Can’t get enough Thanksgiving? Want an early start? Several restaurants are offering, basically, Thanksgiving meals in miniature — in the form of, say, a burger or a sandwich. Or a waffle.
Sure, any restaurant can do a turkey sandwich, and you could also throw one together at home, but in these cases, we’re talking turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing — and, in one case, turducken.
Some of these will be available till the end of the month; others until the day before Thanksgiving; others are always on the menu.
Here’s a quick rundown:
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The Bearded Lady: The bar/restaurant’s grilled cheese of the month ($11) is Thanksgiving-themed: roast turkey, cranberry/orange compote, herbed goat cheese, white cheddar. To be honest, we didn’t notice the turkey that much — but it doesn’t matter, because this is one great grilled-cheese sandwich, with bite from the goat cheese, smoothness from the cheddar and just a hint of sweetness from the compote. Accompanying fries were good, too. Available through November. 1229 Seventh Ave., Fort Worth (corner of Seventh and Magnolia Avenue); The Bearded Lady on Facebook.
Hopdoddy Burger Bar: The Austin-based chain is offering a Turducken Burger ($10) through Nov. 22: Turducken patty sitting atop fried green beans and onions, and topped with cranberry sauce, served between stuffing buns. Turkey gravy is served on the side. The patty is pretty tasty, although we wanted more of the cranberry sauce; the “stuffing” bun had decent flavor but didn’t really make us think of classic stuffing. The gravy on the side was kinda thin for the burger — but actually pretty good for dipping fries in. Not that Hopdoddy’s fries need any help. $10. 2300 W. Seventh St. Suite 140, Fort Worth; locations also in Dallas and Addison; https://www.hopdoddy.com
La Madeleine: Along with a few other turkey sandwiches and dishes, the cafe chain has added a turkey cranberry melt, featuring smoked turkey, cranberry sauce, sage stuffing, Provolone and mayo on a cranberrry-orange ciabatta roll. Multiple DFW locations; https://lamadeleine.com
Melt Ice Creams: The Magnolia Avenue shop has a few Thanksgiving- and fall-inspired items on its fall menu, but the one that really ctaches our eye is the Humble Pie: sweet-potato ice cream with toasted marshmallows, pie-crust crumbles and “autumnal spices.” 1201 W. Magnolia Ave., Suite 115, Fort Worth; http://melticecreams.com
Rosako’s Soul Food & BBQ: Here’s where to go if you just can’t get enough of Thanksgiving: This Bedford spot serves “Thanksgiving 365” ($11.49) — a variation on chicken and waffles, except that it’s sliced turkey and a waffle made from stuffing. And it’s doused with gravy. And as the “365” indicates, it’s available year-round. Except Mondays, when Rosako’s is closed. 2816 Brown Trail, Bedford, @RosakoSoulFoodBBQ on Facebook.
Snuffer’s Restaurant and Bar: Another burger: The Thanksgiving turkey burger, a grilled turkey patty topped with Swiss cheese, cranberry sauce, “traditional” stuffing and mayo. On a poppy-seed bun, because this is Snuffer’s. Available through the end of November. 431 Grand Ave. East, Southlake (Southlake Town Square); 4717 Colleyville Blvd., Suite 300, Colleyville; 457 E. Interstate 20, Suite 121, Arlington; nine other DFW locations; http://www.snuffers.com