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    A Rooftop Thanksgiving at Nido

    Dine in style on Thanksgiving day at Austin’s newest rooftop restaurant, Nido at The Loren Hotel. The fine and fancy place is offering a seated four-course meal in the main dining room, with the bar area and patio reserved for walk-in guests (and anyone looking to just grab a drink). Mmmm, look at this bounty: chestnut soup, a fall salad, Heritage turkey with stuffing and honey-roasted cranberries, with classic family-style sides served throughout – and a pumpkin tart to finish. You can add wine pairings for extra; but, regardless, you'll be greeted with a complimentary glass of bubbles on arrival. Call for reservations!
    $85 ($35, ages 5-12).
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    Aba: Mediterranean Thanksgiving To-Go for Two

    This Soco restaurant that puts the mmmmmm in Mmmmmmediterranean via the skilled kitchen of CJ Jacobson is offering a to-go holiday feast that includes classic hummus with crudites, pumpkin hummus with house bread, village salad, black truffle orzo, crispy brussels sprouts, beef tenderloin kebab, crispy chicken thigh with sauteed greens, and butternut squash. And a sticky date cake for dessert! Note: Place orders by Nov. 20 at noon via Tock; pick up from Aba on Nov. 23, 11am-4pm.
    Nov. 14-20. $128.95.  
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    CRU's Bountiful Thanksgiving

    Cru Food & Wine Bar is open for dine-in on the 24th! Begin with butternut squash and burrata bruschetta, indulge yourself with lobster-and-saffron risotto and, pumpkin ricotta ravioli as starters, move into the entree with roasted turkey breast with all the fixin's – but, oh my, leave some room for and pumpkin cheesecake or that chocolate molten cake for dessert. It's a fine three-course meal, and, yes, these folks have much wine available – though they'll welcome you with a complimentary glass of Angry Orchard Rosé Cider.
    $52.
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    Desert Door Fifth Anniversary Week

    Out in Driftwood where they're expertly turning the Dasylirion genus of plants into tasty, tasty sotol, the Desert Door distillery is celebrating their fifth anniversary – with hand-crafted tasting room samples, food from Stephanie Stackhouse and her Lo Salvaje kitchen, $5 Ranch Waters, and live music from Jacob Alan Jaeger Trio, Ruby Dice, Neil Trammel and the Turquoise Troubadours, Parker Chapin, Nowhere Trio, and Sour Bridges. See website for complete schedule.
    Nov. 16-20  
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    Fresa's: Turkey Meals and a la Carte Sides

    Make your eatingest holiday a Fresa’s Thanksgiving this year – with a complete turkey meal, a la carte sides – like chorizo stuffing and mac-n-cheese and more, by the full or half pan – along with gravy, cranberry sauce, a variety of pies, and that beloved Next Day Pozole kit. Note: Order by Nov. 21 for pick up at the South First location on Nov. 23.
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    Garbo's Thanksgiving Pre-Orders

    Garbo's Fresh Maine Lobster is offering Thanksgiving pre-orders of their whole pies: Key Lime Pie, Pumpkin Pie and Mother’s Cafe Chocolate Almond Torte. They also have "Shuck It Like a Pro" DIY kits of oysters to-go; these can be taken home and refrigerated, but must be eaten within two days. Note: Place orders by Nov. 20 (5pm) for picking up by Nov. 23. See website for details!
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    Miracle on Fifth Street

    Yes, the Eleanor is featuring a drink menu filled with festive holiday-themed libations, thanks to Master Miracle cocktail connoisseur, Joann Spiegel. Choose from options like Snowball Old Fashioned, Christmapolitan, Jingle Balls Nog, SanTaRex, and many more. Of course the main and mezzanine bar will be serving their full menus but you can also avail yourself of the Ski Lodge with Miracle's signature shots served on a Shot Ski. It's a refreshing and wintery wonderland, and note: 10% of all to-go proceeds will be donated to the Austin Children’s Shelter, Austin Pets Alive!, and the James Beard Foundation Open for Good campaign.
    Through Dec. 27. $10-600.  
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    Perry's Steakhouse

