We’ve collected some ideas to make entertaining meals a snap during the season. With a little help from local restaurants and bakeries, the most work you’ll have to do is walking in to pick up your food. So, when you start to feel harried, this is a resource to get your creative juices flowing. We know there are more ideas, so tell your favorites in the comments below.

Easy Snacks & Apps

Greene’s Fine Foods’ Pecan Sampler

Roasted and salted Mammoth, chocolate, praline, glazed, sweet and salty, chocolate Grand Marnier and cinnamon pecans are combined in this sampler. 32 oz for $36. greenesfinefoods.com

McEntyres Bakery’s Cheese Straws

These are made with sharp cheddar cheese and a hint of cayenne. Just place in a bowl or basket and – voila – an easy app. $5.99 for 3 dozen. mcentyresbakery.com.

Bella Cucina’s Artichoke Lemon Pesto

Artichoke hearts, olive oil and Parmesan cheese equal a delicious pesto in a jar. You can use it to make a tasty and easy dip by baking with mayonnaise and grated Parmesan until bubbly. $6 for 12 oz. bellacucina.com

Mediterranean Grill’s Hummus

This hummus is smooth, creamy and satisfying. You could combine with other items from their menu, like dolmas, olives and falafel to make a platter for your party. They offer a larger portion for a party serving 12-15 people, $28. mediterraneangrill.com

Pimento Cheese

Pimento cheese is perfect on a cracker, slice of apple or bread. INtown readers weighed in on Facebook. Here are their suggestions on where to pick-up:

Oak Grove Market, oakgrovemarket.com

Your Dekalb Farmers Market (YDFM), dekalbfarmersmarket.com

Empire State South, empirestatesouth.com

BOCADO Atlanta, bocadoatlanta.com

Holeman and Finch, holeman-finch.com

South City Kitchen Midtown, southcitykitchen.com

Newks, newks.com

MIX’d UP, roaminghunger.com/mixd-up

Corner Pub Decatur, pubalicious.com

Gabriel’s in Marietta, gabrielsdesserts.com

West Egg, westeggcafe.com

Zoe’s Kitchen, zoeskitchen.com

Half Baked Casseroles, halfbakedcasseroles.com

Potluck Perfect

La Petit Marché’s BBQ Meatballs

Call ahead to order a tray of these from Kirkwood’s La Petit Marché for your potluck. They are rolled with cranberries and covered in tangy barbecue sauce and then topped with goat cheese and scallions. The owner Marché says they’re one of the most popular items. thelittlemarket.net

Café at Pharr’s Chicken Salad

This Buckhead institution’s chicken salad is a favorite and they offer three varieties: walnut chicken, celery chicken or curry chicken salads. Just spread on small rolls and you can make an easy platter for your potluck. A 20 oz container is $11. cafeatpharr.com

Doc Chey’s Shanghai Dumplings

These are handmade and filled with pork and fresh ginger, then steamed. Paired with crispy veggie spring rolls and Vietnamese Basil Rolls would create a nice potluck platter. The catering menu is available online and delivery is available. $1.25 for each dumpling. doccheys.com

Pizzeria Venti’s Bocce Balls

Savory Italian meatballs, cheese and marinara sauce wrapped in a golden crust. $28 for 12. pizzeriaventi-atlanta.com

Delia’s Slider Tray

This tray has mix-n-match chicken sausage sliders, sloppy sliders, meatball sliders and slaw sliders for $4.99 per person (two sliders per person). thesausagestand.com

Casserole’s Chicken & Biscuits

Classic, southern and easy to pick-up already prepared at Casseroles in Morningside. This dish is made with housemade basil biscuits, chicken, vegetables and peas. $15.50 for a two-person portion size. casserolesatlanta.com

Las Margaritas’ Arroz con Pollo

This dish can be arranged for a larger gathering for $13.95 per person. lasmargaritasmidtown.com


Baked Goods (no knead to sweat!)

Savage Pizza’s Breadsticks

As an appetizer or alongside a homemade baked ziti, these pizza dough twists are awesome. Brushed with herbed garlic butter and topped with Parmesan. These are fresh baked to order, so call ahead. $3.95 for six. savagepizza.com

Mary Mac’s Dinner Rolls

Freshly baked, buttery favorites are available for pick-up, $4.05 for a dozen. marymacs.com

H & F’s Bacon & Onion Baguette

The Market – Across the Street in Old 4th Ward carries these baguettes almost daily from H&F Bakery. You may want to call ahead for availability, but they say they’re generally stocked. I was just there and saw a whole basket full. acrossthestreetatlanta.com


With some really awesome options Intown, we turned to our readers for advice. This is how they weighed-in on Facebook:

Wendy D. The only thing I actually like at Flying Biscuit is, in fact, their biscuits.

Rebecca D. Ria’s Bluebird Cafe is the best!

