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Your guide to Thanksgiving 

November 17 – Turkey Day is – gulp! – just one week away, but don't panic! We've got a yummy side dish recipe, chefs sharing their holiday traditions, and a guide to restaurants serving up Thanksgiving feasts if you just can't face the kitchen.

🦃 What's your favorite Thanksgiving tradition? Save room for soccer, too.

⚽ The World Cup begins this weekend, and there's a blockbuster U.S. v England match on Fri., Nov. 25. If you're looking for spots to eat and drink while watching soccer, The Brewhouse Cafe in Little Five Points is Atlanta's O.G. They are opening at 5 a.m. throughout the World Cup. 

Gobble, gobble!
The Rough Draft team
Tom Yum Collard Greens Recipe 

🦃 Southern Bistro chef and owner Justin Keith is here to help you get ready for Thanksgiving.

In preparation for the big day, he's shared the recipe for one of his favorite traditional Thanksgiving sides, collard greens.

Check out the full recipe below!


  • 1 Bunch Collard Greens or 1 bag of Chopped Prepared Collards
  • 2 TBS Sesame Oil
  • 1 Yellow Onion – Julienne
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper – Julienne
  • 6 Garlic Cloves – Minced
  • 1 knob Ginger Root – Peeled & Minced
  • 2 Stalks Lemongrass – Finely Chopped
  • 2 TBS Red Curry Paste
  • ¼ Cup Fish Sauce
  • ¼ Cup Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 QT Chicken Stock
  • 2 Cans Coconut Milk
  • Zest & Juice of 4 limes
  • 1 Bunch Fresh Cilantro – Chopped
  • 1 Bunch Fresh Mint Leaves – Chopped
  • Salt & Pepper to taste


  • In a large stew pot, sauté garlic, ginger & lemongrass in the sesame oil until fragrant.
  • Add onion & Bell Pepper and cook until slightly tender
  • Stir in Red Curry Paste and brown sugar
  • Add collard greens, chicken stock & coconut Milk
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer.
  • Cover and cook 30-45 min until leaves are tender
  • Add Fish sauce, Lime Juice & Zest
  • Taste for seasoning and just before serving, stir in chopped cilantro & mint

A Different Kind of Turkey Day

🍽️ While traditional turkey and dressing will be on many menus this Thanksgiving, the bird is not the last word. Why not try Japanese, Turkish, Persian, or French food? And top it off with cocktail flights and sumptuous desserts.

Many metro Atlanta restaurants will be open for the holiday offering something for all tastes. Be sure to check or your favorite restaurant to see what their plans are for Thanksgiving. 

➡️ Click here to see a full list of Thanksgiving options. 
Thanksgiving traditions

🍗 We decided to reach out to two local chefs and find out what their holiday traditions entail.

Chef Randy Lewis, who is a founding partner and owner of a new Brookhaven restaurant called The Ashford, and Chef Justin Keith, the chef and owner of Southern Bistro, have both shared some of their most special holiday memories us. 

For Lewis, Thanksgiving growing up centered around a traditional southern menu with lots of extended family. “My mother’s pecan pie, Rice & Giblet Gravy (or should I say gravy with a little rice), and Oyster Dressing to name a few,” he said.

For Keith, one of his family's traditions growing up on farmland was to have a dove shoot out in the fields first thing in the morning. After the dove shoot, his mother had a big breakfast ready with different types of breakfast casseroles, French toast, and more.

➡️ For more Thanksgiving goodness, click here. 
Quick Bites

🍻 Head over to Red’s Beer Garden next Tuesday and Wednesday (Nov. 22 and 23) to taste special holiday beers from self-serve coolers.

🇵🇭 Estrellita (pictured), the only full-service Filipino restaurant in Atlanta, is launching a last-ditch effort to remain at its Grant Park location after having been denied pandemic relief.

🍷 Atlantans voted for the city to begin selling alcohol at 11 a.m. rather than the current 12:30 p.m., a measure which will take effect in 2023.

🍾 Old Fourth Ward’s Venkman’s is closing on Nov. 28, but there are plans for it to return as part of a new development by New City Properties.

🌯 Chipotle is opening another location in Dunwoody, this one featuring a “Chipotlane,” a drive-thru pickup lane for digital orders.

🍖 On Tuesday, Marietta welcomed Cozy Coop, a new fast-food fried chicken restaurant that emphasizes affordability, fresh ingredients, and re-imagined Southern staples.

🍗 Raising Cane’s, a restaurant specializing in chicken fingers, is planning ten locations in the metro Atlanta area, with the first Georgia location opening in Dacula.

🇮🇳 The fast-casual Indian restaurant Sankranti Indian Kitchen has filed a permit to open a location in Midtown’s Tech Square.

🧆 Bibi, the Persian grab-and-go concept from Delbar, is set to open at Ponce City Market’s Central Food Hall later this month.

🍦 Next year, Aiskrimu, an ice cream shop including vegan options, will open at The Point at Cascade in Cascade Heights.

🍣 Omakase Table, a new restaurant serving multiple-course sushi meals, is opening on West Marietta Street in Atlanta's westside. Fresh fish is flown in from Japan weekly.

The Usual, a Brookwood Hills concept from Chef Nick Leahy, has closed. 

Look, Listen & Savor

🍛 Georgia Tech’s annual Taste of Africa event is back on, happening this year on November 18 at the Ferst Center for the Arts. Sample cuisines from all over the African continent and diaspora, and stay for a showcase of African fashion, dance, and music. Get your tickets here.

🎨 If you’re fortunate enough to get a break for the Thanksgiving holiday, you might also be fortunate enough to get bored with all that free time. Check out this list of stuff to do when regular life is closed down, from Discover Atlanta (coolest one: the Atlanta Street Art Map which takes you on neighborhood tours of the best local art. What better way to digest after a feast?).

🥤 Pepsi, Where’s My Jet? is a new Netflix documentary premiering tonight about one man’s attempt to win a lawsuit against Pepsi. Back in the 90s, the company ran an ad in which they suggested that they’d offer a jet to the consumer who spent seven million Pepsi points (which equaled the purchase of an ungodly amount of Pepsi sodas). The show dives into Pepsi lore as well as its ill-fated marketing scheme.

Punk Food: Jerk lamb sandwich from Jimmie's Jerk Chicken

🐑 Chef Jimmie Jackson's featured dish from Jimmie's Jerk Chicken is the jerk lamb sandwich, which he will be serving this Friday and Saturday night at Boggs Social & Supply in West End.

Like many of his dishes, this sandwich highlights “American Jerk” through its combination of traditional flavors and techniques with a modern, Mediterranean twist.

Jackson said he draws inspiration from the unknown. “I’ve never seen or heard of pulled lamb shoulder as BBQ – only pork,” he remarked. He built this sandwich around the unusual ingredient of barbecued lamb.

➡️ Read more about Jackson's love of Caribbean flavors here.

➡ Punk Foodie offers this weekly column about Punk Food, a moniker for a cuisine without defining or distinctive ingredients, techniques, and dishes, and born out of the increasing infusion of the diverse cultures and experiences that live in our city. Go deeper via Punk Foodie’s weekly guides and pop-up calendar
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