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15 Thanksgiving Alternatives to Your Parents' House

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Beloved family traditions not-withstanding, cooking Thanksgiving dinner can be a pain. First, there's the nightmarish run to the supermarket and fighting people for the last can of cranberry sauce. Then there's the endless debates about how to cook the turkey: brine it? start it upside down? free range? Then cousin Dave is dating a vegan, and she won't eat anything.

Let the professionals do what they do best and feed you. It might be more expensive, but it'll be good. Also, no doing dishes. Think about how great that will be.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Haven

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2502 Algerian Way
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 581-6101
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Haven will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. serving a three-course menu for $55. Choices include butternut squash soup, free range turkey and pumpkin cheesecake.

2. Roost

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1972 Fairview St
Houston, TX 77019
Roost will open for dinner starting at 4. In addition to their regular menu, chef Kevin Naderi will serve: Seared Allspice Duck Breast with roasted beet and rye bread panzanella; Honey brined turkey breast, sweet potato purée, braised greens, jalapeño cornbread, and cranberry chutney; Appetizer of country fried local quail, butter biscuit, cream gravy, sweet pickled jalapeños

3. Line And Lariat

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220 Main St
Houston, TX 77002
(832) 667-4470
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The four-course, prix-fixe menu costs $27 and includes butternut squash soup, roast turkey and pecan pie.

4. Philippe Restaurant + Lounge

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1800 Post Oak Blvd
Houston, Texas 77056
(713) 439-1000
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It's Thanksgiving classics with a French twist. That means the turkey comes with sweet potato flan and Madeira gravy. Service from 12:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

5. Bistro Provence

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13616 Memorial Dr
Houston, TX
(713) 827-8008
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Another option if you're feeling like a French-influenced Thanksgiving. The three-course meal will be served from 11:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. and costs $19 or $22 depending on whether one orders salmon, roast beef or turkey.

6. Brickhouse Tavern

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12910 Northwest Fwy
Houston, TX 77040
(713) 462-0576
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Turkey, beer specials and enough TVs to watch every football game. Just don't tell mom you ditched her to eat here.

7. Mockingbird Bistro

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1985 Welch St
Houston, TX 77019
(713) 533-0200
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Mockingbird will serve its three-course, $59 menu from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. Choices include lobster risotto, herb-roasted turkey with andouille stuffing and apple bread pudding.

8. Quattro at Four Seasons Hotel Houston

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1300 Lamar St
Houston, TX 77010
(713) 650-1300
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Quattro will serve both a $79 Thanksgiving brunch from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and a $58 Thanksgiving dinner from 5:30 p.m. until 10:00.

9. Monarch - Hotel Zaza

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5701 N Main St
Houston, TX 77009
(713) 527-1800
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The four-course, $55 menu features chef Jonathan Jones's signature Third Coast ceviche, sous vide turkey and pumpkin panna cotta.

10. Bistro Alex

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800 Sorella Court
Houston, TX 77024
(713) 827-3545
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Open for regular business hours serving their usual menu and some Thanksgiving specials.

11. Branch Water Tavern

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510 Shepherd
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 863-7777
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From 11:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., the restaurant will serve a $40 per person buffet that includes turkey, prime rib, two kinds of stuff and more.

12. 024 Grille

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945 Gessner Road
Houston, TX 77024
(281) 501-4350
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Serving a three-course, $35 menu that includes red curry coconut chicken soup, roast turkey and pumpkin creme brûlée.

13. Houston Texans Grille

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12848 Queensbury Lane
Houston, TX 77024
(713) 461-2002
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No turkey here, but the Texans are playing the Lions at 11:30. Might be a good way to escape from the family.

14. Brennan's of Houston

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3300 Smith St
Houston, Texas 77006
(713) 522-9711
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Brennan's will serve a special, three-course, $55 from 11:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. Options include hunters gumbo, roast turkey and pumpkin pie.

15. Pappas Bar-B-Q

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1217 Pierce St.
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 659-1245
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Pappas will serve on Thanksgiving from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. For $10.95, the Thanksgiving plate includes both turkey and ham with sides.

