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21 Houston Restaurants Offering Full Thanksgiving Meals For Takeout

Burned out on cooking? We don't blame you.

By Shelby Stewart

Cajun turkeys are available at Orleans Seafood Kitchen. 

Image: Becca Wright

Thanksgiving Day is a holiday filled with culinary traditions and cooking massive feasts is a customary practice for many families. But let's be honest: it can get tiring. Multiple trips to the grocery store (perhaps amid parade traffic) and tons of dirty dishes are a hassle, no matter how you slice it. 

If you're looking to eliminate the chore of cooking for Thanksgiving, a few Houston restaurants are offering everything from pre-cooked turkeys to entire feasts made to order. While they can’t get you out of dish duty, you’ll feel just a little bit more gratitude in your heart when you’re devouring jalapeño cornbread from Caracol.

Backstreet Cafe

 
Montrose

Executive Chef Hugo Ortega went to town on a host of take-home options for Thanksgiving. Everything on the menu can be ordered à la carte, with apricot-and-mustard-glazed spiral ham and roasted turkey breast served as entrees. Choose from wild mushroom and butternut squash soups and a handful of select sides, including cornbread and andouille sausage dressing, loaded cauliflower, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, corn pudding, macaroni and cheese, scalloped potatoes, pan-charred Brussels sprouts, and sweet potato gratin. 

Visit Backstreet Cafe’s website or call 713-521-2239 to order by November 21.

Bosscat Kitchen & Libations

 
Highland Village

Chef Peter Petro can feed your family of five with Bosscat’s Thanksgiving take-home feast. The dinner includes a choice of maple bourbon brined turkey or brown sugar baked ham, and five sides (autumn harvest salad, green bean casserole, caramelized garlic mashed potatoes, mac n cheese, pecan-crusted sweet potatoes, cornbread stuffing, and parker house rolls). Choose from apple or pumpkin pie for dessert, and you can add on a bottle of red or white wine or champagne for an additional $25. 

Orders must be placed online and will be available for pick up on Thanksgiving Day from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Caracol

 
Uptown

At Caracol, Chef Hugo is offering a Mexican-style family feast. The meal feeds eight, and you can choose between a pineapple-and-habanero whole spiral ham or roasted turkey breast for $295. The dinners will have a spread of sides including coal-roasted sweet potatoes whipped with condensed milk, jalapeño cornbread, charred Brussels sprouts, sweet cranberry and spicy jalapeño relish, and Tamal Azteca tortilla casserole. Expect desserts with a Latin twist—pumpkin pie with meringue and cajeta and tres leches cake in vanilla or chocolate. 

Visit Caracol's website to order by November 21.

Etoile

 
Uptown

You can experience Chef Phillipe's cooking prowess from the comfort of your own home this holiday with Etoile's complete take-home dinner. For $225, you'll get an organic oven-roasted turkey with sides (mashed potatoes, cranberry jam, stuffing, Brussels sprouts, green beans, mushroom casserole, and brandy gravy). Add on a pecan vanilla bourbon pie for $38 to serve for dessert. 

Call 832-668-5808 to order by November 22. 

Eunice

 
Greenway Plaza

Eunice’s finish-at-home Thanksgiving dinner starts at $200 and feeds 10 people. The feast includes a Cajun-stuffed turkey sided by crawfish and cornbread stuffing, sweet potato casserole with pecan streusel, bread pudding, brussels sprouts, and the fan favorite smoked chicken and sausage gumbo with popcorn rice, all served family style. 

Orders must be placed by calling the restaurant at 832-491-1717 by Friday, November 18.

Feges BBQ

 
Greenway Plaza and Spring Branch

Ease is the name of the game this Thanksgiving at Feges BBQ. You can go traditional with a giant turkey for $150, a small one for $135, or a spiral-cut bone-in rum-glazed smoked ham for $150. If you’re looking for more, the takeout menu has turkey breast, sausage links, pork ribs, and whole brisket options. Each entrée will be handed over chilled, so expect to do some reheating. Sides will be served family-style for $40 and include pimento mac and cheese, Korean braised greens, sweet potato, banana mashers, loaded potato mash, sweet and spicy sprouts, and hog fat cornbread with a side of cinnamon honey butter. 

Orders must be paid by November 16 to confirm.

