Did you burn the turkey? Or are there still sweaters being stored inside your oven? Don’t stress either way, as there are plenty of trained professionals who can make your Thanksgiving meal a complete success. All you have to do is show up. (But do call first in case you need to make a reservation.) —Arielle Stevenson
400 BEACH SEAFOOD AND TAP HOUSE 400 Beach Drive NE, St. Pete, 727-896-2400, 400beachseafood.com. A traditional Thanksgiving meal will be served at their brunch/lunch buffet plus plenty of seafood. $27.95 for adults, $12.95 ages 3-12.
BON APPETIT 150 Marina Plaza, Dunedin, 727-733-2151, bonappetitrestaurant.com. Enjoy your Thanksgiving meal on the waterfront this year at Bon Appetit. Dine downstairs on a four-course menu with five entrée choices, or head upstairs for a magnificent buffet filled with all your favorites. $45 per person for four-course meal, 12-9 p.m. $39.95 for holiday buffet, 12-6 p.m.
CASSIS AMERICAN BRASSERIE 170 Beach Drive, St. Pete, 727-827-2927, cassisab.com. Indulge in a three-course prix fixe Thanksgiving menu of pumpkin soup, mixed greens, bacon and shrimp casserole, turkey, salmon, stuffing, sweet potatoes and pie. Reservations highly recommended. $38 adults, $20 kids under 12; 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
COLUMBIA RESTAURANT 2117 E. Seventh Ave., Tampa, 813-248-4961; 800 Second Ave. N.E. (on the fourth floor of the Pier), St. Pete, 727-822-8000; 1241 Gulf Boulevard, Clearwater, 727-596-8400, columbiarestaurant.com. Go with the traditional Thanksgiving feast of roast Vermont turkey with Columbia stuffing, sides (like sweet potato pecan casserole), soup, salad and choice of dessert, or go with the Spanish-Cuban fare the Columbia is famous for. Both menus available all day. Thanksgiving menu: $21.95 adults, $5.95 children under 10; 11 a.m.-close.
KELLY’S FOR JUST ABOUT … ANYTHING! 319 Main St., Dunedin, 727-736-5284, kellyschicaboom.com. Indulge in Kelly’s four-course feast with their take on the infamous ‘Turducken’: boneless turkey, duck and chicken breasts layered with Italian sausage and cheddar corn stuffing, roasted and served with a Creole turkey gravy. $23.99 adults, $7.99 children 10 and under; 3-7 p.m.
ISLAND WAY GRILL 20 Island Way, Clearwater, 727-461-6617. Nosh on a traditional buffet, complete with turkey, ham, shrimp, oysters, roast beef, salad, cheese, sweet potatoes, stuffing with sausage and sage, raw bar, and a lovely dessert selection. $24.95 adults, $10.95 children under 12, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Reservations recommended.
OYSTERCATCHERS 2900 Bayport Drive, Tampa, 813-207-6716. Holiday buffet of traditional Thanksgiving favorites, dessert room, complimentary Bloody Marys and mimosas. $65 adults, $25 children 6-12, 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
PELAGIA TRATTORIA 2223 N. West Shore Blvd. (lobby level of the Renaissance International Plaza Tampa Hotel), 813-313-3235, pelagiatrattoria.com. Dig into a massive all-day buffet at Pelagia Trattoria. Free Champagne cocktail (bellini or mimosa) with buffet. Turkey with sage gravy, honey glazed hame, house prime rib, rigatoni, seafood, sushi, fresh fruit and berry platters and more. $40 for adults, $16.95 12 and under, reservations recommended. 10 a.m.- 9 p.m.
THE RUSTY PELICAN 2425 N. Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, 813-281-1943, therustypelican.com. A buffet complete with made-to-order pasta dishes, a carving station, raw bar, mimosas, cheese, fruit, pastries and a chocolate fountain. That is in addition to all your Thanksgiving favorites available as well. $46 adults, $19 kids; 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
SANDPEARL RESORT 500 Mandalay Ave., Clearwater Beach, 727-674-4109, sandpearl.com. Spend Thanksgiving with a view of picturesque Clearwater Beach while dining at the Sandpearl’s Caretta on the Gulf restaurant. Dinner is a three-course meal with four choices for the first and second course plus dessert. $59 for adults, $19 for kids 3-10, brunch: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., prix-fixe dinner 6-10 p.m.
SEMINOLE HARD ROCK CASINO 5223 N. Orient Road, Tampa, 813-627-7625. Council Oak will have buttermilk country fried turkey, turkey leg confit, roasted brussel sprouts and bread pudding from 5 p.m. until close for $50 per person. Fresh Harvest’s Thanksgiving buffet features maple-glazed turkey breast, crispy fried wings, sweet potato streusel, green bean casserole with fried onions, smoked ribs, bacon-wrapped grouper, a Mongolian grill and more. $27 for non-members, $22 Players club members. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
SHOR AMERICAN SEAFOOD GRILL 301 Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach, 727-373-4780, shorclearwater.com. Another great spot on Clearwater Beach to celebrate this day of giving thanks, Shor will be offering an elegant brunch buffet on the 24th. Guests can feast on the traditional Turkey Day fare, raw bar, Floribbean fusion dishes, breakfast favorites, a Bloody Mary bar and much more. $48 adults, $24 kids under 12. 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
TAMPA BAY THANKSVEGAN FEAST Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa, 11400 Morris Bridge Road, Tampa, 813-988-8188. Enjoy an animal-cruelty-free Thanksgiving at the seventh annual ThanksVegan feast, hosted at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa. $6 for adults with a vegan dish to feed six or more people, couple’s dish to feed 12 or more. $16 without a dish to share. 1-5:30 p.m.
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