Thanksgiving is for sharing a fabulous meal with friends and family, but there isn’t much time for socializing if you’re stuck in the kitchen cooking and cleaning. Break out of the kitchen this year with a Thanksgiving meal on the town, where you’ll find the best DFW restaurants serving up tasty Thanksgiving delights — from three-course meals with jazz to exotic vegetarian dinners with pizzazz.
8780 FM 1187 East
Fort Worth, TX 76126
cafe1187.comPrice: $39.95 adults/$19.98 children
Hours: 11:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. (reservations required)
You’ll find this charming farmhouse cafe on the edge of Fort Worth, serving up a memorable Thanksgiving feast that’s been creatively prepared by the owner, who happens to be a French trained chef. Bring the family and let the kids play in the yard while you wait for lunch.There will be assortment of wonderful dishes to choose from, including sweet potato jalapeno soup, salad, turkey breast, roasted pork loin, fluffy mashed potatoes, gravy, corn bread dressing and warm apple-cranberry compote. Desserts here are equally outstanding, so leave some space because you’ll have the option of pumpkin cheese cake with a gingersnap crust, maple pecan bread pudding with rum sauce, coconut cake, lemon chess pie, warm fudge pie with walnuts, and a chocolate orange mousse with Grande Marnier cream.
315 S. Mesquite St.
Arlington, TX 76010
potagercafe.comPrice: $40 adults/$20 children
Hours: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (reservations required)
This wonderful European-style cafe is known for serving only products that are organic and locally sourced. The southern-inspired Thanksgiving menu will please everyone from carnivores to vegetarians with a heritage-breed turkey, lamb, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes and a variety of side dishes fresh from the garden. The cafe makes scrumptious desserts, and there will be plenty of southern favorites in the line-up. Live music will also be provided by a classical guitarist. If you fancy a glass of wine with your meal, then bring your own, or pick some up at the owner’s shop across the street.
3020 Greenville Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206
stmartinswinebistro.comPrice: $35 adults/$15 children
Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. (reservations recommended)
Jazz up your Thanksgiving with a meal at one of the most romantic restaurants in the city, where sophisticated style and well-appointed dishes make a bold statement. The family friendly Thanksgiving three-course meal features the restaurant’s famous champagne brie soup, salad, turkey, prime beef tenderloin, pork tenderloin, lemon sole, grilled salmon, veal, and chicken or seafood pasta. For dessert, there’s chocolate terrine, creme brulee and Godiva white chocolate cheesecake. St. Martin’s piano player will be the live entertainment, and because wine is a big feature here, enjoy a great selection to pair up with your meal.
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5430 Gurley Ave.
Dallas, TX 75223
Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Reservations only for five or more
Having a vegetarian Thanksgiving meal in a Hare Krishna temple might seem nontraditional, but between the magical ambiance and flavorful food offerings here, you might end up starting a new Thanksgiving tradition. The restaurant will offer a buffet with a salad bar, mung bean soup, tofu turkey, dressing, gravy, fresh mustard greens, green beans, mashed potatoes, candied yams, wild rice, cranberry sauce, cornbread, rolls and, of course, pumpkin pie. Take a seat on the patio, surrounded by the lush garden and fountain — you’ll feel as though you’re in a faraway, exotic place.
2208 W. Northwest Highway
Dallas, TX 75220
humperdinks.comPrice: $17.99 adults/$9.99 children/free children younger than 5
Hours: 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Turkey may be the headliner at a Thanksgiving celebration, but football usually steals the show. Spend Thanksgiving at Humperdinks, and you’ll enjoy an all-you-can-eat plated meal, along with a day of all-you-can-watch football. The special Thanksgiving menu features roasted turkey with all of the trimmings, including stuffing, green beans almondine, mashed potatoes, candied yams, cranberry relish, and pecan or pumpkin pie.
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