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with Mike Mayo
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Talkin' turkey, brunch and burgers in the Eat Beat Newsletter

Welcome to the Eat Beat Newsletter. Bird is the word. Snowbird season is taking full flight, which means reserve ahead or prepare for long waits at your favorite restaurants. And Thanksgiving is almost here. This will be the final time President Obama pardons a turkey. Post-election joke making the rounds: This year the turkey might decline.

(Talkin' turkey ... without the cooking.)

Turkey time: If you don't feel up to the Thanskgiving Day tasks of shopping, cooking and cleaning up, South Florida restaurants are ready to serve. Among them: Steak 954 in the Fort Lauderdale W Hotel, 401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., will offer a special turkey with all the trimmings family-style dinner ($32 per person) along with its regular menu. City Tap House, 700 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach, will offer a Thanksgiving Day buffet ($35 adults, $15 children). Runyon's, 9810 W. Sample Rd., Coral Springs, will offer a $39 turkey dinner along with some regular menu items and be open from 1 to 8 p.m. GG's Waterfront Bar and Grill, 606 N. Ocean Dr., Hollywood, will offer a whole turkey carved tableside for parties of eight or more ($50 per person, kids $25, must call ahead at 954-929-7030) or a three-course turkey dinner at $39 and other menu options. Spoto's Oyster Bar, 4560 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, will be open from noon to 7 p.m. and offer a special menu, including a traditional turkey dinner at $24.75. The Margaritaville Restaurant in the Margaritaville Resort, 1111 N. Ocean Blvd., Hollywood, will offer a three-course turkey dinner ($39.99 adults, $23 for kids 12 and under), and also a Thanksgiving dinner-to-go option, a $195 feast serving six to eight people including a whole roast turkey, sides and desserts. Orders must be placed by 2 p.m. on Nov. 21 at 954-874-4471, and must be picked up on Thanksgiving Day between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Gobble gobble! 

(Getting toasted with the weekend brunch bunch.)

Brunches and lunches: If you're into the weekend afternoon eating and drinking scene, more options keep popping up. Dining correspondent Susan Bryant has news of two new restaurant brunches, at Novello Restaurant & Bar in Boca Raton (formerly Renzo's of Boca), and at Our Passion at the Trio in Fort Lauderdale. And I spotlighted the Saturday lunch service at Kuro Restaurant in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood. Lunch is offered noon to 3 p.m. on Saturdays only, and features what chef Alex Becker calls "Japanese soul food," including ramen soups, soba noodles and mixed rice bowls. With all 12 lunch items under $20, it's a more affordable, accessible way to enjoy the upscale Japanese dining palace, which has been named Best South Broward Restaurant by SouthFlorida.com readers in our annual Best of South Florida competition. Full results and all the winners of 2016 Best of South Florida will soon be posted on SouthFlorida.com, and will appear in Friday's Showtime section of the Sun Sentinel. Happy eating (and reading)!

(Of burgers, beasts and fast food art.)

Big Macs and burgers: A big week for hamburgers past, present and future. I wrote about the two new variants of the Big Mac now being offered by South Florida McDonald's restaurants, the smaller Mac Jr. (with a single patty and a standard bun) and the super-sized Grand Mac (with two patties tipping the scales at 1/3 pound of beef -- and a whopping 890 calories). My takeaway after tasting both: these mutant Macs needlessly mess with a classic. If fast-food kitsch is your thing, Miami food blogger Sef "Burger Beast" Gonzalez is opening the Burger Beast Museum at the Magic City Casino, 450 NW 37th Ave., Miami. My colleague Johnny Diaz got a sneak peek of the nostalgia on display, including signs, menus and wrappers of places that have gone to that great grill in the sky. The Burger Beast Museum officially opens Dec. 2 and admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children. And no, you don't get fries with that.

Quote of the week: "It's not a deaf-friendly space," Brenda Adkinson, American Sign Language translator, speaking about the setting in professional kitchens, from an inspiring Miami Herald feature story about Joselyn Escobar, 22, the first deaf student at the Miami Culinary Institute.

Got a restaurant tip or dining beef?  Reach me at mmayo@southflorida.com or 954-356-4508. Don’t troll me, but feel free to roast or flambeé me on Twitter: @heymikemayo, and follow my food adventures on Instagram: @mikemayoeats.

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Stay hungry, my friends.

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