If you want to take a year off from the table-setting and cleanup, no one will blame you -- and D-FW restaurants have you covered. There's no time like the present to make reservations, so here are 20 brunch, lunch and dinner options to get you started.
Blue Mesa Grill
Dine at the Arlington location a half-mile from AT&T Stadium before the Cowboys game, which kicks off at 3:30 p.m. The holiday brunch buffet includes roast and Cajun-fried turkey, meatloaf, candied yams, stuffing, cranberry sauce, baked mac 'n' cheese, roasted vegetables, soups, salads, pumpkin pie, nutty pecan-walnut bars, a hot chocolate bar and more for $22 per person, $7 for children 6-11, free for kids 5 and younger. Nov. 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 550 Lincoln Square, Arlington. 682-323-3050. bluemesagrill.com.
Canary by Gorji
The intimate Far North Dallas restaurant will serve a three-course dinner prepared by chef Mansour Gorji for $59. It includes a choice of mixed field greens or Caesar salad to start; turkey breast, prime bone-in pork chop or three-cheese lasagna for the entree; and a choice of a kefir cheese butterfly or flourless chocolate cake for dessert. A three-course dinner with prime petite filet or grilled arctic char and shrimp entrees is $69. Nov. 23 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. at 5100 Belt Line Road, Dallas. 972-503-7080. chefgorji.com.
Sip on a glass of sparkling wine with brunch at the Hilton Granite Park Hotel's restaurant. The buffet includes a carving station with roasted turkey and prime rib of beef au jus with cranberry mango relish and gravy, artisanal breads and cheeses, an assortment of breakfast pastries, made-to-order pasta, mini bites, Mediterranean dishes, a create-your-own omelet station and a pastry dessert table. $58 for adults, $20 for children 6-12. Nov. 23 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 5805 Granite Parkway, Plano. 469-353-5035. dallasplanogranitepark.hilton.
Cool River Cafe
Order from the full menu or choose options from a special holiday menu that includes hickory-smoked turkey breast or herb-crusted turkey breast entrees with cornbread stuffing and gravy, yam purée, green beans and cranberry relish ($26.95 for adults, $16.95 for children 12 and younger) and pumpkin cranberry bash pie or pecan pie for dessert ($5.95). A la carte items from chef Kent Rathbun's newly designed menu will also be available. Nov. 23 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 1045 Hidden Ridge, Irving. 972-871-8881. coolrivercafe.com.
Cru Food and Wine Bar
Begin your meal with a warm Angry Orchard spiced cider and a basket of savory breads followed by three courses. The menu includes sweet potato and lobster bisque, bobwhite quail, arugula salad, lump crab cake or pumpkin mascarpone ravioli to start; entree options include roasted turkey breast with cornbread stuffing and sides, seared diver scallops, grilled beef tenderloin or roasted branzino; and bread pudding, chocolate molten lava cake or pumpkin pie for dessert. $42 per person, $21 for children 12 and younger. Nov. 23 from noon to 9 p.m. at 3699 McKinney Ave., Dallas, 214-526-9463; 7201 Bishop Road, Plano, 972-312-9463; and 842 Market St., Allen, 972-908-2532. cruawinebar.com.
Del Frisco's Grille
All four North Texas locations will offer a holiday menu that includes butternut squash bisque, sliced roasted turkey with green beans, sweet potatoes, sage apple sausage stuffing and cranberry sauce. Dessert options include a pumpkin cheesecake and salted caramel pudding jar. $39 per person. Nov. 23 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 3232 McKinney Ave., Dallas, 972-807-6152; 154 E. Third St., Fort Worth, 817-887-9900; 7200 Bishop Road, Plano, 469-661-8012; and 1200 E. Southlake Blvd., Southlake, 817-410-3777. delfriscosgrille.com.
