Maybe you don’t have a large family gathering for Thanksgiving…or maybe you do, but nobody wants to cook. The good news: there’s a lot of interesting options for Thanksgiving dining in the Fort. 

Here are 9 restaurants choices if you want an opulent meal with no dishes afterward.

Buffalo West is open from noon until 5PM. You will enjoy a choice of traditional Thanksgiving turkey and ham or less-traditional (but certainly tasty) prime rib, rib-eye steak or Pacific salmon. Your meal comes with family-style servings of sides like cornbread or sausage dressing, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole and several kinds of veggies.

Buttons Brunch
PC: Farrar Food Photography, Buttons Brunch

Buttons offers a Thanksgiving buffet from 10 AM until 7PM. You will get a lot of Chef Keith Hickssouthern hospitality with some seriously traditional American Thanksgiving food mixed with a little bit of soul. Turkey, sweet potatoes, ham, baked fish and traditional dressing with share space on the buffet with greens, mac ‘n’ cheese and black-eyed peas. Hicks says there will be a “plethora of yummies” for dessert: bread pudding, the restaurant’s traditional peach cobbler, pumpkin and sweet potato pies, along with some surprises.

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse is rolling out a prix fixe menu for Thanksgiving. The very traditional meal includes butternut squash soup, roasted turkey with sage-apple stuffing, and a choice of pumpkin pie or pecan pie a la mode for dessert. Dinner will be served from noon until 8PM.

Del Frisco's Deviled Eggs
PC: Del Frisco's Grille Deviled Eggs

Meanwhile at the other end of downtown, Del Frisco’s Grille offers a special Thanksgiving feast with some of their most popular dishes (deviled eggs with truffle chive vinaigrette and Nutella bread pudding). In addition to turkey, sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce, dessert options include a pumpkin cheesecake and a salted caramel pudding jar. You can get the goodies between 11AM and 8PM.

Eddie V’s Prime Seafood is open from 11:30AM until 6PM. You know that the Pilgrims ate lobster, mussels and clams at the first Thanksgiving, right? Why not recreate the original experience (in much more opulent surroundings) with Blue Point or Thatch Island oysters from America’s East Coast, the chilled shellfish tower (which has lobster and oysters, along with the less-traditional shrimp and crab), or a variety of offerings from surf, turf and farm?

Lonesome Dove Western Bistro is open from 11AM until 8PM. It’s also true the Pilgrims’ Thanksgiving tables were set with wild game, and that’s Chef Tim Love’s bread and butter at Lonesome Dove. The menu boasts elk sausage sliders, boar ribs, elk loin or rabbit roulade –– almost like what the Pilgrims might have eaten, if the Pilgrims had an Iron Chef competitor cooking for them.

Lonesome Dove
PC: Farrar Food Photography, Lonesome Dove

The Omni Hotel generally gets high marks for festive holiday brunches, and Thanksgiving will be no exception. Brunch from 11AM until 3PM offers the traditional (carved turkey, clove-studded honey ham, mashed potatoes), the unusual (a charred corn and black-eyed pea salad, cheese and charcuterie plate) and the outrageous (crab claws and lemon shrimp). And you can get traditional brunch food as well.

Dinner in the Cast Iron Restaurant on Thanksgiving night offers a pared-down and traditional menu, with a choice of soup or salad, turkey, fish or short ribs with appropriate sides, and pumpkin pie or apple cobbler for dessert.

Simply Fondue Fort Worth is open from 11AM until 6PM. While fondue is Swiss, and the Pilgrims were British, there is something undeniably satisfying about cooking meat in hot oil and then dipping it in in a pot of bubbling Gruyere and Ementhaler cheese, or dipping fruit and veggies into some melted aged cheddar cheese. You can walk off your dinner in Sundance Square and see all the festive holiday lights and the live, 65-foot tall Christmas tree.

Texas de Brazil

In my family, Texas De Brazil is known as “all you can meat.” The Brazilian churrascaria offers a variety of 16 meats (served gaucho-style on giant sword-like sticks). For Thanksgiving, the restaurant will also offer more traditional Thanksgiving fare: turkey with gravy, cranberry sauce and sweet potato casserole. The restaurant’s open from 12:30 to 9:30PM.

It’s worth mentioning that reservations for all the above options are a must.

If you want to compromise (have someone else cook and you serve it like you made it), you have a few options.

  • Both Central Market and Whole Foods Market will provide you chef-prepared goodies to put in your chafing dishes and call your own. You don’t have to make the meal; you just have to make the meal happen, right?
  • Buttons will make you a tailored package of whatever goodies you’d like: from the turkey or ham to gumbo to desserts. Chef Hicks requests that you call to order before November 20.
  • Bonnell’s Fine Texas Cuisine offers two options: Everything but the Turkey (which will get you soup, sides, dessert, rolls and really good turkey gravy) or The Turkey Deal (all of the former plus a Creole smoked or deep-fried turkey).
    Sides include: green chili Southwestern stuffing, green bean casserole, garlic mashed potatoes and Bonnell’s famous green chili cheese grits. You can also augment your cooking with a la carte grilled semi-boneless quail or beef or pork. Orders must be placed by November 16.