Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Your guide to Thanksgiving feasts for the non-cooking soul
Don't butcher Grandma's recipes. Leave them to the pros.
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Big, traditional holidays just aren't for everybody. Sure, you could try to follow Grandma's instructions, scribbled with love on old-school recipe cards, but that lady must have left out a secret ingredient or two (they always do). For some of us, it's better to cut our losses and leave it to the pros. This Thanksgiving, pardon that turkey and party with some of Dallas' finest establishments as they offer special holiday menus, prices, and more.
Reservations may be required or recommended at some locations below. Listings are for Thanksgiving Day, November 22, unless otherwise noted.
Canary by Gorji: Chef Mansour Gorji’s three-course dinner features a field-greens salad, turkey or pork chop with mashed potatoes and vegetables, and pumpkin or pecan pie. 5 to 9:30 p.m. at 5100 Belt Line Road, Dallas. $30. Reservations required. 972-503-7080.
Central 214: Three-course menu includes a choice of starters, main dish, two sides, and dessert. Main courses include organic turkey, Berkshire ham, crispy gnocchi, or chicken breast. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 5680 N. Central Expressway, Dallas. $40 for three-course menu (a la carte items priced separately). A children’s menu will also be available. 214-443-9339.
Cru Wine Bar: A three-course holiday menu includes a choice of appetizers; main courses (including roasted turkey breast, Scottish salmon, pork loin, or beef tenderloin) with sides; and chocolate molten lava cake, pumpkin pie, or apple bread pudding for dessert. Noon to 9 p.m. at 3699 McKinney Ave., Dallas. $35 for adults, $17.50 for children 12 and under. 214-526-9493.
Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak Houses: Simplify Thanksgiving by ordering to-go side dishes for pickup the night before. Chateau potatoes, potatoes au gratin, spinach supreme, maque choux corn, and lobster mac and cheese are available for purchase in three sizes that can serve from one to eight people. $11 to $46. November 21 from 5 to 10 p.m. at 5251 Spring Valley Road, Dallas. 972-490-9000.
Del Frisco's Grille: Roasted garlic mashed potatoes, creamed spinach, and chipotle three-cheese mac and cheese are available for pre-Thanksgiving purchase in three sizes that can serve from one to eight people. $7 to $22. November 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. at 3232 McKinney Ave., Dallas. 972-807-6152.
DFW Airport Marriott North: There’ll be seatings on the hour and half-hour for a Thanksgiving Day Champagne brunch that includes breakfast items, an omelet station, appetizers and salads, a carving station, entrees served with sides, and desserts. Gluten-free items are available. 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 8440 Freeport Parkway, Irving. $39 for adults, $31 for ages 55 and older, $15 for children 7-12, free for children 6 and under. 972-871-4959.
Fearing's: A three-course holiday menu will be offered for both lunch and dinner. First course includes butternut squash-ginger bisque, scallops on pasta, quail with rice, or a holiday sampler. The second course includes a choice of tangerine-glazed turkey, red grouper on vegetable succotash, lamb chop, or beef tenderloin. A trio of desserts follows. 11:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 2121 McKinney Ave., Dallas. $95 for adults, $35 for children 12 and under. 214-922-4848.
Four Seasons Resort and Club: Cafe on the Green is offering holiday brunch and dinner buffets that include salads, soups, entrees, a carving station with baked turkey and prime rib, pasta, desserts, a chocolate fountain, and a kids’ station. 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 4150 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving. $71 for adults, $31 for children 6-12, free for children under 6. 972-717-2420.
Gaylord Texan: Brunch will be served in the Texas Ballroom with glazed ham, prime rib, made-to-order omelets, home-style pancakes, sushi dishes, desserts, and more. A children’s buffet will also be available. Special brunch package includes discounted tickets to the “Ice” exhibit, valid through December 18 (except Saturdays); see website for details. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Gaylord Texan resort, 1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine. $68 for adults, $27 for children 4-12, free for children 3 and under. 817-778-2000.