Goode Company BBQ

 
Katy, and Jersey Village

No hometown restaurant's more synonymous with the holiday season than Goode Company. For years, Houstonians have brought their turkeys to be smoked with mesquite firewood to serve on Thanksgiving Day. If you're looking for a little bit more, you can order an entire feast with a whole smoked turkey ($230) or slices of turkey breast ($220). The six-to-eight-person dinner comes with rib-sticking sides like sausage and pecan bread stuffing, potatoes au gratin, sweet potatoes au gratin, an old-school green bean casserole, roasted cranberry sauce with orange and ancho chile, and dinner rolls. Looking to skip out on baking this year? Goode Company's signature Brazos Bottom Pecan Pie or chocolate cream pie will be available at one of the annual pie drive-thrus for pick-up. 

Visit Goode's Thanksgiving website to order by November 17.

Hugo's

 
Montrose

Chef Hugo Ortega's namesake restaurant is bringing it home for Thanksgiving—literally. You can expect a similar dinner package to what you'll get at Caracol. The family feast that feeds eight ($295) or the couples dinner that serves two ($110) includes all the same trimmings (sweet potato puree with condensed milk, corn pudding, charred Brussels sprouts, Tamal Azteca tortilla casserole). A choice of ​​pineapple and habanero spiral ham or roasted turkey breast anchor the meal. However, à la carte tamales will be available for $24 a dozen with Puerco, pollo, and Hongo proteins, and your choice of desserts is pumpkin cheesecake and Tres Leches cake. 

Visit Hugo's website or call 713-524-7744 to order by November 21.

Hungry's 

 
Rice Village and Memorial 

A mostly plant-driven dinner includes some of Hungry's favorite dishes like green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, Israel couscous, and beet "potato" salad. The entrees include oven-roasted turkey and honey-glazed ham. The family feasts are offered in serving sizes of four or ten. You can grab á la carte orders of spinach and artichoke dip, and homemade hummus, so there are plenty of options to go around, no matter how many people you're serving this holiday. 

For Thanksgiving orders, the last pick-up is November 23 at 3 p.m. Call either location to order. 

J-Bar-M

 
Eado

Eado's go-to barbecue joint whips up a smokehouse Thanksgiving dinner (brisket, turkey, or house or jalapeno cheddar sausage) with all the fixings: green bean casserole, cream corn, and sweet potato casserole. Lead pitmaster Chuy Ortiz is also offering scratch-made sauces in bulk, plus brown gravy, and you mustn't forget the cranberry jelly. 

Email [email protected] by November 21 to order.

Kenny & Ziggy's

 
Uptown

You're not getting your grandpa's typical Thanksgiving turkey at Kenny & Ziggy's. The New York-style delicatessen needs 48 hours to process an order, but that's because a lot of intention goes into their takeout dinner. For $325 (10-12 servings), you'll get a fully cooked, 16-pound whole turkey—get it pre-carved for an additional $20—gravy, two pans of wild mushroom and chestnut stuffing, a mile-high apple pie, and cranberry pineapple nut relish. A spread of small bites is available by the dozen, from mini smoked fish croquettes to smoked salmon-wrapped asparagus. Braided challah loaves and matzoh ball soup are also on the menu. To top it off, the bakery will also have three-layer cakes, pies, NY-style cheesecake, cookies, and pastries.  

Call 713-871-8883 by November 17 to order.

Lucille’s

 
Midtown

The hit soul food restaurant Lucille’s is serving up traditional Thanksgiving trimmings defined by history that includes smoked turkey braised collard greens, Virginia-style green beans, smoked mashed potatoes, cast-iron skillet baked mac and cheese, cornbread dressing, sweet potato casserole, and Lucille’s creamed corn. Each side will be served either half pan which feeds up to 15, or whole pan which feeds up to 25, depending on how large your party is, and a serious pie spread including lemon icebox, pumpkin, cranberry buttermilk, Snickers pecan with Texas bourbon, and caramel apple with pecans and classic crumble, each $35. 

All orders must be placed by November 17 by midnight.

Max's Wine Dive

 
Washington Corridor

Max's Wine Dive on Washington is taking a different approach to Thanksgiving. Chef Beto Gutierrez's award-winning chicken is the highlight of their takeout package. For $155, guests will get 12 pieces of their jalapeño marinated fried chicken and gravy, Southern-style biscuits, and cranberry jalapeño jam. The package also comes with two family-sized sides of mashed sweet potatoes, classic mashed potatoes, braised collard greens, jalapeño cheese grits, and truffle MAX n cheese. You're also going home with four desserts. Choose from their regular dessert menu, or the more seasonal options of sweet potato cheesecake with caramel or pumpkin spiced pecan bread pudding served with vanilla ice cream. Top it off with a $20 wine bottle add-on, and you've got a Thanksgiving dinner!

Call 713-880-8737 between November 17 and November 24 to order. 

