Even though many of us are likely to spend tonight on our couches in the throes of a tryptophan-induced coma, there are plenty of reasons why you might want to outsource your Thanksgiving experience. For one, you won't have to listen to your gun-toting uncle whine about Obama winning the Presidency. Nor will you have to do the dishes after filling your belly with enough mashed potatoes to have it annexed by Idaho. Among the very fine places where you might do that tonight is Alligator Alley (1321 E. Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale). The Florida native bar is celebrating the holiday by offering a deep-fried turkey dinner complete with all the fixins to go with a deep-fried blues jam courtesy of Kilmo & Friends. The party will get underway at 2 p.m.; a plate of grub will run $10.95, while cover is just $5. Call 954-771-2220.
If the jam you're looking for has less to do with the blues and more to do with fresh cranberries married with sweet tangerines, you'll probably want to book a seat at Lola's on Harrison (2032 Harrison St., Hollywood). Chef Michael Wagner is pulling out all the stops with an artfully prepared, three-course dinner for just $40 a head. Two Jacksons will get you spiced pumpkin soup with cinnamon creme fraiche and toasted pumpkin seeds, deep-fried Carolina turkey breast, Zinfandel braised turkey leg, white cheddar mashed potatoes, cranberry-walnut stuffing, Brussels sprouts with leeks, sherried sweet potatoes with apples, and a choice of pumpkin cheesecake with cinnamon caramel sauce or freshly-made key lime pie. Seatings run from 2 to 8 p.m. Call 954-927-9851.
Finally, there are some thanks-givers out there who prefer to show their gratitude by sparing the lives of overweight birds everywhere. For them, Sublime Vegetarian Restaurant is offering a $45 prix-fixe menu, including acorn squash bisque, a garden "turkey" complete with dressing, mushrooms en papillote, and baked apple napoleon (1431 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale). The cruelty-free service runs from 4 to 7 p.m. Call 954-539-9000.
Thu., Nov. 27, 2008