The best Thanksgiving dinners are booked.
Next year, call earlier to book the charming small-town restaurants, like at Ranchman’s Ponder Steakhouse in Ponder or Cafe 1187 near Benbrook.
For now, here are a few of the many restaurants with good availability:
• The Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse Dallas location will open Thanksgiving for the first time and serve a $49 dinner featuring turkey with apple-sage stuffing, sides, soup or salad and pumpkin cheesecake or pecan pie; 5251 Spring Valley Road, 972-490-9000, delfriscos.com.
(The Fort Worth Del’s is closed that day, but nearby Capital Grille and Ruth’s Chris are both open. Capital Grille has some 10 a.m. tables to leave plenty of time for football.)
• Mercury Chophouse, which opens most holidays, will serve a $39.95 three-course dinner with turkey and cornbread stuffing, sides and a pumpkin roulade; 301 Main St., 817-336-4129, fortworthchophouse.com.
• The Rafain Brazilian Steakhouse, new on Crockett Square in the West 7th shops, is serving its usual 17 cuts of Brazilian-style prime meats all day, plus a turkey carving station with apple-sage stuffing and desserts; $39.99, 2932 Crockett St., 817-862-9800, rafain.com.
For other fine-dining restaurants, see opentable.com.
Less expensive restaurants open Thanksgiving include most cafeterias; Vance Godbey’s buffet restaurant and also La Choza Fine Food near Lakeside; Barbie’s Colonial House Restaurant near Meacham Airport; the Ol’ South Pancake House in Fort Worth; Norma’s Cafe in Dallas; Chef Point Cafe in Watauga; the Iron Skillet Restaurant in Weatherford; and Jake & Dorothy’s Cafe in Stephenville.
Matt’s or Babe’s?
The new Matt’s Rancho Martinez is open in a showcase Roanoke location.
The family from Matt’s El Rancho in Austin built an elaborate Oak Street location across from Babe’s Chicken Dinner House.
Lunches cost $7-$8, or try the “ballpark nachos” for $6.
Matt’s is also known for a classic pan-style chicken-fried steak, setting up a chicken-fried showdown with Babe’s. It also serves breakfast plates daily until 3 p.m.; 113 N Oak St., 682-237-7991, mattstexmex.com.
Double the Asaderos
The sign has changed at Los Asaderos (“the broilers”).
But the Villarreal family remains the same, and so does the green sauce, mole and spicy salsa that made El Asadero a landmark.