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!
Café On The Green is serving a Thanksgiving feast suitable for royalty or your family. The extensive menu is impressive with numerous entrées, carving station, pasta station, 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 2013, it's $72 per adult, $35 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 are from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. for breakfast and 10:30 - 2:30 for brunch 10 a.m.
Cost: In 2013, it's $51 per Adult, $25 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
3. Central 214
Enjoy a delicious holiday meal by Chef Graham Dodds, sourced from the freshest fall harvest ingredients from local Texas farms. 2013 menu includes Roasted butternut squash bisque, herb and garlic roasted turkey with jalapeno cornbread stuffing with mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry chutney (and more) plus pumpkin pie with glazed pecans and apple cobbler with vanilla ice cream and bourbon sauce.
Cost: $42 per person. $18 for children (5-12). Children's menu available.
Served Thursday, November 28, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Central 214 Breakfast is served from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.; brunch 11 am to 3:30 and no dinner will be served.)
Central 214, 5680 North Central Expwy. (at Mockingbird Lane), Dallas, TX 75206. Reservations are required; they can't accept walk-ins: 214-443-9339
4. Cook HallCook Hall and Chef Douglas Wagenhauser will offer an American gastropub Thanksgiving dinner Thursday, November 28 from 1 to 10 p.m. For $32 per person, guests may feast on the following, choosing one dish from each section:
Appetizers: Deviled Eggs, Gulf Blue Crab, Butternut Squash & Barley Soup, Smoked Bacon, Kale Caesar Salad, Crispy Egg & Parmesan.
Entrée: Pan Roasted Trout, Potato & Corn Succotash; Roasted Turkey Breast and Crispy Leg with Apple-Pecan Stuffing, Cranberry Relish and Gravy;Rigatoni, Short Rib Bolognese.
Sides: Sweet Potato Mash, Cinnamon Marshmallow; Braised Collard Greens, Maple, Bacon & Beer; Cauliflower Gratin, Parmesan Crumbs.
Dessert: Spiced Pumpkin Sundae, Bourbon Cream; Butterscotch Pudding, Sea Salt, Caramel; Devil’s Chocolate Cake, Cocoa Nibs, Raspberry Mascarpone.
Please call 214-397-4111 for reservations. Complimentary valet is offered to Cook Hall guests.
When: Thanksgiving, November 28, 2013 from 1 to 10 p.m.
Where: Cook Hall, W Dallas-Victory, 2440 Victory Lane, Dallas, Texas 75219. Rservations: 214-397-4111
5. DragonflyIn 2013 the regular menu is available as well as a Thanksgiving feast. A la carte items are $14, entrees are $41 and desserts $11.
Hours: Served from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm; Dinner is served from 5:30 - 10 pm.
Cost: For $51 per person (including children), guests will enjoy a three-course, prix fixe meal.
Dragonfly, Hotel ZaZa, 2332 Leonard Street, Dallas, TX 75201. 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
Located in the grand Texas Ballroom, this spectacular Thanksgiving Ballroom Brunch features made-to-order omelets, carved-to-order Oven Roasted Heritage Turkey Breast, Applewood Smoked Brown Sugar Glazed Ham, Herb Crusted Prime Rib of Beef, children's buffet, lavish dessert display, and much more! The seating times will occur every half hour from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; however, reservations are not available at 12:30 p.m.
Cost:In 2013, it's $71 for Adults, $29 for Children ages 4-12 and free for under age 3.
Brunch with ICE! tickets: Cost for Thanksgiving Brunch including tickets to ICE! featuring The Nutcracker: $83 for adults, $37 for children ages 4 – 12, and FREE for children ages 3 and under. (Price includes ICE! ticket that must be used by December 13, 2013, brunch, champagne, self-parking, service charge and tax).
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
A Thanksgiving Day Buffet is served on Thursday November 28, 2013.
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
10. The Second FloorA Thanksgiving buffet is planned for 2013 and the cost is offered for $55 for adults, children ages 6-12 $25, children 5 and under is free. Menu highlights include roast turkey and prime rib carving stations, soups/salads, smoked ham, pumpkin seed crusted salmon, jumbo shrimp n grits, traditional sides, kids table, cakes and pies including pear cobbler and cheesecake pops.
Regular business hours: Four seatings 11 and 11:30 am, 1 and 1:30, 3 and 3:30 and 5 and 5:30 pm.
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.