Houston restaurants delivering best of the best for Thanksgiving

Don’t feel like cooking?

Give thanks at some of Houston’s finest restaurants and enjoy the day.

Benjy’s:   Join Benjy’s in the Village for a special Thanksgiving Brunch on Thursday, November 26. Guests will be able to choose from a variety of innovative Turkey Day brunch specials in addition to the standard brunch menu. Specials will include:  Pumpkin Spice French Toast: Cranberry Chutney, Cinnamon Whipped Cream, Cane Syrup, Pumpkin Spice Walnuts, Green Bean Omelette: Mushroom Gravy, Crispy Vidalia Onions, Thanksgiving Panini: Slow Roasted Turkey, Crispy Brussels, Brie Cheese, Cranberry Jam, Garlic Aioli, Kraftsmen Challah and Sweet Potato Pie: Vanilla Whipped Cream, Candied Pecans.

Benjy’s on Washington will offer a full Thanksgiving menu on Thursday, November 26 in addition to a Thanksgiving “on the run” to-go menu. Dishes will include Herb Roasted Turkey Breast, Braised Pork Shoulder and Jalapeño Beer Sausage, along with a variety of delicious sides and desserts.

Etoile Cuisine et Bar:   

Delectable choices at Etoile Cuisine et Bar photo credit: etoilecuisine.com

Delectable choices at Etoile Cuisine et Bar
photo credit: etoilecuisine.com

Etoile will be open on Thanksgiving Day from 12 noon until 7 p.m. This will be Chef Philippe’s first time creating a 3-course Prix Fixe menu for guests to enjoy on Thanksgiving. Dishes will include Persimmon Et Saint Jacques Rôties (persimmon and roasted scallop, ginger dressing) and Plat De Côtes De Boeuf Braisés (braised beef short ribs, butternut squash, mousseline, fall vegetables, cabernet syrup). $56 for adults / $25 for kids.

Hotel ZaZa:  Hotel ZaZa is open this Thanksgiving and serving up all of your holiday favorites this season. Reservations will be taken from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, November 26, and all items on the menu are a la carte. Hotel ZaZa’s lounge menu will be served after 9 p.m.

Kiran’s: Kiran’s is offering three separate seatings this Thanksgiving: 11 AM, 1 PM and 3 PM. $58 per guest / $25 for children under 12 / under 5 complimentary.

A unique feast at Kiran's. photo credit: kiranshouston.com

A unique feast at Kiran’s.      photo credit: kiranshouston.com

The Westin Houston, Memorial City: Brunch, drink and give thanks at 024 Grille’s Thanksgiving Brunch Buffet inside The Westin Houston, Memorial City on Thursday, November 26. There will be multiple offerings, including a carving & seafood station, an omelet station, brunch selections and assorted pastries, breads and desserts. Seating will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and reservations are required. Guests will receive a complimentary mimosa upon arrival, and validated valet and self-parking will be available. To make a reservation, call (281) 501-4350.

Holley’s Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar at 3201 Louisiana Street: Celebrate Thanksgiving at the year-old Holley’s Seafood & Oyster in Midtown, where the Chef Mark will introduce a Thanksgiving dinner menu packed with southern favorites.  The special Thanksgiving menu includes appetizers like Pumpkin Soup with curried shrimp, fire-roasted pepitas and pea shoots; Fried Quail with sweet potato waffle, fried quail egg, creamed mustard greens and sorghum-persimmon syrup; and Fish in a Jar with shrimp, scallops, snapper, charred orange, red onion and orange leche. Next, peruse through entrée options like Lacquered Duck with tamarind-satsuma glaze, wilted kale and cashew-sorghum candied yams; Holley’s famous Thai Style Fried Whole Snapper for Two; and Turkey Dinner with sweet potato soufflé, collard greens, oyster-cornbread stuffing, mac and cheese, cranberry chutney and giblet gravy. Complete your meal with dessert offerings such as Buttermilk-Lemon Chess “Mile High” Pie with cornmeal crust, raspberries and rosemary; Down South Coconut Cake with spiced pecans and salted caramel sauce and Bread Pudding with layers of cinnamon toasted croissants, apples and rye caramel sauce. The three-course, prix fixe menu will be served Thanksgiving Day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is priced at $60 for adults and $30 for kids.

