In our fast-paced and chaotic world it becomes hard to cook large extravagant dinners the whole family can enjoy, let alone simple ones. Have no fear, Denton has several places who will handle all of the preparation for you. This way you can surprise your family and friends with a large feast with little to no stress. Also, this will allow you to hit all of those Black Friday and Small Business Saturday deals, if you can get up afterward that is. Seriously, these places are dishing out some serious portion sizes.
Big Fatty’s Spanking Shack is the building on 220 West Parkway with the large mural of ribs on the side. They are known for their signature seasoning Spanked Rub, use of hemp and sometimes wacky names like “Crazy Stooopid Corn.” This Thanksgiving they are going to be known for food delivering food comas. Some of their features this year are their Spanked & Fried Turkey Agave Glazed Boneless Ham, Slow Cooked Collard Greens and Bacon Green Chile Mac & Cheese. The prices vary and the deadline for ordering is Thursday, November 17. Orders must be picked up Wednesday, November 23.
The Chestnut Tree has been open in Denton since 1994. They started off with 10 tables, but now they have double that amount. This year they will be providing a feast able to feed 8 to 10 people. Items include Oven Roasted Turkey Breast, Mashed Red Potatoes, Roasted carrots, and Pumpkin pie. Some traditional Thanksgiving dishes coming from the tea room. Orders cost $99.95, and must be placed by Friday, November 18. Then orders can be picked up from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, November 23.
Another deliverer of bountiful Thanksgiving dinners is the University of North Texas’ Dining Services. Their dinner will be able to feed 8 to 12 people. Some items on the menu are Herb Homestyle Gravy, Cranberry Relish with Oranges, Praline Sweet Potatoes and House Harvest Bread. Also, pies can be ordered at an additional cost. The deadline for orders is 2 p.m. on Monday, November 21. An order costs $75, and will be available for pick up in the Avesta Restaurant on Tuesday, November 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesday, November 23 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Hannah’s Off the Square will be delivering a large array of succulent dishes. So many in fact they almost filled a whole page trying to write down all of them. It will be a fixed menu with a few of the dishes being Cornish Hen, Butternut Squash with Brown Butter & Sage, Daikon Green Beans and Homestyle Mac & Cheese. Along with the dinner guests will be allowed one dessert per person at the table. Some of the desserts are Pumpkin White Chocolate Cheesecake and their Signature Carrot Cake. The meal will only be served on Thanksgiving from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and reservations are required. The cost is $89 for adults and $30 for children 10 and under.
Lastly is Bet the House BBQ. Not only are they going to help you out on Thanksgiving, but they will also be taking orders till Christmas as well. They will be serving up some of the classics such as Smoked Ham and Turkey, Cornbread Dressing, Mashed Potatoes and Green Bean Casserole. Their Holiday Meal will cost $100 and Holiday Feast will cost $130. Also, sides will cost $40 per gallon.
However, if you are looking for a little taste of Thanksgiving then West Oak Coffee Bar will be your stop. They have introduced a new sandwich called the Turkey Toast Special. It has roasted turkey, smothered in gravy, topped with cider cranberry sauce, and sprinkled with crispy shallots, while resting between two pieces of garlic toast. The sandwich is available for a limited time. Also, there is still time to order a Thanksgiving pie and they cost $25 each. Some pies for order are the Vegan Brownie and Cold Brew Cream.
If you are, with such sorrow, having to count calories this holiday season there is a way to help curb the carbs. The 2nd Annual Downtown Denton Turkey Trot Run/Walk and Kid’s Gobble Wobble organized by the Denton Area Running Club will be happening the morning of Thanksgiving. It is a 5k going through Texas Woman’s University campus and around Downtown Denton Texas square. For the 5k tickets cost $25 for adults 14 & Up and $15 for 13 & Under. Also, tickets for the Kid’s Gobble Wobble cost $10. Proceeds will be going toward the Denton Community Food Center.
Whichever way the food gets to the table, remember to be thankful for it and those around you. Not only for Thanksgiving, but for always. Also, be sure to stay safe on the roads if you are traveling. It is okay if you need a four hour nap after dinner, no one is judging. Happy holidays everyone!
By: Donald Smith
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