While Thanksgiving dinner at Mom's is a tradition that many are not willing to break, others welcome the idea of a turkey dinner that requires no preparation, cleaning, or probing questions from crazy a crazy relative. Lucky for these folks, Houston has much to offer in the way of restaurant-made Thanksgiving feasts.
Whether you're visiting Houston for the holidays and don't have a place to cook a full meal for your family or you just don't feel like going through the hassle this year, these great restaurants offer a wide variety of holiday meals. From affordable to costly and everywhere in between, you're sure to find some great food in this Texas city on Thanksgiving.
If you're looking to escape the ordinary this Thanksgiving, you can head over to Mo's Irish Pub (138 Vintage Park Boulevard, Houston 77070) for a prix fixe meal that includes soup or salad, one entree, sides, and a dessert. Entree choices include either Cajun-fried or traditional oven-roasted turkey, and side options include glazed carrots, white cheddar mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce; drinks will cost extra but are available from the bar with your meal.
Featuring an outdoor patio bar—which you can still enjoy in southern Texas this time of year—and a wide selection of creative Irish-American fare even during the holidays, Mo's is a great place to go if you're looking for a fun-filled feast. If you're over the age of 21 (and not traveling with children), you may want to stop by on Thanksgiving Eve for the annual Drinksgiving celebration at Mo's Irish Pub here a special guest musician will perform during happy hour (with specials running all night).
With over 15 locations open on Thanksgiving day in the Houston area (as well as several other popular affiliated restaurants like Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen and Pappasito's Cantina nearby), Pappas Bar-B-Q is a great option if you want a taste of some traditional Texan cuisine this holiday season. The dine-in Thanksgiving meal features smoked turkey, smoked ham, cornbread stuffing, candied yams, green beans, gravy, and cranberry sauce—all for under $10. You can also place an order for a Thanksgiving BBQ feast to-go, but orders must be placed at least 48 hours in advance.
Located near the Galeria area of the city, the Omni Houston Hotel (Four Riverway, Houston 77056) reopened on November 1, 2018, after completing several remodeling projects throughout the resort. This upscale hotel and resort offers a Thanksgiving brunch at Birdies—one of two in-house restaurants located within Omni—from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., but prices are a little expensive for this buffet-style meal. The menu is divided into stations for seafood, sushi, breakfast, pasta, roasts, and a kids-only station with burgers, pizza, and other child-friendly foods; champagne cocktails and desserts are also available. If you choose to stay at Omni, you'll also have access to two outdoor swimming pools, a spa and salon, and a private fitness center.
Opened as a sister restaurant to Commander's Palace in New Orleans, Brennan's serves a variety of southern-inspired creole cuisine and will offer a three-course meal on Thanksgiving this year. For $62 (not including tax and gratuity), guests can choose from options such as NOLA BBQ shrimp shortcake, quinoa-stuffed mirliton, Texas Creole roasted American turkey, Hunter's Honey roasted duck, Turducken-stuffed Texas quail, baked apple cake, and pumpkin pie.
A pie bakery in Houston since 1967, the House of Pies family has since expanded to include three locations in Houston and one in The Woodlands. While known for its homemade-style pies, which are made with locally-sourced ingredients "the old-fashioned way," House of Pies also makes delicious dinner meals—including on Thanksgiving Day this year. Make a reservation at any of the four locations in and around Houston for an 11 a.m. serving of turkey, cornbread stuffing, yams, green beans, cranberry sauce, a dinner roll, and a slice of pumpkin pie—all for under $15.
Another fine-dining restaurant located inside a luxury hotel, Monarch at Hotel Zaza is one of Houston's premier establishments for Hereford Beef Tenderloin, a local steak lover's favorite. For Thanksgiving, Monarch will be offering a prix fixe menu for just $35, making it a great time to sample this high-end restaurant's menu. For dinner, start out with either an acorn squash soup or Monarch salad, then you can choose from one of three first courses included cornbread stuffed quail and candied yam before finishing up with a pecan tart or pumpkin pie.