Thanksgiving Dining, To Go and Spa Options in South Florida

ÂME SPA at JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa
Photo Credit: ÂME SPA at JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa

ÂME SPA

Âme, JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa’s full-service spa and wellness center has a well-timed offer to help people de-stress this holiday season. For the entire month of November, the spa is offering a special Thanksgiving HOLIDAY REJUVENATION package which features a customized massage and holiday-inspired body scrub. Eighty minutes of bliss can be yours for $195. For more information or to book a treatment, go to amewellness.com or call 305-933-6930. Âme is located at JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa at 19999 Country Club Drive in Aventura. www.jwturnberry.com

Dine-In or To Go: Where to Celebrate Thanksgiving in South Florida
Photo Credit: Ariete

ARIETE

Dine-in and To Go
This Thanksgiving, Coconut Grove eatery Ariete is offering a special Thanksgiving family-style menu available for dine-in and carryout.
Guests who choose to do Thanksgiving at home can pick up To Go Kits with ingredients and instructions to prepare an Ariete Thanksgiving at home.
Priced at $85 per person for takeout and $75 per person for dine-in, the festive menu feeds families of 4 and 8. Dishes include an 8-12 lb turkey with
croqueta stuffing and gravy; pastelitos filled with turkey fricassee; whipped mashed potatoes; a cheese ball with candied walnuts & pecans; heirloom
tomato and Bibb lettuce salad; Green bean casserole; Cranberry jelly; Parker House rolls with whipped honey butter; cornbread stuffing; and pumpkin pie.
Available at an additional cost are the truffle mac and cheese; roasted Brussels sprouts; charcuterie & cheese and more. Thanksgiving orders must be placed
by Monday, November 16th for pickup on Wednesday, November 25th. To place an order and reserve a pickup time, or to make a reservation for dine-in, call
the restaurant at (305) 640-5862 or email events@coconutgrove.com or visit  www.arietecoconutgrove.com

Dine-In or To Go: Where to Celebrate Thanksgiving in South Florida
Photo Credit: Bourbon Steak

BOURBON STEAK

Dine-In
BOURBON STEAK, Chef Michael Mina’s award-winning steakhouse inside the JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa, will be offering a three-course prix fixe for Thanksgiving. Priced at $105 per person (excluding tax and gratuity), guests will have a choice of an appetizer, entree accompanied by a trio of farm fresh side dishes, and a dessert from the restaurant’s coveted daily menu. Special on the menu in celebration of the holiday, a Wood-Grilled Free Range Turkey with cornbread-foie gras stuffing, tangerine cranberry sauce, garlic mashed potatoes, cider glazed yams, and black truffle gravy. Other menu favorites include prime cuts of beef such as ‘Reuben’ Style Bone-in Short Rib, Filet Mignon and Veal Chop; Ice Cold Shellfish Tower with oysters, shrimp, lobster, and king crab; and Spicy Beef Lettuce Cups with Thai chili & basil, sweet chili sauce, and crunchy rice. For dessert, a seasonal Pumpkin Pie with cinnamon marshmallow, walnut crumble and maple ice cream has been added to the menu. Dinner will be offered from 6 PM until 10 PM. Reservations are highly recommended. BOURBON STEAK is located at 19999 W Country Club Drive in Aventura. Reservations can be made online at www.bourbonsteakmia.com or by calling (786) 279-6600.

Burlock Coast Thanksgiving
Photo Credit: Burlock Coast

Burlock Coast

Dine-in and To Go
This Thanksgiving, Burlock Coast at The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale is offering a family-style 3-course meal with a side of stunning views of Fort Lauderdale beach. Offered from 12 PM to 9 PM and priced at $79 per adult and $29 per child (ages 5 to 12), the festive meal begins with Grilled Squash with pomegranate, pumpkin seed, Humboldt Fog cheese, and honey-black pepper vinaigrette, and Artichoke and Baby Shrimp Dip with sourdough bread. The Main Course includes Turkey Breast Roulade and Confit Leg and Thigh served with potato puree, stuffing, grilled broccolini, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, and gravy. To finish, guests can indulge in a Chocolate Pecan Tart and Pumpkin Mousse. Reservations are required by calling (954) 302-6430 or by emailing burlockcoastrsvp@ritzcarlton.com. A limited a la carte menu will be available for dine-in as well as a Bottomless Beverage package priced at $34 per person. Burlock Coast is also offering Thanksgiving To-Go, which includes whole roasted turkey with gravy and cranberry sauce, bread stuffing, creamy potato puree, green bean casserole, roasted sweet potatoes, biscuits, and pecan pie. Thanksgiving To-Go is priced at $299 plus tax and serves 6 to 8 people. Orders must be placed by Wednesday, November 25th at 1 PM. Pick up will be on Thanksgiving Day. Burlock
Coast is located at The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale at 1 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard. www.burlockcoast.com. 

