Thanksgiving 2014: Where to Feast

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and whether you are headed to Austin for the Horns game or just want someone else to do the heavy lifting this Turkey Day, chances are you are looking for a place to dine. Here is a preliminary list of what restaurants are open around town. Stay tuned for updates and game watching spots to come! If you know of a few places not listed, feel free to email me at or leave a comment below! Gobble, gobble.

Gibson’s Texas Orphan Thanksgiving – Can’t make it home for the holiday? Gibson’s & Luke’s Inside Out have you covered with a special Texas Orphans Thanksgiving feast. From 5pm-2am, $20 will get you a full force traditional feast with turkey and all the fixings. In addition, Gibson’s will be offering a special menu of winter hot toddys priced at $7 a pop.

Bob’s Steak & Chop House – Bob’s Steak & Chop House will be open all afternoon on Thanksgiving, but as of now, there is no specific T-Day menu posted online. Reservations recommended.

Chavez – Chavez will be serving a special Southwestern infused Thanksgiving feast from 11am-4pm. The expansive holiday menu includes traditional turkey, chorizo cornbread stuffing, oysters on the half shell, and much, much more. Lunch is $49/adults and $19/children. Reservations are recommended and can be made here. 

24 Diner – 24 Diner will be hosting a special Thanksgiving Day lunch in addition to its full menu beginning at 10:30 AM. The cost is $24/pp with no reservations required. Full menu here.

Trio: Thanksgiving Buffett Special $85 for adults and $27 for children between 11am to 8pm in Trio and 11am-3pm in the Four Seasons Ballroom. Full Menu can be found here. Open from 11am-6pm. Reservations call 512.685.6300.

The Carillon: Thanksgiving Buffett from 10:30am-1:30pm; $65 adults/$19.95 children. Menu here. For reservations call 512.404.3655 or Email or book online here.

Trace at the W– Trace will offer both lunch and dinner menus priced at $55 and $75 per person, respectively. Lunch will be served from 10:30am – 4pm and dinner runs from 4:00pm-9:00pm. Both menus (found here and here) include a special multicourse, family-style. Reservations recommended: 512.542.3660.

III Fork’s – A special Thanksgiving four course menu will be served from 12-8pm. The dinner costs $45.95 for adults and $16.95 for children. Details can be found here. Call (512) 474-1776 for reservations.

Urban an American Grill – Open from for Thanksgiving from 11am to 5pm with a 5 course dinner priced at $40 pp and $32 for seniors. Full menu details can be found here. Call 512.490.1511 for reservations.

Carmelo’s – Carmelo’s will be serving a special Thanksgiving buffet from 11am-3pm on Turkey Day. Cost is $39.95/adults and $20/children under 12. Reservations can be made by calling 512477.7497. Full details can be found here. 

Hoover’s Cooking – Open with a special Thanksgiving plated dinner at $18.95/per person with plenty of a la carte options available as well. Dinner will be served from 11am-7pm. More info, call (512) 479-5006 or visit here. 

Hyde Park Grille – All locations will be serving a special Thanksgiving feast from 11am-7pm; Cost is $18.95 adults/$10.95 children; Additionally, you can preorder a bird from Hyde Park to feed the family at home without any heavy lifting. Cost is $65/turkey. Details here.

Truluck’s (both locations) – In addition to the regular menu, Truluck’s will be offering a special Thanksgiving menu priced at $38/adults and $19/children. Full menu can be found here. Make reservations online here or by calling (512) 482-9000 (downtown) or (512) 794-8300 (Great Hills Trail).

Finn and Porter – Finn & Porter will be serving a special prix fixe menu from noon to 8pm on Thanksgiving Day. The multi-course, traditional feast is priced at $45 for adults and $20 for children. Call 512.493.4300 for reservations.

Threadgill’s (all locations) – Open serving a special Thanksgiving a la carte menu from 10:30am-10pm. Menu details can be found here.

