Not everyone enjoys spending hours in the kitchen on Thanksgiving morning. So instead of prepping and cooking, let the professionals take over.
Here’s a few of our local restaurants that are opening their doors for customers to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal without the hassle:
For a Thanksgiving meal on the wilder side, Rainbow Lodge, 2011 Ella Blvd., is serving on Thanksgiving Day at $60 per person.
To start you can sample a trio of wild game, like elk, rabbit, and buffalo, or try the smoked duck gumbo.
They will be serving the more traditional southern-style roasted turkey with cornbread dressing, mashed potatoes, French beans with shallots, gravy and cranberry relish.
They’ll also be serving rainbow trout with lump crab and pecan brown butter with roasted garlic-sautéed kale and crispy sweet potato curls, a wild game duo of grilled venison medallions and a whole Texas quail with roasted pumpkin grits, Swiss chard and pear and pecan conserve, and lastly a grilled beef tenderloin filet with root vegetable hash, grilled asparagus and bearnaise sauce.
To top it off, a warm croissant bread pudding, a southern-style chocolate bourbon pecan pie and a gluten-free lemon ice box pie will be available. Make reservations soon by calling (713) 861-8666.
Rainbow Lodge will also have late-night snack packs available of turkey, dressing and gravy, which will just be enough for one sandwich.
For only a slight spin on the traditional Thanksgiving meal, The Classic All Day, 5922 Washington Ave., is serving red kuri squash soup or frisse lardon salad to start. For the main course they’re serving maple-glazed turkey, or for a less traditional meal, herb-crusted butcher’s cut and the seafood option, the local catch.
It’ll be hard to say no to butter-whipped potatoes on the side as well as the smoked turkey gravy, fall market vegetables or the challah and hazelnut dressing. To end this Thanksgiving meal on the right side of the stomach, enjoy a slice of pecan pie with vanilla ice cream or a chocolate cake with fudge pecan icing.
The Classic All Day will be serving on Thanksgiving Day at $40 a person. For reservations call (713) 868-1131.
For something simpler that won’t break the bank, Cadillac Bar, 1802 Shepherd Dr., is serving its famous Thanksgiving brunch. They’ll have regular brunch items available, including: the breakfast station, waffle station, omelet station, taco station, enchilada station and dessert station.
Specifically for Thanksgiving, they’ll be serving a holiday station complete with roasted turkey and ham, turkey pot pie, short ribs with a chipotle-whiskey glaze, cranberry sauce, ghost pepper cheese and bacon mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes and cornbread stuffing.