will be offering a special Thanksgiving dinner in addition to the full menu. Choices include brined and roasted turkey breast, turkey leg confit, Beeler's house-cured ham, gravy, cranberries, as well as a choice of two sides, such as traditional dressing, mashed potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, bacon-braised collard greens, and Brussels sprouts. A slice of housemade pumpkin pie sits nicely for dessert. No reservations, but get there early while supplies last. Thu., Nov. 22, 10:30am until closing. $24 per person.
Local food journalist Toni Tipton-Martin offers a free series of cooking classes based on a traditional healthy African diet. Get more information and sign up for the class via email. Through Dec. 13, 6pm.
get your annual dose of tryptophan at Bar Mirabeau in the form of Deep Fried Turkey Galantine with giblet gravy, smashed sweet potatoes and house marshmallows, or the untraditional Smoked Lobster with hatch chili hollandaise and lobster bisque ($20 supplemental charge). Guests are invited to choose one item from each course, with extra options like Cornbread Bacon Dressing or Yukon Gold Potato Puree. Assure the little ones that there is a menu for them, too, featuring turkey fingers. 1-9pm. $29.95 per person, $10.95 for children 12 and under.
Bikinis once again joins forces with Operation Turkey to serve a free Thanksgiving meal to the homeless at both locations in Austin (214. E. Sixth, 6901 N. I-35) and in San Marcos (1437 N. I-35). Register online to help volunteer. 8:30am-noon.
Bikinis Sports Bar & Grill, 214 E. Sixth, 512/469-0001
will be open Thanksgiving Day from 11am to 7pm, offering both Italian and traditional Thanksgiving dishes, and all you can eat of them. Enjoy Roasted Rosemary Turkey or Chicken Marsala Pasta, Italian Sausage-Cornbread Stuffing or Baked Ziti Primavera. There will be plenty of cranberry sauce, candied sweet potatoes, and Pumpkin Cheesecake for everyone. We do admit we are tempted by Lasagna Bolognese, though. 11am-7pm. $17.99 per person, $7.99 for kids 4-12, and free under 3..
Three courses that will leave you sated include a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings, as well as Roasted Turkey Breast with a Oaxacan Mole Negro Sauce accompanied by a corn pudding tamale. Other entrees include Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Chipotle Apple Butter Sauce and Sauteed Gulf Redfish served over arugula with a basil pesto sauce. Expect pumpkin pie, a bread pudding with a Mexican Brandy Espresso Sauce, and, of course, the Chocolate Truffle Heart for dessert. noon-3:30pm. $29.95 to $33.95 per person.
Corazon at Castle Hill, 1101 W. Fifth, 512/476-0728
Escaping your family for Thanksgiving? Right down on Red River, DJ Edminister, DJ Isn't, DJ Cullen, and DJ Eugene will be spinning as you
donate food to Capital Area Food Bank, and help yourself to Thanksgiving dinner. For a donation, a feast will be available at no charge, including roast goat, roast chicken, a groaning board of side dishes, and several pies. $3 per person with 1 donation; 2 donations: $2 per person; 3 donations: no charge.
Finn & Porter serves top-notch sushi, inventive seafood, and perfectly cooked prime beef in a beautiful space. For Thanksgiving, Chef Peter has created a fabulous three course, pre fixe holiday menu with a traditional style Thanksgiving entree. 2-8pm. $45 per person, $20 for children.
is celebrating with a Thanksgiving prix fixe menu including a choice of several main dishes, select sides, and of course, all the trimmings. First come, first served, No reservations. 11am-7pm. $16.99 per person.
offers a special a la carte menu this year, including ancho-rubbed, pecan smoked wild turkey atop a nice chunk of wild boar stuffing. Childrens menu available. Seatings are limited so call ahead for this one. 11am-4pm.
Hudson's on the Bend, 3509 RR 620 N., 512/266-1369
continues a long tradition at both locations with an oven-roasted turkey and all the trimmings, or a vegetarian option that features meatless cornbread dressing and gravy. 11am-7pm. $12.95 to $16.95 per person, $10.95 for children 10 and under.
Hyde Park Bar & Grill, 4521 Westgate Blvd., 899-2700; 4206 Duval, 458-3168
is serving up a prix fixe menu featuring spiced, rubbed turkey, and roasted mid-west tenderloin, as well as a number of items from the regular menu. 11am-6pm. $44.95 per person, $15.95 for children under 12.
All locations are open this year, just like grandma's house, but unlike grandma, Kerbey's does Thanksgiving 24/7. You'll choose from sides such as cornbread stuffing, candied yams, mashed potatoes, and asparagus $14.95 per person.
invites you to join them for a Hill Country Thanksgiving, right outside Austin, in Lakeway.
Your kids will be looking forward to the petting zoo, and you'll be making a bee line for the lake views of the Vista Ballroom and groaning buffets. This is a popular destination, so be sure tocall ahead. 11am-3pm. $50 per person, $20 for children ages 3-12.