Dine-In or To Go: Where to Celebrate Thanksgiving in South Florida
Photo Credit: Corsair Kitchen & Bar

CORSAIR Kitchen & Bar

Dine-in and To Go
A contemporary American eatery, CORSAIR Kitchen & Bar has reopened just in time for the holidays. The Aventura restaurant located inside the JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa overlooking the golf courses will be offering a three-course family-style Thanksgiving menu. Available for dine-in from 12 PM until 8 PM and priced at $65 per person (excluding tax and gratuity), the prix-fixe gives guests the choice of an appetizer, followed by Thanksgiving dinner for the table and an indulgent dessert platter. Appetizer options include Roasted Pumpkin Bisque with dried pears, cinnamon cream, sage, and toasted pine nuts; Salad of Fall Leaves with roasted beets, caramelized apples, pecans, blue cheese, and maple dressing; and Prosciutto & Figs with compressed melons, feta, baby arugula, and balsamic dressing. For the table, guests will enjoy Roasted Turkey Breast & Sliced Roasted Beef Tenderloin served with dark meat confit, stuffing, sweet potato gratin, buttermilk mash, green beans, cranberry sauce, and turkey gravy. Desserts will include an assortment of seasonal fall pies. For those who prefer to celebrate the holiday at home, CORSAIR will be offering the same menu in a Thanksgiving To-Go format. Dinner for 8 people will be priced at $250 and will be available for pick up on Wednesday, November 25 from 3 PM-5 PM and Thursday, November 26 from 9 AM-11 AM. The restaurant will also be open at 8 AM on Thanksgiving Day and serving a la carte breakfast until 11:30 AM, followed by a lite bites bar menu until 6 PM. CORSAIR Kitchen & Bar is located at 19999 W Country Club Drive inside the JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa in Aventura. Reservations can be made online through OpenTable or by calling (786) 279-6800.

Dine-In or To Go: Where to Celebrate Thanksgiving in South Florida
Photo Credit: Fireman Derek’s Bakeshop

Fireman Derek’s Bakeshop

To Go
Say goodbye to pre-made pie dough and hello to the Magic City’s favorite pie emporium. Fireman Derek’s is officially your one-stop shop for all the Thanksgiving treats! Sweet seekers can choose from seasonal favorites such as Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Cheesecake, Apple Pie, Salted Caramel Pie, Pecan Pie, Carrot Cake, Chocolate Pecan Pie, and more. Preordering will open up online Sunday, November 1, and close Sunday, November 22 on the bakery’s website; here, pie purchasers can specify the preferred day/time for pick-up at either the Wynwood or Coconut Grove storefronts. Both shops will also have a limited number of pies available for last-minute purchase through Wednesday, November 25. Both Fireman Derek’s outposts will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. Fireman Derek’s – Wynwood is located at 2818 N. Miami Avenue; Telephone: (786) 703-3623; Fireman Derek’s – Coconut Grove is located at 3435 Main Highway; Telephone: (786) 502-2396. Follow Fireman Derek’s on social media: @fdpies. To order online, click HERE; firemandereks.com

Dine-In or To Go: Where to Celebrate Thanksgiving in South Florida
Photo Credit: Lightkeepers

