There are lots of ways to enjoy the best holiday meal of the year.
Here it is. Once again the big eat-a-thon more commonly known as Thanksgiving is upon us. And, as usual, the options to satisfy your tryptophan laced cravings are nearly boundless.
Let’s just say for a minute that this year you’re not going to chain yourself to your favorite turkey cooking appliance. But, instead, you’re at least contemplating letting someone else do the heavy lifting for you so you can enjoy your family, football and whatever else the day may bring.
Good news! There are lots and lots of great options at many of our local Sarasota restaurants and markets. And, I mean GREAT options.
Here are a few ideas for your consideration if you still want the feast, but, you don’t want the hassle.
MICHAEL’S ON EAST (1212 East Ave.) – A traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner with all the trimmings. $28.95 PP, served 2pm – 8pm., 941-366-0007 X224
COSIMO’S TRATTORIA & BAR (5501 Palmer Crossing Cir.) – Thanksgiving Feasts To-Go. Everything you need for your Thanksgiving dinner table. $59.95 feeds 4 people. 941-922-7999. Reserve by NOV 21.
LOUIES MODERN (1289 Palm Ave. | Downtown) – Thanksgiving with a Twist. It’s a “Farm Table to Fork Plated Dinner”. Enjoy your meal at the big farm table. $30PP, Noon to 9pm, 941-522-9650.
LIBBY’S CAFÉ + BAR (1917 Osprey Ave, | Southside Village) – A traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Everything you would expect at Grandma’s and more. $32PP, 11am to 9pm, 941-487-7300.
HARRY’S CONTINENTAL KITCHENS (325 St. Judes Dr. | Longboat Key) – Harry’s traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner. A family favorite for over 35 years. 2pm – 8pm. 941-383-0777.
EUPHEMIA HAYE (5540 Gulf of Mexico Dr. | Longboat Key) – Roast goose, roast duck or sliced turkey. Pick your favorite bird! Noon to 9pm, 941-383-3633.
CAFÉ L’EUROPE (431 St. Armands Cir | St. Armands) – Traditional Thanksgiving feast. Everything you could want in a turkey dinner. $36.95PP, Noon to close, 941-388-4415.
BIJOU CAFÉ (1287 First St. | Downtown) – Serving their famous “Roast Carolina Turkey” with all the trimmings. $28.95 PP, Noon to 8pm, 941-366-8111.
POLO GRILL & BAR (10670 Boardwalk Loop | Lakewood Ranch) – Serving a Thanksgiving Day Buffet. Lots and lots of traditional dishes to choose from. $37.50PP ($17.50 KIDS), Noon to 5pm, 941-782-0899.
THE COLUMBIA RESTAURANT (411 St. Armands Cir. | St. Armands) – Not a place you would normally think of for Thanksgiving. But, they are serving a traditional holiday meal complete with “Roast Vermont Turkey” and all of the accompaniments. $21.95PP, 11am to close, 941-388-3987.
MATTISONS CITY GRILL (1 North Lemon | Downtown) – oven-roasted turkey, sweet potato casserole, sausage pecan stuffing, Brussels sprouts, pan gravy, house made cranberry sauce, and pumpkin cheese cake or chocolate pecan pie. $28PP, 11am to 4pm, 941-330-0440.
MATTISONS FORTY-ONE (7275 S. Tamiami Trl.) – Oven-roasted turkey, sage stuffing, giblet gravy, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, fresh cranberries, Focaccia rolls with Boursin butter, and homemade pumpkin pie. $28PP, 11am to close, 941-921-3400.
MAR-VISTA (760 Broadway St. | Longboat Key) – A real homemade Thanksgiving dinner in a unique Florida setting. All the things you would expect from your Turkey Day meal except the cleanup. $14.99PP, 11:30am to 9pm, 941-383-2391.
THE SANDBAR RESTAURANT (100 Spring Ave. | Anna Maria) – A full off the menu Thanksgiving dinner, PLUS a Thanksgiving buffet feast! Choices to please everyone in your family. $23.99 ADULT BUFFET, 11:30am to 8pm, 941-778-0444.
Whether you choose to do your own cooking or let one of our local Sarasota restaurants do it for you, we hope you have a tasty turkey day!