UPDATE: Unless you own a time machine, we assume you'll be happier with our more recent 2015 list of Broward Restaurants Serving Thanksgiving Dinner 2015
Thanksgiving: our nation's annual food-focused holiday, commemorating the harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrims in 1621 — or so they taught us in elementary school. Held the fourth Thursday of November, the day marks an epic feast.
It also means someone has to cook. A lot. For what seems like the entire extended family. Which means you shouldn't spend the day in the kitchen when you can have someone else cook 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, all that sweating and laboring over the stove, and avoid the piles of dirty dishes no one is going to help you clean. Instead, take the drama out of your Thanksgiving dinner and bring the family to one of the many local restaurants preparing a special holiday meal. It's all the mouthwatering memories you'll ever need — without the work.
From upscale resort restaurants to a Brazilian steak house offering a variety of all-you-can-eat meats, South Florida's finest dining establishments have Thanksgiving dinner covered this year.
Two restaurants will be open and serving Thanksgiving dinner at the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek. NYY Steak and Sorrisi will be open from 5 to 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, and each will offer its own version of the Thanksgiving meal. At Sorrisi, appetizer choices includes a starter choice of butternut squash soup and caramelized onion soup, or Gorgonzola and almond salad with baby greens. The entrée will feature a turkey dinner with roasted white and dark meat, Amaretto green bean almandine, roasted baby carrots, garlic whipped potatoes, Parmesan focaccia bread pudding, cranberry sauce, and turkey jus. Dessert is a pumpkin tart with a cinnamon pecan crust and spiced crème fraîche. The Thanksgiving menu is $40 per person. At NYY Steak, a four-course menu for $60 per person (dishes are also available à la carte) will include roasted butternut squash soup with maple crème fraîche, toasted pumpkin seed and crispy sage ($9), apple and cranberry salad with apples, cranberry, arugula, radicchio, baby lettuce, red onion, candied hazelnuts, aged white cheddar, and sweet balsamic ($12). The main course is white and dark meat free-range turkey ($40) with apple brioche stuffing, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, cranberry relish, Brussels sprouts, yams, and herb-roasted baby root vegetables. Dessert choices include pecan pie or traditional pumpkin pie with cream cheese and vanilla bean whipped cream ($12). Reservations for Sorrisi can be made by calling 954-935-6689. Reservations for NYY Steak can be made by calling 954-935-6NYY (6699).
On Thursday, November 27, American Social in Fort Lauderdale will celebrate Thanksgiving with a prix fixe holiday special alongside its menu of classic, American comfort food. For $30 per person, guests can enjoy slow-roasted, hand-carved turkey breast with all of the trimmings; whipped Idaho potatoes with giblet gravy; brown-sugar-roasted acorn squash; chicken, apple, sausage and cranberry stuffing; French-cut green bean casserole; and a pomegranate cranberry sauce. Dessert options include a generous slice of homemade pumpkin pie or bacon apple crisps topped with a scoop of hand-churned, vanilla bean ice cream. Wash everything down with a complimentary seasonal pint of Angry Orchard Apple Cider to complement the meal; then kick back and enjoy football at the bar until midnight. The restaurant will serve Thanksgiving dinner from 4 to 9 p.m. For reservations, call 954-764-7005.
3800 Ocean, the modern oceanfront restaurant serving American regional cuisine using the finest local and seasonal ingredients at Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa, is offering guests and local residents alike a choice of three dining options for the all-American holiday, starting with a breakfast buffet from 8 to 11 a.m. Noon marks the start of brunch from 12 to 3 p.m., with selections sure to please every palate. Stations include a raw bar with shrimp, oysters on the half shell, snapper ceviche and tuna tartar; an array of soups and salads including a roasted corn chowder with crispy bacon; mini cold-and-hot appetizers like blue crab-stuffed mushrooms with sauce choron, and duck confit-caramelized onion and gruyere tartlets; a pasta station; a carving station with traditional roasted turkey with gravy and cranberry-pear compote, and a glazed spiral cut ham; and a chef's selection table of seasonal desserts. Brunch is $55 for adults and $16 for children under 12 excluding tax and gratuity. Last, a three-course Thanksgiving feast will be served for dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. First course selections include roasted corn chowder, Yellowfin Tuna tartar with mango-avocado salad, and sweet potato gnocchi. Entrée choices include sous vide turkey breast, grilled filet of beef tenderloin, and grilled chicken with orechiette. For dessert guests can choose from a frozen pumpkin souffle, fuji apple tart, pecan bar, or chocolate Bavarian pie. The dinner menu is $65 for adults and $18 for children under 12 excluding tax and gratuity. For reservations call 561-340-1795.
McCoy's Oceanfront, the beachfront restaurant at Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa whose namesake pays homage to the Prohibition-era William "Bill" McCoy, will host a Thanksgiving buffet dinner from 3 to 7 p.m. featuring dishes prepared with seasonal, local, and sustainable ingredients. Selections include maple pumpkin soup; traditional roasted turkey with home-style gravy; buttermilk mashed potatoes; honey glazed spiral cut ham with green peppercorn mustard; and an array of seasonal desserts. The menu is priced at $37 for adults, $18.75 for children ages six to 12 and free for children five and under. For reservations call 954-782-0100.
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Why not do Italian for Thanksgiving? For $27.95, the Palm Beach Gardens restaurant will be able to enjoy succulent roast turkey, parmesan mashed potatoes, giblet gravy, honey-glazed root vegetables, dried fruit, and a gigantic scoop of sausage stuffing. Craving non-fowl chow? Patrons can also order off the regular dinner menu. Thanksgiving dinner hours are from 3 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, November 27. Call the restaurant at 561-630-9899.
This year, one of downtown West Palm Beach's newest dining destinations, Avocado Grill, will be hosting its own version of the Thanksgiving feast with an indulgent meal that's also a little healthier. While straying from the turkey smothered in gravy, foods glistening with butter, and overly sweet desserts may sound like a difficult task, the restaurant's owner and executive chef, Julien Gremaud, has come up with a menu that will satisfy everyone. Served from 3 to 9 p.m. on November 29, Avocado Grill's Thanksgiving menu will feature a mix of its signature farm-to-table entrees, traditional favorites, and of course, a healthy option for the traditional dinner. The cost for the three-course meal is $38 per person. That means dishes like grilled avocado wedges, a spiced mango and watermelon salad, tuna and avocado spring rolls, organic salmon, and sweet potato-crusted mahi. Of course, die-hard Thanksgiving dinner fans can sell get the turkey with all the traditional fixings (or done AG-style, too). Call 561-623-0822 for reservations.
Nicole Danna is a food blogger 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 Clean Plate's Instagram.
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