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Thanksgiving Eating Options: Dine-In or Take-Out

Jerk ribs with mac and cheese and collards at Rashe's Cuisine. Credit: Sarah Ann White

It’s your annual Turkey Day round-up of local businesses that are offering sides, turkeys, full meals and desserts for pick-up or are open on the day to serve you a feast. We’ll update this post as we hear of more, so keep checking back if your favorite isn’t listed yet.

Athens Farmers Market will hold its Thanksgiving Market at Heirloom Cafe on Wednesday, Nov. 24 from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Vendors will have a selection of vegetables, flowers, pastries, bread and meat.

Butcher & Vine, in Watkinsville (not the Athens location), is making a limited number of Thanksgiving charcuterie boards (orders are due by Wednesday, Nov. 17). All boards will have meats, cheeses and “seasonal accompaniments,” plus crackers and bread. They feed four to 10 people, cost $20 per person and come on a fancy platter you get to keep. You can also order turkey (heritage or regular), ham, prime rib, whole tenderloin, whole brisket or stone crab claws. To order, call at 706-705-1466 or email

Butt Hutt is smoking turkeys for $60 each (16–18 lbs.). Call 706-850-8511 to order by Nov. 19, and pick up Nov. 24 after 4 p.m. or on the actual day (Nov. 25) from 8–10 a.m.

The Café on Lumpkin will be open on Thanksgiving Day from 8–5 p.m. 

The Carriage House Buffet of Athens is open for Thanksgiving lunch on the actual day from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. ($15.99 adults, $13.99 seniors, $8.99 kids, free for children under 3). No reservations are needed, and take-out is available.

Chops and Hops is doing full meals or individual components of such: herb-crusted turkey, braised balsamic roast beef, garlic mashed potatoes, candied yams, green bean casserole, roasted butternut squash, cranberry sauce, dressing, gravy, roasted carrots, baked brussels sprouts, salads, pecan pie, pumpkin rolls, cheesecake and starters. Call 706-310-1101 or email to order by Nov. 18, and pick up on Nov. 24 between 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Donderos’ Kitchen has its usual abundance of choices, including gluten-free roasted whole turkey (10, 14, 18 or 22 lbs. for $4.95/lb.), dressing (traditional or GF, $13/$24 depending on size), quart containers of sides (mashed potatoes, mashed rutabagas and turnips, sweet and sour red cabbage) for $13, sauces, gravy, and apple, pumpkin or pecan pie ($15-18). Fill out the order form at by Nov. 19 (turkeys by Nov. 18), and pick up Nov. 23 from 2–4 p.m. or Nov. 24 from 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Em’s Kitchen is taking dessert orders for cookies or ooey-gooey bars. Call 706-206-9322, or email

Five Bar and Chuck’s Fish are doing their annual Thanksgiving Feast on the actual day from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. The meal is free and can be picked up via drive-thru or walk-up (no dine-in). Donations are accepted to benefit Project Safe.

Heirloom Cafe has Thanksgiving meal kits available for preorder by Nov. 21 through an online form. Items are intended to serve four, and orders will be available for pickup on Wednesday, Nov. 24 from 11 a.m.–8 p.m.

Home.made has Thanksgiving sides orderable through its web shop at mac and cheese, tomato pie, sweet potato gratin or roasted fall vegetables (each $23.76, serves four to six); pimento cheese ($16.20/pint); pickled deviled eggs ($8.64/four); plus yeast rolls and the usual delicious snacks.

Jack’s Cheesecake is offering pre-orders at for pick up at the Family Dollar in Watkinsville on Nov. 24 from 3–6 p.m.

Ladybird Farm is putting together Thanksgiving produce bags with nine size and content options. Order online at by Monday, Nov. 22. Produce bags are available for doorstep delivery or farm pickup (in Hull) on Tuesday, Nov. 23 or pickup at the Athens Farmers Market Thanksgiving Market at Heirloom Cafe on Wednesday, Nov. 24.

