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Houston’s Thanksgiving Guide

10 Restaurants With Great To-Go Feasts — and Pies

BY // 11.17.16

We’ve finally reached the time of year where grocery stores morph into a scene from The Hunger Games. Bumper carts commence as shoppers scurry to track down the most pristine turkey and scavenge the aisles for must-have holiday ingredients. Not to mention the hours spent in the kitchen after leaving said madhouse.

This Thanksgiving, leave the hard work to the pros with a grab-and-go feast. From roasted turkey and prime rib to festive sides and vegan desserts, here’s your comprehensive guide to ordering the perfect Thanksgiving meal.

3601 Kirby Drive, 832.831.9940,

A Texas Thanksgiving isn’t complete without tamales. Picos is back with its beloved tamale stand, which is open everyday from 11 am to 7 pm. Drive by to pick up the restaurant’s traditional tamale flavors, or take advantage of chef Arnaldo Richards’ off-the-menu renditions, which will be revealed via social media each week.

All tamales can be ordered by the half-dozen or the dozen.

1814 Washington Avenue, 832.767.4828, 

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Since its opening one year ago, B&B Butchers has crafted one of our favorite grab-and-go Thanksgiving menus. Proteins include the obligatory brined turkey ($5.50 per pound), of course, but the real star of the show is the steakhouse’s roasted prime rib complete with au jus, pommes puree, and Yorkshire pudding (Whole, $550; half, $300).

Add sides including cornbread and sausage stuffing, corn soufflé, candied yams, brussels sprouts, whipped potatoes, cream spinach, cranberry sauce, and giblet gravy ($60 to $110). Finish off your to-go feast with one of B&B’s house-made pies ($35) — pumpkin, apple, pecan or key lime. Order pick-up begins Tuesday, November 22.

Uptown Park, 1101 Uptown Park Boulevard, 832.668.5808, 

Add a French flair to this year’s Thanksgiving dinner with a sprawling spread from Etoile. Start your meal with a butternut squash, carrot, orange, and ginger soup ($20 to $35), before digging into the restaurant’s organic, oven-roasted turkey.

Complement your bird with a smorgasbord of sides including mashed potatoes, cranberry relish, stuffing, Brussels sprouts, green bean and mushroom casserole, and aged brandy gravy ($190, turkey included). For dessert? Pecan, vanilla and Bourbon pie ($22). All orders must be placed by Monday, November 21.

Enjoy a Southern Thanksgiving dinner courtesy Harold’s.

350 West 19th Street, 713.360.6204, 
If you’re looking for Thanksgiving grub with a Southern twist, head to the Heights for Harold’s to-go menu. Chef Antoine Ware trades in the typical roasted turkey for a smoked rendition, paired with down-home sides such as cornbread dressing, brown gravy, sweet potatoes, fresh green beans tossed with bacon and onions, and homemade cranberry sauce.

Buttermilk, chocolate bourbon praline, or sweet potato pecan pie ($25) help round out the meal. The turkey dinner for six ($89.95) must be ordered by Saturday, November 19 and can be picked up Tuesday, November 22 and Wednesday, November 23 before 4 pm. 

1800 Post Oak Boulevard, 713.439.1000, 

Bring the five-star dining experience home with La Table’s sprawling Thanksgiving menu. The restaurant’s holiday package includes a 12 pound, oven-roasted, free-range organic turkey, alongside accompaniments such as chestnut wild mushroom stuffing, haricot verts almondine, honey roasted sweet potatoes, potato purée, cranberry relish, and parker house rolls. Two pies — pumpkin and bourbon pecan — round out the meal ($395).

Pick-up your package on Thanksgiving day, or opt for delivery (10 mile radius) for an additional $25.

412 West Clay Street, 713.807.0101, 

Enjoy a meat-free Thanksgiving courtesy Pat Greer’s Kitchen. Greer partners with Sinfull Bakery, Juice Girl, and Gudbelly Tamales for the ultimate vegan Thanksgiving menu.

Brace yourself for vegan baked goods — pumpkin and cream cheese muffins, pumpkin pie or strawberry cream cheese kolaches, butter biscuits, dinner rolls, and vegan cornbread — raw and gluten-free Texas pecan dressing, mushroom soup/gravy, brussels cranberry pecan salad with dijon daze dressing, gingered cranberry relish, black bean tamales, apple pie, pumpkin cheesecake pie, local organic sweet potato pie, blueberry pie, and vegan vanilla cinnamon ice cream.

All orders must be place by Sunday, November 20. Pick-up is available on Tuesday, November 22 from 8 am to 4 pm or Wednesday, November 23 from 10 am to 2 pm at 1714 Webster Street or the Wednesday City Hall Farmers Market.

2700 West Alabama Street, 713.520.7007,

Beloved West Alabama bakery Petite Sweets is breaking out its most delectable fall-inspired desserts this Thanksgiving, and there’s something for everyone. Craving pie? Try the apple, pumpkin, pecan, chocolate pecan, coconut cream, chocolate cream, cherry, key lime, or lemon meringue ($28, or $50 for two).

Cakes include carrot, double chocolate, salty caramel, cookies n’ cream, banana Nutella, chocolate peanut butter, Funfetti, chocolate toffee, Italian cream, coconut, red velvet, apple spice, lemon, and chocolate mint.

Or grab a cheesecake, with flavors such as plain, red velvet, caramel, and pumpkin. Orders must be placed three days in advance.

Pies await at Petite Sweets.

2815 South Shepherd Drive, 713.527.9090, 

Chef Ryan Hildebrand and Triniti aren’t offering savory dishes for Thanksgiving this year, but pastry chef Caroline Ramirez is flexing her skills with four distinct pies. Ramirez excels in the classics with apple, pumpkin, and pecan. A special fourth flavor, peanut butter and jelly, provides a creative flair to Thanksgiving. 

Pies must be ordered by Friday, November 18 at 5 pm, and pick up begins Wednesday, November 23 at 2 pm.

3414 Washington Avenue, 832.834.4417, 

Pumpkin takes center stage at Urban Eats with four festive holiday desserts. Forgo the traditional pie this Thanksgiving with mini pumpkin & gingersnap cheesecakes ($3), pumpkin spice cake balls ($2.50), pumpkin bread ($2.50), and pumpkin and white chocolate bread pudding with bourbon crème anglaise ($6).

Each dessert can be picked up in Urban Eats’ market.

2808 Caroline Street, 713.654.1970, 

Weights + Measures is putting its dough room to work this Thanksgiving with five festive dessert offerings. Pies include a Wild Turkey bourbon chocolate pecan pie, a pumpkin pie, and a pumpkin pecan rendition ($28 each). Or opt for Max’s famous carrot cake ($48) or the apricot pistachio bread pudding ($28). 

W+M is also serving up sides to-go with sweet potato soufflé ($15), jalapeño cheese cornbread ($10), its namesake cranberry sauce, and pull apart challah rolls. All orders must be placed by Sunday, November 20 and can be picked up on Tuesday, November 22 and Wednesday, November 23.

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