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Go beyond turkey with these metro Atlanta Thanksgiving alternatives

By Yvonne Zusel, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Nick Avila for (CNT) City News and Talk #local-all

Restaurants offer to-go meals with vegetables, chicken, duck and other entrees

Thanksgiving is going to look a lot different this year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is discouraging travel during the holidays, and scaled-back plans are leaving many — including turkey farmers — struggling to figure out what dinner is going to look like for many of us. Instead of trying to go ahead with Turkey Day as usual, why not lean into the unpredictability of 2020 with some alternative meal options? These metro Atlanta restaurants are offering the option of turkey-less Thanksgiving to-go meals to shake things up this holiday.

Bhojanic. The holiday gets an Indian twist with Bhojanic’s Thanksgiving meal to go. The $200 package feeds 8-10 people, and offers a choice of tandoori jackfruit or turkey served with tikka masala gravy and five sides, including fenugreek cornbread stuffing, alu bharta (creamy masala mashed potatoes) and khatta meetha kaddy (sweet and spicy pumpkin). Beef up your meal with a la carte add-ons, like lamb saag, Indian vegetables and desserts, including mango pie.

739 Lambert Drive NE, Atlanta. 404-841-8472, 

Delbar. Give your Thanksgiving celebration some Persian flair with the Thanksgiving package from recently opened Middle Eastern restaurant Delbar. The $230 special feeds up to 10 people, and includes spiced leg of lamb, taftoon bread, torshi (pickled vegetables), sabzi polo with tahdig, zhough, dill labneh and a sabzi plate with mint, tarragon, feta, radish and walnuts. Each leg of lamb is roasted for four hours and weighs about 10 pounds. Orders require 48 hours’ notice and can be placed over the phone.

870 Inman Village Parkway, Atlanta. 404-500-1444,