Lindsey’s Culinary Market has gravy ($15/quart); sourdough and cornbread dressing muffins ($4 each); a farmers’ market salad, sweet potato casserole with sorghum, bourbon and a spicy pecan topping; squash casserole, green beans with caramelized onions, bacon and roasted autumn vegetables ($19–$65 each, depending on size); pumpkin-apple-bear bisque ($19/quart) and cranberry-pear compote ($12/pint). Bourbon pecan or pumpkin pie, pumpkin cheesecake with a ginger cookie crust or pear-gingerbread upside-down cake for dessert are $22–$35 each. DM your order on Instagram at @lindseysculinarymarket or call 706-353-0558 to order for pickup Nov. 22 (after 1 p.m.) or Nov. 23 (by 1 p.m.). As always, they can prepare foods in your dishes.

Maepole has sides in family size ($14, feeds four) and holiday size ($26, feeds eight). These include green beans, mac and cheese, mashed sweet potatoes or any of your favorite Maepole side items. Order by Wednesday, Nov. 24 at

Marti’s at Midday has sides of sweet potato casserole, roasted brussels sprouts tossed with pesto, mac and cheese, cornbread dressing, fresh green beans with brown sugar and pecans, and smashed new potatoes for $14/$28 to serve four or eight, yeast rolls ($14/dozen) and dessert platters ($21.99). Order online at or call 706-543-3541 by Nov. 19 to pick up Nov. 23–24.

Off the Vine Produce, in Winterville, has sides in half ($20, feeds 15–25) and full pans ($45, feeds 30–40) of cornbread dressing, hashbrown casserole, sweet potato soufflé, mac and cheese, green beans, pistachio pudding/Watergate salad, broccoli casserole, broccoli salad, pretzel salad (strawberry or pineapple) and Italian pasta salad, as well as pies for $12 each (coconut, chocolate, pecan, sweet potato, pumpkin and coconut cream) and two- or three-layer cakes for $25/$30 (coconut with either sour cream/Cool Whip icing or coconut with sweetened condensed milk, red velvet, German chocolate, pineapple mandarin orange, carrot, hummingbird, strawberry, 7-Up or chocolate with chocolate or peanut butter icing). Call 706-899-0400 to order.

Opa Robby’s Market is doing Thanksgiving ingredients and possibly some other stuff. Email Oma at to request an order form. Pre-orders are the best way to ensure that you get what you want. The store is also offering a produce basket with specific Thanksgiving produce items that can be picked up Nov. 19–24.

Pulaski Heights BBQ has smoked turkey breast with gravy (3 lbs., serves four to six, $55), house-brined and -smoked shoulder hams (5 lbs., serves 12–15, $65; order deadline has passed), brisket (6 lbs., serves 15–20, $155), pork shoulder (5 lbs., serves 10–15, $65), smoked tofu ($16/quart, serves four to six; $42 half-pan, serves 10–15), housemade orange-cranberry sauce ($8/pint), extra gravy ($13/quart) and the following sides for $13/quart (serves six to eight) or $35 half-pan (serves 15–20): mashed potatoes, squash casserole, baked beans, collards, whipped sweet potatoes, cornbread dressing, green beans in ham hock broth, mac and cheese, vinegar-lime slaw, potato salad, smoked cauliflower and kimchi. Banana pudding for $15–40. Pre-order online by scrolling down to the Thanksgiving tab on Upserve. Pick up Nov. 24 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. (no ramen night) or on Thanksgiving Day between 12–1 p.m.

Rashe’s Cuisine is doing smoked jerk turkeys ($70) or chickens ($35) with three 1 lb. pans of sides (mac and cheese, collards, green beans, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes or zucchini/squash cornbread) and Jamaican cranberry cake for dessert. Order and pay at to pick up Nov. 22–24.

Saucehouse is doing a full holiday package that includes turkey or ham, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, two sides (choose from mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, green bean casserole and sweet potato casserole) and Sister Schubert’s rolls. Add tea or lemonade for $6/gallon and desserts (peach cobbler, bread pudding, banana pudding, brownies/cookies) priced per person. $14/person drop-off ($250 minimum) or $22/person full-service ($1,000 minimum), or for $65 you can get a whole turkey or ham with none of the frills. Call 888-978-7948, ext. 4 or email to order.