Displaced or Disrupted by Harvey? Here’s Where to Eat Out for Thanksgiving Dinner Around Houston!

This is where we usually cook Thanksgiving dinner… but because of Hurricane Harvey, a lot of us are changing our Thanksgiving plans!

I asked this community for recommendations on where to eat out… and below are the restaurants that will be open for Thanksgiving dinner!  If you have more recommendations, please let us know.


Dine In… Roughly from Less Expensive to More Expensive:

Luby’s – Open Thanksgiving for a holiday dinner at $11.49 each.  Or order pre-cooked meals that you just heat up.  $60.00-$130.00.

IHOP – Open Thankgiving with Roasted Turkey Dinner on the menu.

Pappa’s Bar-B-Q – Open Thanksgiving for dinner, at select locations, for $13.95 each.  Or order pre-cooked meals that you just heat up.  $35.00-$85.00.

Chinatown – Most restaurants are open every day.  See the guide HERE.

Cleburne Cafeteria – They are targeting a November opening date… but check before you go!

Bucca di Beppo – Opening for lunch starting at 11:00am for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.  You can also order pre-cooked meals.

Turquoise Grill & Bar – Thanksgiving Buffet, 11:00am-9:00pm.   $19.95. Kids (6-12) $9.   You can also order pre-cooked meals.

Sud Italia – Thanksgiving Day from 11:00am. to 9:00pm.

Landry’s Seafood – Select locations are open for Thanksgiving. $28 for adults, $12 for kids, and kids 4 and under are free.

Downtown Aquarium Thanksgiving Buffet – Seating starts at 10:30am… Make a reservation.  Adult $39.99 – Child $19.99.

Kemah Boardwalk – Aquarium, Saltgrass, Landry’s and Kiosks Open starting at 10:30am.

Eddie V’s – Serving 11:00am-8:00pm.  Adult $39.00 – Child $15.00.

Fogo de Chão – Open 11:00am – 9:00pm on Thanksgiving.  Enjoy a variety of Thanksgiving menu options as part of the Full Churrasco Experience.  Children under 6 are free.  Children 7 to 12 are half price.  $52.95 dinner price all day.

Feast at The Woodlands Resort – Open 11:00am-3:00pm… Dine at the Dining Room or Robard’s Steakhouse.

Post Oak Grill – Thanksgiving Brunch, 11:00am-3:00pm, $51.99 per person, with separate kids meal available.  Make reservations.

Brennan’s Houston – $60.00 per person.

Américas – Thanksgiving Brunch, 10:00am-3:00pm.  Make reservations ahead of time.


Food To-Go:

Popeyes – Order a precooked Cajun Turkeys

Luby’s – Order pre-cooked meals that you just heat up.  $60.00-$130.00.

Pappa’s Bar-B-Q – Order pre-cooked meals that you just heat up.  $35.00-$85.00.

Bucca di Beppo – Order pre-cooked meals.

Turquoise Grill & Bar – Order pre-cooked meals.

Brasserie 1895 – Order pre-cooked meals. $60+.

Cracker Barrel – Order a pre-cooked meal that you just heat and serve.


Church Dinners & Harvey Outreach:

Gallery Furniture – Gallery Furniture and Mattress Mack want to give thanks to you and your family with a delicious and fun-filled Thanksgiving Feast! We invite you to sit down with us at our 6006 N. Freeway GF location Thursday, November 23, 2017 from 10AM-4PM to delight in all of the pleasures this joyful holiday brings!

Rice Temple Baptist Church – Everyone is welcome.  Join them for an evening of good food, friends, and giving thanks for all the things that God has done this year.

Brooks’ Place and Brooks’ Place for Humanity – If you were affected by the recent storm and your home won’t be ready for Thanksgiving, they invite you to dine with them on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. It will cost you nothing but only those present will get a meal.  Smoked turkey, cornbread dressing, green beans.  Volunteers also needed.

Houston Food Bank – Allows anyone with either a pay stub, utility bill, or drivers license go pick up $200 worth of groceries once a month.

Top 10 Family Friendly Houston Restaurants… with Great Patios!

