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Forget cooking: Here’s where to eat out for Thanksgiving

There are plenty of South Florida Thanksgiving options for those who don't cook. (Roberto Rodriguez/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS)
There are plenty of South Florida Thanksgiving options for those who don't cook. (Roberto Rodriguez/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS) TNS

Thanksgiving Day will be the usual turkey feast, ultimately ending in a nice, long nap after seconds. However, there are several options for letting others cook your bacchanal.


BLT Prime in Doral is serving a three-course prix fixe menu for $75 for adults and $40 for children under 12. It includes choice of celery root soup, kabocha squash risotto or a gem salad with parsnip, squash and cider vinaigrette to start. Main course options are roasted turkey with chestnut-sausage stuffing, cranberry sauce and rosemary gravy; dry-age roasted prime rib with confit garlic jus and caramelized onion bread pudding; or striped bass with Brussels sprouts kohlrabi and cranberry. Additional sides are also available and dessert selection includes velvet chocolate rocky road, cranberry spiced bread pudding or pumpkin tart. 4400 NW 87th Ave., Doral, 305-591-6066.

The wood-fire oven will be working overtime at Bellmont Spanish Restaurant in Coral Gables, where they’ll be serving up your choice of roasted suckling pig, leg of lamb, lamb chops and roasted turkey. They’ll have à la carte tapas like ibericos and huevos rotos to accompany. 339 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, 786-502-4684.

Batch Gastropub in Brickell is serving up turkey day with a twist. They’re getting creative by offering tomato soup with herbed cornbread, turkey sliders with IPA gravy and a slow-roasted turkey dinner with pecan Jameson bacon and rosemary stuffing. And if you’ve still got room for dessert, order Pope’s famous pecan pie. 30 SW 12th St., Miami, 305-808-5555.

At MiMo’s retro Vagabond Kitchen and Bar the prix fixe menu is $45 and includes butternut squash soup topped with crispy bacon and goat cheese and a seared diver scallop atop sweet potato puree with roasted almonds. The main course is deep-fried turkey breast with dark meat confit served with traditional stuffing, sweet potato mash with honey and herbs, baby carrots with crispy shallots and bacon, Brussels sprouts with cranberries and butternut squash. Dessert is a choice of pumpkin cheesecake or pecan pie. 7301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 786-409-5635.

One of Miami’s most beloved and longest-running Italian restaurants, Caffe Abbracci in Coral Gables, is serving their three-course prix fixe dinner from 5 to 10:30 p.m. At $40 for adults and $23 for kids, it includes pumpkin ravioli or lentil soup to start, traditional roast turkey with stuffing and all the trimmings for an entrée and apple pie with vanilla ice cream for dessert. 318 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables, 305-441-0700.

Another iconic restaurant, Perricone’s Marketplace and Café in Brickell, is serving a traditional Thanksgiving meal with fresh oven-roasted turkey, honey-baked ham, mashed potatoes (both regular and sweet), cranberry sauce, green beans and stuffing with gravy for $29.95 per person from noon to 9 p.m. 15 SE 10th St., Miami, 305-374-9449.

It’s always nice to help those in need, especially around the holidays, and there are 18 restaurants doing just that through Nov. 23. They’re all offering a two-course prix fixe menu that’s $15 for lunch and $25 for dinner, which is a 20-30 percent discount off the regular menu prices. Five percent of the dollars generated from those meals will benefit Camillus House, to feed and house individuals and families in need. For a list of participating restaurants, visit

The Dutch at the W is offering a two-course prix fixe menu from 1-9 p.m. that includes cider-brined turkey, mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts, rutabaga, butternut squash, stuffing, cranberry sauce and choice of apple or pecan pie or pumpkin brulée for dessert. It’s $55 per person. 2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-938-3111.

Lincoln Road’s Quattro Gastronomia Italiana is serving up Italian-influenced à la carte dishes like pumpkin soup with mascarpone mousse, braised turkey breast stuffed with focaccia, ground beef, ricotta cheese and pistachio and oven-roasted leg of lamb with pumpkin mash and truffles. 1014 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, 305-531-4833.

Soyka will offer a traditional Thanksgiving dinner in its dining room beginning at 5 p.m. The dinner will include turkey, cornbread stuffing, cornbread, toasted almond green beans, cranberry sauce, choice of mashed potato or sweet potato mash and choice of apple, cherry or pumpkin pie for $32. 5556 NE Fourth Ct., Miami, 305-759-3117.

