31 of Houston’s best options for no-fuss, Thanksgiving meals to-go – Houston Chronicle

Posted By on November 21, 2021

Thanksgiving dinner might be the most important meal of the year but not everyone wants to prepare it. Houston restaurants are making it easy to get the turkey (and more) on the table without the heavy lifting. Whether its the turkey or ham, side dishes, or pies, or even wine, here are some options for outsourcing Thanksgiving Day dining:

Pizzitolas Bar-B-Cue (pictured above): The iconic barbecue restaurant has Thanksgiving to-go options including whole pit smoked turkey ($75, 12-14 pounds, feeds 8-10); whole bone-in ham ($8.95 per pound, cost determined by weight); traditional sides (roasted cauliflower souffle, sauteed green beans, jalapeno cornbread dressing, whipped potatoes, sweet potato casserole; $19 each); gravy ($15 per quart) and individual bourbon pecan pies ($7 each). Oder for pickup by Nov. 24 at 3 p.m. at 1703 Shepherd, 713-227-2283; pizzitolasbbq.com.

The Butcher Shop at B&B: B&B Butchers & Restaurants in-house retail shop has pre-cooked brined turkey and pre-cooked smoked turkey (both market price); roasted prime rib ($350, serves 5-7; $600, serves 10-12) that includes au jus, Yorkshire pudding, and potato puree; traditional sides ($35 to $60 including cornbread and sausage stuffing, corn souffle with rajas, whipped potatoes, candied yams, Brussels sprouts and creamed spinach); and pies ($35 each; pumpkin, pecan, apple crumble). Order with 48-hour notice by calling 832-767-4828 or bbbutchers.com for pickup at 1814 Washington Nov. 23-25.

Bosscat Kitchen & Libations: The River Oaks restaurant offers Thanksgiving dinner that feeds five for $175 or 10 for $275, including pre-carved maple bourbon brined turkey or brown sugar baked ham, five sides, two sauces and a pie. Use this link to place orders which can be picked up on Thanksgiving Day 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 4310 Westheimer, 281-501-1187; bosscatkitchen-houston.com.

Ragin Cajun: The popular restaurant for Cajun foods and flavors has a variety of to-go options including Cajun fried turkey (9-11 pounds, feeds 15 for $70); turducken with jalapeno cornbread stuffing or dirty rice stuffing (15-pounds, feeds 20 for $100); and meal packages of full dinners (traditional dinner priced between $150 and $340; deluxe dinners priced between $215 and $550; and Cajun dinners priced between $175 and $475); and a variety of sides, salads, bread, gumbo, and desserts. See this link for menu for pickup by Nov. 24 by 9 p.m. at 4302 Richmond, 713-623-6321; ragin-cajun.com.

Arnaldo Richards Picos: The Mexican restaurant offers Thanksgiving dinner packages ($242, feeds 6-8 with turkey breast; $384, feeds 10-12 with whole roasted turkey) that includes gravy, cranberry sauce, and choice of 3 sides, dinner rolls, salad, and dessert selection. Full menu of a la carte options also available. Order by Nov. 19 at 11 p.m. for pickup at 3601 Kirby Nov. 22 through 25 until 4 p.m., 832-831-9940; picos.net.

Phat Eatery: The Malaysian restaurant is offering a take-away Thanksgiving dinner that includes a 12-pound honey glazed turkey, rack of lemongrass pork ribs, half-pan of roti curry chicken enchiladas, lobster bisque, mashed potatoes and turkey gravy, and ginger/Japanese sake cranberry sauce ($248). Pre-order for pickup Thanksgiving Day from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 23119 Colonial Pkwy. (Katy Asian Town), Katy, 832-913-6382; phateatery.com.

Backstreet Caf: Chef Hugo Ortegas restaurant offers to-go dinner essentials such as apricot-mustard glazed spiral ham ($85) and roasted turkey breast ($105); soups (wild mushroom or butternut squash, serves 6-8; $35 each); side dishes such as cornbread and andouille sausage, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, corn pudding, scallop potatoes, pan-charred Brussels sprouts, and wine-poached pears stuffed with blue cheese and dried fruit (priced between $25 and $60); and pies. Place orders by Nov. 21 for pickup on Nov. 24 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 1103 S. Shepherd, 713-521-2239; backstreetcafe.net.

