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Atlanta Restaurants Provide Traditional Thanksgiving Fare and Black Friday Escape
Atlanta Restaurants Provide Traditional Thanksgiving Fare and Black Friday Escape


With Thanksgiving less than a month away, there are two important choices to be made. Atlantans must decide whether to cook or to make reservations, and whether to shop Black Friday or to leave the bargain hunting to others. Whichever decision wins out, the city’s dining scene has something for everyone.

Atkins Park Tavern in Virginia-Highland and Atkins Park Tavern in Smyrna are offering guests Thanksgiving menus that will certainly leave them giving thanks for the chef. At both restaurants, the meal is $20 for adults, $15 for young adults and $8 for children 10 and under (tax and gratuity not included). Patrons can start celebrating the holiday at 5 p.m. at the Virginia-Highland location with helpings of Big Green Egg smoked turkey breast with caramelized apple, sage stuffing and cider gravy, and a braised pork shoulder with roasted root vegetables and a bourbon glaze. A few of the side dishes include green bean casserole with crispy onions and roasted mushrooms and roasted garlic mashed potatoes. Pumpkin cheesecake and a slice of southern pecan pie will finish off the meal. The Smyrna location will open its doors at 4 p.m. to start serving deep-fried Creole turkey breast and Dr. Pepper spiral glazed ham for the main course. The plentiful sides include pimento cheese deviled eggs and pickled beet and squash casserole with a cracker topping. To satisfy a sweets craving, the tavern is serving a pumpkin and mascarpone cheese roll. Reservations are recommended for both locations. Atkins Park in Virginia-Highland is located at 794 N. Highland Avenue Northeast; 404-876-7249. Atkins Park in Smyrna is located at 2840 Atlanta Road Southeast; 770-435-1887. For more information, visit www.atkinspark.com.

Midtown favorite Briza is also offering up a Thanksgiving menu in addition to the restaurant’s regular menu. Guests have until 8 p.m. on Thursday to enjoy a turkey plate, a fall squash soup and pie for dessert or to take advantage of the lounge and bar area’s all-day menu. Briza is located at 866 West Peachtree Street NW; 678-412-2402. www.brizarestaurant.com

Chicken and the Egg is serving up a Southern meal for the holiday. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Marietta restaurant is offering a traditional menu where guests can choose an entrée, three sides and a dessert. The meal is $18 for adults, $10 for children 6 to 12 and free for children 5 and under (tax and gratuity not included). Reservations are recommended. Chicken and the Egg is located at 800 Whitlock Avenue, Suite 124. For reservations, call 678-388-8813. www.chickandtheegg.com

On the busiest shopping day of the year, RA Sushi Bar Restaurant is giving weary deal hunters a reason to take a break and relax. Escape the hustle and bustle of the crowds for some “RA Retail Therapy,” and enjoy all day happy hour at RA on November 25. Celebrate Black Friday at RA by ordering from more than 35 sushi, appetizer, and tapas selections, plus a wide variety of beer, wine and signature cocktails ranging from $2 to $7. Popular dishes include Tootsy Maki, Viva Las Vegas Roll, “RA”ckin’ Shrimp, Spicy Sesame Chicken Wings and creative cocktails such as the Saketini, Red Lotus or Shiso Naughty. RA Sushi’s food specials are typically available from 3 to 7 p.m., but on November 25, food specials will be extended from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. with drink specials available all day. Stop in to RA Sushi for some Retail Therapy at 1080 Peachtree St., Suite 8. For more information, call 404-267-0114 or visit www.RAsushi.com.

Ray’s Restaurants will have two locations ready to dish up a Thanksgiving feast. Ray’s on the River knows how hard it can be to pick just one dish, so the restaurant is offering a buffet of everyone’s favorites, including roasted turkey, honey glazed ham, candied yams, a salad bar and more. The buffet is available from 10 a.m. until the last seating at 7:45 p.m. and will be $39.95 for adults and $19.95 for children 5-10. For those outside of the perimeter, Ray’s at Killer Creek will be serving an abbreviated dinner menu in addition to a Thanksgiving meal, which includes roasted turkey, house made dressing , cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and succotash. The meal can be purchased as a plate for $27, or guests can choose the three course option, with a soup or salad and dessert for $36. For more information on Ray’s Restaurants, visit the company’s website. Ray's on the River is located at 6700 Powers Ferry Road; 770-955-1187. Ray’s Killer Creek is located at 1700 Mansell Road; 770-649-0064.

South City Kitchen Midtown and South City Kitchen Vinings  are continuing to relieve patrons of kitchen duty by opening their doors on Thanksgiving Day from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The restaurant is offering a special three-course menu where guests can choose one appetizer, entrée and dessert for a satisfying Thanksgiving Day dinner. The meal is $39.95 for adults and $19.98 for children 12 and under (tax and gratuity not included). Reservations are recommended at both locations. South City Kitchen Midtown is located at 1144 Crescent Avenue; 404-873-7358. South City Kitchen Vinings is located at 1675 Cumberland Parkway; (770) 435-0700.

Diners looking for a Southeast Asian inspired meal should venture to Spice Market. The restaurant is offering an Asian-inspired Thanksgiving menu for guests. The meal is $39 and does not include tax or gratuity. The menu is available from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Spice Market is located in the W Atlanta-Midtown Hotel at 188 14th Street, NE. For reservations, call 404-724-2550. www.spicemarketatlanta.com

For all the home chefs still looking for a bird to impress friends and families, White Oak Pastures (WOP) is offering a selection of American Standard Bronze turkeys. WOP’s Free Range Pastured Turkeys are very different from the hybrid industrial turkeys commonly found during the holidays. These birds are raised following the same open pasture lifestyle as White Oak Pastures' cattle: roaming in a natural setting and living naturally without antibiotics or added hormones. The farm’s American Standard Bronze turkeys are less susceptible to pathogens. White Oak Pastures’ turkeys are available in three sizes: small (8-12 pounds) for $75, medium (12-16 pounds) for $100 and large (17+ pounds) for $125. Shipping costs are calculated per mile per pound. Free Range Bronze turkeys can be ordered online or by calling 229-641-2081. For more information, visit www.whiteoakpastures.com

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