Thanksgiving Dinner 2011 (Minus the Misery)

Thanksgiving Day at the inlaws’ is not without its charms and challenges. You down a chardonnay in the shower to fortify your nerves, slip a few chestnuts into your mother-in-law’s Stovetop when she’s out of the room, and try your best to look not horrified compassionate when this year’s surprise guest (a kindly widower from down the block) floods you with stories of how every single one of his pets has died. (Spoiler alert: two of them drowned.)

Tired just thinking about it? Me too. So this is me officially giving you permission, if only for this year, to take a break the holiday shenanigans. Here are some places where you can do exactly that. Behold, the 2011 Thanksgiving menu roundup, Version 1.0.

jump for the menus…

Holy Grail Pub
Thursday, November 24
12-7 pm

Appetizer:
Brie en croute with red wine mushrooms and Granny smith apples
or
Smoked Corn Chowder with chorizo and squash

Salad:
Arugula salad with feta, walnuts and cranberry ginger vin
or
Roasted root vegetables with goat cheese dressing

Entrée:
Fried Turkey Breast with brown butter mashed potatoes, almond green beans and smoked porter gravy
or
Chili rubbed lamb chops with pumpkin seed sauce, brown sugar glazed sweet potatoes and baked endive

Dessert:
Pumpkin crème brulee in a toasted tart shell
or
Raspberry chocolate cake with ganache and pecans

$30 per person / $12 for kids under 12
Four-course beer pairing +$15
Reservations recommended. Call 972-377-6633 or email: brian@holygrailpub.com

(The Cowboys Game will be shown on our big screen at 3:00 p.m.)

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The Second Floor

THIS YEAR GIVE THANKS FOR KEEPING OUT OF THE KITCHEN

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and instead of spending a day slaving away in the kitchen, Chef J Chastain has come to the rescue again with his modern take on the holiday meal by preparing a tantalizing three-course feast complete with wine pairings. Guests can choose a dish from each course to create their own custom-tailored Thanksgiving meal in the restaurant or through in-room dining. As one of the only restaurants open Thanksgiving Day in the Galleria, The Second Floor offers something for everyone.

Thursday, November 24
11AM – 11PM

$49 per adult / $20 for wine pairings / $20 per child

FIRST COURSE

apple onion soup with crispy duck ravioli, chive

purple sweet potato agnollotti with brown butter, piave vecchio

candy striped beet salad with mixed greens, almonds, goat cheese

SECOND COURSE

roast turkey breast with apple pecan stuffing, pomme purée

fig stuffed pork loin with kabocha risotto, asparagus

pan-seared grouper with creamy green beans, leeks, crispy shallots

THIRD COURSE

pear blueberry croustade with crème fraiche ice cream, caramel

pumpkin bomb with cranberry, pistachio, palmier

The Second Floor at the Westin Galleria Dallas

13340 Dallas Parkway
Dallas, TX 75240

RSVP: 972-450-2978

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Crú Food & Wine Bar Offers A Three-Course Thanksgiving Dinner That’s Ideal for your Family Gathering. We’ll even do the dishes!

Thursday, Nov 24th

noon to 9 pm
$35 per guest, half off for children 12 and under

Bring the whole family to our house this Thanksgiving and indulge yourself on our specially prepared three-course menu created by our executive chef. You’re sure to have the best Thanksgiving Dinner in town!

Choose from a more traditional Thanksgiving offering, such as Roasted Turkey Breast or Beef Tenderloin, or delve into some of Chef’s more distinctive main courses like Rack of Lamb or Pan Seared Salmon. We’ll also have Pumpkin and Apple Pie, as well as our signature Chocolate Molten Cake.

Whatever your mood, be assured that our knowledgable servers are ready to suggest a wine pairing from our extensive bottle wine or by-the-glass list.

Appetizer

Warm Spinach Salad with toasted croutons, white pepper sunflower seeds, whole grain-maple vinaigrette

Butternut Squash Bisque with roasted mushroom-robiola crema

Lobster & Avocado Salad with mango vinaigrette, ancho toasted pecans

Goat Cheese & Thyme Ravioli with sweet potato puree, crispy fried shallots

Main Course

Roasted Turkey Breast with caramelized onion & sausage cornbread stuffing, buttered green beans,
whipped potatoes, brown butter gravy

Pan Seared Salmon with sweet potato & brussels sprout sauté, basil citrus sauce

Rack of Lamb with butternut squash risotto, caramelized cauliflower, coriander scented lamb glace

Grilled Beef Tenderloin with creamy gorgonzola polenta, roasted asparagus and fennel, syrah reduction

Dessert

Warm Caramel Apple Pie with butter pecan ice cream

Chocolate Molten Cake with mascarpone whipped cream, raspberry coulis

Pumpkin Pie with marshmallow brulée, pomegranate sauce

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Urban Acres

Reserve your LOCAL FARM-FRESH TURKEY for Thanksgiving
We’re once again offering 100% pastured and organic Broad Breasted White Turkeys from our friends Jim & Kay Richardson at Richardson Farms in Rockdale, TX. The turkeys will be fresh and never have been frozen.

