Thanksgiving might look a little different for people this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether you’re spending Thanksgiving at home instead of with relatives or having a virtual Thanksgiving, why not take the stress of cooking off your plate? Here are 20 restaurants that are offering Thanksgiving takeout in Alabama. You might not even miss cooking it yourself!
Thanksgiving Takeout in Alabama
This women-owned, chef-driven restaurant is offering a full Thanksgiving menu. Choose from turkey and gravy or a spiral cut ham, and then select some starters and sides. They have some of the most unique appetizer options, including a pimento cheese pumpkin ball, sausage balls, onion dip, and baked brie. For sides, you’ll find classics like scalloped potatoes, green bean casserole, and corn pudding.
At $55/person for a three-course meal with an additional seven sides, the Thanksgiving takeout menu at Purveyor is a great deal. You’ll pick up the meal hot on Thanksgiving day. Choose from soup, salad, or a charcuterie board to start; turkey, ham, or prime rib for the main course; and pumpkin pie, pecan pie, or apple tart for dessert. Each meal comes with sides of cranberry sauce, andouille cornbread, green bean casserole, creamed corn, gravy, stuffing, and your choice of mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes.
Jim ‘N Nicks offers smoked turkey breast and ham, as well as a number of seasonal sides — including green beans, cranberry sauce, and mashed potatoes. You can also get larger orders of their standard sides, as well. Plus, a basket of Jim ‘N Nicks’ famous cheese biscuits is always welcome on the Thanksgiving table.
This Southern restaurant from Huntsville chef James Boyce is offering a Thanksgiving feast at home for $195. The meal serves six to eight people and comes with cornbread stuffing, a mixed green salad, rolls, your choice of a slow-roasted turkey or smoked Virginia honey ham, and your choice of two sides from green bean casserole, Dijon collard greens, four-cheese mac and cheese or garlic mashed potatoes. Then select your dessert from pecan pie, pumpkin pie, or red velvet cake.
Real & Rosemary is known for its homestyle meals with an upscale twist. For Thanksgiving, they’re offering roast turkey by the pound as well as all the trimmings. Choose from options like sweet potato casserole, scalloped potatoes with thyme, Brussels sprouts slaw, and cornbread dressing. You can also order vegetable gravy and cranberry relish.
Ashley Mac’s is one of Birmingham’s favorite places for grab-and-go dinners, so of course they’re offering a Thanksgiving menu. For $115, you’ll get a five-pound ham or turkey, two sides, your choice of bread, and a dozen cupcakes. Since you bake the items when you get home, you can totally pretend you made these sides yourself!
Another Birmingham staple for take-home items, Iz Cafe is offering deep-fried turkeys for Thanksgiving, along with seasonal sides and desserts. Get everything you need from cornbread dressing to classic green bean casserole to homemade yeast rolls. And don’t forget dessert — you’ll want to try the Caramel Apple Bread Pudding with Praline Sauce.
Smiley Brothers in Alabaster is a butcher shop and specialty foods store offering complete Thanksgiving meal packages. For $225 or $275 (depending on turkey size), you’ll get either a 10–14 pound turkey or a 16–20 pound turkey, gravy, cranberry sauce, rolls, and three sides of your choice.
This new high-end restaurant from chef Rob McDaniel focuses on smoked and grilled meats. For Thanksgiving, they’re offering a smoked turkey breast that feeds six to eight people. You’ll simply need to call the restaurant to order and pick up on November 25.
Some like it hot … and at Eugene’s you can get just that. This hot chicken restaurant is now offering Cajun fried turkeys for Thanksgiving. You can also order pans of sides including mac and cheese, mashed potatoes and gravy, and banana pudding.
Homewood Gourmet’s Thanksgiving menu is broken down into starters; gravy, sauces, and salads; casseroles; and pies and desserts. All you have to do is get the turkey! Homewood Gourmet’s menu includes New Orleans influences, including praline sweet potatoes, homemade boudin to stuff into your turkey, and pumpkin bread pudding.
For $100 for a meal that feeds four to six, you’ll get bang for your buck at River. The meal includes your choice of protein (Herb Roasted Turkey Breast, Brown Sugar Bourbon Baked Ham, or Citrus Herb Baked Salmon Filet), three sides (mashed potatoes and gravy, farm salad, gouda macaroni and cheese, sauteed green beans, glazed carrots, deviled eggs, vegetable casserole, English pea salad, cornbread dressing, or sweet potato casserole), and dessert (pecan pie, banana pudding, or chocolate chip cookies). Just make sure to order by Nov. 20 at 2 p.m.
This steakhouse has a Thanksgiving menu with options for everyone, from traditionalists to steak lovers to those who prefer seafood. Traditional entree options include roast turkey or honeybaked ham, and then there are options for the restaurant’s famous steaks as well as pasta and fresh seafood. Sides include sweet potato casserole, sauteed asparagus, lobster mac and cheese, and roasted garlic and gouda smashed potatoes.
Order your Thanksgiving meal by November 23 from The Blue Plate. Pay per pound for options like sliced turkey breast and applewood smoked ham and choose from sides including homemade cornbread dressing with giblet gravy, squash casserole, butter beans, and creamed corn. Don’t forget dessert: there’s 17-layer chocolate cake, caramel cake, red velvet cake, or pecan pie.
For four to five people for $50 or 8–10 people for $95, Urban Cookhouse is offering holiday takeout meals. The meals include smoked turkey, your choice of two sides (from dressing and gravy, roasted vegetables, broccoli salad, or hot cheddar pasta) and yeast or orange rolls. You can also order a pan of apple crisp or brown sugar brownies for dessert.
This barbecue restaurant has a dedicated holiday menu. You can choose from a smoked turkey or spiral ham and pans of sides including mac and cheese, sweet potato casserole, collard greens, and cornbread dressing made from Moe’s famous cornbread. Another unique thing Moe’s does: if you buy your own turkey, you can drop it off to them to smoke for you for $20.
The Battle House is offering a six-person holiday menu for $140. It includes a brined and roasted turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, cornbread and Conecuh sausage dressing, and more. If you prefer to dine in, the Battle House is hosting an extravagant Thanksgiving Day brunch for $68/person.
This take-home dinner service is geared toward allowing you to spend less time in the kitchen and more time with your loved ones. For Thanksgiving, they’re offering Holiday Roasted Turkey, Seasoned Mashed Potatoes, and French Onion Green Beans. Side dishes are available in two sizes: a traditional entertaining size and a smaller family size.
GULF SHORES/ORANGE BEACH
The sister restaurant to favorite Orange Beach restaurant Fisher’s, Playa is offering a Thanksgiving menu to complement their standard cuisine. Order it to go and add in some beachy appetizers like crab dip and shrimp bisque. The traditional Thanksgiving entree includes turkey breast, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, and cornbread. Additional side options include roasted sweet potatoes, sausage cornbread dressing, and bacon braised collard greens.
Ginny Lane, located in The Wharf, has two options for Thanksgiving: a special takeout menu or a dine-in Thanksgiving buffet. The takeout menu is not your traditional Thanksgiving menu — it’s geared toward embracing the fresh local seafood the area is known for. Choose from options including peel-and-eat shrimp, Bayou Grouper, or a Fried Seafood platter.
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