After a long hot summer, it’s time to enjoy the patio!  We’re compiling a list of family friendly Houston restaurants, with great patios… that are not too loud and not too close to traffic.  Click the links for more pictures of each restaurant.

Our favorites are below… and tell us what to add!


1.  Punk’s Simple Foods – This place is both casual and sleek… and is fun for parents and kids.  Sit on the patio by the courtyard and the kids can run while you wait for your lunch.


2. Mia’s Table – This family friendly restaurant has a wrap around porch where you can enjoy the cool weather… or sit inside right by the big glass doors that open to the patio.


3.  Ivy and James at Evelyn’s Park – There is room to run and food that looks nothing like park food! Ivy and James is right in Bellaire’s Evelyn Park and serves up a good food. Sit outside and let the kids play. (Just know that the busy Bellaire Blvd is along the border of the big park, so you do need to watch the kids!)


3.  Niko Nikos at Market Square Park – Right in the shadows of the skyscrapers is Market Square Park.  In the middle is a small Niko Nikos and a great pergola and patio.  The kids can run through the grass while the food is prepared.


4.  Good Dog Houston – At the Montrose location you can find fancy hot dogs, lots of board games and a small patio with lawn games!


5.  Table 57 – This is the perfect spot for younger kids.  You can sit on the fenced off patio and let the toddlers play in the small play area.  Plus, kids eat free on Thursdays.


6.  Luigi’s Pizza – This restaurant has one of the the very coolest patios, is kid friendly… and is also half beer garden.  Order pizza and relax on the fenced off patio… full of hammocks. Just go early before the beer garden gets busy!


7.  Buffalo Grille – Eat breakfast all day (and lunch too) at the patio on Bissonnet.


8.  Frey’s Backyard – If you have not guessed already, Frey’s has a great backyard!   You order at the counter and the food is delivered to your table. In the back you can sit at the picnic tables and look out at the backyard… full of footballs and soccer balls


9.  Black Walnut at Conroe Airport – Oh, this place is good for little aviators! The Black Walnut Cafe in Conroe is located inside the Conroe-North Houston Regional Airport! Go inside the airport, ride up the elevator and eat lunch as you watch the planes and helicopters from the patio.


10.  The Shack – This patio has a playground with tires, tire swings, big old bus and slides… plus, lots of picnic tables for the parents. See the pictures HERE.

Real Food and Family Friendly: Ivy and James at Evelyn’s Park

Address: 4480 Bellaire Boulevard, Bellaire, TX 77401

Now this is a cool place to go with kids. There is room to run and food that looks nothing like park food!

Ivy and James is right in Bellaire’s Evelyn Park and serves up a good food.

In the yellow house at the side of the park is Ivy and James. There is a bright interior where you order at the counter, fill your drink and take a seat. You can sit by the bight windows or head outside to the picnic tables.

The kids menu has fun items like an octopus on noodles (hot dog on mac and cheese), grilled cheese with bacon, personal pizzas and more. The main menu has items like sandwiches, personal pizzas and tacos.

We ordered the fish tacos, vegan sloppyjoe and the kids grilled cheese. We picked a seat outside, the kids played and soon we had our lunch.

The great thing was how we had real food at a sleek and cool restaurant that was good for families. My friend and I ate and chatted while the kids had fun.

And then we went back for the dessert…

We splurged on the lemon ice box and when we took the first bite, we literally had to stop our conversation… It seriously took our breath away.

A couple of things to know for when you go… there is free parking at Evelyn’s Park. The park has a restroom and so does the restaurant (but I did not spot a changing table). Also, the park is on the busy Bellaire Boulevard. The restaurant is not super close, but there is no fence, so you do need to know which direction your kids are running.

I plan to go back for the pineapple and bacon flatbread… so I’ll see you there!


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Board Games, Lawn Games, Sports Games… and Hot Dogs at Good Dog Houston!

Address: 1312 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77006

Good Dog is a good family restaurant. We reviewed it before… but on our last visit, we loved it even more!

Not only are there all kinds of hot dogs, but there are board games, lawn games and sports games at this casual and sleek Montrose bungalow!

