The Houston Food Finder Guide To Thanksgiving 2017—Updated
Thanksgiving comes with a lot of expectations and potential missteps, particularly if you’re expected to host the meal on the big day. But what if you dispensed with tradition and let someone else take care of the food? Whether you want to eat at home with family or dine out on November 23, options abound throughout Houston.
Dine Out On Thanksgiving Day
Artisans, 3201 Louisiana: For a refined pre-fixe menu with a decidedly French touch, head to Artisans for a meal put together by executive chef and owner Jacques Fox and executive chef Russell Kirkham. The menu, which includes traditional turkey and sides, also offers filet mignon and lobster tail. The special Thanksgiving menu will be available from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for $75 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Make reservations online or by phone at (713) 529-9111.
Brasserie du Parc, 1440 Lamar: The downtown French restaurant is open for Thanksgiving from noon to 7:30 p.m. with a special three-course menu. It’s also offering holiday foods to-go. Though French options like boeuf braise au vin rouge—braised beef short ribs, pommes mousseline, and vegetables—will be available for Francophiles, nostalgic Americans can opt for a traditional dinner of roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, sautéed green beans, Brussels sprouts, mushrooms, stuffing, and Cognac gravy instead. The cost for the dine-in menu is $39 per adult and $20 per child (kid’s menu), plus tax & gratuity. Call (832) 879-2802 for reservations.
Brennan’s, 3300 Smith: For a Creole-inspired meal with Texas ingredients and sensibilities, head to Brennan’s on Thanksgiving Day From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 23. The restaurant will serve guests their choice of an appetizer, entrée, and dessert for $60 per person. Menu highlights include turducken with kumquat marmalade and toasted pumpkin, mesquite smoked pork belly with pumpkin Johnny Cakes and bacon-tomato jam, Texas Creole roasted American turkey with all the fixings, and Fairytale Pumpkin Pie with bourbon whipped cream, sweet potato chips, pecan caramel, and cayenne pepita brittle.
Quattro at the Four Seasons, 1300 Lamar: Celebrate the day with an early meal or dinner at the downtown hotel restaurant. Quattro’s annual Thanksgiving Day Brunch lasts from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 23. Guests will choose from a selection of more than 85 items, including raw bar and sushi options along with traditional turkey, accompaniments and desserts. Complimentary beverages including Mimosas and Bloody Marys will also be offered. Cost is $105 for adults and $49 for children ages 6 to 12. For dinner, the restaurant will offer an a la carte menu and action stations from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Guests will enjoy charcuterie in addition to one starter and one entree for $68 per person, with optional wine pairing for an additional $40. Dinner options include butternut squash soup with orange-infused main lobster, smoked salmon carpaccio, wild caught snapper, and traditional turkey and sides.
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, 5061 Westheimer, Suite 8060: The steakhouse at the Galleria will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, with a featured 3-course turkey dinner for $49 per person, in addition to Del’s regular a la carte dinner menu. The Thanksgiving menu features a choice of butternut squash soup or a seasonal harvest salad for the first course, followed by slow roasted turkey breast served with apple-sausage stuffing. Trimmings include: mashed sweet potatoes and Del’s signature Chateau mashed potatoes, thin green beans, pan gravy and cranberry relish. For dessert, guests can opt for pumpkin cheesecake or pecan pie a la mode. Visit the website or call (713) 355-2600 for reservations.
Etoile Cuisine et Bar, 1101-11 Uptown Park Boulevard: Etoile will be open for Thanksgiving from noon to 7:30 p.m. with a special three-course menu that includes dessert. A free-range organic turkey option is one of the main courses, but guests leaning towards French fare will have options like the plat de côte braisé (braised beef short ribs) with butternut squash mousseline, fall vegetables and Cabernet syrup; or the vegetarian risotto de légumes d’automne, a fall vegetable risotto with truffle oil and aged Parmesan. Cost for the dine-in menu is $56 per adult and $25 per child (kid’s menu), plus tax and gratuity. For reservations, call (832) 668-5808.
