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Dining Out on Turkey Day

Our guide to restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day

SEASON'S EATING

Let's face it, sometimes a "home-cooked" meal in a restaurant is better than anything we can whip up at home. Thanksgiving dinner is one of the most difficult, time-consuming and stressful meals to make if you don't normally cook meals at home.

But, there's one thing to be thankful for this year, and that is you can have a wonderful and delicious home-cooked meal without the stress and anxiety of burning the turkey, messing up the gravy or serving cold food that should be hot. Here's a running list of places to dine in Houston on Thanksgiving Day. You can't go wrong with a home-cooked meal by a professional on Thanksgiving.

024 Grille
945 Gessner, 281-501-4300

Leave the cooking and cleaning to the pros on Thanksgiving this year.
Leave the cooking and cleaning to the pros on Thanksgiving this year.
Seafood is so readily available that ordering fish on Mondays shouldn't be a problem at most places.
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Seafood is so readily available that ordering fish on Mondays shouldn't be a problem at most places.

At just $35 per person, 024 Grille at the Westin Houston offers a Thanksgiving Day menu of one first course, one entrée with three sides and one dessert. The classic Boston bibb lettuce and heirloom tomato salad with bacon and smoked blue cheese sounds like a winner in my book. Try something other than turkey and choose their prime rib or Cuban-mojo roasted pork leg with the traditional green bean casserole, or adventurous truffle mac and cheese. It'll be hard to choose just one dessert when you have choices like pumpkin crème brulee or a simple pecan pie with vanilla ice cream.

Bistro Alex
800 Sorella Court, 713-827-3545

The Brennan's family restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner this Thanksgiving Day. Sample their holiday-related specials for lunch and dinner.

Bistro Provence
13616 Memorial between Wilcrest and Kirkwood, 713-827-8008

You don't have to eat turkey at Bistro Provence for Thanksgiving dinner. Try their roast beef or Nova Scotia grilled salmon, served with delicious French sides like cauliflower puree or maple roasted potatoes. Choose from a petit chocolate pot de crème or pumpkin bread pudding after this three-course French dinner.

benjy's on Washington
5922 Washington Avenue, 713-868-1131

This modern-style restaurant offers a three-course dinner from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for $38 per person. Just like their daily menus, benjy's offers bold ingredients to change each item from a typical Thanksgiving dish into a delicious and enticing plate of food. Choose from their chilled roasted beef salad with truffled potato, arugula and a mustrard vinaigrette, or their roasted pork rack with a maple cranberry compote. Every main entrée comes with green bean casserole, challah dressing and mashed potatoes. Complete this delicious meal with Mom's Chocolate Cake and you'll be sleeping like a baby for the rest of the day.

Boston Market
All locations

Although every day is like Thanksgiving at Boston Market, they are one of the only chain restaurants open on turkey day. You can dine in or take your feast to go. Choose from a variety of meal packages to help you have the best Thanksgiving dinner. This year, Boston Market offers sweet potato cheesecake, spinach-stuffed Portobello mushrooms and mashed potatoes five ways along with their everyday menu.

Branch Water Tavern
510 Shepherd Drive, 713-863-7777

If you're not into the sit down and order style of service, bring your family to Branch Water Tavern for a buffet-style Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. It's only $40 per person and kids under 12 get in for half price. Choices include pork roast, roast turkey, oyster stuffing, orange glazed carrots, sweet potato gratin, a cold buffet of salads and seafood cocktails, and a dessert buffet with bread pudding, brownies and classic pies.

Charivari
2521 Bagby, 713-521-7231

Join chef Johan Schuster as he celebrates Thanksgiving the continental way, with a meal that includes traditional American favorites as well as his signature Central and Eastern European dishes. Create your own menu for $48 and choose from a wide array of appetizers, entrees and desserts such as pan-fried foie gras, garlic cream soup Transylvania, Weiner schnitzel, bacon-wrapped quail, Linzer torte, apple strudel and, of course, pumpkin pie. Call for reservations.

Haven
2502 Algerian Way, 713-581-6101

This year at Haven you and your family can dine in (reservations required). (Sorry, if you hadn't ordered by Monday, November 19, you can't do pick up by Wednesday.) If you choose to dine in, enjoy Chef Randy Evan's Modern Texas Cuisine featuring a three-course menu of house-made turducken terrine, a variety of meats and fish paired with potatoes, sausage dressing, cornbread pudding and risotto.

Houston Texans Grille
12848 Queensbury Lane, Suite 208, 713-461-2002

For all you diehard Texans fans, visit Houston Texans Grille for tailgate grub and cheer on the Houston Texans as they play the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day. No need to worry about tryptophan making you sleepy, because there's no turkey served in this tailgate Thanksgiving Day meal.

Hugo's
1600 Westheimer @ Mandell, 713-524-7744

There's no rule against eating authentic Mexican food on Thanksgiving Day. Hugo's offers a delicious menu filled with ceviches and a variety of tamales, served with authentic accompaniments like mole cornbread and of course, guacamole. Wrap up this Mexican feast with a classic tres leches dessert or a delicious flan de queso.

Kiran's
4100 Westheimer, 713-960-8472

Chef Kiran Verma is hosting a Thanksgiving buffet at Kiran's, where you can choose from a wide variety of delicious dishes including roasted butternut squash and pear soup, organic tandoori turkey, shaved brussels sprouts, pumpkin ravioli, carrot cake with ginger cream icing and much more. Seatings are available at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The cost is $45 per person or $25 for children under 12.

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