This week in gluttony
Thanksgiving Day vittles and more craft beer: The best food and booze events inDallas
Thanksgiving seems early this year, doesn't it? Teresa put together a pretty comprehensive list of all of your Thanksgiving options, but like your cousin that keeps changing his major, there were a few that were late to the party.
And, like your cousin who keeps changing his major, these latecomers are getting a little more attention than everyone else. Also, we've got some holiday drinks and an open house in Sherman for a new brewery. It's not the craziest lineup you've ever seen. But these activities encourage much gluttony, and we always like that.
Not everyone is Eric Ripert in the kitchen, and that’s okay. Skip the stress of entertaining guests and the risk of lumpy mashed potatoes at Cook Hall, W Dallas Victory Hotel’s new eatery. Chef Rick Graf and staff are serving up a traditional Thanksgiving feast from 11:30 am-8 pm for $28 per person.
Toss in the extensive cocktail, beer and wine selections, and you’ll forget why you ever had Thanksgiving at your aunt and uncle’s place ever again. The family-style meal includes turkey breast with crispy leg and gravy, sweet potato puree with cinnamon marshmallow, cranberry mostarda, roast beets in brown butter vinaigrette, sausage pecan stuffing, and more.
Decanter Restaurant & Wine Bar
Did you know that the first thing the Pilgrims ate when they landed at Plymouth Rock was a Denver omelet? True story. Relive the memories with Decanter’s Thanksgiving brunch. You can go with the tried-and-true turkey station, but with bottomless mimosas in play, the omelet and breakfast stations might be more your speed.
Who knows? Maybe the beef carving station pairs nicely with that OJ and Champagne, in which case, you are one twisted individual. Decanter will be thankful from 11 am-3 pm, and for $18.95, you can join them.
The Preston Center raw-food joint will be open Thanksgiving day and serving a special Thanksgiving menu for $25 from 3-8 pm. The feast will include portobello mushroom and kalamata olive ravioli, marinated mushrooms, mashed root vegetables, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower and carrot stuffing.
You can also order anything from the regular menu. As always, everything is raw and vegan, which means you might not hate yourself for going back for seconds.
Village Marquee Grill
To start, choose from carrot-pumpkin soup, stuffed quail, jumbo shrimp or bacon cheddar grits. Entrees include duck breast, pork belly, turkey with cornbread dressing, or New York strip steak. Plus a plethora of sides such as bacon-scallion risotto, cauliflower-truffle purée, Southwestern spiced onion rings and Cajun Parmesan fries. Dessert options include pick pecan tart, pumpkin cheesecake, banana bread pudding, apple pie and sticky buns.
And now our keyboard has drool on it. Tre Wilcox and company will serve from 11 am-3 pm. Adults are $60 and kids under 12 eat for $25. But, honestly, don't take your kids. They're the worst on Thanksgiving.
Holy Grail Pub
The Plano pub is bringing it strong with a four-course meal from noon-7 pm for $35 per person, plus the option of a four-course beer pairing for $15 more. Starters include Brie en croute with red wine mushrooms, corn chowder, arugula salad, and roasted root vegetables with goat cheese dressing.
For entrees, you get your choice of fried turkey breast with mashed potatoes; green beans and smoked porter gravy; or lamb chops with pumpkin seed sauce, sweet potatoes and baked endive. Dessert is your choice of pumpkin cheesecake or raspberry chocolate cake with ganache and pecans.
I’ll be honest: I would eat that stuff. They recommend calling for a reservation at 972-377-6633.
Park Tavern, Primebar and Townhouse
Come Friday you’re either trying to avoid the stampede at some Black Friday sale, or your skin is slowly beginning to graft to the couch as you wonder if man can live on gravy alone. Shake things up at one of these three drinkeries (that’s an eatery that serves quality drinks) with their “Sips of the Season” from November 23 to Christmas Eve. They’ve got four different sips — Pumpkin Pie, Spiced Eggnog, Butterscotch Bliss and Gingerbread Cookie. Diabetes has never gotten you so blitzed.
Yeah, 903 Brewers is in Sherman, but, guys … it’s beer. 903 will have its first open house from 1-3 pm with five brews on tap. Try the Belgium Wit, Sweet Pecan Porter, Coffee Brown Ale, Pumpkin Spice Ale, Whopper Stout or Vanilla Cream Ale. The new brewery will open permanently in the spring, but get in on this sneak peek while you can.