Never Done Thanksgiving Take-Out Before? We Give Ouisie's Turkey and Sides a Lunch Tryout

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Photos by Kaitlin Steinberg
When you get it all on the plate, it looks like a homemade meal.
My family has never celebrated Thanksgiving in a huge way. We all love to eat, and my mother and I are pretty great cooks (if I do say so myself). But we're a family of three, so it never seems worth it to spend our day off slaving over a hot stove while my dad watches football in the other room, instead of taking the time away from work to just hang out with each other.

And that's why take-out Thanksgiving is so cool.

I don't recall being aware of Thanksgiving meals to-go when I was younger, but these days, it seems like half of the restaurants in Houston are offering take-out options. To see what it's all about, I asked Ouisie's Table to prepare their take-out Thanksgiving feast a little early this year. I arranged to pick it up and bring it to the office last week so I could fill you in on every step of the process before you decide if that's the route you want to go.

Before I start, though, I will say this: We had a lot of happy employees here at the Houston Press once Ouisie's arrived. And all the food was gone by the next day.

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The turkey may not look like something Martha Stewart made, but damn it was tasty!
Ouisie's offers several options for your Thanksgiving feast. The largest, most expensive meal is the $350 herb-crusted beef tenderloin with brandied sauce and crostini, which serves 15 to 20 people. There's also smoked salmon with "the works" for $175 (feeds 15 to 20). I opted to go the more traditional route with roasted turkey with gravy, two sides and a dessert for $175. The menu says it should feed 10 to 15 people, but I'm pretty sure we fed normal-sized meals (as in, not Thanksgiving-style-stuff-your-face-meals) to about 20 people.

I picked up the order around noon, and there were three people waiting to help me carry it to my car. Because we wanted to taste a few extra things, we ended up with three sides and two desserts, which means we had a large aluminum roasting pan full of turkey, three smaller aluminum pans with the sides, two boxes with pies and three plastic containers of gravy.

Every package survived the 12-minute drive from Ouisie's Table to our office in Midtown, though the juice from the green beans had leaked all over the inside of the bag and, consequently, me when I picked it up. It's okay though. I like smelling of garlic and tomatoes. Makes me feel like I've been working in an Italian kitchen.

The sides and turkey also stayed very hot in their aluminum pans, even after I had them sitting out for several minutes to photograph before I allowed people to dig in. We did discover that we had no proper utensils for carving a turkey, so if you're bringing take-out to your office rather than your home, do be prepared.

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3939 San Felipe St., Houston, TX

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Jeandeflorette
Jeandeflorette

Ouisie's is one of the best things about Houston, it makes me happy to be near their kitchen.

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard topcommenter

Are the lobster potatoes served year round, or only for this Thanksgiving?  Can you order it alone, or does it only come as part of the $175 meal?

JedediahJones
JedediahJones

Ouisie's and Cleburne are my two favorites if I have to fake cooking a Thanksgiving feast

natalia
natalia

@FattyFatBastard  

 Maybe call Ouisie's Table at 713-528-2264, and ask, or do you want her to deliver it too?

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard topcommenter

@natalia These are straightforward questions that should have been addressed in the article.  

KaitlinS
KaitlinS topcommenter

@FattyFatBastard @natalia "To place an order from Ouisie's Table for a full meal or a la carte sides and desserts, call Ouisie's Table at 713-528-2264."

You can order the sides and desserts a la carte. They're $50 each. They do not appear to be on the regular menu.

natalia
natalia

@FattyFatBastard @natalia

Straight-jacketed is more your adjective. If you click the menu link it reads that sides are $50

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