We don’t play favorites when it comes to the four seasons, but there’s something extra special about autumn in Dunwoody. The crisp air makes for pleasant strolls through our trails and greenspace, the leaves are putting on a brilliant show of copper, gold and crimson, and the anticipation of the holiday season is electric.  

It’s gratitude season, and before we know it Thanksgiving will be here. When it comes to giving thanks here in Dunwoody, our team is particularly grateful for a well-rounded variety of restaurant options that make planning Thanksgiving in our destination a cinch. Whether you’re hosting a crowd at home or looking forward to a formal dinner with a special occasion cocktail, we’ve got something special for everyone.

If you’re ready to make this Thanksgiving the most effortless holiday yet, read on for our suggestions of where to celebrate – or where to place a catering order to enjoy at home.

 

Alon’s Bakery and Market

If hosting the family for a cozy hometown holiday appeals to you but cooking a feast from scratch doesn’t, Alon’s has you covered. Just walking through this classic European bakery will lower your blood pressure and delight your taste buds, so it’s no surprise that they have a stress-free option for this food-forward holiday. A catering order of favorites packed to-go for heating at home is the perfect solution for the busy host(ess). The a la carte menu on their website invites you to create your own perfect Thanksgiving menu in just a few clicks.

Start with crowd pleasers like clam chowder, antipasto and shrimp cocktail before moving on to the stars of the meal: roasted or smoked turkey or beef tenderloin.  Savory side dishes like cornbread chestnut dressing and roasted brussels sprouts with apple cider sherry vinegar reduction will have your guests praising the Chef. (It’s ok to pretend that’s you!) Don’t forget to add a few of Alon’s freshly baked breads like sourdough and brioche, and treat yourself to a variety of mouthwatering desserts. We recommend the salted caramel apple pie and the chocolate chunk pecan pie.

If all of these options have you feeling overwhelmed, fear not! Simply choose the classic turkey feast option for four or eight guests, and you’ll have all you need for a festive holiday meal. 

 

BAR{n}

“Let’s give ‘em something to talk about” must be the unofficial motto of BAR{n} Booze and Bites. Since the playful, laid-back concept opened just over a year ago, Dunwoody locals have crowned it the unofficial headquarters of happy hour, game day and weekend brunch. From musical bingo to live music to football games on the big screen, you’ll almost always find a theme party drawing locals to the cleverly designed courtyard and indoor-outdoor bar. This Thanksgiving, BAR{n} is offering “Thanksgiving To Go”.

The restaurant’s regular menu is an avant garde spin on familiar Southern standbys, and the holiday menu is on theme. Order your turkey brined or smoked and prepare your palate for something new with their black pepper and bourbon gravy. Choose from a collection of sides that includes something for everyone, from mac and cheese and classic cornbread stuffing to braised greens and Southern style green beans. Order online and pickup on Thanksgiving eve or even on Thanksgiving morning! Convenient, delicious, and a little unexpected… we love everything about it.

 

Breadwinner Café & Bakery

Lunch or dinner at Breadwinner Café & Bakery gives you that warm fuzzy feeling that someone you love prepared a special homemade meal just for you. The cheerful neighborhood cafè is known for fresh fare and a depth of flavor that keeps regulars coming back for more. In addition to a bustling dining room, it’s home to a busy catering operation. When it comes to preparing a Thanksgiving meal to go, Breadwinner has it down to a science. When you order online, you can even choose your pickup time slot! Easy and delicious is a winning combination for holiday entertaining, and that’s what Breadwinner brings to the table.

Make their oven roasted turkey the centerpiece of your holiday meal, and sit back as the compliments roll in. Brined for three days and oven roasted, it’s sure to be a memorable part of your tradition. The menu also includes almond crusted grilled salmon along with a variety of sides. Narrowing down the delectable dishes to a few favorites is a daunting task, so don’t forget you’ll want leftovers! The traditional sausage dressing and sweet potato casserole are so scrumptious you may be asked for the recipe. Pro tip: you can also add your favorite soups and salads from the regular menu to your holiday order.

Don’t skip desserts, and make sure to include a few of Breadwinner’s famous breads to dunk into your coffee during Black Friday breakfast. Trust us; this may be the best decision you make all month. 

 

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

Gather your family around the table to make holiday memories at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar. The Dunwoody classic steakhouse will be serving a three-course menu of holiday favorites including lobster bisque, herb roasted turkey breast, prime rib bone-in ribeye and petite filet mignon. Shareable sides include mashed potatoes, green beans and cranberry sauce.  To complete your meal, try the carrot cake drizzled with caramel or a slice of harvest cheesecake with cinnamon orange cranberry sauce, pumpkin cream & candied walnuts.

Toast to the holiday season with a black walnut old fashioned or allow the knowledgeable staff to guide you through their generous wine list. Make a reservation beginning at 11am on Thanksgiving Day, or enjoy your meal at home by ordering turkey and sides in advance on the restaurant’s website.

 

Joey D’s Oak Room

Go ahead, order something from the top shelf. Joey D’s Oak Room is known for having the most photo worthy bar in Dunwoody and a request that your bartender step up the ladder to access an unusual spirit is part of the fun of visiting this longtime local favorite! Since the restaurant will be open from 11:00am until 8:00pm on Thanksgiving, choose to dine in or preorder your holiday meal to go in advance.

The Thanksgiving menu will feature fall favorites including oven roasted turkey breast, sugar cured ham, sweet potato casserole, haricots verts and roasted carrots, mashed potatoes, southern herb stuffing, homemade gravy, cranberry relish, cornbread, pecan or pumpkin pie. Guests will also have the option to order some favorites from the standard menu, including the beloved she crab soup and hand-cut steaks. Reservations and preorders can be made via the restaurant’s website.

 

McKendrick’s

Don your holiday finest and dine like movie stars at McKendrick’s Steak House. The restaurant has set a high bar for fine dining in Dunwoody since it opened in 1995, drawing visiting celebrities and food critics alike. Thanksgiving is no exception; McKendrick’s will be open from 11:00am – 9:00pm offering its regular dinner menu along with a special holiday menu featuring roasted turkey, prime rib, gravy and stuffing. 

Sip a timeless McKendrick’s Manhattan or select a celebratory wine with help from the expert staff. McKendricks’ has been awarded the Wine Spectator’s “Award of Excellence” consecutively since 1997, so wine connoisseurs are in good hands. With reservations available via the restaurant website or OpenTable, your sophisticated holiday celebrations are easily arranged.

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With a diverse variety of restaurants from casual carry out to special occasion settings and chef-driven menus that will make your mouth water just reading them, we know you’ll find the perfect fit for your holiday needs here in Dunwoody!

Whether you’re a resident or you’re traveling to our destination this holiday season, we’re grateful you’re spending some time with us and we wish you a memorable Thanksgiving filled with traditions that feel just right. We love to follow along on foodie adventures around town so if you dine with us this holiday, would you share your photos with us on social using #DiscoverDunwoody?

Wishing you a great gobble season, from our one-of-a-kind destination above Atlanta and beyond expectations.