Fontainebleau Miami Beach has a multitude of restaurants, and there are three offering Thanksgiving meals. At StripSteak by Michael Mina, $75 gets you a haricot vert salad, traditional slow-roasted turkey served with mashed potatoes, glazed carrots, fennel sausage stuffing, Brussels sprouts and giblet gravy as well as a chocolate pecan tart with vanilla ice cream for dessert from 6 to 11 p.m. At Mina’s Pizza & Burger, they’re serving a turkey burger topped with cranberry mostrada and truffled turkey gravy for $22. And at Vida it’s a casual Thanksgiving buffet with salads, blade sushi and raw bar, charcuterie, cheeses, rotisserie, sides, wood stone pizzas, plus a variety of desserts and pastries. Buffet is available from 1-9 p.m. and is $59 for adults and $29.50 for kids ages 12 and under. 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-525-3208.

The Bazaar by José Andrés at SLS South Beach: $95 per person gets you roasted beet salad, Joyce Farms heritage turkey with turkey leg confit, grilled endive and giblet gravy, Butifarra cornbread stuffing and pumpkin spice chocolate mousse tort. 1701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-455-2999.

The Restaurant at The Raleigh is offering a creamy mushroom soup, roasted braised free-range turkey with brown butter squash purée, sweet and sour cranberries, rustic baguette stuffing, green beans with tamari and candied almonds, sweet rolls and a sweet potato pie with toasted marshmallow and butter pecan ice cream for dessert for $49 per person. 1775 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-612-1163.

Then at Byblos Miami, it’s Thanksgiving with a Mediterranean twist starting with salmon carpaccio, turkey Ballantine with lemon brine, saffron barberry stuffing and pomegranate molasses with jus, and roasted pumpkin yogurt with tahini, nigella and cilantro or strawberry cheesecake qatayef with sumac strawberry, honey syrup and pistachio. 1545 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-508-5041.

Meat Market Miami Beach is known as a trendy steakhouse, but for Thanksgiving it’s putting the holiday hat on with several innovative à la carte dishes added to the menu. Try out the Bell and Evans fresh turkey leg roulade or the Fresh Bell and Evans citrus- and vanilla-marinated sous vide turkey breast or those two with the addition of BBQ braised certified Angus Prime short ribs. The turkey dinners come with a variety of traditional Thanksgiving sides. Prices are $32, $35 and $42 respectively. 915 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, 305-532-0088.

Tom Colicchio’s Beachcraft and 1 Rooftop at 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach have a couple of options. At Beachcraft, enjoy a Thanksgiving-inspired family-style menu for $120 per person that includes salads, pâté and carrot-cauliflower soup; stuffing, roasted root vegetables, cornbread, potato puree and cranberry sauce; choice of smoked cobia, roast turkey with gravy or sirloin steak, and pumpkin cheesecake or apple pie. At 1 Rooftop, the Mahalo sampler is the same price and includes enough food to feed four people. Spring rolls, sushi, rock shrimp and seaweed salad are just some of the Asian-inspired options. 102 24th St., Miami Beach, 786-298-2086.

LT Steak & Seafood at Betsy South Beach has a three-course meal for $80. It includes roasted pumpkin soup or shaved Brussels sprouts salad for an appetizer; steak, fish or turkey for an entrée; sides including cornbread chorizo stuffing and sweet potato mash among others; and spiced pumpkin pie or dark rum pecan pie for dessert. 1440 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, 305-673-0044.

Lure Fishbar is serving up a Thanksgiving tasting menu for $55, prepared by Executive Chef John Iatrellis. Butternut squash bisque or roasted Blue Point oysters are appetizer choices, and roasted Carolina turkey with traditional Thanksgiving sides and pumpkin panna cotta and ice cream sandwiches round out the meal. 1601 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-695-4550.

Azul & La Mar are both serving Thanksgiving dinners in the elegant dinners at the waterfront five-star Mandarin Oriental Miami. Chef Benjamin Murray is preparing a four-course menu at Azul of sweet potato ravioli with roasted chestnut, pedro ximenez sherry vinegar and brown butter plus a fried turkey confit leg and two sides for $105 for adults and $70 for children 12 and under. Chef Diego Oka at La Mar by Gaston Acurio’s four specials include arroz con pato (rice with duck) cilantro rice, pan-seared duck breast, kabocha squash, criolla, avocado and seco sauce for $32. 500 Brickell Key Dr., Miami, 305-913-8288

Novecento has three locations offering the Thanksgiving menu — Brickell from noon to 10 p.m., Aventura from 1-10 p.m. and Midtown from 2-10 p.m. The four-course menu is $42 and includes pumpkin soup, stuffed turkey roll, mashed potatoes with gravy, chorizo and apple stuffing, and cranberry sauce with apple and pineapple strudel for dessert. Also includes soda, iced tea or lemonade; one glass of sangria, red or white wine and American coffee or hot tea. Brickell, 1414 Brickell Ave., Miami, 305-403-0900; Aventura, 18831 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, 305-466-0900; Midtown, 3201 N. Miami Ave., #116 Miami, 305-576-7447.

