2011 Thanksgiving Feasts Around Town
Note: These listings are from 2011. For updated information, check out our Thanksgiving Dining page.
The Driskill Hotel The famous brunch tradition continues, with multiple seatings between 10am and 2:30pm. This is a popular event, so be sure to reserve early. Downstairs, the 1886 Cafe & Bakery will offer a seasonal menu for lunch and dinner, 11am-10pm. Reservations are a must later in the day for the five-course prix fixe at the Driskill Grill, serving 3-8pm. Brunch: $62; ages 2-12, $31; under 2, free. Cafe: $25. Grill: $75. 604 Brazos, 391-7039 for reservations. www.driskillgrill.com.
TRIO at the Four Seasons offers a bountiful holiday repast: 11am-6pm in the Four Seasons ballroom foyer, or 11am-8pm in the restaurant. Ballroom: $68; ages 6-12, $20; 5 and under, free. TRIO: $75; ages 6-12, $20; 5 and under, free. 98 San Jacinto, 685-8300. www.triorestaurantaustin.com.
Omni Hotel Downtown serves a traditional Thanksgiving brunch in Ancho's; enjoy bottomless mimosas for a small extra charge. 11am-4pm. $38; 65 and older, $32; ages 6-12, $16; 5 and under, free. 700 San Jacinto, 476-3700.
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-2pm. $36; seniors, $31; ages 6-13, $15; under 6, free. 4140 Governor's Row, 448-2222.
Renaissance Austin Hotel Banderas – A Texas Bistrot invites you to a special, plated Thanksgiving brunch with seatings at 10:30am and 12:30pm, or a special evening repast from 5 to 9:30pm. Reservations suggested. Brunch: $28.95; ages 5-12, $12. 9721 Arboretum Blvd., 795-6100 for reservations.
Hyatt Regency Austin SWB – Southwest Bistro is serving a decadent buffet with free-flowing Champagne as well as contemporary cuisine and traditional favorites. 11am-4:30pm. $54; ages 5-12, $27; under 5, free. 208 Barton Springs Rd., 480-2035 for reservations.
Trace at the W Hotel offers a farm-to-table, three-course prix fixe menu. 11:30am-9pm. $49; under 12, $19. 200 Lavaca, 542-3660. www.traceaustin.com.
Restaurants and the Rest
Cannoli Joe's will have buffets featuring turkey cacciatore, roasted acorn squash, and sausage gravy. Reservations recommended. 11am-7pm. $17.99; ages 4-12, $5.99; 3 and under, free. 10am-7pm. 4715 Hwy. 290 W., 892-4444. www.cannolijoes.com.
Carmelo's will be open 11am-10pm, offering both its standard fare and a $19 turkey special. 504 E. Fifth, 477-7497. www.carmelosrestaurant.com.
The Carillon Executive Chef Josh Watkins' buffet for the big day includes a cold seafood station, charcuterie and cheese boards, carving stations, and, of course, the usual fresh entrées, sides, and desserts. Also available: gluten-free entrées. 10am-3pm. $55; kids, $16. 1900 University Ave., 404-3655. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations. www.thecarillonrestaurant.com.
Corazon at Castle Hill will offer a three-course prix fixe menu and choices for kids. Go traditional or try the roasted turkey breast with a Oaxacan mole accompanied by a corn pudding tamale. Noon-4pm. $29.95. 1101 W. Fifth, 476-0728. www.corazonatcastlehill.com.
Crú offers a three-course prix fixe for your family from noon to 9pm. In addition to the bird, you might be interested in the rack of lamb or the pan-seared salmon. $35; under 12, $17.50. 238 W. Second, 472-9463. www.cruawinebar.com.
Hoover's Cooking is celebrating with a prix fixe menu: Choose one of six main dishes, two sides, and, of course, get all the trimmings. First come, first served. Also, full family or individual meals for takeout. 11am-7pm. $16.99. 2002 Manor Rd., 479-5006. www.hooverscooking.com.
Hudson's on the Bend will offer a special à la carte menu including signature dishes from its fall menu, plus special holiday options and a childen's menu. Seatings are limited, so reserve early. 11am-3pm, 6-9pm. 3509 RR 620 N., 266-1369. www.hudsonsonthebend.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 featuring meatless cornbread dressing and gravy for $12.95. 11am-7pm. Kids 10 and under, $10.95. 4206 Duval St., 458-3168; 4521 West Gate Blvd., 899-2700. www.hpbng.com.
La Madeleine invites you to sit down with a turkey-cranberry risotto or an individual pumpkin pie, or take home a family feast to serve six to eight. Various locations. www.lamadeleine.com.
Lakeway Resort and Spa will host a day featuring chef Jeff Axline's brunch, panoramic views, and a petting zoo for the tots. Roast turkey, braised short ribs, pan-roasted salmon, and roasted pork loin. 10:30am-3pm. $49.95; ages 3-12, $16.50. 101 Lakeway Dr., 261-7379 for reservations. www.lakewayresortandspa.com.
Mansion at Judges' Hill weighs in with yet another elegant Thanksgiving three-course prix fixe menu, but this year sides will be served family-style. Service in both the ballroom and Mansion dining room. 11am-7:45pm. $39.50; children, $17.50. 1900 Rio Grande, 495-1857. www.mansionatjudgeshill.com.
Mirabelle Restaurant This eclectic bistro will have surprises in store on a special Thanksgiving menu, but if you have your favorites, the regular selections will be available as well. 11am-3pm. 8127 Mesa Ste. A100, 346-7900. www.mirabellerestaurant.com.
PoK-e-Jo's Smokehouse serves up all of your holiday favorites again this year. Or stay home and serve cornbread dressing, gravy, green bean casserole, baked potato casserole, cranberry relish, rolls, and tea for as little as $10.29 per guest. Various locations. www.pokejos.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 à la carte choices. 11am-4pm. 98 San Jacinto, 477-3300. www.shorelinegrill.com.
Threadgill's never lets us down for down-home cooking; this year it offers a select menu with all the trimmings at both locations. Full family or individual meals and dishes are also available for takeout. 10:30am-10pm. 6416 N. Lamar, 451-5440; 301 W. Riverside, 472-9304. www.threadgills.com.
III Forks will serve a four-course prix fixe menu with choice of slow-roasted turkey, tenderloin, or salmon. 11am-8pm. $42.95; under 12, $14.95. 111 Lavaca, 474-1776. www.iiiforks.com.
24 Diner serves it up family-style at your table with a choice between a special holiday menu and/or the regular, table-groaning selection, all day and all night, just like the name promises. $24. 600 N. Lamar, 472-5400. www.24diner.com.
The City of Austin will host various community dinners at a minimal per-plate cost at various neighborhood recreation centers through Nov. 22; check online for more info. www.austintexas.gov/parks/thanksgiving.htm.