    This Texas-based emporium of culinary splendor and mixological might offers a full meal for dine-in or to-go (the dine-in's available only on Thanksgiving day), with $49 bringing you the choice of honey crisp apple salad and butternut squash soup, and then the main event: smoked turkey breast served with pan gravy, mashed potatoes, green bean almondine, sausage-and-sage dressing, cranberry relish, and homemade bread. (Pro tip: Get that butternut squash soup.) Bonus: Add a big slice of pumpkin cheesecake for $9 more.
    Available Nov. 23-24. $49.  
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    Summer House on Music Lane

    Visit Summer House on Music Lane on Thanksgiving day for a prix-fixe menu featuring comforting classics all day long – pepper-crusted prime rib, smoked turkey, mushroom soup, green beans, pumpkin pie, you know all the flavors you love – but maybe be adventurous, too, with that pistachio cherry cake with salted honey ice cream for dessert.
    Thu., Nov. 24, 11am-close. $75 ($20, kids).  
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    Tacodeli: Thanksgiving Molé To-Go

    Tacodeli, which is where we so often like to spend the nonholidays, is bringing back their famous house-made molé to accompany your turkey and tamales this Thanksgiving season. Yes! You can pre-order a 16-ounce batch of the rich and heavenly stuff Nov. 10-19 for picking up on Nov. 22-23. Note: Each container costs $12.99 and can be ordered online.
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    Thanksgiving Day at Second Bar + Kitchen

    This eatery on the ground floor of the East Austin Hotel may be our favorite of all the Downtown hangs – the venue's vibe is as casually welcoming as it is stylish and delightful – and we're glad to note that the kitchen's full menu will be available on That Day (mmm, that bone-in ribeye with crispy truffle potatoes), along with special items like pork croquettes with apple butter, ham & cheese bread pudding, smoked turkey breast with cranberry glaze, garlic mashed potatoes, grilled green beans, and rosemary gravy, and – aaah, jeez, there's just so much that's so damned good here!
    Thu., Nov. 24, 11am-8pm  
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    The Bird & Crown Hot Chicken Pop-Up

    All the way from Spain and into the heart of Austin comes chef Laila Bazahm, who established her culinary chops via Hawker 45 in Barcelona and Ibiza, with a one-night-only hot chicken event that's got birds in three different sandwiches all sizzling delicious with Filipino, Korean, and Indian influences. Austin's heart is repped by Central Machine Works, in this case, and Bazahm is branching out from her regular position as executive chef at Eberly. If all those things don't equal yum in your mind, citizen, then, hell, you probably can't even spell c-h-i-c-k-e-n.
    Sat., Nov. 19, 4:30pm until sold out
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    The Diner Bar: Family Style Thanksgiving

    The Diner Bar, Mashama Bailey's Austin outpost, offers a Thanksgiving menu that includes turkey with chestnuts, foie gras dumplings, chanterelles, bourbon-glazed rosemary sweet potatoes, Parker House roll – and a bevy of pumpkin, bourbon-pecan, and apple pies for dessert. See full menu here; make reservations via Resy.
    Thu., Nov. 24, 1-7pm. $75.
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    Trace at the W: Prix-Fixe Thanksgiving

    Trace at the W Hotel, that stylish and fashion-forward epicenter of hospitality Downtown, offers a prix-fixe menu for the holidays, featuring potato leek soup, apple cider-glazed turkey with cornbread stuffing and giblet gravy – or smoked prime rib, or grilled salmon – along with mashed potatoes, sourdough-and-oyster stuffing, pumpkin pie, sticky toffee pudding, and plenty more to choose from. Yes, of course you can add wine pairings for extra.
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    Wax Myrtle's: Thanksgiving Dinner To-Go

    Yes, that fine dining restaurant (and destination brunch spot) in the Thompson Hotel is offering dinner-for-two kits, with a choice of turkey or salmon, and an abundance of sides to choose from (apple and squash salad with endive, celery, and blue cheese; sweet potato with jalapeño yogurt; gnocchi gratin with Benton's bacon, white cheddar, and herbed breadcrumbs; bacon-wrapped dates; and even more) and, among the desserts, butterscotch budino and persimmon olive oil cake. Note: Place orders by Nov. 21; pick 'em up on Nov. 23, noon-7pm.
    $120 (for two).  
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