We took a couple extra kids on our last visit and as we watched the Astros on the TVs, the kids moved from boardgame to board game.

First it was Hungry Hungry Hippo and then Sorry and then Checkers and then cards… and eventually we even moved outside for giant Jenga and corn hole.  In the middle of it all, I heard our young guest say that she really really liked Good Dog.

At this restaurant, you order at the counter and take your seat at a picnic table, small table, the bar or on one of the patios.

The menu includes a whole bunch of hot dogs and also some salads, fish and sandwiches.    The hot dogs come with all sorts of creative toppings.  (My favorite is the Chi-Town… and with the tofu dog.)

Good Dog has a free parking lot across the street.  The restrooms are clean and have a small changing table.

Take a look at the pictures and check out this restaurant in Montrose!

For parks, museums and things to do in Montrose, with kids… all within walking distance of Good Dog… go HERE!




Good Dog Houston Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Always Family Friendly: Mia’s Table

What I’ve learned over the last 10 years of visiting Houston restaurants, with kids, is… not all are great for families. Some are just not set up for kids, and some just don’t like kids.

I do understand not liking kids running through your restaurant or damaging property or disturbing other patrons. I find this irritating too. But I was once at a casual restaurant and the kids were eating quietly at the booth. We had already spent way more money than the coffee drinkers surrounding us… and the owner came out to thank every single table for their business… except ours.

This place was small and it was deliberate and I was shocked and furious.  And I quickly learned to be careful where I spent my money.

All that said, there is one place that has long been a favorite of ours AND families are most definitely welcomed. It’s Mia’s Table!

Mia’s is a Johnny Carrabba restaurant… and is meant for families.  The interior of the house is sleek and casual and surrounded by a big wrap around porch.

You order at the counter, fill your drinks and the food comes to you.  And when you are done, you fill your own ice cream cone for free.

We go more than I should admit, but when the staff sees us, they smile and talk with the kids.  For families that go for the first time, they get the same royal treatment… and this is a sharp contrast to the story I started with!

The kids menu has hamburgers, corn dogs, grilled cheese, chicken strips, mac and cheese and hot dogs.  The adult menu is really big, but I always get the avocado tacos AND the tea.

I like drinks as much as I like food… and at Mia’s you can get lemonade, strawberry lemonade, tea and sweet tea.  The sweet tea has mint and is my favorite tea in the world.

There is no playground at Mia’s… but there are high chairs, crayons and lots and lots of families.

Check out the pictures and learn more about this restaurant HERE!



Mia's Table Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Tacodeli… Family Friendly, Casual with Unique Tacos

Address: 1902 Washington Ave D, Houston, TX 77007

My friend is obsessed with Tacodeli on Washington Avenue.

When I finally went with her, she could tell me all the specials and all the ingredients in many of the crazy taco combinations.. and I am now certain she goes more than she admits to.

For me, it was the first time and we grabbed a menu, sat on the patio while we reviewed dozens of combinations and went back to the counter to order.

I liked that there were many veggie options (and not just a boring bean taco!). I ordered the Papadulce with roasted sweet potatoes, grilled corn, roasted peppers, caramelized onions, toasted pepitas and chipotle camote sauce… and the Freakin’ Vegan with organic refried black beans, avocado, pico de gallo.  My son also got the rice and beans (but there are plenty of kid friendly entrees).

The restaurant is casual with seating inside and out.  The patio is a little loud with Washington Avenue traffic… but it is completely closed in and good for our little circus.

After ordering at the counter, our tacos were delivered to us quickly.  It was quick and the food was good.  The kids and adults were happy… so I call it a success… and can see why my friend goes so often!





Tacodeli Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Bodegas Taco Shop in the Museum District

Address: 1200 Binz St #160, Houston, TX 77004 (with storefront on Caroline Street)

This is the place my kids ask to go for in the Museum District. In fact, I think that most the time they want to go to the museums or on bike rides through Hermann Park, they are actually hoping I’ll agree to lunch at Bodegas Taco Shop!

