Whether you're looking for a traditional holiday meal or you want to try a modern twist on American classics, San Antonio, Texas, is a great destination for Thanksgiving vacation. From the iconic Riverwalk to tasty Texas BBQ, a Thanksgiving trip to the Alamo City offers great scenery and fantastic food on top of warm weather and plenty of sunshine every November. A variety of menus ranging from budget to gourmet and classic to vegan can be found across San Antonio this holiday, but remember to make your reservations at least a week or two in advance.
Two Bros. BBQ Market
Nothing says Thanksgiving in Texas like a full barbeque meal, and one of the best places to enjoy just that is at Two Bros. BBQ Market. For Thanksgiving in 2020, you can pre-order a full turkey dinner to pick up on the day before the holiday and have ready to serve to family and friends. Two Bros. specializes in smoking meats at low temperatures for long periods of time, and the BBQ smoked turkey is a fun twist on this holiday classic.
You can order just a whole smoked turkey for $65 or the complete package for $120, which feeds 10–12 people and in addition to the turkey also includes a mixed greens salad, coleslaw, mac n' cheese, potato salad, banana pudding, and fruit cobbler. Order your meal by November 22, 2020, at the latest to reserve your meal.
Biga on the Banks
Located on the iconic San Antonio Riverwalk, Biga on the Banks hosts a special all-day Thanksgiving brunch of New American cuisine, with seating from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on November 26, 2020. Chef Auden, a James Beard Award nominee, prepares an extra special Thanksgiving feast with his own twist: herb-roasted turkey, sage sourdough stuffing, garlic mashers, ginger anise cranberry chutney, and more. In addition to the traditional preparations of turkey, the restaurant's 2020 holiday menu includes slow-roasted ribeye steak, red snapper, and a loaded grain bowl of farro and quinoa. The feast culminates with a drool-inducing assortment of seasonal pies and festive treats.
The cost is $67 for adults and $30 for kids under 12 who have their own special menu options. For an unforgettable holiday, spend it eating at one of San Antonio's hottest restaurants. There is no dress code, but customers generally dress up slightly more for Biga than for other Riverwalk restaurants.
Green Vegetarian Cuisine
Thanksgiving can be a hard holiday for vegetarians to fully enjoy, but Green Vegetarian Cuisine serves up a delicious plant-based feast each year that's so good, you don't need to be a vegetarian to enjoy it. Although it's typically available in the restaurant, the Thanksgiving meal in 2020 is available to pre-order and pick up on November 25, the day before Thanksgiving. Have everything ready the night before so you can just heat it up on Thanksgiving Day and not spend the entire day in the kitchen.
The 2020 menu is only $18 per person and you can select how many people you need to feed whether you're eating alone or hosting dinner for 15. Meatless items include a roasted tofurkey, plant-based ham, herb mashed potatoes, apple stuffing, candied yams, green bean casserole, and more. Meals are available to pick up at their downtown location in the Historic Pearl Brewery or the north San Antonio location in the Alon Marketplace.
Colonial Room at the Menger Hotel
The historic Colonial Room in the Menger Hotel, which was established in 1859, takes you back to the frontier days of Texas, complete with period-inspired decor and tableware. The restaurant serves a Thanksgiving Day brunch buffet with seatings at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. that includes turkey with sage stuffing, pork loin roast, and a carving station of top round beef, plus all of the typical Thanksgiving side dishes, of course. Since it's also a brunch, a non-traditional but still fun option is to eat at the on-site omelet and waffle station. Commemorate the day with a complimentary glass of champagne.
The price of the meal is $50 for adults, with discounts available for seniors and children. Enjoy Thanksgiving in the Colonial Room for one of the most elegant Thanksgiving experiences you can imagine.
SweetFire Kitchen at La Cantera Resort and Spa
SweetFire serves a Thanksgiving buffet from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. so you can truly gorge on this once-a-year feast. Try the turkey prepared in one of three ways, either roasted in herb butter, fried, or in a roulade. Or since it's a buffet, try all three. The neverending sides include variations of the typical holiday fixings, such as stewed collard greens, sweet potato with marshmallow, cornbread stuffing, creamy mashed potatoes, and more. Since saving room for dessert isn't easy after feasting on an all-you-can-eat meal, SweetFire considerately gifts every group a homemade pumpkin pie to take home and enjoy later.
The price for the meal is $55 for adults and $25 for children in 2020. After the meal, diners are invited to stroll around the resort and walk off the meal while enjoying the sweeping views of the surrounding Hill Country.
All San Antonio-area locations of the budget chain eatery Golden Corral serve a Thanksgiving Day feast. However, instead of the typical buffet-style meal, the food is available to pre-order and take home in 2020. Place your order at least 72 hours in advance at any one of the San Antonio locations to reserve your meal, which serves six to eight people. So if you want to pick up your food on the night before Thanksgiving, be sure to order by November 22, 2020.
For the main entree, choose between a whole turkey, a holiday spiced ham, or fried chicken, in addition to your favorite selection of Golden Corral's everyday homestyle sides. Every meal also includes a full pumpkin or pecan pie to finish the meal with something sweet.