Dining Out on Turkey Day: Where to Eat This Thanksgiving

Categories: Season's Eating

Order your Thanksgiving dinner to-go:

Backstreet Café
1103 South Shepherd Dr., 713-521-2239

Whether you want to dine in or take your meal to go, Baskstreet Café has got your back with a delicious menu of soups, sides and desserts. This year's menu features a wide range of side dishes featuring brioche bread pudding, cornbread and andoille sausage dressing, butternut squash puree and wine-poached pears stuffed with blue cheese and dried fruit. Stick with the classic apple or pumpkin pie, or venture out of the Thanksgiving comfort zone and try their pumpkin cheesecake with pumpkin seed brittle. Order by Monday, November 19 to pick up by Wednesday.

Central Market
3815 Westheimer, 713-386-1700

Let Central Market do all the work for you this Thanksgiving. Pick up one of their wonderful dishes and desserts including hickory-smoked ham or herb-roasted rib eye with all the fixings, and bourbon pecan and pumpkin cream cheese pies. Pair any of these meals with wine and beer.

2502 Algerian Way, 713-581-6101

You can dine at Haven on Thanksgiving Day, but you can also order your meal ahead of time and take it home. If you choose the latter, you can pick from meals that serve six to eight or 12 to 16 people,depending on the size of each dish. Bring home a vegetarian gumbo or their wild boar chili (obviously not vegetarian), with jalapeno sausage dressing and cornbread pudding, all topped with one of their many gravies, chutneys or dressings. Finish the meal with their goat's milk buttermilk chess-pecan pie and call it a night.

Kenny & Ziggy's
2327 Post Oak Boulevard, 713-871-8883

Place an order from Kenny and Ziggy's by November 16 and pick up your customized Thanksgiving Dinner on Wednesday. Choose from their a la carte menu featuring a whole roasted turkey, Jeanne's carrot soufflé and whipped sweet potatoes with pecans. Kenny and Ziggy's also offers meal packages for 10 to 12 people including all the regular fixings and your choice of two sides.

All locations, 877-465-8297

Luby's always delivers when it comes to serving a smorgasbord of delicious comfort foods. Bring your family and friends a pre-made to-go feast from Luby's filled with prime rib, roasted turkey or a deep fried turkey and all the typical Thanksgiving sides: cornbread dressing, candied yams, cranberry sauce and pecan pie. Order 48 hours in advance to secure your Thanksgiving meal.

Nino's, Vincent's and Grappino
2817 West Dallas, 713-522-5120

Vincent and Mary Mandola and their two daughters always close the popular Nino's, Vincent's and Grappino's restaurant trio on Thanksgiving Day to host their own private family feast, but fans of the restaurants can enjoy the same Thanksgiving Italian-Style in their own homes. The restaurants have put together a menu of foods to order in advance and take home for Turkey Day. Feeding anywhere from six to 20 people, the whole meal can be ready to just pick up at the restaurants and then heat up following the provided instructions. The menu includes all the traditional items prepared with the restaurants' flair. There are also a number of Mandola family Italian favorites like lasagna, spit-roasted chicken, beef and pork tenderloin, homemade bread and garlic mashed potatoes. All orders must be made at least 48 hours in advance and picked up no later than November 21. Credit card confirmation is required upon ordering.

Ousie's Table
3939 San Felipe Street, 713-528-2264

If you're planning on having a lot of friends and family over for Thanksgiving, order a feast to go from Ousie's Table. Choose from a selection of beef tenderloin, smoked salmon, roasted turkey and various dressings, potatoes and desserts to serve 15 to 20 people. Order by Thursday, November 15 to pick up the day before Thanksgiving.

2520 Amherst, 713-529-2420

Bring home an Italian Thanksgiving dinner from Prego featuring veal and beef meatball lasagna and their savory macaroni and cheese. Stick with the Italian classics and end your meal with tiramisu or Italian cream cake. If you can't live without the traditional desserts, order individual pumpkin pies paired with cinnamon whipped cream and candied pumpkin seeds.

Sparrow Bar + Cookshop
3701 Travis, 713-524-6922

Monica Pope offers a to-go Thanksgiving dinner featuring butternut squash soup, pork loin, quail, cornbread stuffing and cranberry-apple-walnut crisp. Order in a package with a soup, three sides, one protein and a dessert for $50 per person, or order a la carte to get all of your favorites. Place your order by Monday, November 19 at 5 p.m. to pick up on Wednesday, November 21.

The Capitol at St. Germain
705 Main, 713-492-2454

Take home "The Capitol Holiday Dinner" for Thanksgiving from The Capitol at St. Germain packed with turkey and gravy, cornbread stuffing, mac 'n' cheese, cranberry compote and pecan pie. It's a classic dinner to-go that your family will love. Order at least 48 hours in advance.

Tony Mandola's
1212 Waugh Drive, 713-528-3474

They're not open on Thanksgiving Day, but buy a pre-made dinner for six the day before Thanksgiving. Step out of the box a bit and try their Cajun Fried Turkey served with all the fixings. Finish your meal off with their famous Banana Key Lime Pie, or pumpkin pie if you can't have Thanksgiving without it. Mandola's also offers Grandma's Meat Lasagna if you can't eat at their restaurant without some Italian food. Place your orders by 5 p.m. on November 19.

Check back throughout the week and in the days leading up to Thanksgiving, as we'll update this post as new dining information comes in.

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Location Info

024 Grille

945 N. Gessner Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Tony Mandola's Gulf Coast Kitchen

1212 Waugh Dr., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Houston Texans Grille

12848 Queensbury Lane, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Monarch Restaurant & Lounge

5701 Main, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Benjy's on Washington

5922 Washington, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Backstreet Cafe

1103 S. Shepherd Dr., Houston, TX

Category: Music


1600 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Haven - CLOSED

2502 Algerian Way, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Kenny & Ziggy's Delicatessen Restaurant

2327 Post Oak Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Mockingbird Bistro Wine Bar

1985 Welch St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


2520 Amherst, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


1300 Lamar St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


240 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Bistro Provence

13616 Memorial Dr., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Ouisie's Table

3939 San Felipe St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Bistro Alex

800 W. Sam Houston Parkway, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Line & Lariat

220 Main St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Philippe - CLOSED

1800 Post Oak Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Sparrow Bar + Cookshop

3701 Travis St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

The Capitol At St. Germain - CLOSED

705 Main, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Central Market

3815 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: General

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you can also order the whole traditional turkey dinner to be picked up at Honey Baked Ham.  I did that the year I was caring for my mother in hospice at home.  It was easy and rather tasty.


We'll be open at Mezzanine Lounge at 11:30 am for the Texans game. No special dinner, but our kitchen will be open and we'll have Wild Turkey shots!

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