Plus, it's time to vote for the best taco in Austin.
 
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🦃 Turkey slay
A turkey and all the thanksgiving fixings on a table, while two people clink their glasses.
There’s no need to lift a finger for Thanksgiving at TLC Austin.|Photo by Cassandra Klepac
Thanksgiving Day is this coming Thursday, Nov. 23 and our tummies are rumbling.

Since we’ve already told you how to help feed others this Thanksgiving, we also want to tell you how to get a good meal for you and yours without lifting a finger.

Dine in

Corinne Austin, 304 E. Cesar Chavez St. | 11 a.m.-11 p.m. | Thursday, Nov. 23
Enjoy an elevated Turkey Day menu, complete with cranberry compote and sweet potato purée, for $35 per person. Make a reservation.

Hotel Viata, 320 S. Capital of Texas Hwy. | 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | Thursday, Nov. 23
Thanksgiving brunch, anyone? Gather your loved ones for a buffet of smoked turkey, honey glazed ham, classic brunch dishes, and optional bubbles as you give thanks. Make a reservation.

A Thanksgiving spread as seen from above at Luminaire

Don’t miss Luminaire’s thanksgiving menu.

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Photo by Jane Yun

Luminaire, 721 Congress Ave. | Times vary | Thursday, Nov. 23-Saturday, Nov. 25
You’ve got three days to try Luminaire’s three-course feast, featuring a chicory salad, heirloom turkey plate, and olive oil tres leches for $55 per person. Make a reservation.

Stella San Jac, 310 E. 5th St. | 11 a.m.-10 p.m. | Thursday, Nov. 23
Indulge in sophisticated classics including mashed sweet potatoes topped with brûlée marshmallows, fried turkey, and andouille jalapeño brioche stuffing for $65 per person. Make a reservation.

TLC Austin, 1100 S. Lamar Blvd. | 12-8 p.m. | Thursday, Nov. 23
Dine in for $38 plates with andouille cornbread stuffing, rosemary garlic mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, pecan pie, and more. TLC’s Thanksgiving menu is also available to-go.

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Spend your Thankgiving the Greek way at Yamas.

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Photo by Dani Parsons

Yamas, 5308 Balcones Dr. | 4-11 p.m. | Thursday, Nov. 23
Enjoy some seasonal Greek specials with the family to shake up your Thanksgiving experience. Make a reservation.
 
 
Events
 
Friday, Nov. 17
  • “A Christmas Affair 2023: Cosmic Holiday” | Now-Sunday, Nov. 19 | Times vary | Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd., Austin | $25 | Explore 200+ vendors at this nearly 50-year-old market that benefits the Junior League of Austin.
  • “A Christmas Carol” | Now-Sunday, Dec. 31 | Times vary | ZACH Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin | $25-$99 | Austin’s hottest holiday tradition is back, with new music + surprises to ring in the season.*
  • The National | Friday, Nov. 17 | 8 p.m. | The Moody Center, 2001 Robert Dedman Dr., Austin | $51-$329 | Don’t miss this moody indie band perform alongside Hand Habits.
Saturday, Nov. 18
  • Austin Powwow | Saturday, Nov. 18 | 9 a.m.-9 p.m. | Travis County Expo Center, 7311 Decker Lake Rd., Austin | $7-$10 | Join in on the 30th American Indian Heritage Festival, which will include traditional dance, arts, and food.
  • Pioneer Ghost Tour | Saturday, Nov. 18 | 7-10 p.m. | Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Dr., Austin | $45 | Learn the stories of spirits haunting the historic buildings at Pioneer Farms.
Sunday, Nov. 19
  • SwiftFlow: A Yoga Journey Through Taylor Swift’s Hits | Sunday, Nov. 19 | 9-10 a.m. | My Vinyasa Practice SoCo, 8534 S. Congress Ave., Ste. B2, Austin | Donation based | Swifties, take note: this all-levels yoga practice will take you on a journey through Taylor Swift’s top hits (singing along is allowed).
  • The Little Gay Shop Presents: Black and Queer AF | Sunday, Nov. 19 | 5-10 p.m. | The Far Out Lounge & Stage, 8504 S. Congress Ave., Austin | Free | Shop from local vendors, listen to live music, and get a flash tattoo at this south Austin market.
  • Metalachi | Sunday, Nov. 19 | 8 p.m. | Antone’s Nightclub, 305 E. 5th St., Austin | $18 | End your week with a heavy metal show at this iconic downtown venue.
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News Notes
 
Biz
  • Autonomous vehicle company Cruise will pause all operations — including those with human supervision — in Austin and nationwide. The company, which halted driverless operations in late October, will run simulation programs on closed courses in the meantime. (Austin American-Statesman)
Development
  • A tower planned for 14th and Lavaca Streets will move forward as a hotel, not the 250 condos that were originally planned. Pearlstone Partners LLC’s new plans include 35 stories, 280 hotel rooms, and opportunities for a restaurant and public art space. (Austin Business Journal)
Weather
  • The Austin/San Antonio office of the National Weather Service will begin issuing “Ice Storm Warnings” locally in the event of extreme icy conditions and power outages. The office has previously only used the phrase “Winter Storm Warnings.” (KXAN)
Travel
  • Allegiant Air will launch nonstop service from Austin to Eugene, Oregon starting in late May. Flights will run twice per week out of the South Terminal — get tickets.
Open
  • The Blue Genie Art Bazaar, 6100 Airport Blvd., opens today. You can shop holiday gifts from hundreds of vendors and artists under one roof from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. until Sunday, Dec. 24.
Event
  • Do you believe? New Worlds 2023 — a space exploration conference — will be in Austin today and tomorrow, bringing astronauts, experts, and artists to the Bullock Texas State Museum. Get tickets.
Outdoors
  • Celebrate National Take a Hike Day this Saturday, Nov. 17 by hitting one of the trails featured in our guide to Texas State Parks. If you want to stay a little bit closer to home, check out our hiking guide, which is organized in order of difficulty.
Shop
  • Need the perfect holiday gift for your dad, brother, husband, or boyfriend? This brand has you covered with all the gifts and stocking stuffers that men will actually use. (Plus, they’re all 25% off during the Black Friday Sale, happening now.)*
 
 
Food
 
🕐 It’s taco time
A bracket with eight taco restaurants listed.
Who will be crowned best taquería in Austin?|Graphic by ATXtoday
Who will be crowned best taquería in town?

You voted for the best places to get tacos in Austin, and now it’s time to narrow them down in three voting cycles.

We put the top eight taquerías — according to votes from you, dear readers — in a randomizer to keep things fair.

Your next step is to choose between...
It’s anyone’s game now, so don’t forget to cast those votes here and share with a friend by Thursday, Nov. 23. Stay tuned for the results and the next round.
 
Asked
 
ONETACO. Taquería or Torchy’s Tacos?

A. ONETACO. Taquería
B. Torchy’s Tacos
 
The Buy
 
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