Eats beat: Looking to dine out on Turkey Day?

Posted 3:52pm on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012

Check out Bud's first Eats Beat podcast, served up with dressing (or is it stuffing?). Click here for a listen.

The real argument on Thanksgiving isn't over football.

It's over the dinner:

Dressing -- or stuffing?

Our legacy Thanksgiving restaurants serve turkey with faithful Southern cornbread dressing.

If you want an inexpensive, old-school turkey dinner, try:

The renowned Highland Park Cafeteria in Dallas ($10.99, lunch only, opens 10:30 a.m.; 1200 N. Buckner Blvd., 214-324-5000,

Vance Godbey's Restaurant in Lakeside (steak, barbecue and turkey buffet $18.95, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; 8601 Jacksboro Highway, 817-237-2218,

Or the Ol' South Pancake House in Fort Worth ($12.99 includes pecan or pumpkin pie, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., 1509 S. University Drive, 817-336-0311,

But if you're willing to experiment, try:

Turkey with apple-cornbread dressing at the New Mexico-style La Choza Fine Food near Lakeside, along with other choices including Jack Daniel's tenderloin, eggs Benedict or a fajitas-and-enchiladas plate; 7001 Confederate Park Road, 817-751-9060.

Turkey with apple-chestnut-cornbread stuffing at Cabo Grande in downtown Fort Worth, serving a full holiday and Tex-Mex buffet from 11 a.m. that also includes roast beef, tilapia, Catalan rotisserie chicken and tamales; $16.95, 115 W. Second St., 817-348-8226,

Free range turkey with chestnut stuffing at the Grand Met inside the Grand Hyatt DFW, served with caramelized Brussels sprouts, maple-roasted yams and cranberry-fig relish, plus pumpkin brulee dessert: $48, 2337 S. International Parkway, 972-973-1234,

Roast turkey with cornbread-foccacia stuffing at Ferré Restaurant in Sundance Square, booked at noon but serving all day until 9 p.m. The menu also includes beef tenderloin, honey-baked ham or sea bass; $37.50, 215 E. Fourth St., 817-332-0033,

Turkey with apple stuffing on the buffet at Cast Iron in the Omni Fort Worth hotel, booked but opening at 10 a.m., when it will take just a few walk-ins. The menu also includes roasted corvina with sausage-raisin dressing, stuffed chicken, short ribs and honey-baked ham; $49.95, 1300 Houston St., 817-350-4106,

Welcome to our the Eats Beat podcast, an audio series in which and Star-Telegram Eats Beat columnist Bud Kennedy will be giving you the scoop on the North Texas dining scene. Click below for a listen.

Bud Kennedy's Eats Beat appears Wednesdays in Life & Arts and Fridays in Weekend. 817-390-7538

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