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Sep 30, 2009 08:46 AM

Need a Thanksgiving Dinner spot - for celiac & meat lovers - Fancy is good!


Last year my family went to Hudson's on the Bend and while I thoroughly enjoyed my dinner and the ambiance, my mother, who has Celiac's Disease, was less than impressed with her options. It didn't help that she's not a big game lover, either.

We'd like to go out to dinner again, but I'm having a hard time coming up with ideas that will make my mom happy and that's not just your run of the mill steakhouse downtown.

I'm hoping to learn of some little gem in the hill country or a new downtown spot that is an event in itself (I liked that we had to drive almost an hour to Hudson's - made it a little more special than just a 10 minute drive downtown, but I'm not above a short trek, either, if it's cool enough).

I was thinking the Four Seasons or maybe even Aquarelle. III Forks perhaps? I have no clue... Is there a rooftop restaurant downtown now? There seems to be so many more skyscrapers these days.

Anyone have any ideas?


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  1. You might try doing a search of this board for gluten free places. I know that's been discussed before.

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    1. re: amykragan

      Thanks, Amy, it's not the gluten-free part that I need help with so much other than to just avoid somewhere like Hill Country Pasta House (those places are particularly hard on my mom - food-wise and emotionally). Or a place that likes to dust their meats with flour to get a crust.

      1. re: jessicakatie

        Amy is correct...this thread lists several Austin restaurants that have Gluten Free menus and options: Allergic to Gluten - where to eat?

        They aren't necessarily gluten free restaurants; those are rare.

    2. If your mom is a meat-lover, she might enjoy a meal at Fogo de Chao downtown. It's a little bit pricey, but no more so than the places you mention above. Plus, it's all you can eat, which is what every Thanksgiving should be like.
      When I last went (last year), one of our party was a Celiac sufferer. There was only a small handful of things she couldn't have. The staff is also knowledgeable about gluten-free chow, and can steer you in the right direction.

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      1. re: gilintx

        Estancia Churaasharia (spelling) in Oak Hill is almost as good and a lot cheaper.

      2. Trio Four Seasons Hotel and they have a separate gluten-free menu avail all the time

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        1. re: fabulousdrinksaustin

          oooh...i haven't been there in forever. Good to know!