La Table, 1800 Post Oak: This Thanksgiving, La Table will offer a family-style dinner menu available for take out or dining-in at the restaurant on Thursday, November 23 from 11 a.m to 8 p.m. The featured menu will be available for $95 per adult and $45 per child (ages 5 to 12) to dine in the restaurant. Guests can also order the Thanksgiving menu to go for $50 per person (minimum of 6 people) or for delivery within a 10 mile radius of the restaurant for a $25 fee. La Table’s Thanksgiving feast centers around an oven roasted, grain fed and free range organic turkey served with madeira gravy. Seasonal side dishes include cranberry wild mushroom brioche stuffing, haricot verts almondine, honey-roasted sweet potatoes, potato purée, cranberry relish and parker house rolls. For dessert, options include a bourbon pecan pie topped with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce, and a pumpkin pie served with gingerbread chantilly and cranberry marmalade. Call (713) 439-1000 or go to the website for reservations.
The Heights/Shady Acres
Rainbow Lodge, 2011 Ella Boulevard: Wild game and seafood take center stage during the special Thanksgiving three-course meal at the 113-year-old log cabin. From 11:15 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, guests can choose between dishes like Grilled Venison Medallions and Texas Quail with roasted pumpkin grits, Swiss chard, pear and pecan conserve; and Rainbow Trout with Lump Crab and pecan brown butter, roasted garlic sautéed kale and crispy sweet potato curls with rosemary salt. Diners can also opt for the more traditional Southern-style Roast Turkey with cornbread dressing, mashed Yukon Gold potatoes, French beans with shallots, giblet gravy, and cranberry relish. Cost for the three-course menu is $58 per person plus tax, gratuity and beverages. Reservations are required, and can be made by calling (713) 861-8666 or emailing email@example.com.
Sud Italia, 2347 University: Dine Italian style—or not—at Sud Italia, which will be open Thanksgiving Day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. In addition to the regular dinner menu, a traditional Thanksgiving meal will be available. It includes hand-carved turkey breast with dressing, grilled asparagus, baby carrots, candied yams, and pecan or pumpkin pie. Cost is $39.50 per person, not including tax and gratuity. Call (713) 664-7571 to reserve a spot, as availability is limited.
Roka Akor, 2929 Weslayan: If you’re looking for a different kind of meal on Turkey Day, Roka Akor is offering a special Thanksgiving Omakase Menu for $75 per person from 2 to 9 p.m. The personalized tasting menu features exclusive off-the-menu dishes prepared with chef-selected ingredients, and the Thanksgiving rendition includes dishes like Robata-Grilled Pumpkin Miso Soup with Almond Oil, Japanese-Style Fried Turkey Leg with Smoked Chili Aioli, and Pecan Pie with Persimmon Pomegranate Compote and Salted Caramel Ice Cream. Roka Akor’s standard dinner menu will also be available. For reservations, call (713) 622-1777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Steak 48, 4444 Westheimer: The River Oaks steakhouse will showcase a special prix-fixe menu of turkey, whipped truffle potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce and gravy for $59 per person. The restaurant’s regular menu will also be available. Thanksgiving hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Secure your reservations by calling (713) 322-7448 or via OpenTable.
Benjy’s, 5922 Washington: Benjy’s on Washington is serving up a three-course prix-fixe menu this Thanksgiving from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $40 per person (not including beverages, tax or gratuity). Offerings will include a Spinach Apple Salad (with marcona almonds and honey thyme vinaigrette), Garlic Herb Turkey Breast (with Steen’s cane glaze) and Herb Crusted Tofu Steak (with mushroom gravy), along with a variety of sides and a choice of Mom’s Chocolate Cake, Sweet Potato Bread Pudding or Pecan Pie for dessert. To make a reservation, please call (713) 868-1131.
Benjy’s on Washington will also be offering “Thanksgiving on the Run” meals. To place an order, contact Benjy’s on Washington at (713) 868-1131. All orders must be placed by Monday, November 20 and can be picked up at the Washington location from 10 AM – 4 PM.
