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An Austin Thanksgiving Restaurant Round-Up

Thanksgiving is on the horizon and the smell of stuffing is in the air, but turkey day comfort food shouldn’t be exiled to one day a year. If you’re craving Thanksgiving fare without the fanfare, stop by these Austin spots. No gobbling (or cooking) necessary.

Turkey

Walton’s Fancy & Staple is a jack of all trades in a world full of coffee shops (but yes, they do serve coffee). Part bakery, part cafe, part florist, Walton’s already stands out from the crowd and that’s before you even order. If you’ve got turkey on your mind, try their Turkey Sweet sandwich. As if turkey, bacon, and onion apple chutney weren’t enough, the sandwich is served on a croissant. Thanksgiving turkey, meet your better-looking, more cultured cousin.

Mac and Cheese

The be-all and end-all of side dishes, mac and cheese reigns king at the Thanksgiving table. Hillside Farmacy can be found on many “best of” lists, but nothing tops their mac and cheese. One cheese is never enough, and Hillside agrees. Taleggio and aged white cheddar take this mac from side to center stage. No offense to Kraft.

Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are a Thanksgiving staple, but it’s time to give potatoes the treatment they truly deserve. How, you ask? Just stop by Salty Sow and order the triple fried duck fat fries to see for yourself. If the name alone isn’t enough to draw you in, the 110-minute egg on top might do the trick. No gravy needed here; Bearnaise sauce works just fine.

Pie

Nothing says Thanksgiving like pie — pumpkin or pecan to be exact. Leave room for dessert and swing by Bribery Bakery for their brown butter pumpkin pie or black bottom bourbon pecan pie. Bribery is well-loved for a reason, and you’ll find it at the bottom of the pie pan. Don’t feel guilty if you have to unbutton your jeans; New Years and all of its resolutions are around the corner!