Caracol: Thanksgiving Dinner to-go (feeds 8-10) includes a choice of roasted turkey breast ($245) or (pineapple and habanero whole spiral ham ($225) with side dishes (sweet potato, jalapeno cornbread, Brussels sprouts, cranberry jalapeno relish, tamal Azteca tortilla casserole), and choice of dessert. There are also dinners for two ($95), and a la carte meats, side dishes, and desserts. Order by Nov. 21 for pickup at 2200 Post Oak on Nov. 24 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., 713-622-9996; caracol.net.

Etoile Cuisine et Bar: The Uptown Park French restaurant offers full dinner to go (roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry jam, stuffing, Brussels sprouts, green beans with mushrooms and brandy gravy; $195 or $245 with the addition of soup and pie); mushroom and potato leek soup (1 quart, $25; 2 quarts, $40); and pecan vanilla bourbon pie ($35). Order by Nov 21 for pickup at 1101-11 Uptown Park Blvd., 832-668-5808; etoilecuisine.com.

Goode Company Barbecue: In addition to famous Brazos Bottom Pecan Pie, Goode is offering whole meals (serves 6-8) of mesquite-smoked whole turkey (9-10 pounds, $200) or turkey breast (3 -4 pounds, $175) that includes sausage and pecan stuffing, potatoes au gratin, sweet potato gratin, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, rolls, and pecan pie. Turkey, side dishes and pies available a la carte, too. Order by Nov. 18 for pickup at Armadillo Palace parking lot on Bartlett Street, at Goode Co. BBQ, 8911 Katy Fwy., and Goode Company Kitchen & Cantina, 8865 Six Pines Dr. in the Woodlands on Nov. 23 and 24, 8 to 4 p.m.; see goodethanksgiving.com.

Hugos: Chef Hugo Ortegas signature restaurant has complete meals feeding 8-10 with turkey breast ($245) or whole pineapple and habanero spiral ham ($225) that includes sweet potato puree, corn pudding, Brussels sprouts, cranberry and jalapeno relish and tamal Azteca tortilla casserole and choice of dessert. There are also dinners for two ($95), a la carte sides, tamales, and desserts. Order by Nov. 21 for pickup at 1602 Westheimer on Nov. 24 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., 713-524-7744; hugosrestaurant.net.

Liberty Kitchen: Dinner to-go package ($299, feeds 4) includes 7-pound herb-crusted prime rib, green bean casserole, Boursin mashed potatoes, oyster stuffing, gravy, horseradish sauce and au jus. Starter package ($70) includes two dozen deviled eggs, rolls with bacon jam and butter, chips and queso and J&B tacos. Order by Nov. 21 at 9 p.m. for pickup Nov. 23 or 24 at 963 Bunker Hill (713-468-3745) or 4224 San Felipe (713-622-1010); libertykitchenoysterette.com.

The Pit Room: Montrose barbecue restaurants to-go offerings include whole smoked turkey (average 12 pounds, $85), whole brisket (average 6-8 pounds served with barbecue sauce, $110) and smoked ham with honey glaze ($60). Add-ons include smoked oyster stuffing made with cornbread ($40), traditional stuffing ($30), giblet gravy ($8 quart), pumpkin pie ($20) and apple pie ($22). Order by Nov. 20 for pickup at 1201 Richmond, 281-888-1929; thepitroombbq.com.

Brennans of Houston: Iconic Texas Creole restaurant is providing to-go side dishes, classic dishes and desserts for Thanksgiving. Offerings include turtle soup ($30 to $120), shrimp and okra gumbo ($35 to $140), jalapeno cornbread pudding ($25 and $50), Creole oyster dressing ($30 and $60), bacon braised mustard and collard greens ($25 and $50), Creole bread pudding with whiskey sauce ($30 and $60), and pecan pie ($32). Order (see online here) by Nov. 19 at noon for pickup at 3300 Smith on Nov. 23 or 24 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 713-522-9711; brennanshouston.com.

The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa: The iconic hotel is offering Thanksgiving dinner to-go ($149, feeds four) that includes a whole, herb-roasted turkey (12-14 pounds) with orange-cranberry sauce, sage turkey gravy, cornbread dressing, green beans, whipped potatoes, yeast rolls and pie (Texas pecan, pumpkin or chocolate icebox). Order by Nov. 19 for pickup Sept. 24 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 111 North Post Oak, 713-812-6932; houstonian.com (see this link for order form).

