By Hayden Walker

If you’re looking to avoid the long lines at the grocery store, and sweating over a hot stove, and the worst part – cleaning up afterwards – don’t sweat the stress and leave your 2014 Thanksgiving dinner to the professionals by stopping in at one of dozens of local restaurants for their holiday specials. From the high-end to low budget, from all-you-can-eat to multi-course meals, some of Austin’s best restaurants have you covered this season.

Classy + High End

Ruth's Chris Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole – Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

  1. Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse – One of the most classic steakhouses in town features a 3-course meal for only $39.99 per person with Gumbo or salad (starter) and classic Turkey dinner with your choice of sides.  We highly recommend Sweet Potato Casserole, topped with caramelized pecans and brown sugar.
  2. Hotel Ella –  Menu includes Pumpkin Ale Butternut Squash Bisque, Carved Roast Organic Turkey and Slow-Roasted Sea Salt-Crusted Prime Rib.
  3. Travaasa Resort – Travaasa’s Preserve Kitchen + Bar will feature a special Thanksgiving Day menu available for $55 per person served family style from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Featuring Wild Boar and Smoked broad Turkey Breast with all the traditional trimmings.
  4. The Driskill Grill – Enjoy an intimate five course Thanksgiving dinner in the legendary Driskill Grill. Featuring local, seasonal ingredients, the menu includes Gingerbread-Pecan Crusted Pork Belly and Free Range Heritage Turkey – $85/person
  5. TRIO – Four Season’s Hotel – Featuring the extravagant buffet with Seared Sea Bass, Seafood Risotto, Brined and Roasted Tom Turkey – $85 per adult and $27 per child.
  6. Chavez Thanksgiving Buffet 
    11:00am to 4:00pm, $49 per person/$19 for kids
    Chavez will be serving a buffet of over 50 sweet and savory offerings on Thanksgiving day including carving stations for roasted turkey and chile and agave glazed ham, poached shrimp & oysters on the half shell, chorizo cornbread stuffing, butternut ravioli with sage brown butter, sweet potato sopes with spiced marshmallow cream, pumpkin panna cotta, bourbon pecan pie and much more! Reservations are recommended.

Get it To-Go:

As you know holidays can be stressful time as our day-to-day schedules become disrupted and a little chaotic due to decorating, shopping, cooking and entertaining – often leaving people short on time and feeling rushed.  For everything great about Thanksgiving, minus the hassle of the actual preparation and running around, leave the cooking to the professionals and check out these great to-go specials from some of the area’s best restaurants and markets.

  1. Contigo: $75 Dinner to go package with Turkey and Dumplings, Cauliflower Gratin
  2. Max’s Wine Diveto-go Thanksgiving dinner packages offering everything but the turkey
  3. La Barbecue , Stiles Switch, Freedmen’s BBQ Order a full or sliced briskets and smoked turkey with sides.
  4. Central Market and Whole Foods Catering Specials with many catering options to choose from.

Classic Cafes and Bars:

  1. Kerbey LaneTurkey breast with gravy, mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing, candied yams and broccoli served with cranberry sauce – $14.95
  2. Gibson Street Bar –Hosting Texas Orphans Thanksgiving, a celebration with drink specials and turkey dinner provided by Luke’s Inside Out. The menu delivers a twist on traditional Thanksgiving fare and comes at a bargain price of $20 for the entire meal.
  3. 24 Diner – They’ll be open 24 hours as usual and offering our full menu! Starting at 10:30 am, we’ll also be serving a fantastic traditional turkey dinner
  4. Hyde Park Bar and Grill –  Both locations of this Austin classic will be serving up turkey and all the traditional trimmings.Vegetarian options are also offered.
  5. Snack Bar – Thanksgiving hours are 9am – 9pm with “snacks only” from 3 – 5pm. In addition to the fabulous daily menu, featuring a turkey sandwich lunch special and turkey with fixings dinner special.Pluckers1
  6. Pluckers Wing Bar – For those who’d rather chicken wings than turkey, Pluckers features all-you-can-eat boneless wings all day for $15.99. – 2222 Rio Grande, Austin