Here's a look at this week's hottest culinary happenings:
Thanksgiving treats at CRAVE
CRAVE Cupcakes, 5600 Kirby, 1151 Uptown Park, 2501 Research Forest, will be offering holiday-inspired treats, from the not-so-traditional Pecan Pie Cupcake (available in-store and online in limited quantities through year’s end) to seasonal flavors such as Cranberry Orange and Pumpkin.
TED (Thanksgiving Every Day) Sandwich at BuffBurger
BuffBurger, 1014 Wirt, 1540 West Alabama, is offering a Thanksgiving Special Sandwich called TED (Thanksgiving Every Day) through Thanksgiving weekend. It’s a house smoked turkey sandwich with fried dressing, cranberry apple compote, BuffBurger mayonnaise on a challah bun (with everything made in house) for $10.75.
The Mayflower at Hopdoddy
Hopdoddy Burger Bar, 4444 Westheimer, 5510 Morningside, 142 Vintage Park, is offering a Thanksgiving burger called The Mayflower, available at all locations until Tuesday, November 27. The burger is part of its Brew Series Program, coming paired with a local brown ale and featuring a “pilgrim patty” of ground turkey, holiday ham and dried cranberries and topped with a deconstructed stuffing slaw with sausage, a sweet potato marshmallow butter and holiday-seasoned aioli in between two walnut cornbread toasted buns.
Friendsgiving at Fig & Olive
Guests are invited to enjoy a “feast before the feast” with a festive family-style, prix fixe Friendsgiving menu at Fig & Olive, 5115 Westheimer. Priced at $89 per person, the special menu is compiled of a nine-dish spread and sides featuring everything from organic lemon chicken and marinated lamb chops to burrata with squash and caramelized pumpkin and chestnut risotto. The family-style menu feeds two to four people.
All Day Happy Hour at Cane Rosso
As a way to “give thanks” to their Houston customers plus introduce the new drink menu, both Cane Rosso locations, 4306 Yoakum, 1835 North Shepherd, will be offering an all week happy hour from Monday, November 19 through Friday, November 23 (note: the restaurants will be closed on Thursday for Thanksgiving Day). Guests can enjoy $2 off all house cocktails, $5 house wines and $3 Miller Lite drafts from brunch through dinner all week long.
Hot Brown Turkey Tacos at FM Kitchen & Bar
Chef Ryan Hildebrand from FM Kitchen & Bar, 1112 Shepherd, is offering a twist on FM’s Taco Tuesday, offering a tray with Hot Brown Turkey Tacos with mushrooms and Brussels sprouts, cranberry sauce, stewed green beans, mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing and a chocolate pecan tart for $18
Winter Cocktails Tasting Series at Third Coast
Third Coast, 6550 Bertner, will host a Winter Cocktails Tasting Series from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sommelier David Cook will share his personal favorites — think Apple-Spiced Island Tea and Maple Bourbon Old Fashioneds —alongside festive light bites. Tickets are $55.
Friendsgiving BBQ, Bourbon, and Beer at Mongoose versus Cobra
Enjoy a Friendsgiving BBQ, Bourbon, and Beer event at Mongoose versus Cobra, 1011 McGowen. Beginning at 4 p.m., chef Ara Malekian of Harlem Road Texas BBQ will be offering up smoked meats to accompany some great drink specials and eats like jerk rubbed chicken wings, pulled pork grilled cheeses and brisket nachos with bourbon BBQ sauce.
Cru Beaujolais Dinner at The Pass
The Pass, 807 Taft, will host its third annual Cru Beaujolais dinner on Thanksgiving Eve. Guests can enjoy a pairing of six courses with wines from six different Crus. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are $180 per person.
Where to Dine in Houston on Thanksgiving Day
Skip the hassle of Thanksgiving Day cooking and cleaning and have these local restaurants do the work for you. From family-friendly buffets and traditional turkey plates with all the fixin's to extravagant holiday prix fixes, check out our 2018 Thanksgiving Day Dining Guide.
Thanksgiving at Eight Row Flint
Popular Heights hangout Eight Row Flint, 1039 Yale, will be open and offering Wild Turkey bourbon specials and a Thanksgiving meal from Revival Market beginning at 4 p.m.
Beer and Donuts at Holler Brewing Co
Holler Brewing Co, 2206 Edwards, will be teaming up with Morningstar for a special Black Friday Beer and Donuts event. The brewery will be opening early (10 a.m.) and popping the proverbial cork on a few very special kegs, while Morningstar will be on hand serving donuts, coffee and biscuit sandwiches for your nourishment and pleasure. Pay $20 (tax included) and you'll get a Holler For Houston / Holler for Beer Teku glass and a pour of each barrel-aged beer. Morningstar will also be selling a tailored doughnut pairing.
Brunch and Barleywine Black Friday at City Acre Brewing Co
City Acre, 3418 Topping, invites you to skip the Black Friday crowds and enjoy a special Black Friday family-friendly brunch beginning at 11 a.m. The brewery will be offering an all-day brunch menu (regular menu also available) and launching its Celebraish barleywine, a 9-percent, rich and malty brew finished with Chinook hops.
Miracle on the Island at Daiquiri Time Out
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Daiquiri Time Out, 2701 Market (Galveston), will transform transform itself for the holidays, with its Miracle on The Island opening up on Friday, November 23 and running through Tuesday, December 25. Expect nostalgic holiday décor and a signature cocktail menu with new cocktails like the “Snowball Old Fashioned” and “Christmas Carol Barrel.”
Sippin’ Santa at Lei Low
Launching on Sunday and running throughout the holidays, rum and tiki bar Lei Low Bar, 6412 North Main, will embrace the holiday season with Sippin’ Santa at Lei Low, featuring over-the-top nostalgic holiday and Polynesian décor, an opening night performance from LA’s Surf Band Par Avion, and Sippin’ Santa’s signature cocktail menu with cocktails like the “Kris Kringle Colada” and “Mele Kalikimaka.”