Sometimes we take a year off from all the cooking and family gatherings that Thanksgiving often inspires. I am personally looking forward to a home-cooked meal after missing Thanksgiving while I was abroad in South Korea last year. Here is a list of recommended local restaurants offering Thanksgiving deals to those of you looking to dine out for the big holiday.
Highly recommended – Wimauma: If you’re looking for something truly special this holiday season, make reservations at Wimauma for Thanksgiving. Wimauma is offering a 3-course meal for diners. Roast Turkey with Garlic mashed Potatoes, Oyster & Sausage Stuffing, Green Bean Casserole and Cranberry Chutney. Fried green tomatoes with crispy country ham, Watercress and Buttermilk Ranch Vinaigrette, Wimauma Crab Cakes with Orange Pepper Sauce & Shaved Fennel-Basil Sauce. Pan Roasted Duck Breast with Braised Red Cabbage, Sweet Potato Puree, Pickled Cherries, and Pomegranate Emulsion. That’s just a few choices available this Thanksgiving. Seriously folks is your mouth not watering? Farm-to-table is the way to go. Cost: $35 per person. Reservations required: (813) 498-0494
Chart House: Enjoy a Thanksgiving waterfront buffet at Chart House. On the menu: prepared salads, fresh seafood, turkey and prime rib, carving boards, hot selections from sweet potato casserole to yukon gold mashed potatoes, pasta station, a kid’s table with chicken fingers, mac & cheese, tator tots, fries, and jell-o, and a dessert station. Cost: $38.99 adults, $10.99 kids 12 and under. Make reservations at (813) 289-7773.
The Columbia: All six locations will be open Thanksgiving Day, excluding The Columbia Cafe at the Tampa Bay History Center. Thanksgiving meals will consist of Roast Vermont Turkey, Columbia Stuffing, fresh vegetables, whipped potatoes, sweet potato pecan casserole, homemade cranberry sauce, and giblet gravy. Dinner also includes hot Cuban bread and butter (not to be missed!) and a choice of soup or salad. Dessert includes choices, such as pumpkin pie, pumpkin flan, key lime pie, or flan. Beverages included are a choice between coffee, tea, or soft drinks. Cost: $21.95 for adults, $5.95 for children 10 and under. My family enjoyed Thanksgiving back in 2010 at The Columbia in Ybor City.
Mitchell’s Fish Market: A few seats are still left for a 3-course meal at Mitchell’s on Thanksgiving. Oven-roasted turkey will be served with apple-herb stuffing along with your choice of a starter, side, and dessert. Open 1-7PM on Thanksgiving. Cost: Adults $24.99, $8.99 for children.
The Palm: A 3-course meal will be available with slow-roasted hand carved turkey as the main course with one side. From the list of starters, the lobster bisque would be my pick. Choice between pumpkin pie and chocolate pecan pie for dessert. Cost: $39 for adults, $19 for children. Reservations can be made here.
The Rusty Pelican: Offering a Thanksgiving Day Brunch buffet from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Buffet includes champagne, mimosas, turkey and all trimmings, ham and roast sirloin carving stations, salad, seafood raw bar, hot entrees, cheeses, cheeses, omelet and pasta station, a chocolate fountain, desserts, baked goods. Rusty Pelican is also waterfront. Cost: $46 for adults, $19 children 6-10, children under 6 are free. Reservations can be made at (813) 281-1943.