Midtown restaurants serving up Thanksgiving Day feasts

With Thanksgiving Day right around the corner, some Midtown Houston restaurants are offering special menus or buffets to help you forego the headache of meal planning and preparation.

While many restaurants are closed for Thanksgiving, eateries like Charivari Restaurant at 2521 Bagby St. is laying out a feast for kings and queens. Customers are encouraged to create their own menu from a selection that includes pan fried foie gras, broiled turkey with stuffing, Airline Pheasant Breast, lobster and salmon fillets, and savory desserts. Check out the full menu online.

Likewise, Artisans Cuisine & Savoir-fare at 3201 Louisiana is offering up a Thanksgiving feast and exquisite Twist on the Classics prepared by Chef Jacques Fox.

“We will do special six-course dinner menu, where we have fun and do something different,” said Fox. “We combine a little bit of Thanksgiving with a French twist to celebrate your holidays with panache.

“You don’t have to worry about standing up at the buffet line. We do it all for you,” he said. “We are an upscale classic French restaurant.” For reservations, call 713-529-9111 or visit online.

Meanwhile, Midtown BBQ is ready to cook your turkey for you. The popular eatery at 2708 Bagby also has a wide variety of country-style cooked meats from which to choose. Pre-cooked turkeys are $90 each and the deadline to order is noon on Nov. 23. To order or for more information, call 713-636-9044.

Rebecca Masson, owner of Fluff Bake Bar at 314 Gray St., said the popular bakery is busy taking orders for the holiday.

“If you’re looking for sweets for Thanksgiving Day, we’re a great place to stop by,” she said. “We’ve got a wide selection of pies – apple, pecan, chocolate crème, Dutch apple and pumpkin and Mountain Rose Apple.”

The bakery will be closed on Thanksgiving, but is taking pre-orders for baked goodies. Customers may order online, or call 713-522-1900. Pre-orders may also be sent via email.

Another Midtown sweet spot is Weights + Measures Bake Shop at 2808 Caroline, which is offering up a Thanksgiving menu of special pies to complete your holiday meal.

“Our 9-inch pies serve eight guests,” said Isaac Johnson, the bakery general manager. “They are made entirely from scratch with lots of love in our very own dough room.”

The Weights + Measures holiday selections include wild turkey bourbon chocolate pecan pie, pumpkin pie, pumpkin pecan pie, apricot pistachio bread pudding, sweet potato soufflé, Max’s Famous Carrot Cake, jalapeño cheese cornbread, w+m cranberry sauce, and pull apart challah rolls.

And be sure to stop by Dolce Delights by Candice Chang at 3201 Louisiana, which serves up some of the most beautiful and exquisite desserts in the city – everything from mousse cakes to colorful macarons available in just about every flavor imaginable. Stop by to pick up your sweets from 10 am.- 9 p.m. on Nov. 22-23. The business is closed Thanksgiving Day. For more information, call 713-807-7575.

If you’d rather dine at home for the Thanksgiving holiday, a number of Midtown restaurants have outstanding take-out menus. They include:

Damian’s Cucina Italiana
3011 Smith St.
Houston, TX 77006

Signature selections: Gamberoni Vincenzo, gulf shrimp stuffed Italian style with crabmeat and served with capellini marinara; Trotelle Alle Verdure, grilled trout topped with grilled vegetables and ammoghiu, served with sweet potato ravioli; Flounder Pizaola, frilled flounder topped with gulf shrimp, olives, capers and marinara served with sautéed green beans; and Branzino Azzurro, grilled sea bass topped with white wine buerre blanc served over cannellini carrettieri and sautéed spinach.

Ibiza Food & Wine Bar
2450 Louisiana St., #200
Houston, TX 77006

Signature selections: Fresh fish simply grilled with lemon and sea salt; seared pasta with wilted greens and truffled corn broth; six-hour braised lamb shank with mint oil; braised rabbit with French mustard pancetta and pappardelle; and grilled shrimp with barley porcini mushroom charred lemon and basil.

Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ
510 Gray St.,
Houston, TX 77002

Signature selections: Harimi Miso skirt steak, Kalbi short rib sweet soy, premium sirloin sweet soy, Filet mignon ponzu, Angus beef ribs, Yaki-Shabu beef miso, chicken basil, spicy pork and
shrimp garlic.

Saigon House Houston
3101 Main St.
Houston, TX 77002

Signature selections: Spring rolls, egg rolls, Lo Mein pork or chicken, Udon pork or chicken, honey chicken spinach, Mongolian beef, and fried rice chicken. Note: Party trays are
available at a sale price.

The Fish Sushi Restaurant
309 Gray Street, Suite 107
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 526-5294

Signature selections: Akaushi beef, 6 oz. Kobe skirt, macaroni gratin and pickled onion; spicy chicken, 6 oz. chicken, sweet & spicy kochujang glaze, Japanese potato salad and vegetable tempura; spicy tuna bowl with lettuce, daikon, fried quail egg, masago, nori, garlic, jalapeño, spicy rice, and pickled wasabi; and glazed salmon with a pepper soy, arugula salad and green
bean tempura.

2600 Travis St.
Houston, TX 77002

Signature selections: Jumbo Crab Cake with Taqueria Style Pickled Vinaigrette; Crispy Skin Snapper with Sweet & Sour Chard and Tomato Brown Butter; Smoked Pork Chop with Napa Cabbage, Purple Hull Peas and Cherry Mustard; and Red Fish on the Half-Shell with Fried Mac & Cheese.

District 7 Grill Midtown
501 Pierce St.,
Houston, TX 77002

Signature selections: Omelettes, breakfast pizzas, braised beef taco plate, breakfast ice burger bowl, homemade biscuits and gravy, chicken and waffles with gravy, salmon, pork ribeye and eggs, open-faced beef tenderloin medallions, and fried egg angus beef burger.