Bistro Provence, 13616 Memorial: Thanksgiving may be a traditional American holiday, but that’s no reason to not celebrate lunch with French flair. At Bistro Provence, owner Genevieve Guy is hosting a three-course menu created for the occasion. Diners will have choice of soup or salad, fish, beef or fowl and a selection of dessert options. Kids ages 12 and under can order from a special children’s menu. The restaurant will only be open from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $33 for adults and $12 for the children’s menu. Reservations are required with a $20 deposit via Paypal. For reservations, call (713) 827-8008.
Rudi Lechner’s, 2503 South Gessner: Open Thanksgiving day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the German restaurant offers a buffet-style meal with all the classic Turkey Day trappings, plus some less traditional holiday dishes with European roots. Veal Zurich, cabbage rolls, and goulash sit alongside turkey, dressing and gravy, so those with late dinner plans and a fear of turkey overload can all be satisfied. The buffet meal is $29 for adults and $9.95 for children 10 and under.
CRÚ Food and Wine Bar, 2800 Kirby Drive Suite B-130 and 9595 Six Pines Dr, Suite 650: Enjoy a three-course prix fixe menu from noon to 9 p.m. at both CRÚ locations this Thanksgiving. Each meal starts with warm spiced apple cider from Angry Orchard and a steaming basket of savory breads. Each guest can then customize their meal by choosing their preferred starter, entrée, and dessert. The fall-inspired menu includes classic options like roasted turkey breast and pumpkin pie for traditionalists; and pumpkin mascarpone ravioli and seared diver scallops for diners looking for something different on the holiday. Cost is $42 for three courses, and as always, kids 12 and under eat for half price. For reservations, call (713) 528-9463 for the River Oaks location, and (281) 465-9463 for The Woodlands location.
Meals and Sides To-Go
Thanksgiving ordering is not one-size-fits-all. Some places will have it ready and hot Thanksgiving Day, while others require early pick-up and provide instructions for reheating. Make sure to clarify with the restaurant when placing an order to avoid timing mishaps.
Jaxton’s Bistro, 9955 Barker Cypress Road, #104, Cypress: For Northwest Houston and Cypress residents looking for help on Turkey Day, the Jaxton’s Bistro provides a “Thanksgiving To Go” menu. Options include a brick oven roasted turkey, whole wood-fired tenderloin, and an array of sides, including fork-mashed candied yams, cornbread and wild boar sausage dressing, house-made cranberry sauce, creamed roasted corn, bacon Brussels sprouts and au jus gravy. Dessert offerings include pecan pie, apple pie, blackberry cobbler and peach cobbler. Call (832) 653-2297 to place a Thanksgiving or holiday catering order.
Brasserie du Parc, 1440 Lamar: Though the restaurant is known for its French cuisine, its Thanksgiving to-go options are classic American, and include roasted turkey, gravy and vegetable sides for $120. Pecan Vanilla Bourbon Pie is available whole for $35 or by the slice for $8. Not feeding a large group this year? Order turkey to-go per person for $18, which includes all the fixings.
Holiday to-go orders must be placed on or before November 20 by calling (832) 879-2802. Order deadline has passed.
Fluff Bake Bar, 314 Gray: The Houston-based bakeshop owned and operated by pastry chef Rebecca Masson will offer a range of desserts for pick-up in preparation for Thanksgiving dinner. In addition to the bakery’s downtown location, you’ll find Masson’s desserts at Killen’s BBQ in Pearland and Salt & Time in Austin. Pumpkin and pecan pies sell for $26, and chocolate cream pies and Dutch apple pies for $28. Less traditional for the day but excellent for individual servings are pumpkin whoopie pies and chef Masson’s specialty couch potatoes, filled with potato chips, pretzels, cornflakes, marshmallows and chocolate chips. Party trays filled with different holiday treats range from $20 to $74. Head to the website for more information about Fluff Bake Bar and ordering Thanksgiving offerings.
