Save time and enjoy your holiday even more this year in the Atlanta metro.

Thanksgiving mealThanksgiving in Atlanta is a great place to be if you choose to dine-out at one of the many restaurants serving in 2010. If you’re too busy to cook this year, or if you’d rather spend your time doing other things, consider ordering your Turkey Day meal to-go.

Does this sound like a good option to you? Well, then, act now because orders must be received in advance. You’ll thank yourself while your relaxing the next Wednesday and finally feeling thankful for all the wonderful things in your life.

It’s OK to get some help. Some of the places below offer whole meals, while others allow you to pick and choose from a variety of birds, sides and desserts.

1. Parish

Fresh, organic ingredients by local farmers are used to create a traditional Thanksgiving meal. You can buy all options a la carte. Orders must be placed by Friday, November 19th at 5 p.m. All orders are to be picked up by Wednesday, November 24th, after 12 p.m. 404-681-4434.

2.  Murphy’s – Virginia-Highlands (Yes, I like Murphy’s.)

Murphy’s offers a meal for four people for $125, or a meal for eight folks for $225 that sells out each year. This option is pricier than some of the other options, but you will be sure to impress. Also, the ingredients are fresh and local. Plus, they have Thanksgiving To-Go Wine packs: two for $40 or four for $75. Must be submitted by Nov. 19 and picked up Wed. 24 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 404-872-0904.

3. Alons bakery – Virginia-Highlands

This delicious bakery has tons of Thanksgiving options, especially their holiday breads and desserts. You don’t have to commit to purchasing a whole meal.

4.Wildfire – Perimeter Mall

Traditional Thanksgiving dishes. Wildfire will be donating a portion of the day’s proceeds to Atlanta Community Food Bank to support their efforts to fight hunger and will be hosting a food drive.

5. HobNob – Midtown

Fairly traditional and tasty-sounding menu. The Roasted Butternut Squash and Caramelized Apple soup sounds intriguing. Orders for Thanksgiving to-go must be submitted by Monday, November 22 (cut-off 3 p.m.) and can be picked up on Thursday, November 25 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thanksgiving for four is $95. Thanks to Midtown Mile for this information.

6. Village Tavern – Alpharetta

Traditional menu plus clam chowder. $150 serves four; $300 serves eight. Thanksgiving orders must be submitted by Sunday, Nov. 21 and picked up on Wednesday, Nov. 24. 770-777-6490.

7. Star Provisions – Westside

Free-range, organic turkeys and traditional sides and gourmet options. Turkeys range from $5.85/pound to $9.75/pound. As seen in Creative Loafing Atlanta. 404-365-0410.

8. The Mercantile – Candler Park

Traditional options with options to pick up your food on Thanksgiving morning from 9 a.m until noon. Serve four to six people for $99, or eight to 19 for $139.

9. Sawickis – Decatur

Natural, local choices and one of the most appealing to-go menus to me. Options such as North Georgia Apple Pie. $195 dinner for six, but you don’t have to order as a meal.

10. The Brickery – Sandy Springs

Taking orders only up until Nov. 18. You can get a complete traditional dinner for 12 to 14 people for $175.

11. Musss & Turner’s – Smyrna

Traditional choices with fresh turkeys from Tanglewood Farms in North Carolina. Pick up only on Tuesday and Wednesday from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m.

12. Busy Bee Cafe – Downtown

Have a soul food Thanksgiving with good options found on MLK Drive.

13. Copelands of New Orleans

Cajun Fried Turkey plus sides.

14. The Shed at Glenwood- Glenwood Park

Deadline for ordering full meal package is November 21st. $150 package feeds six to eight people. 404-835-4363.

15. South City Kitchen Both Midtown and Vinings location

You can call 404.873.7358 (Midtown) or 770.435.0700 (Vinings) a week in advance and order complete dinners to-go for eight people for $25 per person.

If you decide to cook something after all, the Westside Provisions District presents its “Ultimate Thanksgiving Dinner” with recipes. Or the AJC’s Jon Watson shows us how to make a turducken.

To top off your meal, you could also get some local Lenox Cupcakes for Thanksgiving with flavors such as pumpkin spice, chocolate orange and caramel vanilla.

Or you could opt not to eat an extravagant meal this year. Instead you might volunteer at the Atlanta Community Food Bank or Hosea Feed the Hungry.

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