Celebrating Thanksgiving Throughout South Florida

Lightkeepers located at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami is offering a lavish Thanksgiving Day Feast, including bottomless Prosecco, Mimosas, Bloody Mary’s and Brunch Punch from 12:30 PM to 8 PM. For $145 per adult and $49 per child (ages 5 through 12) excluding tax and gratuity, enjoy priceless oceanfront beach views while indulging in a variety of delicious food stations including Breakfast Specialties; pancakes or waffles From the Griddle; imported and local artisanal cheeses and cured meats from The Lightkeepers Market; fresh bread and artisan loaves from The Bakers Basket; Small Bites; Composed Salads; Chilled Seafood & Raw Bar and Ceviche; Soup; Entrees like Braised Short Rib or Smoked Squab; Roasted Turkey and Lamb Leg from The Feast; and a Handmade Pasta Station. For those untraditional Thanksgiving diners, feast upon Chinese cuisine from Oops! We Burnt the Turkey station. Little ones can also partake in the feast with favorites like macaroni and cheese or crispy waffle fries at the Kids Corner. If there’s still room left for dessert – guests can select from a bevy of sweet treats. Lightkeepers is located at 455 Grand Bay Drive in Key Biscayne. Telephone: (305) 365-4156; www.lightkeepersmiami.com.

Under the helm of Executive Chef Nicholas Cabrera, Lure Fishbar at the iconic Loews Miami Beach Hotel will be offering three-course, prix-fixe Thanksgiving menu priced at $68 per person in addition to limited selections from their a la carte menu. Appetizers will include apple granita and butternut squash cappuccino Dressed Oysters; Farro Salad with brussels sprouts, dried cranberries, and crispy Aleppo pecans; Hokkaido Scallops with truffle burrata; Gewurztraminer poached pears with 5-spice butternut squash, and Roasted Pumpkin prepared with hearts of palm, smoked corn, pomegranate seeds, and yuzu. A Roasted Organic Turkey will serve as the main course accompanied by Spanish sausage and chestnut stuffing, purple cabbage cranberry slaw, and whipped Yukon Gold potatoes topped with Grandma’s secret gravy. To satisfy your sweet tooth, for dessert will be a Butternut Squash Turmeric Pie with pecan brittle, and eggnog whiskey ice cream. Earlier dinner hours for participating families will be from 5 PM to 9 PM. Lure Fishbar is located at 1601 Collins Ave in Miami Beach. Telephone: (305) 695-4550; http://www.lurefishbar.com

Meat Market Miami Beach, the trendy steakhouse on bustling Lincoln Road, is offering guests Thanksgiving a la carte specials in addition to the regular dinner menu. The innovative dishes, creatively crafted by Executive Chef Sean Brasel, include Bell and Evans Fresh Turkey Leg Roulade stuffed with sourdough, quinoa, Spanish chorizo, roasted corn, cranberry and ginger chutney, sweet corn hush puppies and collard greens ($32); Bell and Evans Fresh Citrus & Vanilla Marinated Sous Vide Turkey Breast wood-grilled with vanilla pumpkin puree, roasted cauliflower and short rib sour cherry marmalade ($35); and a Mixed Grill of Three that includes both the Bell and Evans Fresh Turkey Leg Roulade, the Bell and Evans Fresh Citrus & Vanilla Marinated Sous Vide Turkey Breast as well as a BBQ  Braised Certified Angus Prime Short Rib with coffee demi and roasted bone marrow ($42). Meat Market Miami Beach is located at 915 Lincoln Road. Bar opens at 4 PM and Kitchen at 5 PM until midnight on Thanksgiving Day. Seating is limited; reservations are required in advance by calling (305) 532-0088; http://www.meatmarket.net.

