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Monday, November 19, 2018

Every Orlando restaurant we know of serving Thanksgiving dinner this year

Posted By on Mon, Nov 19, 2018 at 3:41 PM

click to enlarge Cranberry-orange tart offered for Thanksgiving dessert at Tapa Toro. - PHOTO COURTESY TAPA TORO
  • Photo courtesy Tapa Toro
  • Cranberry-orange tart offered for Thanksgiving dessert at Tapa Toro.

We get it: We can barely bring ourselves to look away from the insanity of the news long enough to plan Thanksgiving ourselves. Luckily, there are plenty of Central Florida restaurants offering to-go or to-stay Turkey Day meals that will deliver just the kind of comestible comfort we're craving.

Chef Art Smith's Homecomin'
Disney Springs' southern-fried restaurant is serving Thanksgiving dinner, as well as their normal menu, on Nov. 22. This year, the plate includes smoked turkey breast, buttery mashed potatoes (accent on the "buttery"), gravy, savory cornbread stuffing, green beans, sweet & sour cranberry sauce and cheddar cheese biscuits. Adults are $38, kids are $16.
Make reservations here.

Tapa Toro
New executive chef Frank Galeano is ready to stretch his chops for a $27 prix fixe Spanish-Thanksgiving fusion menu, including white bean soup spiked with pork belly and chorizo, carved porchetta with maple-glazed Brussels sprouts and chorizo stuffing, and cranberry-orange tart with chantilly cream and chorizo (just kidding!). The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m.
Make reservations here.

Taverna Opa
Go Greek this year and make like your Aunt Linda and dance on the table at the I-Drive boite where the napkins fly and the ouzo flows. The $25 per person menu includes choice of three Greek appetizers, choice of entree from chicken, beef or lamb, and loukoumades — Greek donuts with honey syrup — for dessert.
Make reservations here.

Morimoto Asia
Try an Asian-American fusion option for Thanksgiving this year, under the stunning chandeliers at this stunning resto. For $48 per person, the restaurant is serving a Peking Turkey dinner, including roasted pork fried rice "stuffing," Japanese candied yams, cranberry-litchi chutney, and Sichuan peppercorn gravy. So exciting!
Make reservations here.

Cafe Gauguin at the Rosen Centre
Reservations are recommended at this hotel restaurant serving a Thanksgiving buffet with complimentary champagne for $47.95 per person ages 12 and up, $17.95 for kids 4 to 12, and under 4 are free.
Make reservations here.

Cafe Osceola at the Rosen Shingle Creek
For unlimited champagne and mimosas starting at 10 a.m. through 8 p.m., make reservations at Cafe Osceola for their Turkey Day Buffet for $69.95 per person, $29.95 for kids aged 4 to 11, and children 3 and under are free. What's more, valet parking is complimentary (so you can just roll from the restaurant to your car without wasting a calorie), and Florida residents get 25 percent off the price. Reservations are required.
Make reservations here.

Rosen Plaza Hotel
Warm soups, chilled seafood and traditional roast turkey are on the menu at the Rosen Plaza from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, where the buffet goes for $45.95 per person (save $3 if you pre-pay reservations before Nov. 15), $18.95 for kids 4 to 11, and under 4 are free. The price includes complimentary wine and free parking.
Make reservations by calling 407-326-0955.

Hilton Orlando
All three of the I-Drive Hilton's restaurants are open on Thanksgiving Day, each offering a different take on the traditional meal. Spencer's For Steaks and Chops is offering a classic plated meal. David's Club Bar & Grill will serve a more progressive-style meal with spaghetti squash and cauliflower mash. Prefer a poolside Thanksgiving? Opt for Tropics Pool Bar's casual menu with riffs on traditional dishes — think: sweet potato fries with a juicy turkey burger.
Make reservations for Spencer's for Steaks and Chops here.
Make reservations for David's Club Bar & Grill here.

Buca di Beppo
The family-style Italian restaurant will be serving a $22.95 Thanksgiving dinner, including sliced turkey, gravy, garlic mashed potatoes, Italian sausage stuffing, green beans and cranberry sauce. A slice of pumpkin pie is included with the price of the meal, but if you'd rather have lasagna, the regular Buca menu will also be available. The restaurant is also offering its Thanksgiving meals to go, for either pick up or delivery, in sizes that feed either 3 or 5 guests.

Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse
Open from 1 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Turkey Day, the I-Drive upscale steak temple will offer a $49 per person Thanksgiving menu with all the trimmings, with choice of appetizer (butternut squash soup or "Harvest" salad) and choice of dessert (pumpkin cheesecake or pecan pie with ice cream). A kid's menu is available for $24.95. 
Make reservations here.

Tony Roma's
The flagship TR restaurant is offering a $29 per person meal on Nov. 22, including choice of salad or soup, a turkey entree with cornbread, stuffing, red-skinned mashed potatoes, garlicky green beans, and finishes with cobbler a la mode for dessert. Kids eat for just $16. The restaurant will be open from 12 p.m. until 11 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
Make reservations here.

