Give Thanks: These Restaurants Are Open on Thanksgiving Day
IS INFLATION GOBBLING up your Thanksgiving grocery budget? It might make more sense to dine out this year and nix the shopping, cooking and cleaning. Get everything you crave at these prime restaurants — but don’t forget to make reservations!
Celebrate friends and family at this French classic from 11am-3pm with an exceptional five-course lunch ($99/person). Sweet potato soup with lump crab; Canadian lobster tail; roasted turkey with creamy mushroom sauce, and pumpkin opera cake are just a few of the sumptuous courses.
Known for French-inspired, New American fare, chef Aaron Bludorn is whipping up a Thanksgiving spread of comforting classics and savory specials. The three-course menu ($105/adult, $55/child) features appetizers such as maitake mushroom with cashews and preserved lemon vinaigrette; Heritage turkey with gravy and cranberry sauce; dry-aged New York strip with beef jus, potato gnocchi with butternut squash brown butter foam; and desserts. Sweet potatoes, stuffing, mashed potatoes and Brussels sprouts are served for the table. The menu will be offered from 3pm-7pm. Reservations required.
Brennan's of Houston
Brennan's (photo by Kimberly Park)
Leave the details up to this Houston Creole icon and indulge in its holiday menu for lunch or dinner Thanksgiving Day. The three-course prixe fixe menu includes a variety of classic dishes for the whole family ($84/adult, $30/child).
Back Table Kitchen & Bar
Check out this deal: Back Table Kitchen & Bar in The Woodlands will be offering an eye-popping lunch buffet Thanksgiving Day ($75/adult, $32/child, ages 5 and under eat for free). Begin with freshly baked croissants and specialty breads from the bakery shop, curated meats, artisan cheeses and more from the butcher’s block, and on to custom omelets from the omelet station and classic breakfast staples. Hit the seafood and raw bar, and then indulge in braised beef short ribs, cornmeal fried catfish, Yukon gold mashed potatoes, smoked prime rib and roasted turkey. Satisfy your sweet tooth with pumpkin tarts, cranberry orange bread pudding, pistachio almond panna cotta, and spiced apple crisp. What more could you ask for?!
The bustling Uptown Park spot is offering a four-course French affair ($92/adult, $28/child) for lunch and dinner on Thanksgiving Day. Reserve ahead for delicacies like butternut squash soup with truffle cream; duck foie gras with praline mousseline; roasted turkey; beef short ribs, and Etoile’s vanilla-bourbon-pecan pie.
This chic Upper Kirby eatery will offer a special Thanksgiving menu until 4pm on Thanksgiving Day. Menu highlights include Dan Dan delicata squash with spicy aioli, pickles and herbs; pumpkin bisque; Cajun-stuffed turkey and fixings with sweet potatoes, dressing, satsuma cranberry marmalade; and pumpkin pie tart with toasted meringue, and pistachio ice cream. Reservations can be made here.
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar
The venerable steakhouse opens early at 11am on Thanksgiving Day. Its three-course menu features traditional style herb-roasted turkey, filet mignon or prime bone-in ribeye. It includes a starter, all the side fixings, and dessert (starting at $53, three-course kids menu also available).
Gatsby's Hospitality Group
Join Gatsby’s Hospitality as they celebrate Thanksgiving Day for lunch and dinner at both of their concepts, Gatsby’s Prime Steakhouse and newer Gatsby’s Prime Seafood. Both restaurants will offer regular menus for guests, in addition to a turkey entrée option with all the fixings.
EaDo’s Indianola will host Thanksgiving this year with a prix fixe menu. Expect elevated Thanksgiving favorites, from hors d’oeuvres like andouille sausage puffs with Creole mustard, to Cajun Heritage turkey with citrus cranberry sauce and herb gravy, and sides including toasted pecan brussels sprouts and roast kabocha squash, all served family-style ($65 adults, $25/child, kids under 3 eat for free). Love a certain dish? Just ask the server for seconds!
Relish a fine-dining experience in the heart of the Museum of Fine Arts at Le Jardinier, The Bastion Collection’s modern restaurant led by Michelin-star chefs. The menu ($165/person) includes an amuse bouche, three courses, sides for the table, and artful desserts. Highlights include foie gras royale with pumpkin emulsion and red port; citrus cured ora king salmon with beets and yuzu; and Heritage turkey ballotine with confit. Kids get their own menu with a la carte options. The restaurant will be open from 12pm-7pm. on Thanksgiving Day.
Tandoori-spiced turkey (photo by Raydon Creative)
Spice up your holiday at this exotic Indian destination serving lunch and dinner on Thanksgiving Day. Its dine-in plate ($40/person) includes tandoori-spiced turkey, spiced cherries, cranberry chutney, mushroom bacon Brussel sprouts, truffle fries, baby carrots, and makhini sauce. Add on the complex Maple Kheer Kadam dessert — coconut shortcake with mango strawberry compote, nut cluster, maple cremeux and almond sable.
Roma (photo by Pop Studios)
Roma will open Thanksgiving Day for lunch and dinner with the option of a classic Thanksgiving plate by chef Kevin Bryant including house-roasted turkey with dressing and brown gravy, green bean casserole, yams, mashed potatoes, a house salad, butternut squash soup, and a dessert of choice ($59/person).
The Annie Cafe & Bar
Relax in a chic setting Thanksgiving Day with the three-course prix-fixe menu at lunch or dinner ($90/person, $35/child). Anticipate butternut squash with cinnamon veloute; Texas shrimp & grits; roast breast of Heritage turkey with stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauces; prime rib toast; mouthwatering sides, and dessert. Grab complimentary hot apple cider and pumpkin cookies on the way out!
Tonight & Tomorrow
The elegant eatery inside historical La Colombe ‘d Or boutique hotel will be open for lunch and dinner on Thanksgiving Day. Expect an a la carte menu of traditional flavors with an elevated twist, such as sweet corn tamales with duck mole and Maine lobster pot pie. Entrées include roasted Heritage turkey bacon-wrapped turchetta with wild mushrooms and cornbread dressing, French green beans, giblet and boudin gravy; blackened prime rib; and seared scallops with Gulf jumbo lump crab, spinach, and marble potatoes. Save room for apple crumble served with vanilla ice cream.
Gather and give thanks to Texas holiday favorites like Post Oak wood-grilled turkey with whipped sweet potatoes and candied pecans, cornbread dressing, haricot verts, and cranberry relish, or smoked prime rib with jalapeño potato gratin, and grilled asparagus. Open for lunch and dinner on Thanksgiving Day with complimentary valet parking.
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