Let’s say you’d rather skip the idea of having Thanksgiving at home altogether. After all, you’d still have to do the dishes, even if you got a big takeout meal.
Here are 10 places that are open for Thanksgiving — and it’s a good idea to make those reservations now.
Arlington Steak House: Entrees include turkey and dressing, honey-baked ham, or, if you’re feeling more Texan than traditional, chicken-fried steak and chicken-fried chicken (steaks are also available, but most will cost you more). Dessert options are more varied than at most restaurants. $13.95. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 1724 W. Division St., 817-275-7881, http://www.thearlingtonsteakhouse.com.
Buffalo West: The far west Fort Worth restaurant is open from noon to 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving, and while you can get a traditional Thanksgiving dinner ($28), you can also spring for a whole Maine lobster dinner ($45) or go with a couple of beef-centric dinner options. 7101 Camp Bowie Blvd. West, Fort Worth, 817-732-2370, www.buffalowestfw.com.
Buttons Restaurant: Keith Hicks’ cool comfort-food restaurant will do a Thanksgiving brunch. It’ll feature “an assortment of breakfast items and traditional Thanksgiving fare.” As long as it serves Buttons’ chicken and waffles, we’re down with it. $24 for adults/$10 for kids. 10 a.m.-3 p .m. Nov. 26, 4701 West Freeway, Fort Worth, 817-735-4900, http://www.buttonsrestaurants.com.
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse: A $49 Thanksgiving menu — practically a steal at Del Frisco’s —features an appetizer (choice of butternut squash soup or “holiday salad”), slow-roasted turkey breast with sweet onion apple-sausage stuffing and sides, and dessert (pumpkin cheesecake or pecan pie a la mode). Noon-8 p.m. Nov. 26, 812 Main St., Fort Worth, 817-877-3999, delfriscos.com/steakhouse/fort-worth.
Humperdinks: You might think burgers and sandwiches when you think of this place, but it does a pretty good Thanksgiving blowout, with turkey and gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, etc. Open 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Nov. 26, 700 Six Flags Drive, Arlington, 817-640-8553, http://www.humperdinks.com. (Dallas and Addison locations also will be open Thanksgiving).
Knife Dallas: Sure, bad-boy Dallas chef John Tesar’s “modern steakhouse” will serve turkey on Turkey Day, but this is Knife we’re talking about — there’s also a 44 Farms filet mignon and a dry-aged, bone-in 28-ounce rib-eye, as well as a king salmon entree. Plus some imaginative first-course items and some great-sounding desserts. 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 26, $75 (additional charge for filet mignon and rib-eye). 5300 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas (in the Highland Dallas hotel), 214-443-9339, www.knifedallas.com.
Restaurant 506 at the Sanford House: The upscale Arlington restaurant will serve a three-course prix fixe menu; non-turkey entree options include steelhead salmon or a veal T-bone. Children’s menu available. $49 adults/$14.95 children. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 26, 506 N. Center St., Arlington, 817-385-9193, www.restaurant506.com.
Riverwalk Cantina at the Gaylord Texan: If the weather’s pleasant (and your pockets are a little deep), consider brunch at this Tex-Mex spot that models itself after the San Antonio River Walk. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 26, $57 adults/$27 children ages 5-12, free for 4 and under. 1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine, 817-778-2215. Reservations via opentable.com.
Silver Fox: The entrees here not only include slow-roasted turkey (with grandma’s gravy!), but also chateaubriand with bordelaise sauce, and Atlantic salmon. Appetizers, desserts, coffee and iced tea included, $46.95; $16.95 for kids under 12. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 26, 1651 S. University Drive, Fort Worth, 817-332-9060; also 1235 William D. Tate, Grapevine, 817-329-6995, www.silverfoxcafe.com.
Simply Fondue: Not where your head usually goes when you think “Thanksgiving,” we’ll bet, but you’ll be able to get Cajun turkey, brown-sugar spiral ham bites, roasted garlic chicken and, of course, fondues — including a pecan pie fondue, which intrigues us deeply. $46 adults/$20 children 15 and under. Reservations required. 111 W. Fourth St., Fort Worth, 817-348-0633, www.simplyfonduefortworth.com.