If your plans are still coming together for your Thanksgiving feast, we’ve got you covered. Make it a holiday to remember, and with no dishes to wash, at the seven options below. All are either new restaurants or old favorites who have joined in the Thanksgiving Day dining game this year for the first time.
Cozy Rice Village eatery Sud Italia will present plenty of coastal Italian cuisine, as well as more traditional fare, such as carved turkey breast with dressing, grilled asparagus, baby carrots and candied yams (11 am - 9:00 pm; $39.50 per person). For dessert, options include pecan and pumpkin pie.
Classics are the focus of the three-course prix fixe dinner at The Woodlands outpost of Del Frisco’s Grille, an offshoot of sister spot Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House (12 - 8 pm). Along with hand-carved turkey, the lavish meal ($39 per person) comes with starter, butternut squash bisque, two sides (roasted garlic mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, creamed spinach, shaved Brussels sprouts) and a dessert (pumpkin pie, butterscotch pudding, pecan pie). Note: Del Frisco’s at West Ave will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.
Spend the holiday at the Kosher steakhouse in Bellaire, where they’re plating up T-Day favorites (11 am – 5 pm). Along with turkey, choose from sides like green bean casserole and candied yams ($42 per person; $28 for children 12 and under). You can also order al a carte from the regular menu.
Load up on turkey at Table on Post Oak. The posh restaurant on Post Oak Blvd. has a new French concept, and Thanksgiving Day deal (11 am – 8 pm) featuring oven-roasted bird with madeira (brown) gravy, chestnut wild mushroom stuffing, potato purée, bourbon pecan pie a la mode and the like ($70 per adult; $35 for children under 12). Bonus: Score a front row seat to the Uptown tree lighting festivities at 4 - 7 pm.
Midtown spot Holley’s presents a three-course prix fixe deal ($60 per adult; $30 per child) chock full of Southern favorites from fried quail with a sweet potato waffle and Thai-style fried snapper for two to turkey served with sweet potato soufflé, collard greens, oyster-cornbread stuffing, mac n’ cheese and more (11 am - 6 pm). We recommend the coconut cake with spiced pecans and salted caramel sauce for dessert.
It's a Brazilian Thanksgiving at Fogo de Chão. The steakhouse chain shares the Brazilian gaucho traditions of churrasco (the art of roasting meats over an open fire), a standout salad bar and a list of Thanksgiving items including roasted turkey, sage and apple dressing with Brazilian sausage and sweet potato casserole (Westheimer locale: 11 am – 9 pm; $34.95 per person at lunch and $51.95 per person at dinner. The Woodlands: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm; $32.95 per person at lunch; $49.95 per person at dinner).
Celebrate at the joint restaurant-butcher shop on Washington Ave. with offerings from the regular menu, as well as a prix fixe menu (from 11 am - 2pm; and again from 4-7pm). Guests will have the choice of one starter, one entree and one dessert, served with an amuse bouche of cantaloupe with smoked duck and balsamic vinegar and a trio of traditional side items from Brussels sprouts to cranberry sauce ($55 per adult; $20 per child 12 and under).
Expect first choice options to range from butternut squash soup to a mixed green salad while meaty mains include roasted prime rib or roasted turkey. Save room for pumpkin pie, apple crisp or pecan pie for dessert. Get into the spirit with specialty cocktail, the Mayflower ($14), a mix of apple whiskey, almond-flavored Italian liqueur, Italian bitter liqueur, lemon juice, aromatic bitters and black walnut bitters.
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