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Save Mom From the Stove with These Thanksgiving Dinner Specials

Not in the mood to cook this Thanksgiving? Here are some selections of Thanksgiving dinner specials from local grocery stores and restaurants, including Publix, Chicken and the Egg, Magnolia Thomas Restaurant, Ted’s Montana Grill and Cracker Barrel.

This year, why don’t you consider a new Thanksgiving tradition? Save Mom from slaving over a hot stove for days and take her out! The very suggestion may create emphatic “Nos” from some; but on behalf of Moms everywhere, I am suggesting that for just one big holiday give Mom, as well as the rest of the family, an opportunity to be able to eat and enjoy. I’ll bet her level of gratitude would increase greatly and give her more energy to buy Christmas presents on Black Friday. Wink, wink.

There are many tasty ways to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner without Mom’s help and still maintain important Southern cuisine traditions. Both Kroger and Publix offer complete family dinners unde $60. Chicken and the Egg, Magnolia Thomas Restaurant, Ted’s Montana Grill and Cracker Barrel will have Thanksgiving menus and/or specials. Dinner prices range from $9.99 to $40 per person. It’s also important to make a reservation, if possible. It will save you from disappointment or a mood-killing wait in line.

Chicken and the Egg

Chicken and the Egg: 800 Whitlock Avenue, Marietta 30064. (678) 388-8813.

View the Thanksgiving menu at facebook.com/ChickenandtheEgg.

Thanksgiving hours: 10: 30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Cost: $24.99 for Adults, $11.99 for Children 6 to 12, and Free for Kids under 6.

Thanksgiving Menu:

Choice of Roast Turkey & Cornbread Dressing OR Glazed Ham

  • Choice of 3 Sides
  • Choice of Pecan Pie, Pumpkin Pie or Apple Cobbler.
  • Soft Drinks, Coffee and Tea
  • Rolls, Cranberry Relish

Ted’s Montana Grill

Ted's Montan Grill: Cobb Place, 2500 Cobb Place Lane, Kennesaw, GA 30144, 678-581-7890 and The Avenue West Cobb, 3625 Dallas Highway SW, Marietta, GA 30064, (678) 594-7242.

Thanksgiving Hours: 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Cost: $25 Per Adult

Thanksgiving menu includes:

  • Salad
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Stuffing - This stuffing will be a traditional Southern dressing, sage spiced.
  • Turkey -White or Dark Meat
  • Garlic mashed Potatoes
  • Green Beans
  • Apple Crisp

The Magnolia Thomas Restaurant

The Magnolia Thomas Restuarant: 108 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock, GA 30188, (678) 445-5789. magnoliathomas.com.

Enjoy upscale, award-winning Southern cuisine in historic Old Towne Woodstock. For Thanksgiving they are offering a 5–course prix-fixe menu with gourmet entree selections. Click here to view the regular dinner menu.

Thanksgiving hours: 11 a. m. – 6 p.m. Reserved seating every ½ hour.

Cost: Adults $40, Kids: $20

Menu Includes:

  • Choice of Entrée: Oven Roasted Turkey and Trimmings
  • Pumpkin and Ricotta Stuffed Ravioli
  • Prosciutto Wrapped Mahi
  • Walnut and Pecan Crusted Lamb Rack

Cracker Barrel (The best deal plus you can do some Christmas shopping here)

Cracker Barrel: 3389 Busbee Drive Northwest, Kennesaw 30144 ( Exit 271), (770) 429-1524. Marietta 30067: I-75 & Delk Road, Exit 261, (770) 951-2602. crackerbarrel.com.

The atmosphere at Cracker Barrel is perfect for a Thanksgiving meal or if you prefer it “To Go,” no problem.

Thanksgiving Lunch/Dinner hours: (Regular) 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Cost: $8.99 Adult, $4.69 Child

Menu includes:

  • Turkey and ham
  • 2 vegetables of choice
  • Pumpkin Streusel pie
  • Bread

Dinner to Go: Large Family Feast is $54.99. Serves up to 6 people. Served Thursday, Nov. 22 starting at 11 a.m. Oven-roasted turkey breast, gravy, cornbread dressing, a sampling of sugar-cured ham, choice of three vegetables, cranberry relish, and biscuits, corn muffins or a loaf of sourdough bread. Call at least 24 hours in advance. Available Nov. 17 through Nov. 25.

Publix Deli Turkey Holiday Dinner

Publix: Just heat and serve! Dinner comes with four delicious sides: 2.75 lb Old-Fashioned Cornbread Dressing, 2.75 lb Homestyle Mashed Potatoes, 32 oz Gravy and 16 oz Cranberry-Orange Relish. Each side has 4 to 6 servings.

  • Regular turkey dinner has 7 to 10 servings. 10-to 12-lb. Includes one container of each side.
  • Large turkey dinner has 14 to 18 servings. 16-to 18-lb. Includes two containers of each side.

Basic Turkey Thanksgiving Dinner, serves 6 to 8, $44.99.  Includes:

  • Fully-Cooked Oven Roasted Turkey, 10-13 lb
  • Mashed Potatoes, two 24 oz containers
  • Stuffing, 32 oz
  • Gravy, 24 oz
  • Dinner Rolls, 12

Deluxe Turkey Thanksgiving Dinner, serves 6 to 8, $69.99. Includes:

  • Choose Cajun Fried Turkey (9-11 lb) or 10–12 lb; Smoked Turkey (10-12 lb) or 10–13 lb; or Fully-Cooked Oven Roasted Turkey (10-13 lb)
  • Mashed Potatoes, two 24 oz containers
  • Stuffing, 32 oz
  • Broccoli, Rice and Cheese Casserole, 32 oz
  • Gravy, 24 oz
  • Cranberry Celebration, 16 oz
  • Pumpkin Pie, 10-inch
  • Dinner Rolls, 12

Supreme Turkey Thanksgiving Dinner, serves 6 to 8, $89.99.  Includes:

  • Fully-Cooked Oven Roasted Turkey, (13-16 lb)
  • Mashed Potatoes, two 24 oz containers
  • Stuffing, two 32 oz containers
  • Gravy, two 24 oz containers
  • Broccoli, Rice, Cheese Casserole, two 32 oz containers
  • Sweet Potato Casserole, 32 oz
  • Cranberry Celebration, 16 oz
  • 2 Pumpkin Pies, 10-inch
  • Dinner Rolls, 12

Spiral Smoked Ham Thanksgiving Dinner, serves 6 to 8, $49.99.  Includes:

  • Spiral Sliced Hickory Smoked Ham, 7-9 lb
  • Mashed Potatoes, two 24 oz containers
  • Broccoli, Rice, Cheese Casserole, two 32 oz containers
  • Pumpkin Pie, 10-inch
  • Dinner Rolls, 12

NEED TO KNOW: To view other local restaurants who will be open for Thanksgiving, go to opentable.com.

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