This year, we have something to be thankful for: the Houston restaurants that are staying open for business on Thursday, November 26. They'll be whipping up all our holiday favorites, forging delectable, multicourse feasts. Why shop, cook and wash when there are so many delicious options for dining in or taking out? You get the point. Now let’s talk turkey!
"The Bird" will be serving a three-course, foodie-friendly Thanksgiving that has something for everyone. Choose from lobster bisque, butternut squash soufflé, herb-roasted turkey, seared wild salmon, filet of beef, pumpkin cheesecake and more. What's better? The neighborhood bistro will also offer a full holiday menu for pickup. Reservations to dine in are highly recommended, especially for large parties.
Details: 10 AM–9 PM
Price: $75 adults, $99 with wine pairings; $25 children
1985 Welch St.; 713-533-0200
Hotel ICON LINE & LARIAT Restaurant
This seasonal, prix fixe dinner includes an appetizer of butternut squash soup or harvest salad. Move on to a butter-roasted turkey leg, served with sides of sweet potatoes, mashed Yukon golds with gravy, traditional cornbread dressing, haricot verts, cranberry sauce and fresh rolls. Finish with either pumpkin or pecan pie.
Details: 5–9 PM
Price: $59 per person
220 Main St.; 713-224-4266
Etoile Cuisine et Bar
This will be chef Philippe’s first time creating a three-course prix fixe Thanksgiving — one with a French twist, at that. Dishes will include persimmon et Saint Jacques rôties (persimmon and roasted scallops with ginger dressing) and côtes de boeuf braisés (braised beef short ribs). He'll also serve butternut squash, mousseline, fall vegetables and Cabernet syrup, plus desserts.
Details: 12–7 PM
Price: $56 adults; $25 children
1101-11 Uptown Park Blvd.; 832-668-5808
Table on Post Oak
Take in a twinkling view of the tree lighting, Thanksgiving parade and evening fireworks at this Post Oak Boulevard locale. Feasting on a four-course, family-style dinner will be easy once starters of roasted beet salad and butternut squash ravioli roll around. Move on to free-range roasted turkey with Madeira gravy, wild mushroom chestnut stuffing, and sides ranging from almond haricots verts to roasted sweet potatoes. A dinner to go package serving 12 guests can also be delivered or picked up curbside.
Details: 11 AM–8 PM
Price: $70 adults; $35 children
1800 Post Oak Blvd.; 713-439-1000
Américas River Oaks
Dig into a traditional Thanksgiving brunch with this South American–inspired buffet. Think pumpkin and chorizo empanadas, aji pepper–rubbed turkey, maple-glazed pecan ham, roasted beef tenderloin, and pumpkin spice tres leches. To get in the holiday spirit, opt for cranberry sangria, Bloody Mary's, or mimosas.
Details: 10 AM–3 PM
Price: $49.95 adults; $15 children ages seven to 12; bottomless cocktails $12.95 per adult
2040 W. Gray St.; 832-200-1492
CRU Food and Wine Bar
Both locations (West Ave. and The Woodlands) are serving three-course spreads, along with fine wine selections. Begin with butternut squash bisque with spicy crab and crostini. After that? Roasted turkey with sausage cornbread stuffing, beef tenderloin, braised short ribs or roasted branzino will do the trick. Finish that up with pumpkin pie, apple bread pudding or chocolate molten cake — it's a wonder if you'll even be able to leave.
Details: 12–9 PM
West Ave. and The Woodlands
Federal American Grill
Choose between two seating times for Thanksgiving lunch. Expect traditional favorites on the three-course menu, ranging from roasted bell pepper soup to honey baked ham to roasted turkey with stuffing. Sweet potatoes, golden Yukon mashed, homemade cranberry sauce and Thanksgiving pies finish the meal.
Details: 12 noon and 2:30 PM
Price: $49 adults; $15 children 10 and under
510 Shepherd Dr.; 713-863-7777
Quattro at the Four Seasons Hotel
Hit the elegant, 70-plus item buffet with stations throughout the dining room, private rooms and kitchen. Stations include lavish appetizers, a carving table with lamb, turkey and fish, plus a myriad of classic and innovative sides. Oh, and did we mention the desserts? It’s a Thanksgiving fantasy come true.
Details: Brunch 10 AM–3 PM; à la carte dinner 5:30–10 PM
Price: $92 adults; $39 kids
1300 Lamar St.; 713-276-4700
Genesis Steakhouse and Wine Bar
The first steakhouse in Houston to serve certified glatt kosher and halal foods will be open on Thanksgiving Day, serving feast with roasted turkey, classic sides and desserts. The regular lunch menu will also be served. And if you're hosting extended family this year? Order your prepaid turkey and side dishes for pickup on Wednesday, November 25 (call 713-665-2222).
Details: 11 AM–5 PM; www.genesissteakhouse.com or call 713-665-2222
Price: $42 adults; $28 children 12 and under
5427 Bissonnet St.; 713-665-2222
Rather start early with brunch? At Benjy’s in Rice Village, guests can choose from a variety of innovative themed brunch specials in addition to the standard brunch menu. Specials will include pumpkin spice French toast, green bean omelets with mushroom gravy, turkey panini with cranberry and aïoli, and sweet potato piece with candied pecans.
Details: 10 AM–3 PM
Price: À la carte
2424 Dunstan Rd.; 713-522-7602
Benjy’s on Washington will offer a full Thanksgiving menu, in addition to an “on the run” menu with to-go. Dishes will include herb roasted turkey breast, braised pork shoulder and jalapeño beer sausage, along with a variety of sides and desserts.
Details: 11 AM–4 PM
Price: $40 adults; $16 children
5922 Washington Ave.; 713-868-1131
Let Central Market do the work for you. Go online and shop the holiday guide, where you’ll find everything you need: appetizer platters, fresh meats, full meals, sides and bakery items. Made-from-scratch dishes and desserts include hickory-smoked ham or roasted rib-eye with all the fixings. Finish off with bourbon pecan or pumpkin cream cheese pie.
Details: Order online by November 24 for pickup at the store, or call 713-386-1700
Price: À la carte or full meal deal
3815 Westheimer Rd.; 713-386-1700
Guests can order a feast for six including either a Cajun fried turkey or roasted turkey, along with dressing, gravy, fresh cranberry sauce, three sides and a dessert. Optionally, order individual items like banana Key lime pie and grandma's meat lasagna.
Details: Place your order by November 20 and pick up on November 25
Price: Dinner for six $145–$150
1212 Waugh Dr.; 713-528-3474
In addition to a three-course holiday menu ($58) in the dining room — one that features venison, antelope and bison — Rainbow Lodge offers mini to-go containers that are the perfect late-night Thanksgiving treat. There's just enough to make a turkey, dressing and gravy sandwich for $5 each. Guests let their server know at the end of the meal how many they want, and containers are ready to go.
Details: The Lodge is also offering full feasts to-go, which will be available November 24–January 1. To order and for pricing, call 713-861-8666; 24-hour advance notice required.
Price: $58 for three-course menu
2011 Ella Blvd.; 713-861-8666
Choose from a preset menu, or build your own. Set options include turkey, cornbread stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes and two pies of choice — sweet potato pumpkin, whiskey pecan or Southern buttermilk. Create your own dinner and select a 12-, 14- or 24–26-pound turkey, then pair it with sides like mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, gravy, cornbread stuffing and kimchi.
Details: Contact events and catering at 713-882-7249 to place your order
Price: The preset menu is priced at $185 for 10–12 people, or $325 for 15–20
947 Gessner St.; 832-831-0950