Fogo de Chao
In addition to the churrasco spot's regular rotation of spit-fired meats and rotunda of veggies, they'll be serving turkey and gravy, house-made cranberry relish, sweet potato casserole, and a dressing made with Brazilian sausage, for an all-day dinner price: $54.95 per person. 
Make reservations here.

The Edison
For $25 per person, have a traditional Thanksgiving feast at the steampunk-meets-Roaring-20s resto at Disney Springs. Feast on oven-roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, baby carrots and cranberry chutney.
Make reservations here.

Maria & Enzo's/Enzo's Hideaway
The sister restaurants are offering sister menus for $39 per person, $19 per child 9 and under, to feast on Italian-American fusion Thanksgiving dinner. Enjoy roasted apple and winter squash soup, mushroom arancini, roasted beets with marinated goat cheese, pasta al forno, and braised turkey meatballs. A tasting of desserts include mini cannoli, pumpkin cheesecake, gelatos and sorbets.
Make reservations for Maria & Enzo's here.
Make reservations for Enzo's Hideaway here.

Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant
This year's offering at the Irish restaurant at Disney Springs includes herb-roasted turkey with gravy, duck fat potato roasties, Brussels sprouts, apple and sage stuffing, and cranberry-plum chutney for $28 for adults, $14 for kids. Live music will begin at 4:30 and continue through the evening.
Make reservations by calling 407-938-0300.

Ravello at Four Seasons Resort Orlando
The elegant Italian spot at Orlando's only five-star resort is offering an immense Thanksgiving buffet, including an absolute bevy of options with which to stuff yourself silly. Choose from antipasti and charcuterie display, oysters, king crab legs, sushi, shrimp ravioli, chicken al mattone, baked ham, roasted leg of lamb, Boursin-whipped potatoes, traditional green bean casserole, a selection of salads and a roasted butternut squash soup. Of course there will also be turkey with all the sides, and a plethora of desserts, including traditional pumpkin pie, cinnamon pumpkin tiramisu, mini pecan pies. Price is $115 per adult and $45 per child.
Make reservations here.

Capa at Four Seasons Resort Orlando
In additional to the stellar a la carte menu, Capa will also be offering a Thanksgiving special on Nov. 22, from 4:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. The special includesroasted turkey confit, served with a side of potato puree, stuffing, winter vegetables, and cranberry and port gravy sauce. For dessert, enjoy black-bottomed pumpkin cheesecake with caramelized pecans. The Thanksgiving special is $58 for adults, $29 for kids.
Make reservations here.

Wine Bar George
Disney Springs' swankiest address is doing Thanksgiving for a nice price — $32 for adults and $16 for kids ages 9 and under. Pumpkin cheesecake slices are $10, but we challenge you to use that Hamilton toward the $100 one-ounce tasting pour of that '96 Chateau Margaux instead. Treat yo' self.
Make reservations here.

The Alfond Inn
$69 per adult, $29 per kid (age 5-12), will net you a spot at one of two Thanksgiving seatings, either 1 p.m. or 4 p.m., to eat yourself silly at Winter Park's art-history hotel. Menu offerings at the buffet include roasted cauliflower and maple soup, spice-rubbed NY strip loin, turkey with cranberry sauce, and sides like sweet potato hash, green beans almondine and whipped potatoes with gravy.
Make reservations here.

The Palm
The steakhouse at the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando is serving a three-course feast for the holiday for $55 per adult and $24 for kids under 12. The dinner includes choice of first course (butternut squash soup, lobster bisque or kale-apple salad), entree with turkey and all the trimmings, and choice of dessert (flourless chocolate cake or "Pumpkin Cranberry Bash" — not sure what that is, but likely delicious).
Make reservations here.

Bites & Bubbles
From 4 to 8 p.m., the Mills Ave. restaurant will serve a traditional Thanksgiving meal with turkey or honey-glazed ham and sides. Appetizers include butternut squash bisque and deviled eggs made from Eddie Nickell's mother's own recipe, and for dessert, choose Key lime pie or pumpkin cheesecake for $39 per person. The restaurant is also offering a to-go Thanksgiving dinner package for eight guests, which includes an 18 to 20 pound bird, mashed potatoes, green beans, gravy, stuffing, deviled eggs, pumpkin pie and cranberry sauce for $189.99.
Make reservations here or call 407-270-5085 to order the to-go package.

Drunken Monkey
The Milk District coffeehouse is offering a prepaid veggie-forward Thanksgiving this year with three seatings: 1 to 3 p.m., 4 to 6 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. They'll be serving Tofurky and turkey this year for $28.99 for adults, $16.99 for kids 5 to 12, and children 5 and under are free. Sides and desserts include mashed potatoes and gravy, dressing, green peas, gingered carrots, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole soup or squash soup, and choice of either pumpkin pie or one of DM's vegan or non-vegan desserts. Drinks, including coffee, tea, chai, mulled cider and eggnog are also included.
Make reservations and prepay by calling 407-893-4994.

