Thanksgiving Feasts Around Town
Let someone else jockey for oven space – there are plenty of options for taking the family out this year
DRISKILL HOTEL The famous brunch tradition continues: 10am-3pm. This is a popular event, so be sure to reserve early. If you don't make it upstairs, the 1886 Cafe & Bakery will be offering plenty of your favorites as well as a seasonal menu for lunch and dinner. Reservations are a must later in the day for the five-course farm-to-table prix fixe at the Driskill Grill, with service from 1 to 6pm. Brunch: $62 for adults, $31 for children ages 6-12, free for children younger than 6. Grill: $75 per person. 604 Brazos, 391-7121 for reservations. www.driskillgrill.com.
TRIO AT THE FOUR SEASONS offers a bountiful holiday repast from 11am to 6pm in the Four Seasons ballroom and from 11am to 8:30pm in the restaurant. Ballroom seating: $68 for adults, $20 for children ages 6-11. TRIO seating: $75 for adults, $20 for children ages 6-11. 98 San Jacinto, 685-8300. www.triorestaurantaustin.com.
INTERCONTINENTAL STEPHEN F. AUSTIN Drink mimosas in Cafe Julienne and enjoy an array of Thanksgiving favorites and unexpected brunch offerings. Seatings every hour from 11am to 1pm. $39. 701 Congress, 721-2008 for reservations. www.austin.intercontinental.com.
OMNI HOTEL DOWNTOWN serves a traditional Thanksgiving brunch in Ancho's from 11:30am to 3:45pm. $36 for adults ($42 with bottomless mimosas), $30 for seniors 65 and older, $16 for children under 12, free for children younger than 5. 700 San Jacinto, 476-3700 for reservations. www.omnihotels.com/findahotel/austindowntown.aspx.
OMNI HOTEL SOUTHPARK offers seating in the Onion Creek Grille for a full brunch buffet with carving stations and the traditional Thanksgiving spread. Reservations suggested. 11am to 2pm. $37 for adults, $15.95 for children ages 6 to 12, free for children age 6 and younger. 4140 Governor's Row, 448-2222. www.omnihotels.com/findahotel/austinsouthpark.aspx.
RENAISSANCE HOTEL Banderas – A Texas Bistro invites you to a special Thanksgiving brunch spread 11am-2:30pm. Expect a full breakfast buffet with waffle stations and all the goodies. Reservations suggested. Later, enjoy a prix fixe holiday menu from 5:30 to 9:30pm. Brunch: $48 for adults, $18 for children ages 5-12. Dinner: $25 for adults. 9721 Arboretum Blvd., 343-2626 for reservations. www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/aussh-renaissance-austin-hotel.
HYATT REGENCY AUSTIN's Southwest Bistro is serving "a decadent holiday buffet," where you can count on flowing mimosas as well as contemporary cuisine and traditional favorites. Noon to 5pm. $54 for adults, $27 for children ages 5-12, free for children younger than 5. 208 Barton Springs Rd., 480-2035 for reservations. www.austin.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels.
HILTON HOTEL DOWNTOWN Finn & Porter offers a full menu as well as traditional Thanksgiving options. 500 E. Fourth, 482-8000. www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/AUSCVHH-Hilton-Austin-Texas/index.do.
CORAZON AT CASTLE HILL will offer a $24.95 prix fixe lunch 11am-2pm. Don't miss the gulf shrimp with grits and Mexican Turkey Dinner. 1101 W. Fifth, 476-0728. www.corazonatcastlehill.com.
CARMELO'S will feature the regular menu as well as a prix fixe holiday option starting at 11am. Adults, $18; children, $9. 504 E. Fifth, 477-7497. www.carmelosrestaurant.com.
MANSION AT JUDGES' HILL weighs in with yet another elegant Thanksgiving three-course prix fixe, served in both the ballroom and Mansion dining room. Seatings 11am-8pm. Adults, $37.50; children, $17.50. 1900 Rio Grande, 495-1857. www.mansionatjudgeshill.com.
BROKEN SPOKE Enjoy the standard chicken-fried menu from 5 to 10pm, as well as live music from Roger Wallace. Reservations for parties of 10 or more. 3201 S. Lamar, 442-6189. www.brokenspokeaustintx.com.
ROMEO'S is serving deep-fried turkey with all the trimmings and showing football on lots of TV screens from 11am until 6pm. You can still enjoy the regular menu as well. 1500 Barton Springs Rd., 476-1090. www.romeosrestaurants.com.