Lightkeepers

Dine-in
Those seeking a Thanksgiving Day feast can indulge in a 3-course meal at Lightkeepers at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami. Served family-style and priced at $99 per adult and $39 per child (ages 5 to 12), guests will be offered assorted dinner rolls with sweet cream butter and Beginnings to start including Late Harvest Greens with heirloom carrots, sun-dried cranberries, seasonal radish, checre, candied walnut, and shallot vinaigrette; and Butternut Squash Ravioli with pumpkin seeds, pecorino cheese, and basil. Main Course offerings include Carved Joyce Farms Free-Range Turkey and Keez Beez Honey Glazed Ham served with traditional gravy and cranberry sauce. Black Grouper Escabeche is available as a Main Course substitute. Festive Compliments on offer include Sourdough and Sage Stuffing, Sweet Potato Casserole with gingersnap crumble and marshmallows, Maple, and Lime Roasted Brussel Sprouts with parsnip and beets, and Herb Whipped Yukon Gold Potatoes. To finish, guests can indulge in delightful Desserts including Mini Pumpkin Pie, Dulce de Leche Bread Pudding, and Guava Lime Cheesecake. For $125 per adult, guests will have the added Beverage Package which includes wine, sparkling wine, and beer in addition to the feast. On Thursday, November 26, Thanksgiving Day seatings will be from 12:30 PM to 4 PM and 5 PM to 8 PM. Reservations required, with outdoor seating and 50% seating indoors per Miami-Dade guidelines, and can be made by calling (305) 365-4186 or by email at LKDiningReservations@RitzCarlton.com.  Lightkeepers is located at 455 Grand Bay Drive, Key Biscayne, FL. www.lightkeepersmiami.com.

Lona Oceanside View
Photo Credit: Lona Cocina & Tequileria

Lona Cocina & Tequileria

Dine-in
Celebrate Thanksgiving with an oceanside feast at Lona Cocina & Tequileria on Fort Lauderdale beach. On Thanksgiving Day from 11 AM to 11 PM, Lona is offering a 3-course menu priced at $45 per person. To start, guests can choose between a Harvest Salad or Pumpkin Bisque; both options are served with fresh cornbread. The second course offers a traditional Thanksgiving meal with a Mexican twist: Turkey Breast glazed with homemade Mole Poblano, Homemade Stuffing, and Green Beans. Guests can wrap up the evening with something sweet and indulge in a choice between Pumpkin Pie or Pecan Pie. Don’t forget to ask about their specialty wines and tequila selections. For reservations please call (954) 245-3069. Lona is located at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort at 321 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. Discounted valet is available. www.lonarestaurant.com

Dine-In or To Go: Where to Celebrate Thanksgiving in South Florida
Photo Credit: MK Takeaways

MK Takeaways

To Go
Serving made-from-scratch, Chef-prepared meals since opening in July 2020, MK Takeaways (MKT) is the family-owned, ghost kitchen concept offering chilled, never-frozen dishes delivered to your home. Owned/operated by husband and wife duo, Michael and Karen Stanley, the Broward-based business serves South Florida’s Tri-County area every week, Monday through Saturday. Now, with Thanksgiving right around the corner, MKT has launched an extensive menu to eliminate mealtime stress for friends and families gathering in person or through Zoom to celebrate throughout Miami-Dade, Broward & Palm Beach counties during these unprecedented times.

This year, many families are struggling with the challenge of including relatives who will not be able to spend Thanksgiving together in-person. Fortunately, whether it be via a virtual gathering or a socially-distant soiree, diners can host a seamless celebration with MK Takeaways’ Thanksgiving offerings. In fact, families spread out through the Tri-County area can order and have identical meals delivered to their doors, curating the same holiday experience for the entire family, or having different options for each household. MKT Thanksgiving meals can be purchased individually or family-style depending on the size of your party. The set menu is divided into four courses; mains are accompanied by a choice of appetizer, soups & greens, and sides which are all included in the entrée price. All meals also include a choice of sourdough or cornbread.  Additionally, menu items can be purchased a la carte family-style or in bulk to customize your own Thanksgiving Takeaway. Available a la carte items include all dishes from the Thanksgiving menu as well as an array of tantalizing desserts such as Cinnamon Pumpkin Cheesecake; Caramel Apple Pie and Cranberry Upside-Down Cake.

