I love Thanksgiving but I don't love fighting the crowd at the grocery store, peeling potatoes, steaming broccoli, and messing up my kitchen. And I'm a genius at making a mess.
If you don't want to spend time all that time cooking and doing all the dishes by yourself, then take the family to one of DFW's fine restaurants to celebrate Thanksgiving Day. Pumpkin Pie is more important than football anyway! Right?
Some offer lavish buffets and you can order right off the menu at other locations. Buffet prices do not include tax or tips -- and some places may charge for parking or you may want to factor in a valet tip.
Think about it. If you go to a buffet, you can eat all the sweet potatoes and pecan pie that you want. That's worth the price of admission! Happy Thanksgiving!
1. AsadorAsador, in the Renaissance Dallas Hotel, offers a special Thanksgiving menu November 19-22 that stays true to the restaurant’s farm to fire concept while satiating Thanksgiving-lovers’ palates. Chef Brad Phillips has crafted a holiday menu that includes delicious selections for every course. The menu begins with Leney’s Pumpkin Soup with Cinnamon Cream. Main course selections include Free Range Turkey Roulade, with Wild Mushroom and Apple Stuffing as well as the Haricot Verts Cranberry Tartare. The featured dessert, a Pecan Tart with house made Vanilla Ice Cream, completes this Thanksgiving feast. Order these items Monday through Thursday as a meal for $35 or order individually for $6, $25 and $6 respectively for soup, main course or dessert.
When: Monday, November 19 – Thursday, November 22, 2012.
Where: Asador Restaurant, located inside The Renaissance Dallas Hotel, 2222 Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, TX 75207. For more information or to make reservations, please call 214-267-4815.
Café On The Green is serving a Thanksgiving feast suitable for royalty or your family. The extensive menu is impressive with numerous entrées, side dishes, soups, breakfast items and they need a room for the desserts alone. Full menu.
Hours: 10:30 a.m. and last seating is at 2 p.m.
Cost: In 2012, it's $71 per adult, $31 children 6-11. Children 5 and under are free.
Café On The Green is located at the Four Seasons Resort and Club, 4150 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving, TX 75038. Reservations: 972-717-2420
Cast Iron is set for a grand Thanksgiving Holiday Brunch and Dinner featuring traditional favorites like Slow Roasted Turkey with all the trimmings, with Pumpkin and Pecan Pie.
For brunch, there will be complimentary mimosas, appetizer, breakfast, lunch, dessert and kids buffets, and a made-to-order sushi station. Featured items include Southwestern Eggs Benedict, Omelets and French Toast, Blackened Medallions of Black Angus Tenderloin in port wine reduction, and Cranberry Cheesecake.
Seatings still available for 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $44.95 per Adult, $22.95 Children (5 - 12), Children under 5 eat free.
Cast Iron at the Omni Fort Worth, 1300 Houston Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76102. Reservations: 817-350-4106
4. Central 214
An extensive holiday buffet for Thanksgiving 2012 at Central 214. Enjoy a delicious holiday meal by Chef Graham Dodds, sourced from the freshest fall harvest ingredients from local Texas farms. Diners can chose from a variety of classics like the Eberly Free Range Organic Turkey with Cranberry-Apple Relish to other options like the vegetarian Crispy Gnocchi with Buttercup Squash, Mushrooms and Ricotta Salata. Don’t miss Chef’s one-of-a-kind seasonal desserts like the Pecan Pie with Housemade Goat Cheese Ice Cream or Apple Cider Glazed Sweet Potato Donuts with Apple Butter.
Chose from the option of a $40 three-course menu with choice of a starter, main dish,two sides and a dessert, or a la carte selections, as priced. Central 214 will also offer a children’s menu.
Cost: $40 per person. Children's menu available.
Served Thursday, November 22, 2012 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Central 214 Breakfast & Brunch Menus served from 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.)
Central 214, 5680 North Central Expwy. (at Mockingbird Lane), Dallas, TX 75206. Reservations: 214-443-9339
Big changes in store at the W. craft DALLAS is now Cook Hall -- and they are currently hammering out details for Thanksgiving. They will be open.
