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The Procrastinator's Guide to Thanksgiving

The Procrastinator's Guide to Thanksgiving

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Give me your tired, your picky, your couldn't-cook-a-turkey-if your-life-depended-on-it. There's no use denying it anymore — 14 million Americans eat out on Thanksgiving day. Stand up and make your reservation with pride.

Plenty of Houston's restaurants are opening their doors on Turkey Day and ready to accommodate any holiday meal that you could crave, whether it's the kind of dinner that mom used to make, something overflowing with booze or something totally unorthodox. Click through the restaurant names for menus and more details.

Keeping it Classic

  • Benjy's on Washington — Open 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Branch Water Tavern — Open 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., family-style feast in three courses, with traditional turkey plus rib eye, porcetta, a dozen appetizers and sides and a trio of pies, plus Maine lobster for $20 extra ($40, children $20).
  • Haven — Open 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., serving a three-course meal of Haven favorites (Gulf fish, shrimp corn dogs) plus holiday classics ($55).
  • Line & Lariat — Open 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Three-course Thanksgiving dinner for either lunch or dinner from the newest hotel restaurant in town ($36).
  • McCormick & Schmick's — Hours vary by location, three-course traditional Thanksgiving menu. ($23.95, children $7.95).
  • Philippe Restaurant + Lounge — Open 12 p.m. - 8 p.m., Classics with a worldly twist, like sweet potato flan and wild mushroom stuffing ($29).
  • Rainbow Lodge — Open 12 p.m. - 8 p.m., Menu faves plus turkey and more, priced a la carte. Don't forget a turkey "midnight snack" for $5 on your way out.
  • Sorrel — Open 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., Modern takes on holiday faves, from spicy pumpkin bisque to turkey scaloppini and much more, priced a la carte.

Brunch Buffet

  • Américas — Open 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., with more than 60 items on a buffet including the standards plus crepes, omelets and bottomless bloody marys and mimosas ($49, children $10).
  • Bistro Des Amis — Open 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. with a buffet including both hot and cold American favorites and a few French additions and bottomless mimosas for an extra $12 ($29, children $10)
  • Kiran's — Seatings at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., with seated soup and salad courses plus a buffet of dishes that mix the American with the Indian, plus mimosas and apple cider ($45, children $19.95).
  • Narin's Bombay Brasserie — Open 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., featuring a tandoori-roasted turkey and pumpkin pie alongside Indian favorites ($15.95).
  • Ray's Grill — Open 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., All that you expect, plus breakfast faves, crepes, pasta and omelet stations ($30).
  • Quattro — Houston's biggest brunch "extravaganza," with a carving station, a raw bar, holiday favorites, mimosas, sparkling wine, and a bloody mary bar ($77, children $35).

Something Different

  • Arturo's Uptown Italiano — Open 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., serving all the faves in a four-course dinner, the standard Italian menu and branzino on special.
  • Au Petit Paris — Open 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., serving French tastes with nods to American fall flavors in a three-course menu and optional wine pairing ($37, children $25)
  • Brennan's — Open 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., a three-course Thanksgiving with a Cajun accent and plenty of Brennan's favorites ($55).
  • Canopy — Open 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., a modern American holiday meal with plenty of options over three courses ($45).
  • Charivari — Open 12 p.m. - 7 p.m., serving rich continental favorites in three courses ($48).
  • Piola — Open 5 p.m - 11 p.m., with plenty of pizza for everyone who's sick of turkey, plus a free Bellini.
  • Turquoise Grill — Open 12 p.m. - 7 p.m., a holiday-themed Middle Eastern menu with dishes like lentil soup, shepherd's bread, baklava and more ($19.95, children $9.95)
  • Zushi — Open 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., serving a full menu of sushi specialty rolls, plus a four-course menu.