Sometimes the only thing you want to make for Thanksgiving is a reservation. If you prefer not to slave over a hot oven, there are a number of options, at all price points, for dining out. Do your own version of the Turkey Trot and head to one of these places for a hassle-free Thanksgiving dinner.
Many places on the Drive are offering special menus; Rumors will offers its regular menu and Rumors will be open normal business hours, a buffet of Thanksgiving favorites 11a.m. to 5p.m. for $13. Tropics will showcase a special holiday menu featuring prime rib, roast turkey, duck, ham and swordfish scampi, served with a choice of soup or salad, side dishes and dessert.
Wilton Drive’s favorite diner, Courtyard Café provides a budget friendly option. The $12.95 dinner includes a choice of soup or salad, turkey, stuffing, gravy, green bean casserole cranberry sauce and choice of dessert. Other entree options include pork tenderloin, coconut cod or steak Florentine. Thirteen will be open and serving its regular menu.
Le Bistro (4626 N. Federal at Lighthouse Point, Pompano Beach, 954-946-9240) dishes up a three-course meal starting with a choice of butternut squash chowder or salad. Entree selections include: turkey with gravy, cranberry relish, sweet potatoes and green beans with cream of wild mushrooms; roast beef with haricot vert and roasted potatoes; cod with capers, olives, garlic, onion, sweet peppers and wild rice. The restaurant also offers a number of gluten-free and vegetarian options.
For a little chicken and beefcake with your turkey, Beefcakes at Boardwalk (1721 N. Andrews, 954-463-6969) is offering a buffet dinner from 2-10 p.m. featuring roast turkey and pork and all the traditional sides for $19.95. You must purchase tickets (the earlier the better) and your tickets gets you a free glass of wine with dinner, free entry to Boardwalk and a free drink in the bar. Now that’s something to be grateful for!
Sage Café and Wine Bar (2378 N. Federal, 954-565-2299) is serving a special menu which includes a choice of turkey, ham or lamb shank.
Galuppi’s (1103 N Federal, Pompano Beach, 888-915-1243) begins serving at 11:30 a.m. with the last reservation taken for 7:30 p.m. This buffet meal includes: roast turkey, prime rib, ahi tuna and honey ham carving stations, various casseroles and holiday side dishes. Desserts include pumpkin and apple pie, pumpkin egg nog and bread pudding.
III Forks (The Village at Gulfstream Park, 501 Silks Run, Hallandale Beach, 954-457-3920 and 4645 PGA Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens, 561-630-3660) will offer a four-course dinner from 3-9 p.m. The meal starts with tomato soup made with beef tenderloin beef stock, followed by III Forks signature salad. Entree choices include turkey with gravy, cranberry-orange relish, sausage-cornbread dressing, creamed potatoes, maple-glazed yams and roasted autumn vegetables. Other entrée option include roasted beef tenderloin with whipped potatoes, creamed corn and roasted autumn vegetables or a maple glazed Atlantic salmon with coconut infused jasmine rice and roasted autumn vegetables. The dinner is $47 for adults and $17 for children up to 12 years. Tea and coffee are included; cocktails and wine by the glass are available for purchase. Prices exclude tax and gratuity.
Latitudes, at the Hollywood Beach Marriott (2501 N. Ocean Drive, Hollywood,
954-924-2202) is serving its ocean-view Thanksgiving buffet from 1-9 p.m. with live music entertainment from 2-6 p.m. The buffet includes a carving station featuring turkey and prime rib. Other entrée choices include; poached chicken breast with wild mushroom ragout and spinach and ricotta ravioli. Side dish options are just as varied; stuffing, whipped potatoes, corn soufflé, candied yams, green beans and squash casserole. There will also be a dessert table. Cost for the buffet is 37.95 per person 15.95 children under age 10.
The Westin Diplomat Resort (3555 S. Ocean Dr. Hollywood, 954-602-8317) transforms its Crystal Room into an autumnal wonderland for an extensive buffet which includes roast turkey, cornbread stuffing and cranberry-orange relish to a carving station, chilled seafood and sushi bars, desserts and bottomless Bloody Mary's and Mimosas for $75 per person, $20 for children 5 to 12. Seatings are available from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The resort’s restaurant, Prime, will also feature a special holiday dinner menu featuring roast turkey, stuffing, gravy, Brussels sprouts with cranberries and pecans, harissa roasted baby carrots, and corn custard with a green bean fricassee for $42.
If you’re looking for something a little more unusual for this Thanksgiving, Bazi (1200 Collins Ave, Miami, 305-695-0101) presents an Asian-inspired Thanksgiving for $55 a person. The menu includes turkey wonton soup, sweet potato dumplings, Peking turkey and dessert. Vegans don’t have to settle for Tofurky at Sublime (1431 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale, 954-615-1431). The much lauded vegan restaurant will offer seating from 2-4 p.m. and the menu will feature a special, three-course holiday menu for $39.