In a city full of transplants, it will not be uncommon for Thanksgiving orphans to be searching the city for something open Thursday.
Depending on how traditional and formal you are looking for, there are plenty of options for Thanksgiving lunch and dinner, as well as events to occupy the restless.
Have a few other friends without somewhere to go? Host an orphan potluck and get that homey feeling with your family away from home.
Thanksgiving Day Events
Atlanta Marathon & Half Marathon at Turner Field
The Atlanta Marathon & Half-Marathon, an annual event ran each Thanksgiving, has quickly become the second largest race in the city. The Marathon starts and finishes at Turner Field, while the Half-Marathon leads runners down Peachtree Road through Downtown Atlanta then ending Turner Field. The Half Marathon starts at 7:00 AM and the Full Marathon at 7:30 AM.
Macy’s Great Tree Lighting Atlanta at Lenox Square Mall
The 63rd annual event hosts performances by family friendly artists like Katherine McPhee, Chuck Wicks, Bobby V., and Atlanta-based Austin Renfroe. The real reason to hit this? The firework finale as the tree is lit on top of Macy’s. The crowd is crazy and parking a pain so be sure to hop on Marta. The event is free and begins at 6:15 PM. If you are only interested in the tree lighting and fireworks, show up closer to 8:00 PM.
Thanksgiving Night Rock! at The Earl
Don’t really care for the whole holiday thing? Grab a beer at The Earl and check out The Gaye Blades, Predator and Barreracudas for some great local punk rock and an anti/post-Thanksgiving crowd. Show starts at 8:30 PM for those 21+ and will only put you back $7.
Three-Course Prix Fixe
Horseradish’s three-course prix fixe menu is a good option for those who prefer a more formal Thanksgiving meal. Dinner includes choice of soup or salad, an entree with a side and dessert for $45.
South City Kitchen
This Southern-style restaurant has both locations open this year offering a three-course prix fixe Thanksgiving meal with all the fixings from noon to 6:30 PM for $39.95.
This great Buckhead restaurant offers “local and artisanal ingredients prepared simply” which they translate for the holiday this Thursday in a traditional three course meal for $85.
Avoid the holiday chaos and retreat to Virginia Highland’s Rosebud for their special Thanksgiving menu including turkey, ham and all of the fixin’s, served family-style. They are taking reservations from 11:00 AM until 6:00 PM on Thanksgiving Day. Dinner is $38 per person (children 5-12 are $20) and if you’re flying solo, join them for a plate at the bar for just $20. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 404.347.9747.
Laid Back & Non-Traditional Noms
Open 24 hours, you can’t go wrong with this classic diner serving turkey, dressing and more this Thanksgiving. Of course, there are no reservations required.
This old-school Atlanta favorite on Cheshire Bridge celebrates the holiday Southern-style with traditional Thanksgiving grub. Come armed with your sweatpants.
Tuk Tuk Thai Food Loft
Midtown’s newest Thai spot is offering a special holiday menu of four courses and a complimentary glass of house wine or champagne to toast for $35.