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Thanksgiving Dinner Options in Austin?

matteo1973 Nov 4, 2012 09:48 AM

I'm going to be in Austin for work the week of Thanksgiving this year. My company has graciously offered to fly me home the day before Thanksgiving (despite the airfares being outrageous), but I'd really rather not deal with the long security lines, packed planes, etc... Instead, I've decided to spend the holiday in Austin and fly home the day after, when airports are normally pretty quiet.

Will plan to spend my day relaxing, and maybe taking in a couple of movies (I'm assuming that most of the Austin movie theaters will be open). But I'd also like to have a nice Thanksgiving dinner, either at a dine-in establishment or something that I can take to go (either from a restaurant or if there are any local markets that have really great pre-cooked dinners that I can just warm up).

Does anyone have any recommendations? I'll be located in NW Austin, but I'm not at all averse to driving downtown or south of the city.


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  1. amysuehere RE: matteo1973 Nov 4, 2012 10:13 AM

    My husband and I have a tradition of going to Din Ho on Christmas and watching all the whole pigs go out the door. I would imagine it's about the same on Thanksgiving, too.

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      Rptrane RE: matteo1973 Nov 4, 2012 02:27 PM

      I go to Ho Ho and it's always awesome but very packed, go early. Also we did Hoover's one year, the food was good but the portions were incredibly small. If I were you I'd scope out a BBQ joint that does turkey. We got a smoked turkey from the Mueller mothership in Taylor and it was awesome. I'm sure they are taking orders already.

      1. chispa_c RE: matteo1973 Nov 5, 2012 11:01 AM

        Trio at the Four Seasons will have a Thanksgiving lunch/dinner. It will be expensive (less than airfare home) but very good. They may be sold out by now.

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          redhatcharm RE: matteo1973 Nov 5, 2012 01:31 PM

          It's a little early for 2012 list. Should be hitting here in a week or so.

          Here is a list of 2011 places that were open. Repeat 2011......


          Here is a very good list which includes hotels from 2010:

          austinchronicle.com/food/… Check back later at austinchronicle.com They will do 2012 soon

          My favorite is Threadgills. There are two. One on North Lamar and one just across Lady Bird Lake from Downtown Austin. Here is their website:

          Yes, movies will be open everywhere. Enjoy.

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            matteo1973 RE: redhatcharm Nov 6, 2012 01:26 PM

            Thanks, folks. Trio is, in fact, sold out. I've asked to be put on the wait list. I'll keep my eyes open for update from the Austin Chronicle. Thanks again.

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            sydvicious RE: matteo1973 Nov 8, 2012 10:21 AM

            Bar Mirabeau on west 6th is doing a 3 course prixe fixe for around $30 from 1 pm to 9 pm. The menu looks interesting. http://www.barmirabeau.com/events.php

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              Rptrane RE: sydvicious Nov 8, 2012 03:14 PM

              I just spoke to somebody at Stiles Switch. They are selling smoked turkey breasts for $50.00. I'd prefer a whole turkey but it's worth calling around if that's what you want.

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              redhatcharm RE: matteo1973 Nov 11, 2012 10:06 PM

              Here are two more lists:



              1. chispa_c RE: matteo1973 Nov 14, 2012 06:47 AM

                I heard an ad from Zed's this morning. More of a casual, Southern Style Thanksgiving lunch but sounds like reservations are still available.

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                  Rptrane RE: chispa_c Nov 22, 2012 02:50 PM

                  I went to Zed's is was just okay, not as good as their regular menu and nothing I'd repeat. The service was good and the location is lovely.

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                  redhatcharm RE: matteo1973 Nov 14, 2012 10:55 PM

                  Here is Austin Chronicle's 2012 list:


                  Note: Careful if you choose Threadgills on Riverside or any downtown restaurant. There is an early morning foot race and the start is at the Long Center. There is a one mile and a 5 mile and there will be some street closures:


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                    willastn RE: matteo1973 Nov 15, 2012 05:54 AM

                    BB Rover's on Jollyville is in NW Austin. They will open mid-afternoon on Thanksgiving and have a Thanksgiving dinner option. They have a great beer selection and decent bar food. Rover's is sort of a sports bar so the game will be on one of the TVs but typically the sound is muted.

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                      willastn RE: matteo1973 Nov 15, 2012 06:11 AM

                      http://www.ginnysaustin.com/thanksgiv...; from post of Scrumptious Chef

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                        matteo1973 RE: matteo1973 Nov 19, 2012 10:19 AM

                        Thanks for all of the terrific replies, folks. Got a call from Trio last week and they are able to squeeze me in on Thanksgiving Day. I'm super excited. Thanks again.

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                          amysuehere RE: matteo1973 Nov 19, 2012 12:03 PM

                          You'll love the food tthere. The pastry chef is really excellent.

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                          fat boy in austin RE: matteo1973 Nov 20, 2012 04:22 AM

                          Do any restaurants serve traditional Thanksgiving meals after Thursday? I'd like a turkey dinner but would like to avoid crowds and feeling rushed.

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                            redhatcharm RE: fat boy in austin Nov 20, 2012 08:57 AM

                            Yes, I am a big turkey dinner fan and I get my fix at any Mimi's Cafe in Austin all year round. Used to go to Marie Callendar's, but not in a year or so. I have also heard that Threadgill's serves turkey dinner on Sundays, but you might want to call on that one. Stay away from Luby's. It is sliced turkey roll.

                            I am very pleased with my Mimi's fix and if you want more gravy just ask your server.

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