Stiltsville Fish Bar, the new nautical-inspired seafood spot in Miami Beach, is offering a three-course Thanksgiving meal – served family-style – with seatings at 12 PM, 2 PM, 4 PM and 6 PM. To start, guests can dive into a Brussel Sprout Leaf Salad with local pomelo, pomegranate glazed and roasted pearl onion, crumbled farmers cheese and big fat salty roasted pecans; Smoked Okeechobee Fish Dip with maze and benne seed crackers and pickles; and Sour Orange Yellow Tail Snapper Ceviche with big corn-little corn popped corn and Jamaican sweet potato. Main course options include a choice of Atlantic Sea Salt Roasted Whole Fish with several of Chef’s favorite sauces; Bay Leaf and Citrus Crusted Fried Turkey with Stiltsville hot sauce; or Grilled Pumpkin with cayenne toasted seeds, goat cheese cream, and pickled onion. Tasty sides include Tobacco Smoked Plantain Mofongo Stuffin’, Cornbread Spoon Bread, Whipped Sweet Potatoes with black pepper marshmallow, Cranberry Smash and Dade County Tangelo and Lemon Brined and Grilled Broccoli with heirloom tomato jam. For that sweet finish – Apple Custard Pie with mascarpone ice cream or Coconut Key Lime Pie with coconut graham cracker crust, whipped cream, and fresh Key Lime. Stiltsville Fish Bar is located at 1787 Purdy Avenue on Miami Beach. Advance reservations are required and can be made by calling (786) 353-0477; www.stiltsvillefishbar.com 

Rusty Pelican, known for its dazzling waterfront views, is inviting families to a fabulous feast on Thanksgiving Day. For $85 per adult and $35 per child (excluding tax and gratuity), the Brunch Buffet served from 10 AM-3 PM is a cornucopia of choices including breakfast favorites like made-to-order Eggs Benedict and Omelets; food stations with Sushi, Raw Bar, Ceviche and Tartare, and a Lobster Clam Bake. Also on offer are carving stations with Rosemary Crusted Leg of Lamb, Garlic Crusted Prime Rib, and Coconut Crusted Mahi-Mahi as well as traditional holiday favorites like Whole Roasted Turkey and Whole Roasted Chipotle Honey Ham. End the meal on a sweet note with an assortment of Mini Desserts and Pastries like Pumpkin Pie, Carrot Cake, Pecan Cheese Cake, Apple Tarts and Chocolate Mousse Cake. For Dinner, beginning at 6 PM, diners can choose from a la carte options for both children and adults or a special pre-set menu for $70 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). The prix-fixe bounty features Butternut Squash with Blackened Shrimp Soup, Salad with Endive and Rocket Arugula, Spiced Candied Walnuts, Goat Cheese and Lemon Vinaigrette, a choice of entrées like the classic Maple Roast Turkey with Cornbread and Apple Sausage Stuffing Cranberry Jelly, Grilled Baby Carrots with Chipotle Sweet Potato and Toasted Pistachios; Bacon Wrapped Scallops with black Rice, Foie Gras Mousse, and Chorizo Emulsion; or Pineapple Glazed Pork with Manchego Cheese and Rosemary Polenta, and Cilantro Corn Relish and a dessert option of Bourbon Apple Pie with Pumpkin Spiced Ice Cream. A specialty cocktail is available for an additional $12.The Rusty Pelican is located at 3201 Rickenbacker Causeway in Key Biscayne. For reservations, please call (305) 361-3818; www.therustypelican.com.

The Dutch, the award-winning Chef Andrew Carmellini’s modern American bistro, is offering a special prix fixe menu on Thanksgiving Day from 1 PM-9 PM with a fantastic feast of Cider-Brined Turkey, Whipped Yukon Potatoes, Butternut Squash, Brussels Sprout and Rutabaga, Traditional Turkey Leg Stuffing, and Cranberry Sauce with Gravy. A choice of dessert includes Cinnamon Apple Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream, Sweet Potato Doughnuts with Marshmallow Compote, and Pecan Pie with Cranberry Compote and Maple Ice Cream. Regular a la carte menu will also be available. The Dutch is located at W South Beach Hotel, 2201 Collins Avenue, in Miami Beach. Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made by calling (305) 938-3112 or emailing info@thedutchmiami.comwww.thedutchmiami.com 

Zulma Torres

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