Harry’s Restaurant, 318 Tuam: The family favorite in Midtown offers classic Thanksgiving fare to-go in three packages, all based on the size of your dinner party. Roasted turkey, gravy, cranberry sauce, cornbread dressing and dessert round out a simple but satisfying dinner for groups ranging from six to 20. The restaurant make a rosemary-roasted turkey for an extra $15. To order, call and ask for Zoi or Patricia at (713) 528-0198, or email email@example.com.
All orders must be in by November 19th and picked up by Wednesday, November 23. Harry’s will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. Order deadline has passed.
Caracol, 2200 Post Oak Boulevard, #160: Hugo Ortega’s seafood kitchen is offering its own versions of traditional classics to-go for Thanksgiving. The restaurant’s Family Feast Dinner serves six to eight people, and includes pineapple & habanero whole spiral ham, coal-roasted sweet potato with condensed milk, jalapeño cornbread, charred brussels sprouts, roasted red bliss potatoes, sweet cranberry and spicy jalapeño relish, and Tamal Azteca Tortilla Casserole—a layered tortilla casserole akin to lasagna with Mexican ingredients—plus a dessert option, for $225. A la carte items are also available.
Place orders by Wednesday, November 15 and it will be ready for pickup at your specified date and time from Monday, November 20 to Wednesday, November 22 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Order deadline has passed.
Etoile Cuisine et Bar, 1101-11 Uptown Park Boulevard: If you’re looking for a full to-go meal, take advantage of the French restaurant’s Special Combo, which includes a quart of soup, an organic, oven-roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry jam, stuffing, Brussels sprouts, green beans and mushroom casserole, brandy gravy, and pie for $240. Upscale a la carte options, like one pound of foie gras au torchon are also available and make a lovely host gift or addition if you’re feeling a little fancy—or French.
Thanksgiving to-go orders must be placed on or before November 20 by calling (832) 668-5808. Order deadline has passed.
Kenny & Ziggy’s, 2327 Post Oak: The New York style delicatessen offers a pick-up and take-home Thanksgiving menu that encompasses both traditional Puritan and East European styles. Their special meal package feeds 14 to 16 people and includes a 20-pound turkey, wild mushroom and chestnut stuffing, homemade gravy, cranberry compote with nuts and pineapple, and a Mile High Apple Pie with a choice of two vegetable sides for $275, plus tax. Additionally, more than 40 items can be purchased a la carte, so it might be a good time to try mini onion and potato knishes, honey-glazed corned beef, or chocolate babka pudding.
Orders should be placed by November 15 by calling (713) 871-8883. Orders must be picked up between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Wednesday, November 22. Order deadline has passed.
Ouisie’s Table, 3939 San Felipe: The standby known for “Southern foods and eclectic tendencies” is offering plenty of takeaway dinner options for hosts serving 10 to 20 guests this year. Though all items are available a la carte, the restaurant offers a choice of two sides and one dessert with each meat order. In addition to a choice of prime rib, roasted turkey and honey-glazed ham, Ouisie’s offers a variety of traditional and elevated sides like cornbread dressing and lobster mashed potatoes. For a sweet end to the meal, choose among desserts like pumpkin pie, apple strudel and tres leches. Biscuits are sold by the dozen, baked or unbaked according to preference.
Ouisie’s is taking orders from now until Thursday, November 16, and meals must be picked up the day before Thanksgiving, on Wednesday, November 22. To order, call Ouisie’s Table at (713) 528-2264. Order deadline has passed.
The Pantry at the Junior League of Houston, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane: If you prefer to pick up a meal that feels homemade, the Junior League of Houston offers a complete Thanksgiving dinner to heat up and enjoy at home. The Thanksgiving meal package serves 10 to 12 people and includes a 22-pound roasted turkey, cornbread dressing, one quart of giblet gravy, mashed sweet potatoes with brown sugar and pecans, corn casserole made with bacon and sour cream, cheesy broccoli rice casserole, one pint of cranberry-orange relish, two dozen signature dinner rolls, one pecan pie and one pumpkin pie.