Jeremy M. Highland Bakery Sweet Potato Biscuits

Araba D. Ria’s Bluebird. Chequers Restaurant in Perimeter area, but that’s not “Intown”

Scott F. Last time I was there, it was still Flying Biscuit!

Barbara L. I love Homegrown’s biscuits the best!

Airica C. Thumbs Up Diner! Hands down.


Breezy Breakfast

Belly General Store’s Olive Oil Bagels

Homemade by Belly General Store, these come in plain, everything, sesame, sea salt, poppy seed, rosemary, and cinnamon raison. We advise to call ahead for availability. Pair with smears, like cinnamon-pecan cream cheese or honey butter. $1.50 for each bagel. bellystore.com

Delia’s Biscuit Tray

This is an assortment of Egg & Cheese, Chicken Sausage, Egg & Cheese Biscuit, and Turkey Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit. $4.50 per person. thesausagestand.com

Highland Bakery’s Cinnamon Rolls

These are legendary. $2.99 for large. highlandbakery.com

Morning Dew Casserole from Half Baked

Wake up to sausage, eggs and cheese hot from the oven. $37.99 for a large serving for seven to eight people. They suggest calling ahead for availability of casseroles in their freezer. (404) 228-5836. halfbakedcasseroles.com


We posted this topic on Facebook and readers sounded off with passion. There was a flurry of recommendations bouncing back and forth from Sublime Doughnuts on 10th Street on the West Side to Revolution Doughnuts on West College Avenue in Decatur. Classic Krispy Kreme is also a favorite.

They have a menu of popular flavors, like Strawberry N Cream, Nutella, Chocolate Banana Fritter and Red Velvet Cake. Doughnuts are priced individually, so it generally ranges $16-19 for a dozen.

Flavors are changing daily and often seasonal flavors like pumpkin sour cream, so go with an open mind. Readers recommend Nutella. $20 for a dozen.


Speedy Suppers

With places like Oak Grove Market, Fresh Market, Alon’s, Mercantile, MetroFresh, Whole Foods, MetroFresh and others, there’s an array of places to grab a whole dinner for you or the family on the fly. Here are a few recommendations:

Agave’s Slow Cooked Beef Short Ribs

These are all natural angus beef braised short ribs are marinated in Ancho Chiles and honey, topped with a sweet smoked chili glaze served with green chili and roasted corn mashed potatoes and fresh grilled asparagus. $16.50. agaverestaurant.com

Everybody’s Iron Horse Pizza Salad

This signature dish has chilled lettuce and Roma tomatoes are tossed with cucumber, black olives, sweet onions, pepperocinis, goat cheese and sundried tomatoes on a honey-roasted garlic and feta pizza crust. $13.99. everybodyspizza.com

Vickery’s in Glenwood – Southern Fried Chicken Dinner

This meal includes all natural chicken breast with mac n cheese, collard greens and a buttermilk biscuit (added bonus is that all the containers, utensils, etc. for their take-out service is bio-degradable). $16. vickerys.com

Agave’s Famous Cayenne Fried Chicken

This is a spicy buttermilk marinated jumbo fried chicken breast, topped with a poblano drizzle and served with mashed potatoes and grilled corn. $15. agaverestaurant.com

Barbecue Shrimp Pizza from Tre’za

This has wood-oven roasted shrimp, barbecue sauce, scallions, cilantro, Parmesan, mozzarella and San Marzano tomato sauce for $12.25. treza.com

Deep Dish Chicago-style Chicken Cacciatore Pizza

There are a lot of options at Chicago Nancy’s Pizza, including one that you can bake at home. For people looking for that traditional deep dish variety, they have it. The chicken cacciatore version has chicken breast, mushrooms, green peppers, onions and mozzarella cheese. $29.59 for a large. ordernancys.com

Osteria 832 Pasta & Pizza

There are about a dozen to choose from on the menu, plus usually a special or two, or you can customize your own. These are 12” thin crust and hand-tosses. Owner Rich Chey says Margherita ($9) and Gorgonzola ($12) pizzas are the most popular. osteria832.com

Antico Pizza’s San Gennaro & Pomodorini

They are known plenty of specialties, but San Gennaro (salsiccia, sweet red peppers, bufala, cipoline for $21) and Pomodorini (fresh cherry vesuvian tomato, bufala, garlic and basil $20) are two of the standouts. anticopizza.it

Zoe’s Kitchen Dinners for Four

This Peachtree Battle spot has plenty of options for meals on the go. Call ahead to order some of their specialties, like their Greek Chicken Marinara for $27.99, which comes with four grilled chicken breasts, orzo pasta, greek salad and pita bread. Check out there catering menu, too! (404) 233-9637 or zoeskitchen.com.

Soups by the Quart

This is a satisfying solution whether serving one or a crowd. It’s as simple as bringing them to a simmer. Try these favorite go-to places:

Mercantile, themercantileatl.com

MetroFresh, metrofreshatl.com

Souper Jenny, souperjennyatl.com

Stone Soup Kitchen, stonesoupkitchen.net

Whole Foods, wholefoodsmarket.com

The Whole Holiday Meal

Yes, you can bring home the whole holiday meal. And, you have lots of options. We’ve compiled a list of some around town ready to help ease the stress. Bon Appetit!