HUDSON'S ON THE BEND will be offering a special à la carte menu including some signature dishes from its fall menu, as well as special holiday options. A childen's menu will be available. Seatings are limited, so reserve early. 11am-4pm and 6-9pm. 3509 RR 620 N., 266-1369. www.hudsonsonthebend.com.
GREEN PASTURES RESTAURANT This annual Thanksgiving brunch buffet has so many fans, it's sold-out again this year. Don't give up hope, though: You can always reserve a spot on the wait-list. 11am-2pm. $55 per person. 811 W. Live Oak, 444-4747. www.greenpasturesrestaurant.com.
III FORKS is serving up a four-course prix fixe menu with a choice of carved bird or chateaubriand. 11am-5pm. $42.95 for adults, $14.95 for children under 12. 111 Lavaca, 474-1776. www.iiiforks.com.
SHORELINE BAR & GRILL If you're tired of buffets and prix fixe menus, opt for this concise Thanksgiving menu with a nice variety of choices. 11am-4pm and 5-9pm. 98 San Jacinto, 477-3300. www.shorelinegrill.com.
HILL COUNTRY PASTA HOUSE invites you and yours for a special menu of Italian, seafood, and traditional holiday options. 11am-7pm. 3519 FM 620 N., 266-9445. www.hillcountrypasta.com.
MIRABELLE RESTAURANT This eclectic bistro should have some surprises in store for us on the extensive prix fixe menu that includes choices of seven appetizers, seven entrées, and seven desserts. Seatings 11:30am-6pm. $29.95 for adults, $12.95 for children. 8127 Mesa, 346-7900. www.mirabellerestaurant.com.
Crú – A Wine Bar offers a three-course prix fixe for your family from noon to 9pm. In addition to the bird, you might be interested in the New Zealand rack of lamb or roasted halibut. Adults, $34; children younger than 12, $17. 238 W. Second, 472-9463. www.cruawinebar.com.
HYDE PARK BAR & GRILL continues a long tradition at both locations with an oven-roasted turkey dinner and all the sides for $16.95 or a vegetarian option that features meatless cornbread dressing and gravy for $12.95. $10.95 for kids 10 and younger. 4206 Duval St., 458-3168; 4521 Westgate, 899-2700. 11am-7pm. www.hpbng.com.
24 DINER serves it up family-style at your table with three meat dishes, two types of stuffing, gravy, five sides, and a choice of two desserts. $19.95 per person, two-person minimum. 11am-2am. 600 N. Lamar, 472-5400. www.24diner.com.
CANNOLI JOE'S will be open Thanksgiving Day, with buffets featuring turkey cacciatore, turkey and stuffing calzones, and sweet-potato gnocchi. Reservations recommended. Adults, $19.99; children younger than 12, $9.99. 10am-7pm. 4715 Hwy. 290 W., 892-4444. www.cannolijoes.com.
STALLION GRILL We're so glad to know it will be open for turkey business. Not only that, it has a great family takeout deal that includes a smoked or roasted turkey, dressing, two sides, six rolls, and a pie for $69.95. 5201 Airport, 866/435-1184. www.stalliongrill.com.
HOOVER'S COOKING is celebrating with a holiday prix fixe menu including a choice of six main dishes, select sides, and, of course, all the trimmings. First come, first served. Full family or individual meals are available for takeout. 11am-7pm. $16.99 per person. 2002 Manor Rd., 479-5006. www.hooverscooking.com.
THREADGILL'S offers a select holiday menu with all the trimmings at both locations. Full family or individual meals and dishes are available for takeout. 10:30am-10pm. 6416 N. Lamar, 451-5440; 301 W. Riverside, 472-9304. www.threadgills.com.
LA MADELEINE invites you to sit down and relax with a turkey cranberry melt or take out a family feast that serves four, eight, or 12. Various locations. www.lamadeleine.com.
PoK-e-Jo's Smokehouse serves up all of your family's holiday favorites this year. You can feast on traditional cornbread dressing, sausage gravy, green bean casserole, baked potato casserole, fresh cranberry relish, homemade rolls, and iced tea for as little as $8.99 per guest. Various locations. www.pokejos.com.
LUBY'S CAFETERIAS invites you to come on in for turkey and dressing, two sides, and dessert for $10.99 or take out one of the customizable signature Family Feast options. Various locations. www.lubys.com.
FURR'S FAMILY DINING offers a Thanksgiving spread to eat in or take out, including a whole ham feast that serves eight to 10 guests for $67.99. 222 S. I-35, 443-3818; 4015 S. Lamar, 441-7825. www.furrs.net.
CITY OF AUSTIN hosts various community dinners at a minimal per-plate cost. www.cityofaustin.org/parks/thanksgiving.htm.