditional turkey gravy; cornbread dressing with sausage and leeks; mixed green salad with dried cranberries, crumbled blue cheese; mashed potatoes; creamed spinach and puréed carrots; haricot 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 17, and pickups are on Wednesday, November 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
1919 28th Ave. S., 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 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!
DEADLINE & PICKUP: Order in advance by calling (205) 871-1620 or email [email protected]. Orders will be available for pickup on Wednesday, November 22.
1111 Dunston Ave., Mountain Brook, 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 between 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 16. Pickup is on Monday, November 20, through Wednesday, November 22, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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 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], or to pick up sides and pies (no pre-order necessary), drop by anytime. Pickup is on Monday, November 20, through Wednesday, November 22, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
2837 Culver Road, Mountain Brook, AL 35223 • (205) 871-3266
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5:30 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Closed on Sunday
If you’re in a pinch, the day before Thanksgiving, just give Daniel George a call and you can order any of their scrumptious elevated meat-and-three-style sides to have on hand for turkey day. With classic sides like mashed potatoes, fried green tomatoes, sautéed squash, fried okra, garlic spinach, black-eyed peas, fingerling potatoes and caramelized Brussels sprouts, you can satisfy the turkey day purists in your party. And if you want to bring something a little different, opt for their spicy pineapple collards, Mardi Gras slaw, Parmesan polenta, quinoa-avocado salad, cucumber feta salad or Andouille maque choux. You’ll save the day and feel like a real hero bringing home these sides!
DEADLINE & PICKUP: Call (205) 871-3266 to place your order, and pick up before lunch ends at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, November 22.
Time to start mapping out your turkey day! Gobble, gobble!