For Thanksgiving this year, cross one thing off your to-do list: getting the turkey. The star of your feast does not have to be a dry, over-sized, watery bird from your grocer’s freezer section. There are some great places around town to get much fresher, better tasting turkey that will make this holiday one to remember.
Revival Market
550 Heights Blvd.
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 880-8463

Head over to the Heights for a fresh turkey and all the trimmings at Revival Market. Part grocery store, part deli, Revival Market focuses on selling simple, local, and tasty foods. Thanksgiving turkeys are sold by the pound on the Thanksgiving provisions menu. For an extra fee, you may opt to get a brined turkey, which is purported to produce a moist, more flavorful bird. Smoked turkeys are also available, and this option will save you hours of doing the smoking yourself. If you order a turkey, you will need to make a $25 deposit. If you want your turkey and sides in time for Thanksgiving, order by November 18 at the latest.

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Goode Company BBQ Hall Of Flame
13843 North Promenade Blvd. #900
Stafford, TX 77477
(800) 627-3502

If you have not heard of the Houston-based Goode Company restaurants, you may have not lived here long. With one taqueria, three barbecue restaurants, and two places serving seafood, Goode Company is a staple for many in town. During the holidays, it’s usually the pecan pie that people crave from this place, but you can also order a whole barbecue smoked turkey right off the Goode Company website. These mesquite-smoked turkeys are much more flavorful than anything you’d see in a store, and with home delivery available, you don’t even have to leave the house. While online, check out Goode Company’s famous Brazos bottom pecan pie. It’s a traditional addition to the holiday table for many Houstonians and a great way to avoid the lines at Goode Company BBQ’s locations during the holiday rush.

Herbert’s Specialty Meats
4714 Richmond Ave.
Houston, TX 77027
(713) 621-6328

If you cannot decide to serve chicken, turkey, or duck, why not get a turducken from Herbert’s Specialty Meats? If you are one of those who has never tasted or heard of a turducken, it’s a feast for the senses. It consists of a boneless turkey stuffed with both a boneless chicken and boneless duck, and to keep the meat separate and distinct, layers of cornbread dressing are stuffed inside the bird. This option is great if you really want to impress your guests this Thanksgiving. If you want this dish on your Thanksgiving table, shop online at Herbert’s Specialty Meats website or visit any of the three stores in Houston. For a full turducken, prices start at $75 and go up from there.

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Ragin’ Cajun
4302 Richmond Ave.
Houston, Texas 77027
(713) 623-6321

If you want a little more spice in your holiday than a typical baked bird, why not add Ragin’ Cajun’s famous deep-fried Cajun turkey to your table? The media warnings against deep frying a turkey at home frequently appear in the weeks headed up to Thanksgiving, but many still attempt it because the deep frying locks in the moisture and cooks the turkey much faster. By ordering Ragin’ Cajun’s turkey, you can save yourself time and danger while still getting the succulent bird that many have celebrated since the restaurant started selling holiday turkeys in 2008. You might even opt for the turducken stuffed with jalapeno cornbread or dirty rice.

Rainbow Lodge
2011 Ella Blvd.
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 861-8666

Rainbow Lodge was once a staple of fine dining evenings overlooking Buffalo Bayou. Since moving from their former location to the new one on White Oak Bayou, the experience may have slightly changed, but the amazing wild game and Texas cuisine has not. From November 22 through January 1, you can order holiday meals from Rainbow Lodge with 24 hours notice. A 14-pound turkey, which should feed six to eight people, comes with gravy for $89. Sides are available, as are the wild game Rainbow Lodge is known for. This is one place where you can order a Thanksgiving turkey or go wild with venison, pheasant, buffalo and many other meats. It’s one way to liven up your table this Thanksgiving.

Post Author: Crystal Hessong.

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