This special is for both members and non-members (special price for members!), and you can pick up your turkey on Saturday, November 19th at one of the following locations: Oak Cliff, Park Cities, Lakewood, Addison, West Richardson.
Yes, even if you do not pick up produce at one of these locations, you can pick up your turkey there on Saturday the 19th.

Order now, because we’ve only ordered 200 turkeys, and they’ll go quickly!

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Smoke

THE DRINKS
Holiday Cocktails 8
Gin Rose Pomegranate Fizz
Maple Bourbon Apple Cider
Mulled Wine

HomeMade NonAlcoholic Fun 5
Pink Prickly Pear Soda
Licorice & Sassafras Root Beer
Fresh Pineapple & Lime – Aid

THE BEGINNING
Byres Family Holiday Pumpkin Toast with Chicken Liver Pate & Plum Jam 9
Pork Jowl Bacon with Fermented Pickles, Sweet Chili’s and Mustard 11
Pimento Cheese Croquettes with Grilled Romaine 6
Grilled Whole Prawns COCKTAIL STYLE with Fresh Herbs 11
Warm Mushrooms with Swiss Chard & Molasses 9
Roasted Oysters with Scampi Butter and Our Chorizo Sausage 10
Oranges & Black Olives with Anchovies 8
Lettuce & Fennel Salad with Crisp Parsnip, Tarragon & Dried Cherries 8
Braised Green Cabbage & Turnip Soup with White Beans 7
Brick Roux Gumbo with Boudin & Smoked Chicken 9

THE FEAST
Dry Rubbed Pork Spare Ribs with Mac n Cheese & Pickled Green Beans 19
Grouper with Celery Root Puree, Collard Greens, Melted Leeks & Mustard Caviar 24

The Family Style Tradition: 25
Kids Portion Available: $1 for every year of their life
Choice of Meat with Family Style Sides
• Pit Roasted Prime Rib Roast with Cider Vinegar, Garlic and Mint Jus
• Our Smoke House Ham with Dublin Dr. Pepper Red Eye Gravy
• Hickory Smoked Farm Turkey with Mushroom & Marjoram Gravy

All the Fixings
• Sage Cornbread & Andouille Sausage Stuffing
• Fresh Cranberry & Orange Relish
• Creamed Spinach & Leeks
• Mashed Potatoes
• Cheese Grits & Hominy Casserole

THE SWEETS
Mexican Cinnamon Apple Cobbler 7
Buttermilk & Caramel Pumpkin Pie 7
Dark Chocolate Mousse & Peppermint 7
Tim Byres, Chef / Owner

Reservations: 214-393-4141

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KB’s WoodFire Grill & Rathbun’s Blue Plate Kitchen

Why spend hours slaving in the kitchen when you can pick up delicious prepared dishes from Kent Rathbun Concepts for your Thanksgiving meal? This is the perfect opportunity to enjoy Chef Kent’s cooking at your own holiday table. Packages come with complete instructions and can be heated in the containers they come in. Whether you choose the traditional turkey, spiral ham or the rosemary leg of lamb you’re sure to enjoy Chef’s favorite holiday dinner.

Deadline for ordering is Nov 19, 6 pm.

Pick up on November 23:
KB’s WoodFire Grill
8100 N Dallas Parkway, Ste 115
Plano, Tx 75024
From 11 am to 9 pm

Rathbun’s Blue Plate Kitchen
$10 delivery charge
6130 Luther Ln.
Dallas, Tx 75225
From 1 pm to 9 pm

Molasses-Black Pepper Glazed Spiral Ham
$120.00

Rosemary Roasted Turkey, Green Chili Red Eye Gravy
$65.00

Rosemary Roasted Turkey, Green Chili Red Eye Gravy
$105

Garlic-Rosemary Leg of Lamb, Dried Cranberry-Port Wine Demi
$105

Visit www.kentrathbunstore.com for the menu of sides and desserts

You also have the choice to take it or bake it!
The recipes are available online for all of the items on sale. If you love to cook and want to create the same menu you can download Chef Kent’s Thanksgiving menus at www.kentrathbun.com.

