The wonderful thing about a city like Austin is that you really don’t have to cook if you don’t want to. Grab the kids and your great aunt, too, and pile into the car. Here’s our list of all the great dining-out options on turkey day. You can still nap like a hero afterward, and there won’t be a dirty dish to speak of.

24 Diner Thanksgiving Feast:

Full Thanksgiving Dinner includes:
Brined & Roasted Turkey Breast
Turkey Leg Confit
Beeler’s House-Cured Ham
Gravy & Cranberries

Choice of Two:
Traditional Dressing
Mashed Potatoes
Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Bacon-Braised Collard Greens
Brussels Sprouts

Pumpkin Pie

$29 | No Reservations | No Substitutions | While Supplies Last

Threadgill’s Thanksgiving Dinner

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Threadgill’s is open ALL DAY on Thanksgiving. No reservations—seating is first come, first served. A 10 minute text reminder will be sent to your party when your table becomes available!

They proudly host our holiday menu with plenty of vegetarian options available all day long:

ENTREES – Served with a choice of two vegetables
Roast Turkey with Cornbread Dressing
Grilled Pork Chops
Glazed Ham
Chicken Fried Pork Chop
Chicken Fried Steak
Chicken Fried Chicken
Southern Fried Oysters
3 Vegetable Plate
5 Vegetable Plate
Sirlon Steak
Ribeye Steak

Cornbread Dressing
Mashed Potatoes
Candied Yams
Green Bean Casserole
Broccoli Rice Casserole
Spinach Casserole
Buttered Carrots
San Antonio Squash
Fried Okra
Black-Eyed Peas
Dinner Salad

Pumpkin Pie
Pecan Pie
Chocolate Ice Box Pie
Buttermilk Pie
Peach Cobbler
Banana Pudding

Kid’s Menu available, too!

Thanksgiving Brunch at The Knotty Deck + Bar

Come celebrate Thanksgiving with north Austin favorite, The Knotty Deck and Bar, at the Renaissance Austin Hotel!

They will be hosting a Thanksgiving brunch buffet with seatings at 10AM, 12PM, and 2PM. $49 Adults, $25 Children 4-12, and Children under 4 are complimentary.

Menu includes all brunch favorites, carving stations of roasted turkey, prime rib, and house smoked ham, all the traditional fixings, and plenty of pies and desserts.

$8 Bloody Marys and $6 Mimosas also available.

Live music featuring Michael Ingalls | For reservations please call 512-795-6100

Thanksgiving Day Buffet at TRIO at The Four Seasons

Celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends in TRIO, complete with an expansive buffet featuring more than 80 delicious items. Guests may also dine in the elegant Four Seasons Ballroom, where live piano music provides the perfect accompaniment to a delightful holiday dinner.

Seating from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm in TRIO, or in the Ballroom from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. $88 for adults and $35 for children ages 6 to 11, plus tax and gratuity.

Hyatt Regency Thanksgiving Brunch

If you’re looking for a memorable Thanksgiving feast, look no further. The Hyatt Regency sits right on Town Lake and provides picturesque views of downtown Austin. Don’t forget the camera.

They’ll have a large gourmet buffet with carving stations and desserts for days. They’ll also have mini pumpkin decorating, a family photo booth, and other fun activities.

10:30am – 2:30pm (last seating)

$ 65 (plus gratuity & tax) for adults, $32.50 for children, kids under 3 are free

To make reservation call Laura Weldon  512-480-2035.

The Park

The Park will be offering a Thanksgiving buffet from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. for $20 per person at both the South Lamar and The Domain locations.
Collegiate and pro football fans will be able to watch Thanksgiving Day games, while enjoying a traditional turkey dinner buffet. The buffet will include turkey and pork tenderloin, along with classic sides such as dressing, jalapeno cornbread dressing, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, broccoli rice casserole, sauteed fresh vegetabels, mac and cheese, and mashed potatoes. Dessert options will include pumpkin pie and sweet potato pie.
After 3 p.m. the regular dinner menu will be served until midnight, along with happy hour drink specials from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.
For more information on The Park, please visit

Pinballz Kingdom’s 1st Annual Orphan Thanksgiving Dinner

This Thanksgiving, Pinballz Kingdom will be smoking turkeys and doing a buffet-style Thanksgiving dinner for their guests free of charge!

What do you need to do to be a part of it? Just bring two canned goods with you as a food bank donation (or drop them off with us any day between November 1st and November 23rd to get your name on the guest list). They will be open at 3pm (just in time for the Cowboys game at 3:30pm!) and will be smoking turkeys and serving a buffet-style Thanksgiving dinner at halftime (between 4:30 and 5pm).

So come hang with friends, watch some football, play some games, eat some free dinner, donate some food to those in need, and be thankful with us at Pinballz Kingdom!

Thanksgiving Pies From Mañana

Photo: Travis Hallmark

Mañana in South Congress Hotel with their annual holiday pies.

Made in three seasonal flavors, these Thanksgiving pies will surely satisfy the whole family with their rich taste and traditional feel. Executive Pastry Chef Amanda Rockman crafted these pies with the “less prep, more pie” idea in mind; families can pick up a pre-made pie for Thanksgiving with none of the hassle and all of the flavor. These pies are once again available for pre-order starting November 1st until November 18th on South Congress Hotel’s newly launched website: Pies will also be available for purchase in-store November 20th through November 23rd.

Fresa’s Thanksgiving Pre-Order To-Go Dinners

Photo: Wynn Meyers

Fresa’s Chicken al Carbon will once again offer their homemade Thanksgiving dinners, sides and desserts for pre-order starting November 1. All Thanksgiving items come fully cooked with reheating instructions, making Thanksgiving meal prep easy and convenient.

Thanksgiving orders can be placed online at or by phone at 512.428.5082 through Monday, November 20th. All Fresa’s Thanksgiving items will be avaialable for pick up on Wednesday, November 23rd at Fresa’s South First (1703 S. 1st Street) between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Monger’s Seafood To-Go Holiday Meals

Monger’s Market & Kitchen is doing to-go items & seafood platters for pick up during the holidays.
How To Book: email or call 512-215-8972

Olamaie’s Famous Biscuits To-G0

Olamaie’s famous off-the-menu biscuits will be available for pick up for the holidays this year. To place an order, there is a 1 week notice for pick up on Thanksgiving, and for the last pickup before Christmas, which will be the 23rd of December. There is a 1 dozen minimum for orders, and they should go through (all requests will receive a response within 24 hours). Pick up will be between 10am – 2pm on Thanksgiving Day.

For more information on Olamaie, please visit
In her previous life, Kristy was an uninspired realtor who was feeling a little bit bored with her day to day. So on January 1, 2010, she made a New Year’s resolution to write about one thing to do each day in her beloved city of Austin, Texas. And thus, 365 Things Austin was born.