Monday, November 21, 2011
Thanksgiving 2011 dining in Dallas-Fort Worth: Where to eat
Lots of ways to get your turkey on.
Whether you dream of the classic Thanksgiving meal with your standard turkey-dressing-and-gravy, or whether you yearn to depart from tradition with tofu, barbecue, or beer, you've got all that to choose from and more. Here are some highlights for where and what to eat on Thanksgiving 2011.
The night before
Beat the pack by having your celebration the night before: Thanksgiving Eve Dinner. In addition to Aquadora's regular dinner menu, Chef Mike Dimas has prepared a special prix fixe holiday menu for $39 per person which includes a complimentary glass of champagne and wine, tax and gratuity excluded.
Turkey and BBQ
If, even on the day known best for turkey turkey turkey, you still dream of barbecue, then you should celebrate your Thanksgiving at Eddie Deen Crossroads in Arlington where they'll have you covered for both, starting at 11 a.m. East Texas buttermilk pies, too. Where there is hickory smoke, there is Eddie Deen.
Perhaps you've seen the grisly videos of turkeys being processed at Willmar Poultry and would rather not eat turkey at all. Thanksgiving at Kalachandji's menu features tofu turkey & dressing, mashed potatoes & gravy, cranberry sauce, candied yams, wild rice, mustard greens, green beans, mixed veg pakoras, yellow mung soup, cornbread, their famous whole wheat rolls, cranberry sauce, salad bar, and pumpkin pie, all for $15.95 person.
Thanksgiving with beer
Maybe you like beer with your turkey. Thanksgiving at the Holy Grail Pub is opening up for a celebration with friends, family, good food, and beer. They'll serve a four-course Thanksgiving Dinner on Thanksgiving Day from 12-7 p.m. where you can choose to be served with or without an additional beer pairing, with the whole family. The Cowboys game will be shown on their big screen at 3 p.m.
Thanksgiving on the air
KNON presents its 2011 Big Texas Blues Thanksgiving Live Broadcast, a blues radio show broadcast on Thanksgiving morning with a live studio audience. Food is served from Alligator Café and live blues is featured. Hosted by KNON’s Blue Lisa, it'll feature many special guests like Cheryl Arena and Hash Brown, Trainwreck with KM Williams and Washboard Jackson, Joel Foy, and Miss Marcy and her Sugar Daddy’s. Alligator Cafe will serve chicken frittata, fried potatoes, the "Chef Ivan" special, fresh fruit, croissants, spicy shrimp pie, and more.
Luxe out at a hotel
Hotels are one of the most reliable places to eat during the holidays. They're always open to serve their guests, and they usually do it up pretty good. To wit:
- Pyramid Restaurant & Bar is serving both brunch and dinner.
- Central 214's holiday buffet includes caramelized banana bread pudding.
- Thanksgiving The Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek does three courses at brunch or dinner.
- The Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas has a dinner buffet from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
- Brunch and dinner at Nana includes a four-course set meal at brunch, or ordering off the menu at dinner.
- Charlie Palmer at The Joule has a 3-course prix fixe brunch.
- Fearing's does a three-course holiday menu.
- Thanksgiving Brunch at Landmark is a charitable meal, as the hotel will make a donation for every Thanksgiving and Christmas brunch served.
- Thanksgiving at Dragonfly has an extravagant four-course, prix fixe meal.
- Thanksgiving Brunch at The Second Floor is a godsend, being one of the only restaurants open Thanksgiving Day in the Galleria.
- Q de Cheval is hosting a comforting Thanksgiving buffet.
- Southfork Hotel is doing a Thanksgiving brunch.
- Thanksgiving Brunch at Gaylord Texan gives you discounted tickets to ICE! featuring DreamWorks' Shrek the Halls.