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Nana’s Annual Thanksgiving Brunch and Dinner

It may be a tradition, but it’s certainly not traditional. Nana’s much-anticipated Thanksgiving feast is where Executive Chef Anthony Bombaci showcases his distinctive cooking style and thrilling flavor profiles. On November 24, expect to see grilled turkey breast served with sausage-sage stuffing, seared Scottish salmon, or even a slow roasted Berkshire pork belly finished off with Chef Tony’s version of “Cheesecake” for dessert.

The four-course brunch, served from 11am to 2pm
$65 per person for adults including bottomless mimosas or champagne.
A three-course meal for children under 12 is $24 per person.
Dinner is available between 5:30pm to 8pm offering a limited menu of Nana’s finest.
Reservations are recommended by calling Nana at 214.761.7470. www.nanarestaurant.com

FIRST COURSE
GREEK YOGURT, NANA GRANOLA, ORANGE FLOWER WATER

SECOND COURSE
Please Select One:

GRILLED ATLANTIC CALAMARI, THAI SOBA NOODLE SALAD, EGGPLANT, MANGO
TEXAS GROWN BABY GREENS, GOAT CHEESE-TARRAGON RANCH DRESSING, BOSC PEARS, CANDIED PECANS
CAVATELLI PASTA, BASIL PESTO, GRANA PADANO “SNOW”
ORGANIC SCRAMBLED EGGS, LANGOSTINES, RED ONIONS, JALAPENOS, CILANTRO
BOCCONCINI MOZZARELLA, OVEN ROASTED GRAPE TOMATOES, BALSAMIC NECTAR, BASIL, E.V.O.

ENTRÉE
Please Select One:

GRILLED TURKEY BREAST, CRANBERRY COMPOTE, SAUSAGE-SAGE STUFFING, GREEN BEANS, CELERY ROOT PUREE
SEARED SCOTTISH SALMON, FRIED BASMATI RICE, ASPARAGUS TIPS, CILANTRO
GRILLED FILET OF BEEF, BANANA FINGERLING POTATOES, MOROCCAN CARROTS, PUMPKIN SEED-CAPER RELISH
SLOW ROASTED BERKSHIRE PORK BELLY, APPLES, SPICED PEANUTS, LIME, CURRY
FRIED ORGANIC EGGS, FRENCH FRIES, LIQUID TOMATO CHUTNEY

DESSERT
Please Select One:

ORANGE CHIFFON MIGAS, GLAZED STRAWBERRIES, VANILLA CHANTILLY, LICORICE
BAILEY’S MILK CHOCOLATE “GAZPACHO”, DULCE DE LECHE, DREAMSICLE ICE CREAM
“CHEESECAKE” … SWEET SPICED GRAHAM CRACKER “EARTH”, PUMPKIN SORBET, COCOA

NANA CHILDRENS MENU
$24.00 Children 12 & Under

FIRST COURSE
Please Select One:
CAVATELLI, BASIL, GRANA PADANO CHEESE
VEGETABLE “CRUDO” – RANCH DRESSING
TRADITIONAL CAESAR SALAD, GARLIC CROUTONS, CREAMY CAESAR DRESSING

ENTRÉE
Please Select One:
FRIED CHICKEN BREAST SALAD WITH RANCH DRESSING & BBQ SAUCE
MOZZARELLA & PROSCIUTTO PANINI, FRENCH FRIES
KOBE BEEF SLIDERS WITH COLE SLAW & FRIES
FRIED EGGS WITH STEAMED RICE & HOME MADE KETCHUP

DESSERT
Please Select One:
VANILLA ICE CREAM WITH GLAZED STRAWBERRIES
CHEESECAKE, GRAHAM CRACKER “SOIL”, PUMPKIN SORBET, COCOA
ANTONIO’S DREAMSICLE ICE CREAM WITH HAZELNUT CROCCANTE

“MENU IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE DUE TO MARKET AVAILABILITY”
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Warwick Melrose Hotel

Help us reach our goal of providing 4,000 meals for the North Texas Food Bank. The Warwick Melrose Hotel will make a donation for every Thanksgiving and Christmas brunch served this holiday season.
Brunch seatings 11 am -2:30 pm
$55 Adults
$24 Children 5-12

prices exclude tax and gratuity.

