You may love Thanksgiving but dread the prospect of fighting crowds at the grocery store, peeling potatoes, steaming broccoli, and messing up your kitchen. If you're planning to spend your holiday in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex this year and you don't want to spend all that time cooking and doing dirty dishes, then take your family to one of these restaurants open on Thanksgiving. Just remember to make your reservations well in advance as these local establishments are likely to fill up quickly.
The Law restaurant at the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas will serve a memorable Thanksgiving feast suitable for royalty. The extensive menu includes everything from traditional favorites such as mashed sweet potatoes, stuffing, and roasted turkey to pork tenderloin, crab, oysters, salmon, sushi, and poke. Kids will love the buffet made just for them that features their favorite entrees like chicken strips and gourmet grilled cheeses. Brunch items are also included on the menu.
The Cast Iron Restaurant at Omni Fort Worth Hotel is set for a grand Thanksgiving brunch and dinner. Brunch is served until 3 p.m. and includes items such as bread, rolls, wine-poached pears, crab claws, turkey, ham, blueberry sausage patties, a cupcake display, and kids' buffet.
The evening Thanksgiving menu is equally delicious but has fewer items from which to choose. Selections include chestnut apple soup, persimmon salad, turkey ballotine, crusted salmon, braised short rib, spiced pumpkin pie, and cinnamon apple cobbler.
Reservations are required for brunch. Children 5 and younger eat free for either brunch and dinner. If you'd like to eat at home but not have to cook, Cast Iron will prepare a takeout Thanksgiving dinner for you, but you must place your order by November 19.
III Forks restaurant in North Dallas will serve a four-course Turkey Day dinner. The first course includes either tenderloin tomato soup or lobster bisque; the second course is its award-winning III Forks salad. For the entree, choose from spice-rubbed turkey, maple-glazed salmon, or beef tenderloin, and your dessert options include pumpkin pie cake, roasted chestnut ice cream, Kentucky bourbon chocolate pecan pie, or chocolate marquis torte.
If you want to add a bit of French flavor to your Thanksgiving brunch, you can try this Dallas restaurant open on Thanksgiving as long as you're able to secure a reservation. However, you should act fast to book your table as this popular upscale restaurant is one of the fastest to fill up for the holiday. Cadot's Thanksgiving menu includes wild mushroom brie soup, bibb lettuce salad, roasted turkey, salmon, flat iron steak, warm apple tart, pumpkin pannacotta, and cranberry and pecan tart.
For a cozy and hip Thanksgiving spot, try Table 13, which offers vintage-inspired food and beverages in "a distinctive, upscale atmosphere reminiscent of (the) early 1960s," according to the restaurant's website. Table 13 is offering a three-course Thanksgiving dinner paired with live music all day, and reservations are required for a table.
Fearing's restaurant in Dallas will be open on Thanksgiving. Dean Fearing, the restaurant's creator and a partner in the establishment, is the author of "The Texas Food Bible," and Fearing's has received many accolades, including being named Restaurant of the Year and Table of the Year by Esquire magazine. It also earned the Number One spot in Hotel Dining in the United States by the Zagat Survey. With its excellent reputation, you can't go wrong spending the holiday at Fearing's.
This resort, located in the Dallas suburb of Grapevine, actually has three restaurants open on Thanksgiving: Riverwalk Cantina, Zeppole Coastal Italian, and Old Hickory Steakhouse. All three will serve turkey as well as other offerings based on the kinds of foods the restaurants specialize in. So if you want pasta, pancakes, or pastries with your turkey, you'll be able to satisfy your palate at one of these restaurants.
Mignon restaurant in Plano will serve up its annual Thanksgiving buffet, including all of the traditional Turkey Day fixings with a bit of a fancier touch. Menu favorites include butternut squash soup, turkey with sage butter and gravy, sugar-glazed ham, green beans with toasted almonds, cheddar whipped potatoes with chives, creamed corn with bacon and caramelized onions, sweet potatoes, and either (or perhaps both!) pecan or pumpkin pie.
At The Grape, you can get your Thanksgiving feast to go. This Dallas restaurant open on Thanksgiving prepares dinners for you that serve up to 15 people and include carved turkey, quarts of gravy, pans of dinner rolls, cranberry-orange relish, stuffing, green beans, and pecan and pumpkin pies. If you would like this take-home feast, you must order by the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Bringing home this delicious dinner will make you a Thanksgiving hero.
The Second Floor at Westin Galleria Dallas, Level 2 (hence the restaurant's name), will have a special Thanksgiving brunch buffet with many seatings throughout the day. The buffet will include all of the traditional Thanksgiving Day fixings. The restaurant also provides free valet parking as part of the meal, which is something to be thankful for on this day of gratitude.