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Houston Restaurants Make a Great Thanksgiving Alternative
November 17, 2020

Houston Restaurants Make a Great Thanksgiving Alternative

by The CE Shop Team

Explore Houston’s Thanksgiving Flavors and Find a New Favorite Tradition

The holiday of Thanksgiving, like those who pursue a career in real estate, favors those who are willing to be bold and try something different. For some, that means trying a new Thanksgiving recipe or perhaps a new fall-inspired cocktail. For others that means ditching the whole traditional Thanksgiving dinner altogether and going into uncharted territories, like eating at a new restaurant or picking up something to go.

According to the American Farm Bureau Federation, a classic Thanksgiving dinner for ten guests will cost you about $48.91. That works if you have ten hungry mouths to feed, but what about those of us who don’t have family close by, are new to an area and don’t know many people, don’t feel like cooking, or just want to hunker down with our significant other for a safe Turkey Day? Here’s where Houston’s vibrant dining scene comes to the rescue.

Dining in Houston

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Restaurants help define a neighborhood. When you look at up-and-coming areas, restaurants always seem to come first, and Houston offers one of the best dining scenes in the country. Renowned chef David Chang even told GQ Magazine that Houston is the next food Mecca. That means H-town is the perfect place to find a Thanksgiving feast substitute, preferably but not limited to one of these fantastic Houston-local restaurants.

Killen’s Barbecue

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In Texas, great barbecue is acceptable whenever, wherever, no matter what. Why not get some for Thanksgiving? Better yet, if you have family coming in from out of town, why not show them what Texas BBQ is all about? Killen’s smoked brisket provides the perfect amount of crunch, juice, and smoke that might just make them want to move to Houston. If that’s the case, you might be able to convince them to pick up this 3 bed, 2 bath duplex just a short distance away from the joint.

Kata Robata

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Some of you might say that having sushi on Thanksgiving isn’t American, but we’re going to argue the contrary. Part of what makes America a wonderful place to be is the fact that we can choose between barbecue and sushi anytime we please. So if it strikes you, we say go for it. Kata Robata has long been the go-to Houston spot for fine sushi and never fails to disappoint. Those who fall in love with Kata Robata and would like to live close by will find that homes in this area command large prices, like this 4 bed, 4 bath listing currently going for $1.3 million.


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Potente is the type of high-end Italian restaurant that just makes you happy to be alive. Executive Chef Danny Trace shops nearby farmers markets to hand-select local ingredients and puts them together in ways that will astonish even the harshest food critics. In fact, The Food Network has named Potente’s pasta “One of the Best Pastas in the Country”. Located in the heart of downtown, Potente is the perfect escape for the young professionals living in something like this urban 1 bed, 2 bath apartment.


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There are a lot of Indian restaurants in the country, but how many of them have an elevated twist? At Kirnan’s, foodies, curry lovers, and members of the general population can enjoy both a uniquely international and a uniquely Houston experience all at once. Unless you have Indian family members or you’re a culinary Magellan, you’re not likely to cook this type of Asian cuisine at home, meaning it’s the perfect excuse to go out. Those looking to make eating here a regular occurrence by living close by will find that real estate in this area is highly desirable; just look at this 3 bed, 2 bath house going for $620k.

Traveler’s Table

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Traveling and Thanksgiving naturally go together, so why not make this year’s adventure a culinary one? At Traveler’s Table, you can take an elevated tour of the world via food and sink your pearly whites into everything from Mexican food to Jamaican jerk chicken. How Houston is that? Better yet, if you can snag a place inside, you’ll find it’s one of the most unique modern indoor dining spaces anywhere. For those who wish to make Traveler’s Table a regular brunch or dinner spot, they’ll be happy to know that they can snag this affordable 2 bed, 3 bath townhome nearby.

Of course, that’s just a few delicious eateries to delight you this Thanksgiving. Houston is one of the most diverse cities in the world, and that’s reflected in its cuisine. There’s something for everyone here, which is one of the things that makes Houston great. With that said, we always recommend calling or making reservations ahead of time as their holiday hours may differ. Otherwise, get out and support your city!

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