Thanksgiving in District 6

Thanksgiving in District 6

Turkey? Ham?! Is it too late to get some for Thursday?!
Fortunately, District 6 has some fabulous Thanksgiving Day (and pre-day) options – some may even accommodate last-minute needs. D6 has some best-kept secret restaurants that allow you to explore a world of cuisines – traditional and not-so – while you and yours enjoy some friendly, local service and leave the clean-up to them. Our district also has some great grab-and-go selections for when dine-in means “at your own table.”

Traditional Full-Service Thanksgiving Meals in D6

Kerbey Lane
Starting at 11am, Thanksgiving Day, Kerbey Lane Cafe serves a full Thanksgiving meal for $14.95, while supplies last
Alamo Drafthouse
A full Thanksgiving meal is one of the offerings on Thanksgiving Day at Alamo Lakeline menu, while supplies last
Pinballz Lake Creek
Yes, our local outlet of fun and games, games, games is hosting this holiday happening for free! Don’t have plans for Thanksgiving? Come have dinner at Pinballz Lake Creek… on them! Just bring a donation of canned goods for the Central Texas Food Bank, and get a scrumptious plate of turkey and fixings for FREE!

D6 Grab-and-Go Thanksgiving Meals, Entrées, and/or Sides

Stuffed Cajun Meat Market
Awwww cher, if you’re looking for some classic Cajun cuisine, Stuffed has some frozen Turducken left while supplies last
Steiner Ranch Steakhouse
Steiner will be taking orders for Thanksgiving meal entrées and sides at least through Monday and perhaps later
Dream Dinners
The holidays might be a great time to check out what Dream Dinners has to offer: A meal planning service with a large commercial kitchen/store front where you can gather and prep a week’s worth of meals for the entire family all in one session. And yes, they have holiday options.
Celebrate 80 years of taking care of Texans grocery needs with H-E-B deals. This week, they offer a Free Turkey with the purchase of a Spiral Sliced Ham. Check out their website for turkey tips, recipes, other tasty deals, and info about Curbside and Delivery services.

D6 Alternatives to the Traditional

A+A Sichuan
Open for sit-down, take-out, and delivery on Thanksgiving. Known for their generous portions and deep Sichuan menu, this local fave in Galleria Oaks is open on T Day with delivery available.
Hunan Bistro
Open Thanksgiving. Anderson Mill is well-served with this classic bistro. NW Austin does not play when it comes to Chinese food. The menu runs deep.
Asia Cafe
Open Thanksgiving. Legendary no-fuss, no-muss cafe in the eclectic Barrington Oaks shopping center is a great option with another deep menu of real-deal items.
Melting Pot
While the NW Austin outpost of this fondue chain will be closed on Thanksgiving proper, this week leading up to Turkey Day, they present Friendsgiving and gift card promos (Buy $100, get a $25 bonus), as well as specials to benefit St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital. Also, who knew they had vegan selections?

Grab-and-Go & Desserts / Make Your Own New Traditions in the D6

Nawlins Cafe
Closed Thanksgiving. Open regular hours other days this week: Take your chance and walk in to see what’s available or call and give them 24 hour notice to whip up a fresh pie in Apple, Peach, Sweet Potato, Coconut, Cream, Buttermilk, Lemon, Blackberry or Cherry (9″ pie for $15). Add some Louisiana sass to your Thanksgiving and order up a fresh Crawfish Pie ($18).
Closed Thanksgiving. Open regular hours other days this week: Some people like pie. Some prefer cake. These local faves have a slew of deliciousness in their grab-and-go case.
New Holiday Tradition: Balance out all that pigging out with some soul- and belly-cleansing goodness from this delicious Austin original. Pro Tip: Gift cards make great holiday presents!
The awesome taqueria with the Lucha Libre face on the sign will be open limited hours on Thanksgiving Day (8am-2pm) and will re-open for breakfast, Friday, 8am. We heartily endorse the establishment of a new tradition: Pancake Breakfast Tacos (um… what???) for the Holidays.
We cannot tell a lie: Pulling this list together was a bit challenging. Our far Northwest district and the local businesses in it do not get the “ink” and coverage that central Austin gets. We invite you to write to us with your favorites so we can “beef” (or turkey!) up this list to share with neighbors. We are also working on a similar guide for the December Holidays, so if you feel like sharing any of the great locally owned District 6 food and gift options on your list, please do.
Note to local media: You are welcome to fluff your holiday lists with any of the options we have listed here (with proper credit, of course). We also invite you to cover District 6 on the regular. After all, as you can see from this list, District 6 is where a lot of local Austin innovators come to grow their business!