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Savor the Season

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Whether you’re looking for a decadent dinner, a memorable evening out or a casual, family-style meal without the cooking commitment or the mess, indulge in the best culinary traditions of the holidays at these Dallas-Fort Worth favorites.

FINE DINING FEASTS

If no dirty dishes or clean-up is enough incentive, opt for a luxury Thanksgivi­ng experience at some of the most highly acclaimed restaurant­s in Dallas-Fort Worth. Prix fixe menus provide multiple courses of traditiona­l holiday fare, often in addition to each restaurant’s usual offerings, while elevated holiday buffets take on the “everything-isbigger-in-Texas” approach.

Enjoy a three-course Thanksgivi­ng meal from Chef Dean Fearing’s namesake restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton (2121 McKinney Ave., fearingsre­staurant.com) or Knife at The Highland (5300 E. Mockingbir­d Lane, knifedalla­s.com), the steakhouse from celebrity chef John Tesar.

Although it’s closed on Christmas Day, The Capital Grille (multiple locations) is a solid bet for a high-end Thanksgivi­ng meal. In addition to its regular menu, Truluck’s (2401 McKinney Ave., 214.220.2401, trulucks.com) also serves up a traditiona­l Thanksgivi­ng dinner featuring roasted turkey and pumpkin pie.

HOLIDAY BRUNCH

Brunch is nearly a sport on normal weekends, let alone on holidays. Reservatio­ns fill up quickly at establishm­ents such as the Fairmont’s Pyramid restaurant (1717 N. Akard St., 214.720.5249, pyramidres­taurant.com) and the Omni Fort Worth Hotel’s Cast Iron (1300 Houston St., 817.350.4106, omnihotels.com/hotels/fortworth/dining/cast-iron). Striking a balance between upscale service at at-home comfort, Pyramid’s gourmet Christmas Brunch buffet provides an endless array of holiday favorites and a family-friendly atmosphere.

A few minutes north in the Oak Lawn neighborho­od, the Warwick Melrose Hotel’s Landmark restaurant also offers an all-you-can-eat breakfast, lunch and dinner spread of crab claws, prime rib, omelettes, Belgian waffles and more.

Cast Iron’s similar smorgasbor­d includes compliment­ary mimosas or bloody mary’s plus carved-to-order entrees like slow-roasted turkey and Dr Pepper-marinated ham. Save room for tamale casserole and bourbon pecan pie. In the evening, Cast Iron offers either a four-course dinner or a fully loaded family meal to-go.

Visit esteemed eateries such as SER at the Hilton Anatole (2201 N. Stemmons Fwy., 214.761.7479, sersteak.com) and Café on the Green at the Four Seasons in Las Colinas to enjoy special holiday menus and events on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The Man- sion Restaurant (2821 Turtle Creek Blvd., 214.443.4747, www. rosewoodho­tels.com/mansion) at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek offers its elegant, French-inspired spin on seasonal cuisine Dec. 24-25 as well, in addition to Thanksgivi­ng.

BIRD IN THE HAND

Put a Texas twist on Thanksgivi­ng, Christmas or New Year’s with a smoked turkey from Fort Worth local favorite Angelo’s Barbecue (2533 White Settlement Road, Fort Worth, 817.332.0357, angelosbbq.com).

Also a Dallas original, the family-owned Cajun Turkey Co. (214.484.2797, .cajunturke­yco.com) is known for its Louisiana-style deep-fried turkeys, zesty side dishes and more. A Dallas-based online outlet that ships nationwide and fulfills local pick-up orders during the holiday season, order a signature deep-fried bird with all the fixings for a hasslefree holiday meal whether you live here or not.

Finally, a Dallas visit is hardly complete without a trip to Kuby’s Sausage House (6601 Snider Plaza 214.363.2231, kubys.com), a local tradition in itself. This German restaurant and market in Snider Plaza is a longtime provider of fresh and pre-carved smoked turkeys for both Thanksgivi­ng and Christmas.

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