If laboring in the kitchen all day doesn’t sound like your idea of a holiday, leave it to the professionals to prepare your Thanksgiving meal on Thursday, November 28, 2019.
For an all-American feast of turkey and all the trimmings, visit these Top Thanksgiving Restaurants in Houston. And best of all? No dishes to wash.
3201 Louisiana St. Houston, TX 77006
Brothers David and Sylvain Denis (Le Mistral), along with French-trained chef Jacques Fox, operate Artisans at The Mix at Midtown. Perhaps not as good as Le Mistral, but more convenient for the downtown crowd, Artisans features what they describe as a French eclectic style of food. If you’re inclined, the best place to perch is the 28-seat chef’s counter surrounding the open kitchen. And the best meal for the price had been a five-course tasting with wine pairings. One dinner started with pan-seared foie gras, included a good but not great scallop, and presented pistachio-crusted Chilean sea bass. The highlight was the black pepper-crusted tenderloin, prepared medium rare and topped with a green peppercorn sauce. For dessert, you might encounter a soufflé or a simple almond cake. There’s also a full bar and a lengthy wine list, heavy on French wines.
2/B&B Butchers & Restuarant
1814 Washington Ave. Houston, TX 77077
Ben Berg’s two-story restaurant/butcher shop has a steakhouse dining room, two private rooms and a rooftop patio with spectacular views of downtown. Guests can spend an early evening noshing on miniature beef Wellingtons, Sicilian finger sandwiches of prosciutto and mozzarella and sipping a craft cocktail or two. But it’s also enjoyable downstairs in the main dining room where dry-aged beef from Texas, Kansas and Japan dominate the menu with big cuts and big price tags to match. Try the ten-ounce filet, served carpetbagger-style with a fried oyster and blue cheese crumbles. Or how about a classic Châteaubriand for two? The lunch menu is a bit lighter, filled with salads, pizzas and sandwiches like the hot and crusty roast beef with roasted peppers. There’s a fairly standard wine and beer menu and a few desserts, of which the standout is the open-face ice cream sandwich. The place is housed in a historic 1924 brick building and you can always just pop inside the lower level butcher shop for a steak or deli sandwich to take home.
3/Brennan’s of Houston
3300 smith St. Houston, TX 77006
You can’t help but think that even an authentic New Orleans courtyard couldn’t be this pretty, but the expansive stone-tiled patio dotted with wrought-iron furniture and anchored by an imposing fountain is truly striking. Indoor diners also can take advantage of its shaded beauty, without the ill effects of Houston’s humidity, through floor-to-ceiling windows that wrap around the courtyard. The main dining room is not as eye-catching as the courtyard, but it is an elegant treat for lunches, dinner and, especially, the famous Brennan’s brunch. That feast begins with appetizers like turtle soup or shrimp rémoulade. Entrées may include eggs “Brennan” and the Texas pecan crusted fish. And don’t miss out on a worldwide tradition that started with this family — bananas Foster, flambéed tableside. Although the restaurant boasts an extensive menu, lunch and dinner are best selected from its Creole classics. Try the veal chop Tchoupitoulas with herb-roasted sweet potatoes.
4/The Capital Grille
5365 Westheimer Rd. Houston, TX 77056
The Capital Grille’s clubby Washingtonian atmosphere is ostentatiously upscale, with chairs covered in leather and velvet, a dramatic copper bar, an open kitchen and a glass-enclosed meat locker. Returning to the basics of steakhouse presentation, the restaurant offers just a few select cuts and seasonings and grills them simply — and properly. Choices include dry-aged sirloin, porterhouse and filet mignon. The Grille’s Delmonico steak is a favorite, as is its signature veal chop with Roquefort butter sauce. The dressed-up steak au poivre comes with a Cognac cream sauce. We also recommend seafood dishes like the grilled swordfish with lemon herb butter and the grilled Norwegian salmon with dill mayonnaise. Among the sides, go for Sam’s smashed potatoes, classic Lyonnaise potatoes or asparagus with hollandaise. For dessert, try the white chocolate mousse or the flourless chocolate-espresso cake. While some favor the old-school cocktails, we appreciate the 350-bottle wine list as well. Or you can rent one of the wine lockers with gold name plates and bring your own vintage.
5/Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse
5061 Westheimer Rd. Ste. 8060 Houston, TX 77056
This elegant chain steakhouse makes up one-third of The Galleria’s Restaurant Row, nestled between The Oceanaire Seafood Room and Peli Peli. Del Frisco’s draws the city’s social set and power brokers with its steaks, bold wines and deftly made cocktails. The two-story restaurant has a clubby feel with a mahogany bar at the entrance decorated with giant jars of fruit-infused liquors. Service is spot-on, as are the thick slabs of beef for which the steakhouse is renowned. A good way to start a meal is with a bourbon cocktail and the chilled shrimp tasting with three types of shrimp. Lobster tails are succulent and big as Chihuahuas, while a plate of prime lamb boasts two eight-ounce porterhouse chops. Typical steakhouse sides are served family-style. Asparagus with almond slivers is fine, but the potatoes au gratin is better. If possible, leave room for bread pudding with Jack Daniel’s butter sauce. Expect to pay a hefty tab for the decadence, and while the wines are high quality, they also come with a big price tag. A better option is a couple of vodka martinis with blue cheese-stuffed olives. If you’re on a budget, check out the business lunch specials.
