10 Ways to Skip Cooking This Thanksgiving in Auburn-Opelika


10 Ways to Skip Cooking This Thanksgiving in Auburn-Opelika

Let local, talented chefs treat you and your family to a hassle-free Thanksgiving Meal

Need another reason to be thankful this year? Add not cooking for hours on end to your list! This Thanksgiving, the Auburn-Opelika area has plenty of dining options to satisfy your Thanksgiving feast dreams, without lifting a finger! Let local, talented chefs treat you and your family to a hassle-free Thanksgiving meal.

Dine out on Thanksgiving Day with these full service experiences!


Marriott Resort & Spa at Grand National

The Annual Thanksgiving Day Buffet at the Grand National’s restaurant, Southern Oak, is sure to provide your favorite Thanksgiving delights. Featuring a carving station, children’s buffet, sweet treats, and champagne, this buffet has it all!

Seatings are at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.  The cost is $75 per person, $35 for children 7 to 12, and free for children 6 and under. Call 334-737-2117 for reservations.


Ariccia Cucina Italiana

Every Thanksgiving meal needs an Italian twist! Ariccia will be serving a Thanksgiving feast that will serve classics such as mashed potatoes, stuffing, mac and cheese, casseroles, and more. The Italian twist will feature dishes like shrimp fusilli pasta. Ariccia has the best of both worlds! No feast is complete without seasonal desserts, crafted by Chef Dallas.

Ariccia will host the feast on Thanksgiving day for lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The cost is $70 per person and $30 for children. Reservations required.


1856 -  Culinary Residence

Looking for an upscale Thanksgiving meal? 1856 is the place to dine. Ford Fry, the Chef-in-residence, has crafted a seven-course tasting menu. Wine pairings and themed cocktails will be incorporated into your experience. 

Reservations are available for parties of 1 to 8. Cost is $125 per person. Reservations will be from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Want to stay home on Thanksgiving Day? “Take and Bake” is your dream come true!


Pannie-George’s Kitchen

Want to serve a meal that tastes like it’s right out of your kitchen? Check out Pannie-George’s Kitchen Thanksgiving meal alternatives. They are offering prime “take and bake” options for individuals and families of all sizes. Serving traditional Thanksgiving options, expect baked chicken, ham, and turkey, dressing, mac and cheese, casseroles, and beans. Don’t forget the sweetest part of the meal: select a dessert from a wide range of options.

Orders must be placed by Thursday, November 16 at 7 p.m. Pick up is available on Wednesday, November 22 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. All food will be uncooked, with easy to follow cooking instructions, except for your beans, greens, and desserts. Meal bundles can be bought for an individual (prices vary), parties 8-10 (starting at $149.99), and parties 13-25 (starting at $219.99). 


Niffer’s Place

They’ll do the cooking, you take the credit. Niffer’s Place in Auburn is offering easy Thanksgiving meal pre-prepped options. A variety of delights from individual appetizers, entrees, sides, sweets, or bundles will be offered. Featuring charcuterie board, turkey, pork tenderloin, casseroles, mac and cheese, and bread pudding, prepare to be stuffed.

Orders must be placed by Wednesday, November 15. Pick up will be on Wednesday, November 22. All items are pre-cooked, with simple preparation instructions. Meals will feed 6-8 people. Niffer’s Place will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. 


Butcher Paper BBQ

Interested in a BBQ based Thanksgiving meal? Butcher Paper BBQ is the place for you. They are serving a variety of meats, such as pork, brisket, and turkey. Butcher Paper sides are a must! Choose from dressing, multiple casseroles, mashed potatoes, or mac and cheese. Finish your meal with a fan favorited pumpkin pie.

Orders can be placed by emailing contact@butcherpaperbbq.com or calling (334) 748-9008.


PepperTree Steak N' Wines

Take and Bake is their wheelhouse. Trust PepperTree Steak N’ Wines to provide a quality Thanksgiving meal. Pick between a smoked turkey, fried turkey, or spiral ham for your entree. Add sides, such as dressing, a variety of casseroles, mashed potatoes, or mac and cheese.

Three packages are available for purchase; meat only ($100), dinner for four ($80), or dinner for eight ($150). Orders will be available while supplies last. Call (334) 523-8005 to place an order today.


The Depot

Let The Depot make Thanksgiving Day stress free and delicious. Choose from a full meal bundle or a la carte items. All of their offerings are tasty, but be sure to try the sourdough wheat bread, specialty dressings, mashed potatoes, brussel sprouts, and green bean casserole. The main entree will feature deboned turkey breast and thigh. No meal is complete without dessert, The Depot will be serving pumpkin tres leches as their sweet.

Orders must be placed by Thursday, November 16 at noon. Pick up will be Wednesday, November, 22 from 3 p.m. to  5 p.m. The Dinner Package serves 4-6 people for $225. Prices vary for a la carte items. 



Lucy’s annual feast-to-go is a local favorite. Offering a feast for groups, as well as a la carte options, you cannot go wrong with these local delights. Featuring turkey breast, sweet potato casserole, stuffing, and mashed potatoes. Lucy’s would never forget the best part of the meal... dessert! Enjoy a delicious sweet potato pie.

Orders must be placed by Thursday, November 16. Pick up will be Wednesday, November 22 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. The Thanksgiving feast package serves 6-8 people for $325. Prices vary for a la carte items. Place your order online through Lucy’s website.


Auburn Board and Box

Auburn Board and Box is offering a fall charcuterie board to add to your Thanksgiving dinner! Orders close on Monday, November 20th. Pickup is at the Publix at Cary Creek at 2900 E University Dr, Auburn, AL 36830. You will select your pickup time at checkout, and it will be sent in your email order confirmation.

The Medium serves approximately 6 appetizer portions and includes 3 cheeses, 2 meats, nuts, fruit, veggies, treats, and crackers on the side to preserve freshness and is $75.00. 

The Large serves approximately 12 appetizer portions and includes 4 cheeses, 3 meats, nuts, fruit, veggies, treats, and crackers served on the side to preserve freshness and is $120.00.

An optional "thankful" or "blessed" is able to be added to large size. Choose the phrase of your choice in the listing if you would like it included on your board. Click here for more information and to place your order!



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