You do the whole Super-Mom thing, and you do it well. Yet, what is it about the dinner hour looming in the distance that can bring you to your knees?  The thought of cooking tonight has you close to tears. You’re so beat, you fear if you are forced to do a grocery store run, this time it might be you and not the kids having a fit in the dairy aisle.  Sure, Chinese take-out sounds tempting, and if we’re being really honest, you can hear the drive-thru singing its siren song. Hold up! You want to give your family something that resembles a real family meal, right? Let us save you from the inevitable guilt that is sure to follow eating out of paper boxes and plastic wrappers. Check out these five fast fixes and you can have a family dinner on the table in no time flat.


The Oakhurst Market (Oakhurst/Decatur)
With a butcher on site, a host of locally made goods lining the shelves, and, yummy prepared foods, The Oakhurst Market manages to cram a massive amount of both charm and convenience into one neighborhood market.

The Dish: A Market Meal.  Family suppers are served Monday-Thursday with the menu changing weekly. For $30.00 you can score a tasty meal to feed four. Think: juicy bone-in pork chops, kid approved macaroni and cheese, and fresh asparagus. Don’t forget, you’ll need to place your order by 4 pm for pick up between 5:30 and 6:30 pm.

Don’t Miss: Check out the old fashioned candy station, which will literally drive your kiddos wild. Be forewarned, you may have to have one of those, “No, you may not have only tootsie rolls for dinner” conversations.

650 E Lake Drive, Decatur, 678-732-3109 


Zoe’s Kitchen (Buckhead)
Originally, a small café in Homewood, Alabama serving up a special blend of Mediterranean meets Southern home cooking, now a popular national chain. The food is fresh, yummy, and it just happens to be healthy, too. This family-friendly chain gets extra points for their online ordering so that busy parents can pop in and grab dinner in a flash.

The Dish: Take Four. $28.99 gets you eight chicken kabobs, a giant salad, and pita bread. Depending on your family’s appetite, you will most likely have left overs for your lunch the next day—score!

Don’t Miss:  Load up on the cucumber raita sauce (like a tzatziki) it’s amazing on everything. Don’t forget to pick up a tub of the pimento cheese for tomorrow’s lunch. It seems strange to consider this while you’re thinking of hummus and pita, but remember, this is Mediterranean by way of Alabama!

233 A Peachtree Road, 404-233-9637


Mom’s Table (Roswell)
Could Joann Rooks, the “mom” of Mom’s table be any more gracious? Could her peanut butter pie be any more addictive? Ponder these questions and more while you serve up home cooking that you didn’t have to slave over!

The Dish:  Any of the old-school dishes are sure to please. The salmon croquettes and squash casserole are favorites, and we’d bet the farm that even the pickiest kids will eat the spaghetti pie with no complaints.

Don’t Miss:  Joann keeps a stocked cooler waiting, and there is even a play area to entertain the kiddos while you pick up the goods. Be on the lookout, Mom’s Table will be opening up an old fashioned luncheonette soon. Bonus: Free delivery in the  30075 zip code!

1207 Canton Street, Roswell, 770-552-7515


NY Butcher Shoppe (Sandy Springs)
Yes, they have a ton of quality cuts of meat, freshly prepared sauces, marinades, sides, salads and, of course, family meals to go—but what is amazing here is the customer service. Stop into the Sandy Springs location and ask for David Silver.  In a completely non-pushy way David, or any of the staff, can help you put together an easy and delish meal in no time.

The Dish: A variety of family meals that can feed four to six hungry mouths are available in the freezer section. Plenty of prepared foods await your browsing. The twice baked potato, as well as the stuffed pork chops score very high with the little ones, and they sell a Vidalia onion marinade that could probably make a Lego taste good. Check out their ready-made kits pre-prepped for you to just pop in the over and take all the credit later!

Don’t Miss: Sign up for their email list to stay informed on wine tastings and specials. Bonus: Your first email contains two sweet deals.

4969 Roswell Rd NE #215, 404-303-0704


Casseroles (Virgina-Highland)
Let’s face it, here in the South sometimes you need the kind of comfort that only a chicken & biscuits casserole can provide. When that happens, Casseroles has your back It gets better; they make all of their dishes daily using only fresh ingredients and herbs. Stop in and pick one up frozen, or give them a call and they’ll heat it up for you.

The Dish:  The eggplant parm is delish! If you want something lighter, grab a quiche.  Plan ahead and pick up a sausage strata for Sunday brunch with the family.

Don’t Miss: These make amazing gifts for a new mom, housewarmings, whatever the occasion.  Casseroles sell an assortment of cards and gift bags so you can knock it all out in one trip. Find them on Facebook where they post daily specials and pics of the casserole creative process.

1393 N. Highland Avenue Suite 4, 404-228-3260


Loads of these little gems exist in and around Atlanta. What’s your favorite place to grab a family meal? Dish in the comments section below!

–Candice Rose

Photos courtesy of the author, Zoe’s Kitchen via Facebook, NY Butcher Shoppe via FacebookCasseroles via Facebook, and Creative Commons via Flickr