While Thanksgiving dinner at Mom's is a tradition that many are not willing to break, others welcome the idea of a turkey dinner that requires no preparation, cleaning or probing questions from crazy Aunt Helen. Lucky for these folks, Houston has much to offer in the way of restaurant-made Thanksgiving feasts. Below is a list of eateries that will serve a cornbread stuffing that rivals Grandma's as well as a few non-traditional, gourmet options.
1801 Post Oak Blvd.
Cost: Adults $39.99, Children (10 and under) $19.99
Menu: Dinner includes soup or salad, one entree, sides and dessert. Choose from either cajun fried or oven roasted turkey. Side options include glazed carrots, white cheddar mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce. Whole turkeys and fixings are also available for carry-out.
17 Locations throughout Houston and surrounding areas
713.659.1245 (Downtown location)
Menu: Smoked turkey, smoked ham, cornbread stuffing, candied yams, green beans, gravy and cranberry sauce are all included for under $10. Dine-in hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Take-out orders must be placed at least 48 hours in advance.
Cost: Adults $59.95, Children (6 to 11): $29.95, (5 and under eat free)
Menu: This upscale hotel and resort is offering a Thanksgiving brunch from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The menu is divided into stations for seafood, sushi, breakfast, pastas, roasts and a kids-only station with burgers, pizza and other child-friendly foods. Champagne cocktails and desserts are also available.
Begin the meal with appetizers such as gumbo, turtle soup or shrimp remoulade and top it off with lemon meringue pie, Texicana mousse cake or traditional bananas foster. Entrees include your choice of roasted turkey, pecan crusted speckled trout, duck breast, jumbo lump crabcakes and more.
House of Pies
Turkey, cornbread stuffing, yams, green beans, cranberry sauce, a dinner roll and a slice of pumpkin pie are all included in this Thanksgiving feast. Dinner is served beginning at 11 a.m. and there is an alternate location at 3112 Kirby.
Monarch at Hotel Zaza
5701 Main St.
Menu: Choose one of three first courses including cornbread stuffed quail and candied yams. Start out with either an acorn squash soup or Monarch salad. And finish up with a pecan tart or pumpkin pie. Dinner is served from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
8502 FM 359 S
Cost: Adults $25, Children (3 to 12) $12, complimentary buffet for ages 3 and under
Menu: Breakfast, pasta, salad, carving and hot entree stations comprise this buffet-style brunch. Entree options include roasted pork and seared tilapia. Brunch hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: Adults $59, Children (12 and under) $25
Three-course dinner featuring jumbo sea scallops, herb-roasted turkey, Chilean sea bass, prime rib eye and more. Wrap up a succulent meal with a rich serving of classic creme brulee. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.