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Dressing or stuffing, and which pie? Vote for your favorite Thanksgiving food

Mariposa’s Latin Kitchen in Fort Worth makes turkey-and-dressing tamales with giblet gravy. Yes, really.
Mariposa’s Latin Kitchen in Fort Worth makes turkey-and-dressing tamales with giblet gravy. Yes, really.

Thanksgiving is a day for decisions.

Buffet or menu?

Baked, smoked or Cajun-fried?

Dressing or stuffing?

Sweet-potato or pumpkin?

If it’s all just too overwhelming, you can make another decision:

Try it all.

▪ You could start at Ranchman’s Ponder Steakhouse when the turkey and pies come out at 11 a.m. (110 W. Bailey St., Ponder, $22.95).

▪ Then haul down Interstate 35W to Heaven’s Gate Restaurant in Fort Worth for the sprawling turkey, ham, roast beef and brisket family-style buffet (3820 N. Main St., $14.99).

▪ Why not steak? Lonesome Dove Western Bistro will open at 11 a.m. and serve its regular menu, including the garlic-stuffed tenderloin, plus a holiday special (2406 N. Main St., $28-$40).

▪ Both Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse and less pricey Del Frisco’s Grille still have space available downtown, along with Bird Cafe and Mercury Chophouse.

▪ Or try the first Thanksgiving menu at B&B Butchers & Restaurant steakhouse in The Shops at Clearfork, offering a three-course dinner with a choice of turkey or prime rib (5212 Marathon Ave., $55).

▪ By then, you’ll need a nice, long drive.

How about taking the Chisholm Trail Parkway to U.S. 67, then Texas 220 to Hico for more turkey and mile-high meringue pies at the Koffee Kup Family Restaurant? (300 Second St., Hico, dinner all day $11.95).

▪ Not to be outdone, Texas classic Jake & Dorothy’s Cafe in Stephenville will serve its usual turkey, baked ham and chicken-fried steak with sides and pumpkin pie (406 E. Washington St.)

▪ The Cowboys and Los Angeles Chargers play at 3:30 p.m. If you plan ahead, you can have turkey-and-dressing tamales from Mariposa’s Latin Kitchen (5724 Locke Ave.).

(Or plan a nap.)

Cru A Wine Bar opens at Clearfork

Before the B&B Butchers opening Nov. 20, Cru A Wine Bar will open next week as The Shops at Clearfork continues to fill.

Cru is scheduled to open as early as Tuesday. The menu offers a lot of smaller taste-and-share plates and a wide variety of cheeses, plus entrees such as scallops, chicken piccata, panko-crusted branzino or a wine-braised short rib with sage-Gorgonzola polenta.

Cru will be open nightly; 5188 Marathon Ave.,

Local restaurant comings and goings

Now open: the new restaurant from Fort Worth-based Chuy’s Mexican Restaurants, at 9120 Boat Club Road.

(It’s owned by the local Adame family, not the same as the big Austin-based chain on West Seventh Street.)

Coming soon: a new FreZko Taco Spot, north Tarrant County’s favorite street taco shop, at 3409 North Tarrant Parkway, a former chicken stand.

The new Billy’s Oak Acres BBQ has been delayed but is still taking shape at 7709 Camp Bowie Blvd. West. When that opens, the current location at 1620 N. Las Vegas Trail will cut back to four days a week.

Closed: The Mamma Mia Italian restaurant on Magnolia Avenue (a second location on East Belknap Street remains open). Also Beik Mediterranean Grill, which switched from a pizzeria but never clicked on South Hulen Street. A Vietnamese restaurant will open there.

Getting it right about Greek Festival

I wrote Wednesday about the Greek Festival, marking 50 years this weekend at a church fellowship hall northwest of downtown.

But I misspelled Mary Kime’s name at one point, and she’s one of the reasons we’ve had a Greek Festival for 50 years.

She and her fellow volunteers gathered for interviews to go with a history column that was published Wednesday. They not only gave up valuable cooking and baking time, but they also served baklava.

If you like Greek breads, pastries or just Greek salad and lemon-garlic chicken, go for lunch or dinner Friday or Saturday or lunch Sunday; 2020 N.W. 21st St. at Jacksboro Highway (Texas 199), 817-626-5578 or 817-626-5073,


Bud Kennedy: 817-390-7538, @EatsBeat. His column appears Wednesdays in Life & Arts and Fridays in