Thanksgiving dinner is fast approaching and a number of local restaurants are going out of their way to make sure your meal is a special one. Reservations are recommended at each of the following restaurants. Tax and tip are not included in the prices listed.
Biga on the Banks, 203 S. St. Mary’s St., (210) 225-0700 — The Thanksgiving meal will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Start with appetizers like spring rolls, ciabatta crisps with mushroom duxelle and truffle caviar, artisan cheeses, smoked salmon nachos, jumbo Gulf shrimp with mango habanero cocktail sauce and freshly shucked oysters on the half shell. Next on your agenda might be salads made with locally grown greens like romaine hearts with red pepper Caesar dressing and vine ripe tomatoes with house pulled mozzarella and hydroponic basil. Try turkey two ways: Herb roasted organic Turkey and Truffled honey glazed turkey, both served with holiday sides like sour dough apple bacon stuffing, garlic mashers, green beans, crunch onions, cranberry orange chutney, roasted Brussels and winter squashes and, of course, turkey gravy. Desserts include lemon profiteroles dipped in caramel, pears with almonds and mascarpone, pistachio crème brulee plus an array seasonal pies, boozy brownies and cookies. Prices: Adults, $59; kids 12 and under, $27.
Bob’s Steak and Chop House, 5815 Rim Pass Drive, (210) 222-2627 —Bob’s will be open for Thanksgiving from noon to 8 p.m. A traditional, three-course turkey dinner will be offered for $45. The usual array of USDA prime steaks will be served all day as well.
Crumpets, 3920 Harry Wurzbach Road, (210) 821-5600 — Thanksgiving hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. All adult specials come with appetizer, bread, house salad and dessert. A few highlights include Roasted Turkey and Baked Ham with stuffing and sides ($29.50); Tenderloin of Beef ($36.50); Veal Scaloppini ($34.50); and Fresh Rainbow Trout ($29.50). Children under 10 can have turkey and ham with all the trimmings and a choice of salad or dessert for $12.
Fogo de Chao, 849 E. Commerce St., (210) 227-1700 — Fogo de Chao is celebrating Thanksgiving Thursday through Sunday, Nov. 27-30. Thanksgiving Day hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Featured are the usual array of meats, Brazilian sides and the salad bar as well as turkey breast, bone-in pork chops and traditional sides.
Frederick’s Restaurant, 7701 Broadway, (210) 828-9050; Frederick’s Bistro, 14439 N.W. Military Highway, (210) 888-1500 — Hours at the original Frederick’s are 11 a.m.. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m.; hours are Frederick’s Bistro are 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 9 p.m. The Thanksgiving lunch menu will include starters such as Escargot Bordelaise ($10), Crispy Calamari ($10) and Butternut Squash and Pumpkin Soup ($8); and entrees such as traditional turkey and sides ($24), Norwegian Salmon ($25) and Black Angus Strip ($32). A children’s menu is also available. The regular menu and specials will be available in the evening.
Hilton Palacio del Rio, 200 S. Alamo St., (210) 224-3357 — Seatings will be at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The lavish buffet includes fresh salads, bread display, an omelet station, entrées and desserts. Entrees and carving station items include Scrambled eggs with Gruyere cheese and chives, Bananas Foster French toast, Baked salmon papillote, Honey-garlic roasted chicken, Brown sugar and dijon glazed ham, Maple sugar-ginger roasted loin of pork, Honey bacon and jalapeño bacon, Oven Roasted Turkey with gravy and cranberry sauce and Steamship with horseradish sauce. Prices: $40.95 for adults; $37.95 for seniors/military; $22.95 for children 5-10; and free for children under 5. Complimentary valet parking included.
Some restaurants will serve Thanksgiving favorites family-style.
Hyatt Hill Country Resort, 9800 Hyatt Resort Drive, (210) 767-7999 — Thanksgiving brunch in the Hill Country Ballroom will be 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Brunch menu will include traditional breakfast selections, artisan breads and pastries, salad selections, fresh seafood, carving station, pasta, a children’s buffet, and much more. Live entertainment from Fernando Davil Trio Band and trick roper Doug Whitaker. Prices: $63 for adults, $45 for seniors age 60+, $26 for children age 6-12, free for ages 5 and under. Dinner at Antlers will be from 3 to 9 p.m. The chef is preparing a three-course meal that includes soup or salad, a selection of main dishes, and an individual choice of dessert. Price: $56 for adults, $42 for seniors age 60+, $22 for children age 6-12, and free for ages 5 and under.
JW Marriott, 23808 Resort Parkway, (210) 483-6622 — Thanksgiving brunch will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Grand Oaks Ballroom. The special buffet will feature carving stations with Horseradish Encrusted Prime Rib, Natural Pan Jus, Pot Roast-Style Vegetables, Pork Rib Roast with a mess of greens and Peach Glazed Tom Turkey with Classic Giblet Gravy; shrimp, snow crab and oysters; pumpkin and lobster bisque; Hill Country baked goods; classic breakfast choices; and more. Kids menu available. Prices: Adults, $70; seniors (55 and over), $60; children 4-12, $30 and children 3 and under, free.
Las Canarias at La Mansion del Rio, 112 College St., (210) 518-1177 — The restaurant will feature a Thanksgiving Day buffet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $69.95 per person; children ages 6-12, $35; children 5 and younger, free. The buffet menu includes classic breakfast options, chef-prepared salads, fresh seafood selections, a gourmet carving station and dessert table. The buffet also includes complimentary valet parking (first-come, first-served) and choice of champagne and mimosas. Las Canarias’ regular à la carte dining, with featured themed specials, will begin at 6 p.m.
