by MeredithDeliso - 379 Reviews - 13 List
Each year on Thanksgiving, you can look forward to a big, golden turkey, heaping spoonfuls of mashed potatoes, and every seasonal veggie available laid out across your table. But sometimes, you just want to leave the cooking to someone else. And with these Houston restaurants opening their doors for Thanksgiving Day meals (or offering takeout) the only thing you'll be slaving over is that third plate. (Photo: Pappas Bar-B-Q)
Updated: November 06, 2009
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This Washington Avenue hot spot lets you take its top-notch comfort food home on a regular basis, but there's no better time to feast on its family-sized sides of mashed potatoes, collard greens and seasonal veggies ($5/pint, $9/quart) than now. You'll have to take care of the turkey yourself, or trade it out for the restaurant's "Just Fried Chicken" ($40 for 15 pieces) for a Thanksgiving twist. This being a self-described wine dive, you can also take home any of its bottles for $30 or less.
The House of Blues' holiday catering menu looks so good, you might just need to get two turkeys to take advantage of the Southern-inspired goodness. There's a Creole deep-fried turkey, a hickory-smoked turkey, and an oven-roasted turkey, all cooked in the restaurant's Andouille cornbread dressing and coated with giblet gravy ($59.95 each, feeds 10). Or, for the ambitious, there's the Turducken Holiday Feast--a boneless chicken stuffed inside a boneless duck, stuffed inside a boneless turkey ($129.95, feeds 20). To compliment all that meat, there are a number of additional sides and desserts you can choose to customize your feast.
For all the fixings, sides and desserts you'd want out of Thanksgiving, Pappas is your man. The restaurant has a complete side package comprised of cornbread stuffing, gravy, green bean casserole, yams, corn, cranberry sauce and a dozen rolls for $39.95. Add to that additional sides, dessert and, of course, a whole-smoked turkey ($49.95), and you're good to go. You can place your order at the Pappas closest to you, at least 24 hours in advance.
It isn't a proper Thanksgiving without some pumpkin pie, and this Independence Heights bakery has them famously lining up around the block (at least) with good reason. As Houston's oldest pie shop, it's part of more than a few family traditions by now. This year, make it your own, if you haven't already. Just try to get there a couple days in advance to avoid the headline-making waits.
Dine out this year. Make reservations now at one of these top restaurants.
This Houston standout is a favorite for Thanksgiving, thanks to its festive atmosphere and a reasonable prix fixe ($55 per person plus tax and tip) for the fine dining establishment. Choose from among the Cajun-inspired starters and entrees, and for dessert, you can't go wrong with the cardamom-spiced pumpkin pie. Open on Thanksgiving from 11am to 6:30pm. Reservations required.
If Thanksgiving is all about the second--and third--servings, this waterfront institution has you covered. The port restaurant has won fans for its Sunday brunch buffet, and on Nov. 24, it'll host a special Thanksgiving edition, complete with traditional fare as well as complimentary champagne and mimosas. The buffet runs from 11am to 2:30pm and is $28.95 for adults, $11.95 for children ages 5 to 10, and free for children under 5. Reservations strongly recommended.
If you plan on taking in the Thanksgiving Day Parade as it ambles through downtown, stick around and enjoy a meal that will bring you higher than those turkey and Shrek floats. Enjoy unobstructed views of the city as you dine at the Spindletop restaurant, which sits atop the Hyatt Regency on the 33rd floor. It'll be serving a prix fixe menu of elevated Thanksgiving standards from 11am to 3pm, costing $52 for adults, $26 for children ages 7 to 12, and free for children under 6. Reservations required.
This Fourth Ward restaurant draws raves for its modern European cuisine, and on Thanksgiving, you can expect its roots to work their way into the menu, thanks to such dishes as schnitzel rolled with fois gras, bacon-wrapped quail breast and a lobster bisque. Don't worry, there will be turkey. The restaurant will be open from noon to 7pm, with the prix fixe $48. Reservations required.