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Still Wondering where to go for Thanksgiving?

AJC Staff

AJC Staff

You might try one of these restaurants and see if they still have openings:

(Note: the verbiage belongs to the restaurants, not to me.)

I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving, and I appreciate all the comments and interactions on this blog. (Even the ones where people told me to get a life. ) An open forum, where people of different persuasions and backgrounds, can get together and talk about food is a fine thing, indeed.

I’ll see you on the other side of the tryptophan haze!

1. South City Kitchen Midtown

1144 Crescent Avenue



Three-course dinner for $35/person ($17.50 for children 12 and under) plus tax.

APPETIZER (choose one)

Fried Green Tomatoes goat cheese, sweet red pepper coulis

Oysters Rockefeller Gratin

Spicy Pimento Cheese toasted corn crackers, celery hearts

Harvest Salad roasted butternut squash, chopped romaine, shaved red onions,

black pepper vinaigrette, toasted pecans, dried cranberries, Grana Padano

Caesar Salad fried okra, garlic-grit croutons

Old Charleston She-Crab Soup fresh cream, sherry

Butternut Squash Ginger Bisque nutmeg cream

ENTREE (choose one)

Roasted Turkey Breast giblet gravy, cornbread dressing,

collard greens, whipped potatoes, orange cranberry sauce

Seafood Jambalaya shrimp, crawfish, mussels, fish,

Carolina Plantation rice, andouille sausage, spicy tomato broth

Buttermilk Fried Chicken sautéed green beans, buttermilk whipped potatoes, bourbon gravy

Smoke Roasted Filet of Beef smashed sweet potatoes, garlicky greens, brown butter béarnaise

Sautéed Shrimp & Scallops creamy stone-ground grits, garlic gravy

Grilled Salmon roasted tomato ragout, Parmesan grits, grilled zucchini-corn salad

Veggie Plate green beans, smashed sweet potatoes, garlicky greens, cornbread dressing

DESSERT (choose one)

Pumpkin Pie

Our Signature Individual Pecan Pie buttermilk caramel, vanilla ice cream

Apple Cobbler

Double Chocolate Bread Pudding bittersweet and milk chocolate custard, coffee crème anglaise


Order in multiples of eight @ $22.50 per person (plus tax)

Each eight-person order includes:

16 housemade muffins and cornbread

One boneless roasted turkey breast

Two quarts each of cranberry sauce, collard greens,

whipped potatoes and cornbread dressing

One quart giblet gravy

One pecan or pumpkin pie with whipped cream


2.Toulouse American Bistro

2293 Peachtree Road NE

Suite B

phone (404) 351-9533

12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Toulouse is offering their French-inspired American cuisine on Thanksgiving Day. From 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., the cozy Buckhead bistro will serve holiday classics like oven roasted turkey and pumpkin pie as well as some of the restaurant’s regular menu items including their wild mushroom ravioli and grilled salmon. For more information or to make reservations, guests can call 404-351-9533.

3. Ray’s on the River

6700 Powers Ferry Road NW

Sandy Springs, GA 30339


9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Ray’s Killer Creek

1700 Mansell Road

Alpharetta, GA 30004


10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Ray’s Restaurants will have two locations open on Thanksgiving Day. From 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Ray’s on the River will be offering a holiday buffet priced at $35 for adults and $17.50 for children 5 and under. For those outside the perimeter, Ray’s Killer Creek will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., serving a special menu to celebrate this day of thanks.

Here is the special Thanksgiving menu for Ray’s Killer Creek:

Turkey Dinner • $25

Homemade dressing and gravy, mashed potatoes,

seasonal vegetables, and homemade cranberry sauce.

Kid’s Turkey Dinner • $13

Turkey, homemade dressing and gravy, mashed potatoes,

seasonal vegetables, and homemade Cranberry sauce.

Thanksgiving Three-Course Dinner

$39* (with wine) • $35 (without wine):

Butternut Squash Soup or Crab Bisque or

Simple Green Salad or Caesar Salad


Oven Baked Turkey

Homemade Dressing and Gravy

Mashed Potatoes

Seasonal Vegetables

Homemade Cranberry Sauce


Choose one:

Apple Pie • Homemade Chocolate Cake • Pumpkin Pie

*Choice of Tunnel of Elms Cabernet Sauvignon or Chardonnay

4. 103 West

103 West Paces Ferry Road


Noon – 7 p.m., Thanksgiving Day


What would family Thanksgiving be without hours of slaving over a hot stove and oven, polishing silver and cleaning up? A feast at 103 West! Join us as we host our fabulously popular seventh annual Thanksgiving Day spread from Noon to 7 pm. Come with your family and enjoy a feast for all your senses, specially crafted by Executive Chef Matt Rainey, Pastry Chef Joseph Goency and staff. Let us serve you so you can enjoy the day – which is truly a reason to give thanks!

