Not everyone in the city celebrates Thanksgiving, and that should come as no surprise given our increasingly diverse tapestry of residents (something for which Eating Our Words is thankful). And not everyone who celebrates Thanksgiving does so with a big family dinner at home. Still others aren't up to all the cooking and dish-washing required to feed a group and would rather hand that task over to a restaurant. For these folks, it can be frustrating to seek out a good meal on a day when so many places are closed.
Below is a list of restaurants that will be open on Thanksgiving Day, as well as the menus that they're offering and contact information. Some of the restaurants are offering traditional menus, while some will have other dishes on display. Regardless, we strongly recommend calling ahead at most of these locations.
Harry's 318 Tuam, 713-528-0198
The popular Midtown steam table restaurant is offering special Thanksgiving breakfast and lunch menus. Breakfast features pumpkin spice waffles and banana nut hotcakes, while lunch features dishes like butternut squash bisque, rosemary turkey and dressing, pineapple-glazed baked ham, collard greens and more. $18 a person or $12 for children.
Haven 2502 Algerian Way, 713-581-6101
Have an organic, locavore-friendly Thanksgiving feast at Chef Randy Evans' table as Haven features lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For only $45 a person ($15 for children), stuff yourself silly with an amazing selection of choices such as house-made turducken terrine, Hill Country wild boar chili, free-range turkey, quail with jalapeno-sausage dressing and goat buttermilk pie with Railean rum ice cream.
Khun Kay Thai 1209 Montrose, 713-524-9614
The bright red Montrose stalwart is celebrating this year by offering a Thanksgiving "Thai-key" dinner that's delicious and affordable: $8.95 for spicy red curry with Thai pumpkin and chicken breast, served over white or brown rice. Don't want to leave the football game? Khun Kay also delivers -- for free! -- within a 15-mile radius.
Branch Water Tavern 510 Shepherd, 713-863-7777
A family-style Thanksgiving (with or without your family, your call) will be available at Chef David Grossman's restaurant from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at a low price of $40 per person ($20 for children) for a multi-course feast that features white bean soup with braised kale and pancetta, roasted organic free range turkey, suckling porchetta and favorites like green bean casserole and macaroni and cheese. For dessert? Try the pecan pie with housemade bourbon ice cream.
Ristorante Cavour 1080 Uptown Park Boulevard, 713-418-1104
The upscale Italian restaurant inside the Hotel Granduca near the Galleria is offering a prix-fixe menu on Thanksgiving day from noon to 8 p.m., a bit longer than most other restaurants. For $59 a person, you'll dine on lobster and pumpkin salad with pomegranate dressing, capon tortellini consomme and vegetable pearls, roasted wild turkey with polenta and pumpkin crème brulee for dessert.
Monarch at the Hotel Zaza 5701 Main, 713-526-1991
To welcome new chef Adam West, Monarch -- another great hotel restaurant -- is celebrating Thanksgiving in style. For just $35 a person, you can get a four-course meal with choices like cornbread-stuffed quail with candied yams, a Tex-Mex cocktail with a crab and poblano tamale, acorn squash soup with spicy pepitas and crème fraiche and a pan-roasted rack of lamb with stone-ground grits. The menu runs from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., after which the restaurant reverts to its regular menu.
Turquoise Grill 3701 Kirby, 713-526-3800
The Turkish favorite (just around the corner from Haven) is offering a menu of its patrons' favorites this Thanksgiving for only $20 a person. You'll get to choose from items such as fresh-baked shepherd's bread, red lentil stew, brick oven-baked turkey or lamb, green beans and -- of course -- baklava.
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Chef Greg Lowry will be cooking up an elegant three-course meal to go with the elegant and dramatic surroundings at this downtown restaurant. For $55 a person ($25 for children), enjoy a feast from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. that also includes a dazzling dessert display from pastry chef Audrey Sam.
Narin's Bombay Brasserie 3005 West Loop South, 713-622-2005
The Galleria-area Indian restaurant is offering a twist on Thanksgiving with a special Thanksgiving brunch that runs from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and features Indian classics alongside American favorites like turkey and all the trimmings.
For an even more comprehensive list of restaurants that are open on Thanksgiving, check out the compilation (with addresses and phone numbers) at B4-U-Eat. And for a list of all restaurants serving a special Thanksgiving menu on Turkey Day, check out B4-U-Eat's compilation, complete with course listings.