Thanksgiving: our nation's annual food-focused holiday, commemorating the harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrims in 1621. Held the fourth Thursday of November, the day marks an epic feast.
It also means someone has to cook — a lot. Which means you shouldn't spend the day in the kitchen when you can have someone else make Thanksgiving dinner for you. And for the house full of stranded friends, kids with kids of their own, and unwanted relatives.
This year, forget the long lines at the grocery store and all that
From upscale resort restaurants to waterfront restaurants with a laidback vibe, these South Florida dining establishments have Thanksgiving dinner covered this year.
400 Avenue of the Champions, Palm Beach Gardens. Call 800-863-2819, or visit pgaresort.com.
The Ironwood Steak and Seafood restaurant at PGA National Resort & Spa will
900 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. Call 561-303-1343, or visit hudsondelray.com.
Give thanks at Hudson in Delray Beach this year and treat your family to a meal crafted by celebrity chef Paul Niedermann, the season-nine winner on Fox's Hell’s Kitchen. The restaurant will feature a three-course Thanksgiving feast available from noon to 8 p.m. Choices include a roasted butternut squash bisque, wild mushroom risotto, roasted turkey, honey-cured ham, pan-roasted Atlantic salmon, and a variety of seasonally themed desserts. The three-course Thanksgiving feast is $40 per person, and a kids' menu is also available.
Gary Rack's Fat Rooster
204 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. Call 561-266-3642, or visit http://thefatrooster.com.
Thanksgiving doesn't have to be all about the big turkey dinner. You can start early too. If you're an early riser, get your gobble going for breakfast with Rack's Fat Rooster in Delray Beach. It'll be serving a Southern-style brunch on Thanksgiving Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
52 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach. Call 561-330-3232, or visit dadadelray.com.
For the past seven years, Dada — and the entire Subculture Restaurant Group, including the Dubliner in Boca Raton and Howley's and Longboards in West Palm Beach — have celebrated Thanksgiving Day by saying "thank you" to patrons. Proceeds from the holiday sales at each restaurant are donated to various local charities, including the Delray Achievement Center. This year, the group hopes to break $10,000, and if you're thinking about making it a meal to remember, act now and make a reservation at your favorite spot. As usual, Dada will be doing its traditional sit-down, three-course Thanksgiving feast. The restaurant will be open at 5 p.m., and the cost is $24 person. This year, all proceeds will go to executive chef Bruce Feingold's Healthy Bellies and Boca Helping Hands nonprofit initiatives.
Racks Downtown Eatery + Tavern
402 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. Call 561-395-1662, or visit racksboca.com.
This Boca Raton restaurant located in the heart of Mizner Park will be offering a three-course prix-fixe meal priced at $34.95 for adults ($14.95 for kids 12 years and younger). What will you get? A starter salad followed by a roast turkey dinner complete with all the fixings or a choice of root-beer-glazed
Vic & Angelo's
290 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. Call 561-278-9570, or visit vicandangelos.com.
On Thanksgiving, Vic & Angelo's executive
1901 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton. Call 561-417-5836, or visit farmerstableboca.com.
Boca Raton's Farmer's Table will be offering a fresh take on Thanksgiving dinner this year with a meal created exclusively for Thanksgiving. For $45 per person ($22.50 for children), you'll get Joyce Farms heritage turkey breast, caramelized cauliflower, maple-smashed sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts with lemon and walnuts, apple and leek multigrain stuffing, Florida orange-scented fresh cranberry sauce, and natural gravy. End it with Ivy's handcrafted pumpkin pie and complimentary tea and coffee. The restaurant will be open from noon to 8 p.m.
301 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. Call 561-922-6699, or visit TanzyRestaurant.com/boca.