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Empire Baking Company

Each year at this time Empire Baking simplifies Thanksgiving for Dallasites, offering a selection of
seasonal pies and breads available both at their retail store location and for pre order for a limited
time only. Thanksgiving breads such as Empire’s Pecan Rings will be available as usual, and new this
year are Empire’s Sweet Potato Pull‐Apart Rolls for $4.95 a package.
All Thanksgiving breads will be available in store beginning November 14th. A limited number of pies, including Apple Cranberry Pie, Pecan Pie, and Pumpkin Pie will only be available in store on November 17th, 18th, 22nd, and 23rd.
Pre ordering holiday pies and breads is highly recommended, as Empire is known to run out.
Thanksgiving pre orders can be placed by calling the retail store location at (214) 350.0007.
Available pre order pick up dates include: November 17th, 18th, 22nd, and 23rd. All pre orders must
be placed by no later than Tuesday November 15th by 2pm for a scheduled pickup of November 17th
or 18th and by Monday November 21st by 2pm for a scheduled pick up of November 22nd or 23rd.

Empire Baking Company Thanksgiving pies and breads include:
Apple Cranberry Pie $19
Texas Pecan Pie $19
Pumpkin Pie $19
Sweet Potato Pull‐Apart Rolls PKG. $4.95
Cranberry Cinnamon Walnut Bread $5.99
Cranberry Paisano Loaf $4.99
Pumpkin Bread Loaf $9.00
Pecan Ring $18.00
Apple Cinnamon Walnut Bread $7.99
Gingerbread $8.00
Cranberry Scone $1.99

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BAILEY’S PRIME PLUS OFFERS SPECIAL THANKSGIVING DAY MENU AND “HOLIDAY MEALS TO-GO”

Those looking to relax and enjoy on Thanksgiving have two options from Bailey’s Prime Plus. First, enjoy an elegant four-course menu on Thursday, November 24 from noon to 9 p.m. priced at $64 per person, which also includes all the fixings for a post-Thanksgiving turkey sandwich. A special menu for children 12 and under is available for $12. Regular menu is available upon request. Reservations are recommended.
For those wanting to stay in, place an order for a “Holiday Meal To-Go” from Bailey’s Prime Plus featuring an entree, choice of three sides, fresh baked rolls and dessert to enjoy at home with friends and family.

Thanksgiving Day Menu (in restaurant only)

First Course, choice of:
Squab, seared squab breast, Cinderella squash and cinnamon Chantilly; Shrimp Cocktail, remoulade sauce; Sweet Potato Gnocchi, sage-brown butter and aged sherry vinegar

Soup or Salad Course, choice of:
Acorn Squash Soup, creme fraiche, spicy pepitas; Butter Lettuce Salad, pear vinaigrette, candied pecans

Entrée, choice of:
Turkey Dinner, roast turkey, garlic mashed potatoes, gravy, haricots verts, stuffing and fresh cranberry sauce; Grilled Tenderloin, whipped sweet potatoes, baby beets and cranberry demi; Lamb Rack, stone ground grits, honey glazed baby carrots; Grilled Salmon, potato puree and sage butter

Dessert, choice of:
Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake; Deep Dish Chocolate Pecan Pie

“The Day After Turkey Sandwich To Go”:
Includes sliced turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce

Holiday Meals To-Go Menu and Pricing
All serve 8-10 people, includes entrée, 3 sides, fresh baked rolls and dessert
Entrées, choice of 1:
Apple Cider-Maple Sugar Glazed Ham, $190.00
Oven Roasted Turkey, Sage Gravy, $180.00
Slow Roasted Prime Rib, Roasted Garlic Au Jus, $210.00

Sides, choice of 3:
Country Sausage Stuffing, Maple Glazed Baby Carrots, Loaded Mashed Potatoes, 5 Spice Cranberry Orange Relish, Cinnamon-Spiced Whipped Sweet Potatoes

Dessert, choice of 1:
Deep Dish Chocolate Pecan Pie, Pecan-Caramel Cheese Cake, Spice 5 Layer Carrot Cake
All Holiday to-go orders must be placed five days prior to desired holiday pick-up day.

Bailey’s Prime Plus
Dallas – The Shops at Park Lane – 214-750-8100
Fairview/Allen – The Village at Fairview – 972-363-2200
Fort Worth – West 7th – 817-870-1120
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Mignon

Mignon will host a traditional Thanksgiving buffet November 24 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. To make reservations please call 972-934-3372.

