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Thanksgiving dim sum, anyone?
Thanksgiving dim sum, anyone?
Photo: Kirin Court

11 Places for a Totally Nontraditional Thanksgiving Meal

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Thanksgiving dim sum, anyone?
| Photo: Kirin Court

Turkey Day approaches, and if you haven't made any plans yet, you should probably get on that pretty quick. Of course, if you don't have any family in town or you just want to buck tradition altogether, there are plenty of restaurants in the area that will be serving up everything from turkey nachos to chicken tikka masala to dim sum, plus steaks, lobster, veal parm, fondue and more. Here's a handy map to 11 places to go for a totally non-traditional Thanksgiving meal.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Ai Sushi Sake Grill

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4123 Cedar Springs Rd #102
Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 468-4587
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Sushi on Thanksgiving? Sure, why the hell not? This slick, trendy sushi joint at the Ilume building is open from 3-9:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving, and best of all: all alcoholic beverages are half price all day. We'll call that a win.

2. India West

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5290 Belt Line Rd
Dallas, TX 75254
(972) 231-5556
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Addison's upscale Indian restaurant is hosting a $14 (kids under 10 are $8) brunch buffet from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. that will include chaat, tandoori chicken, a made-to-order parantha station, paneer tikka masala, naan and more. Get fancy with a made-to-order bananas Foster station for $12 extra (serves two). Call for reservations.

3. Kalachandji's

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5430 Gurley Ave
Dallas, TX 75223
(214) 821-1048
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A vegetarian Thanksgiving in a Hare Krishna temple ought to be a memorable one. Stop by this one-of-a-kind East Dallas destination between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. for a $15.95 buffet that will include festive dishes like curried pumpkin, vegetable pakoras and carob-walnut halvah. [Photo: John Noeding via Kalachandji's]

4. Katy Trail Ice House

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3136 Routh St
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 468-0600
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If you really just want to watch the football game and get drunk without all the dressing up and family drama, go here. They'll be dishing out casual turkey dinner plates with cranberry sauce and cornbread stuffing (available from 11 a.m. until food runs out, if you're into that), but the regular menu will also be available with stuff like chips and loaded queso, venison chili and more. Wash it down with a few pumpkin ales for $4 each.

5. Kirin Court Restaurant

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221 W Polk St
Richardson, TX 75080
(214) 575-8888
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Any day is a good day for dim sum, including Thanksgiving. This insanely popular Richardson restaurant is open all day starting at 10 a.m. so you can get your fill of dumplings, roast duck, crab fried rice, steamed pork buns and more.

6. May Dragon

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4848 Beltline Rd
Addison, TX
(972) 392-9998
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Turkey is pretty overrated, so how about a nice Peking duck instead? Order it "first way" at this classy, old-school Addison spot and it'll come with pancakes, plum sauce and scallions for a sort of roll-your-own duck burrito setup. Don't forget the egg drop soup. (Bonus: There's a full bar for all your holiday boozing needs.) Open at 11 a.m. until "nine or ten" p.m.

7. The Melting Pot

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4900 Belt Line Rd
Dallas, TX 75254
(972) 960-7027
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For a bit of kitschy retro fun, this fondue emporium is open from 5-8 p.m. with a $37.95 four-course menu that includes seasonal specials like cranberry-walnut-cheddar fondue and white chocolate-pumpkin pie fondue. [Photo: Foursquare]

8. Momo's Italian Restaurant

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2800 Routh St. Ste.165
Uptown, TX 75204
(972) 748-9404
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This cozy Italian spot in the Quadrangle is offering a three course Thanksgiving menu ($24.95) if you've just gotta have turkey -- but why, when you could have creamy gnocchi al gorgonzola or bacon spiked tagliatelle all'amatriciana and finish up with an affogato (espresso poured over vanilla ice cream)? Open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. [Photo: Foursquare]

9. Morton's The Steakhouse

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2222 McKinney Ave, #200
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 741-2277
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Personally, we'll take a nice juicy ribeye over roast turkey any day. Morton's is open from 3-9 p.m. so you can feast on steaks, oysters Rockefeller, massive porterhouses, lobster tails, and all the classic steakhouse sides including no less than 6 different kinds of potatoes.

10. Our Place Indian Cuisine

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8150 N MacArthur Blvd
Irving, TX 75063
(214) 574-7117
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Trek out to this Indian gem in Irving for a buffet from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (yes, there will be turkey) or for dinner from 5:30-10 p.m. when they'll offer a special Andhra-style turkey curry.

11. Texas de Brazil

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2727 Cedar Springs Rd
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 720-1414
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Thanksgiving is obviously the perfect occasion to slip into a meat coma at this Brazilian steakhouse. There will be special Thanksgiving dishes including turkey, but the wise will save stomach space for the picanha. Open 11 a.m.-9 p.m., $44.99 for adults ($24.99 for salad bar only) and half price for kids 7-12.