This taco shop is located right behind the Museum of Natural Science, and before the Museum of Fine Arts. The address is “Binz”… but the storefront is actually on Caroline.

It’s a casual shop where you order, tell the staff how to construct your taco and pay the cashier. You fill your drink and take your seat.

I have absolutely no pictures of the inside… because on our last visit (and most visits), it was full!  It’s a popular spot with families, people working in the area and adults enjoying the museum district.

The restaurant is casual and good for families… but we usually opt for the patio because of our bikes and strollers and kids and circus we bring with us!

There are kids meals for about $5 and adult combos around $10 (and single tacos for less).

Next time you are in the museum district and looking for lunch, check out Bodegas… Or if you are looking for more restaurants in the area, go HERE!


Bodegas Taco Shop Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Tookie’s Hamburgers and More in Seabrook!

Address: 1106 Bayport Blvd, Seabrook, TX 77586

Tookie’s Hamburgers and More! I have been wanting to go here for years.

We were driving up 146 and I forced my kids to go to the Kemah Boardwalk.  Really, I had to force them as if it’s hard to walk along the water by the the shops and carnival rides.

Well, it was so hot and crowded that I quickly changed my tune and ask for a second chance.  So, we headed over the bridge to Seabrook and Tookies.

We like good burgers, casual restaurants and charm… so Tookie’s was perfect for us.  Plus, it was air conditioned and not too crowded… making it the perfect alternative to the boardwalk.

We sat in a room with funny signs, lights, art… and a model train running along the ceiling.  Our waitress was very friendly and we were able to order and get our food quickly.

The kids ordered off the kid’s menu (and coloring sheet) and I found a black bean burger and giant onion rings.  (Everything was ordered was around $5 with sides and drinks being extra.)

The burgers were good, the drinks were kept full and the make believe summer fun meter went from 2 to 10.

Check out the pictures and head to Tookie’s for burgers in Seabrook!





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Where to Eat in Galveston: Shrimp ‘N Stuff

Address: 3901 Avenue O, Galveston, TX 77550

Friends have been telling me for years to go to Shrimp ‘N Stuff. I had made it to the downtown Galveston location… but never to the best location… until last week!

When we went to the Avenue O location, the line was out the door. Families were lined up to order at the counter and moved in quickly.

Once we ordered our kids meals, poboys and salad, we found a seat in the 3 room restaurant.  There are 2 indoor rooms and an outdoor covered courtyard.

I don’t have as many pictures as usual because this place was packed! We found a table pretty easy, but a lot of people were eating dinner at Shrimp ‘N Stuff! The downtown location is a little bit fancy, but this one is more of a casual hole in the wall with counter service (and more our style).

The food came quickly and we were soon enjoying the shrimp and chicken.


When we were back in Galveston a few days later, guess where the kids wanted to go?  Yep, back to Shrimp ‘N Stuff!


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Shrimp & Stuff Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Pei Wei… 5 Lunches for $5 Everyday!

Address: 5110 Buffalo Speedway #100, Houston, TX 77005

Here’s why I like Pei Wei:  It’s quick, there are healthy options, the vegetables are crunchy like fresh vegetables should be… and now there are 5 $5 meals!

They invited us out to try the $5 meals… and found these are available every day from 11:00am-1:00pm.  You can pick between:

  • Sweet & Sour – pineapple, red bell peppers, snap peas and fresh ginger, wok-tossed in Pei Wei’s classic sweet and sour sauce
  • Korean Spicy – red bell peppers, bean sprouts and scallions, wok-fired in a sweet and spicy Korean bulgogi sauce
  • Thai Dynamite – Thai basil, scallions, red bell peppers and julienne carrots, wok-fired in a Sriracha chile soy sauce and topped with a fresh lime wedge
  • Dan Dan Noodles – white meat chicken, garlic and scallions, wok-seared in a chile soy sauce, served over steamed noodles and finished with steamed bean sprouts and fresh julienne cucumbers
  • Mango California Roll (8 pc) – seafood salad, mango, cucumbers and scallions, all hand-rolled in premium sushi rice and topped with toasted sesame seeds

Get all the details HERE!





Pei Wei Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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