On Thanksgiving, you stuff yourself with turkey, mashed potatoes and pie, then take a nap and go back for seconds. For families in need in Dallas-Fort Worth, or those without a family, Thanksgiving might not be so indulgent.
Here is a list of places where people can get a warm meal on Thanksgiving Day.
Norma's Cafe in Oak Cliff
For nearly 30 years, Norma's Cafe has opened its doors on Thanksgiving Day to serve a Thanksgiving feast. This year's lunch runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 24 and includes turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, salad, rolls and dessert, among other items. Last year, a whopping 7,500 people were fed on Thanksgiving. (That number includes those fed at Norma's Cafe as well as the food delivered to houses of worship and homeless shelters, a spokeswoman says.)
At the Oak Cliff restaurant: 1123 W. Davis St., Dallas. (Note: There are other Norma's Cafes in D-FW, and those ones are not serving Thanksgiving dinner.)
Salvation Army in Dallas and Fort Worth
Homeless people and families who can't afford a special meal are invited to the Salvation Army. Thanksgiving lunch runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 24. Officials expect to serve 2,000 meals. Lunch includes turkey, stuffing, green beans, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, rolls and pumpkin pie.
5302 Harry Hines Blvd. in Dallas and 1855 E. Lancaster Blvd. in Fort Worth.
Slow Bone in Dallas
The name of this special feast is Freebird 2016. And although Slow Bone is under new ownership, the crew is still doing its annual free Thanksgiving feast. Thanksgiving can be expensive and lonely, say the folks at Slow Bone. If that speaks to you -- whether you're in need or just stranded because of a snow storm -- they want to feed you Thanksgiving for free from noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 24. No call-aheads required. It's a traditional Thanksgiving with turkey, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie.
2234 Irving Blvd., Dallas.
5th Street Patio Cafe in Frisco
You don't have to explain why you want or need a Thanksgiving meal at 5th Street Patio Cafe in Frisco. Come one, come all from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 24. "This is our way of paying back the community that has taken such great care of us," says the owner.
8621 5th St., Frisco.