Alon’s Thanksgiving Feast

They offer a classic turkey feast with sides and pie or you can choose from options on their menu, like rib eye roast, beef tenderloin and sides such as cornbread chestnut dressing. The Classic Turkey Feast serves 10-12 people for $389.99. Order by Monday, Nov. 21 at 5 p.m. alons.geomerx.com

Colonnade Four-Course Dinner

You can order a complete four-course dinner including items such as cranberry salad, roasted turkey breast with giblet gravy, fluffy whipped potatoes, candied yams and coconut icebox pie. $22 per person. colonnadeatl.com

Fox Brothers’ Turkey

They’ll take care of the smoked turkey for $60 (for the bird and gravy). INtown readers gave this turkey very high marks. foxbrosbbq.com

Honey Baked Ham’s Whole Roasted Turkey Feast

This includes a whole 11-13 lb roasted turkey, 2 lb old-fashioned style cornbread dressing, 2 lb sweet potato soufflé, 24 oz turkey gravy and a 9-inch pecan pie. Heat and enjoy. $74.95. honeybakedonline.com

Mary Mac’s Thanksgiving Meals to Go

They are accepting orders through Sunday, Nov. 18. They haven’t posted details on what they’re offering or pricing and they suggest calling for details, (404) 876-1800. marymacs.com

The Mercantile

At the time of press, they confirmed they will be offering a Thanksgiving meal, but hadn’t finalized the menu. Pick-ups will be on Wednesday night and also on the morning of Thanksgiving. They’ll have roasted turkeys and entire packaged meals to go. For details, check their website. themercantileatl.com

Thanksgiving To Go Meals at Murphy’s

They offer a four-course dinner including turkey, sides such as maple glazed sweet potatoes, and a pie such as Fuji apple or caramel pecan. The meal serves four people for $145. They are taking orders until Saturday, Nov. 17 by phone (404) 872-0904 or online at murphys-atlanta-resturant.com.

OK Café

Selling turkey breast and sides from the take-away counter. Prices vary and they are closed on Thanksgiving Day. okcafe.com

PARISH Thanksgiving To-Go

This is a customizable menu with a la carte options. Prices vary on selection and include items such as all natural roasted boneless turkey breast (21 lbs) with chicken and sage gravy for $22; leek, mushroom and thyme stuffing for $10 quart; smoked paprika and honey sweet potatoes for $9 quart; and, deviled eggs with smoky house bacon for $6 per half dozen. To place your order (by Nov. 18 at 5 p.m.) and to get the full menu, (404) 681-4434. parishatl.com

Serpas True Food

They have seasonally inspired menu including first courses, turkey and stuffing, choice of sides and dessert. A feast for 4 people is $112 (or $147 with a fried turkey). Orders should be placed by noon on Sunday, Nov 18, at (404) 688-0040. Menu choices (butternut squash soup, buttermilk mashed potatoes, pecan pie, etc) are online. serpasrestaurant.com

Taking the Cake

Pumpkin Cake from A Piece of Cake

On the cover of this issue of INtown is Piece of Cake’s seasonal pumpkin cake, which they are baking throughout November and December. For a 9-inch, 3-layer cake, $34.50. pieceofcakeinc.com

We asked readers for their local favorites and they sounded-off on Facebook:

Lara Sher B. Piece of Cake’s Carrot Cake – hands down!

Jennifer K. Metrotainment Bakery’s Red Velvet cake is always a hit.

Mike W. Love coconut or caramel cake from Rhodes.

Jana Glass C. Piece of Cake’s caramel cake!

Alison H. Marietta Diner, yum!

Harry H. From Bridge Catering

Steve P. Piece of Cake makes great cakes … and San Francisco Coffee House in VaHi has great ones, too!

Bill C. Mark Bishop @ Sweet Auburn Bakery is awesome

Sarah B. Cake Company on Briarcliff at LaVista

Byron E. We love Alon’s cakes!

Peggy C. Gabriel’s fresh strawberry.

Tony B. Eileen Carter Creations – best wedding cakes in Atlanta.

Sondi H. Cake Cafe on Candler

Gemma T. Piece of Cake, of course! It’s a toss up between Coconut and Carrot!

Robert H. Gabriel’s in Marietta

Dian R. Vividly Delicious Cakes

Telker D. Australian Bakery – any cake served with Bluegrass sounds good

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.

2 replies on “Holiday Take-Out Guide”

  1. Love the tuscan beans, hummus, grape leaves, eggplant and soup at Olive Bistro Midtown
    A local 30308 intown business.Best hummus and falafel !

  2. Love the tuscan beans, hummus, grape leaves, eggplant and soup at Olive Bistro Midtown
    A local 30308 intown business.Best hummus and falafel !

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