Season’s Eatings Dining Guide

Season’s Eatings Dining Guide

Who doesn’t love holiday dinner? For many people, even those who enjoy cooking, it’s the only time of year you haul out giant roasting pans for that 20-plus pound bird and go to the trouble of making everyone’s favorite side dishes (sixteen, at last count). But as good as these holiday dinners taste, you can’t stand the thought of cooking, turkey tacos or turkey tetrazzini. No worries! We’ve got you covered with these family friendly restaurants offering so much more than Butterballs.

by Kristin Cicciarelli | Contributor

Kenny's Burger Joint

Kenny’s Burger Joint

Kenny’s Burger Joint, Kenny’s Italian Kitchen, Kenny’s Wood Fired Grill 

Whether you’re in the mood for a really great burger (don’t forget the thick cut onion rings – they’re epic) from Kenny’s Burger Joint, some classic “Southern Italian American” comfort food modeled after the “Little Italy” sections of Boston and New York from Kenny’s Italian Kitchen (think: Parmigiana, Picatta and Marsala) or half-pound crab cakes and famous popovers from Kenny’s Wood Fired Grill (along with the Perfect Grey Goose martini, poured from their signature frozen tap system), Kenny’s is the place to be when you gotta get out of the house and let someone else do the (delicious) cooking.

Kenny’s Burger Joint

1377 Legacy Drive, Suite 120

Frisco, Texas 75034

(214) 618-8001

5809 Preston Rd, Suite 588

Plano, Texas 75093

(972) 378-0999

Kenny’s Italian Kitchen

5100 Beltline Road, Suite 764

Dallas, Texas 75254

(972) 661-9380

Kenny’s Wood Fired Grill 

5000 Beltline Rd. #775

Dallas, TX 75254

(972) 392-9663

Coffee House Cafe

Coffee House Cafe

Coffee House Café 

This little jewel box offers delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner at reasonable prices in a delightful setting. It’s the perfect place for date night or just about anything else. Their coffee is European style, handcrafted, mostly organic and all that. If you feel like a date night at home, they even offer a drive-through. It’s all good. But really, you had us at drive-through.

6150 Frankford Rd.

Dallas, TX 75252

(469) 248-0554

Torchy’s Tacos 

What better anti-turkey meal than one including the best queso and chips in town? This Austin-based eatery offers what most would call “gourmet” tacos in a fun, casual, non-gourmet setting. Their taco of the month is always delicious and might include ingredients like pumpkin seed crusted chicken tenders or escabeche carrots. They also offer hearty breakfast tacos, perfect for out of town guests.

Locations throughout the DFW area


This latest Plano outpost from favorite local chef Kent Rathbun offers everything you need for a festive night out: killer burgers, comforting sides (green apple-chayote slaw or charred jalapeno creamed corn, anyone?) and both familiar and fancy cocktails (we love the Killin’ Thyme with vodka, cucumber, lime, soda and thyme). Homemade condiments including pickles galore make this a must-try-and-repeat.

8100 Dallas Pkwy Ste 115

Plano, TX 75024

(972) 712-7077

The Oceanaire Seafood Room

While this may be considered more of a date night place, if you happen to bring your in-laws here for a Thanksgiving weekend night out, they’ll never forget it. THE freshest seafood in a sleek setting makes The Oceanaire the perfect spot for a luxurious dinner with top-notch service. Menu offerings are based entirely on freshness and availability, so arrive prepared to “just go with it.” There are several sides you won’t want to miss including Chardonnay Roasted Mushrooms and Shells & Cheese with Smoked Gouda and Applewood Bacon. Their full bar might just make you forget you promised to pick up the tab.

The Westin Galleria Dallas

13340 Dallas Pkwy

Dallas, TX 75240

(972) 759-2277

The Lion and Crown Pub

The Lion and Crown Pub

The Lion & Crown Club at Watters Creek

If you’re experiencing Downton Abbey withdrawal (who isn’t?), you’ll get your fix at The Lion & Crown Club. A full English-style pub menu with good wines and 38 beers on tap will tide you over nicely until Downtown’s Season Six arrives early January. Enjoy classics such as Fish & Chips, Cottage Pie and Bangers & Mash but also some American twists like Pepperoni Flatbread. The cozy pub décor adds to the fun.

932 Garden Park Drive

Allen, TX 75013

(972) 649-4311

Lazy Dog Restaurant and Bar

Reminiscent of a Jackson Hole, Wyoming après-ski lodge, this Addison outpost at the Village on the Parkway offers something delicious for everyone. From comfort food classics such as burgers and big salads to heartier fare including Lamb Stroganoff and Housemaid Veggie Lasagna, Lazy Dog feels like the perfect place to replenish all those calories you burned off on the slopes (or more likely, holiday shopping at the Galleria).

Village on the Parkway

5100 Belt Line Rd Suite 500

Addison TX 75254

(469) 754-1300

Spork (Dallas/Plano)

This retro/futuristic diner at Preston and Frankford is the perfect spot for both foodie and family. Classic cheeseburger? Check. Bulgogi kimchi fries? Check. Boozy shakes? Check. Craft beers and classy cocktails? Check/check. Pickled shiitake mushrooms on a buffalo burger with gluten-free bun? Triple check. And if the words “fried egg Caesar” and “cinnamon roll waffles” don’t lure you in, we don’t know what will.  Open for lunch, dinner and late night snacks.

6110 Frankford Rd.

Dallas, TX 75252

(972) 930-0668

Grimaldi’s (Allen)

There was a time when you could only get Grimaldi’s famous coal-fired brick oven pizza in New York. But that was then. Today, there are Grimaldi’s almost everywhere, it seems. While the menu is somewhat basic (pizzas, calzones, salads), it’s also consistent. But what we like about the Allen location is that it overlooks the little park at Watters Creek where live music is often played during warmer months.

836 Market St.

Allen, TX 75013

(214) 383-9703

Tukta Thai (Richardson)

Delicious food, a veggie-friendly menu (don’t worry, there’s meat too), brisk service and a putting green? Yes, a putting green (apparently, the owner’s daughter is quite the golfer so, there you have it). Quirkiness aside, Tukta Thai’s Pad Thai is one of Richardson’s best and the Curry Friend Rice and Pad Woon Sen are equally good. Its BYOB policy makes it a budget-friendly place to dine in, or skip the putting green and do take-out.

9625 Plano Rd., Ste 500

Dallas, TX 75238

(214) 342-0121

Hopdoddy (Dallas, Park Cities, Addison)

Hopdoddy believes “happy burgers” start with “happy cows” – humanely raised and without any added chemicals or hormones. In fact, just about everything at Hopdoddy is “happy”: local and organic vegetables, handcut fries, made from scratch buns (including gluten-free options) and craft beers. There’s no table service, per se, but staff helps you find a seat and is more than “happy” to bring you refills or anything else you need. Waits at the Preston Center location can be long at lunch but worth it.

Preston Center

6030 Luther Ln., Ste 100

Dallas, TX 75225

(214) 363-2337

3227 McKinney Ave., Ste 102

Dallas, TX 75204

(214) 871-2337