Customers can access the menu via www.mktakeaways.com and orders can be placed online or via phone. All orders must be placed by Friday, November 20, and can be delivered Tuesday, November 24, or Wednesday, November 25. In addition to the Thanksgiving menu, MK Takeaways’ regular menu will also be available for purchase. The MK Takeaways commissary kitchen is located at 12691 West Sunrise Blvd in Sunrise, Florida. Takeout orders can be picked up at the commissary during business hours or delivered directly to your home. MK Takeaways is open Monday-Friday, 10 AM – 8:30 PM; Saturday from 4 PM to 8:30 PM but will be closed on Thursday, November 26. Telephone: (954) 669-1366; www.mktakeaways.com

Dine-In or To Go: Where to Celebrate Thanksgiving in South Florida
Photo Credit: @rmstudiocorp

Sala’o Cuban Restaurant & Bar

Dine-in
Those looking to break free from a traditional Thanksgiving dinner can delight in contemporary Cuban cuisine at Sala’o Cuban Restaurant & Bar, located in the heart of Calle Ocho. On offer will be Executive Chef Alejandro Porben’s inventive dishes such as Confit Smoked Pork Belly with black bean puree, maduro chimichurri, and avocado mousse; Sous Vide Lobster Tail with butter, paprika, and sofrito; Cornish Hen with carrot puree, tomato, baby carrot, and sautéed potato; and the fresh catch of the day, among others. Desserts run the gamut from Condensed Milk Mousse to Chocolate Tiramisu, and the not-to-be-missed light but delicious Coconut Tart. Diners can also enjoy live music and vibrant gin & tonic cocktails from the tableside bar service. Sala’o will be open on Thanksgiving from 5 PM to 11:30 PM. Sala’o is located at 1642 SW 8th Street in Miami. Telephone: (305) 642-8989; www.salaorestaurant.com

StripSteak Dining Room
Photo Credit: StripSteak by Michael Mina

StripSteak by Michael Mina

Dine-in
StripSteak by Michael Mina, the acclaimed modern American steakhouse located at the iconic Fontainebleau Miami Beach, is serving up a Thanksgiving feast for $75++ per person, excluding tax and gratuity, from 5 PM – 11 PM. Guests can start with an appetizer option of Pumpkin & Goat Cheese Fig Tartlet or Roasted Squash and Jamon Salad. Family style entree options include Herb Brined Turkey Breast with crispy leg confit or Roast Porchetta with baby carrots, cranberry glaze, and sage. Sides include homestyle gravy; whipped golden mashed potatoes; chestnut and black truffle stuffing; green bean casserole with miso mushroom duxelle; jalapeno cornbread with citrus crème Fraiche; and spiced cranberry relish with pearl onions and orange zest. Ask about special selections from their very own Wine Cellar. StripSteak is located at Fontainebleau Miami Beach is located at 4441 Collins Avenue in Miami Beach, FL. Reservations required with 50% seating capacity per Miami-Dade guidelines. For reservations, please visit OpenTable Reservations or fontainebleau.com/thanksgiving or call (877) 326-7412

CHEF RICHARD SANDOVAL’S TORO TORO REOPENING OCT. 23!
Photo Credit: TORO TORO

Toro Toro

Dine-in
Toro Toro, Richard Sandoval’s acclaimed Pan-Latin steakhouse inside the InterContinental Miami, is celebrating Thanksgiving by offering a Pan-Latin Autumn Fusion Feast, priced at $59 per person. The four-course meal, available on Thanksgiving from 12 PM to 10 PM and served with a complimentary glass of champagne, begins with First Course offerings, Corvina Ceviche with Bonita chips and Rocoto Leche de Tigre or Baby Beets & Farro Salad with candy pecans, goat cheese, orange segments, and chile-lime vinaigrette. For the Second Course, guests may choose between Grilled Octopus with cilantro sauce, yucca, and salsa criolla or Pork Belly with chipotle dates au jus, acorn squash fritters, and chicharrons. The Main Course offers a selection between Roulade Stuffed Turkey served with Boursin mashed potatoes, roasted baby carrots, and Turkey guajillo jus; Porchetta served with sweet potato au gratin, caramelized onions, and Brussels sprouts; or Blue Salmon served with huancaina sauce, kabocha squash risotto and ponzu beech mushrooms. For an additional $75, guests may add a bone marrow crusted 32oz. Tomahawk Steak served with wedges of boniato fries and creamy broccolini smoked cheddar casserole, to share. Decadent desserts on offer include Butter Pecan Layer Cake with chocolate hot fudge or Sweet Corn Crack Pie with an oat crust and white chocolate whipped cream. For an additional $20, guests can also share Toro Toro’s Traditional La Bomba for dessert. For children ages 10 and under, Toro Toro will offer a select menu, priced at $29 per child. Advanced reservations are required; please visit https://www.opentable.com/toro-toro. Toro Toro is located at 100 Chopin Plaza inside the InterContinental in Downtown Miami. Telephone (305) 372-4710; www.torotoromiami.com.

