Dine out for a four-star Thanksgiving Day feast in 2013


Make your reservation now and enjoy a rich and robust 2013 Thanksgiving Day Dinner prepared by some of Houston’s most hospitable chefs. 

[quote_right]Click here to see some of our favorite dine-out and order-in options for Thanksgiving 2014[/quote_right]Don’t fret about creating the perfect and proper Thanksgiving spread for your family and guests. You can still snag a table at a Thanksgiving feast at some of Houston’s most notable hotels.

  • ARA at Royal Sonesta Hotel – Be among the first to dine at the recently refurbished Royal Sonesta Hotel (pictured) near the Galleria, which just reopened following a massive $25 million renovation. Within the hotel, the newly rebranded ARA restaurant is offering its inaugrual Thanksgiving dinner and they’re pulling out all of the stops. Highlights include Sonesta Super Food Salad with kale, spinach, farro, blueberries, beets and carrots; cured salmon with cranberry jicama slaw; avocado champagne with caviar; chicken liver pate with grape and celery relish; layered citrus salad with jonah crab meat; and lobster brioche sliders. The main course includes a choice of sage butter roasted turkey with roasted butternut squash and sour cherry stuffing plus gravy; 44 Farms prime rib eye roast with bacon mashed potatoes plus mustard and green beans pesto; a scallop and lobster pot with fennel, carrots and brussels sprouts; or cauliflower and cumin cheese casserole. Dessert includes cinnamon raisin brioche bread pudding, Godiva chocolate cake and pumpkin cheesecake with caramelized pecans. Available from 11:30am until 2pm. $56 for ages 13 and up, $50 for seniors and $25 for kids 5 to 12. Call 713.973.1600.
  • Line & Lariat at Hotel ICONEnjoy a special four-course Thanksgiving Day meal in the grand hotel lobby in Downtown’s Historic District. The prix fixe menu begins with a roasted butternut squash soup with candied spiced pecans; followed by an Icon Chop salad with romaine lettuce, tomatoes, bacon, cucumbers, egg, red onion, peppers and blue cheese with a mustard dressing. The main course is roasted turkey with all the trimmings, including southern cornbread dressing, candied yams, creamy mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, made-from-scratch giblet gravy and roasted cranberry relish. The meal wraps up with house-made pumpkin pie with Chantilly or bourbon pecan pie with caramel ice cream. Available from 11am to 5pm on Thanksgiving Day. $27 ages 13 and up. $14 for kids ages 5 to 12. Call 832.667.4470.
  • The Bistro at Hotel Sorella – Dine at in the heart of CityCentre with a Thanksgiving prix fixe feast at the Bistro at Hotel Sorella. Kicking off with either mixed green salads with dried cranberries and candied pecans or a with creamy butternut squash bisque topped with truffled chantilly cream, the feast continues with jumbo lump crabcakes or an artisan cheese selection. The main course is a choice between brined roast turkey or vegetarian mushroom wellington, both served with cranberry sauce, sage stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes and giblet gravy. If you’ve still got room, the dessert is a choice between pumpkin pie, pumpkin cheesecake or Texas pecan pie with bourbon whip cream. Available from 11:30am to 3pm. $62 per person. Call 713.973.1600.
  • Omni Hotel Houston – Escape to this urban resort tucked away in the trees off of Woodway Drive for a Thanksgiving Day brunch. Seating times from 10am to 2:30pm. The extensive brunch buffet will feature a kids buffet and stations dedicated to gourmet omelets; crepes and waffles; carvings of lamb, prime rib, salmon en croute, Cornish hen and quail; caviar and champagne; sushi and seafood station; pasta; and traditional Spanish Valencia style paella. New this year is a Texas barbecue station featuring brisket, sausage and whole natural chicken served with sweet barbecue sauce. $69.95 ages 13 and up, $32 ages 6 to 12. Tax and gratuity not included. Call 713-871-8181.
  • Monarch at Hotel ZaZa – Executive Chef Jonathan Jones serves up a three-course Thanksgiving dinner in the Museum District, complete with a “Leftovers Takeaway.” Each of the finely prepared meals come with an “Everything Sandwich” to take home for Friday, so that guests don’t miss out on the leftovers – a Thanksgiving staple. The meal itself starts out with a choice from a mixed green salad with roasted pumpkin and pumpkin seed vinaigrette, spicy cold boiled shrimp with cranberry chipotle remoulade, or a wild mushroom crepe with truffle cream. For the main course, choose from Cajun spiced turkey breast roulade, market fish, pumpkin ravioli with sage cream and hazelnut, or duck en mole rojo. Dessert is either a pumpkin cheesecake with toasted pecans or a caramel panna cotta in a large martini glass. $55 per person. Call 713-527-1800.

Photo credit: Patrick Salisbury / Royal Sonesta Houston

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