By Julia Turner

Thanksgiving kicks off the start of the holiday season by bringing together family and friends for some great food, but for anyone cooking dinner, it can be more stressful than enjoyable.

If you’re looking to spend more time appreciating the company you’re with than the fact that the sweet potatoes didn’t burn, perhaps you could consider eating out this year. Several Atlanta eateries provide dine-in or take-out options for the annual turkey day, and we’ve selected a few for a list that is particularly delectable.

Whether you’re looking for an upscale dining experience or just want someone else to take care of that beast of a bird for you, you’ll find what you’re looking for in our list. Happy eating!

Atkins Park offers Big Green Egg smoked turkey breast with caramelized apple and sage stuffing and cider gravy, green bean casserole and roasted garlic mashed potatoes for sides, sweet potato biscuits and cranberry Grand Marnier compote to finish it off. For dessert, they have pumpkin cheesecake or southern pecan pie. $20 for adults, $15 for young adults, and $8 for under 10. Doors open at 5 p.m. Reservations recommended. Call (404) 876-7249 or visit atkinspark.com for more information or to make your reservation.

Steakhouse Davios’ Thanksgiving menu, served from 12-8 p.m., includes roasted butternut squash soup and a large plate of sliced oven-roasted Vermont free-range organic turkey for every diner. Sides of Yukon gold mashed potatoes, glazed yams, creamy Cipollini onions with fresh peas, corn bread herb stuffing and homemade gravy, cranberry apple chutney, and sautéed creamy kale are served family style with the soup and turkey. If there’s any room left, desserts of pumpkin and apple pie or chocolate pecan tart are available, and Davio’s offers the option of “Tomorrow’s Turkey Sandwich—To Go,” which includes stuffing, cranberry apple chutney, and gravy. The regular dinner menu will be available in addition to the Thanksgiving menu, and a children’s menu is also provided. $40 for dinner, $10 for dessert, $15 for children’s menu (12 years or younger). Reservations requested. davios.com

Food 101 will serve a family style menu from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The menu features herb roasted turkey, maple and sugar spiral ham, rosemary leg of lamb, smoked gouda mac and cheese, black-eyed peas, okra and stewed tomatoes, creamed corn, and more. $40 for adults, $20 for children 6-12, free for children 5 and under. For more information see food101atlanta.com.

Lobby Bar and Bistro and Room at Twelve will both offer their annual Thanksgiving buffets from 12 p.m.- 8 p.m. With roasted brined turkey breast, prime rib and horseradish sour cream, and pineapple, mustard and brown sugar glazed ham at the carving station and sides ranging from truffle macaroni and cheese to roasted winter squash to fresh salads, Lobby and Room have something for everyone. The buffets also includes seafood entrees, children’s options, and a comprehensive dessert table. $49 for adults, $17 for children 5-12, and free for children under 5. To make a reservation, call (404) 961-7370 (Lobby) or (404) 418-1250 (Room). Visit lobbyattwelve.com and roomattwelve.com for more information.

Parish Foods & Goods offers an a la carte to-go menu that presents fresh, organic ingredients harvested from local farmers. Menu items include all natural roasted boneless turkey breast with giblet gravy, sausage and cornbread dressing, chile and lemon glazed sweet potatoes, bread and butter deviled eggs, and more. Dessert options are pumpkin, apple, or sweet potato and marshmallow pies. Orders must be placed by Sunday, Nov. 20 at 5 p.m. and picked up on Wednesday, Nov. 23 after 12 p.m. To place your order, call (404) 681-4434. parishatl.com

Villa Christina has their annual Thanksgiving Brunch from 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. The menu includes traditional Thanksgiving favorites such as turkey topped with fresh herbs and butter and smashed sweet potatoes topped with roasted marshmellows as well as Tuscan inspired cuisine. Mediterranean dishes of seafood, salads, and an array of pastas like ravioli stuffed with lobster and ricotta cheese will tempt anyone away from the day’s usual repast. $45 for adults, $25 for children (6-12), and free for children 5 and under. Reservations are necessary and can be made at (404) 303-0133. See villachristina.com for more information.

Wildfire at Perimeter Mall serve a family-style menu from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving day. The menu offers homemade cornbread, deviled eggs, spit roasted turkey, brown sugar glazed sweet potatoes, and several vegetable options. For dessert, diners can choose from an assortment of pies and cakes including apple streusel, pumpkin, and maple pecan pies. Reservations are required and can be made at (770) 730-9080. $34.95 for adults, $14.95 for children 12 and under. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank. wildfirerestaurant.com/Atlanta.

And if you want a traditional Southern dinner, The Colonnade will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. serving up its four-course traditional turkey and dressing dinner along with their famous veggies. The prices is $20 per person. We recommend patience because there is usually a wait to get a seat, so maybe have a drink in the bar. You can see the full menu and more at colonnadeatl.com.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.