Where to Get the Best Turkey for Thanksgiving in Atlanta
Thanksgiving dinner without a turkey is just wrong for many people. However, serving a turkey that is below par is also a cardinal sin for this traditional bird. Whether you'd prefer to cook your own turkey, serve a precooked bird, or you are in search of the best turkey dinner served in Atlanta's restaurants, you'll be able to find the best of show in this southern hotspot. Here is a list of the top five places to get the best turkey for Thanksgiving in Atlanta.
For 2011, you can order an orange-glazed turkey breast for $34.99 to serve 4 to 6, or the larger whole-roasted honey-spiced turkey that serves 8 to 10 for $64.99. Alon's also sells a whole-smoked turkey for $66.99 that feeds 8 to 10 guests. Orders must be placed by November 21 at 5 pm for turkey pickup on November 23 by 4 pm.
2.Copeland'sOne of the newest Thanksgiving turkey traditions to grace the tables of Atlanta residents is the deep fried turkey. However, you can rest assured that you won't have to deep fry your own turkey, which can easily become a fire hazard. This Atlanta restaurant has prepared more than 20,000 Thanksgiving turkeys for Atlantans in the past 12 years.
For 2011 they will continue the tradition with the availability of Copeland's spicy Cajun-Fried Turkeys. Turkey orders should be made within 24 hours of pickup; note that there is a limited availability of these birds for Thanksgiving Day dinner so order asap. Cost for a turkey in 2004 was $39.95, to be used as a pricing guide as the 2011 turkey price has yet to be released.
3.Star Provisions: Provisions to GoIf you want to roast or deep-fry your own turkey this year, but would prefer to serve a flavorful turkey that is not pumped full of antibiotics and steroids, visit Star Provisions. Known in Atlanta as serving the city's finest gourmet food items, this culinary market sells turkeys designated by the Animal Welfare Institute as being certifiably organic.
The store's Provisions to Go service will have free-range, organic fresh Eberly, as well as Heritage, turkeys for Thanksgiving. Eberly turkeys from Pennsylvania are available whole ($5.85/lb) in 8 to 28 pound selections, or you can get a bone-in turkey breast ($9.50/lb) that is 4 to 8 pounds. Heritage turkeys come from Kansas and are available whole ($7.75/lb) in 8 to 22 pound sizes. Place your turkey order by November 19 at 5 pm; pick up your turkey on November 23.
4.Paces 88 American BistroLeave the cooking to the experts this Thanksgiving by making reservations at one of the most contemporary restaurants in an ultra-glamorous location. Paces 88 American Bistro will be serving Thanksgiving dinner on November 24 from 1 pm to 9 pm at the luxurious St. Regis Atlanta hotel.
Prepared by Chef Mark Alba you'll savor the juiciness of the roasted hen turkey, which is the star of this five course meal. The cost per adult is $65 for the meal, while children 12 and younger eat for $35. Add wine pairings to your meal for a total cost of $105 per adult.
5.CRAFTEat at one of the nation's most raved about restaurants, CRAFT, for Thanksgiving to enjoy what is arguably the best prepared roasted turkey in Atlanta. CRAFT is the New York City brainchild of executive chef Tom Colicchio, well-known for his hosting role on Bravo's Top Chef. On November24 from 2 pm to 8 pm, enjoy a serving of succulent roasted free-range turkey prepared by Chef Kevin Maxey.
A three-course meal, which also features Colicchio's signature sausage stuffing, will be served, and you'll be sent home with leftovers to enjoy for your day-after-Thanksgiving turkey sandwiches. The restaurant began taking reservations on October 27; dinner is $85 per person.
This article is written by Roy Wilson who love to blog about atlanta restaurant scene and fun things to do in atlanta