My family and I have decided to either get catering or dine out for Thanksgiving Day instead of planning, shopping, cooking and cleaning up. I'm becoming a huge fan of having less to do on the holidays, and getting to enjoy the people I'm with more than patting myself on the back for doing all the work. 

Here are a few of our favorite places to eat on Thanksgiving plus a couple of catering in Fort Worth and catering in Dallas choices for good measure. From seated buffet to carry-out at the last minute, have a less stressful holiday this year. Happy Thanksgiving!!

Thanksgiving in Texas

SEATED DINING OPTIONS 

The Landmark Restaurant — Thanksgiving buffet of the gods

LOCATION

3015 Oak Lawn Ave

Dallas, TX  | Route Map

TURF: Inside the Warwick Melrose hotel

Website 

>> CALL FIRST:  214.224.3152

WHAT MAKES IT FUN FOOD?

Their website is full of understatement; we know for a fact the Landmark buffets reach one end of the Warwick to the other with a vast selection of exquisite gourmet dishes, appetizers, desserts, salads and more (like massive peel & eat shrimp). Bottomless DIY included mimosas, too. $70 per person, but it will keep everyone out of the kitchen for at least the day! Landmark now validates for valet, too.


Bird Cafe So much Sundance splendor

LOCATION

155 E 4th St

Fort Worth, TX  | Route Map

TURF: Downtown Fort Worth

Website 

>> CALL FIRST: 817-332-2473

WHAT MAKES IT FUN FOOD?

Festive Thanksgiving brunch makes Bird Cafe one of the fun places to eat on Thanksgiving 11a-3p with specials such as Honey Glazed Ham Shank w/ cranberry compote & grits; smoked turkey & fixings, all in addition their normal brunch menu. Check out the holiday tree on Sundance Square while you're down there.


LARK on the PARK — Nosh b'gosh with Chef Ryan Barnett

LOCATION

2015 Woodall Rodgers Freeway

Dallas, TX  | Route Map

TURF: Dallas

Website 

>> CALL FIRST: 214-855-5275

WHAT MAKES IT FUN FOOD?

Traditional family-style yumminess for $25 per person. Not up for that? Their popular ala carte brunch will be served also: signature LARK Benedict, Steak and Eggs, and Chilaquiles. Open 11-3 on turkey day. LotP is always a great Dallas option for places to eat open on Thanksgiving! Also open Nov 21 & Black Friday!


Cool River — Longstanding Las Colinas hotspot

Places to eat thanksgiving dinner near me

LOCATION

1045 Hidden Ridge Dr

Irving, TX  | Route Map

TURF: Las Colinas (2 other locations in Dallas too)

Website 

>> CALL FIRST: 972-871-8881

WHAT MAKES IT FUN FOOD?

Open from 11a til 8p on Thanksgiving Day, this trendy Irving spot is offering a feast for $28 per person that includes a gourmet twist on the long-standing faves: southwest cornbread stuffing, fennel-sage cream gravy, maple-pecan candied yams, garlic sautéed green beans and Grand Marnier cranberry relish. Oh, mama! (This will save her some time in the kitchen too...)


Queenie's — An award-winning steakhouse 

LOCATION

115 E. Hickory St.

Denton, TX  | Route Map

TURF: Downtown Denton

Website 

>> CALL FIRST: (940) 442-6834

WHAT MAKES IT FUN FOOD?

Queenie's is one of the most popular fine-dining restaurants on the Denton side of the metroplex. An award-winning steakhouse manned by Chef Tim Love, they will seat 11a-8p on Thanksgiving Day 2018, so try and catch a late table if you are going last-minute.


Copeland's of New Orleans — The Big Easy of Southlake

LOCATION

1400 Plaza Place

Southlake, TX  | Route Map

TURF: Inside the Hilton Southlake

Website 

>> CALL FIRST: 817-305-2199​

WHAT MAKES IT FUN FOOD?