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1. Haven

2502 Algerian Way, Houston, TX 77098
Haven will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. serving a three-course menu for $55. Choices include butternut squash soup, free range turkey and pumpkin cheesecake.
2502 Algerian Way
Houston, TX 77098

2. Roost

1972 Fairview St, Houston, TX 77019
Roost will open for dinner starting at 4. In addition to their regular menu, chef Kevin Naderi will serve: Seared Allspice Duck Breast with roasted beet and rye bread panzanella; Honey brined turkey breast, sweet potato purée, braised greens, jalapeño cornbread, and cranberry chutney; Appetizer of country fried local quail, butter biscuit, cream gravy, sweet pickled jalapeños
1972 Fairview St
Houston, TX 77019

3. Line And Lariat

220 Main St, Houston, TX 77002
The four-course, prix-fixe menu costs $27 and includes butternut squash soup, roast turkey and pecan pie.
220 Main St
Houston, TX 77002

4. Philippe Restaurant + Lounge

1800 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, Texas 77056
It's Thanksgiving classics with a French twist. That means the turkey comes with sweet potato flan and Madeira gravy. Service from 12:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
1800 Post Oak Blvd
Houston, Texas 77056

5. Bistro Provence

13616 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX
Another option if you're feeling like a French-influenced Thanksgiving. The three-course meal will be served from 11:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. and costs $19 or $22 depending on whether one orders salmon, roast beef or turkey.
13616 Memorial Dr
Houston, TX

6. Brickhouse Tavern

12910 Northwest Fwy, Houston, TX 77040
Turkey, beer specials and enough TVs to watch every football game. Just don't tell mom you ditched her to eat here.
12910 Northwest Fwy
Houston, TX 77040

7. Mockingbird Bistro

1985 Welch St, Houston, TX 77019
Mockingbird will serve its three-course, $59 menu from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. Choices include lobster risotto, herb-roasted turkey with andouille stuffing and apple bread pudding.
1985 Welch St
Houston, TX 77019

8. Quattro at Four Seasons Hotel Houston

1300 Lamar St, Houston, TX 77010
Quattro will serve both a $79 Thanksgiving brunch from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and a $58 Thanksgiving dinner from 5:30 p.m. until 10:00.
1300 Lamar St
Houston, TX 77010

9. Monarch - Hotel Zaza

5701 N Main St, Houston, TX 77009
The four-course, $55 menu features chef Jonathan Jones's signature Third Coast ceviche, sous vide turkey and pumpkin panna cotta.
5701 N Main St
Houston, TX 77009

10. Bistro Alex

800 Sorella Court, Houston, TX 77024
Open for regular business hours serving their usual menu and some Thanksgiving specials.
800 Sorella Court
Houston, TX 77024

11. Branch Water Tavern

510 Shepherd, Houston, TX 77007
From 11:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., the restaurant will serve a $40 per person buffet that includes turkey, prime rib, two kinds of stuff and more.
510 Shepherd
Houston, TX 77007

12. 024 Grille

945 Gessner Road, Houston, TX 77024
Serving a three-course, $35 menu that includes red curry coconut chicken soup, roast turkey and pumpkin creme brûlée.
945 Gessner Road
Houston, TX 77024

13. Houston Texans Grille

12848 Queensbury Lane, Houston, TX 77024
No turkey here, but the Texans are playing the Lions at 11:30. Might be a good way to escape from the family.
12848 Queensbury Lane
Houston, TX 77024

14. Brennan's of Houston

3300 Smith St, Houston, Texas 77006
Brennan's will serve a special, three-course, $55 from 11:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. Options include hunters gumbo, roast turkey and pumpkin pie.
3300 Smith St
Houston, Texas 77006

15. Pappas Bar-B-Q

1217 Pierce St., Houston, TX 77002
Pappas will serve on Thanksgiving from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. For $10.95, the Thanksgiving plate includes both turkey and ham with sides.
1217 Pierce St.
Houston, TX 77002

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