Thanksgiving is Nov. 28, and plenty of restaurants are gearing up for the holiday with elaborate spreads that include the traditional turkey with all the trimming as well as extra specials, such as seafood creatins and special desserts. Reservations are recommended for all places mentioned. Prices do not include tax and tip, unless otherwise noted.
A traditional Thanksgiving dinner can be yours at many area restaurants.
Biga on the Banks, 203 S. St. Mary’s St., (210) 225-0722 — Chef Bruce Auden’s Thanksgiving Day menu will be offered 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. The meal includes organic turkey caldo, Curry fish stew, Turkey & andouille sausage gumbo, Gulf fish ceviche shooters, AK’s fried chicken, Duck confit wild rice and pickled golden raisin salad, house-pulled mozzarella and tomato salad, tangy canton noodles with crab, Jumbo gulf shrimp cocktail with mango habanero cocktail sauce, roasted prime rib of beef carvery, ham, red snapper a la plancha, fresh seafood, herb-roasted organic turkey carvery with traditional accompaniments like buttermilk garlic mashers, green beans, crunchy onions, gravy, apple sour dough stuffing, jalapeno corn pudding, cranberry citrus chutney, along with flavors from the Southwest. A dessert buffet will include chocolate silk panna cotta with cranberry compote, walnut chocolate tart, gingerbread vanilla trifle, butternut cheesecake, poached pear in almond cream pastry, vanilla bean crème brulee and more. Children’s options are available, s are vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. Handmade pumpkin spice cocktails by Bronson and affordable wine finds from Michael offered. Price: $58 for adults; $27 for children 12 and under.
Brick House Tavern, 1011 N. Loop 1604 E., (210) 402-3107 — The bar and restaurant will open for happy hour and dinner service on Thanksgiving. Watch the game from a recliner with a built-in TV tray. Happy hour specials, including $2 domestic drafts, $1 cans of beer, $3 import drafts and $4 house wine and specialty draft imports, are available until 6 p.m.
Crumpets, 3920 Harry Wurzbach Road, (210) 821-5600 — Crumpets’ Thanksgiving Day hours are from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. The special menu will include Roasted Turkey and Baked Ham with the trimmings ($29.50), Tenderloin of Beef ($36.50), Veal Scaloppini ($34.50) and Fresh Rainbow Trout ($29.50). Entrees come with appetizer, bread, salad and dessert. Children under 10 can get a turkey and ham plate with all the trimmings plus choice of salad or dessert ($12). Special orders are also being taken for whole roasted or smoked turkeys, boneless glazed or spiral-cut bone-in hams, side dishes, pies and more.
JW Marriott offers seafood specialties in addition to the traditional meal.
Frederick’s Restaurant, 7701 Broadway, (210) 828-9050; Frederick’s Bistro, 14439 N.W. Military Hwy., (210) 888-1555 — Thanksgiving hours at both restaurants are 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. for lunch and 5 – 9 for dinner. Highlights of the lunch menu include: Butternut Squash Pumpkin Soup ($6), Lobster Bisque ($7), Frederick’s Spring Rolls ($9), Crab Cake with Spicy Remoulade ($9.50) Escargot Bordelaise with Mushrooms & Garlic Sauce ($9), Frederick’s Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette ($8), Avocado, Jumbo Lump Crab Meat Salad ($25), Frederick’s Traditional Thanksgiving Turkey served with Home-style Stuffing, Fresh Cranberries & Seasonal Vegetables ($19), Norwegian Salmon with Baby Shrimp & Whole Grain Mustard White Wine Sauce ($19) and Jumbo Sea Scallops with Capers and Lemon & Butter, Caper Sauce ($20). A children’s menu is available.
Green Vegetarian Cuisine, 200 E. Grayson St., (210) 320-5865 — Thanksgiving Day vegetarian feast will be from 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. On the menu: Vegan Turkey, Glazed Ham, Herb Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Sausage Apple Stuffing, Green Bean Casserole, Cranberry Salad, Dinner Roll, Pumpkin Pie and drink. Call for prices.
Hyatt Hill Country Resort, 9800 Hyatt Resort Drive, (210) 647-1234 — The resort is offering two Thanksgiving options:
What’s Thanksgiving dinner without cranberries?
The buffet will be available 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. It will include a rustic soup station with butternut squash soup, onion soup with Gruyère crouton, roasted tomato soup with smoked cheddar crostini, chicken tomatillo soup and posole with cilantro and diced onion. The Salad Bar will feature a selection of local greens, dressings and more, composed salads derived from the “fall harvest,” and a specialty apple and pear tasting accompanied with warm mulled cider. Seafood will include jumbo shrimp and cascabel chile cocktail sauce, hand-shucked oysters with jalapeño mignonette, smoked salmon with traditional garnish and mini bagels, and tomato and basil marinated mussels. A cheese kiosk with artisan breads will be featured. The Butcher Block will serve apple and fennel roasted tom turkey with house-made gravy, maple-glazed honey baked ham with spicy mustard. and horseradish crusted beef strip loin. A Cranberry Bar, side dishes and breakfast favorites will be included. Desserts: various types of crème brûlée (pumpkin spice, maple, and vanilla bean), tarts (cranberry almond, apple cinnamon, and chocolate cream), traditional pies (pumpkin and chocolate pecan), cakes (Black Forest cheesecake, chocolate ganache, and red velvet), and warm apple cobbler plus white hot chocolate. Children’s buffet will consist of traditional favorites and healthy options. Prices: Adults, $54.95; seniors, $39.95; children (6-12 years), $23; and children (5 and under), free.
