Houston's Ultimate Thanksgiving GuideBy Amber Ambrose
November 15, 2013
Thanksgiving will be here before you know it. Are you ready for the onslaught of turkey and dressing? If not, here are a few resources that might help you get dinner on the table with minimal effort, and even a few spots that will be open to serve you on their own tables. Whatever you choose, there's no reason to stress, unless it's over all of the delicious decisions you'll need to make in the near future.
Spice things up a bit and go south of the border this Thanksgiving by ordering tuna ceviche by the pound, wild mushroom tamales by the dozen and guacamole by the quart. Order from the full takeout menu by November 25 (713-524-7744).
There are 17 sides to choose from if you're looking to pad your Thanksgiving bird with some classically delicious dishes that range from stewed collards to wine-poached pears stuffed with blue cheese and dried fruit. This tiny mention is just a fraction of what Backstreet is offering - soups and desserts are also available. Have your orders in by November 25 and be ready to pick up the goods on November 27 (713-521-2239).
Kenny & Ziggy's
Don't feel like cooking at all? Kenny & Ziggy's to the rescue! Purchase a full Thanksgiving set including a 20-lb turkey, chestnut stuffing, gravy, cranberry compote and your choice of two sides for $195. It's a steal considering the fact it feeds up to 12 people. Orders must be in by November 20 and picked up by 2 PM on November 27 (713-871-8883).
Jonathan's The Rub
How's this for convenient? Jonathan's the Rub not only wants to prepare your Thanksgiving dinner, they'll also have it hot and ready for pick up on the actual day, Thursday, November 28. Fried turkey, beef tenderloin, baked salmon along with gumbo, macaroni and five cheeses, coconut cream pie, cheesecakes and more are up for grabs. Make some decisions and call them in by November 21 to snag yours (713-465-8200).
Designer turkeys - ok, maybe just heritage breeds - are on the docket at this Heights spot for all things local. These are just raw birds, not the fully cooked versions, and they must be pre-ordered online. However, there are plenty of prepared options for veggies, stuffing, gravy and desserts; just stop by and pick them up - no ordering necessary.
With pecan pie this good, it's only natural you'd want to set up a Pecan Pie Booth on the Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving. The only thing required to score your pies will be to show up between 8 AM and 5 PM at any of the three locations. Pre-ordered turkeys will also be available for pick-up during those hours and days.
Sit down meals
If an elegant meal is more your speed, Mockingbird will offer a fixed-price 3-course dinner from 10 AM to 9 PM on Thanksgiving day. A sampling of courses include lobster bisque with crème fraîche and brioche croutons; seared wild salmon with white beans, andouille sausage and tomato cassoulet; and apple bread pudding with cinnamon ice cream. To-go packages are also available (713-533-0200).
Churrascos and Américas
It's a South American Thanksgiving at Cordúa restaurants Churrascos and Américas (all locations) with a brunch buffet that will include pumpkin and chorizo empanadas, cinnamon-spiced cranberry sangria, aji pepper-rubbed turkey, pumpkin spice tres leches and much more. Festivities go from 10 AM to 3 PM.
Gaido's Seafood Restaurant
If you don't mind traveling to Galveston for the occasion, seafood classic Gaido's is offering a special lunch buffet with traditional dishes with a Gulf Coast flair from 11 AM to 3 PM. From 5 PM on, only the regular dinner menu will be offered (409-762-9625).
Nam Gang Restaurant
There's no fancy prix-fixe dinner here, but there will be lots and lots of marinated meats to cook on your tabletop grill. Korean barbecue is a nice alternative to traditional Thanksgiving dinners because it gets everyone involved in the meal's preparation. It also helps to have a few glasses of soju to get the warm fuzzy feelings flowing (713-467-8801).
If Peking duck and lobster sound like your ideal Thanksgiving, have we got the place for you. This Bellaire Boulevard favorite lets you choose live seafood directly from the tank, though the price tag can range a bit high. Either way, it'll be a Thanksgiving to remember, and with no dishes to wash (713-271-6888).
For a Mediterranean slant on Thanksgiving, try Turkish restaurant Turquoise Grill's rendition, which includes brick oven-baked turkey, lentil soup, shepherd bread and baklava, to name a few. It all begins at noon and ends at 9 PM with special pricing for children aged 6 to 12 and senior citizens (281-937-7447).