Some like to think that it is not possible to capture the holiday spirit in Florida, though nothing could be further from the truth, especially if spending time with family and friends along the Emerald Coast. In the past dining in or out for Thanksgiving vacationers could pose a hassle, but not any longer. Check out our cornucopia of local purveyors and restaurants offering turkey dinners to-go and delicious menu options for all to savor,
Local Catch Bar & Grill is a favorite among locals and visitors alike and the owners of this establishment know how to plan a party. Their Sunday Funday has become well know in the southeast, and so will their 1st Annual Thanksgiving buffet dinner taking place this year. Offered from 11am to 3pm, it is not to be missed. Another not to be missed event is their Thanksgiving party taking place on the eve of Friday, November 25th with tunes by Forrest Williams. Call (850) 622-2022 for details and to make reservations.
Vue on 30A, Chef Giovanni Filippone is well prepared each season and knows how to do brunch in style. The Vue on 30A annual Thanksgiving Day brunch usually sells out, so think about making a reservation. Offered from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., expect traditional sides with a coastal flair. Pricing is at $49.95 for adults, $15.95 for kids 6 to 12, and children 5 and under eat free. Call (850) 267-2305 to RSVP.
Marie’s Bistro is a family friendly locals hangout that will be open on Thanksgiving Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and serving a special buffet as well as a holiday menu. Carry out is also an option if ordering by Nov. 21. Pick-up is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 23; or 10 a.m. to noon on Thanksgiving Day. The buffet cost will be $28 for adults, and $12 for children ages 4 to 12. Expect favorites like herb roasted turkey, bourbon ham, shrimp cocktail, smoked tuna dip, plus all the traditional sides you have grown to love. Phone (850) 278-6856 for more information.
Bud & Alley’s will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, but do not fret because the coveted Tarpon Club Deck overlooking the Gulf will open at 4pm just in time for the sunset, and they will be serving cold wraps and turkey sandwiches. For more information call (850) 231-5900.
Harbor Docks located in the heart of Destin has a long standing practice of giving back to our local community, and invites your family to be a guest at their 22nd Annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner. Everyone is welcome. While there is absolutely no charge, donations will be accepted from those capable of making them. All proceeds will benefit Okaloosa Habitat and Destin Harvest projects. This traditional, homestyle Thanksgiving Day feast will be served from 11 am until 7 pm. Call (850) 837-2506 for more information or to make a donation.
Brotula’s Seafood House & Steamer is offering a Thanksgiving Buffett on Thursday, November 24 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. It will include conventional Thanksgiving fare: Candied Honey Ham, Slow Roasted Prime Rib, Traditional Stuffing and Cranberry Dressing, and Brotula’s Seafood House & Steamer’s signature twist on Southern classics like Blackened Red Snapper with sweet corn butter sauce and Bourbon Pecan Stuffing. Call (850) 460-8900 for more information and to make reservations. Pricing is $32.95 for adults, $16.95 for guests 11 years of age and under, and free for those under 5.
In addition to Thanksgiving offerings, the Destin Harbor-front restaurant is available for private parties, rehearsal dinners and catered affairs of all sizes. Brotula’s Seafood House & Steamer staff will work to create a one of a kind menu catered to guests tastes.
Saltwater Grill in Panama City Beach is the newest partner on our sister site GulfCoastRestaurants.com, and they are offering an advanced reservation Thanksgiving Buffet but welcome walk-ins too. As soon as you enter the restaurant, you are presented with a panoramic view of its seven-foot high, 25,000-gallon tropical saltwater aquarium. Both the large Café dining room and cozy Mermaid Room lounge at Saltwater Grill offer dazzling views of this tropical reef and its nonstop parade of exotic sea creatures. Saltwater Grill is a steak and seafood lovers dream that provides a relaxing, casual atmosphere designed to create the ultimate dining experience. Call (850) 230-2739 for reservations or visit saltwatergrillpcb.com for more information.
The Henderson Resort is the newest luxury boutique hotel that has opened in Destin, Florida. With that comes their highly anticipated Primrose restaurant that will be open on Thanksgiving Day. The menu includes a classic family style dinner with turkey, ham, dressing, green bean casserole, pumpkin pie and all the trimmings. The cost is $58.00 for adults and $28.00 for children. It will be served from noon until 8 p.m. For more information call 850-424-4453.
Twin Oaks Farm is offering pre-order certified organic, pastured, soy free local turkey’s for Thanksgiving. Stop by the FarmStand in Grayton Beach or call to reserve yours as soon as possible. Owner and Farmher Renee is open everyday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is requiring a $50 deposit. The turkey’s are $12.00 a pound and worth every penny.
Chef Kevin Korman opened Roselie Dining & Seafood Bar earlier this year at 30Avenue in Inlet Beach with his wife Angela. Thanksgiving-To-Go is their specialty and will feed your hungry crew of four. For $135 patrons will choose an appetizer, entree, three sides and a dessert saving all the hassle in order to enjoy more time at the beach. Pick-up is Wednesday, Nov. 23 and the complete menu is online to view. They will also deliver for an additional fee. Thanksgiving dinner will be served in the restaurant from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. too. Make sure to get your order in by calling (850) 909-0400 by Friday, Nov. 18.
Check out what’s happening during Thanksgiving in Seaside, FL in my Seaside Times article here.
As always, if choosing to cook at home, check out 30A Eats Thanksgiving Recipes here.