$39.95 per adult
$17.96 10 years of age & under

Reservations: 972-934-3372 (Required)

MENU

Salads
Classic Caesar
Salad Petit with Apples, Candied Walnuts & Blue Cheese

Soup
Butternut Squash Soup

Entrees
Seared Salmon with Citrus Sauce
Ginger and Brown Sugar Glazed Ham
Roasted Turkey with Sage Butter & Gravy

Sides
Traditional Stuffing with Mushrooms & Herbs
Green Beans with Onion & Thyme
Cheddar Whipped Potatoes with Chives
Glazed Carrots with Balsamic and Brown Sugar
Creamed Corn with Bacon and Caramelized Onions
Macaroni and Cheese
Sweet Potato with Maple Brown Butter
Cranberry Relish

Desserts
Pecan Pie
Pumpkin Pie
Cheesecake

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HIGHLAND PARK CAFETERIA FEATURES THANKSGIVING DAY FARE FOR TAKE HOME OR DINE-IN

A homemade Thanksgiving feast can be a lot of work. At Highland Park Cafeteria, it is also a lot of fun.

Roast turkey, ham, cornbread dressing, giblet gravy, cranberry sauce, baked squash, green beans, mashed potatoes, candied yams, fresh pecan pie, pumpkin pie and many other favorites are made fresh daily.

A traditional meal to serve at your home is $59.99 for 2-4 or $89.99 for 8-10 people. Please place order by Monday, November 21. Or join Highland Park Cafeteria in celebrating all we have to be thankful for at the restaurant. HPC will be serving Thanksgiving Day from 10:30 to 3:00 pm. The price is $10.99 per person.

Since 1925, many families count on HPC to provide a feast to enjoy at home; or come in on Thanksgiving Day for the delicious food and festive atmosphere. The Highland Park Cafeteria cooks start working around the clock a few days before Thanksgiving, so that everything is fresh and perfect when served.
The Highland Park Cafeteria is 10 minutes east of Central Expressway near the Dallas Arboretum at 1200 North Buckner Boulevard in Casa Linda Plaza.

For more information and to place orders online go to www.highlandparkcafeteria.com or call 214-324-5000.
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TJ’s Fresh Seafood Market
Thanksgiving Take Out Menu

Historians agree that the Pilgrims probably didn’t eat turkey – they ate FRESH SEAFOOD. Fill your holiday table with shrimp, lobster, oyster and more. Let TJ’s do all your cooking with our prepackaged holiday meals.

TJ’s Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner
Feeds 8-10 $325 value, only 299!
TJ’s Famous Cocktail Shrimp Platter Hickory & Alder Smoked Salmon Platter Seared & Seasoned Beef Tenderloin (5-7lbs) Creamy Mustard & Horseradish Sauces Garlic Mashed Potatoes Green Beans w/ Almonds Oyster Dressing Gravy.

Visit TJ’s website for all of the holiday menu options.
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Princi Italia

Thursday, November 24th, noon – 9pm
Join us for a special Italian-inspired Traditional Thanksgiving feast!

3 Courses for only $35
Kids 12 and under are half off

Menu

ANTIPASTI
Caesar Salad romaine, parmesan, garlicky crostini
Arugula Salad shaved fennel, goat cheese crostini, pine nuts, lemon, evo
Field Greens Salad toasted pumpkin seeds, ricotta salata, balsamic vinaigrette
Wild Boar Tamales poblano mascarpone, balsamic-paprika sauce
Butternut Squash Bisque spicy rock shrimp
Sweet Potato & Ricotta Ravioli brown butter sage sauce

MAIN COURSE
Roasted Turkey Breast sage pine nut dressing, maple whipped sweet potatoes, giblet gravy
Oven Roasted Chicken Breast butternut squash-sausage risotto, rosemary jus
Grilled Jumbo Scallops lemon-arugula fettuccini
Grilled Filet roasted garlic mashed potatoes, asparagus, rosemary chianti sauce
Grilled Salmon green beans, fingerling potatoes, lemon-caper sauce

DESSERT
Homemade Pumpkin Pie vanilla whipped cream
Chocolate Pecan Pie caramel gelato Lemon Curd Tart pistachio cookie crust & raspberry sauce

8 comments on “Thanksgiving Dinner 2011 (Minus the Misery)

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  2. Or you can join us hear in Jefferson, SC and eat at Roger’s World Famous Smokehouse where we get all the tradionals plus seafood and ribs…and all this for a measly 10 bucks a person…the only drama you’ll find is what you bring with you! This has been our family tradition for three years now!

  3. Hey i m planning to buy some good Thanksgiving recipe books any good suggestions, suggest any web service which provides good shopping experience. thanks

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