Where to eat Thanksgiving turkey dinner…in August

posted on August 9, 2017 at 12:16 pm
The roast turkey plate at Mary Mac’s. PHOTOGRAPH BY TAYLOR O'SULLIVAN.

The roast turkey plate at Mary Mac’s.

My parents were Mexican immigrants by way of Brazil and Tokyo. With such wanderlust, they were quite eccentric eaters. They didn’t stock our kitchen with Doritos, but rather pickled fish from Russia and stinky, runny cheese my dad bought in Paris during business trips. Every dinner was accompanied with spicy salsas and tortillas whether it was a lamb tagine or seafood paella. If you ever wondered what makes one become a food critic, I suspect my weird family pantry was the start.

At Thanksgiving, though, we were (sort of) like every other American family. As my sister and I grew into cooks, we infused the meal with American and Southern classics like green bean casserole, macaroni and cheese, big bowls of buttery mashed potatoes, and cornbread stuffing with sausage. Our parents always had my grandmother’s mole (a spicy sauce with a hint of chocolate) defrosted from the freezer in the garage. Thanksgiving was and remains my favorite holiday, and as summer ends, I get impatient for the holidays and the bounty of comfort food that awaits. However, I don’t believe in waiting for Thanksgiving to eat roast turkey when plenty of places around Atlanta serve it year-round.  You can even get a whole turkey dinner with all the trimmings (pumpkin pie included) on a random Tuesday if you’re feeling festive, which is a reason to give thanks even if it is still pool weather.

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