Go Take-Out and Let Houston Restaurants Do the Work for You This Thanksgiving

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The Thanksgiving holiday is all about spending time with family and eating entirely too much food. But how to maximize both of those goals?

With take-out, of course! Many Houston restaurants are offering full Thanksgiving feasts to-go, so you don't need to lift a finger (except maybe to do the dishes), and you still get to enjoy all your favorite holiday items in the comfort of your own home.

Do I sound like an advertisement for take-out? That's 'cause I'm doing it myself this year, and I'm pretty excited to stuff myself silly without taking up valuable time cooking (and not napping). I haven't decided where I'll be picking up Thanksgiving dinner yet, but I've compiled a handy list to make the decision easier for all.

I'll continue to add options as I'm made aware of them, and we'll also be updating our list of places open on Thanksgiving.

Oh, and since the second day of Hanukkah happens to fall on Thanksgiving, those of you celebrating the festival of lights might want to check out some of the more kosher offerings for a Hanukkah feast. Then just eat leftovers on Thanksgiving. Nothing wrong with that.

Backstreet Cafe
1103 South Shepherd, 713-521-2239

Backstreet Cafe is preparing a multitude of side dishes and desserts for Thanksgiving take-out this year, as they do every year. Orders must be placed by Monday, November 25 and picked up Wednesday, November 27. You can get servings for either 6-8 people or 12-15 people. Each dish is sold separately. Some of the most intriguing options are duck gumbo ($59 per half-gallon); butternut squash soup ($30 per half-gallon); Brussels sprout and potato hash ($22, serves 6-8); brioche bread pudding with mushrooms ($22, serves 6-8); Wine-poached pears stuffed with blue cheese ($24 for 6); chocolate pecan pie ($18 for 9-inch round); and caramel cheesecake ($40 for 10-inch round). See the Backstreet Cafe website for the full menu and to place orders.

The Bird & The Bear and Ouisie's Table
2810 Westheimer, 713-528-2473
3939 San Felipe, 713-528-2264

Ouisie's Table and The Bird & The Bear are offering the same simple (but delicious-sounding) Thanksgiving menu this year. Choose from three meal packages: Beef tenderloin with sauce and breads for $350 (serves 15-20); smoked salmon with the works for $175 (serves 15-20); or roasted turkey with gravy, two sides and one dessert for $175 (serves 10-15). Sides like lobster mashed potatoes, wild rice with shallots and Stilton salad can also be ordered a la carte for $50 each. For dessert, choose from apple strudel, tres leches cake, pumpkin pie or pecan pie for $50 each. Orders must be received by November 21 and picked up November 27. For further details check out the Ouisie's website or The Bird & The Bear website.

Cobblestone Market Cafe
14121 Northwest Fwy, 713-939-1255

Cobblestone bills itself as a classic American restaurant, and its Thanksgiving options are no different. For $139, you get a traditional meal for 10 people that includes a protein of your choice (herb-roasted turkey breast, Cajun roasted turkey breast, pineapple glazed ham or pork loin) plus two sides, dinner rolls, cranberry sauce and a pie. Side-dish options include garlic mashed potatoes, traditional green bean casserole, turkey stuffing and roasted fresh vegetables. Any of these items costs $24.95 a la carte. Orders must be placed at least 48 hours in advance and can be picked up on November 27. For more information, visit the website.

Location Info

Backstreet Cafe

1103 S. Shepherd Dr., Houston, TX

Category: Music

The Bird & the Bear

2810 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Ouisie's Table

3939 San Felipe St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Frank's Americana Revival & White Star Bar

3736 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Turquoise Grill

3701 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Kenny & Ziggy's Delicatessen Restaurant

2327 Post Oak Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


1100 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Gabby's Barbecue

3101 N. Shepherd, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Sparrow Bar + Cookshop

3701 Travis St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Sorrel Urban Bistro

2202 W. Alabama, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Ray's Grill

8502 FM 359, Fulshear, TX

Category: Restaurant

Mockingbird Bistro Wine Bar

1985 Welch St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


2520 Amherst, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Gabby's Barbecue

4659 Telephone Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Gabby's Barbecue

4010 Spencer Highway, Pasadena, TX

Category: Restaurant

Jonathan's The Rub

9061 Gaylord St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


1600 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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