South Florida Turkey Day Treats
Some of South Florida's standout restaurants are hosting Thanksgiving Day feasts—with all the trimmings
Where: The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale, 1 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
When: 12 to 8 p.m.
The menu: Executive chef Paula DaSilva has you covered on both Thursday and Friday of Thanksgiving week. On Thanksgiving Day, guests have the option of dining in or enjoying a family dinner package to go (pictured above). The restaurant’s holiday buffet (priced at $129 per adult) will feature carving stations, a seafood display and caviar station, plus a bottomless drink menu. The to-go package (priced at $369; orders must be made by Nov. 19) serves as many as eight people and includes herb-rubbed roasted turkey, homemade bread stuffing, creamy potato puree, green bean casserole, roasted sweet potatoes and pecan pie. If that’s not enough, DaSilva and her team present a special day-after leftovers menu from 7 to 11:30 a.m. during breakfast. Options include pumpkin spice latte, sweet potato pancakes and turkey eggs Benedict.
Contact: 954.302.6460, 954.302.6430 (to-go orders only), burlockcoast.com
Where: The Village of Gulfstream Park, Hallandale Beach, 501 Silks Run
When: Dinner is from 5 to 10 p.m.; reservations are recommended
The menu: Executive chef Tommy Nevill has put together a special four-course prix-fixe menu (starting at $48 for adults) that includes: tenderloin tomato soup; III Forks signature salad; one of three entrée choices (spiced-rubbed turkey with sausage sage cornbread dressing, creamed potatoes, maple-glazed yams and autumn vegetables; roasted Midwest beef tenderloin with whipped potatoes, off-the-cob creamed corn and autumn vegetables; or Vermont maple-glazed Atlantic salmon with coconut infused jasmine rice and autumn vegetables)—and a choice of desserts (pumpkin pie, Kentucky bourbon chocolate pecan pie, or pecan bread pudding with vanilla ice cream). More than 25 menu items are available a la carte—think shrimp cocktail, filet mignon, Chilean sea bass, six-cheese potatoes and more.
Contact: 954.457.3920, 3forks.com
Where: 111 S. Surf Road, Hallandale Beach
When: 12 to 6 p.m.
The menu: The restaurant renowned for its Robatayaki cuisine is offering a specialty brunch (priced at $75 per person) that includes hot and cold starters at the robata counter, a choice of one main course, as well as a turkey carving station and bottomless pours of select wines. Among the main course items: grilled short rib, salmon teriyaki, and prawns with sweet potato and asparagus tempura.
Contact: 954.271.3222, etarurestaurant.us
Where: 5550 NW 40th St., Coconut Creek
When: 3 to 10 p.m.
The menu: The holiday prix fixe menu was not available at press time, but expect the steak house to put on a culinary show consistent with its award-winning reputation. The standard menu, also available on Thanksgiving, features a dazzling array of fresh seafood (whole Maine lobster, Alaskan king crab legs, shrimp-crusted Florida grouper) to go with its signature dry-aged prime steaks and chops.
Contact: 954.935.6699, casinococo.com
Where: 551 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
When: 5 to 10 p.m.
The menu: The popular shared-plate destination, known for its locally sourced fare, is presenting a special Thanksgiving menu that includes butternut squash gnudi, roasted turkey, sweet potato puree and marshmallows, as well as holiday cocktails—like the spice pumpkin martini.
Contact: 954.414.5160, terramarefl.com
Where: 1103 N. Federal Highway, Pompano Beach
When: 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. (last seating)
The menu: A turkey-day tradition in Pompano, Galuppi’s stages a holiday buffet with at least four carving stations (roasted turkey, prime rib, ahi tuna and honey ham), traditional fixings (gravy, cranberry dressing, herb stuffing), hot sides (mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, corn casserole, and Nina Galuppi’s mac & cheese) and desserts (pumpkin pie, apple pie, pumpkin eggnog bread pudding).
Contact: 954.289.4345, galuppis.com/thanksgiving-dinner
Where: 1309 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
When: 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.; last orders at 9:30 p.m.
The menu: Enjoy a three-course meal inspired by the cuisine of New Orleans. Appetizer choices include fried green tomato with crab salad (corn-crusted, jumbo lump crab, white wine Creole cream sauce) and cheese grits with Le Must braised ham. Of course, there’s roast turkey with cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes and more as well as braised short rib and wild mushroom crusted grouper. For dessert, try pecan pie with Chantilly cream or pumpkin crème brûlée with vanilla sugar cookie.
Contact: 754.200.6344, thebalconylasolas.com
Also in Broward
The following restaurants are open for Thanksgiving meals on Nov. 22
Grille 66 & Bar at Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina, Fort Lauderdale (grille66andbar.com)
Vienna Café & Wine Bar, Davie (viennawinebar.com)
Tarantella Ristorante & Pizzeria, Weston (tarantellas.net)
Blue Moon Fish Company, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea (bluemoonfishco.com)