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. Sometimes having someone else do the work for you make your day better. Here are 10 restaurant choices if you want an opulent meal with a reduced stress level.
B&B Butchers & Restaurant
B&B Butchers & Restaurant offers both a holiday prix-fixe menu (including traditional turkey and the butcher shop’s stellar prime rib and Yorkshire pudding) and access to their glorious dinner menu from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. As an added bonus, diners will get to take home a “leftover” roast turkey sandwich, complete with stuffing and gravy, made fresh in the butcher shop that morning!
Bird Café is open 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Thanksgiving favorites will grace the tables, along with the restaurant’s eclectic brunch selections. Bird will also sustain those of you who are out shopping on Black Friday – brunch service runs from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. and the dinner menu’s available starting at 3:30 p.m.
Blue Mesa Grill is open Thanksgiving from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. In addition to all of the fabulous brunch menu, the restaurant will offer carving stations (turkey and ham), corncake stuffing, jalapeno-cranberry relish and mimosas along with coffee, tea, or soft drinks.
Buttons offers a Thanksgiving buffet from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. You’ll get a lot of Chef Keith Hicks’ southern 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.
Eddie V's Prime Seafood
Eddie V’s Prime Seafood is open from 11:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. 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 more traditional turkey and gravy are served with a side of glamour and brioche-sage stuffing, a cranberry chutney and roasted butternut squash!
Lonesome Dove Western Bistro
Lonesome Dove Western Bistro is open from 11 a.m until 8 p.m. 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.
The Omni Hotel generally gets high marks for festive holiday brunches, and Thanksgiving will be no exception. Brunch from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. 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, lemon shrimp and a table full of cupcakes). And you can get traditional brunch food as well.
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse
Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse is open from noon until 8 p.m. offering a traditional three-course Thanksgiving menu (starter, turkey with all the trimmings, and dessert). You also have access to the dinner menu, which includes more than a dozen cuts of beef, along with lamb, seafood and shellfish.
The Silver Fox will serve you a four-course Thanksgiving feast from noon until 6 p.m. The meal includes a seasonal butternut squash soup, salad, your choice of turkey, beef or salmon and delicious desserts.
Simply Fondue Fort Worth is open from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. 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 Spicy Jack cheese, or dipping fruit and veggies into some melted aged cheddar cheese. Courses this year include Cajun-infused turkey and stuffing balls. You can walk off your dinner in Sundance Square, and see all the festive holiday lights and the live, 65-foot tall Christmas tree.
It’s worth mentioning that reservations for all the above options are a must.
Serve it Like You Made It
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.
B&B Butchers and Restaurant will also have order-in-advance meals (traditional turkey and prime rib with Yorkshire pudding and whipped potatoes) along with delicious sides and a variety of pies. Allow at least 24 hours to order.