Dallas' Ultimate Thanksgiving Dining Guide

By Farah Fleurima  |  November 15, 2013

Let’s face it, Turkey Day is really a foodie holiday. It’s the one day when everyone joins us in our everyday ritual: grazing over plate after bowl after platter of delicious food from every end of the edible spectrum. Sometimes, it’s nice to let someone else do the holiday cooking for us, and for that, there are a wealth of Dallas restaurants and shops ready to seat us for a full gourmet meal, or at least prepare components that we can take home and heat up. Now that's something to be thankful for.

Seated Dinners

Dragonfly Restaurant
Always one to show off a sense of fun with his menu, chef Dan Landsberg is presenting diners with a gourmet turducken, dolled up with a foie gras pan gravy and shiitake brioche bread pudding. His three-course prix fixe menu goes for $58 per person.

One of the city’s ritziest Thanksgiving meals can be had at chef Dean Fearing’s culinary home. Among the a la carte offerings in the three-course meal will be maple-lacquered quail, pan-roasted grouper Oscar and pumpkin gingerbread cookie ice cream sandwiches. Seats cost $95 per adult and are available from 11:15 AM to 3 PM for lunch lovers and 5 to 8 PM for those who crave a dinnertime experience.

Second Floor Bistro
Chef Daniel Tarasevich and company have prepared a buffet feast overflowing with prime rib and turkey, traditional holiday sides and assorted cakes and pies. Once you finish your meal at the Westin Galleria restaurant, you might need to get a room. The buffet runs from 11 AM to 5:30 PM and costs $55 per person. Reservations are required, so call 972-450-2978.

Pyramid Restaurant
The fine-dining establishment inside The Fairmont Dallas is hosting a lavish four-course prix fixe meal featuring traditional dishes with an elegant flair, such as truffle-scented cauliflower bisque and roasted turkey with brioche and chanterelle stuffing. The $55 per person meal includes valet parking. Call 214-720-5249 for reservations, or visit Open Table.

Highland Park Cafeteria
Although HPC typically serves comfy-cozy home cooking year ’round, they’ll be serving up turkey and dressing with two sides and a roll for $11.99 per person from 10:30 AM to 3 PM.

Central 214
The Hotel Palomar’s restaurant is putting a seasonal spin on its celebration, with a three-course prix fixe meal featuring the best from local farms. Entrees include a warm kale salad, Dr Pepper-glazed country ham and apple cobbler with bourbon caramel sauce. Cost is $42 per person, and seatings are available from 11 AM to 3:30 PM. Visit the website or call 214-443-9339 for reservations.

SER Steak + Spirits
Spend your Thanksgiving 27 floors above it all at the steakhouse atop the Hilton Anatole hotel. SER presents a prix fixe four-course meal with a centerpiece of organic roast turkey and side options like garlic mashed potatoes or creamed corn. Dinner service begins at 5 PM, and reservations are recommended; cost is $65 per person.

Momo’s Pasta
For an Italian spin on Thanksgiving, head to the Uptown restaurant for a $24.95 three-course meal that offers a selection of turkey, chicken or pasta and ends on a sweet note with tiramisu. Dine all day from 11 AM to 10 PM.

Cook Hall
The gastropub inside the W Hotel will serve up a fine mix of traditional and unique mains and sides, allowing diners to choose among several selections for each course. Options include deviled eggs with crab, short rib bolognese on rigatoni, classic roast turkey and braised collard greens. The meal costs $32 per person and will be available from 1 to 10 PM.

Central 214
The Hotel Palomar’s restaurant is hosting a three-course prix fixe meal with its typical seasonal and local spin on the classics. The $42-per-person menu includes choosing from starters like a warm kale salad and butternut squash bisque and entrees like herb and garlic-roasted turkey with jalapeno-cornbread stuffing and Dr Pepper and pineapple glazed ham. Call 214-443-9339 for reservations.

Dinners/Entrees To Go

The Grape Restaurant
The Greenville Avenue bistro will roast up a ham or turkey for you or prepare sides or dessert for you to take home. Place your meat order by 3 PM, Nov. 22 and your side dish/dessert order by 2 PM, Nov. 24.

