Planning to leave the heavy holiday cooking to someone other than yourself or the family matriarch? You'll be pleased to know that there are plenty of dining options available on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in Houston. If you know of any others that should be added to the list, please feel free to email me.
1. Sorrel Urban Bistro (Christmas Eve)
2202 W. Alabama St.
Houston, TX 77098
Entrees include grilled ribeye, seared gulf snapper, lamb cheeks with root vegetables and grilled pork chops with spicy creole mustard sauce.
Choose sides including corn bread stuffing and long bean gratin with cheddar cheese crust.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
2. The Cafe at Hilton Americas (Christmas Day)
1600 Lamar St.
Houston, TX 77010
Three-course a la carte menu features 3 different combination choices, one of which is potato and leek soup with crispy pancetta, cider-glazed turkey breast, sausage and sage bread stuffing and sauteed green beans. Dessert options are pecan pie with ice cream and pumpkin pie with whipped cream. Price is $31.95 per person.
3. Strata(Christmas Eve)
122 Vintage Park Blvd.
Houston, TX 77070
For $39.95 per person, enjoy three full courses with appetizers including seared shrimp and tomato soup, entrees including filet mignon and salmon with tarragon cream, and desserts like candy cane creme brulee and flourless chocolate cake.
4. Brennan's of Houston (Christmas Eve)
3300 Smith St.
Houston, TX 77006
Hours: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Appetizer menu includes turtle soup, lobster bisque, shrimp remoulade, and escargot. Main entrees include filet mignon, lamb chops, duck breast and a Southern favorite, gulf coast shrimp and grits. And for dessert, choose between creole cream cheesecake, strawberry white chocolate shortcake, lemon meringue pie and more.
5. Luby's Cafeteria (Christmas Day)
...Not all locations will be open on Christmas day. Please call ahead...
For $12.99 per person, choose from either apple cranberry pork chop, jumbo pork chop, or pork chop portobello. Entree comes with your choice of two sides and a roll. For $10.99 per person, enjoy a traditional holiday meat with cornbread dressing, two sides, a roll and a slice of holiday pie. All locations open on Christmas day will close at 5 p.m.
6. Turquoise Grill (Christmas Eve and Christmas Day)
3701 Kirby Dr.
Houston, TX 77098
16019 City Walk
Sugar Land, TX 77479
Hours: noon - 10 p.m.
Begin your meal with stuffed crab, hummus or stuffed grape leaves. Main entrees choices include one of either Moroccan chicken, rib-eye steak, blackened tilapia and shrimp or grilled lamb chops. Prices vary. Children's menu is $10 and seniors receive a 10% discount.