Turkey 101: How to cook a turkey
Overwhelmed by the thought of cooking Thanksgiving dinner? You’re not alone.
According to a 2016 study by the National Restaurant Association, one in 10 people dine at a restaurant on Thanksgiving, while one in 20 get a takeout meal to celebrate the holiday. The study also showed that millennials are more likely than baby boomers and Gen Xers to outsource their Thanksgiving meal.
For North Texans who want to leave this year’s cooking up to the professionals, there are luckily no shortage of dining options to choose from. From brunch buffets to multicourse dinners, here’s what local restaurants in Dallas-Fort Worth will be serving up Nov. 23.
This is what we know about now, but we will continually update our list at www.star-telegram.com as we get new info.
FORT WORTH/TARRANT COUNTY/DENTON etc.
UPDATE: The steakhouse, originally set to open Nov 20 in Fort Worth’s Shops at Clearfork, has had to delay its opening to the week of Dec. 4. That means that its Thanksgiving dinner, originally scheduled for Nov. 23 and included in earlier versions of this story, is not happening. But it should be open in time for Christmas. 5212 Marathon Ave., Fort Worth, 713-862-1814, http://bbbutchers.com/fortworth.
Blue Mesa Grill
The Arlington location of Blue Mesa is serving up a special Thanksgiving brunch buffet. The turkey day feast includes roast turkey, Cajun-fried turkey, meatloaf, candied yams, roast veggies, stuffing, cranberry sauce, baked macaroni and cheese, cornbread muffins, soups, salads, pumpkin pie, nutty pecan-walnut bars, hot chocolate bar and more. Reservations recommended. $22 per person (children 5 and under are free); beverages are included. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. 550 Lincoln Square, Arlington, 682-323-3050, bluemesagrill.com.
The west Fort Worth steakhouse will offer five entree options, from a traditional Thanksgiving dinner (covering a lot of traditions, as it includes slow-roasted turkey, sugarcane-pineapple glazed ham and Texas-style sausage) for $35 ($28 seniors, $15 children 8-12) to a 44 Farms center-cut fillet for $50. And then there are the family-style sides, including two types of stuffing, green-bean casserole, sweet-potato casserole, cranberry sauce and more; and desserts (pumpkin and pecan pies, bread pudding). Noon to 5 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. 7101 Camp Bowie W Blvd., Fort Worth, 817-732-2370, buffalowestfw.com.
The Capital Grille
A prix-fixe menu will include slow-roasted turkey with brioche stuffing, French green beans with Marcona almonds, cranberry pear chutney and “Sam’s mashed potatoes.” $39, $15 for child’s dinner. Pumpkin-cheesecake dessert additional $10. Full a la carte dinner menu also available. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. 800 Main St., Fort Worth, 817-348-9200, www.thecapitalgrille.com.
Cast Iron Grill
Located in the Omni Hotel Fort Worth, Cast Iron will have a three-course prix-fixe dinner, with some offbeat offerings (a chestnut-apple soup starter, and entree options include “Turkey Ballotine” with apricot-cornbread stuffing and pistachio-lemon crusted salmon). $45 adults/$25 children 6-12 (children under 5 are free).1300 Houston St., Fort Worth,817-350-4106, www.omnihotels.com/hotels/fort-worth/dining/cast-iron.
Chef Point Cafe
The gourmet restaurant in a gas station will serve a menu that includes a duck-breast appetizer, pumpkin soup, veal osso bucco and more, including a $25 traditional turkey meal (sliced turkey, cornbread stuffing, fresh mixed vegetables, homemade mashed potatoes and your choice of white or brown gravy). Entrees range from $25 to $35. Kids’ menu available. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. 5901 Watauga Road, Watauga, 817-656-0080, chefpointcafe.org
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse
The $49 three-course prix-fixe menu is pretty straightforward: butternut squash soup or harvest salad for an appetizer; slow-roasted turkey breast with apple-sausage stuffing and other trimmings for the main course; pumpkin cheesecake or pecan pie a la mode for dessert. Noon-8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. 812 Main St, Fort Worth, 817-877-3999; locations also in Dallas and Plano; https://delfriscos.com
Del Frisco’s Grille
The Double Eagle’s more casual sibling will have a $42 prix fixe Thanksgiving menu (the full menu will also be available). One main course — sliced roast turkey and trimmings — plus appetizer choices including deviled eggs with truffle chive vinaigrette and dessert options including molten chocolate cake and more. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. 154 E. Third St., Fort Worth,817-887-9900; 1200 E. Southlake Blvd, Southlake,817- 410-3777; locations also in Dallas and Plano; https://delfriscosgrille.com
Eddie V’s Prime Seafood
It may be a seafood restaurant, but Eddie V’s is doing the traditional Thanksgiving dinner with sliced turkey breast, brioche sage stuffing, cranberry chutney and more. The full menu also will be available in case you want to go a less traditional route. It’s $39 adult, $15 child; pumpkin-pie tartlet dessert and additional $11. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. 3100 W. Seventh St., Fort Worth,817-336-8000, http://www.eddiev.com
Hannah’s Off the Square
The Denton restaurant’s Thanksgiving menu promises “A lot of tradition, a little innovation.” Innovation: the main dish is smoked cornish hen & country ham, with stuffing with chestnuts and sage. Tradition: sides include garlic mashed potatoes (OK, maybe the garlic isn’t traditional for everyone), cranberry sauce and homestyle mac-and-cheese and more. Among the dessert choices: pumpkin white chocolate cheesecake, bourbon chocolate walnut pie, caramel apple pie cobbler carrot cake. $89 adults/$30 children 10 and under. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 23. 111 W. Mulberry St., Denton, 940-566-1110, http://hannahsoffthesquare.com.
