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Dine Out on Turkey Day: Where to Eat This Thanksgiving in Houston


Photo by Rachel Bohanan.
This Thanksgiving, let Houston restaurants take care of the fuss.

Thanksgiving is right around the corner -- and if you aren't planning on burning your house down with a turkey fryer (again) or you just don't feel like cooking, you're going to need some ideas on where to eat. Well you've come to the right place, friends.

From casual options and brunches to fancy five-course affairs, here is your Thanksgiving 2014 Dining Guide:

Note: Don't forget to make your reservations quickly, as these spots are bound to fill up!

024 Grille
945 N. Gessner, 281-501-4350

Head to this modern American eatery from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to enjoy an all-you-can-eat Thanksgiving Day feast ($55/adult; $45/senior; $25/child age 6-12). Along with complimentary mimosas, indulge in pastries and muffins, seasonal fruits, made-to-order omelets, eggs benny, roasted butternut squash soup, an assortment of fresh greens, turkey and prime beef carving stations, smoked chicken and cornbread stuffing, goat cheese whipped potatoes, French green bean casserole, smoked gouda mac', and more. And we didn't even get to dessert. A chocolate fountain, honey bourbon pecan pie, and bananas foster bread pudding (among others) help round out the affair.

2040 W. Gray, 832-200-1492
21 Waterway, 281-367-1492

Both Américas locations will being serving Thanksgiving Day brunch buffet -- featuring Cordua classics alongside holiday favorites with Latin flair -- from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. ($49 adults; $15 for children age 6 to 12). Enjoy dishes like pumpkin and chorizo empanadas, maple glazed pecan ham, loaded mashed potatoes, aji-pepper-rubbed roast turkey, and pumpkin spice tres leches; Then wash it all down with some cinnamon-spiced cranberry sangria (additional charge) for good measure.

Artisans Restaurant
3201 Louisiana St, 713-529-9111

Sit back and relax as you let this Midtown tour-de-force take care of Thanksgiving for you. For $75 per person, enjoy an impressive 4-course feast, featuring an oyster and cornbread amuse bouche; choice of sweet potato soup or port-braised short rib; choice of wild Alaskan halibut, reserve pork tenderloin, or roast turkey breast with green beens, cranberry, yams, and giblet dressing; and selection of Autumn spiced desserts. Reservations can be made between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

benjy's on Washington
5922 Washington, 713-868-1131

The Rice Village location will be closed, but the Washington benjy's is ready to serve you a three-course feast. For $40 per person, choose from caramelized onion soup or warm brussels sprout and kale salad before moving onto the main course: an herb roast turkey, grilled country pork ribs, or vegetarian pot pie, all served with the proper T-Day accoutrements. Finish off the meal with spiced pumpkin pie, pecan pie, or mom's chocolate cake. Kids meals, featuring a fresh fruit appetizer, burgers, turkey dinner, or grilled cheese entree, and choice dessert are available for $18/child.

Bistro Provence
13616 Memorial Dr, 713-827-8008

From 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., this French bistro will serve a sophisticated three-course meal ($19 to $25). Start with butternut bisque or autumn salad, then choose among grilled salmon ($24), roast beef Bordelaise ($25), or a roulade of turkey breast with sage and corn stuffing ($19). Dessert includes a slice of classic pumpkin pie or decadent chocolate and cinnamon bread pudding.

Brennan's of Houston
3300 Smith St, 713-522-9711

Why not wine and dine NOLA-style this Thanksgiving? Enjoy a three-course dinner from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. for $65 per person. Start with dishes like the house favorite turtle soup, smoked quail and collards gumbo, or dirty rice and duck prosciutto (to name a few) before moving on to the big guns. Choose from eight main entrees, including lamb shank osso bucco, lobster-stuffed flounder, or good ol' American roasted turkey and giblet gravy -- done Creole style, of course. Make sure to save room for Brennan's famous tableside bananas foster, a big slice of Southern pecan pie, and more.

Buca di Beppo
5192 Buffalo Speedway, 713-665-2822
19075 N. Freeway, 936-321-6262

If you're looking for something a little more casual, this family-style Italian eatery is the place for you. Their turkey day feast serves three ($53.99) or six ($98.99) and includes hickory smoked ham and home-style roast turkey with gravy, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, spicy Italian sausage stuffing, green beans, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie.

The Capital Grille
5365 Westheimer, 713-623-4600

Head to this Galleria hotspot from noon to 9 p.m. to enjoy the restaurant's full a la carte menu as well as a traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner ($36 for adults, $15 for children 12 and under). The meal features slow-roasted turkey with brioche stuffing, French green beans with marcona almonds, mashed potatoes, and cranberry pear chutney along with a big slice of pumpkin cheesecake ($10) for dessert.