- Antlers is offering a Thanksgiving family-style dinner from 3 to 9 p.m. First course includes sweet potato chipotle and apple soup plus fall harvest salad, local greens, radicchio, Belgian endive, pear, blue cheese, pecans, pomegranate and maple vinaigrette. Second course includes Garden Herb Butter Roasted Turkey & Kettle Gravy, Lavender Honey Glazed Ham, Wild Mushroom and Chorizo Stuffing, Tequila-Jalapeno and Traditional Cranberry Sauce, Smoked Cheddar Whipped Potatoes, Autumn Vegetable Hash, Organic Carrots and Sweet Peas, and fresh breads. Third course includes individual dessert choice. Sommelier recommendations on wine available. Prices: Adults, $54; seniors, $40; children 6-12 years, $20; and children 5 and under, free.
Some restaurants will serve Thanksgiving favorites family-style.
JW Marriott, 23808 Resort Parkway, (210) 483-6622 — The Thanksgiving meal in the Grand Oaks Ballroom will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Th emenu includes artisan breads, Prasek’s Summer Sausage, Salami and Soprasetta, Brazos Valley Cheese Collection, salads, Shrimp, Snow Crab Claws, Clams, Oysters, an omelet station, pastries, House Smoked Salmon, Farm Fresh Scrambled Eggs, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Elgin Hot Links Sausage, soups, Maple Brined Tom Turkey, Prime Rib, Bourbon Glazed Smoked Pork Loin, Ricotta Ravioli, Warm Citrus Shrimp and Orecchiette Pasta and an array of sweets, including Spiced Pumpkin Pie with Whipped Cream and Cinnamon, Spiced Mincemeat Pie, Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie, Cinnamon Crumb Apple Pie, Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Icing, Fuji Apple Cider Cake, Chocolate Hazelnut Cake and more. A kids’ buffet is also offered. Prices: Adults, $56.95; seniors, $47.95; and 4 and older, $25.95.
Las Canarias at Omni La Mansión del Rio, 112 College St., (210) 518-1177 — The Thanksgiving Day buffet will be from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The menu includes classic breakfast options, chef-prepared salads, fresh seafood selections, a gourmet carving station and dessert table. The buffet also includes complimentary valet parking (first-come, first-served) and choice of champagne, mimosas and/or Bloody Mary’s; all other alcoholic beverages are non-inclusive. The cost is $69.95 per person plus tax and a 21-percent tip; children ages 6-12, $34.95 ++; and children 5 and younger, free. Las Canarias’ regular à la carte dining, with featured themed specials, will resume at 6 p.m.
Las Ramblas at the Hotel Quintessa, 306 W. Market St., (210) 298-8040 — Executive Chef Jordan Mackey has designed a Thanksgiving brunch buffet that combines traditional holiday favorites and Spanish specialties with a Mediterranean twist. It will be from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with four seatings. Specialty carving stations will include a Moroccan applewood-smoked prime rib and a maple-glazed pit-roasted ham; chili roasted turkey breasts and roulades, and a smoked seafood display with prawns, marinated mussels, and ceviches. Artisan cheeses, cured meats and freshly baked ciabatta and flatbreads, in addition to a variety of hand-blended salads. Las Ramblas’ signature Paella Valencia tops the menu along with regional influences including a black olive giblet gravy and a chorizo olive ciabatta stuffing. Fish, pasta, soup and seasonal vegetables will also be offered. Waffle and omelet stations will be featured as well as an assortment of house-made pastries and desserts. Price is $49 for adults, $16 for children ages 7 – 16 and free for children 6 and under. Mimosas and signature sangrias are $9 each.
Luce Ristorante e Enoteca, 11255 Huebner Road, (210) 561-9700 — Thanksgiving dinner will be served from noon to 4 p.m. Start with a choice of antipasti: Zuppa di Zucca (Butternut Squash, Braised Escarole, Pancetta); Insalate Misto (Goat Cheese ‘Truffle’ with Mesclun Greens, Diced Cucumber, Radish & Celery, Roasted Tomato, Prosciutto di Parma); Caprese (Tomato Slices and Fresh Mozzarella di Latte, Basil and Olive Oil); Caesar; or Pasta Fagioli. Main course is ‘Tacchino’ (Slow Roasted Tom Turkey, Corn Bread Stuffing, Sweet Potato, Giblet Gravy, Fresh Fall Vegetables, Cranberry Sauce). Dessert is Pumpkin Pie. The price is $24.95 for adults or $9.95 for children under 12.
Expect to find all sorts of pies among the dessert offerings.