PB Station in the Langford Hotel is offering two separate Thanksgiving prix fixe menus for $68 each; one is traditional American and the other has a Latin theme. The Latin menu includes Malanga soup, salt cod fritters, mofongo with chicharrones (fried pork rinds) and shrimp ragu, crispy skin cochinillo with spicy guava glaze, smoked pork chuleta, picadillo and chorizo. The traditional American meal includes roasted turkey leg with cranberry relish, cornbread, turkey liver stuffing and buttermilk gravy, loaded sweet potato topped with pork belly confit, pork rind crumble and pork caramel and sides like stone crab dumplings and butternut squash soup. 121 SE First St., Miami, 305-420-2205.

Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill is one of Midtown’s longest-running restaurants, thanks to the well-thought-out menu of Executive Chef/Partner Timon Balloo. He’ll be putting his trademark of an inspired menu together for Thanksgiving. The à la carte specials include Thai Red curry and carrot soup with salted coconut crème and fried almonds, Southern Bird with maple glazed roasted breast and smoked turkey leg, cornbread grits, French green beans and pumpkin panna cotta with ginger bread streusel and peppermint ice cream. 3252 NE First Ave., Miami, 786-369-0353.

SushiSamba is another fixture, this one on Lincoln Road, and it’s also offering an à la carte menu. This one features a butternut squash and clementine bellini; braised short rib gyoza with kabocha puree, red shiso leaf and smoked ginger soy; mojo-roasted organic turkey with linguica quinoa stuffing and crispy Brussels sprouts and kabocha cheesecake with Japanese whisky caramel and vanilla bean ice cream for dessert. 600 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, 305-673-5337.

The Forge, one of Miami Beach’s most iconic restaurants, is offering a four-course dinner from 5-11 p.m. Chef Julia Doyne is preparing an autumn green salad to start; choice of butternut squash soup, crispy Jonah crab cake or yellowfin tuna tartare for a second course; herb-roasted turkey breast and 24-hour braised dark meat for a third course, and pumpkin roll or warm apple tart for dessert. 432 W. 41st St., Miami Beach, 305-538-8533.

The Golden Corral in Florida City will be open from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. with a traditional Thanksgiving buffet. 33525 S. Dixie Hwy., Florida City, 305-246-8699

Bianca at Delano South Beach is where you can have a Thanksgiving dinner in true SoBe style. The three-course menu is being served from 4:30-11 p.m. and is $65. It includes stone fruit and walnuts or bijou and beets as first-course choices, followed by savory turkey or porchetta served with sweet potato purée with maple and pecans, giblet stuffing and bourbon caramelized apples. Save room for dessert because the third course is a choice of pecan pie bundt cake, spice streusel, chocolate chantilly or pear sorbet. 1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-674-5752.

Also on the beach and just as iconic is the legendary Epicure Gourmet Market & Cafe where you can order a couple of different Thanksgiving catering menus. The classic package features a savory roasted turkey, country stuffing, candied sweet potatoes, fresh dinner rolls, sautéed vegetables and a choice between two freshly baked, signature Epicure desserts that serve 10 people. 1656 Alton Rd., Miami Beach, 305-672-1861; 17190 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, 305-947-4581.

There’s also Chef Michael Love’s Not-So-Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner, which features a spiced pumpkin bisque, fresh basil and crumb-crusted roasted salmon, arugula hearts of palm salad, classic mashed potatoes, mixed artisan dinner rolls and sweet pumpkin cheesecake — ideal for a family of four. 17190 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, 305-947-4581.

Yardbird Southern Table and Bar on Miami Beach and Swine in Coral Gables, both part of the 50 Eggs Inc. restaurant group, are both offering prix fixe menus for Thanksgiving. The menus include Southern favorites like turkey with giblet gravy, cranberry compote, cornbread dressing, buttermilk biscuits with honey butter, sweet potatoes and bourbon pecan pie and are $55 at each restaurant. Yardbird: 1600 Lenox Ave., Miami Beach, 305-538-5220; Swine: 2415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, 786-360-6433.