Rathbun’s Blue Plate Kitchen
In his typical over-the-top style, chef Kent Rathbun will be offering a slew of Turkey Day classics with his imaginative Southern spin. That includes hickory-roasted turkey with green chili red eye gravy, brandy-glazed carrots and sweet potato-maple pecan pie. Entrees can be picked up the day before Thanksgiving between 11 AM and 2 PM.

Highland Park Cafeteria
The Casa Linda homestyle cooking hub will be packing up dinners for takeout. Turkey, ham, gravy, cornbread stuffing, squash casserole and pumpkin pie are among the favorites that are always available, but for Thanksgiving, you can serve two to four people with a to-go meal for $49.99, eight to 10 people for $99.99 and 10 to 12 people for $154.99.

Wine Poste
The chic wine retailer/bar is bundling up four wines for one price, which should last you from hors d’oeuvres to well into the Cowboys game. The $99.99 price is a 25 percent savings and includes a brut Cava, a chardonnay, a pinot noir and a shiraz. Should keep everyone’s glasses full and Thanksgiving humming along nicely. Available for pickup or delivery; call 214-272-3221.

Pyramid Restaurant
Dinners with rosemary-roasted turkey, glazed yams and stuffing for groups of four, eight or twelve are available for pickup from the downtown restaurant. Prices start at $85 for just turkey and stuffing and $130 for full Thanksgiving meals (214-720-5249).

Malai Kitchen
The Asian-influenced West Village restaurant is baking up coconut cream pies for the taking. For an extra flavorful spin, each one comes with tamarine caramel sauce and coconut gelato. Each pie and fixings cost $35 and are available all holiday season, through Jan 1 (214-599-7857).

3 Stacks Smoke & Tap House
“Rib Whisperer” Trace Arnold is taking Thanksgiving and throwing it in his smoker. The Frisco restaurant will offer holiday dinner packages ranging from a single pit-smoked ham to a whole smoked turkey, stuffing, sides, sauces and yeast rolls. Make your Thanksgiving a finger-licking one; get your order in by Monday, Nov. 25.

FM Smokehouse
The Irving palace of ’cue is putting a smokehouse spin on the classic turkey - by smoking it with a beer can in its cavity. For $59, get a roughly 12-pound bird with one quart of gravy. Sides are extra and include tasty-sounding smoked corn and white cheddar mac 'n' cheese. Place your order by Monday, Nov. 18 by calling 972-751-6633 or emailing mgr@fmsmokehouse.com.

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse
On Wednesday, Nov. 27, this palace of meat will have their famously rich side dishes for pickup, including the Spinach Supreme, maque choux and their decadent lobster mac 'n' cheese. Sides come in three sizes to accommodate your party, and orders may be placed right through Nov. 27 by calling 972-490-9000.

Norma’s Café
If you get your order in by 3 PM Nov. 17, the bounty of Norma’s homestyle cookery can be yours for Thanksgiving. The café’s got smoked or roasted turkey slices, whole smoked turkeys, ham, their fantastic fresh vegetables, breads and sky-high pies up for ordering. Fill out an order form here or call the Oak Cliff (214-946-4711), North Dallas (972-380-8646) or Frisco (972-712-2233) location.

Zoli's NY Pizza
Add an Italian twist to your holiday meal with an order of Zoli's oh-so-soft and buttery garlic knots, at $6 for a dozen. Make sure to get plenty of marinara to go with them. The Oak Cliff restaurant is closed on Thanksgiving, so remember to pick up some knots early, and fear not - they reheat beautifully. 

Thanksgiving Brunch

InterContinental Dallas Hotel
The North Dallas hotel is displaying its own kind of Thanksgiving cornucopia with an expansive brunch menu. From salads and seafood starters to ham, turkey and beef carving stations to a crab cake slider station, this lavish meal should have your every craving covered. The meal will fill the Crystal Ballroom from 10:30 AM to 2 PM and costs $65 per guest, with active military members getting 50 percent off (ID required, 972-386-6000).

Pyramid Restaurant
For an uber-elegant brunch, consider starting your Thanksgiving with pecan and toffee sticky buns, crab cake Benedict, and turkey and fixings. Top it all off with a devilishly rich dessert selection. Seats are $65 each for adults.