We all have our favorite, can't-miss Thanksgiving side dishes. This year, go above and beyond the usual suspects and mix things up with these eight unique options from Houston restaurants. But hurry and place your order now, time's running out with Thanksgiving Day just around the corner.
Deviled Eggs Three Ways at Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette
The hit of any party, choose from three variations of the hard-boiled favorite at the River Oaks neighborhood eatery, including smoked salmon, bacon jam and pimento cheese.
Price: $48 per dozen (bacon jam, pimento cheese); $70 per dozen (smoked salmon). Order by 4 p.m., November 25.
Smoked Gouda Grits at Dish Society
The flavorful comfort food, made with smoked cheese, will shine at your Thanksgiving Day spread. It's so good, it will make you forget all about those humdrum mashed potatoes.
Price: $22 (six servings); $40 (12 servings). Order by 10 p.m., November 25.
Jambalaya at BB’s Cafe
The Louisiana Creole dish with rice, chicken and Andouille sausage, at the low-key cafe (with multiple locations) brings a touch of New Orleans to the table.
Price: $12 per quart. Order by end of day November 25.
Pineapple Slices at Andes Cafe
The welcoming East End eatery sweetens things up this holiday with a side of roasted and rum-glazed pineapple. While you're at it, pick up the must-try quinoa salad (with cucumbers, corn, radishes, green onions, pickled shallots, toasted with a lemon-honey vinaigrette), also on the roster of Thanksgiving to-go items.
Price: $3.50 per person. Order by 3 p.m., November 25.
Saint Arnold Amber Ale Smothered Cabbage at The Bird House
What's better than bacon and beer? The standout sides at the Heights-area fried chicken joint include the house take on the tasty greens along with the likes of Southern braised collards and oyster stuffing.
Price: $10 for the first quart; $8 for each additional quart. Order by 9 p.m., November 24.
Wine-Poached Pears at Backstreet Cafe
The spiced fruit gets an upgrade from Blue cheese and dried cranberry filling at the River Oaks staple. Guests won't soon forget the appetizing result, which doubles as a side or dessert.
Price: $24 for six pears; $46 for 12. Order by end of day, November 24.
Arroz a la Mexicana at Hugo's
Get creative and add a Mexican twist to your menu with the tomato-based rice from the Montrose spot. It will disappear before you know it.
Price: $25 (10x13 pan). Order by end of day, November 24.
Sour Apple Kale Salad at el Burro & the Bull
Ditch the green bean casserole for the light yet hearty kale leaf salad. Laced with apples, it's a delicious compliment to your turkey day feast.
Price: $34 (half tray). Order by end of day, November 24.