Houston
1. Indianola
EaDo
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Indianola’s got a prix fixe menu experience that you probably want to experience this Turkey Day. That includes elevated takes on holiday classics—think hors d’oeuvres like Andouille Sausage Puffs and Wood Roasted Oysters, Roast Kabocha Squash and Toasted Pecan Brussels Sprouts sides, and the piece de resistance, a Cajun Heritage Turkey with citrus cranberry sauce and herb gravy, plus pecan pie and German chocolate cake. Second helpings are welcome, as is Thanksgiving tradition.
Cost: $65 per adult, $25 for kids 12 and under (free for children under three).
How to book: Reservations are available from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm.

2. J-Bar-M BBQ
EaDo
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Living in Houston means you can score your entire Thanksgiving meal from a BBQ joint. Enter J-Bar-M, which has crafted an epic Thanksgiving To-Go menu. Score stuff like family-size portions of brisket, turkey, and Jalapeno Cheddar Sausage (all to feed five to eight people), plus holiday accouterments from Green Bean Casserole and Creamed Corn to Cranberry Jelly and Brown Gravy.
Cost: Meats are $25 - $34/pound, sausage is $10/link, sides are $25, and sauces are $4 - $8.
How to book: Orders should be placed no later than Monday, November 21 by emailing info@jbarmbbq.com.

3. Le Jardinier
Museum District
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Got someone to impress? How about taking them to a Michelin-star chef-led Thanksgiving meal at Museum of Fine Arts’ beaut, Le Jardinier. The ridiculously luxe menu includes an amuse bouche, three courses, sides for the table, and the restaurant’s signature art piece desserts, with showstoppers like the Foie Gras Royale with pumpkin emulsion and red port; Citrus Cured Ora King Salmon with beets and yuzu; Yukon Potato Gnocchi; and Heritage Turkey Ballotine with Confit.
Cost: $165 a person
How to book: Reserve from noon to 7 pm.

4. MAX's Wine Dive
Washington
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Chef Beto Gutierrez is making your Thanksgiving weekend plans super easy, offering a holiday spread from November 17 through Thanksgiving Day, November 24. If you know anything about Max’s, it’s that it's known for its bird, so fried chicken is obviously front and center. The meal features a dozen pieces of the crunchy, jalapeno marinated, deep-fried deliciousness, plus gravy for dippin’ and drizzlin’ and extras including Southern Style Biscuits, and Cranberry Jalapeno Jam; two family sides of Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Classic Mashed, Braised Collard Greens, Jalapeno Cheese Grits, and Truffle MAX n Cheese; and four desserts from its regular dessert menu or choices like Sweet Potato Cheesecake with caramel and Pumpkin Spiced Pecan Bread Pudding a la Mode. It’s a wine dive, so you’ll also want to add a $20 a bottle of wine.
Cost: The Thanksgiving feast runs $155.
How to book: Call 713-880-8737 to order.

5. Musaafer
Galleria
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Go the Spice Route this Thanksgiving with a dine-in turkey special at this gorgeously designed Indian haute spot. The Tandoori Spiced Turkey Plate features the tasty bird alongside spiced cherries, cranberry chutney, mushroom bacon brussel sprouts, truffle fries, baby carrots, and makhini sauce. Guests can add on a Maple Kheer Kadam shortcake for dessert, too.
Cost: The plate is $40 with the shareable dessert for $20; those who prefer takeout can place orders for a family-sized Tandoori Turkey Tray for $200 (feeds six)
How to book: Place preorders by calling 713-242-8087 by November 22.

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