1. Ai Sushi Sake Grill

4123 Cedar Springs Rd #102, Dallas, TX 75219
Sushi on Thanksgiving? Sure, why the hell not? This slick, trendy sushi joint at the Ilume building is open from 3-9:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving, and best of all: all alcoholic beverages are half price all day. We'll call that a win.
4123 Cedar Springs Rd #102
Dallas, TX 75219

2. India West

5290 Belt Line Rd, Dallas, TX 75254
Addison's upscale Indian restaurant is hosting a $14 (kids under 10 are $8) brunch buffet from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. that will include chaat, tandoori chicken, a made-to-order parantha station, paneer tikka masala, naan and more. Get fancy with a made-to-order bananas Foster station for $12 extra (serves two). Call for reservations.
5290 Belt Line Rd
Dallas, TX 75254

3. Kalachandji's

5430 Gurley Ave, Dallas, TX 75223
A vegetarian Thanksgiving in a Hare Krishna temple ought to be a memorable one. Stop by this one-of-a-kind East Dallas destination between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. for a $15.95 buffet that will include festive dishes like curried pumpkin, vegetable pakoras and carob-walnut halvah. [Photo: John Noeding via Kalachandji's]
5430 Gurley Ave
Dallas, TX 75223

4. Katy Trail Ice House

3136 Routh St, Dallas, TX 75201
If you really just want to watch the football game and get drunk without all the dressing up and family drama, go here. They'll be dishing out casual turkey dinner plates with cranberry sauce and cornbread stuffing (available from 11 a.m. until food runs out, if you're into that), but the regular menu will also be available with stuff like chips and loaded queso, venison chili and more. Wash it down with a few pumpkin ales for $4 each.
3136 Routh St
Dallas, TX 75201

5. Kirin Court Restaurant

221 W Polk St, Richardson, TX 75080
Any day is a good day for dim sum, including Thanksgiving. This insanely popular Richardson restaurant is open all day starting at 10 a.m. so you can get your fill of dumplings, roast duck, crab fried rice, steamed pork buns and more.
221 W Polk St
Richardson, TX 75080

6. May Dragon

4848 Beltline Rd, Addison, TX
Turkey is pretty overrated, so how about a nice Peking duck instead? Order it "first way" at this classy, old-school Addison spot and it'll come with pancakes, plum sauce and scallions for a sort of roll-your-own duck burrito setup. Don't forget the egg drop soup. (Bonus: There's a full bar for all your holiday boozing needs.) Open at 11 a.m. until "nine or ten" p.m.
4848 Beltline Rd
Addison, TX

7. The Melting Pot

4900 Belt Line Rd, Dallas, TX 75254
For a bit of kitschy retro fun, this fondue emporium is open from 5-8 p.m. with a $37.95 four-course menu that includes seasonal specials like cranberry-walnut-cheddar fondue and white chocolate-pumpkin pie fondue. [Photo: Foursquare]
4900 Belt Line Rd
Dallas, TX 75254

8. Momo's Italian Restaurant

2800 Routh St. Ste.165, Uptown, TX 75204
This cozy Italian spot in the Quadrangle is offering a three course Thanksgiving menu ($24.95) if you've just gotta have turkey -- but why, when you could have creamy gnocchi al gorgonzola or bacon spiked tagliatelle all'amatriciana and finish up with an affogato (espresso poured over vanilla ice cream)? Open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. [Photo: Foursquare]
2800 Routh St. Ste.165
Uptown, TX 75204

9. Morton's The Steakhouse

2222 McKinney Ave, #200, Dallas, TX 75201
Personally, we'll take a nice juicy ribeye over roast turkey any day. Morton's is open from 3-9 p.m. so you can feast on steaks, oysters Rockefeller, massive porterhouses, lobster tails, and all the classic steakhouse sides including no less than 6 different kinds of potatoes.
2222 McKinney Ave, #200
Dallas, TX 75201

10. Our Place Indian Cuisine

8150 N MacArthur Blvd, Irving, TX 75063
Trek out to this Indian gem in Irving for a buffet from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (yes, there will be turkey) or for dinner from 5:30-10 p.m. when they'll offer a special Andhra-style turkey curry.
8150 N MacArthur Blvd
Irving, TX 75063

11. Texas de Brazil

2727 Cedar Springs Rd, Dallas, TX 75201
Thanksgiving is obviously the perfect occasion to slip into a meat coma at this Brazilian steakhouse. There will be special Thanksgiving dishes including turkey, but the wise will save stomach space for the picanha. Open 11 a.m.-9 p.m., $44.99 for adults ($24.99 for salad bar only) and half price for kids 7-12.
2727 Cedar Springs Rd
Dallas, TX 75201

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