Unfortunately, I have to work on Thanksgiving Day *sad face* but for y’all who have the luxury of being able to relax and chill eating all the fixings. The one thing I don’t look forward to on Thanksgiving is the cleanup process so, if you’re anything like me, I’d suggest finding other plans to make the day less stressful. Thanksgiving plans in Tampa Bay are in abundance with restaurants open that day and serving their own meals:
All events are happening on Thursday, November 28 unless otherwise noted.
4 Rivers Smokehouse Order your entire meal of smoked turkeys, homestyle sides, and desserts in minutes. The last day to order a meal is Saturday, Nov. 23. $10.50-$129.99. Various locations. 4rsmokeouse.com.
Anchor and Brine Bring the family for an elevated two-course meal complete with dessert. You can even add bottomless wine to your meal for $20. Reservations encouraged. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. $45 per person. 505 Water St., Tampa. 727-204-6391. anchorandbrine.com
Boca Let someone else do all the work for a change. Order a meal to-go by Sunday, Nov. 24. $6.50-$95. Various locations. bocatampa.com.
Birch and Vine Choose between A La Carte or Prix Fixe menus to sample what Chef Lee Aquino prepared. Make reservations through OpenTable or calling. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. $55 per person. 340 Beach Dr. NE, St. Petersburg, 727-896-1080. thebirchwood.com.
The Capital Grille A masterfully prepared celebration with all the fixings. Thanksgiving and regular dinner menus served all day. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $43 for adults, $15 for children. 2223 N. West Shore Blvd., Tampa, 813-830-9433. thecapitalgrille.com.
Chief’s Creole Café Pick up a meal to-go the day before Thanksgiving and relax the day of. The meal includes a Creole Smoked Turkey with 6 large sides including dirty rice, cranberry sauce, and more. 11/27. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. $99.99. 901 22nd St. S., St. Petersburg, 727-498-8979. chiefscreolecafe.com.
The Don CeSar Guests have a few buffets to choose from throughout the day. Reservations are recommended. 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. $78-$85 for adults, $27-$28 for children 5-12. 3400 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, 727-360-1881. doncesar.com.
Eddie V’s Order carved, slow-roasted turkey and gravy or opt for prime seafood and steak. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. $12-$43. 4400 W. Boy Scout Blvd., Tampa, 813-877-7290. eddiev.com.
Epicurean Hotel The popular hotel is serving a family-style feast with a cornucopia of food. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. $55 per person, $20 for children under 12. 1207 S. Howard Ave., Tampa, 813-999-8700. epicureanhotel.com.
There are so many Thanksgiving plans in Tampa Bay it’s kinda hard to choose from. For the rest of the list, click here.
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