There are lots of ways to enjoy the best holiday meal of the year.
Here it is. Once again, the big eat-a-ton, more commonly known as Thanksgiving, is almost upon us. And, as usual, the options to satisfy your tryptophan-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 do 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.
This year many Sarasota restaurants will be offering Thanksgiving feasts for carryout. Please contact your favorite restaurant for their Thanksgiving menu details.
BIJOU GARDEN CAFÉ (1287 First Street – Downtown) – Traditional Thanksgiving dinner to go. Serves 4 people. ORDER HERE, or 941-366-8111.
BRICK’S SMOKED MEATS (1528 State Street – Downtown) – Thanksgiving dinner to carry out. Featuring their famous 14-hour USDA prime brisket, smoked turkey, plus a variety of homemade sides and desserts. TO GO ONLY – ORDER HERE. Pickup, Thanksgiving Day, 9AM to Noon. 941-933-1435.
CAFE L’EUROPE (431 St. Armands Circle – St. Armands) – Prix-fixe, four-course Thanksgiving meal. $75 Adult, $19 Children (12 & under). Served 12PM to 8PM. RESERVATIONS HERE. 941-388-4415.
CAFE GABBIANO (5104 Ocean Boulevard – Siesta Key) – Special Thanksgiving menu, including a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Many other options are available. Dine in or carry out 2pm – 8pm. 941-349-1423. MENU HERE
THE COLUMBIA RESTAURANT (411 St. Armands Circle – 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. 11AM to close. $26PP adults, $6PP children. A full Thanksgiving meal for 10 is available to go. Order by 11/18/20. 941-388-3987.
DUVAL’S FRESH. LOCAL. SEAFOOD (1435 Main Street – Downtown) – Traditional Thanksgiving dinner, including all of the trimmings. Adults $46PP, Children $29PP. You can also get this Thanksgiving feast to go. INFORMATION Noon to 7PM, 941-312-4001.
EUPHEMIA HAYE (5540 Gulf of Mexico Drive – Longboat Key) – Roast duck or sliced turkey. Pick your favorite bird! Yes, there will also be all of the other Thanksgiving dishes that you would expect! 2PM to 9PM, 941-383-3633.
FLEMING’S STEAKHOUSE (2001 Siesta Drive – Southgate) – Three-course turkey dinner. With traditional sides. $53PP. Dining room opens at 11AM. A carryout version of the traditional turkey dinner is available. $45PP. Starting at 10AM. 941-358-9463. INFORMATION
GOOD LIQUID BREWING COMPANY– (1570 Lakefront Drive – Waterside Place) – Serving the Thanksgiving “Good Plate.” $23PP Roast turkey and all of the traditional trimmings. 2PM to 9PM. 941-238-6466. INFORMATION
GROVE RESTAURANT -(10670 Boardwalk Loop – LWR) – Traditional Thanksgiving dinner – adults $39.95PP, children $19.95 or The Grand Buffet – adults $54.95, children $24.95 (pre-paid online reservation required). Carryout is also available. INFORMATION HERE. 941-893-4321.
HARRY’S CONTINENTAL KITCHENS (325 St. Judes Drive – Longboat Key) – Restaurant serving a full Thanksgiving dinner from 1PM to 8PM. Complete Thanksgiving dinner to go! Fresh roast turkey + all of the trimmings. Order by 11/20, pick up 11/23. ORDERING INFO HERE. 941-383-0777.
LIBBY’S NEIGHBORHOOD BRASSERIE (1917 S. Osprey Avenue – Southside Village) – Libby’s Thanksgiving dinner. Traditional Thanksgiving feast! + regular menu available all day. $23PP, 12PM to 9PM. 941-487-7300.
MATTISON’S CITY GRILLE (1 North Lemon – Downtown) – Traditional Thanksgiving dinner served in the restaurant. 11AM to 11PM. MENU INFORMATION. 941-330-0440.
MATTISON’S FORTY-ONE (7275 S. Tamiami Trail – South Trail) –Thanksgiving buffet. Roast turkey and prime rib carving stations. $65PP Adults, $25PP Children. 11AM to 8PM. INFORMATION HERE. 941-921-3400.
MICHAEL’S ON EAST (1212 East Avenue – Midtown Plaza) – A traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner with all of the trimmings served from 2PM to 8PM. Carry out Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings available for 6 to 10 people. INFORMATION. 941-366-0007 X224.
MORTON’S GOURMET MARKET(1924 South Osprey Avenue – Southside Village) – Complete Thanksgiving feasts to go. Roast turkey, stuff, and all of the sides for your family dinner. Combo meals for 6-8 & 10-12 people. 941-955-9956. MENU AND ORDERING INFO HERE
PIER 22 (1200 1st Avenue W. – Bradenton) – A full, traditional Thanksgiving dinner, including turkey, stuffing + everything else you would expect from a turkey day feast. $39.95PP Adults, $19.95PP Children. 11AM to 10PM, 941-748-8087. RESERVATION INFORMATION
PHILLIPPI CREEK OYSTER BAR (5353 S. Tamiami Trail – South Trail) – Full regular dining menu PLUS an oven-roasted turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Carryout family-style Thanksgiving dinner packages for 4, 8, and 12 people are available for pickup Wednesday (11/23). Order 48 hours in advance for carryout. 11AM to 8PM. 941-925-4444. INFORMATION
ZILDJIAN CATERING – (6986 Beneva Road) – Complete Thanksgiving feasts to go! Everything you’ll need to treat your family and friends to a traditional holiday meal without any of the cooking. Pickup and delivery on Wednesday, 11/23. ORDERING INFO