Cooking a Thanksgiving meal can be stressful, but if you're visiting the Dallas-Fort Worth area this holiday season, 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 cooking an elaborate meal for everyone.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Located on Bryant Irvin Road in Fort Worth, Bonnell's Fine Texas Cuisine offers two separate family dinner packages on Thanksgiving: the Everything but the Turkey Deal with one soup, two sides, 12 dinner rolls, gravy, and a desert and the Turkey Deal with Creole-smoked or deep-fried turkey, and all of the features of the other package. Additionally, you can order a Thanksgiving meal a la carte and choose from main entres like semi-boneless quail or whole smoked pork tenderloin and a variety of traditional sides including dressing, cranberry sauce, and potatoes.
If you'd rather go with a trusted national chain, the Dallas-Fort Worth area is home to three national brands that sell fried turkeys around the holidays: Popeyes, Dickey's Barbecue Pit, and Copeland's of New Orleans. Although you might not expect nation-wide chains like Popeyes and Dickey's to deliver quality results for a Thanksgiving meal, their limited-edition Thanksgiving meals are on-par with other restaurants in the area.