Travaasa Spa – Travaasa’s Preserve Kitchen + Bar will be offering a Thanksgiving Day menu from 3-9pm. The family style meal runs $55 per person with an optional wine pairing available for $45 a person. Details can be found here. Reservations required: call (877) 261-7792 or go to

Goodall’s Kitchen at Hotel Ella – Goodall’s will be serving a full Thanksgiving Day buffet from 11am-5pm on T-Day. Cost is $65/adults and $25/children. Reservations required and can be made by visiting here.  Continue reading Thanksgiving 2014: Where to Feast

Thanksgiving 2014, Part 1: Where to Pre-Order Dinner to Dessert

Thanksgiving is a mere week away, and to start this year’s official round up, here are a few places around town with seasonal offerings to help with the heavy lifting in the kitchen this Turkey Day. Be sure to pay attention to ordering deadlines!


Thanksgiving 2014

Thanksgiving 2014


Fresa’s Chicken is offering various Turkey Day packages ranging from the whole shebang to a la carte sides and desserts. In addition offerings that include everything from roasted turkeys, sides, and desserts, Fresa’s will help you take care of those leftovers with next day pozole kits. Check out the full menu here. Order by Friday 11/21

As part of the restaurant’s expanded private catering offerings, Contigo has created a unique Thanksgiving to-go dinner complete with Turkey & Dumplings and a number of amazing sides. Check out the full menu and pre-order your Thanksgiving dinner for 4 ($75) here. 


The recently reopened Texas Honey Ham has you covered this T-Day with both turkey and ham available by the pound as well as a plethora of a la carte traditional Southern sides. Each side serves 4-6 and range from $2.29-$9.99. Reserve your order by calling 512.330.9888.

Take advantage of Bountiful Bakery’s homecooked goodness this Thanksgiving by ordering from its menu of turkey, sides, and desserts available in a range of different sizes and prices. Full details can be found here. 


Central Market is currently taking orders through Tuesday, November 25 for everything from appetizers to desserts. Central Market’s holiday offerings include a number of different options including a la carte dishes, side dish packages, or full meal options. For prices and ordering details, please visit here.

For home cooking from someone else’s kitchen, check out Hoover’s Cooking full range of options including a la carte side dishes, whole turkeys, and from-scratch cobblers in addition to complete meals available for preorder this Thanksgiving. Visit Hoover’s at 2002 Manor Road, Austin, TX 78722. Catering packages can be found here.

Planning on doing all the heavy lifting in the kitchen? Help your Thanksgiving Feast get a leg up by using quality ingredients from Dai Due. The Butcher Shop is offering a number of Thanksgiving specials including everything from turkey brining kits to turducken sausages. Take a peak at the full range of offerings and preorder your goods here.

Lee’s Meat Market has a range of Turkey Day offerings available in a variety of different sizes. Choose from appetizers such as chicken lizzies, four varieties of turkeys, traditional sides and more. Full catering menu is available here and ordering details can be found here. Call 512.467.6700 to place your order.

Whole Foods also has a number of Thanksgiving options available for preorder online this year. Check out the full menu and order your feast here.

Walton’s Fancy and Staple is upping the anti this year by expanding their Thanksgiving offerings to include a full turkey dinner in addition to deep dish pies. Order by Sunday. November 22 for the full dinner or Tuesday, November 25 for desserts. For preorders and full offerings, call 512-542-3380 or visit  Walton’s Fancy & Staple, 609 W. Sixth Street, Austin, TX 78701.

The Just Desserts 

Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop is offering a number of pie options available in store the week of Thanksgiving or by preorder. Personally, I’d mix things up this year with a Lemon Chess Pie w/Pear Compote, but the menu includes plenty of traditional favorites such as apple, pecan, pumpkin, banana cream and more. Preorder your pie by calling 512.448.3727 or visiting here. Continue reading Thanksgiving 2014, Part 1: Where to Pre-Order Dinner to Dessert

November Happenings 11/15-11/19: Brooklyn Brewery MASH & More

Brooklyn Brewery MASH Festival – 11/15-11/22

One of my favorite beer companies, Brooklyn Brewery, is making its way down to Austin for a week of events beginning Saturday, November 15 through Saturday, November 22. From special dinners to educational events, there are several ways to participate in the Brooklyn Brewery MASH week, starting with guided tastings and beer pairings at various locations on Saturday. Other highlights from the week include:

  • A beer-soaked Sunday Funday at Easy Tiger complete with food pairings, games & more (11/16; free to attend)
  • Barley Swine/Odd Duck + Brooklyn Brewery Farm Dinner at Simmons Family Farm (11/16; Tickets $55)
  • MASH Edu: Beer & Spice pairing discussion led by Brooklyn Brewery Chef Andrew Gerson at School House Pub (11/19; $6)
  • MASH Bash Finale Party ft. live music, beer and more at Red 7 (11/22; free)

Full details can be found here!