Grain at the Hilton Park Cities Hotel: A holiday Champagne brunch features breakfast items, prime rib, roasted turkey breast, ham, salmon, chicken chops, stuffed pork loin, shrimp, salads, fruits, cheeses, vegetables, desserts, Champagne, coffee, and juice. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 5954 Luther Lane, Dallas. $55 for adults, $27.50 for children, free for children under 6. 469-232-4962.
The Grape: Place your order for complete organic Amish turkey dinners with a choice of sides that serve four to six or 10 to 15 people ($180-$330). A la carte sides are available in small and large sizes for $10-$14. Desserts, including pumpkin cheesecake, pecan and pumpkin pie, and caramel apple crisp, are $25 each. Brown sugar-maple glazed hams are offered for $75. Orders must be placed by November 17 and can be picked up on November 21 from 2 to 5 p.m. Limited availability. 2808 Greenville Ave., Dallas. 214-828-1981.
Highland Park Cafeteria: Dine in or pre-order a Thanksgiving dinner to go. Menu items include turkey, ham, cornbread dressing, giblet gravy, cranberry sauce, baked squash, green beans, mashed potatoes, candied yams, pecan and pumpkin pie, and more. Dine in from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1200 N. Buckner Blvd., Dallas, for $10.99. Pre-orders must be placed by November 19 at 6 p.m. Pre-ordered meals are $59.99 (for two to four people) and $89.99 (for eight to 10 people) and must be picked up before November 22 at 10 a.m. 214-324-5000.
Humperdinks: The Thanksgiving meal features turkey, stuffing and gravy, mashed potatoes, yams, green beans amandine, cranberry sauce, and a choice of pecan or pumpkin pie for dine-in or takeout. $17.99 for adults, $7.99 for children 6-12, free for children 5 and under. The regular menu will be offered, too. 10 a.m. to midnight. Full turkey feasts with whole turkey and sides for up to 12 people are available for pre-order. Early pickup available. At all five Dallas-area locations.
Landmark Restaurant: Brunch includes appetizers; seafood on ice; entrees such as turkey, black cod, and grilled citrus chicken with sides; a carving station; made-to-order omelets and Belgian waffles; a children’s station; and desserts. 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Warwick Melrose Hotel, 3015 Oak Lawn Ave., Dallas. $55 for adults, $24 for children 5-12, free for children under 5. 214-224-3152.
Luxe Stoneleigh Hotel and Spa: This multicourse brunch includes an appetizer buffet; a seafood station; a breakfast buffet; entree selections such as turkey, ham, red snapper, and short ribs; a kids’ buffet; and desserts. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 2927 Maple Ave., Dallas. $60 for adults (includes Bloody Mary bar), $25 for children 6-12, free for children under 5. 214-871-7111.
Q De Cheval at the Intercontinental Dallas: Brunch includes a choice of salads; hot entrees such as prime rib and beef jus, ham, turkey breast, or salmon; cornbread dressing; mashed potatoes; vegetables; and desserts. There will also be a risotto station, an omelet station and a children’s buffet. 10:30 to 2 p.m. at 15201 Dallas Parkway, Addison. $65 for adults, $25 for children 6-12, free for children 5 and under. 972-386-6000.
Sea Breeze Fish Market & Grill: Thanksgiving dinner is made easier with prepared side dishes that come in two sizes. Sample sides all day between November 16 and 18. Order by November 19; pick up November 19-21 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Lakeside Market, 4017 Preston Road, Plano. $17.99 to serve three to five; $42 to serve 12 to 16. 972-473-2722.
Second Floor Bistro at the Westin Galleria Dallas: The three-course menu begins with soup, pasta or salad; followed by turkey breast, pork, or trout; and bread pudding or spiced pumpkin cake for dessert. 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. at 13340 Dallas Parkway, Dallas. $49 for adults, $20 for children; $20 for wine pairings. Reservations required. 972-450-2978.
Six 10 Grille at the Ashton Hotel: A four-course meal includes butternut squash soup; a winter salad; a choice of turkey, ham or salmon with vegetables; and pumpkin ginger pie or a chocolate pecan tart. 610 Main St., Fort Worth. Seatings are at 10:30 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. $38 for adults, $14 for children 6-12 (special menu available), free for children 5 and under. 817-332-0100.