2055 Westheimer, 713-527-8300; Multiple locations

All Churrascos will being serving Thanksgiving Day brunch buffet, featuring Cordua classics alongside holiday favorites with Latin flair, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. ($39.95 adults; $15 for children age 6 to 12). Enjoy dishes like pumpkin and chorizo empanadas, maple glazed pecan ham, loaded mashed potatoes, aji-pepper-rubbed roast turkey, and pumpkin spice tres leches; Then wash it all down with some cinnamon-spiced cranberry sangria (+$12) for good measure.

The Federal Grill
510 Shepherd Dr, 713-863-7777

This Washington area American grill will be hosting two seatings on Thanksgiving day (noon and 2:30 p.m.). For $48 per person and $12 per child (10 and under), enjoy a three-course feast of oven-roasted turkey or honey-baked ham along with all the fixin's.

Gabby's BBQ
3101 N Shepherd Dr, 713-864-5049
4659 Telephone Rd, 713-649-3055
4010 Spencer Hwy, 713-944-8424

This BBQ spot will be serving up down home thanksgiving favorites from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Get smoked turkey with giblet gravy, baked ham, sweet potato casserole or mashed potatoes, cornbread dressing, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce and a dinner roll for $10.49. Finish off with a banana pudding or homemade cobber for a few extra bucks, or get a whole pecan or pumpkin pie to enjoy at home.

Mockingbird Bistro Wine Bar
1985 Welch St, 713-533-0200

Head to this upscale bistro for a decadent feast that is sure to knock your socks off. From 10 a.m. until 9 p.m., get a three-course Thanksgiving meal for $65 per adult (with additional wine pairings available) and $25 per child. Start with a choice of six first courses -- including dreamy lobster bisque, a bright roasted beet salad, or jumbo lump crab risotto -- before moving on the to the main course. Here, you'll have another five spectacular selections, including a herb-roasted turkey with the works, grilled prime ribeye with red wine redux, or a pepper-crusted Mediterranean sea bass. Finish it all off with pumpkin cheesecake, apple bread pudding, or a decadent chocolate pecan pie.

Pappas Bar-B-Q
3950 S. Terminal, 281-443-3487; All locations

Head to this all American joint from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m to get a classic turkey day plate for just $11.95. Your feast will includes hickory-smoked turkey and pit-smoked ham alongside cornbread stuffing, yams, green bean casserole, giblet gravy, cranberry sauce and a dinner roll.

Rainbow Lodge
2011 Ella Blvd, 713-861-8666

Enjoy an elegant dinner in one of Houston's most romantic settings. For $55, Rainbow Lodge will be serving up a 3-course meal featuring starters like smoked duck gumbo and seared scallops with wild boar sausage; entrees like Southern-style turkey dinner and grilled beef tenderloin; and desserts like croissant bread pudding and pumpkin pie in a jar, to name a few. And don't miss out on adding a "Late Night Snack Pack" -- just enough fixin's for a turkey and stuffing sandwich -- for $5. Reservations can be made from noon to 7:30 p.m.

Ray's Grill
8502 FM 359 Rd S, 281-533-0099

This casual American grill will be serving an all-you-can-eat Thanksgiving day buffet, featuring everything from breakfast to turkey dinner, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. ($35 per adult; $15 per child age 4-12). Get made-to-order omelets, Belgian waffles, and a smoked salmon and salad bar alongside freshly carved roast turkey and giblet gravy and herb-roasted prime rib, roasted Berkshire pork, truffle mac', green beans, and country-style cornbread stuffing. A dessert display, featuring mini holiday cakes and pies and homemade pumpkin ice cream, is sure to not disappoint.

Ruth's Chris Steak House
5433 Westheimer, 713-840-1433

Don't be fooled by the name: This upscale steakhouse does a mean turkey, too. For $39.95 per person ($12.95 children's menu available), get a 3-course feast featuring chicken and sausage gumbo or Caesar/steak salad, oven-roasted turkey with sausage and herb stuffing, home-style gravy, cranberry stuffing, your choice of potatoes or greens, and pumpkin cheesecake with vanilla ice cream.

Seasons 52
4410 Westheimer and City Center, 843 W. Sam Houston Parkway City Center Three
(713) 621-5452 and 713-464-5252

Seasons 52,a fresh grill and wine bar, will be open and offering a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings, including Plainville Farms roasted turkey, traditional herb stuffing, Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, maple-glazed butternut squash, French green beans, house-made cranberry relish and a signature pumpkin pie mini indulgence dessert for ($26.95 per adult. A children's portion, as well as the full dinner menu, will also be available.) Reservations are recommended and they will be serving until 8 p.m..

Sorrel Urban Bistro
2202 W Alabama St, 713-677-0391

From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., you can get one last Thanksgiving meal at this charming urban bistro before it closes next year (the owner has sold the space to focus on his wildly successful and growing Pepperoni's Pizza chain). Brunch offerings include buttermilk biscuits and chorizo gravy, lobster cakes benedict, and a farm omelet smothered with crawfish étouffée; while lunch and dinner features smoked turkey leg with pumpkin risotto, braised lamb shank, and roast turkey dinner with apple-raisin stuffing and beet greens. All items, including a selection of pies, cakes, and spiced crème brulee, are available a la carte.