6/Eddie V’s Prime Seafood
12848 Queensbury Ln. Houston, TX 77024
This stylish Austin import specializes in fresh fish and much more. The menu is tweaked based on what sustainable seafood is available. Whether it’s ahi from Hawaii, Alaskan snow crab or local Gulf Coast red snapper, it’s always fresh and creatively prepared. We suggest the Chilean sea bass with its crisp crust showered with a delicate and lemony butter sauce. If you’re a carnivore, take note that the fishery also serves steaks. The space can handle 500 in the elegant main room, two patio terraces and bar area, where live music and a raw bar thrive. Slurp-worthy cold Island Creek oysters and salty Pleasant Points at the raw bar are a meal unto themselves, but save room for chocolate-y confections and the bread pudding soufflé. The wine list is extensive; 2,000 bottles reside in a glass-enclosed wine cellar.
7/The Federal Grill
510 Shepherd Dr. Houston, TX 77007
Matt Brice’s The Federal Grill is housed in an old pool hall with exposed brick, wood beams, an open kitchen and a comfortable bar. The Washington Heights-area space was renovated originally for Branch Water Tavern, and Brice’s venture, which moved in during spring 2013, maintained a lot of the charm and even some of the menu items, like the duck fat popcorn. But there are other starters worth sampling, too, such as the barbecue bone marrow. There’s also a classic iceberg wedge with crispy prosciutto instead of bacon. Entrées include steaks and chops — we like the smoked pork chop over pimento cheese polenta — and fish dishes, perhaps bacon-wrapped Gulf shrimp and an almond-crusted red snapper. Saturday and Sunday brunch plates range from Texas-style biscuits and gravy with venison sausage to crab cakes and a smooth duck liver mousse with onion jam. The full bar has a nice selection of bourbons and craft beers.
8/Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
2405 Alabama St. Houston, TX 77004
Fleming’s is part of a national chain, but you’d never know it by its sleek, club-like look and well-defined taste. The intimate wine bar with fine stemware and hundreds of choices by the glass, plus cozy booths and gracious service, all add to the experience. The bread course is first-rate, but don’t fill up on it before the starters arrive. We suggest the crab cakes, fried calamari, spicy ahi with Asian garnishes or the crisp, cool iceberg wedge salad drenched in blue cheese dressing. Of course, Fleming’s is a cow palace, and the wet-aged USDA Prime beef is the specialty, with selections ranging from petite filet mignons to a Texas-size porterhouse. They pair up nicely with typical à la carte sides like creamed spinach and shoestring potatoes. We also suggest the seafood options, perhaps lobster and fish specials. While Fleming’s is pricey, the menu includes less expensive small plates such as New Zealand petite lamb chops with polenta fries, and sliced filet mignon atop shiitake risotto.
9/Gaido’s Seafood Restaurant
3828 Seawall Blvd. Galveston, TX 77550
For more than a century, the Gaido family has been serving up crab cakes and oyster platters to hungry seaside goers in Galveston.After working up an appetite walking along the Strand in Galveston, peeking into its lively shops and restaurants, have dinner at Gaido’s Seafood Restaurant on the Seawall. For more than a century, the Gaido family has been serving up crab cakes and oyster platters to hungry seaside goers. Sweet endings include house-made cheesecake and bread pudding. Snag a table by the window to enjoy the Gulf views.
1300 Lamar St. Houston, TX 77010
Stylish Italian-American dining at the elegant Four Seasons Hotel downtown. Four Seasons’ Quattro is romantic and contemporary with a great view of downtown Houston, yet comfortable and family-friendly, thanks to an all-day kids’ menu devoted to tasty Texas bites. Chef Maurizio Ferrarese often walks the floor to chat with guests, and while he prepares special theme-concert menus, like the 2015 Garth Brooks barbecue feast, for people heading over to the nearby Toyota Center, his claim to fame are the seasonal breakfasts, lunches and dinners accented with Italian flourishes. Staples like garlic shrimp with pesto capellini, asparagus risotto and hearty antipasti are familiar beginnings. For a bigger appetite, order the whiskey-braised short ribs with rich hickory sauce nestled next to corn, black-eyed peas and green shelling beans, or the double lamb chop plated with sweet potatoes and asparagus. Miniature desserts are a signature ending. For a special occasion, reserve the chef’s table, located in a warm, Tuscan-inspired room where one can see the production kitchen. The extensive wine list features over 350 global selections.