Cook Hall, 2440 Victory Park Lane, Dallas 75219. Reservations: 214-397-4111
6. DragonflyDragonfly at Hotel ZaZa is serving up its annual Thanksgiving dinner Thursday, November 22, 2012 but details aren't available yet.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Cost: For $65 per person, guests will enjoy a four-course, prix fixe meal. The link will take you to Dragonfly's full menu.
Dragonfly, Hotel ZaZa, Dallas, TX. 214-468-8399.
Fearing's put a unique spin on some of your traditional Thanksgiving favorites. The good news is that it's Thanksgiving and you don't have to make decisions. Just try it all!
Hours: 2012 Thanksgiving Lunch buffet is served from 11:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner is served from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Cost: $95 per adult, $35 kids 12 and under.
Fearing's is located at 2121 McKinney Avenue, Dallas, TX 75201. Reservations: 214-922-4848
Thanksgiving Brunch buffet in the Texas Ballroom on Thursday, November 24, 2011. Flavorful dishes including glazed ham, herb roasted prime rib of beef, heirloom turkey with sage dressing, and much more! Bring home a keepsake and pose for family photos by Kodak Photography in the pre-function area for an additional cost. The seating times will occur every half hour from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m., No reservations at 12:30 p.m. Upgrade your day and purchase discounted tickets to ICE! featuring DreamWorks' Merry Madagascar!
Cost:$68 for Adults, $27 for Children ages 4-12 and free for under age 3.
Brunch with ICE! tickets: $79 for Adults, $35 for Children ages 4-12 and free children 3 and under.
Gaylord Texan, 1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine, TX. 817-722-9024
The Hotel Intercontinental is serving a Thanksgiving Buffet with all your traditional favorites as well as a few bonuses like sushi and risotto.
Buffet includes a Risotto Station, Omelet Station, Hot Carving Station with turkey, prime rib and ham, fresh seafood on ice and sushi and an endless array of desserts. Kid's buffet includes chicken nuggets, mac n cheese, pancakes, cupcakes and pudding.
Cost: $65 per adult, $25 (children 4-12) from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2012.
The Hotel Intercontinental, Crystal Ballroom, 15201 Dallas Parkway, Dallas, TX 75001. Rservations: 972-386-6000
Pumpkin Carrot Soup, Roasted Turkey, Cornbread Dressing and all your favorite sides, Pumpkin Bread Pudding, Banana Bread Pudding, Apple Pie, Texas Pecan Tart and more.
Hours: Thanksgiving lunch 2012 served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: $60 adults; $25 children under 12.
Marquee Grill and Bar, 33 Highland Park Village, Highland Park TX 75205. Reservations are necessary so book now at 214-522-6035
A Thanksgiving Day Buffet is served on Thursday November 22, 2012.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Cost: $44.95 per adult and $18.95 ages 10 years/under.
Menu includes Classic Caesar Salad or Salad Petit with Apples, Candied Walnuts & Blue Cheese. Butternut Squash Soup.
Entrees: Seared Salmon with Citrus Sauce, Ginger and Brown Sugar Glazed Ham, Roasted Turkey with Sage Butter & Gravy
Sides: Traditional Stuffing with Mushrooms & Herbs, Buttermilk & Cheddar Whipped Potatoes, Glazed Carrots with Balsamic and Brown Sugar, Creamed Corn with Bacon and Caramelized Onions, Macaroni and Cheese, Sweet Potato with Maple Brown Butter. For dessert, feast upon Pecan Pie, Pumpkin Pie, Cheesecake
Mignon, 4005 Preston Road #518, Plano, TX 75093. Reservations: 972-943-3372
12. The Second FloorA 3-course meal is offered for $49 for adults, $69 with wine pairing, and $20 for children.
Regular business hours: 12 noon to 11 p.m.
13340 Dallas Parkway, Dallas, TX 75240. 972-450-2978
Parking: Complimentary valet parking at the Westin Galleria Dallas if you dine at The Second Floor.