San Jose Hotel Jazz Brunch – 11/15; 10am-2pm

San Jose Hotel’s Fall Jazz Brunch returns this Saturday. Head over to the South Congress hotel between 10am and 2pm to enjoy live jazz from The Raincross Trio. $24 grants you access to an all you can eat brunch buffet with options such as housemade granola, egg tarts, bacon, and more. Details can be found here. 

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November Happenings: Killen’s BBQ Pop-Up 11/17

Foreign & Domestic will host a special pop-up event on Monday, November 17 featuring Houston area BBQ restaurant Killen’s. Owned by Ronnie Killen, the main man behind the famed Killen’s Steakhouse, ignited a friendly BBQ battle after claiming his newly opened restaurant would challenge Austin greats such as Franklin’s for the best ‘cue around. Not one to let such things lie, Austin’s bad boy of BBQ John Mueller threw some serious shade towards Killen via Twitter, which in turn inspired Killen to put his money where his mouth is during Monday’s Pop-Up.  In addition to Ronnie Killen, the pop . . . → Read More: November Happenings: Killen’s BBQ Pop-Up 11/17

November Art Happenings: East Austin Studio Tour & More

Waller Creek Show Light Night

From 5pm – midnight this Thursday, experience downtown’s Waller Creek area in a whole new ‘light’ as the creek transforms into a walkable community space adorned with five light installations representing the intersection between nature and innovation. In addition to offering a unique view of the ongoing revitalization project, the Creek Show will feature a full lineup of local musicians taking the stage at Empire Control Room beginning at 7pm. Entrance the music portion of the evening is free with RSVP or $5 at the door (RSVP here). Kick off your Creek Show experience . . . → Read More: November Art Happenings: East Austin Studio Tour & More

October Happenings: Austin Beer Week

From tastings to tours, Austin Beer Week, happening now through Sunday, November 2 offers a number of not to miss events for beer lovers to enjoy. You can check out the full list of happenings here, but I’ve listed a few top picks below to help guide you along the way.

Wednesday, October 29

5pm – Austin Cider Soiree @ East End Wines – Mix and mingle with three local cider companies Argus, Austin Eastciders, and Texas Keeper while tasting the latest releases from the respective cider makers.

5pm – Contigo Beer + Food Tasting – Stop by Contigo . . . → Read More: October Happenings: Austin Beer Week

ACL 2014: Friday Top Picks

 Two back-to-back weekends of music means there are even more Austin City Limits Festival to enjoy this year. While the majority of big name artists will be performing both weekends, festival producers decided to shift around some of the daytime slots between weekends to give more smaller, up and coming artists a coveted lineup spot. With 130-plus artists representing every genre of music performing throughout the festival, there are plenty of fantastic bands at every turn. Here are a few top picks to help decide which sets to catch!

12:15 PM – Marc Scibilia – BMI Stage

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Sunday Funday: Springdale Farm Aid Sip and Stroll 9/28

There are few entities that capture the spirit of Austin’s food culture quite like Springdale Farm. Located just a hop, skip, and a jump from downtown, the urban farm not only supplies produce to some of the city’s best eateries, but it also houses one of my favorite restaurants, Eden East. In addition, the farm also hosts a number of private events such as weddings and fundraisers that are essential to sustaining their viability as a small business.

However, the recent changes to the city’s zoning laws have threatened to temper or even close Springdale Farm’s operations. Keeping up . . . → Read More: Sunday Funday: Springdale Farm Aid Sip and Stroll 9/28