Thanksgiving In Sarasota | Sarasota Restaurants Journal
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 know as Thanksgiving is almost upon us. And, as usual the options to satisfy your tyrptophan laced cravings are seemingly boundless.
Let’s just say for a minute that this year you’re not going to chain yourself to your favorite cooking appliance. But, instead, you’re at least contemplating letting someone else to the heavy lifting for you. That way you can enjoy your family, watch football or partake in whatever else the day may bring.
Good news! There are lots and lots of delicious options at many of our local Sarasota restaurants and markets. And, I do mean delicious.
Here are a few suggestions to consider if you still want the feast, but, don’t want the hassle.
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.
BRICK’S SMOKED MEATS (1528 State St. | Downtown) – Thanksgiving dinner to-go!. Featuring their famous 14 hour USDA prime brisket, smoked turkey plus a variety of homemade sides and desserts. TO-GO ONLY – ORDER IN ADVANCE. Pickup, Thanksgiving Day, 9AM to Noon. 941-933-1435.
CAFE L’EUROPE (431 St. Armands Cir | St. Armands) – Three course prix fixe Thanksgiving menu. $39.95PP, Noon to close. Plus a traditional Thanksgiving menu all day. 941-388-4415.
CAFE VENICE (116 W. Venice Ave. | Venice) – Serving a Thanksgiving dinner menu including, Roasted Half Duck & Filet Mignon. Also, available are the traditional holiday sides you would expect including, Green Bean Casserole. 12PM to 7PM, 941-484-1855 for reservations and more info.
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.
DRUNKEN POET CAFE (1572 Main St. | Downtown) – For a non-traditional Thanksgiving feast this could be your spot. Think Pumpkin Curry… Open 11AM to 10PM serving their regular menu of creative Thai dishes. 941-955-8404 for reservations.
DUVAL’S (1435 Main St. | Downtown) – Traditional Thanksgiving dinner including all of the trimmings + a doggie bag of leftovers for the next days turkey sandwiches. $42.95 Adults, $19.95 Children Noon to 7PM, 941-312-4001.
ELIZA ANN’S COASTAL KITCHEN (5325 Marina Drive | Holmes Beach) – A three course prix fixe Thanksgiving dinner menu. Both traditional and non-traditional dishes. $42 to $50. 11AM to 9PM, 941-238-6262.
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.
HARRY’S CONTINENTAL KITCHENS (325 St. Judes Dr. | Longboat Key) – Harry’s traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner. A family favorite for over 35 years. 2PM to 8PM. 941-383-0777.
MATTISONS CITY GRILLE (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.) –Turkey Dinner Including Joyce Farms Turkey Roulade Apricot-Pecan Stuffing. $36PP, 11AM to close, 941-921-3400.
MICHAEL’S ON EAST (1212 East Ave.) – A traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner with all of the trimmings. $28.95 PP, served 2PM to 8PM., 941-366-0007 X224.
OPHELIA’S ON THE BAY (9105 Midnight Pass Rd.| Siesta Key) – Full regular menu. Plus traditional Thanksgiving dishes. 11AM to 8PM, 941-349-22121.
PIER 22 (1200 1st Ave. W | Bradenton) – A full, traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Including turkey, stuffing + everything else you would expect from a turkey day feast. 11AM to 10PM, 941-748-8087. Reservations recommended.
PHILLIPPI CREEK OYSTER BAR (5353 S. Tamiami Trl.) – Full regular dining menu PLUS, an Oven Roasted Turkey plate with all the trimmings. And, a Bourbon-Pineapple Glazed Smoked Virginia Ham plate. 11AM to 8PM. 941-925-4444.
RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE (6700 S. Tamiami Trl.) – Special 3 course Thanksgiving menu. Including oven roasted turkey breast and pumpkin cheesecake for dessert. $39.95PP ($12.95 PP Kids). Starting at 12PM, 941-942-8981
VIENTO KITCHEN & BAR (4711 Gulf of Mexico Dr. LBK) – Thanksgiving buffett featuring all of your traditional, homemade favorites. $39.99PP ($19.99 PP Kids). Bottomless mimosa’s $15. 11AM to 4PM, 941-248-1211.
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!