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Spicy ramen at Kata Robata
Julie Soefer

Where to Order Seriously Fancy Takeout for Special Occasions in Houston

Celebrate a birthday, date night, or anniversary with luxe steaks, Champagne, top-notch sushi, and more

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Spicy ramen at Kata Robata
| Julie Soefer

Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, most Houstonians are staying at home in an effort to stem socially-distance. Which means that life’s important milestones — birthdays, anniversaries, and victories of all kind — are a little bit harder to celebrate. Fortunately, the city’s best restaurants have plenty of fancy takeout options that will make anyone feel special.

Want to celebrate a birthday in a delicious way or treat someone to a romantic date night dinner for two with all the trimmings? These 13 Houston restaurants are putting the “special” in special occasions while the stay-at-home order is still in effect.

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Pappas Bros. Steakhouse

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At Pappas Bros. Steakhouse, create an at-home celebration with turtle gumbo and a classic wedge salad, then dig into a 14-ounce strip steak or bone-in Prime ribeye. Order online via the Pappas website.

Chef Austin Simmons’s top-notch fare is a killer special occasion takeout option, with dishes like blackened redfish, miso-glazed sea bass, and juicy steaks on the menu. Moscow mule kits and DIY margaritas are also an option. Order online via Tris’s website.

Mastro's Steakhouse

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In addition to a large take-out menu of sophisticated steakhouse eats — including crab cocktail, a bone-in filet and truffle butter sautéed wild mushrooms — Mastro’s is also serving its signature warm butter cake, available to take home from 3 to 9 pm daily, allowing guests to indulge wholly for a birthday or anniversary. Order online via the Mastro’s website.

Synonymous with special occasions in Houston, Tony’s is offering a curbside pick-up and delivery menu (offered free for orders over $75 within a 5-mile radius) boasting elegant plates and desserts. Spring for seared seabass or decadent cacio e pepe risotto, and finish things off with an order of tuxedo cake. Dining with children? A choice of any two kids meals is only $15. Order online here.

Rainbow Lodge

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Rainbow Lodge’s extensive menu of wild game, much of it available for pick-up, could spice up any special occasion. Small plates include a wild game sampler and :big board of cheese and meats, while entrees include a slow-cooked venison osso bucco with borlotti beans, an elk chop served with green chilis, potato and cheese enchiladas and queso fresco, and rainbow trout with lump crab meat. Finish the meal off with one of Rainbow Lodge’s six variatiosn on the Old Fashioned cocktail, all available to go. Order online at rainbow-lodge.com.

Brenner's on the Bayou

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Brenner’s has made available an abbreviated menu of starters, salads, steaks and entrees to-go, available daily beginning at 5 p.m. Dine on bacon-wrapped Texas quail and Gulf red snapper with lump crab, and add on wine and beer — select bottles are half off. Order online via the restaurant’s website.

Kata Robata

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This beloved sushi spot offers everything from vegan gyoza to duck ramen. Seriously craving sushi? Build a sashimi sampler with kampachi, spot prawns, and madai and pair with a bottle of wine from Kata Robata’s extensive list or one of their cocktails for two. Order online via the Toast app.

a'Bouzy

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Special occasions don’t have to mean just dinner. At a’Bouzy, you can get a full brunch spread delivered through Grubhub, salmon gravlox, housemade sausage, an heirloom tomato galette with goat cheese, baisl and eggs and of course, a bottle of Veuve.

At $95, Uchi’s luxe dinner for two is a date-night bargain. The menu includes wagyu beef tataki, scallop crudo, maki rolls, a bottle of wine and miso bread pudding. There’s also a vegetarian option, priced at $75. Call the restaurant at 713.522.4808 to order.

Brennan's of Houston

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Brennan’s brings the party to you with the addition of mardi gras beads and pralines to each at-home meal order. Festive kits include a dinner-for-two option with Creole fried chicken and bacon-braised collard greens, or head to the a la carte menu for entrees like Gulf fish Pontchartrain or sugarcane smoked beef rib. Order online via the Brennan’s website.

Artisans

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With Artisans’ Le Menu Dine Out, guests can enjoy a fine dining French feast of epic proportions in their own dining room. Menu items are offered in pint and quart containers, large enough for 2-4 people, and include French classics like bouillabaisse, beef bourguignon and lobster bisque.

B&B Butchers & Restaurant

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Splurge on Japanese waygu ribeye, filet mignon, and more fancy steaks at B&B Butchers, where the takeout menu is extensive and perfect for date night. Not craving steak? Consider the bone-in chicken shank or wasabi-crusted tuna for a non-beef option that still shines. Order online via the restaurant’s website.