The historic Arts District hotel will offer a three-course Thanksgiving meal in its Pyramid Restaurant that includes a choice of salad or chestnut bisque; free-range turkey, prime rib-eye (add $8 per person) or Atlantic salmon (add $5 per person); family-style sides; and a dessert buffet. $49 for adults, $24.50 for children 5-12, free for ages 4 and younger. Complete gourmet ready-to-serve dinners for four or eight guests ($140-$265) with optional a la carte items will also be available for pre-order by Nov. 18. Nov. 23 with brunch seatings from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 1717 N. Akard St., Dallas. 214-720-5249. pyramidrestaurant.com.
Chef Dean Fearing's signature tangerine-glazed turkey with tortilla dressing, as featured in Food and Wine magazine, is one of this year's Thanksgiving menu highlights. Other entree options include oven-baked Nova Scotia halibut, wood-grilled beef tenderloin and lamb osso buco. The three-course, fixed-price meal begins with a choice of starters and ends with a dessert trio. $100 for adults, $35 for children 12 and younger. Nov. 23 with lunch served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. A special drinks and bar menu will be available all day Nov. 23 and 24 in the restaurant's Rattlesnake Bar. At the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 2121 McKinney Ave., Dallas. 214-922-4848. fearingsrestaurant.com.
Hannah's Off the Square
The casual fine dining restaurant two blocks south of Denton's historic square will offer traditional and innovative fare served family-style, then send you home with leftovers. Each diner gets smoked Cornish hen and country ham, turkey gravy, cranberry pecan relish, stuffing with chestnuts and sage, home-style mac-n-cheese, bacon-roasted Brussels sprouts and garlic smashed potatoes. Then, guests can choose from pumpkin white chocolate cheesecake, bourbon chocolate walnut pie, carrot cake or caramel apple pie cobbler for dessert. $89 per adult, $30 per child 10 and younger. Limited seating; reservations required. Nov. 23 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 111 W. Mulberry St., Denton. 940-566-1110. hannahsoffthesquare.com.
Highland Park Cafeteria
Enjoy a sit-down turkey dinner with dessert ($15.99 for adults, $9.49 for children) or create your own traditional Thanksgiving spread from the to-go menu. The Traditional Meal serves two to four people ($69.99), the Holiday Feast serves eight to 10 people ($149.99) and the Family Feast serves 10 to 12 people ($199.99). Order to-go meals by Nov. 20 at 3 p.m. Nov. 23 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1200 N. Buckner Blvd., Dallas. 214-324-5000. highlandparkcafeteria.com.
Choose the Thanksgiving brunch special that features breakfast options such as chicken and waffles, steak and eggs and made-to-order omelets with a choice of a Hail Mary Bloody Mary or a 9-ounce mimosa for $14.99, or go for the traditional Thanksgiving feast that includes oven-roasted turkey, house-made stuffing and gravy, sweet yams, cranberry sauce and more for $21.99, $11.99 for kids 6-12, free for kids 5 and younger. Reservations are accepted. A limited regular menu is available all day. Pre-order to-go meals for early pickup. Nov. 23 starting at 9 a.m. to midnight at 6050 Greenville Ave., Dallas, 214-368-1203; 700 Six Flags Drive, Arlington, 817-640-8553; and 2208 W. Northwest Highway, Dallas, 214-358-4159. humperdinks.com.
Families can choose from the Thanksgiving buffet that includes a raw bar with seafood and handmade sushi, a salad bar, pumpkin and apple soup, pan-seared grouper, crusted pork tenderloin, root vegetables, carving stations, artisan cheeses and breads, a kids' menu, desserts and more. Brunch fare is available until 2 p.m.; risotto is offered after 2 p.m. $95 for adults, $45 for children 11 and younger. Nov. 23 from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas, 4150 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving. 972-717-2420. lawrestaurant.com.