To place an order and view the full list of available items, visit the website or call The Pantry at (713) 622-5965 by November 16. Orders must be picked up Wednesday, November 22 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Order deadline has passed.
Harold’s in the Heights, 350 West 19th Street: Turkey with Creole influence takes center stage at Harold’s. Their Smoked Turkey Dinner serves six guests for $89.95. That includes a 12-pound smoked turkey, cornbread dressing, gravy, sweet potatoes, fresh green beans and housemade cranberry sauce. Add a Sweet Potato Pecan or Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie for $25. A la carte turkeys and sides are also available.
To order, call (713) 360-6204 or place an online order no later than 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 18. Pick up November 21 or 22 before 4 p.m. Order deadline has passed.
Helen in the Heights, 1111 Studewood: Put a Greek spin on Thanksgiving this year with a full to-go meal from Helen in the Heights, including options like shaved brussels sprout salad, roasted leg of lamb and feta cornbread dressing. The restaurant offers two meal sizes—one that feeds 2 to 4 people for $200, and another that feeds 4 to 6 people for $400. Each meal will include Helen’s Trio of Dips (with pita bread and veggies) and a variety of side dishes in addition to a chosen salad, starter, entree and dessert. For more information and to order, call (832) 582-7146.
Rainbow Lodge, 2011 Ella Boulevard: “The Lodge” is offering holiday feasts to-go for at-home holiday entertaining. If you’re looking for a traditional bird, roasted whole turkeys come in two sizes—16 and 20 pounds—and with gravy. There are also plenty of vegetable dishes to choose from, plus southern-style cornbread dressing and Croissant Bread Pudding.
Roasted Whole Turkey orders must be placed before November 21 and there is limited availability. To order, call (713) 861-8666 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Order deadline for roasted turkey has passed.
Revival Market, 550 Heights Boulevard: When it comes to customizing your turkey, ham, or duck, Revival Market’s butchers offer several options for discerning hosts. Get a brined or smoked turkey, or choose bone-in, bone-out or glazed ham. Traditional sides like stuffing, cranberry sauce, and green bean casserole are also available a la carte.
Thanksgiving Pre-Orders must be placed by 4 p.m. Friday, November 17. Note that a non-refundable $25 deposit is required for each meat order. Order deadline has passed.
Backstreet Cafe, 1103 South Shepherd: If you’re cooking your own bird but need backup for appetizers and side orders, Backstreet Cafe offers a variety of their most popular items to go to round out the holiday meal.
Orders should be placed by Monday, November 20 for pickup on Wednesday, November 22. Reheating instructions will be provided. Orders can be placed by phone at (713) 521-2239, or via the online order form. Order deadline has passed.
BB’s Cafe, multiple locations: Fried turkey is the name of the game at the “Tex-Orleans” styled restaurant and customers have both boudin-stuffed and Cajun-fried options to choose from. Available sides include cornbread stuffing and homemade giblet gravy. Holiday orders are now being taken on the website, but don’t wait until the last minute.
The deadline for Thanksgiving orders is Monday, November 20th at 10 a.m. Order deadline has passed.
Hugo’s, 1602 Westheimer: If you’re hosting out-of-state guests, why not introduce them to a different kind of holiday dinner everyone can be thankful for? Hugo’s offers Thanksgiving foods to-go that will satisfy guests and won’t require carving a turkey. Chile rellenos de carne guisada, mole cornbread and flan de queso are just a few of many options from James Beard Award-winning chef Hugo Ortega’s restaurant.
Place orders by Monday, November 20 by phone at (713) 524-7744, or via order form. Pick-up will take place on Wednesday, November 22 and will include reheating instructions. Order deadline has passed.