Vida Interior
Photo Credit: Vida

Vida at Fontainebleau Miami Beach

Dine-in
For a more casual celebration, try Vida expansive family-style Thanksgiving day feast. Available from 1 PM – 9 PM, traditional and seasonal favorites are priced at $59++ per person and $29.50++ per child under 12. Guests will enjoy warm herb biscuits and cornbread with family-style salads for the table. The main course includes sliced turkey breast and stuffed leg quarter, buttermilk mashed potatoes, country bread stuffing, cranberry-pear relish, and smokey giblet gravy for the table with a choice of seasonal alternatives and sides like crushed candied yams, wild rice pilaf or roasted Brussels sprouts. To wrap up, diners will have a choice of Pumpkin Pie with milk chocolate Chantilly and candied pecans or Caramel Apple Pie with cream cheese Bavarian and cinnamon crumble. Reservations required with 50% seating capacity per Miami-Dade guidelines. For reservations, please call (305) 535- 3228 or email mrobles@fontainebleau.com. Vida is located at Fontainebleau Miami Beach at 4441 Collins Avenue in Miami Beach, FL. www.fontainebleau.com

Wahler & Sons Turkey
Photo Credit: Wahler & Sons Turkey

Wahler & Sons Quality Foods

Delivery
Home cooks seeking top-notch ingredients for their homemade Thanksgiving feasts should look no further than Wahler & Sons Quality Foods. Known as one of South Florida’s top new virtual gourmet emporiums, Wahler & Sons is offering a limited amount of farm-raised fresh turkeys. Weighing approximately 12 pounds each and priced at $8 per pound, the fresh never frozen birds are perfect for the smaller gatherings expected this Thanksgiving or as one of several proteins gracing the table. For delivery (South Miami to Boynton Beach) on Wednesday, November 25, all orders must be placed by Sunday, November 22 at 11 PM, for holiday turkey and anything else needed for Thanksgiving, such as spice rubs. For the ultimate in service, chef/owner Josh Wahler makes himself available for customers seeking a cooking consult – phone, text, or ZOOM all welcome – and has promised that any turkeys not sold will be donated to a local food bank. To view the full menu or to place an order, visit www.wahlerandsons.com.

Wildfork Thanksgiving Box
Photo Credit: Wildfork Thanksgiving Box

Wild Fork Meal and Market

Wild Fork, South Florida’s meat and seafood market, offers a Thanksgiving menu that will make holiday preparation easy and stress-free. Home chefs need only cook the turkey; the rest of the meal can be simply heated and served. Priced at approximately $55, depending on the weight of the turkey, Wild Fork’s Thanksgiving Menu for 4 offers the brand’s signature high-quality products at an affordable price. Follow the suggested menu and enjoy spanakopita, porcini risotto balls, boneless turkey breast with poultry seasoning and mushroom marsala sauce, simple potato puree, honey glazed carrots, and French dinner rolls, and a variety of desserts that include key lime cheesecake, chocolate mousse, chocolate souffle, and creme brulee. Of course, you can add a dish or two or swap for other selections among the more than 50 a la carte Thanksgiving items offered. Same day delivery or in-store pick up available for those who order online; or shop in-store at one of South Florida’s 8 locations – Boynton Beach, Sunrise, Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs, Doral, Coral Gables, Pinecrest, and West Kendall. Stores are closed on Thanksgiving Day. Please visit  www.wildforkfoods.com for more information.

 

Zulma Torres

Read Previous

Celebrate Thanksgiving on The River with Chef Steve Rhee

Read Next

Thanksgiving for two at Traymore by Michael Schwartz at COMO Metropolitan