Savor the flavor at Holley's photo credit: holleyshouston.com

Savor the flavor at Holley’s
photo credit: holleyshouston.com

Royal Sonesta Houston – ARA Restaurant at 2222 West Loop South: Uptown’s Royal Sonesta Houston gets an early start on Thanksgiving Day with a festive prix fixe brunch offered from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and priced at $39 per person.  Indulge in appetizers like Roasted Butternut and Red Beet Salad with goat cheese and cranberry vinaigrette or Shrimp Crab Cakes on creamed corn.  Entrée selections include Oven Roasted Turkey with brioche sage and golden raisin stuffing, sweet mashed potatoes plus maple syrup glazed carrots and beans; and 44 Farms Rib Eye Roast accompanied by garlic mashed potatoes and smoked onion green beans.  End on a sweet note with confections such as Pumpkin Crème Brûlée or Butter Pecan Pie.

Hotel Icon's Line & Lariat photo courtesy of Hotel Icon

Hotel Icon’s Line & Lariat
photo courtesy of Hotel Icon

Hotel ICON – LINE & LARIAT Restaurant at 220 Main Street:  Hotel ICON’s LINE & LARIAT restaurant will feature a seasonal, prix fixe dinner menu on Thanksgiving Day with availability from 5 until 9 pm.  Priced at $59 per person, the special includes an appetizer of Butternut Squash Soup or Harvest Salad and a Butter Roasted Turkey Leg, plus sides including a duo of sweet and yukon gold mashed potatoes and gravy, traditional cornbread dressing, haricot vert, fresh cranberry sauce and rolls. Finish off your meal with a choice of Pumpkin or Pecan Pie.

Pour Society at 947 Gessner, Suite B190:  

photo credit: poursociety.com

photo credit: poursociety.com

Pour Society is embracing the holiday spirit with a Thanksgiving to-go menu. Bring home an array of dishes from Chef Greg Lowry and treat your family and guests to a traditional Thanksgiving feast. Choose from a preset menu or simply build your own spread. The preset menu includes turkey, cornbread stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes and two pies of choice – sweet potato pumpkin, whiskey pecan or southern buttermilk. Create your own dinner and select a 12 – 14 lb or 24 – 26 lb turkey and pair it with sides like mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, gravy, cornbread stuffing and kim chee. The preset menu is priced at $185 for 10 – 12 people or $325 for 15 – 20. Contact events and catering at 713.882.7249 to place your order.

Luby’s: Multiple locations: Just in time for the holiday rush, Luby’s is offering their “Feasts To-Go” menu, making delicious, heat and serve Thanksgiving celebrations a snap.  For smaller gatherings, the Select ($55.99) is the perfect fit with everything you need for 4 to 6, including whole roasted turkey breast or spiral ham, cornbread dressing, cranberry sauce, giblet gravy, dinner rolls and a pumpkin pie, while groups of 10 to 12, can choose from three preset menus: the Signature ($80.99), Combination ($80.99) or Premium ($129.99).  A la carte options encompass a wide variety of holiday meats, such as roasted turkey, smoked turkey, deep fried turkey, baked ham and roast beef.  Choose from sides and trimmings such homemade mash potatoes, candied yams, seasoned green beans, macaroni and cheese, buttered corn and cranberry salad.  Last but not least, don’t forget about desserts ranging carrot and German chocolate cakes to apple, pecan and sweet potato pies.  Ordering is easy as pie too with 48 hours notice.  Call 877-GO-LUBYS or visit www.lubys.com.

Radio Milano at 800 Sorella Court:  For those wanting to dine out rather than in, Radio Milano is also offering a three-course, prix fixe Thanksgiving lunch menu from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on November 26.  Highlights include Creamy Celery-Root Apple Soup with brioche and apple; Pork Tenderloin with quince mostarda, butternut squash puree and roasted root vegetables; and Pumpkin Pie with marshmallow and cinnamon ice cream.  Priced at $30 per person and $18 per child under 12.


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