Preparing Thanksgiving dinner is one of our country's great, ongoing American traditions. But if you're not the domestic type, the days of planning, the expense, and the mess to clean up
Luckily, plenty of restaurants in South Florida are happy to serve you on Thanksgiving. Not willing to completely forgo dinner at home? How about picking up a completely cooked and prepared meal with all the trimmings?
Whether you're looking to dine in or order out, if you don't want to end up at Denny's on our national day of giving thanks, you should probably plan ahead. Most restaurants won't be open at all, and those that are will fill up quickly.
Beauty & the Feast Bar and Kitchen
601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-567-8070, or visit society8.com.
Located on the lobby level of the Atlantic Hotel & Spa on Fort Lauderdale Beach, Beauty & the Feast Bar and Kitchen will be serving a Thanksgiving feast from 1 to 8 p.m. Choose from a prix-fixe menu featuring an array of small plates, entrées, and family-style feast plates. The cost is $49.95 per adult, $19.95 for children under 12 years old, and free for kids under 3 years old.
Diplomat Resort & Spa
3555 S. Ocean Drive, Hollywood. Call 954-602-6000, or visit diplomatresort.com.
The Diplomat's buffet will include a pasta station, chef's carving station with marinated slow-roasted leg of lamb, prime rib, natural-roasted turkey and oven-roasted whole organic salmon, and a dessert station. The first seating will be at 1 and 1:30 p.m. and the second seating at 3:45 and 4 p.m. in the Crystal Room. Cost is $58 for adults, $24 for children ages 6 to 12.
Fort Lauderdale Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
3030 Holiday Drive, Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-525-4000.
The Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa will host a Thanksgiving feast in its Ocean Ballroom, which overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. Guests can enjoy a range of entrées featuring traditional Thanksgiving favorites like green-bean casserole with mushrooms and butternut squash soup and nontraditional signature dishes like kale roasted pumpkin salad and hickory-smoked fish. Top off your meal with bottomless mimosas and dessert. Seatings begin at 2, 4, and 6:30 p.m. The cost is $75 per
3599 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-563-3272, or visit maikai.com.
For those of you looking to get some entertainment on Thanksgiving, try Fort Lauderdale's retro-Polynesian spot, the Mai-Kai, which will be serving a special holiday meal (with or without its famous review show). For $45 to $30 per person and $15.95 for kids 12 and under, Mai-Kai will prepare patrons a pupu platter with turkey or ham and all the American fixings. Call the restaurant for more information.
3030 Holiday Drive, Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-765-3030, or visit 3030ocean.com.
401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-414-8333, or visit Steak954.com.
Stephen Starr's Steak 954 will be offering an à la carte holiday meal this Thanksgiving. In additional to its regular menu, the restaurant will be presenting seasonal specials like a turkey dinner with white or dark meat, turkey sausage stuffing, whipped potatoes and cranberry chutney, sweet potato purée with caramelized marshmallows, cornbread biscuits,
1 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-302-6460, or visit burlockcoast.com.
Burlock Coast at the Ritz-Carlton will be offering a Turkey Day feast for $65 per person. Diners can choose any four items from a special holiday menu, along with two sides and unlimited desserts from the dessert buffet. Raw bar and charcuterie
900 Silks Run, Hallandale Beach. Call 954-464-2333, or visit frankeysbar.com.
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501 Silks Run, Hallandale Beach. Call 954-457-3920, or visit iiiforks.com.
III Forks Prime Steakhouse is will be offering a four-course dinner at both of its South Florida locations from 3 to 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving. III Forks' Thanksgiving dinner will include traditional Thanksgiving entrée choices like a spice-rubbed holiday turkey with grandma’s gravy, fresh cranberry-orange relish, sausage sage cornbread dressing, creamed potatoes, maple-glazed yams, and roasted autumn vegetables. Other entrée choices include roast beef tenderloin or a Vermont-maple-glazed Atlantic salmon with coconut-infused jasmine rice and roasted autumn vegetables. Dessert is a smorgasbord of sweet treats. Dinner is $47 for adults and children under 12 can order soup or salad, entrée, and dessert for $17.
Sublime Restaurant & Bar
1431 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-615-1431, or visit sublimerestaurant.com.
Thanksgiving is not necessarily supposed to be about gorging on tons of meat. For anyone looking to celebrate the holiday sans animal products, Sublime — one of Fort Lauderdale's best known vegan-vegetarian restaurants — is preparing a three-course vegan meal. Guests start off with Waldorf salad and get to choose from Gardein "turkey" or stuffed roasted acorn squash, followed by pumpkin "cheesecake" or apple pie à la mode. It's an option to really be thankful for. Dinner will be served from 1 to 3 p.m.
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900 W. State Road 84 in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-463-6747, or visit oldheidelbergdeli.com.
Thanksgiving may not be a traditional German celebration, but the folks at Old Heidelberg still know how to party for any occasion. (Hint: It's all about the beer.) This über-kitschy German spot draws quite the Thanksgiving Day crowd. In addition to its regular menu, Old Heidelberg is offering a selection of holiday specials ranging from $15 to $25, including traditional turkey and honey-roasted ham, Bavarian schnitzel, and Zigeuner goulash. As usual, lederhosen are always welcome but optional. Early reservations are highly recommended.
1200 N. Ocean Blvd., Pompano Beach. Call 954-782-0100, or visit marriott.com.
McCoy’s Oceanfront, the beachfront restaurant at Marriott Pompano Beach, will host a host a four-course Thanksgiving Dinner from 2 to 7 p.m. with the addition of a carving station. The meal kicks off with an amuse bouche of oysters Rockefeller, followed by a creamy autumn vegetable and pear bisque. Entrée selections include sweet potato and pecan encrusted cobia or peppercorn encrusted
Whole Foods Market
Whole Foods is offering a plethora of Thanksgiving to-go specials this holiday season, which customers can order online or in-store from November 1 to 22. Offerings include appetizers, side dishes, platters, and entire Thanksgiving dinners with all the fixings. Family-style options, which serve four to eight people, include the organic turkey dinner package with whole roasted turkey served with gravy, organic traditional herb
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.