Mike’s in the Village, 2355 Bulverde Road, Bulverde, (830) 885-2283 — Mike’s is open Thanksgiving from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The special three-course menu includes a choice of Butternut Squash Soup, Chicken and Sausage Gumbo, Caesar Salad or Mixed Greens with Raspberry Vinegrette, followed by an entree choice of Traditional Roasted Turkey Breast, Creole Roasted Prime Rib with Jus or Fresh Wild Caught Salmon with Lemon Butter. Sides include Cranberry Glazed Carrots, Green Beans and Mushroom Cassorole, Creamy Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes, Chorizo, Cornbread and Walnut Stuffing served with giblet gravy and Whole Fruit Cranberry Relish. Dessert is a choice of Pecan Pie with White & Dark Chocolate Sauce, Pumpkin Pie with Fresh Whipped Cream and White Chocolate Bread Pudding with Rum Sauce. Prices: Adults, $24.99; children 10 and under, $9.99.
Omni Colonnade, 9821 Colonnade Blvd., (210) 699-5803 — Thanksgiving Day Brunch will be served from 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. with seatings every 30 minutes. The menu features turkey served three ways. Choose from rotisserie, Cajun or smoked turkey. In addition to the traditional turkeys, the menu features herb crusted pork loin and a rosemary steamship of beef. The chef is also featuring a stuffing bar with cornbread stuffing sautéed with your choice of shrimp, chicken, chorizo, smoked oysters, prosciutto or a mix of dried fruit and nuts. The buffet includes breakfast entrees, omelet station, seasonal fresh fruit, fresh baked goods, soups and salads and a seafood display. Buffet prices are $45 for adults; seniors (65+) and active military, $41; children 5-11 years of age, $18; and children under 5 are free. Call to sponsor a Thanksgiving dinner for a wounded warrior or veteran.
Oro at the Emily Morgan Hotel, 705 E. Houston St., (210) 244-0146 — The Thanksgiving buffet celebration will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will include: from the sea, a selection of East Coast oysters and Gulf cocktail shrimp, ahi tuna, gulf redfish, gulf shrimp ceviche and a trio of sauces; bluebonnet farms heirloom tomato and roasted wild mushrooms; Bluebonnet Farms local lettuces with assorted dressings and accompaniments; GauchoGourmet charcuterie with imported and domestic cheeses; garden asparagus with bacon, egg, and pickled onion; house smoked salmon with appropriate accompaniments; hot favorites, carved rosemary and cardamom scented turkey, traditional dressing, Alamo Beer and citrus braised berkshire pork shank, mesquite smoked garlic studded beef flat iron steak and pan-seared ruby red trout, orange caper cream; and a selection of petite cupcakes, seasonal berry cheesecake, Texas pecan pie, chantilly cream, pumpkin pie and golden raisin caramel. From the bar: Bloody Mary’s, mimosas, wide selection of imported, domestic, and craft beers, all for $3 each. Buffet price: $39.95 for adults, $19.95 for children 12 and under. Complimentary valet parking.
Candied yams are a seasonal favorite.
Ostra at Mokara Hotel & Spa, 212 W. Crockett St., (210) 396-5817 — The regular à la carte menu will be offered all day. Featured themed specials are available during dinner service beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Q on the Riverwalk, Hyatt Regency, 123 Losoya St., (210) 510-4477 — The Thanksgiving Brunch buffet is from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Features include a seafood display with Jumbo Black Tiger Shrimp, Crab Claws, Shucked Oysters and Dill Infused Lock Duart Gavlox; an antipasto display; creat your own salads; soups; breads; a carving station with Herb Roasted Turkey Breast, Paprika Rubbed Berkshire Ham, the Great Wall of Fire, Hot Smoked Salmon with Whole Grain Mustard Beurre Blanc; Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes; Haricot Vert Casserole with French Fried Texas 1015 Onions, Elgin Sausage and Cornbread Dressing; and Sweets Street with Pumpkin Pie, Bourbon Pecan Pie, Calvados Apple Cobbler, Maple Crème Brûlée, Clementine Fruit Tarts, Chocolate Bread Pudding and more. Adults: $46; children: $23. Includes champagne and self-parking. A plate Thanksgiving dinner will be from 6 to 10 p.m. with Mixed Green Salad; Fresh Baked Dinner Roll; Herb Roasted Turkey with Giblet Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Kountry Boy Sausage Cornbread Dressing, Haricot Vert Casserole, Clementine & Cranberry Sauce; and Pumpkin Pie. Adults: $29; children: $14.50.
Sustenio at the Eilan Hotel, 17103 La Cantera Parkway, (210) 598-2950 — The Thanksgiving Champagne Brunch Buffet will be from 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Prices are: Adults, $54.95; children, $39.95; and under 3, free.
Westin La Cantera, 16641 La Cantera Parkway, (210) 558-2439 — The Thanksgiving brunch in the San Antonio Grand Ballroom will feature seatings every half hour from 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. The menu includes traditional favorites and more. Prices are $49 for adults, $25 for children, and free for children 5 and under with a paying adult.
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