If you’re worried about burning the turkey, opt for a stress-free Thanksgiving and order to-go from some of your favorite restaurants. And since turkey doesn't have to be at the center of the plate, we've got other options, too.
The fare: Get a home-style feast of sliced roasted turkey, sliced baked ham, cornbread dressing, cranberry sauce, dinner rolls, and giblet gravy at Luby’s. Desserts and additional sides are also available.
Pricing: Created for groups of 10 or more, packages are priced from $6.99 to $10.99 per person.
Available: Multiple locations. Advance notice of 48 hours is requested.
To order: Lubys.com or 877-GO-LUBYS.
SPARROW BAR + COOKSHOP
The fare: Sparrow Bar + Cookshop has your entire Thanksgiving dinner covered. Choose from a selection of hearty soups and sides -- plus proteins like local whole pastured turkey, beef tenderloin, pork loin, quail or scallops. Don’t forget “must-haves” like cornbread stuffing, giblet gravy and pumpkin cheesecake.
Pricing: Group packages start at $50 per person or order items a la carte.
Availability: Order by Monday, November 25, at 5 p.m. Pick up on Wednesday, November 27, from 4 to 8 p.m.
To order: 713-875-7496 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The fare: At Pappas Bar-B-Q, order everything from flavorful whole smoked turkeys and hams, to sides made from scratch, and homemade pies and desserts.
Pricing: Whole smoked turkey from $44.95, smoked ham is $29.95, a package of seven sides is $39.95.
Availability: Place your order 24 hours in advance. Pick up Wednesday, November 27, or Thursday, November 28.
To order: Call your nearest location.
The fare: Turkey, gravy, mashed or sweet potatoes, corn bread stuffing, green beans, bread, and pie are all part of Ciao Bello's “Thanksgiving To Go” menu.
Pricing: Ranges from $159.95 for 6 people to $299.95 for 12.
Availability: End of day Monday, November 25.
To order: Call 713-960-0333.
The fare: For a bird and dessert, head to Goode Company for the mesquite-smoked turkey and decadent, handmade pecan pie.
Pricing: $60 per turkey. Pies from $17.
Availability: Turkeys can be pre-ordered through Goode Company’s three BBQ locations. Pies can be pre-ordered or picked up at Goode Company's Pecan Pie Booth on Tuesday, November 26, and Wednesday, November 27, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
To order: Call or stop by the pie booth.
The fare: La Balance's take on a traditional meal includes oven roasted turkey, butternut squash soup, Brussels sprout salad, gravy, cranberry sauce, green beans, sweet potato puree, corn bread dressing, and La Balance bread. It also comes with either pecan or pumpkin pie.
Pricing: Package feeds 6-8 people, $145.
Availability: Order through Tuesday, November 26.
To order: Call 281-206-7974.
HOLD THE BIRD
The fare: Chef Kevin Bryant is offering a Thanksgiving take-out feast with a la carte items enough for 12. Starters include gazpacho shooters and seafood stuffed mushrooms. Save room for pulled pork baby back ribs, mini sliders, sweet potato casserole, smoked Gouda blue grits, and more.
Available: Orders are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, November 25. Pick up is Tuesday, November 26, and Wednesday, November 27, from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m.
To order: Call 713-529-5881 or email email@example.com
The fare: Spice things up and go south of the border this Thanksgiving with a variety of tamales, chile rellenos and enchiladas from Hugo's. Go big and order the Lechoncito Rostizado (whole suckling pig).
Pricing: A la carte prices vary.
Availability: Order by end of day on Monday, November 25. Pick up on Wednesday, November 27.
To order: Call 713-524-7744 or order on-line.
A LITTLE SOMETHING ON THE SIDE
The fare: As long as you can handle the turkey, Backstreet has plenty of to-go items to round out your holiday meal. Soups like duck gumbo and wild mushroom are available by the half gallon. You can also get sides like cauliflower gratin and wine-poached pears, and desserts like the chocolate pumpkin hot cocoa.
Pricing: Soups by the half gallon start at $15. Pricing for sides varies by size, but starts at $22. Desserts are $12 and up.
Availability: Orders should be placed by Monday, November 25 for pick-up with re-heating instructions on Wednesday, November 27.
To order: Call 713-521-2239 or order on-line.
The fare: At Revival Market, you'll find the likes of duck fat fingerling potatoes, cornbread stuffing, marinated beets, and more. There's also a list of several sweets.
Pricing: From $5.95 to $13.95.
Availability: Through November 27.
To order: Stop by and pick up.
The fare: The perfect end to Thanksgiving dinner, Triniti’s offering of sweet confections includes apple pie, lemon meringue, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, and a holiday classic, yeast rolls with a hint of honey.
Pricing: Pies are $30 each. Yeast rolls are $8 per dozen.
Availability: Through December 22.
To order: Call 713-527-9090.
OOH LA LA
The fare: For traditionalists, the quintessential collection of All-American Thanksgiving pies includes pumpkin, pecan, apple, cherry, chocolate cream, coconut cream, and key lime. For those looking to up the ante, outclass your pie competition with Snickers, Reese's, Twix or Oreo pies.
Pricing: $19 to $28.95 per pie.
Availability: Order by 9 p.m. on Monday, November 25. Pick up on Wednesday, November 27.
To order: Call 713-465-6338.