Call (404) 233 5993 for reservations, with a minimum of four guests required. Cost is $69.00 adults, $35.00 kids under 12, free for kids under 6. Taxes and gratuities are additional.

No to-go offered but, once you’ve enjoyed your fill, our staff will refresh side dishes and package the remainder of treats for you to enjoy later at home, along with Chef Matt’s tips for successfully reheating your meal.

5. Canoe Restaurant

4199 Paces Ferry Road


Canoe Restaurant knows it has plenty to be thankful for this holiday season. After flood waters filled the restaurant, the outpouring of support from the Atlanta community helped fuel the restaurant to a speedy recovery. Not only will Canoe reopen in mid-November, Chef Carvel Grant Gould has crafted a special three-course prix-fixe menu. Dinner costs $55.00 per person, excluding alcohol, tax and gratuity, and the menu is as follows:


She-Crab Soup, Jumbo Lump Crab Meat, Sherry Cream

African Squash Ravioli, Sweet Italian Sausage and Golden Raisins

Autumnal Bosc Pear & Gorgonzola Salad

Dried Fruits, Frisse, Spiced Walnuts, Sherry Vinaigrette

Main Course:

Oak Roasted Amish Organic Turkey, Traditional Cornbread Stuffing, Cranberry-Pecan Conserve

Brown Butter Sweet Potatoes with House-made Marshmallow

Pan seared Newfoundland Steelhead Trout

Roasted Root Vegetables, Pink Lady Apples, Brussels Leaves, Apple Cider Hazelnut Butter

Herb Crusted Aged Prime Ribeye

Whipped Potatoes, Filet Bean and Chanterelle Mushroom Casserole,

Crispy Tobacco Onions, Red Wine Sauce


Sweet Potato Cheesecake

Maple Brown Butter

Pink Lady Apple Pie

“Rosemarried” Ice Cream

Georgia Pecan Tart

Knob Creek Bourbon Cream

Forget the stress of cooking a Thanksgiving meal for family and friends, and come to Canoe for a delectable meal and impeccable service. Wander around the newly landscaped gardens and enjoy scenic views of the Chattahoochee River. Between the atmosphere and the cuisine, Canoe delivers a truly unforgettable Thanksgiving experience. Reservations are recommended but not required, make yours today by calling 770.432.2663 or logging onto

6. McCray’s Tavern – West Village

4500 West Village Place, Smyrna


McCray’s Tavern – West Village will be closed on Thanksgiving Day but are hosting a Turkey Bash on Thanksgiving Eve.

Escape from a house full of relatives and duties in the kitchen on Wednesday, November 25, 2009 at McCray’s Tavern – West Village for an Turkey Bash Party. McCray’s Tavern will feature menu specials, festive cocktails, over 44 beers on draft and live music beginning at 9:00 p.m. Join McCray’s Tavern for the Turkey Bash this Thanksgiving. McCray’s Tavern – West Village is located at 4500 West Village Place, Smyrna, GA 30080. For reservations or additional information, call 678.370.9112 or visit

7. Nori Nori Japanses Sushi & Grill Buffet

6690 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs


Not in the mood for the traditional Thanksgiving turkey and dressing? Join Nori Nori Japanese Sushi & Grill Buffet for an extraordinary variety of sushi and grilled items this Thanksgiving. Located in Atlanta’s Sandy Springs neighborhood, Nori Nori Japanese Sushi & Seafood Buffet elevates buffet dining to a new standard. The restaurant offers guests a unique array of over 120 menu items that consist of both modern and purely traditional Japanese dishes, including more than 30 varieties of sushi. Nori Nori is open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and for dinner from 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. The lunch buffet costs $17.00 per person and the dinner buffet costs $26.00 per person. Do something unique this Thanksgiving and dine with Nori Nori.

3 comments Add your comment


November 26th, 2009
10:49 am

John, Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! I hope each member of our “blogging family” is spending the day with family and friends and some sort of good food.


November 26th, 2009
2:07 pm

How about some Thanksgiving suggestions for us unemployed, lower-budgeted people?


November 28th, 2009
5:40 pm

Chris, next year consider the Colonnade. it’s along wait, but the fixed price menu was $20 (excluding alcohol). Just be patient,(very, very patient) and expect edible, but not gourmet, food. but hey, it’s 20 bucks. I,on the other hand, will try to remember this list for next year.