Maria Murriel, SouthFlorida.com
11:26 AM EST, November 19, 2012
Leave cooking to the experts this Thanksgiving. South Florida’s chefs are counting on you to skip the work of prepping, basting and cleaning up to take advantage of the dinner specials at area gourmet restaurants. But make your reservations now; these spots will fill quickly.
Lola's on Harrison in Hollywood is preparing to serve deep-fried turkey breast, apricot-braised turkey drumsticks and pumpkin cream pie Thanksgiving Day. Adult tickets cost $39, and children 9 and younger pay $19. There will be seatings every hour Thursday from 2 to 8 p.m. 954-927-9851 or LolasOnHarrison.com.
Even the vegan restaurant Sublime in Fort Lauderdale will prepare a Gardein-brand meatless turkey for its no-animal-eating clientele. The three-course dinner costs $39 for adults and $29 for children, and includes a salad, choice of “turkey” or roasted stuffed squash, and choice of lactose-free cheesecake or apple pie. Soft drinks are included in the price. Seating starts 1 p.m. Thursday at 1431 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale. Info: 954-615-1431 or SublimeRestaurant.com.
Johnny V on Las Olas will open for Thanksgiving for the first time, serving turkey, grilled pork tenderloin and grilled dolphin from 2 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Instead of offering a fixed price, Johnny V's allows guests to choose as many dishes as they like during each course. Call 954-761-7920 or visit JohnnyVLasOlas.com.
Steak 954 at the W Fort Lauderdale offers an a la carte Thanksgiving menu including the indispensable turkey, island spiced calabaza, corn bread, and apple galette for dessert. The restaurant will operate from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday. Call 954-414-8333 or visit Steak954.com.
Buca di Beppo in Davie will bring a 10-person feast to your home if you place an order by Monday, Nov. 19. The party trays contain signature menu items and prices start at $135. The restaurant will open for dinner from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday. For $45, up to three diners can share platters of turkey with Italian sausage stuffing and other Italian-flavored Thanksgiving classics. For $90, up to six people can order the same feast. BucadiBeppo.com
For $44.95, guests at III Forks in Hallandale can dine on turkey, Midwest beef tenderloin or glazed Atlantic salmon on Thanksgiving. The restaurant will serve dinner from 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Children 11 and younger pay $15.95. 954-457-3920 or IIIForks.com.
Meanwhile, the B'Stro at B Ocean Fort Lauderdale will get together a Thanksgiving dinner including maple-mustard-glazed ham and pan-seared salmon with garlic and wilted spinach. Spiced apple cider will be available for pairing with pumpkin or bourbon-pecan pie. The three-course dinner costs $35. 954-302-5252 or BHotelsAndResorts.com.
Legal Sea Foods in the Boca Town Center will offer guests picks from its regular menu, but the Thanksgiving special will be a personal serving of roasted turkey breast with stuffed with sausage and served with mashed potatoes, butternut squash and cranberry sauce. That's a $21.95 meal for adults and $7.95 for children, available Thursday from noon to 9 p.m. Call 561-447-2112 or visit LegalSeaFoods.com.
Cafe Boulud in Palm Beach has a three-course dinner in store including roasted beet salad and celery, chestnut and apple veloute with spiced marshmallows. The feast costs $75 and $30 for children 9 and younger, and will be served from 1 to 9 p.m. Thursday. 561-655-6060 or CafeBoulud.com.
Racks Downtown Eatery in Boca will serve roasted turkey paired with orange-ginger-cranberry chutney,and root-beer glazed ham with sweet potato and goat cheese mash. One dessert choice is pecan pie with bourbon sauce. Adults pay $28.95 and children 12 and younger pay $14.95. Call 561-395-1662.
Stephane's in Boca offers holiday diners a three-course menu for $60. Entree choices include Bouillabaisse, aged prime rib and roasted organic turkey. Reservations are accepted from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Call 561-893-8838 or StephanesRestaurant.com.
Or, head to the Four Seasons Resort in Palm Beach, where Thursday’s agenda includes a buffet at The Restaurant from noon to 8 p.m. and dinner at The Ocean Bistro from 5:30 to 10 p.m. The buffet costs $110 per person, and $35 for age 12 and younger. Offerings include stone crabs with mustard sauce, macadamia-crusted mahi-mahi, and mandarin-almond cheesecake. Meanwhile, the bistro will serve braised beef short ribs with wild mushrooms and squash puree, plus heirloom-apple bread pudding for dessert. The resort is at 2800 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach. Info: 561-493-5549 or FourSeasons.com/PalmBeach.
Ben's Kosher Restaurant in Boca will cater your dinner for 10 people for $189.99, including a whole 15-pound roasted turkey and traditional sides. Dine-in service will be available at the restuarant for $21.99, and a children's feast for $9.99. Seatings are at 1 p.m., 2:15 p.m. and 5 p.m. 561-470-9963 or BensDeli.net.
Sinclair's Ocean Grill at the Jupiter Beach Resort will serve dinner Thursday from 2 to 9 p.m. for $39.95. Children 11 and younger pay $14.95. From noon to 5 p.m., the hotel will offer a Thanksgiving buffet for $42.95, $19.95 for children. 866-943-0950 or JupiterBeachResort.com.
660 at the Angler's presents a three-course menu for $44.95 per person from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday. Choose between roasted butternut squash bisque or almond-stuffed bacon-wrapped dates and Latin-style roasted turkey or leg of lamb with orange au jus. Call 786-594-5811 or visit TheAnglersResort.com.
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