Las Ramblas, Hotel Contessa, 306 W. Market St., (210) 298-3040 — Thanksgiving brunch will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Executive chef Jordan Mackey has designed a buffet that includes all of the traditional holiday favorites and a savory selection of Spanish specialties with a Mediterranean twist. Specialty carving stations will include an applewood-smoked prime rib and a Moroccan maple-glazed pit-roasted ham; chili roasted turkey breasts and roulades, and an extensive smoked seafood display with prawns, marinated mussels, and ceviches. Artisan cheeses, cured meats and freshly baked ciabatta and flatbreads, in addition to a variety of hand-blended salads. Las Ramblas’ signature Paella Valencia tops the menu along with regional influences including a black olive giblet gravy and a chorizo olive ciabatta stuffing. Fish, pasta, soup and seasonal vegetables will also be offered. Waffle and omelet stations will be featured as well as an assortment of house made pastries and delectable desserts. Price is $49 for adults, $16 for children ages 7 – 16; and free for children 6 and under. Mimosas and signature sangrias are $9 each.
Hyatt Hill Country will be offering an array of tempting desserts.
Luce Ristorante e Enoteca, 11255 Huebner Road, (210) 561-9700 — Thanksgiving dinner will be served from noon to 5 p.m. with a chef-selected menu as well as the regular a la carte menu.
Mike’s in the Village, 2355-3 Bulverde Road, Bulverde, (830) 438-2747 — Mike’s will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. The meal begins with a choice of Butternut Squash Soup, Chicken & Sausage Gumbo, Caesar Salad or Mixed Greens with Raspberry Vinaigrette, followed by a choice of Traditional Roasted Turkey Breast, Creole Roasted Prime Rib Au Jus or Fresh Wild Caught Salmon with Lemon Butter. Sides include Cranberry Glazed Carrots; Green Beans and Mushroom Casserole; Creamy Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes; Chorizo, Cornbread and Walnut Stuffing plus Giblet Gravy and Whole Fruit Cranberry Relish. Dessert choices are Pecan Pie with White and Dark Chocolate Sauce, Pumpkin Cheesecake with Fresh Whipped Cream and White Chocolate Bread Pudding with Rum Sauce. Prices are $27.99 for adults or $9.99 for children under 10.
The Omni San Antonio at the Colonnade, 9821 Colonnade Blvd., (210) 699-5803 — The Thanksgiving buffet will be served 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Breakfast entrees: Applewood Smoked Bacon, Country House Pork Sausage Links, Southwest Eggs Benedict with Chipotle Hollandaise Sauce, Home-style Potato Lyonnaise and Ricotta Cheese filled Blintz. Salads, an omelet station, cheeses and cured meats, a seafood display and desserts are featured. Holiday entrees include Herb Crusted Pork Loin with Burnt Orange and Cranberry Sauce and Pan Seared Chicken Breast with Roasted Corn and Bean Relish, plus Garlic Rosemary Studded Steamship of Beef and Bone-in Ham. Create your own stuffing, too. Prices: Adults, $50; Seniors (65+), $43; Children (11 and under), $21; Children (4 and under), free.
Ostra at the Mokara Hotel, 212 W. Crockett St., (210) 396-5817 — The restaurant will offer a 3-course pre-set menu available from noon to 9 p.m. The cost is $65 a person; children ages 6-12, $30; children 5 and younger, free. Regular breakfast service will be available 6:30 to 11 a.m.
Q Kitchen | Bar, Hyatt Regency San Antonio, 123 Losoya St., (210) 510-4477 — The Thanksgiving brunch buffet will be from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with a seafood display, salads, soup, a Brazos Valley Cheese board, desserts and the following entrees and carving stations: Gulf Cost Black Drum with Tomato and Mushroom Ragout, Braised Collard Greens with Bacon Lardons and Caramelized Onions, Haricot Vert Casserole with French Fried Onions, Sage and Giblet Dressing, Butter Mashed Potatoes, Herb Roasted Turkey Breast with Butter and Brown Sugar Glazed Acorn Squash, Giblet Gravy and Clementine Cranberry Relish and Sea Salt and Cracked Pepper Crusted Prime Rib of Beef with Wild Mushroom Au Jus. Prices: $46 for adults, 23 for children 4-12. Complimentary champagne or mimosa. The dinner buffet is 5:30 to 9 p.m. with salads, soups, desserts and the following entrees and sides: Hickory Smoked All Natural Turkey Breast with Giblet Gravy and Orange Cranberry Relish, Maple Glazed Sliced Ham with Pear and Onion Jam, Sausage and Cornbread Dressing, Asparagus with Lemon Olive Oil, and Butter Mashed Potatoes. Prices: $32 for adults, $16 for children 4-12.
Ruth’s Chris Steak House, 7720 Jones Maltsberger, (210) 821-5051; 600 E. Market St., (210) 227-8847 — There will be early hours on Thanksgiving. The dinner special begins with a choice of lobster bisque, Caesar salad or Steak House Salad, followed by roast turkey with your choice of side. Dessert is a choice of pumpkin cheesecake or vanilla ice cream. Price is $46.95 per adult or $12.95 for children 10 and younger. Call for times.
Texas de Brazil, 313 E. Houston St., (210) 299-1600 — Thanksgiving hours begin at 11 a.m. The dinner includes the usual array of meats as well as turkey, sweet potato casserole and other favorites of the day. Non-alcoholic drinks and dessert are included in the day’s price.
Texas Land and Cattle, various locations —The steakhouse is offering a specially crafted Thanksgiving dinner. The meal, priced at $18.99, comes with a helping of smoked turkey and gravy, cornbread dressing, cranberry sauce and sweet potato soufflé. The restaurant is also offering creamy pumpkin cheesecake drizzled with melted caramel for $6.49. The holiday menu also features a kid’s feast for $7.99.
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