Lakeway Resort and Spa, 101 Lakeway Dr., Lakeway, 512/261-6600
The four-course Thanksgiving special here will include pumpkin orange bisque, tossed green salad with cranberries & pecans, sliced roasted turkey with gravy, as well as the all-important pumpkin or pecan pie. The main turkey entrée also includes traditional stuffing with celery, onions and sage; a bacon-tied bundle of haricot verts with red peppers; and roasted garlic mashed potatoes. Family-style service is available for parties of four or more. While you're there, take in another great holiday tradition: watching football game on several large flat screen TVs. 11am-2:30pm. $34.95 per person, $13.95 for children.
continues the holiday tradition started before take-home feasts were popular with a feast that includes an oven roasted turkey breast or ham with seven side dishes and a pie. Pie selections this year include banana cream, apple, pumpkin, mince with rum sauce, "no
sugar added" apple and razzleberry, and caramel pecan pumpkin mousse. If you'd rather dine in, start with start with soup or salad, enjoy turkey or ham with all of the classic holiday sides, and finish the meal with a slice of fresh-baked pie. Dine in: $19.95 per person, $8.95 for children; takeout dinners start at $99.
Marie Callender's Restaurant & Bakery, 9503 Research, 512/349-7151
serves a traditional Thanksgiving brunch in Ancho’s from 11am to 4pm. It features not only all of your crowd's favorites, but bottomless mimosas as well for a small extra charge. Be sure to call ahead, as this one is almost sold out. 11am-5pm. $68 per person, $20 for children ages 6-11.
Omni Hotel Downtown, 700 San Jacinto, 512/476-3700
offers dining in two spaces this year. In Banderas, enjoy a three-course dinner from 11am to 1pm. If you don't make it, take heart, the same menu will be served in Steer North from 5pm until 10pm. The kids have a terrific menu, as well, including creamy butternut squash soup and chicken tenders. $29 per person, $12 for children 5-12.
Santa's tired of waiting for global warming to catch up at the North Pole. He's spending most of his pre-Christmastime among the 1.5 million lights of Santa's Ranch. Why not join him? Through Dec. 30, 6-10pm. $24 per car.
9561 N. I-35, New Braunfels (two miles south of Tanger Outlet Mall)
is planning a swell feast where you can count on flowing champagne as well as contemporary cuisine and traditional favorites. Located on the second level of the Hyatt's atrium, this place draws raves. Maybe it's SWB's commitment to local produce and meats that makes it a local favorite. 11am-4:30pm. $58 per person, $27 for children 5-12.
Southwest Bistro at the Hyatt Regency, 208 Barton Springs Rd., 512/477-1234
Dining options this year include reservations at the Driskill Grill for an inventive, multi-course dinner menu in a distinctive setting; a classic all-day Thanksgiving three-course menu at 1886 Café & Bakery; and, of course, the well-loved Thanksgiving Family Feast held on the famous mezzanine. Hermits can order from a multi-course menu made available for pick-up on November 21st from 11am to 6pm. Seatings in the Grill are available for reservation from 1pm to 6:30pm; in the 1886 Cafe from 11am-10pm; and on the mezzanine, from 10am to 3pm. Grill: $85 per person, $35 per child under 12; Cafe: $25 per person; Mezzanine: $65 per person, $32.50 for children 6 through 12..
Dinner starts at 7 o'clock in Springdale Farm's transcendental greenhouse, as the Homegrown Revival, whose mission is to "promote native, local and sustainably grown foods by educating consumers through a series of dinners, videos, and cookbooks", celebrates its first anniversary of dinners. The menu will include fresh produce from Springdale Farm, foraged goodies from the Homegrown Revival team, and heritage turkeys raised by Aaron Morris of Austin Urban Farm. 7pm. $90 donation per person.
Both locations of this local legend have you covered with an a la carte, down-home menu, featuring all of your tried and true favorites, as well as holiday additions such as roast turkey with cornbread dressing, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. 10:30am-10pm.
Threadgill's World HQ, 301 W. Riverside, 472-9304; Threadgill's North, 6416 N. Lamar, 451-5440.
The Turkey Trot raffle is back and the grand prize is a 2013 Honda Accord! Second and third prizes are $1,250 gift packages from Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop, including bikes, gear, clothing, and accessories. $25 raffle ticket sales are open whether you register for the race or not, and proceeds benefit Caritas. Register for the race and/or buy tickets online. 8am.
may be a chic, clubby environment, but they are bringing Thanksgiving to you family-style this year. This four-course dinner, with soup, salad, and choice of main dishes, should make everyone happy. 3-9pm. $55 per person, $15 for children under 12.
offers a bountiful all-day repast in the lake-level foyer. A made-to-order omelette station, corn and sweet potato pancakes, Quinoa Walnut-Date Salad, cold shrimp and crab claws, Tom's turkey, short rib ragout, and chicken ... need we say more? Yes, we do, there is a great kid's buffet. 11am-8pm. $88 for adults, $32 for children.
TRIO at the Four Seasons, 98 San Jacinto, 512/685-8300
Support local artists with disabilities and get some holiday shopping done at the same time. Braille cards, prints, ornaments, books, and original art all await your holiday dollars. Through Dec. 24, Mon.-Fri., 9am-5pm. Free.
will host a holiday brunch featuring brined and roasted breast of turkey infused with rosemary, thyme and garlic; a 36-hour smoked brisket; and a honey & pineapple glaze roasted ham. But traditional Sunday brunch favorites are all here, as well, including Belgian waffles, an omelette station, bacon, sausage, grits and house-made hash. Dessert options include pumpkin cheesecake, pecan pie, apple cobbler and pumpkin cookies, and guests can enjoy dining al fresco overlooking a picturesque pond. 11am-3pm. $24.95 per person, $12.95 for children, $21.95 for seniors.
Share the warmth and donate new or gently used blankets, towels, and pillows to five area nonprofits – including Austin Children's Shelter and SafePlace – via city newcomers Sleep Experts. Through Thanksgiving.
Sleep Experts locations or the Girl Scouts of Central Texas