Thanksgiving to Go!

Houston eateries and groceries that will take your Thanksgiving meal order, cook it and either deliver it, and have it ready for pick-up on Turkey Day

By Karrie Alcorn

This year, why not kick-off the holiday season by hosting a stress-free Thanksgiving dinner? A good number of Houston-area restaurants and grocery stores offer Thanksgiving meals to go. The food is delicious, and options span from full Thanksgiving feasts delivered right to your door, to ordering a la carte items of your family’s favorite side dishes and desserts to complement your home-baked turkey and picking them up before the big day.

Just imagine the hours you’ll save as you dodge the tedious, tiresome tasks of slicing, dicing, and slaving over the hot stove–not to mention washing all those pots and pans while everyone else is watching football. Imagine, instead, spending those hours enjoying your family and friends, or just soaking in some peace and quiet before the main event.

Give the idea of “Thanksgiving to Go” some serious consideration this year. You provide the guests and location, and the restaurants and groceries listed here will provide the feast!


Backstreet Café

Backstreet is gearing up and ready to prepare all the sides to complement your turkey dinner. Prices and menu are in the works. 1103 South Shepherd. Call or check the website for upcoming details. (713) 521-2239; backstreetcafe.net


Frank’s Americana Revival

For a good old-fashioned thanksgiving dinner with a gourmet twist, look no further. Traditional items offered in the past include Butternut leek soup, cornbread stuffing, and broccoli and rice casserole. 3736 Westheimer. Check website for the 2017 holiday menu, coming soon. 713-572-8600. http://www.frankshouston.com/contact



This holiday season, while you cater to your family’s needs, let Luby’s cater to yours. Meal combinations start at $59 and serve from 4-12 people. Choice of turkey, ham, or both are offered in their Signature, Select and Combination packages, which include sides, rolls, and dessert. The Premium meal serves 10-12 people for $130 and offers Roasted Prime Rib as the main course. Extra pies and sides can also be ordered to go with your feast. 877-465-8297; lubys.com/holidayfeasts


Boston Market

These complete Thanksgiving meals will be shipped directly to your door. Just thaw, heat and serve. With five options, meals serving from 4-12 people start at $85.00, and include turkey or ham entrée along with side dishes, rolls and dessert. Ordering just the sides is also a popular option. 866-977-9090 thanksgivingdinnerdelivered.com


Pappas Bar-B-Q

Pappas is the place to go for all your holiday fixings, sides and desserts you’d Cornbread stuffing, gravy, green bean casserole, yams, corn, cranberry sauce and more! Add additional sides, dessert and, of course, a whole-smoked turkey and your feast is complete! 9797 Westheimer. Call Pappas Bar-B-Q for more details. 713-780-0081; pappasbbq.com


H-E-B Pantry Foods

This holiday season, you can shrink your to-do list with quick and easy meal solutions you can pick up at your neighborhood H-E-B.With a variety of chef prepared sides and their home-style dinners from the deli, you won’t sacrifice taste for convenience. Just heat and serve. H-E-B is offering four meal options, Spiral Sliced Ham Dinner serving 6-8 at $69.99, Turkey Dinner serving 6-8 at $75.99, Turkey Breast Dinner serving 6-8 at $69.99, and the Rotisserie Turkey Breast Dinner serving 3-4 at $39.99. Please check H-E-B’s website for additional details. heb.com/static-page/delicious-holiday-meals



Pull up a chair to a hassle-free meal this Thanksgiving by leaving all the prep work to Krogers. They have everything you need to put a full holiday meal on the table in mere minutes, so you can give thanks for less time in the kitchen. Call your local Krogers for additional details. kroger.inspiredgathering.com/thanksgiving/party-plan-no-fuss-turkey-dinner


Brookshire Brothers

Brookshire Brother’s fresh dinners are fast, easy and most of all delicious. Have a holiday full of memories this year by selecting a delicious dinner from their deli. Choose your dinner package and then add the sides that are your family’s favorite. For the main course, you have the choice of ham or turkey (baked, smoked, or cajun fried) and plenty of sides to choose from. The meal will also include one dozen King’s Hawaiian Dinner Rolls (original, honey wheat or savory butter). kroger.inspiredgathering.com/thanksgiving/party-plan-no-fuss-turkey-dinner


The Junior League Pantry of Houston

1811 Briar Oaks Lane

For your holiday meal, The Pantry offers a complete dinner or a variety of à la carte side dishes, rolls, and desserts. The complete Thanksgiving dinner includes a 22 lbs. Turkey, 5 sides, rolls and 2 pies at $250. All orders are to be picked up at the Junior League of Houston on Wednesday, November 22, 2017, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Due to significant preparation lead time, please note that all Thanksgiving orders are final and non-refundable after Thursday, November 16, 2017. Please check website for additional information. (713) 622-4191; https://www.jlh.org/?nd=ticket_list&fundraiser_id=44


Cracker Barrel

The Country-Sized Meals To-Go are a great way to bring a big helping of Cracker Barrel’s handmade favorites home for the holidays. Select an entrée, three quart-sized country sides, and your choice of bread. Serves up to 6 | $59.99. 2-hour notice recommended for orders. Houston (281) 872-0809, Pearland (713) 340-2701. crackerbarrel.com/to-go/celebrations/country-sized-meals

Karrie Alcorn is a proud mother of two who believes firmly in letting every parenting moment count

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