Make or take traditional Thanksgiving Day meals

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Yahoo searches for Thanksgiving take-out meals have spiked this month with users searching everywhere from Whole Foods to Boston Market for holiday meals.

We recently rounded up a few options to order your Thanksgiving Day meals from restaurants.   

If you would rather take the whole show on the road and eat at a restaurant, here are some local buffets:

10th & Piedmont : From 10 a.m.-10 p.m.  enjoy the annual Thanksgiving buffet at featuring roasted turkey breast and prime rib; dressing, roasted jalapeño mac and cheese, creamy Parmesan mashed potatoes, garlic green beans and more. For dessert, cheesecake bites, pumpkin pie, pecan pie and more. It costs $34.95 per adult and $13.95 for children 10 years old and younger. Details here. Call the restaurant to make reservations.

Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar:  Thanksgiving Dinner is served from 4-11 p.m. Choose Big Green Egg-smoked turkey breast or braised pork shoulder with sides of green bean casserole, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, sweet potato biscuits and more. Dessert options include pumpkin cheesecake or Southern pecan pie. The cost is $28 for adults, $18 for ages 11-16 and $10 for children 10 and under (tax and gratuity not included). Call 404-876-7249 for reservations.

Lobby Bar and Bistro and ROOM at Twelve:  Thanksgiving buffets featuring a range of holiday specials are available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $55 for adults, $22 for children 12 and under. Children 5 and under are complimentary. See the full menus online. For reservations call 404-961-7370 (Lobby) and 404-418-1250 (ROOM at Twelve).

Planning a more traditional meal at home? Here are some tips from Stephanie Nelson, aka blog contributor  Coupon Mom , on how to save money on preparing your Thanksgiving Day meal:

  1. Plan Ahead: Buy a frozen turkey several days in advance to save about 70%. For sides, think of traditional items. They often use the ingredients and items that are on sale at stores (more on this below).
  2. Shop Prices From Home: Review the weekly advertising circulars for all nearby grocery stores to see which stores have the best prices for your items. It may make sense to spread your shopping between two stores so that you can “cherry-pick” the best deals at each store. Or you can ask your stores if they have a price-matching policy.
  3. Be Coupon Crazed: The coupon circulars in the newspaper have more coupons than usual in the two Sunday issues prior to Thanksgiving. Coupons for common Thanksgiving ingredients abound, such as stuffing mix, baking ingredients, frozen vegetables, gravy, dinner rolls, turkeys and more. You can also print many good grocery coupons online from sites like CouponMom.com.
  4. Save by Substituting: It is less expensive to bake a pumpkin pie than an apple pie, and much easier for me. Most years I’ve been able to buy a frozen apple pie on sale with a coupon for less than it would have cost me to make, and my family prefers them to mine!

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