You realize Thanksgiving is just a week away, right? No pressure. If you donít have a holiday game plan for Nov. 23, letís do this thing. There are still a bunch of options, many traditional Thanksgiving repasts and some a little less conventional. Call ASAP for reservations, but here are some that as of this printing have availability.
All five Columbia Restaurants in Florida are open for Thanksgiving: Ybor City, St. Armands Circle in Sarasota, St. Augustine, Sand Key on Clearwater Beach and Celebration. The Gonzmart family spins it a little differently, with roast turkey and stuffing great-grandma-style (Italian sausage, ground beef, chopped chicken livers, apples, water chestnuts and raisins), with traditional sides like sauteed carrots and string beans, sweet potato pecan casserole, whipped potatoes, homemade cranberry sauce and giblet gravy ó all for $21.95 for adults and $5.95 for children under 10. But then in a when-in-Rome move, you can add in a 1905 salad or a cup of Spanish bean, black bean soup or gazpacho ($2.95). Dessert choices include pumpkin pie, key lime pie, pumpkin flan or flan, and the complete dinner menu is available all day if you want to shun turkey altogether. Visit columbiarestaurant.com for reservations; walk-ins are accepted.
Pelagia at the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel, as it does every year, offers a prix-fixe menu that is a selection of Thanksgiving favorites and less traditional temptations, all the handiwork of executive chef Brett Gardiner. From noon until the last seating at 7 p.m., guests choose from an array of appetizers, entrees and desserts: spiced autumn squash soup or a salad of roasted beets and Marcona almonds or seared shrimp with a crab cake; entrees including citrus and herb-stuffed turkey breast roulade, grilled New York strip, maple bourbon-glazed bone-in pork chop, macadamia nut-crusted Hawaiian opah or a vegan entree that includes a number of vegetable dishes; and then dessert offerings like pumpkin chiffon pie or Southern pumpkin tiramisu. The $49-per-person price for adults and $18.95-per-person price for children 12 and under does not include tax or gratuity. For reservations, visit opentable.com or call (813) 313-3235. 4200 Jim Walter Blvd., Tampa.
Del Friscoís Grille Tampa is introducing a three-course, prix-fixe menu on Thanksgiving for $39 for adults, $15 for children. Offering elevated takes on the traditional turkey dinner, the menu includes butternut squash bisque, slow-roasted turkey breast, apple sage sausage stuffing, sweet potatoes and pumpkin cheesecake. And if youíre not feeling it? You can pick from the regular dinner menu, from steaks to artichoke beignets to pan-seared scallops. Thanksgiving is in the eye of the beholder. 4138 W Boy Scout Blvd., Tampa; (813) 878-6890.
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino dining venues step up for Thanksgiving with a whole range of options at different price points. At Council Oak, a la carte specials will be served from 4 to 9 p.m. and include grilled peach and fig salad; Heritage Farm crispy skin turkey confit; root vegetable and Council Oak bacon hash or roasted sweet potato-pumpkin mash; and pumpkin spiced-salted caramel cheesecake, all available as a four-course meal or a la carte. At Fresh Harvest buffet, a Thanksgiving Day feast is offered between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. ($40 per person, plus tax). Items on the menu include traditional roast turkey with giblet gravy, smoked turkey legs, Brussels sprouts with balsamic, pancetta and cranberries, sweet potato casserole and a selection of desserts from executive pastry chef Stephan Schubert. And if youíre on a budget, Rise Kitchen and Bakery will offer a $16-per-person menu that includes roasted turkey breast with traditional sides like corn bread stuffing, cranberry sauce and mashed sweet potatoes as well as pumpkin or pecan pie. 5223 Orient Road, Tampa; toll-free 1-866-388-4263.
Flemingís Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar debuts a three-course turkey dinner with all the trimmings starting at 11 a.m., beginning at $40 for adults. (Thereís a special kidsí menu for $15.) This feast commences with a choice of Flemingís salad of candied walnuts, dried cranberries, tomatoes, onions and herbed crostini dressed in lemon vinaigrette or Flemingís lobster bisque. Guests will then be served an herb-roasted turkey breast with turkey gravy and fresh cranberry, orange and cinnamon sauce with house-made sage and brioche bread stuffing. This entree will be paired with Thanksgiving sides including sweet potatoes with marshmallow; green beans with bacon, onion and almond; and Yukon Gold mashed potatoes. Desserts include Flemingís carrot cake or pumpkin cheesecake. The regular menu will also be available, and there are seasonal cocktails as well. 4322 W Boy Scout Blvd., Tampa; (813) 874-9463.
And Locale Market FarmTable Cucina, in addition to serving to-go turkey dinners, will offer a Thanksgiving buffet from noon to 8 p.m. for $59 for adults and $29 for children (12 and under). Buffet offerings will include traditional Thanksgiving favorites like turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy but also an array of cheese and salumi, chilled seafood selections, antipasti and a dessert bar. Reservations are highly encouraged at opentable.com or (727) 523-6297. 179 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg.
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