I know that part of the Thanksgiving tradition is to gather in the kitchen and cook with your family. And on TV and movies they make this look so warm and loving.
When in real life it’s 5 or 6 annoying female relatives stuffed in a sweltering kitchen for hours preparing a giant coma-inducing meal that is gobbled up (pun intended) in two minutes flat. Then the entire family become couch potatoes the rest of the day feeling full and miserable. Why not just go out to eat?
No annoying mother/mother-in-law in your ear telling you the “right” way to stir the gravy or season the turkey. No husband barking orders from the couch with the football game blaring in the background and no children chasing each other with turkey innards. Instead, picture a quiet civilized meal where you and your entire brood show up, food is served to you, (and booze I might add) while a professional chef prepares the Thanksgiving menu of your dreams. Best part—you don’t do any of the clean-up. If this sounds like heaven to you, here are my top 5 picks for a Thanksgiving Day dinner in Austin. Don’t worry, your kids will enjoy these picks too!
- The Driskill Hotel: Dine in the quintessence of Austin luxury at the Driskill Hotel. Celebrate a Thanksgiving tradition in their historic mezzanine or enjoy a five course dinner with family style sides in the Driskill Grill.
- Hyatt Lost Pines: For the ultimate Texas-style holiday, join the Hyatt Lost Pines for a family friendly celebration. On top of their Thanksgiving buffet, the resort also offers an array of kids activities including: holiday-themed arts and crafts, kiddie train rides, story times, teen poker night and much more.
- Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill: If you’re in the mood for something a little more low-key and very Austin-y check out Moonshine’s Thanksgiving Day buffet. An all-you-can-eat Thanksgiving feast with no reservations necessary. First come, first served at $24.95 a person.
- Hoover’s: Visit this east Austin gem for a Texas sized farm fresh meal for under $20 a person or reserve an entire meal to pick up and take home. (Pretend you cooked it yourself!)
- Alamo Drafthouse: If dinner and a show is more your speed, join Alamo Drafthouse Ritz for its Thanksgiving showings of Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. According to Alamo, this is the one and only classic Thanksgiving movie. Join them at a 4:45 pm or 7 pm for your holiday meal or post-turkey treat.
Other noteworthy restaurants include:
- Hudson’s on the Bend will be offering a mouthwatering Thanksgiving Menu with limited reservations.
- Both Hyde Park Bar & Grill locations will be open with a special Thanksgiving menu for guests!
- Threadgill’s will also be open with special holiday menus.