Be thankful for every bite this Thanksgiving at Tanzy in Boca Raton. The restaurant will offer a prix-fixe menu beginning with parsnip and apple soup or endive and arugula salad. All guests will enjoy
301 Australian Ave., Palm Beach. Call 561-655-6060, or visit cafeboulud.com/palmbeach.
One of the best things about celebrating the holidays in South Florida is being able to dine alfresco. Cafe Boulud's award-winning terrace and fountain courtyard dining rooms provide a beautiful setting where family and friends can share a memorable Thanksgiving meal. Dine indoors or out and partake in executive chef Rick Mace's three-course holiday menu highlighting local and seasonal ingredients, served from 1 to 9 p.m. That includes traditional heritage turkey with savory sides and delicious desserts. A vegetarian option is also available.
191 Bradley Place, Palm Beach. Call 561-354-9800, or visit opentable.com.
Miami's steakhouse, Meat Market, will be offering several à la carte dinner specials on Thanksgiving at its Palm Beach location. Acclaimed chef Sean Brasel's will launch a special holiday menu with fall-inspired favorites including a Bell and Evans fresh turkey leg roulade stuffed with
Hampton Forks Kitchen & Table
185 E. Indiantown Road, Jupiter. Call 631-276-1197, or visit hamptonforks.com.
If you want to relax at home on Thanksgiving but don't want to cook, let chef Chris Marshall at Hampton Forks Kitchen & Table prepare your holiday feast instead. Meals are available for
5 N. A1A, Jupiter. Call 561-745-7120, or visit jupiterbeachresort.com.
Start a new family tradition and celebrate Thanksgiving at the Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa. Situated on the longest stretch of secluded beachfront in Palm Beach County, the hotel will be offering a Thanksgiving buffet inside the Grand Ballroom from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. that will feature a variety of carving stations, a raw bar, seasonal fresh fruit, a glass of Champagne, and more. Entrées will include roasted duck, lemon rosemary turkey, leg of lamb, and Chilean sea bass. The cost is $55 per
125 Datura St., West Palm Beach. Call 561-623-0822, or visit avocadogrillwpb.com.
This Thanksgiving, Avocado Grill in West Palm Beach is doing something different: forgoing the traditional holiday meal for something much more satisfying. That means no dry, tough turkey, boring gravy, butter-basted casseroles, or overly sweet desserts. Served from 3 to 9 p.m. on November 26, Avocado Grill’s Thanksgiving menu will instead feature a delicious mix of signature small plates and entrées along with a creative twist on seasonal favorites. The three-course meal is $39 per person.
3800 N. Ocean Drive, Palm Beach. Call 561-340-1795, or visit marriott.com.
The Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa is celebrating Thanksgiving Day on November 26 with an ocean-inspired feast at its main restaurant, 3800 Ocean. Guests can choose from three dining options for the all-American holiday. Thanksgiving morning begins with a breakfast buffet with a full assortment of seafood, pastries, and carving stations for $28 for adults and $14 for children under 12, served from 8 to 10:30 a.m. For those preferring to sleep in, the Grand Brunch Buffet presents a raw bar, soup and salad station, and entrées such as dijon-herb-crusted salmon or roasted turkey. Cost is $65 for adults and $18 for children under 12, served from noon to 3 p.m. Last, families can leave the day of cooking and dishwashing behind for the Thanksgiving Dinner prix-fixe menu. The cost is $65 for adults and $18 for children under 12, served from 5 to 10 p.m.
Spoto's Oyster Bar
4560 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens. Call 561-776-9448, or visit spotos.com.
Spoto’s Oyster Bar in PGA Commons will be serving up a mouthwatering Thanksgiving Day feast on Thursday, November 26, from noon to 7 p.m. The holiday menu will showcase traditional Thanksgiving favorites, seasonal sea-to-table entrées, and surf-and-turf classics. Of course, if you just want oysters, you can do that too.
Nicole Danna is a food writer covering Broward and Palm Beach counties. To get the latest in food and drink news in South Florida, follow her @SoFloNicole or find her latest food pics on the BPB New Times Food & Drink Instagram.