It’s Thanksgiving and you don’t want to cook.  So keep your kitchen clean while you and your family and friends head out and let someone else do the cooking for you.  From special cocktails to delicious soups and just right turkey and dressing, this Thanksgiving there is definitely something to smile about and who knows perhaps you can create a Thanksgiving tradition in your family for years to come.

Thanksgiving at Cook Hall for a four-course menu that includes some delicious dishes.  Cook Hall is a unique and modern take on an American gastropub also serving handcrafted cocktails.

The Cook Hall Thanksgiving menu includes:

·         Soup: Ginger butternut squash with candied pecan cream, radish sprouts, and mustard caviar

·          Salad: Artisan greens with red wine pouched pears, candied pecans, cranberries, French radish, Texas goat cheese, orange segments and beet jam pomegranate drizzle

·         Entrees: Hickory smoked turkey breast with sweet potato cake, cranberry chutney, jalapeno corn bread dressing, green bean casserole, and gravy or corn meal crusted red snapper with Carolina gold rice risotto, sour collard greens, and bacon citrus jam or pasta with cavetelli, broccoli rabe, chanterelle mushrooms, and sweet garlic parmesan broth.

·         Dessert: Pumpkin pie with ginger and cinnamon ice cream or pecan tart with Bourbon vanilla ice cream or warm apple popovers with Chantilly crème.

Kids menu includes:

·         Entrees: Hickory smoked turkey with sweet potato cake, green beans and cranberry chutney or kids cheeseburger with fries or spaghetti with meat balls and marinara sauce.

·         Dessert: Pumpkin pie with vanilla ice cream or healthy mixed fruit salad or kids ice cream, vanilla or chocolate, with chocolate sauce. 

WHEN: Noon-8 p.m.  

COST:  $55 per adult, $15 per kid under 12

HOW: Call 214-397-4111 for reservations

Cook Hall, W Dallas – Victory, 2440 Victory Park Lane, Dallas  


Head on over to Knife where the folks there are not only serving a scrumptious Thanksgiving meal, but head bartender Charlie Moore has also created some very special holiday cocktails too.

Knife will be serving three-course prix fixe dinner with first course selections such as bisque of butternut squash, Boston bib garden salad, and housemade fettuccine; entree items include roasted organic turkey, ora king salmon, herb crusted Berkshire pork rack, 44 Farms filet mignon (additional supplement charge), and dry aged bone in ribeye 28 oz (additional supplement charge); and desserts such as sweet potato tart, spiced apple verrine, white chocolate ganache, and a children's dessert with chocolate chip cookies and ice cream.

Cocktails to try this holiday season:

Winter in Nassau- a twist on the hot toddy featuring Jamaican rum, citrus, honey and spices.

Appleton Estate rum

Mango Black tea honey syrup*

Lime Juice

4 dashes Chinese five spice bitters

Hot water

*Add two cups of water, two cups of sugar and two Mango black teabags into a pan and bring to a boil. Let cool, then bottle and serve

Add all ingredients into mug and stir. Garnish with lime wheel

This cocktail would pair great with a book or some friends and conversation in a seat next to the fire on our beautiful patio

Hob-noggin- classic egg nog with a touch of chocolate and mint


creme de menthe

creme de cacao

simple syrup

heavy cream

1 whole egg

Add all ingriedients into a cocktail shaker, shake vigerously for 30-45 seconds. Strain into a cocktail glass, and garnish with a mint leaf.

WHEN: 11:30 am - 3 pm

COST:$75 per person

HOW: Call 214-443-9339 for reservations

Knife, Highland Hotel, 5300 E Mockingbird Lane, Dallas


Front Room Tavern is offering Thanksgiving for brunch or dinner with a variety of menu choices that continue the restaurant’s idea of food that is full of heart, soul and flavor.  Check out the Park Cities Mimosas for just $15 at brunch with your choice of juice mixer: cranberry, orange or grapefruit.  For dinner, you can include a wine pairing for an extra $30

COST: Brunch, $35, Dinner $45

HOW: Call 214-219-8282 for reservations

Front Room Tavern, 6101 Hillcrest Ave, Hotel Lumen, Dallas


One Thanksgiving breakfast you don’t want to miss, The Original Pancake House is not only open on Thanksgiving, but all that day’s sales will be donated to War Veterans of the United States in appreciation of those who have sacrificed to keep our country safe.  There will be 46 associates and managers from several Original Pancake House DFW locations who have volunteered to work on their day off.  “We wanted to make sure everyone has a place to go get something to eat on Thanksgiving,” Owner Mark Davis Bailey said. “I remember 15 years ago when I took over The Original Pancake House in DFW that many of our associates including myself were single or didn’t necessarily have a place to gather for the holiday. Since we are open to help people on this day, we decided to give the excess sales back to charity.”

WHEN: 7 a.m. - Noon

COST: Depending on menu item ordered

The Original Pancake House, 5220 Belt Line Road, Dallas

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