Mutiny Wine Room: The Heights wine shop and restaurant is offering two packages to supplement Thanksgiving dinner. A three-bottle wine pack includes Kagan Cellars 2020 Rose, 2017 Pinot Noir and 2016 Syrah ($142.40) for pickup Tuesday or Wednesday 4 to 10 p.m. The food package ($80, serves 2-3) includes phyllo-wrapped cream cheese wheel, cheese and charcuterie, Cinderella pumpkin soup, bread basket, and harvest salad. Order by Nov. 22 by noon for pickup on Nov. 24 noon to 5 at 1124 Usener, 832-618-1233; mutinywineroom.com.

BOH Pasta & Pizza: The Bravery Chef Hall vendor is offering three side dishes for the Thanksgiving table ($40 each, serves 6-8) including roasted mushroom and focaccia dressing; pepperoni and focaccia dressing with mozzarella; and BOH macaroni and cheese. Order by Nov. 21 for pickup Nov. 23 and 24 at 409 Travis, 713-364-5502; bohpasta.com.

Kenny & Ziggys: Houstons famed Jewish deli offers complete Thanksgiving meals (feeds 10-12, $295) including whole 16-pound turkey, gravy, mushroom and chestnut stuffing, relish, mile-high apple pie, and 2 additional sides. A la carte offerings include appetizers, soups, salad bowls, entrees, breads, side dishes, cakes, pies, cheesecakes, and pastries. Order by Nov. 18 for pickup on Nov. 24 by 2 p.m. at 2327 Post Oak, 713-871-8883; kennyandziggys.com.

State Fare Kitchen & Bar: Southern-style Thanksgiving dinner is available for $225 (feeds six) that includes deep fried carved turkey, green beans, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, cornbread stuffing, and cranberry sauce. Place orders by Nov. 21 by 9 p.m. for pickup Nov. 23 or 24 at 947 Gessner in Memorial (832-831-0950) or 15930 City Walk in Sugar Land (713-234-1405); statefaretx.com.

Prego: The Rice Village restaurant offers a variety of side dishes and desserts to complete your Thanksgiving dinner. Savory dishes include roasted red pepper soup (1 quart, $24); porcini soup (1 quart, $24); roasted butternut squash puree, macaroni and cheese, and scalloped potatoes (8 servings, $45 each), and beef meatball lasagna (8 servings, $80). Desserts include Italian cream cake or butterscotch bread pudding ($50) and tiramisu or chocolate ganache cake ($60). Orders require 24-hour notice for pickup at 2520 Amherst, 713-529-2420; prego-houston.com.

Rainbow Lodge: Popular restaurant specializing in game dishes offers a variety of meats, side dishes, desserts and Lodge classics (including smoked duck and andouille gumbo, $16 per quart) and crab cakes with Creole mustard butter sauce ($48 for tray of 12). Also: whole roasted turkey with gravy ($120, serves 8-12), whole roasted turkey breast with gravy ($100, serves 6-8); whole beef tenderloin (4 pounds, $159), whole bison tenderloin (4 pounds, $349), whole venison loin (4 pounds, $229), and garlic and rosemary rack of lamb (serves 2, $79). Side dishes and desserts, too. To order call 713-861-8666 with 48-hour notice for pickup Nov. 23-25 at 2011 Ella; rainbow-lodge.com.

Urbe: Hugo Ortegas new Mexican street food restaurant is ready with prepared foods for the Thanksgiving table including oven-roasted turkey breast (serves 8-10, $105); tamales (beef or pork, $24 per dozen); side dishes (serving 4-6, $25 or 8-10, $40) including roasted cauliflower, roasted sweet potatoes, papas bravas, and cactus salad); enchiladas by the dozen (vegetable $40, chicken $44, and brisket $48), desserts, and meats by the pound served with tortillas (barbacoa, brisket, birria, carnitas, trompo; $20 to $28 per pound). Order by Nov. 21 for pickup Nov. 24 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 1101 Uptown Park Blvd., 713-726-8273; urbehouston.com.

Perrys Steakhouse & Grille: Multiple Houston area locations offering family-style dinner for four ($139, includes entre with sides), as well as prime rib (3 pounds, additional $129) and pumpkin cheesecake (serves four, additional $20). Pre-order online for curbside pickup Nov. 23-25; see perryssteakhouse.com.

Doziers BBQ: The Fulshear barbecue restaurant is offering smoked turkey (9-11 pounds; $4.99 per pound); bone-in spiral hams smoked with sugar glaze ($6.99 per pound); and boneless smoked pit hams ($6.29 per pound). Call store at 281-346-1411 or email info@doziersbbq.com to order. Pickup up at 8222 FM 359 Thanksgiving week until Nov. 24 at 2 p.m.; doziersbbq.com.