Tony Mandola’s, 1212 Waugh: The take-home Thanksgiving feast from Tony’s feeds six to eight people and includes turkey, three sides, cornbread, gravy and dessert. For $148, choose between a roasted or Cajun fried turkey, traditional sides like candied yams and cranberry sauce, creamed spinach, and parmesan potatoes, and dessert choices of banana key lime pie, bread pudding or pumpkin pie. A la carte options are available and include restaurant favorites like a full pan of Grandma’s Meat Lasagna for $72. All orders will be ready Wednesday, November 22 and must be picked up from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Heating instructions will be provided.
Underbelly, 1100 Westheimer: When you’re short on time (but not turkey), or want to make a good impression by bringing your share as a dinner guest, show up with some dishes from James Beard Award-winning chef Chris Shepherd’s restaurant, Underbelly. Choose from traditional sides like or spice up the selection with Shepherd Family Rum Sausage, Redneck Cheddar Mac and Cheese and a Vinegar Pie to end the meal.
Place your order by Sunday, November 19 and pick up Wednesday, November 22 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Order deadline has passed.
Killen’s Barbecue, 3613 East Broadway, Pearland: Killen’s is known for barbecue, and Ronnie Killen’s smokehouse is now selling whole smoked turkeys for the Thanksgiving table.
The 14- to 16-pound birds are $65 each and must be pre-ordered, pre-paid and picked up at Killen’s Barbecue on Wednesday by 8 p.m. With only 200 available, you’ll want to act fast. Call 281-485-2272 or email email@example.com to order. In the mood for something less traditional? Try brisket tamales crafted with housemade masa and high-quality chopped brisket sourced from Snake River Farms. Available weekly through the holidays (Thursday through Saturday until sold out), the tamales are also be available for pick-up orders Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving. The cost is $20 per dozen. The restaurant will be closed Thanksgiving Day, so plan accordingly. Order deadline for turkeys has passed.
Killen’s Steakhouse, 6425 Broadway, Pearland: While the restaurant won’t be open on Thanksgiving Day, the steakhouse is offering sides like creamed corn, au gratin potatoes, mac ’n’ cheese, and broccoli cheese risotto to heat up at home. Dessert is also available in the form of creme brûlée bread pudding and carrot cake. To order, call (281) 485-0844 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Picos, 3601 Kirby: As part of a time-honored annual tradition, Picos releases its gourmet tamales on November 15. Available by the dozen or half-dozen, both sweet and savory tamales are available. Options include the Tamales Norteños with wild mushroom and huitlacoche (a Mexican delicacy sometimes called corn smut), Pork Belly Chicharrones, and two different Dulce de Leche tamales. Depending on the variety, price ranges from $18 to $36 a dozen and $9 to $18 for a half dozen. Pre-ordering begins on Thursday, November 9, and the drive-by tamale stand opens on Wednesday, November 15 in the restaurant’s parking lot on the corner of Kirby Drive and Richmond Avenue. The Tamale Stand will be open every day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. through January 6, excluding Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Guests can also pre-order their favorite tamales by calling (281) 687-0410 and then drive by to pick up their freshly made orders.
FM Kitchen & Bar, 1112 Shepherd: Hoping to use ingredients from local farmers this Thanksgiving? FM Kitchen & Bar is partnering with Urban Harvest to host a Pre-Thanksgiving Farmer’s Market on Sunday, November 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the restaurant. Chef Ryan Hildebrand will offer a special Thanksgiving-themed brunch menu that day supporting Urban Harvest. FM will also have a Thanksgiving to-go menu that includes Smoked Turkey and Gravy, stewed green beans and onions, mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing with sausage and mushrooms, and bread pudding with whiskey glaze.
Pre-order starts Monday, November 13 through the end of the Farmer’s Market on November 19, with pickup on Wednesday, November 22. Orders can be placed by phone at (832)-804-6006 or email at email@example.com. Order deadline has passed.