Lonesome Dove will be open on Nov. 23 and serving its main dining dinner menu with special Thanksgiving appetizer, entree and dessert specials. 11 a.m.-8 pm. Thanksgiving Day. 2406 N. Main St., Fort Worth, 817-740-8810, http://lonesomedovefortworth.com.
Drop by Luby’s on Nov. 23 to take advantage of their Thanksgiving Day Special, which includes a choice of holiday entree, cornbread dressing, two holiday sides, dinner roll and a holiday dessert. $11.49. Open regular hours. Multiple Tarrant County locations. To find a Luby’s near you, visitwww.lubys.com.
The French-inspired restaurant will be serving a three-course turkey supper on Thanksgiving Day. The main course features roasted turkey, traditional gravy, cornbread stuffing, candied pecan sweet potatoes, whipped mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, apple orange cranberry relish and fresh baked carrot nut bread madeleines. The meal also includes your choice of starter (house salad, cup of soup or Caesar salad) and dessert (pumpkin pie or pecan pie). $18.99 adults, $8.99 children (includes drink). Open regular hours. 5858 S.W. Loop 820, Fort Worth, 817-731-9644; 301 E. Interstate 20 Highway, Arlington, 817-466-3212, www.mimiscafe.com.
Restaurant 506 at The Sanford House
The Arlington restaurant will serve a $49 prix fixe menu that includes such entree options as oven-roasted turkey with cranberry and sage stuffing, giblet gravy, roasted garlic whipped potatoes and green beans amandine; or the less traditional Moroccan spiced grilled salmon (served with braised red cabbage and topped with a crisp apple-cider glaze; and more. A Thanksgiving children’s entree (oven-roasted turkey with an ice-cream sundae dessert) is $24; a more standard children’s menu is $14.95. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. 506 N. Center St., Arlington, 817-861-2129, https://www.thesanfordhouse.com/restaurant506/thanksgiving-2017
The steakhouse will serve a $47.95 prix fixe four-course meal ($17.95 for children 12 and under) with entrees including slow-roasted turkey, châteaubriand with Bordelaise sauce, and Atlantic salmon. Noon-8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. 1651 S. University Drive, Fort Worth, 817-332-9060; 1235 William D. Tate Ave., Grapevine, 817-329-6995; locations also in Frisco and Richardson; https://www.silverfoxcafe.com.
Woodshed Smokehouse is open for business all day on Thanksgiving and offering smoked turkey as the animal of the day. Also on the menu is a special Thanksgiving plate with all the staples, plus dessert. 8 a.m.-11 p.m. 3201 Riverfront Drive, Fort Worth, 817-877-4545, http://woodshedsmokehouse.com.
Cool River Cafe
The Las Colinas restaurant will offer a couple of Thanksgiving specials (hickory-smoked turkey breast or herb-crusted turkey breast, both $26.95), as well as a dessert called pumpkin cranberry bash pie (a ginger-snap crust filled with pumpkin custard and tart cranberries, $5.95) and a couple of other Thanksgiving specials. A la carte options from a new menu designed by well-known Dallas chef Kent Rathbun will also be available. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. 1045 Hidden Ridge, Irving, 972-871- 8881, www.coolrivercafe.com
Not usually open for lunch, III Forks makes an exception on Thanksgiving Day, with a $48 four-course dinner ($18 for children under 12). Entrees include a spice-rubbed holiday turkey with many traditional sides (and asparagus if you want it, for an extra 10 bucks), roasted Midwest beef tenderloin in a caramelized shallot thyme veal glace, Vermont maple-glazed Atlantic salmon with lemon-thyme infused basmati rice and roasted spaghetti squash in sage brown butter. And the desserts get our attention, especially the roasted chestnut ice cream with chocolate Grand Marnier glaze. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. 17776 Dallas Parkway, Dallas, 972-267-1776, https://www.3forks.com/
Katy Trail Ice House
Get your turkey fix at Katy Trail Ice House, which will be serving up a smoked holiday turkey plate for $16.95. The meal also includes Cajun dressing and homemade cranberry sauce. Open regular hours (11 a.m.-2 a.m.). 3127 Routh St., Dallas, 214-468-0600, katyicehouse.com.
The legendary Mansion Restaurant at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek is cooking up a Thanksgiving Day feast that includes squash soup, Wagyu beef tartare, organic free-range turkey with cornbread sausage dressing, Maine day boat scallop, black angus filet mignon, butternut squash tortellini and a decadent dessert display. $130 adults/$60 children 12 and younger. 11-a.m.-4 p.m.; 5:30-8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. 2821 Turtle Creek Blvd., Dallas,214-520-5846, www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/mansion-on-turtle-creek-dallas.
The Addison restaurant is offering a three-course Thanksgiving meal, which includes a main course of traditional roasted turkey breast, stuffing, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, homemade gravy, green beans amandine and cranberry sauce. Reservations required. $36.95 adults/$15 children. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. 4812 Belt Line Road, Addison,972-789-9558, www.table13addison.com.