A great option for takeout dining is Spring Chicken in Coral Gables which will be serving its full menu of fried-chicken classics. Options include Winner Winner Chicken Dinner (full fried bird and two large sides) and Tender Love (12 hand-breaded tenders and two large sides.) 1514 S. Dixie Hwy., Coral Gables, 305-504-2704.​


Beauty & The Feast in Fort Lauderdale hosts an Oceanfront Thanksgiving Feast from 1-8 p.m. The prix fixe menu ($49.95 for adults, $19.95 for 12 and under and free for kids under 3) includes a selection of appetizers and salad for the table, a choice of citrus-brined turkey, herb-encrusted grilled Hangar steak with chimichurri sauce or double-cut pork chop accompanied by a trio of family-style sides and desserts for the table. 601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-567-8070.

This has got to be one the best deals because for $24.95, Mama Mia’s is serving diners a five-course meal. It includes cream of turkey soup, Caesar salad, penne à la vodka, roasted turkey with stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and marshmallow yams and a surprise dessert. 1818 S. Young Circle, Hollywood, 954-923-0555.

At the Ritz-Carlton in Fort Lauderdale, Burlock Coast Seafare & Spirits has a Thanksgiving buffet-style feast for $95 for adults and $49 for kids age 5-12. From noon to 9 p.m. (but only until 3 p.m. for the breakfast station). The choices are way too many to mention, but they’ll have a salad station, raw bar, sushi and dim sum stations, carving and dessert stations, and kids’ favorites like mac and cheese and chicken fingers. There are also several bottomless beverages available for an additional $25. 1 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-302-6460.

Deerfield Beach’s Oceans 324 is keeping their choices à la carte with holiday-inspired dishes including slow-roasted turkey with cornbread sage stuffing, garlic green beans, candied pecans, mashed potatoes and tarragon gravy. There’s also the elevated molasses and mustard-glazed ham with vanilla bean sweet potato mash and maple horseradish glazed Brussels sprouts. Finish it off with a mocha pumpkin cheesecake. 234 N. Oceans Blvd., Deerfield Beach, 954-428-2539.

Wild Sea & Oyster Bar & Grille and Indigo Restaurant inside The Riverside Hotel are each offering Thanksgiving meals. Wild Sea has a prix fixe menu for $50 person or several Thanksgiving à la carte options. Choose from seared fall scallops or warm fall squash salad for an appetizer and a caramel double-cut pork chop or roasted turkey with all the trimmings for an entrée. Deep-fried apple pie or chocolate molten pumpkin cheesecake tartlet are dessert choices. Indigo Restaurant begins their prix fixe menu at 5 p.m. For $40 per person choose either a roasted butternut squash soup or fall salad, herb and garlic prime rib or roasted turkey dinner and either deep-fried apple pie or pecan pie bread pudding for dessert. 620 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-467-2555.

Riva’s Thanksgiving feast is from 2:30-5 p.m. and costs $75 for adults and $37 per child. Enjoy a variety of salads, BLT deviled eggs, hickory-smoked fish and antipasto for starters. Entrees include black grouper, roasted turkey, grilled chicken, roasted red snapper and prime rib au jus with a variety of sides. Inside the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa, 3030 Holiday Dr., Fort Lauderdale, 954-765-3100.

Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort is serving up a three-course prix fixe dinner prepared by Executive Chef Andres Teran. It includes butternut squash bisque, citrus sage rubbed turkey with crispy shallots, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, stuffing, thyme gravy and orange cranberry sauce. Swirl pumpkin cheesecake with caramelized ginger dessert completes the meal. The three-course meal is being served from noon to 8 p.m. and costs $39.99 for adults and $23 for kids 12 and under.

Bristol’s and Diplomat Prime at Diplomat Beach Resort are offering two very different choices. Bristol’s is keeping it simple with a Thanksgiving turkey burger with Brussels sprouts slaw, butternut squash mayo, cranberry-ginger relish accompanied by a pumpkin pie milkshake. At Diplomat Prime, they have two choices. There’s a Thanksgiving Dinner Plate with turkey breast, leg and thigh confit, whipped potatoes, Brussels sprouts, cranberry-orange compote and smoked giblet gravy. Or, a three-course meal for $110 with salad, roasted beets or Maine scallops for an appetizer, Heritage turkey confit as a main course, four traditional sides and pumpkin pie for dessert. 3555 S. Ocean Dr., Hollywood, 954-602-6000.

Although 4 Rivers Smokehouse in Coral Springs is closed on Thanksgiving, they are an option for catering your holiday feast. Their seasonal menu includes a three-day brined smoked whole turkey, 18-hour Smoked Angus Beef Brisket, mashed potatoes and gravy, cornbread stuffing, Southern green beans, sweet potato casserole and cranberry chutney. There are also a variety of à la carte sides and simple step-by-step instructions on reheating and serving so everything comes out perfect. 2660 N. University Dr., Coral Springs, 1-844-474-8377.