Don’t want to do all the cooking this Thanksgiving? Many Houston restaurants are ready to lend a hand with Thanksgiving to-go menus ranging from complete meal packages to appealing sides and desserts. Because, hey, you deserve to rest a little, too. Read on for our favorite Thanksgiving to-go menus and make sure to order fast; some places have deadlines as early as Nov. 15.
George Ranch Historical Park’s Thanksgiving old-fashioned cobblers have built a loyal following and you’ll have to try one to understand why. Prepared by in-house chef Nick Castelberg, and available in peach, apple and blackberry flavors, the cobblers are frozen so all you have to do is bake them at home.
Deadline: Order online by Tuesday, Nov. 15. You can pick up your cobbler on Nov. 18, 19, 22 or 23 at the park. A half-tray that feeds 8-10 people is $25.
Houston’s New York-style deli, Kenny & Ziggy’s, offers a variety of appetizers including franks in a blanket and mini potato and onion knishes, sides, salads and meats for Thanksgiving Day. But if you truly want to make it easy, their complete Thanksgiving meal is a good choice. For $260, get a 20-lb whole turkey, wild mushroom and chestnut stuffing, apple pie and cranberry-pineapple-nut relish, plus two sides of your choosing. The meal feeds 14 to 16 people.
Deadline: Place your order by Thursday, Nov. 17. Pick-up at the Post Oak location only on Nov. 23.
Get as much or as little help as you need at Revival Market. The Heights restaurant’s Thanksgiving menu includes a variety of meats (from good old fashioned turkey to duck), sides, desserts and “cooking aides,” such as housemade stocks and pie shells to help out in the cooking process. The menu also includes a selection of breads to accompany your dinner.
Deadline: Order by phone or email by Friday, Nov. 18.
Fans of Rebecca Masson’s Fluff Bake Bar can enjoy some of her sweet confections in the comfort of their home this Thanksgiving. Masson is offering chocolate cream, dutch apple, pecan, pumpkin and mountain rose (a type of heirloom apple) pies.
Deadline: Order online by Sunday, Nov. 20 for pick-up on Nov. 22 or 23. If you miss the deadline, Masson will have some extra pies ready for last-minute pick-up.
Take care of the turkey and Backstreet Cafe covers the rest with their Thanksgiving menu of soups, sides and desserts. From cauliflower chowder to savory bread pudding with spinach, pine nuts and mushrooms, the restaurant makes customers’ favorite items for them to take home for the big day.
Deadline: Order by Monday, Nov. 21 for pickup on Nov. 23.
Good with the sides but just don’t want the stress of cooking the bird? Goode Co. BBQ will send you home with a moist, slow-smoked turkey. The 10-pound turkeys cost $75 and feed from 8 to 10 people.
Deadline: Order by Monday, Nov. 21 for pick-up at any of their locations on Nov. 22 or Nov. 23.
Ever heard of turducken? Herbert’s Specialty Meats carries this deboned turkey stuffed with a boneless duck and chicken. The layers of poultry are separated by cornbread dressing and pork stuffing. While too late to order one for Thanksgiving Day, you can pick up a frozen turducken at any of Herbert’s stores.
“You relax, we’ll cook!” says the historic, award-winning Rainbow Lodge’s holiday to-go menu. We can get on board with that idea. Meant to cover not only Thanksgiving but Christmas and New Year’s, the menu offers a wide range of choices. From turkey to a whole roasted suckling pig and what they call “lodge classics,” which include the restaurant’s buffalo and black bean chili, and smoked duck gumbo.
Deadline: Order 24 hours in advance.