The Mansion Restaurant
Chef Tom Parlo's three-course menu includes a choice of squash soup, seafood risotto, beef tartare, beet cannelloni or smoked salmon to start; free-range turkey and cornbread dressing, scallops, Angus filet mignon, crispy branzino or butternut squash tortellini for the main course; and a dessert display. $130 per person, $60 for children 12 and younger. Nov. 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 5:30 to 8 p.m. at 2821 Turtle Creek Blvd., Dallas. 214-559-2100. rosewoodhotels.com/mansion.
Chef Chris Ward's buffet menu includes turkey and cornbread dressing, prime rib, fried chicken and salmon with stir-fry vegetables and an array of first courses, accompaniments, brunch items, sushi and dessert offerings. $59.95 for adults, $39.95 for children 10 and younger. Nov. 23 from 10:30 to 3 p.m. at 11909 Preston Road, Dallas. 972-960-7774. themercurydallas.com.
Second Floor Regionally Inspired Kitchen
Head to Level 2 of the Westin Galleria Dallas for a Thanksgiving buffet that includes appetizers, a salad station, a carving station, a selection of entrees and sides, a kids' table and a dessert table, as well as chef David Smith's award-winning hash. Seatings are every 30 minutes; reservations are recommended. $68 for adults, $25 for children 6-12, free for children under 5. Nov. 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 13340 Dallas Parkway, Dallas. 972-450-2978. facebook.com/SecondFloorDFW.
The 1960s-inspired restaurant offers a three-course Thanksgiving dinner with a choice of center-cut wedge salad, lobster bisque and Caesar or house salad, plus traditional roasted turkey breast with stuffing, garlic mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans amandine, cranberry sauce and bread pudding. Patrons can also order select favorites off the regular menu. Mike Nicosia will perform live music. $36.95 for adults, $15 for kids 11 and younger. Reservations required. Nov. 23 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 4812 Belt Line Road, Addison. 972-789-9558. table13addison.com.
Texas de Brazil
All three churrascaria locations will offer the restaurant's full dinner menu with all-you-can-eat grilled meats carved tableside and a 50-item salad bar with soups and sides along with roasted turkey, potato casserole, house-made gravy and cranberry sauce. $45.99 for adults, $22.50 for children 6-12, $5 for children 3-5, free for children 2 and younger. Nov. 23 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at 2727 Cedar Springs Road, Dallas, 214-720-1414; 101 N. Houston St., Fort Worth, 817-882-9500; and 15101 Addison Road, Addison, 972-385-1000. texasdebrazil.com.
A four-course meal begins with tenderloin tomato soup followed by the restaurant's signature salad. Entrees include a choice of spice-rubbed holiday turkey, roasted Midwest beef tenderloin or Vermont maple-glazed Atlantic salmon. For dessert, choose from pumpkin pie, chocolate marquis torte, house-made roasted chestnut ice cream or Kentucky bourbon chocolate pecan pie. $48 per adult, $18 per child under 12. Nov. 23 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 17776 Dallas Parkway, Dallas. 972-267-1776. 3forks.com.
Dine off the regular menu or enjoy a traditional three-course Thanksgiving meal that includes butternut squash soup, herb-roasted turkey breast with a choice of two family-style sides and classic pumpkin pie. $38 for adults, $15 for children. Reservations required. Nov. 23 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at 2401 McKinney Ave., Dallas, 214-220-2401; 1420 Plaza Place, Southlake, 817-912-0500. trulucks.com.
Enjoy a three-course, fixed-price harvest meal created by chef Jim Oetting and his culinary team. Main-course options include pecan-smoked turkey breast, Bay of Fundy salmon, grilled flatiron steak, sautéed jumbo shrimp or Webster City pit ham. Begin with bread and choice of starters; end with classic pumpkin pie, caramel apple bread pudding or pecan pie with bourbon whipped cream. $36, $18 for children 12 and younger. Nov. 23 from noon to 8 p.m. 2501 N. Houston St., Dallas. 214-432-1900. victorytavern.com.
Ellen Ritscher Sackett is a Denton freelance writer.