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Leave Thanksgiving to the pros at these 9 delectable San Antonio restaurants

Leave Thanksgiving to the pros at these 9 San Antonio restaurants

SweetFire Kitchen Thanksgiving
SweetFire Kitchen's Thanksgiving spread might put your Mom's meal to shame.  Photo courtesy of SweetFire Kitchen

Thanksgiving can be overwhelming for all of us. This year, take the pressure off and spend the holiday reflecting on what you're actually thankful for, not what you feel obligated to do. Our suggestion is to ditch the three hour post-dinner clean up and take advantage of these San Antonio spots serving Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings (and without the mid-meal meltdown). 

Biga on the Banks
Who says you have to bow down to tradition on Thanksgiving Day? For their holiday brunch, Biga on the Banks goes with unexpected dishes like spring rolls, deviled eggs topped with caviar, jumbo shrimp with mango habanero cocktail sauce, and more. Oh, and there’s turkey too — one traditionally herb roasted and the other glazed with a tangerine brandy sauce. $65 for adults and $28 for kids 12 and under. 11 am-7 pm.

Frederick’s Restaurant
Get a little freaky this year with Frederick’s French fusion cuisine. Their a la carte menu is far from humdrum with offerings like baked Oysters Casino with bacon, bell pepper, and garlic butter; parmesan-crusted rainbow trout with avocado relish; and baked brie and goat cheese in a feuille de brick with spinach. And if you are a turkey purist, they have that, too. 5 pm-10 pm.

Green Vegetarian Cuisine
The turkey will celebrate too when you spend your Thanksgiving eating an all-vegan feast including “turkey” and glazed “ham,” herb mashed potatoes and gravy, candied yams, “sausage” apple stuffing, green bean casserole, cranberry salad, dinner rolls, and pumpkin or pecan pie. $30. 11 am-3 pm.

Hotel Contessa
Practice your waddle before heading to this River Walk hotel’s lavish brunch buffet. Options like Gulf oysters with mignonette; braised beef short ribs with parsnips, carrots, turnips, onions, and celery; carved-to-order ham with pineapple and brown sugar dijon; and carrot cupcakes with cream cheese frosting will have you earning your food coma. $55 for adults, $20 for kids 6 - 13, children 5 and under eat free. Seatings at 11 am, 12:30 pm, and 2 pm.

Primero Cantina
If the idea of spending the day eating another bone dry turkey breast makes you want to tear your hair out, avoid the wig shop by going to Primero. Their decidedly non-traditional Thanksgiving specials include cinnamon whiskey wings with radish and celery and a smoked turkey leg with Hot Cheetos mac and cheese and black mole glaze. Primero's dishes are sure to lift you out of the usual holiday doldrums. 7 am-11 pm.

St. Anthony Hotel
Resist the temptation to spend Turkey Day in sweats and dress up for a swanky buffet at this historic hotel. The menu is suitably filled with fineries such as smoked salmon with lemon creme fraiche, cucumber, and dill; a fall kale salad with smoked grapes and a pumpkin vinaigrette; traditional prime rib with rosemary demi-glace and horseradish, and adorable mini pumpkin pies. $75 for adults, $30 kids aged 6 to 12, and free for children under 6. A 10 percent discount is available for seniors and military.

If you snoozed, you missed out on reservations for Supper’s Thanksgiving feast, but all is not lost. Hotel Emma’s Sternewirth will be serving a full a la carte menu and a special roasted turkey breast special with sides of stuffing and potatoes with gravy. A holiday drink special is available, too.  12 pm-12 am.

SweetFire Kitchen
The choice is yours: You can either gaze at your Aunt Gladys’ mole at the family dinner table, or you can gaze at the gorgeous Hill Country views at La Cantera Resort & Spa. When that proposition also includes SweetFire’s spread of cider-brined slow roasted turkey; stuffing with celery, onion, and sage; steamed Harvester beans with marcona almonds; and nutmeg crepes with pumpkin ice cream, we think we already know your decision. $65 for adults, $26 for children ages 5 to 12; free for children 4 and under. 11 am-8pm.

Zinc Bistro & Wine Bar
The last part of Zinc’s name tells you everything about why we want to spend our holiday at the downtown restaurant. When dealing with relatives, a good wine is all that stands between a pleasant smile and a furious scowl. Luckily, the food is just as good with items such as Brussels sprouts; Caesar salad with dried cranberries, candied almonds, and Parmigiano Reggiano; and achiote marinated turkey roulade with Andouille-cornbread dressing, Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, haricot verts, and wild mushroom gravy featured on the prix fixe menu. $25 for adults and $15 for kids. 11 am - 2 am.