The Union Kitchen: Houston, Kingwood and Cypress locations offering turkey ($49.99, 10 pounds; $89.99, 20 pounds); smoked honey ham ($49.99, five pounds); herb-roasted prime rib ($21.99 per pound); side dishes ($24.99 each for green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, turkey stuffing, sweet potato casserole, sweet corn and vegetables, macaroni and cheese); gravy and rolls; and pies $19.99 each for pecan or pumpkin pie. Place orders at theunionkitchen.com by 5 p.m. Nov. 20 for pickup on Nov. 24 between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 12538 Memorial in Houston (713-360-2000), 23918 US-59 North in Kingwood (832-644-9067), and 9955 Barker Cypress Road in Cypress (832-653-7278).

Woodshed Smokehouse: Chef Tim Loves barbecue restaurant is offering a whole smoked turkey and holiday pie (feeds six) for $100 and for each dinner sold will donate a turkey to a local food bank. Order at woodshedhouston.com for pickup at 3728 Wakeforest; 346-718-6110.

Urban Eats: The restaurant in Washington Corridor is offering Thanksgiving desserts (bourbon chocolate pecan pie for $29, pumpkin chess pie for $26, pecan praline bread pudding for $19; serves 6-8 each). Desserts must be ordered by 5 p.m. on Nov. 22. Thanksgiving meal bundles that feed two ($65 includes one entre, two sides, garden greens, bread, and choice of dessert) must be ordered by noon on Nov. 22 for pickup at 3414 Washington safter 2 p.m. on Nov. 23 or before 4 p.m. on Nov. 24. The restaurant also offers a variety of side dishes; see feasturbaneats.com, call 832-834-4417 or email info@feasturbaneats.com.

The Original Esthers Cajun Caf & Soulfood: Comfort food restaurant offers take-out meal options including holiday meats ($64.99 for either Cajun fried turkey or spiral sliced ham, serves 8-10); Basic Package ($120.99, serves 8-10 includes fried turkey or ham, choice of sides, brown gravy and cranberry sauce); and Premium Package ($159.99, serves 8-10 includes fried turkey or ham, choice of three sides, gravy, cranberry sauce and sweet potato or pecan pie). Order by Nov. 20 for pickup on Nov. 24 by 6 p.m. at 5204 Yale, 713-669-1212; estherscajunsoul.com.

Treebeards: Southern fare restaurant offers seasonal Thanksgiving sides and desserts including corn pudding and cornbread dressing ($13, each quart), dirty rice ($11.50 quart), mashed potatoes, green beans with mushrooms and onions ($10 quart), macaroni and cheese ($13 quart); each quart feeds 4-6. Also jalapeno cornbread ($28, serves 10-12) and whole pies (pumpkin, $16; pecan, $24; lemon chess, $12; apple with crumb topping, $24). Order by Nov. 22 at 5 p.m. for pickup on Nov. 24 at 9655 Katy Fwy., 713-118-8228; treebeards.com.

Big Horn BBQ: Thanksgiving to-go staples include whole turkey (original or Cajun; $49.99 each, feeds 5-10); family meal ($139.99, feeds 10-14 includes whole turkey, loaf of bread, cranberry sauce, and side dishes such as dressing, sweet yams, mashed potatoes, green beans, and macaroni and cheese); a la carte sides; and whole pecan or pumpkin pie ($14.99 each). Order for pickup on Nov. 25 at 2300 Smith Ranch Road, Pearland (281-741-3289) or 20211 Highway 6, Manvel (281-489-5286); bighorn-bbq.com.

Travelers Table: Thanksgiving to-go specials that serve 4-6 include island-spiced roasted turkey ($50, three pounds sliced), Madeira gravy ($20), Turkish fig and cranberry chutney ($15), Peruvian purple and Yukon Gold mashed potatoes ($22), cardamom and rum candied sweet potatoes ($22), curried green bean and rice casserole ($27), Tahitian taro and coconut stuffing ($27), Brazilian pao de queijo ($20), and pies (Moroccan pumpkin or Caribbean-spiced honey chess, $25 each). Order by Nov. 22 at 2 p.m. for pickup at 520 Westheimer on Nov 24 or 25 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; travelerstable.com.

Greg Morago writes about food for the Houston Chronicle. Follow him on Facebook or Twitter. Send him news tips at greg.morago@chron.com. Hear him on our BBQ State of Mind podcast to learn about Houston and Texas barbecue culture.

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