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Thanksgiving for many people means turkey, football, family and friends coming together to celebrate what wonderful blessings this year has brought. While many people make their turkey feasts in the comfort of their own homes, there just as many people who love to eat out to enjoy what this city has to offer: great chefs who prepare mouthwatering feasts just for this special day. All around the city of Houston, restaurants will be open on Thanksgiving, but these are this year’s best.

Rio Ranch Restaurant 
9999 Westheimer
Houston, TX 77042
(713) 952-5000

Price: $14.95 adults/$8.95 kids 12 and younger/free kids 5 years and younger
Hours: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Located in the heart of Houston, Rio Ranch brings the Hill Country to life with its historical rustic décor and coveted dishes including country-fried steak and blueberry cobbler. People come to escape the business of the city, slow down and take in some of Texas’ best cuisine. For Thanksgiving, Rio Ranch offers a Texas cowboy-style brunch buffet with more than 150 dishes to choose from.

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Bistro des Amis 
2347 University Blvd.
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 349-8441

Price: $28 adults/$10 children 10 and younger
Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bistro des Amis, a French bistro restaurant, brings the traditional Thanksgiving dinner buffet for brunch right to your table. The chef offers turkey, stuffing, corn chowder, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, pecan pie and chocolate mousse to anyone who sits down here. Bistro des Amis also gives the choice of other classic American dishes to choose from, such as beef tenderloin stroganoff, pasta, Hawaiian ham and cheesecake. Whether you choose from its special Thanksgiving Day menu or regular a la carte menu, Bistro des Amis offers a tranquil, relaxing atmosphere to enjoy fantastic food with your friends and family.

Brennan’s of Houston
3300 Smith St.
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 522-9711

Price: $55 per person
Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Brennan’s is one of Houston’s most notable and loved restaurants. Serving Houston for more than 40 years, Brennan’s offers a unique Southern Thanksgiving meal. With dishes such as herb-roasted American turkey, old-fashioned duck breast, Gulf Coast shrimp and grits, crispy oyster BLT, spiced three-apple salad, spiced pumpkin pie, classic pecan pie, traditional bananas foster, and Brenan’s white chocolate bread pudding, Brenan’s will make for an unforgettable Thanksgiving day. Bring your family, friends and be prepared to meet new people because Brenan’s is the place to eat for Thanksgiving.

3939 Montrose Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 528-6848

Price: $45 per person
Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For Thanksgiving, Canopy offers a three-course dinner with a menu list a mile long. Full of incredible food, some of the dishes include butternut squash and pear ravioli, crab cakes over fried green tomatoes, duck confit, garlic lime-marinated grilled shrimp, pecan-crusted rainbow trout, cornbread and apple-stuffed turkey roulade, grilled beef tenderloin, apple crisp, pecan tart and pumpkin cheesecake. Also known for its drinks and desserts, Canopy allows you to sit outside and enjoy the cool Houston weather while you are feasting on Thanksgiving Day.

The Café at the Hilton Americas
1600 Lamar
Houston, TX 77010
(713) 739-8000

Price: $32.95 brunch/$31.95 dinner
Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Located in one of Houston’s favorite hotels, The Café at the Hilton Americas, offers a Thanksgiving brunch and a la carte dinner perfect for any family get together. For brunch, choose from dishes such as scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, roasted turkey, cranberry salsa, roasted beef prime rib, crab fritter, seared salmon, sweet potatoes, apple cornbread stuffing, and cardamom-basted pork tenderloin for starters. Dinner offers dishes such as roasted turkey, braised green beans, mascarpone mashed Yukon gold potatoes, roasted butternut squash, sweet potato pie, pumpkin pie and pecan pie. Whether you come for brunch or dinner, The Café at the Hilton Americas brings food to life and will make your Thanksgiving memorable to say the least.

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Kelli Kelly is a freelance writer who resides in Houston, Texas. Discovering how to make recipes family friendly, healthy, and in a short amount of time using ingredients that can usually be found in your pantry already is a passion of Kelli’s. She also helps to teach children’s cooking/baking classes and parties. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.