Montrose Cheese and Wine

 
Montrose

A quick appetizer will do the trick if your turkey takes a bit longer in the oven. Montrose Cheese and Wine offers small ($65) and large ($100) pre-game charcuterie boards. Wheels of St. Albans, creamy cheese, cranberry gouda, pink peppercorn and fennel pollen salami, and whole wheat sourdough crackers will complete your board and will be the talk of your entire party. But that’s not all—the famous parker house rolls baked by Pastry Chef Shawn Gawle, and a brown butter pecan pie with vanilla bean gelato are also available for pickup. 

Pre-order for pick-up on November 23 or November 24.

Musaafer

 
Galleria 

Recipes from Chef Mayank Istwal drive a family-size takeout dinner that feeds six. Each $200 Tandoori Turkey Tray includes baby potatoes, banana shallots, and rainbow carrots. However, the meal's star is the ready-to-cook Tandoori marinated turkey along with the chef's cooking instructions. But believe us, you'll get your money's worth. The tray is complete with makhini sauce, mushroom bacon Brussels sprouts, cranberry chutney, spiced cherries, sweet and sour butternut squash, truffled cumin potato mash, haricot beans with sofrito, and six pieces of brioche. 

Call 713-242-8087 by November 22 to order. 

Orleans Seafood Kitchen

 
Katy 

Invite your extended family, because the Cajun Family Thanksgiving Feast from Orleans Seafood Kitchen feeds ten to 12 people. The meal is centered around a 12-16 pound Cajun fried turkey injected with their house-made marinade. Trimmings include boudin stuffing, three-cheese mac, smothered green beans, jalapeño cornbread, and turkey gravy. Finish off on a sweet note with a family-sized bread pudding or pecan pie. 

Visit Orleans Seafood Kitchen's website to order by November 18.

Prego

 
Rice Village

While you won't get a whole turkey at Prego, the Rice Village restaurant will serve up all the sides and desserts you need to complete your Thanksgiving. The Italian eatery will have porcini soup, roasted butternut squash puree, and scalloped potatoes for $45 apiece. And, of course, Italian sweets like tiramisu, chocolate ganache, and Italian cream cake and butterscotch bread pudding round out its offerings. 

Allow 24-hour notice. Call 713-529-2420 to order. 

Rainbow Lodge

 
Heights 

We're not sure if there's such a thing as a "healthy" Thanksgiving; however, The Lodge's roasted turkeys are gluten-free (and so is the gravy). For the turkeys, you'll have the option of picking up either hot or chilled, just in case you're up to putting in a little effort. The birds will feed eight to 12 people, and the seasonal sides are $14 each—think buttery mashed Yukon gold potatoes, Brussels sprout leaves and onion hash, glazed baby carrots, Southern-style cornbread dressing, and wild mushroom risotto. Lodge classics will also be available á la carte, starting at $6. While you won’t go home with a bottle of wine, boozy desserts top off this savory meal. Choose from croissant bread pudding with whiskey sauce or a chocolate bourbon pecan pie.

Must give 48-hour advance notice. Call 713-861-8666 to order. 

R-C Ranch Butcher Shop

Heights

Co-founders Blake Robertson and Ryan Cade are creating southern-style entrees like whole smoked turkey with a sweet tea brine ($120), a city brined ham with molasses and brown sugar glaze ($125), and up to 11 lbs of brisket. Sides won’t cost more than $30, and you can choose from mashed sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, cornbread stuffing, plus cranberry sauce and turkey gravy. 

Customers can pick up their orders from Saturday, November 19th through Wednesday, November 23rd.

Roma Ristorante

 
Rice Village 

Shanon Scott's Italian kitchen will have house-roasted turkey ready, plus trimmings and sides (brown gravy, green bean casserole, yams, mashed potatoes, a house salad, butternut squash soup) to accoutre a full Thanksgiving dinner for six people. The $120 package will call for a light reheat; however, before the festivities begin, you can pop open the wine you also ordered with your dinner package. 

Visit Roma's website to order by November 18.

Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen

 
Woodway and Memorial 

Tex-Mex is good in any season, and Chef Sylvia is taking orders for tamales ($22) in pork or chicken, and enchiladas ($38) by the dozen. Enchilada varieties including shrimp, crab or fajitas, are $44 per dozen. If you order five dozen tamales, you’ll get a complimentary dozen. If you want to take it all the way with a Latin feast, Borge Sylvia’s locations offer chile con queso, chips and salsa, and fajitas.  

All orders should be placed at least three days in advance. Call one of the two locations. 

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