Events, runs, restaurants and things for which to be thankful...
Every year more families are throwing in the dishtowel and heading out of the house for Turkey Dinner and Thanksgiving events. In Austin, not only do we have some of the best spreads in town, but we also have an array of events to choose from, whether you want to kick back and unbuckle your belt or run off yesterday’s dressing.
Pull up to a Local Table Hoovers- If you’re a real Austin local, Hoovers isn’t a vacuum, but a real Southern tradition. Although touted for their barbeque 364 days each year, Thanksgiving is no day to miss at this East Austin gem. From 11a.m. to 7p.m. the restaurant will be serving a spread that includes turkey, Cajun pork roast, Jamaican jerk chicken, candied yams, mustard greens and other traditions. You can also take home a whole turkey and you get to choose a bird that’s fried, roasted or smoked. For $10 extra, they’ll even carve it ready to serve. Click to reserve your holiday takeout
- Dine in: $16.99 per person
- Take-out turkey (whole): $56.95
– With blue ribbon awards for the best burger, chicken fried steak and the best music venue in town, Hills Café will have no problem tackling tradition. This Thanksgiving they’re offering oak-smoked turkey breast with cranberry sauce, or you can ham it up with their smoked pork. Of course the other staples of mashed potatoes, yams, dressing and green bean casserole will fill in the gaps.
Hudson’s on the Bend
- Adults: $15.95
- Children 12 and under: $6.95
- It’s a restaurant, cooking school and a group of wine aficionados that serves delectable wild game on any regular day. With this trifecta Hudson’s can’t lose this Thanksgiving. Their menu has only a few of their festive features up right now that include pumpkin risotto with a pheasant confit-complete with a pumpkin bowl presentation-, and the bird will be ancho cured and pecan smoked. For those who are trying to stay on the lighter side of the holidays, they’ll also feature a tortilla-crusted Texas redfish plate. Click for the full menu
. Buca di Beppo
– If you’re Italian, or your stomach is at heart, consider Buca di Beppo for a Thanksgiving with an Italian twist. Their portions are served family style, $45 for 3 people or $90 for 6, and you can also take their party pans to go. Your goody bag will include turkey and gravy, sausage stuffing, garlic mashed potatoes, green beans and cranberry sauce.
Austin Thanksgiving Events
- 20 people: $250
- 10 people: $135
Texas vs. TCU game: Although we’ve played our last rivalry game with the maroons-that-must-not-be-named, many Longhorn fans are ready to see how our team sizes up to the Horned Frogs. Each side is ready to prove themselves after months of verbal debate. Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m. Turkey Trot
- As if Thundercloud Subs wasn’t already on your local favorites list for their Austin Club, the company also started the city’s Turkey Trot, a 5-mile race that raises funds that benefit Caritas of Austin. Last year, they managed to raise $265,000. Also important to note: Thundercloud is hosting a raffle for a 2012 Honda Accord or a bike from Mellow Johnny’s
. With three prizes available and ticket sales capped at 3,000, all it takes is one ticket to have a chance at winning big. Click for more info
. 8th Annual Thanksgiving Community Feast
– Did someone say free food? Austin Parks and Recreation did. Today from 6p.m. to 8:30p.m. the Givens Center will be hosting a dinner that’s free and open to all in Austin. ACL Live Presents Reckless Kelly
: Add a little Texas music to your Thanksgiving tradition. Reckless Kelly Muzzie Braun, and Micky and the Motorcars will take the stage at ACL Live on November 23. Click for tickets Thanksgiving Eve Service
- St. David’s Episcopal Church will host a Nov. 21 service at 7p.m. open to all who want to give thanks to God. Open Turkey Fry
- On Nov. 21 at St. Roch’s Bar, chefs from Louisiana and Austin will host an open turkey fry where customers B.Y.O.T. (bring your own turkey). Free Abita Amber beer will be served to both those just picking up their premade turkey and the patrons who stick around to watch the demonstration at noon.
What Austin can be thankful for this year:
- Open Fry (you bring your thawed bird): $20
- Cajun Bird (premade): $59
As we Austinites look back on 2012, there are a few things we can come together to be thankful for:
- F1- Although traffic is appalling and we’re still unsure about the race’s financial impact, Austin has already seen a boon from the world-famous event (Hotels are booked out to Marble Falls!). The free Fan Fest begins tonight, and race day is upon us tomorrow.
- 23,800 new jobs- Our city has added 23,800 jobs since last year, ranking us #28 for growth in the nation. New York is number one: Click for the article.
- Homes sales and house starts are on the rise- In our city last September, housing starts were up by more than 37 percent, compared to 2011! Home closings were up by 14 percent and therefore, inventory is shrinking as well. Click for the article.
- Rejoice Austin women: H&M clothing store opens at the Domain this Saturday, enough said. Click here to read more.
- Operation Turkey- Since 2000, this grassroots movement seeks to distribute hot meals to those in need out on the Austin streets. They had 2,300 volunteers in 2011, and they can always use more. Click here to volunteer.