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 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. Still, the nine local eateries listed below make some noteworthy and downright scrumptious turkey day takeout as well. 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 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. It doesn’t get any easier than that!
Where to Get Thanksgiving Takeout 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 Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 5 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 bacon green beans, cornbread dressing, squash casserole and more traditional favorites. Ashley Mac’s also has versatile dishes like baked cheese grits and kettle chip hashbrown casserole, which 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!
2019 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 25.
Real & Rosemary
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 à 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!
2019 DEADLINE & PICKUP: Place your order online. Limited quantities are available, so orders must be placed by Monday, November 25, and paid in full to be confirmed. They will take last-minute requests if possible. Pick up will be scheduled for Tuesday, November 26, and Wednesday, November 27.
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.; 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. You can even get a simple, fresh Iz salad. 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.
2019 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 27, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
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 the traditional favorites like cornbread dressing, squash casserole, sweet potato casserole, grilled vegetables, macaroni and cheese, and green bean casserole. They are also offering some of their most requested desserts, including a flourless chocolate torte, 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 Sliced Uncured Ham. Sit back and enjoy the tastiest holiday of the year!
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.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed on Monday
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. Make plans to pick up one of their complete meal packages that feed 10-12 people and includes a 10-20 pound turkey, cranberry sauce, gravy, dinner rolls and three sides. Some of the delicious sides include roasted vegetables, green beans, macaroni and cheese, and much more. Enjoy time with your family, and let someone else handle the food!
2019 DEADLINE & PICKUP: Order by calling (205) 406-8421 or stop by their Pelham location. Orders must be received by Tuesday, November 22, and pickups can be made any time during their open hours, between Wednesday, November 23, and Wednesday, November 27.
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 à la carte menu that includes an all-natural, free-range turkey (or simply a turkey breast). It’s prepped and ready for the oven, accompanied by 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 other traditional faves. All of the sides are fresh and pre-cooked (not frozen), so all you have to do is heat them! 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. Not to mention the pumpkin cupcakes, brownies and pot de crèmes for dessert.
2019 DEADLINE & PICKUP: To place your order, call (205) 637-3007 or stop by the shop in Crestline. Orders are due by Friday, November 22, and pickups are on Wednesday, November 27, 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 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 house-made boudin sausage, which is perfect for taking your turkey stuffing to the next level!
Dish’n It Out
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. There are other solid choices too, including the new garlic and 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!
2019 DEADLINE & PICKUP: Stop by the to-go store or call (205) 871-5444 to place your order by Thursday, November 21. Pickup is Monday, November 25, through Wednesday, November 27, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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 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!
2019 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 25, through Wednesday, November 27, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Time to start mapping out your Turkey Day with some Birmingham Thanksgiving takeout! Gobble, gobble!
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