November is a popular month for feasting anywhere in the U.S., but especially in Huntsville, Alabama, where Thanksgiving follows the consumption of more than 2,000 lobsters at the annual St. Thomas Lobsterfest. Those who can manage yet another grand stuffing just two weeks after the seafood extravaganza are treated to regional takes on traditional Turkey Day staples: cornbread stuffing, sweet potato casserole, buttermilk biscuits, and more. Don't trust yourself to achieve the quintessential Southern feast at home? Not to worry—Huntsville is home to a plethora of restaurants open for Thanksgiving.
On the gourmet end of Huntsville's restaurant spectrum is Cotton Row, with its rough-hewn wood and brick interior and creative surf-and-turf menu. The restaurant will kick Thanksgiving off with warming roasted butternut squash soup, pumpkin and ricotta ravioli, cornmeal-crusted oysters, and salads packed with local produce. The entree is between traditional turkey, grilled salmon, filet mignon, or beef short ribs, and the dessert? Your choice of pumpkin cheesecake, chocolate truffle cake, or cranberry pear tart. The three-course, prix-fixe meal costs $55 per person.
Joe Wheeler State Park invites the people of Huntsville to enjoy their Thanksgiving feast overlooking First Creek and the scenic marina at Daniella's Restaurant. A buffet of roast turkey, cornbread dressing, smoked ham, and numerous sides and desserts will be served from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the waterfront dining room, all for $15.95 for adults and $7.95 for kids. $70 and $90 to-go packages will also be available for pre-order until November 23.
Southern cooking in a sophisticated setting is Commerce Kitchen's permanent shtick. On Thanksgiving, the elegant eatery in historic downtown Huntsville will be serving to-go feasts to feed six to eight people. The meal starts with a salad and features either turkey or Virginia ham as the main event. You get a choice of two sides—green bean casserole, dijon collard greens, four-cheese macaroni and cheese, or garlic mashed potatoes—and either pumpkin pie, pecan pie, or red velvet cake to top it off. The whole meal costs $195 and can be ordered by calling (256) 382-6622.
This international chain is most known for its surf and turf, but on Thanksgiving, turkey becomes the dominant theme. The Huntsville restaurant, an anchor at Twickenham Square, will offer a prix-fixe menu featuring a salad or Louisiana gumbo starter, roast turkey with the usual trimmings, and pumpkin cheesecake with ice cream to finish. It costs $41.95 per adult or $14.95 per child. You can also order a meal for four or more people to go. Thanksgiving 2020 hours are from noon to 9 p.m.
Well, Cracker Barrel serves a country-fried version of the late-November feast daily, but on Thanksgiving, the menu gets even more festive with the addition of cranberry relish, sweet potato casserole, and a range of pies: pumpkin, pecan, chocolate pecan, and apple pecan—all of which you can just as easily take home. The restaurant will serve its special holiday menu starting at 11 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, and it will also offer several takeout options, both hot and heat-and-serve.
If you're seeking a different—i.e. highly carnivorous—type of Thanksgiving, Texas de Brazil might fit the bill. The Brazilian steakhouse slow roasts meats with wood charcoal over an open flame as the gauchos (Brazilian cowboys) do. On Thanksgiving, the restaurant will serve its usual dinner menu in addition to classic Thanksgiving favorites available for both dine-in and takeout. You'll pay the regular dinner price all day; reservations are strongly suggested.