The holiday season is upon us. The weather is getting colder, the leaves have changed colors and are slowly departing from the trees they called home, and it gets dark earlier than most people have dinner. We’ve already dressed in costumes and taken candy from strangers, and we haven’t yet exchanged gifts with our loved ones–meaning it’s just about time to eat a lot of food and be thankful for the things we have.
Many people choose to celebrate Thanksgiving at home, but that’s not everyone’s preference–and Birmingham has plenty of things to choose from for those who wish to get out. There are also great options for people who want to eat at home without the hassle and time-intensity that is cooking a feast for the entire family. We share a few things to keep you entertained and full of good times on this day of thanks.
Mojo Pub is typically known for the in-house unique creations like pizza tacos served by Ruscelli’s when it comes to food, but the Lakeview bar has built a heart-warming turkey-based tradition on the fourth Thursday of every November. This year’s festivities include a fried turkey from Rusty’s Bar-B-Q, a smoked turkey from Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint, and sides from Bham Eats Biryani. They will be opening at 8 p.m. with food being served at 8:30, and Dickel specials will be included all night.
Just a short drive from Mojo is another one of Birmingham’s favorite establishments that will be open during Thanksgiving. The good people at Rojo have been known for their many efforts to uplift the Birmingham community, and will continue to do so this Thursday. The bar will open at 6 p.m., with free enchiladas being served until they run out. The restaurant will be taking donations for the Human Rights Campaign throughout the evening as well.
Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille
Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille will be open early from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., so customers can pick-up or dine in off the incredible regular dinner menu or from a special Thanksgiving menu. The individual Thanksgiving meals are $45 per person and starts off with choice of Butternut Squash Soup or Honey Crisp Apple Salad with Dried Cherries, Walnuts and Maple Syrup Vinaigrette. This is followed by Sliced Smoked Turkey Breast with Pan Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Green Bean Almondine, Sausage and Sage Dressing, Cranberry Relish and Homemade Bread. For dessert, guests can add an individual serving of Pumpkin Cheesecake with Pecan Ginger Snap Crust, vanilla cream and salted caramel drizzle for a flavorful finish. This dish – priced at $8 – truly captures the essence of Thanksgiving. They are also selling family to-go Thanksgiving meals that are just as appetizing and filling for $139 with extra sides and desserts available.
The Irondale extension of one of Birmingham’s favorite establishments is ready to provide food and beverage for the good people of the Magic City from 5 p.m. to midnight on Thursday. Marty PM’s relaxing environment includes pool tables and a Star Wars pinball machine, and rumor has it there will be holiday drink specials available.
For many people across the country, Thanksgiving meals don’t look like the turkey and cranberry sauces most imagine but more so like a delicious helping of lo mein and sesame chicken. China Master Express, located near the UAB hospital, has built a reputation for serving tremendous helpings of food for an affordable price and will be open Thursday. Sounds like a perfect day to me.
Take a Walk
The leaves are wonderful in Alabama this time of year, providing the perfect scenery to walk off some of the extra pounds we all gain this holiday. My family, for example, takes an annual hike to “Camp Tranquility” at Oak Mountain State Park each year. It’s a wonderful tradition full of peace and togetherness. Ruffner Mountain, East Lake Park, Railroad Park, and green spots throughout the city will provide just as beautiful of a walk. No matter what you decide to do, we hope you enjoy those close to you, the beauty that is you, and another glorious day in this city of magic.