Sure you can settle for dry turkey, grocery store pumpkin pie, and problematic conversations with your uncle who’s already two bottles deep at 3pm this Thanksgiving. That’s totally a viable option. However, you can ALSO choose to dine at one of these Houston restaurants and bars that are doing the Turkey Day legwork for you (possibly even better than you could yourself). That means you can finally have a holiday with zero stress, guaranteed good food, and zero problematic conversations from aforementioned uncles. Here are all the best places to feast in Houston this Thanksgiving, from bougie prix fixe meals to traditional turkey dinners with all the proper fixins.
For a holiday supper with all the charm, snag a seat at this legendary Texas Creole charmer’s Thanksgiving table (or try its first-ever Thanksgiving to-go menu complete with a smoked turkey from Feges BBQ and Brennan’s sides and desserts). For those dining in, your meal begins with a lagniappe before moving on to fanciful stuff like snapping turtle soup, potlikker braised oxtails & gnudi, and entrees from Creole turkey with Holy Trinity dressing to wild game cassoulet and mesquite grilled redfish. Finish with bayou rum carrot cake, cinnamon spiced apple crisp, and Brennan’s famous tableside flamed bananas Foster.
Cost: Dine in for $62 per person, call 713-522-9711 for reservations; or order the complete to-go package ($325, feeds 8) by Tuesday, November 17 for pickup either Tuesday, November 24 or Wednesday, November 25
River Oaks District
Been good this year? Then treat yourself to a swanky dine-in (or take out) Thanksgiving meal complete with things like Alaskan King crab legs, truffle butter hasselback potatoes, and classic roast turkey dinner (turkey dinner available only through pre-order and to-go). Not the turkey type? There’s also 22-ounce bone-in ribeye and twin lobster tails with drawn butter. The Pilgrims and Wampanoag had lobster at the First Thanksgiving, right?
Cost: A la carte; call 713-322-7448 for dine-in reservations or to pre-order to-go
Everyone knows the beauty of an at-home Thanksgiving dinner is the late-night, leftover turkey and stuffing sandwich-at least, Rainbow Lodge knows that. That’s why the gorgeous historic lodge restaurant is offering $5 take-home Snack Packs all day, with enough turkey, gravy, and dressing to make yourself that sandwich when your pants fit again in, say, three hours. Before that, make your pants super tight by dining on three courses, from traditional turkey dinner and smoked duck gumbo to croissant bread pudding and chocolate pecan pie. Seating times run from 11:15 am to 7:30 pm. The Lodge also has Thanksgiving To-Go, with offerings from whole roasted duck and turkey with gravy to cheddar biscuits and buttery Yukon mash.
Cost: $60+ for three courses (and $5 to-go packs), dine-in, order a la carte to-go options with at least 48-hour advance notice for pickup November 24-26
Take a stroll through the beautiful Discovery Green, then head to this Downtown brasserie for an epic Turkey Day feast from noon to 7:30 pm. The special menu runs through three courses, starting with butternut squash soup and brie crostini and ending with sweets like caramelized apple crêpe and pecan vanilla tarte. In between, there’s roast turkey with Cognac gravy, braised beef short ribs and pommes mousseline, Atlantic salmon and ratatouille, and fall vegetable truffle risotto.
Cost: Dine-in menu is $42 per adult and $20 per child; reservations should be made by calling 832-879-2802; Thanksgiving to-go orders (from $18 plates to $120 full family meals) must be placed by November 23
This New York-style steakhouse is decking its halls for the holidays and serving a prix fixe Thanksgiving menu (with an amuse bouche, three courses, and family-style sides) in addition to its regular menu of steakhouse classics. You’ll also get complimentary hot apple cider and pumpkin cookies on the way in and out, and every guest receives a special take-home gift: leftover Butcher Shop turkey sandwiches made with roasted turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and a side of gravy. Reservations are required, and will be taken throughout the day (10am-9pm).
Cost: $75 for adults and $35 for kids ages 11 and under for the prix-fixe menu or a la carte for the entire dinner menu; reservations can be made at 713-862-1814; the individual prix-fixe menu is also available pre-order for curbside pickup on Thanksgiving Day
This super-chic brasserie has put together a Thanksgiving Feast To-Go with its signature Cajun Creole spin. Up for grabs are family-style dishes from Cajun-stuffed turkey roll and cornbread and andouille dressing to sweet potato pecan casserole. The restaurant will also be open for dine-in reservations.
Cost: A la carte; orders can be made online by Thursday, November 19 for pickup Wednesday, November 25; dine-in reservations can be made at 832-491-1717
Whole smoked brisket, pork rib back, and turkey breast. Sausage links by the pound. Half and full pans of braised collards and pimento mac’ and cheese. Poultry rubs and smoked beef tallow. Pints of gravy and Alabama white sauce. It’s all up for grabs with pre-ordering live now online and pickup available on the Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving. So is rum raisin bread pudding.
Cost: A la carte; the deadline to order is Friday, November 20 at noon
For a Mexican-style Turkey Day feast, Montrose institution Hugo’s is here to lend a helping mano. The Thanksgiving To-Go menu is packed with options, from the Couples and Family Feasts rocking things like pineapple & habanero spiral ham, corn pudding, charred brussels sprouts, and tamal azteca tortilla casserole to pumpkin cheesecake and tres leches for dessert.
Cost: $95 for the Couples Feast (feeds 2), $225 for the Family Feast (8-10 people), or a la carte; order by Monday, November 23 for pickup on Wednesday; email online order forms to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 713-524-7744
Want to impress the hell out of your dinner guests? Mastro’s has three fully luxurious dinner kits for you to choose from this year. Each feeds four and offers a mix of 28-day wet-aged steaks (Cyro-vac sealed and ready to cook), sides from garlic mashed to creamed spinach, and a seasonal riff on its cult favorite butter cake, this time with pumpkin spice.
Cost: Starting at $225 for the full meal, with sides menus for $56-$59, order through November 23 for pick up between noon-4 pm on November 25
Whether you want to secure a beastly turkey and brine to make at home or supplement your feast with from-scratch sides and pies that you can pretend you made, Revival Market’s got your back. You can now place orders for things like whole turkey and smoked-bone in ham, traditional stuffing and roasted cauliflower gratin, cranberry sauce and gravy by the pint, charcuterie and cheese boards, and pecan and pumpkin pie.
Cost: A la carte, order online by Friday, November 20 at 4 pm
The team over at Underbelly Hospitality is here to make sure your at-home Thanksgiving is epic. How exactly do they do that? By offering you things like bacon sausage creamed greens, jalapeno cheddar cornbread dressing, smoked turkey and gravy, and your new favorite T-Day dessert, vinegar pie. Online ordering for pickup at Georgia James is now live.
Cost: A la carte; the deadline to order is Saturday, November 21 at 10 pm; orders can be picked up at Georgia James on Wednesday, November 25 between 11 am and 3 pmSign up here for our daily Houston email and be the first to get all the food/drink/fun in town.
Brooke Viggiano is a Houston-based writer who is totally down for not washing dishes this Thanksgiving. Too bad she’ll probably be washing dishes this Thanksgiving. See her disappointment on IG @brookiefafa or on Twitter @brookeviggiano.