You can go in to eat 11a-8p for the Pilgrim's Platter or buy a whole cajun turkey dinner to take home. The menu has a gut-busting variety, though, so you might want to look it over before you decide. Pick up Copeland's Pumpkin Bread Pudding with candied pecans and dulce de leche sauce too. 


Chef Point — The little gas station that could!

LOCATION

5901 Watauga Rd.

Watauga, TX  | Route Map

TURF: Midcities

Website 

>> CALL FIRST: 817-656-0080​

WHAT MAKES IT FUN FOOD?

This apple of Guy Fieri's eye does up Thanksgiving right. Extensive pre-order menu as well as seating from 10a-6p Thanksgiving Day. Lots of A+ reviews, culinary dishes with flair and an award-winning bread pudding— all in a converted gas station. Chef Point offers karaoke and special dinner events too. 


CATERING AND TO-GO OPTIONS ...WITH A TWIST 

Nature's Plate — Plant-based, delicious food to go

Natures Plate Plant Based Meals Dallas

Rich tortilla soup and yummy pumpkin muffin from Nature's Plate. Photo by Andi Reis.

LOCATION

11811 Preston Rd. Suite 101

Dallas, TX  | Route Map

TURF: N. Dallas in Preston Forest Village

Website 

>> Also in Lake Highlands

WHAT MAKES IT FUN FOOD?

Have company coming who only eat vegan and you have NO CLUE where to turn for something tasty and compliant? You can add a few of Nature's Plate options to your meal, or take the whole Thanksgiving Dinner home for $95 that feeds four. Meal plan options available too. Open til Nov. 21 at 3p for a last-minute rush. Dishes include nutritional counts, too.


Savor Culinary Services — Mouthwatering delivery

LOCATION

Fort Worth, TX

TURF: Delivers all over the metroplex

Website 

>> CALL FIRST: (817) 277-3031

WHAT MAKES IT FUN FOOD?

We can vouch for Savor Culinary Services! We went all out with gracious indie caterer Chef Deb Cantrell last Christmas with Goat Cheese Stuffed Figs in Honey, Poke Bowl, Tenderloin Carpaccio & sooo much more. Drool over ​their catering menu—it will send you over the edge! You can also tweak your selections and get A+ service too. 

Savor Culinary Services Charcuterie Board Thanksgiving

The sumptuous Charcuterie from Savor Culinary Services

Catering Fort Worth Savor Culinary Services

Complimentary Charcuterie board with a holiday catering order!!

Kenny's Smoke House — Smoked prime rib!

LOCATION

5760 Legacy, Suite 4

Plano, TX  | Route Map

TURF: Shops at Legacy

Website 

>> CALL FIRST: (972) 473-7478

WHAT MAKES IT FUN FOOD?

Meat lover? Do a 180 from vegan options and order yourself a full-on luxurious smoked prime rib from Kenny's Smoke House! Kenny's also got the turkey and sides, but wow—prime rib! Lawd. Order at least three days in advance of the holiday to make sure you get it like you want it.


Razzoo's Cajun Cafe — Deep-fried turkey, cher

LOCATION

13 locations around the metroplex

TURF: Alliance, Plano, McKinney, Arlington, more

Website


WHAT MAKES IT FUN FOOD?

You can order the whole ragin' Cajun dinner, complete with a deep-fried 15-pounder! Add sides like Dirty Rice, Smokey Beans and their unique Bread Pudding for dessert and now you're cooking (or not cooking, as the case may be). There's probably a Razzoo's close to home, but you still need to order a bit in advance. 


Rosako's Soul Food & BBQ — Thanksgiving with soul 

LOCATION

2816 Brown Trail 

Bedford, TX  | Route Map

TURF: Mid-Cities

Website 

>> CALL FIRST: 817-785-3393​

WHAT MAKES IT FUN FOOD?

Real soul food with Rosako's special recipes: $100+ tax gets you a 12-14 lb smoked turkey and variety of sides and rolls. Extra sides can be purchased separately and the sweet potatoes & collard greens are a must-try. You can pick up as late as 7p Thanksgiving Eve.


Remember to call to confirm time, pricing and other details and to make reservations. 

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