Benjy’s, 5922 Washington: Benjy’s on Washington will offer “Thanksgiving on the Run” meals that include a la carte options from their Thanksgiving menu. Options include Spinach Apple Salad (with marcona almonds and honey thyme vinaigrette), Garlic Herb Turkey Breast (with Steen’s cane glaze) and Herb Crusted Tofu Steak (with mushroom gravy), along with a variety of sides and a choice of Mom’s Chocolate Cake, Sweet Potato Bread Pudding or Pecan Pie for dessert. To place an order, contact Benjy’s on Washington at (713) 868-1131.
All orders must be placed by Monday, November 20 and can be picked up at the Washington location from 10 AM – 4 PM. Order deadline has passed.
Jonathan’s The Rub, 9061 Gaylord: For the fried turkey camp, Jonathan’s Famous Fried Turkey is brined for 48 hours in a proprietary blend of herbs and spices, then injected with compound butter. Birds weigh in at 12 to 14 pounds for $75 each. Available sides include sourdough and cornbread stuffing, green bean casserole, candied yams, garlic mashed potatoes and home style cranberry sauce, plus turkey gravy. Since it’s not really Thanksgiving without dessert, consider adding a Chocolate Cream Pie, Pecan Pie, Snickers Pie or Nutella Cheesecake to the order. Each feeds eight to twelve for $38.
Orders can be made now through November 19 via email to firstname.lastname@example.org and must include pickup time. Pickup from the restaurant from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Order deadline has passed.
Dish Society, multiple locations: Whether rounding out a homemade meal or celebrating Thanksgiving potluck-style, Dish Society’s sides and salads can make anyone look like a thoughtful cook. For a fresh start, take home Wine-Poached Apple Pecan Salad, or supplement a showstopping bird with sides like balsamic bacon brussels sprouts, truffled mac ‘n’ cheese, roasted vegetables and mashed sweet potatoes. To place an order, call (832) 356-1873, or email email@example.com.
Goode Co., multiple locations: If the idea of preparing your own Thanksgiving (or Christmas) turkey is too daunting to bear, get a mesquite-smoked turkey shipped from Goode Co. Place an order for the succulent 10-pound bird runs for $75, or opt for a variety of smoked meats like mesquite-smoked brisket, slow-smoked BBQ ribs and sausage samplers. For the end of the meal, you may want to take advantage of the restaurant’s drive-through pie booths, open at all Goode Co. BBQ locations the two days before both Thanksgiving and Christmas from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Brazos Bottom Pecan Pie is always a winner during the holidays with its gooey, rich flavor and fresh Texas pecans.
Molina’s Cantina, 7901 Westheimer and 3801 Bellaire: For a limited time during the holiday season, Molina’s traditional pork tamales are just $10.95 a dozen ($2 off regular price). For a full meal, add to your Thanksgiving fiesta with fajitas, enchiladas, Jose’s Dip (queso with spicy ground sirloin) and taquitos, complete with all the fixings. You can even add Molina’s frozen margaritas to the mix.
Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen, 6401 Woodway and 1140 Eldridge Parkway: Tex-Mex is good any day, and Thanksgiving is no exception. Sylvia’s offers tamales by the dozen in pork or chicken varieties for $20, with a complimentary extra dozen if you order five. If Sylvia’s enchiladas are more up your alley, prices are $38 per dozen for all enchilada varieties except those with shrimp, crab or fajitas, which are $42 per dozen. Picky about presentation? Bring a pan and Sylvia’s will place the enchiladas in for you. To place your order, call (713) 334-7295 for the Woodway location, and (832) 230-3842 for the Eldridge Parkway location. All orders should be placed at least three days in advance.
Treebeards, multiple locations: For Southern-style Thanksgiving editions, Treebeards locations offer side dishes like jambalaya and shrimp étouffée, corn pudding, cornbread dressing and squash casserole. Whole pies and cakes are available for the holidays, and include carrot cake with cream cheese icing, Italian cream cake with cream cheese icing, pumpkin pie and apple pie with crumb topping. Advanced notice via online form or from individual locations is required for specialty orders.
Lauren is a food writer and editor with a background in cheese and a penchant for pontificating on the joys of eating and drinking.