I am more of an eater than I am a cooker when it comes to Thanksgiving. I am fortunate to be surrounded by those who appear equally inclined to do both, so my family usually has a nice spread of food, and I am far more involved in the clean-up than the preparation.
But since not everyone has the same access to excellent chefs, you might choose to let someone else entirely do the cooking on Thanksgiving, so you can simply enjoy family time together. If you’re so inclined to venture out on Thanksgiving Day, here are our favorite Texas restaurants doing “Turkey Day” right so you don’t have to visit a chain restaurant.
The Second Floor is a beautiful bistro that takes its name from its location – level 2 in the Westin Galleria Dallas. On Thanksgiving Day, they serve up a buffet full of all your favorite holiday treats: from roast turkey and beef wellington to smothered green beans and a sweet potato confit with coriander marshmallows!
- Cost: $68 adult, $25 child (6-12), and kids under 5 eat free.
- Thanksgiving hours: Reserved seating runs from 10am until 4pm, on the hour.
A little north of downtown Fort Worth, you’ll fin Chef Point, a gas station turned gourmet restaurant. This fine dining restaurant has been a frequent award winner since it opened in 2003, including a feature on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. On Thanksgiving, they buck the usual trend of a set menu and offer a beautiful a lá carte one instead, which features something for everyone (including the kids).
- Cost: Entrees range from $25-35. Expect to pay around $50 per person for a 3-course meal.
- Thanksgiving hours: 10am – 6pm.
Most of this Texas restaurants on this list feature somewhat grand menus and, for some, a price tag that may be a little too grand. Never fear, Houston residents! As also seen on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, The Red Lion Pub offers traditional Thanksgiving fare, in addition to the usual reasonably priced menu, for a set price of $26. Not only that, they are open all day (and into the morning) for those who really take their Thanksgiving Day celebrations seriously.
- Cost: Thanksgiving meal $26 but usual menu items will also be available.
- Thanksgiving hours: 11am – 2am (food will stop being served at 11pm).
Crumpets Restaurant and Bakery in San Antonio offers a beautiful location to spend Thanksgiving Day with your family. Each entrée comes with an appetizer and dessert and, I’ll be honest, in my past experiences here, I have trouble choosing just one! Crumpets will also help you host Thanksgiving in your own home, as they offer a full menu of items for you to order ahead, pickup, and take all the credit for when your family marvels at the amazing food.
- Cost: Entrees are all between $34-40.
- Thanksgiving hours: 11am – 4pm.
The Driskill is a beautiful historic hotel located in the heart of downtown Austin. On Thanksgiving Day, this revered locale goes above and beyond for those of its guests by offering not just one dining option, but two!
A family-friendly brunch is available on the mezzanine for those who prefer to eat a little earlier and in a more relaxed atmosphere. But if you want something a little more formal for your family and/or friends, the Driskill Grill serves a five-course Thanksgiving Dinner. Diners may choose their fourth course from an impressive list including the traditional turkey, with sides served family style for the whole table.
Family friendly brunch:
- Brunch cost: $79 adults, $38 children, & children under 5 eat free.
- Brunch hours: 10am – 3pm.
- Dinner cost: $89 adults, $42 per child.
- Dinner hours: 1pm – 6pm.
Happy Thanksgiving from First Choice Power!