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Fried Turkey for pick-up in Atlanta

I'm a DC-er who's gonna be spending Thanksgiving down in Atlanta with her long-distance boyfriend. We're not going to have time to cook, and neither of us are from the South, but we keep hearing about this fabled FRIED TURKEY. Is there an Atlanta-area restaurant/market that takes pre-orders for good fried turkey to be picked up on Thankgiving?

I've checked out this friedturkey4you.com website, and apparently Popeye's also takes orders. But do any of the chowhounders have better suggestions? Or (more importantly) any personal thoughts on whether fried turkey even measures up to all the chatter?

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    Fried turkey, when done right, will make you through rocks at oven roasted birds. It's imperative that it be eaten shortly after cooking. Once it's refrigerated it's ruined.

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    1. re: Cpt Wafer

      I think ruined is a bit strong but I agree that leftover fried turkey is not as good as leftover oven roasted.
      Bojangles, a chicken chain, offers fried whole turkeys also.
      Popeyes has better chicken, so I would go with them.

      1. re: Tee

        Once refrigerated, the true fried turkey experience can not be recaptured, ergo, ruined for me. Please note I didn't say inedible.

    2. I don't know of anywhere other than Popeye's that you could pick up a fried bird - it is not really an Atlanta specialty. I think it is more of a Texas thing. However, we have deep fried a turkey a few years ago, so maybe it is more popular here than other places. Anyway, I have heard good things about Popeye's. A friend who works at a local public radio station has them for parties and folks like them.

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      1. re: LizATL

        I don't know how fried turkey is after being refrigerated because we never had any leftover to refrigerated. I do know that deep-fried turker is a Louisiana thing. I am presently displaced to Texas, but I do know that the craze started in Louisiana. There are a few places that ship the turkeys but they are not as good as ones that are cooked at the location where they are going to be eaten. I have never had a Popeye's Turkey so I can't comment on them.

      2. I know fried turkeys as a Louisiana creation and that's why Popeye's now carries them. However, if you want an authentic Cajun fried turkey in Atlanta I recommend the Cajun Meat Co
        Address: 2207 Roswell Rd, Marietta, GA 30062
        Phone: (770) 321-4300

        OR Beyond the Bayou in Sandy Springs.

        PS - I've never turned down left over fried turkey. It makes the best turkey sandwiches I've ever had!

        1. FWIW, I think the current new epi of Good Eats is on frying a turkey. Our Tivo's locked in to record it. There's always DIY.

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          1. re: ted

            Thanks for the input everyone. Keep them coming if you have any more. And thanks Ted. I'd LOOOOVE to cook our own "Alton Brown Thanksgiving" meal this year, but unfortunately, both he and I have work to do over the weekend so we'll be pressed for time. We're just going to take it easy this Thanksgiving, so a pick-up turkey might just have to suffice for us overworked twenty-somethings.

          2. Try Copelandsatlanta.com, they are a cajun rest here in atl. They have more than 1 location. They even allow p/up on Thanksgiving day. You can also order from Bojangles, we did this last year, we picked up the day before and stored in fridge. I think a fresh hot one is the way to go.

            1. I bought a fried turkey and sides from www.friedturkey4u.com in Atlanta - it was a waste of $100! I picked it up in the ghetto of downtown ATL, the place I picked it up from was like a dirty rented office space, the turkey was cooked offsite and foiled up - so I got it cold, dry, & soggy; I ordered collard greens with smoked turkey, cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes, & a pumpkin pie. They gave my mashed potato order away to someone else so in place of that I got sweet potato "casserole." Sides were all awful as well - was not worth ~$13.00 each! The greens had may be 3 or 4 tiny pieces of smoked turkey (did not represent the picture at all on their website) - it basically was huge pieces of greens boiled in water with nothing else, the cornbread stuffing looked like mush (not like what the picture showed at all - looked like just cornbread mush with a LITTLE seasoning), the sweet potato casserole was not a casserole at all! It was basically mashed sweet potatoes with a sprinkle of cinnamon (bland as well), I have yet to try the pumpkin pie --- but I can assume that it probably is bland and gross as well! I'm a pretty bad cook - but even I could have done better than friedturkey4u.com. Word of advice - go to popeyes or make it yourself !!!! if you buy from friedturkey4u.com - your better off throwing your money in the toilet...save it for black Friday! (by the way: we didn't end up throwing the food away - but we packaged it up and gave it to the homeless on Ponce de Leon Ave...but I REALLY REALLY felt bad giving it to them! (yes it was that bad!)