Killen's Steakhouse

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Ronnie Killen’s posh Pearland steakhouse has always served as a dining destination for special occasions, and guests can continue to enjoy the magic of those meals within their own homes. A convenient ordering system allows guests to place orders online and schedule the date and time of their preferred pick-up, making it simple to create an elevated at-home dining experience. Killen’s famed smoked pork belly, wet and dry-aged steaks and not-to-be-missed carrot cake are all available on the to-go menu. 

Pappas Bros. Steakhouse

At Pappas Bros. Steakhouse, create an at-home celebration with turtle gumbo and a classic wedge salad, then dig into a 14-ounce strip steak or bone-in Prime ribeye. Order online via the Pappas website.

TRIS

Chef Austin Simmons’s top-notch fare is a killer special occasion takeout option, with dishes like blackened redfish, miso-glazed sea bass, and juicy steaks on the menu. Moscow mule kits and DIY margaritas are also an option. Order online via Tris’s website.

Mastro's Steakhouse

In addition to a large take-out menu of sophisticated steakhouse eats — including crab cocktail, a bone-in filet and truffle butter sautéed wild mushrooms — Mastro’s is also serving its signature warm butter cake, available to take home from 3 to 9 pm daily, allowing guests to indulge wholly for a birthday or anniversary. Order online via the Mastro’s website.

Tony's

Synonymous with special occasions in Houston, Tony’s is offering a curbside pick-up and delivery menu (offered free for orders over $75 within a 5-mile radius) boasting elegant plates and desserts. Spring for seared seabass or decadent cacio e pepe risotto, and finish things off with an order of tuxedo cake. Dining with children? A choice of any two kids meals is only $15. Order online here.

Rainbow Lodge

Rainbow Lodge’s extensive menu of wild game, much of it available for pick-up, could spice up any special occasion. Small plates include a wild game sampler and :big board of cheese and meats, while entrees include a slow-cooked venison osso bucco with borlotti beans, an elk chop served with green chilis, potato and cheese enchiladas and queso fresco, and rainbow trout with lump crab meat. Finish the meal off with one of Rainbow Lodge’s six variatiosn on the Old Fashioned cocktail, all available to go. Order online at rainbow-lodge.com.

Brenner's on the Bayou

Brenner’s has made available an abbreviated menu of starters, salads, steaks and entrees to-go, available daily beginning at 5 p.m. Dine on bacon-wrapped Texas quail and Gulf red snapper with lump crab, and add on wine and beer — select bottles are half off. Order online via the restaurant’s website.

Kata Robata

This beloved sushi spot offers everything from vegan gyoza to duck ramen. Seriously craving sushi? Build a sashimi sampler with kampachi, spot prawns, and madai and pair with a bottle of wine from Kata Robata’s extensive list or one of their cocktails for two. Order online via the Toast app.

a'Bouzy

Special occasions don’t have to mean just dinner. At a’Bouzy, you can get a full brunch spread delivered through Grubhub, salmon gravlox, housemade sausage, an heirloom tomato galette with goat cheese, baisl and eggs and of course, a bottle of Veuve.

Uchi

At $95, Uchi’s luxe dinner for two is a date-night bargain. The menu includes wagyu beef tataki, scallop crudo, maki rolls, a bottle of wine and miso bread pudding. There’s also a vegetarian option, priced at $75. Call the restaurant at 713.522.4808 to order.

Brennan's of Houston

Brennan’s brings the party to you with the addition of mardi gras beads and pralines to each at-home meal order. Festive kits include a dinner-for-two option with Creole fried chicken and bacon-braised collard greens, or head to the a la carte menu for entrees like Gulf fish Pontchartrain or sugarcane smoked beef rib. Order online via the Brennan’s website.

Artisans

With Artisans’ Le Menu Dine Out, guests can enjoy a fine dining French feast of epic proportions in their own dining room. Menu items are offered in pint and quart containers, large enough for 2-4 people, and include French classics like bouillabaisse, beef bourguignon and lobster bisque.

B&B Butchers & Restaurant

Splurge on Japanese waygu ribeye, filet mignon, and more fancy steaks at B&B Butchers, where the takeout menu is extensive and perfect for date night. Not craving steak? Consider the bone-in chicken shank or wasabi-crusted tuna for a non-beef option that still shines. Order online via the restaurant’s website.

Killen's Steakhouse

Ronnie Killen’s posh Pearland steakhouse has always served as a dining destination for special occasions, and guests can continue to enjoy the magic of those meals within their own homes. A convenient ordering system allows guests to place orders online and schedule the date and time of their preferred pick-up, making it simple to create an elevated at-home dining experience. Killen’s famed smoked pork belly, wet and dry-aged steaks and not-to-be-missed carrot cake are all available on the to-go menu. 

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