If the whole idea of spending days readying a Thanksgiving feast for family and friends does not light your fire, there are some alternatives.
- Veranda on Highland is offering a special Thanksgiving day menu, with both traditional turkey and dressing and other New Orleans-style options. Here's a link to the menu.
www.birminghamrestaurants.com/menus.asp?action=form&recordid=329092. Call (205) 939-5551.
- The Wynfrey Hotel at the Riverchase Galleria has a popular Thanksgiving brunch. No traditional turkey and dressing, it appears, but plenty of other stuff, from seafood to chicken to roast pork loin, a sweet potato bar, breakfast foods, salads, desserts and more. Reservations are required, 444-5706.
- Brock's restaurant at Ross Bridge Resort will have a Thanksgiving buffet, with an omelet and waffle station, a carving station, risotto station, side items and sweets. For reservations, call 949-3029.
- Cobb Lane in Five Points South is offering a Thanksgiving buffet featuring a turkey and ham carving station and traditional sides; for reservations call 933-0462 or go to www.cobblane.com.
- Another possibility is McCormick & Schmick's. I've never been there but I hear it's pretty good for a chain:
- If you want to take a drive, there's a Turkey Day feast with all the trimmings at Benedikt's Restaurant in Blount County (205-274-0230 or http://2benedikt.com), or Buttermilk Hill in downtown Sylacauga (256-207-1001, or www.buttermilkhillrestaurant.com.)
- If you want to eat out on Thanksgiving but don't want the usual Thanksgiving fare, Silver Coin Indian Grill in Hoover will be open.
There are even more options if you want to pick up food the day before and heat it up to serve at your home on Thanksgiving:
- Big Daddy's Bar-B-Q in Warrior won "Best Ribs in Birmingham" this fall, but they also do fried and smoked turkeys for Thanksgiving takeout pre-orders. The turkeys are available in half-pan and full-pan sizes, and include side orders of dressing, baked beans, potato salad and cole slaw. The prices are $27.25 for the half pan and $54.50 for the full pan. Call 590-2279.
- Satterfield's restaurant in Cahaba Heights is offering four different kinds of roasted turkeys and a variety of sides to feed 10-12 people, plus desserts and breads. Click here for menu; orders must be received by Friday, Nov. 21.
- Tria Market is offering natural herb roasted turkeys, roast duck, beef tenderloin and pork crown roast, plus a variety of sides, desserts, breads. Click here for menu.
- B&A Warehouse offers traditional holiday "to go" dishes, fried or roasted turkey plus traditional sides and desserts: www.bawarehouse.com/menus/Holiday_to_go_2008.pdf.
- Culinard catering is offering a traditional Thanksgiving meal of turkey or ham, and traditional sides, breads and desserts, www.culinardspecialevents.com
- Saturday Gourmet in Mt. Laurel can prepare "the whole dinner (or just the parts you don't want to)" for pickup the day before Thanksgiving. Place your order at 981-3064, option #2.
- No turkey at Silvertron Cafe in Forest Park, but they are offering a variety of takeout dishes that could help you complete a menu, like pumpkin soup, salad, mashed potatoes and desserts. www.silvertroncafe.us/, 591-3707.
- Cafe Iz has a special Thanksgiving take-home dinner menu, with fried turkey, roasted turkey, side dishes and desserts. Call the Rocky Ridge location at 979-7570 or the Altadena location at 262-9733.
- We don't know any details, but hear the Irondale Cafe is offering a Thanksgiving takeout menu; www.irondalecafe.com
- Birmingham's Backstage Catering Company even has a special web site for its Thanksgiving catering options, which feature fried turkey: www.mythanksgivingdinner.com/