It’s Thanksgiving all year long at these 7 San Antonio restaurants – San Antonio Express-News

By the time Melanee Reyna opened the door at Cup Stuff and Catering at 11:30 on a Thursday morning, 15 people were in line already. Every Thursday is turkey-and-dressing day at Cup Stuff, and people are serious about getting a little Thanksgiving in their lives, even in the offseason.  

To get ready for one of the busiest days of the week at her little takeaway storefront next to Rizo’s Hair Design near the Mission District, Reyna roasts nine turkeys, saves the broth to make gravy, deploys 10 loaves of white bread to mix with cornbread for stuffing, bakes green bean casserole in cafeteria batches and boils armloads of spuds for herbed mashed potatoes.

It’s typically gone in 45 minutes, she said, a to-go plate at a time with a roll and cranberry sauce. 

“I love to make Thanksgiving,” said Reyna, whose business arose 10 years ago from the popularity of the layered parfait desserts she used to sell door to door along Southwest Military Drive. That’s where the name “Cup Stuff” came from.

She’s not alone. There’s practically an underground network of San Antonio restaurants serving a taste of Thanksgiving all year long. You just have to know when and where to find them. Here’s seven of the best.

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Turkey and dressing with two sides and a biscuit is a Thursday special at Acadiana Cafe.

Turkey and dressing with two sides and a biscuit is a Thursday special at Acadiana Cafe.

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Acadiana Cafe

This Cajun cafe just outside Loop 410 on the West Side turns into your grandmother’s table on Thursdays, with an all-day turkey-and-dressing special that comes with side dishes of green beans and mashed potatoes with brown gravy, cranberry sauce and a biscuit. Just good roasted turkey in fat slices over moist cornbread dressing. Nothing fancy, but nothing taken for granted, either. 1289 SW Loop 410, 210-674-0019, acadianacafe.com

Smoked turkey, sweet potato casserole and collard greens are always part of the menu at The Big Bib BBQ in San Antonio. 

Smoked turkey, sweet potato casserole and collard greens are always part of the menu at The Big Bib BBQ in San Antonio. 

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The Big Bib BBQ

At this big barbecue barn near Windcrest, smoked turkey is on the block every day. But it’s the sweet potato casserole that makes it feel like Thanksgiving year-round, the kind of sweet that makes you sleepy, with a little marshmallow melted over the top. Start your own turkey dinner traditions with a side of collard greens. 104 Lanark Drive, 210-654-8400, thebigbib.com

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Turkey and dressing with green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and a roll is the Thursday lunch plate special at Cup Stuff and Catering in San Antonio. The "Cup Stuff" name refers to the operation's layered parfait desserts, including banana pudding. 

Turkey and dressing with green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and a roll is the Thursday lunch plate special at Cup Stuff and Catering in San Antonio. The “Cup Stuff” name refers to the operation’s layered parfait desserts, including banana pudding. 

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Cup Stuff and Catering

Melanee Reyna could start a restaurant selling nothing but turkey and dressing, it’s that good. Turkey in the kind of shaggy bits and pieces you only get from a whole bird, dressing with the sweet grain of cornbread, soaked in gravy made with real turkey stock, with sides of cranberry sauce, green bean casserole and mashed potatoes, and a roll to sop it all up. But for now, you’ll have to get in line before 11:30 on Thursdays and hope she doesn’t sell out. Reyna has catering gigs and won’t sell plates Nov. 17 or 24, but she’ll be back Dec. 1. 827 Rayburn Drive, 210-369-8106, Facebook: Cup Stuff and Catering

Turkey and dressing with sides including mashed potatoes and green beans is part of the cafeteria line most days of the week at Luby's on North Main in San Antonio, along with the city's five other Luby's locations.

Turkey and dressing with sides including mashed potatoes and green beans is part of the cafeteria line most days of the week at Luby’s on North Main in San Antonio, along with the city’s five other Luby’s locations.

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Luby’s

Luby’s is all about comfort food, and six locations in San Antonio provide the quintessential comfort of turkey and dressing most days of the week. The dressing is a quizzically small scoop sitting like the ball of a knit cap on top of sliced turkey breast cloaked in giblet gravy, but it’s part of a complete Thanksgiving experience with cafeteria-line side options that include sweet potatoes and Luby’s ever-present green beans. 911 N. Main Ave., 210-223-1911, five more San Antonio locations at lubys.com

Roasted turkey with gravy, mashed potatoes and a vegetable is part of the everyday menu at Max & Louie's New York Diner in San Antonio.

Roasted turkey with gravy, mashed potatoes and a vegetable is part of the everyday menu at Max & Louie’s New York Diner in San Antonio.

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Max & Louie’s New York Diner

I’ll take any excuse to duck into this Jewish deli off West Bitters, whether it’s a real Northeastern Reuben or an everything bagel with lox, or that crazy challah bread French toast. But when I want turkey, they’re always on call with a plate of roasted turkey breast with mashed potatoes and salty brown gravy straight from the roadside diner playbook. There’s no dressing, but there’s cranberry sauce and the promise of a real New York egg cream. 226 W. Bitters Road, Suite 126, 210-483-7600, maxandlouiesdiner.com

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Turkey and dressing with gravy, two sides and a roll is the Friday special at Radicke's Bluebonnet Grill in San Antonio.

Turkey and dressing with gravy, two sides and a roll is the Friday special at Radicke’s Bluebonnet Grill in San Antonio.

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Radicke’s Bluebonnet Grill

On Fridays, Radicke’s owner Janie Agis roasts 40 pounds of turkey to get ready for the crush of city workers, painting crews and retired guys solving the world’s problems, half of them jonesing for their turkey fix. The gravy is full of pepper and attitude that soaks into the cornbread dressing, the turkey’s a hearty mix of bits and slices, and the sides include Radicke’s semi-famous jalapeño mac and cheese. Add a slice of coconut cream pie for the full Radicke’s experience. Agis bought the country-style diner 10 years ago, but she’s been working here more than 30 years, and the turkey special’s been around at least that long. They’re on to something. 237 N. W.W. White Road, 210-337-4007, Facebook: Radickes Bluebonnet Grill

Turkey and dressing with gravy, mashed potatoes, two vegetables, a roll and a salad with coffee or tea is the Thursday special at Sherry's Texan in San Antonio. 

Turkey and dressing with gravy, mashed potatoes, two vegetables, a roll and a salad with coffee or tea is the Thursday special at Sherry’s Texan in San Antonio. 

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Sherry’s Texan

The staff at Sherry’s doesn’t know exactly how many plates of turkey and dressing roll out of the kitchen on any given Thursday, the only day it’s on the menu. But I can tell you this: They were already gone by 12:30 the first time I tried. A week later, I was at my table right when they opened at 10 a.m. to celebrate what makes turkey more complex than anybody gives it credit for: the interplay of white and dark meat. They tumble it over tawny cornbread dressing with electric yellow gravy on a plate crowded with mashed potatoes, corn and green beans with a dinner roll and an iceberg salad with Thousand Island. 1113 Pleasanton Road, 210-314-1763, Facebook: Sherry’s Texan

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