Learn the Best Places to Buy a Fried Turkey in Dallas-Fort Worth

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Cooking a Thanksgiving meal can be stressful, but if you're visiting the Dallas-Fort Worth area this holiday season (or live there), you can always buy a made-to-order fried turkey—also known as Cajun-fried turkeys—instead.

From the Cajun Turkey Company to Razzoo's Cajun Cafe, there are plenty of places in the metroplex to get a delicious Thanksgiving meal made for you so you can spend more time with family and less time worrying about the meal being too dry or late.

Make sure to reserve your special holiday meal at least three weeks in advance—if not longer—as these made-to-order birds take a while to prepare and restaurants can only make so many at a time. In order to avoid going without this Thanksgiving, you should check each venue's website for recommendations on when to place your holiday order.

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    ••• The Cajun Turkey Company

    Also known as Mr. Billy's Cajun Market, this business has specialized in spicy Cajun-fried turkeys since 1994. You can even order a Cajun fried turkey meal that will feed eight with room for leftovers, complete with appropriate sides like crab cakes, crawfish etouffee, and New Orleans-style bread pudding. Besides turkeys, Cajun Fried Turkey Company offers appetizers, desserts, and even a stuffed Tur-Duc-Hen, and you won't want to miss soups, gumbos, crawfish pie, Creole squash casserole, or the Cafe du Monde beignets.

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    Nate's, which opened in 1988, has been frying Cajun turkeys for years, so the restaurant has the routine down to an art. At Nate's, Cajun-fried turkey is not just here for the holidays. With 24 hours' notice, you can pick up a 14-pound fried turkey at any time of the year at the Addison location, but you'll definitely need to pre-order well in advance for the holidays as this restaurant is one of the most popular year-round.

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    Dickey's features Cajun-fried turkeys and smoked turkeys for Thanksgiving at all locations in Dallas-Fort Worth (and the surrounding area). A turkey-and-dressing meal includes a smoked or Cajun turkey, dressing, and a dozen buttery rolls and can generally be ordered within a few weeks of the holiday. With dozens of locations to choose from throughout the Metroplex and all over Texas, Dickey's Barbecue Pit is one of the most convenient options on the list for a Cajun-fried turkey this holiday season.

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    Popeyes Cajun-style turkeys are available through December or as long as supplies last. Popeyes Cajun-style fried turkeys weigh from about nine to 13 pounds and are infused with a blend of Louisiana seasonings then flash-fried, creating a crispy coating. Roasting finishes the process and leaves the turkey crispy on the outside while remaining succulent and flavorful on the inside. Although you might not expect a nation-wide chain like Popeyes to deliver quality results for a Thanksgiving meal, their limited-edition Thanksgiving meal is on-par with other restaurants in the area.

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    Razzoo's has Cajun-fried turkeys available to order online or in its stores, with delivery and pickup throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Razzoo's turkeys weigh about 15 to 18 pounds and can feed up to 12 people with a few leftovers. The restaurant also offers various traditional sides and beverages by the gallon. Fried turkeys are available at all Razzoo's locations including Arlington, Bedford, Cedar Hill, Dallas, Fort Worth, Irving, Lewisville, Mesquite, and Plano.