Eleven, Forte and The Clubhouse at Reunion Resort
The three restaurants at the Kissimmee resort will be serving different iterations for Thanksgiving. The Clubhouse at the golf course will be serving a three-course meal from 11 a.m. until 9 .m., featuring maple-glazed turkey and pumpkin pie for $29 per person. Forte and Eleven will serve Thanksgiving-inspired menu features like warm duck salad, sweet potato soup and pineapple ham from 5:30 to 10 p.m.
Make reservations here.

Metro Diner
All Orlando locations of the vintage-style "greasy spoon" will offer a Thanksgiving special at breakfast, just in case you can't wait for dinner to nosh on traditional faves. They'll be cooking up a stuffing waffle with turkey, topped with mashed potatoes and gravy and served with a side of cranberry sauce. The restaurant will close at 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day so employees can enjoy the holiday with their families.
Find a location here.

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
For $42 per person, enjoy a three-course meal with lobster bisque, herb-roasted turkey breast, and family-style sides. Desserts include seasonal offerings like apple crisp. Don't worry steak lovers: The restaurant will also offers its everyday menu in case a filet sounds better than a drumstick. On Thanksgiving Day, Fleming's restaurants will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Find a location here.

The Oceanaire Seafood Room
The I-Drive temple of seafood will offer a stuffed turkey roulade special on Thanksgiving Day, filled with sage-cranberry stuffing and accompanied by mashed potatoes, homemade cranberry chutney and a seasonal vegetable for $39. Celebrate with an oyster special before heading to the stores on Black Friday, too, as bivalves are just $1 each at the bar on Nov. 23.
Make reservations here.

Disney Springs' posh steakhouse is running three Thanksgiving specials for Turkey Day, including Maine lobster-butternut squash bisque for $15, a turkey breast and confit turkey leg entree with five different sides, plus gravy, for $42, and a spiced pumpkin cheesecake dessert special for $12.
Make reservations here.

Celebrate with your ohana at the Sand Lake Pacific fusion restaurant from 12 to 9 p.m. for $39.95 per adult. Guests can choose between lobster bisque or Caesar salad to start, teriyaki-glazed turkey as an entree with portuguese sausage stuffing, green beans with hazelnuts, sesame carrots, truffled mashed potatoes, and bacon-spiked pan gravy. For the sweet treat, choose either maple brown sugar pumpkin tart or chocolate torte.
Make reservations here.

Nikki's Place

Not only is the soul-food spot serving a to-go turkey dinner — with your choice of deep-fried ($70) or roasted turkey ($65) — you can also BYOB (bring your own bird!) that's 12-16 pounds and they'll fry or roast it for you: $35 for roasting, $40 for frying. Side items come in either quarter- or half-pan options and range from $18 for a quarter-pan of yellow rice to $47 for a half-pan of Nikki's famous mac 'n cheese. Nikki's Place will also be open on Thanksgiving, if you just need a plate of something hot and comforting on the holiday.
Order deadline: Nov. 18
Pick up: Nov. 21 and 22

The Sanctum
Vegetarians and vegans (or anyone who just really likes real, damn good food, for that matter) can order Thanksgiving from The Sanctum, where they're offering seven different dishes for order. These include Warm Hearts of Palm & Spinach Dip, Winter Squash Soup with Apple Chips, Organic Smashed Potatoes & Cauliflower with Mushroom Gravy, Local Sweet Potato Casserole, Wild Rice Pilaf, Tempeh Sausage & Leek Stuffing and Bourbon-Maple Pumpkin Cheezecake. Orders must be submitted by Nov. 15 for pickup on Nov. 20 and 21.
Place your order online here.

Pizza Bruno
The wood-fired pizza restaurant is taking orders through Friday, Nov. 16, for Thanksgiving sides from Bruno Zacchini's kitchen. Pickup days are Nov. 20 to 21, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Curry Ford location. Choose from kale salad, chopped salad, sweet potatoes, cranberry-orange relish, sausage or veggie stuffing made with their famous garlic knots, meatballs, or knots with cinnamon-honey butter, sage-gorgonzola butter, or their classic "knot juice."
Place your order by e-mailing [email protected]

4 Rivers Smokehouse
Order Thanksgiving from the BBQ restaurant and pick up a whole smoked turkey for $80 or whole smoked brisket for $130 (or a half brisket for $70). The Fixin's Package ($50) comes with one quart each of mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potato casserole, cornbread stuffing, green beans and a pint of cranberry chutney. Sides are also available a la carte for $10 per quart. Order by Nov. 17 and pick up on Wednesday, Nov. 21.
Place your order here.

Farm & Haus + Hinckley's Fancy Meats
Brittany and Patrick from East End Market's Farm & Haus are teaming up for a Thanksgiving collab with Matt Hinckley of Hinckley's Fancy Meats with the aim of delivering a perfect Turkey Day dinner to your home. The heritage bird ($150) and sides (starting at $16) are available as a la carte options, or in a $400 package deal that feeds 10-12 guests. Free delivery if you order before Nov. 7.
More information here.

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