If laboring in the kitchen all day doesn't sound like your idea of a holiday, leave it to the professionals to prepare your Thanksgiving meal. For an all-American feast of turkey and all the trimmings, visit these restaurants in Dallas/Fort Worth. And best of all? No dishes to wash. Check out a few of our favorite restaurants we accurately selected offering a delicious Thanksgiving Dinner menu in the Metroplex. Follow your Metroplex on Facebook!
Bolla, which means “bull” in Italian, occupies a fetching space in the historic Stoneleigh Hotel & Spa. It’s simultaneously eclectic and elegant, with transparent fabrics subtly partitioning the tables, striking geometric chandeliers illuminating the room and oversize oxidized letters from the hotel's original rooftop signage tacked to the walls. Diners can choose from chef David Bull’s à la carte menu or a three-, six- or nine-course prix-fixe tasting menu. Start with thin slices of bufala mozzarella topped with a basil gelée or the densely stacked and molded beef tartare. A second course of pan-seared sea scallops, tucked between layers of scallop mousse and straddling a heap of spinach bathing in brown butter, was lukewarm, but the scallops were nicely seared. Smoked pork belly, cured and braised for 24 hours, is paired with diavolo sauce and mozzarella gelato---a sidekick that may be an acquired taste. The beef tenderloin, capped with black truffle aïoli, caramelized onions and fried tobacco onions, is a stand-out in a city overrun with meat palaces. But the highlight of the meal could very well be the moist Ligurian lemon cake with its balanced marriage of tart and sweet flavors. Service can feel a bit rushed, but the wait staff is knowledgeable.
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Charlie Palmer's eponymous restaurant in the Joule Urban Resort in Dallas is the renowned chef's first outpost in Texas. Scott Romano, the on-site executive chef, pays homage to the restaurant's namesake with a New American menu reflective of Palmer's progressive American cuisine. Elegant, inspired dishes such as sautéed pheasant with fava beans and trumpet royales mesmerize the palate, and the exotic dessert selections are irresistible. The restaurant is also known for its collection of over 800 wines, and diners can use the eWinebook touch screen technology to easily find the perfect wine pairing for a meal.
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Dean Fearing’s Restaurant
Dean Fearing’s big, bold Southwestern flavors sit comfortably on the menu next to tandoori chicken, mixing it all up in a dramatic coup d’état of taste. Start with griddled lump crab cakes embellished with barbecue sauce and paired with a duck tamale and lobster tacos, or maybe Dean’s tortilla soup. Continue with buffalo-style bobwhite quail and an iceberg wedge with blue cheese dressing, or Dr. Pepper-braised short ribs with queso fresco whipped potatoes and crispy tobacco onions. Some entrée descriptions seem deceptively simple, but on the plate they achieve an enchanting exuberance. The ever-expanding wine cellar is first-rate, and perhaps you’ll have the pleasure of sommelier Paul Botamer’s assistance in picking a wine pairing within reach of your price point. Chef Fearing himself often converses with diners, and if it’s a truly up-close-and-personal experience you desire, reserve the Chef’s Table situated in the midst of the lively kitchen.
The Landmark Restaurant
One of the prettiest rooms in town, this venerable spot in the circa 1924 Melrose Hotel has blossomed in the last decade under a succession of talented chefs. Former sous chef Michael Pacheco has become the chef de cuisine, continuing to develop the Landmark's reputation for fine progressive American food. Though menu items can sound overly complicated and change with the season, the results are usually delightful. The five spice calamari with Asian greens and sweet Thai vinaigrette nicely balances contrasting textures and flavors for a succulent starter. Entrées tend toward the grand---braised lamb shank “Milanaise” and grilled veal chops with garlic mashed potatoes are standouts as is the cedar plank salmon served with grilled peach chutney glaze and sweet potato matchsticks. The elegant décor, soft hued walls, and discreet service make The Landmark a great place for a big date.
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