You may love Thanksgiving but dread the prospect of fighting crowds at the grocery store, peeling potatoes, roasting a turkey, 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 washing 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.
This featured restaurant at the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas serves 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.
Cast Iron Restaurant
The Cast Iron Restaurant at Omni Fort Worth Hotel offers a grand Thanksgiving dinner set in three courses. Selections include caramelized butternut squash soup, smoked turkey, braised pork shank, butternut squash gnocchi, whiskey pumpkin pie, and white chocolate raspberry cheesecake. The menu is served in the evening on Thanksgiving Day, giving you ample time and room to hit the Art of Breakfast Buffet earlier in the day. Reservations are required for dinner.
III Forks restaurant in North Dallas serves a four-course Turkey Day dinner. The menu includes either tenderloin tomato soup or lobster bisque, and 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.
For a cozy 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 offers Thanksgiving dinner paired with live music all day, and reservations are required for a table. If you're looking for a bargain, check out Table 13 for half price entrees on the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving.
Fearing's restaurant offers both brunch and dinner on Thanksgiving Day. 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, and boasts of a resume that includes Restaurant of the Year and Table of the Year by Esquire magazine, and the best 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.
Gaylord Texan Resort
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 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 serves up its annual Thanksgiving buffet including all of the traditional Turkey Day fixings from mid-morning to the late evening, so this is as good a pick for early diners as it is for late eaters. 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.
Second Floor Kitchen
The Second Floor Kitchen offers regionally inspired cuisine on level 2 of the Westin Galleria Dallas (hence the restaurant's name), and host a special southern-inspired Thanksgiving buffet with many seatings throughout the day. The buffet includes all of the traditional Thanksgiving Day fixings, as well as southern takes like brisket burnt ends, Texas fried turkey, and jalapeno and chorizo dressing.