Dining Out on Thanksgiving 2015

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Not into cooking? Saving your strength for Black Friday? Whatever the reason, there are plenty of options which involve eating a turkey dinner on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, but don't involve cooking it yourself or even hanging out with your extended family if you're not into that. The selection below is just a sampling; there are plenty of other restaurants open on Thanksgiving this year, including The Blue Fish, The Capital Grille, Ruth's Chris, North Beach Bistro, Columbia Restaurant, Seasons 52, Mitchell's Fish Market and Maggiano's.

Casa Marina
691 1st St., Jacksonville Beach

Brunch is an ideal way to get the stomach prepped for a huge lunch or dinner, right? Casa Marina Hotel's brunch menu is $38.95 per adult, $19.48 per child age 5-10 and is available Thanksgiving day from 11 AM to 3:30 PM.

Omelet Station
Bacon, Sausage & Home Fries
Eggs Benedict over Fried Green Tomatoes
Belgian Waffles

Entrées

Carved Prime Rib & Turkey
Stuffing, Mash Potatoes & Gravy

Roast Pork Loin, Pecan Crusted Grouper

Shrimp Display, Curried Seafood over Rice

Sides
Sweet Potato Soufflé, Green Beans & Roasted Root Vegetables
Macaroni & Cheese
Grilled Vegetables Display, Antipasto Display & Assorted Salads

Desserts
Bread Pudding
Chocolate Fountain
Assorted Desserts

 

Azurea at One Ocean
1 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach

Beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 26, guests enjoy an à la carte brunch with menu items such as Roasted Squab Roulade, Broad Leaf Farms Coffee Dusted Venison Rack and delectable tastes. From 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., a Thanksgiving Day dinner menu is available for guests. Reservations are required.

Menu:
Beginnings
Fall Root Vegetable and Squash Bisque
Cinnamon Scented Warm Bartlet Pear Puree
Mulled Apple Cider Reduction Butternut Squash Nest
$8

Braised Red Beet & Chevre Tower
Spiced Goats Cheese Mousse, Candied Pepitas
Rocket lettuce and Raddicio Salad
Frog Song Farm’s Pumpkin Vinaigrette
$8

Azurea's Baby Romaine Caesar Salad
White Anchovy Parmesan Dressing
Toasted Brioche Crouton
$8

Hudson Valley Foie Gras Terrine
Cinnamon Roasted Lady Finger Apple Vol au Vent
Souternes Glaze
$15

Cast Iron Seared Blue Crab Cake
Apple Cider Braised Collard Greens, Charred Heirloom Tomatoes
Crisp Smoked Bacon, Shucked Sweet Corn Remoulade
$15

Entreés
Foraged Mushroom Agnolotti
Manna Farms Mushrooms, Indian Corn
Celriac Puree, Melted Tomatoes
Light Parmesan Cream
$23

Cast Iron Seared Diver Sea Scallops
Confit Sweet Potato, Braised Cabbage, Jerusalem Artichokes
Pancetta, Vanilla Brown Butter
$24

Roasted Squab Roulade
Citrus Thymes Squab Mousse
Blackeyed Pea Cassoulet, Foraged Mushrooms, Cherry Tomatoes
Squab Jus
$25

14 oz. Bone in Rib Eye
Truffle and Mushroon Spoon Bread, Candied Orange and Pistachio Chutney
Malbec Demi Glace
$34

Broad Leaf Farms Coffee Dusted Venison Rack
Braised Chestnut Mousseline, Cipollini Onion Fig Compote
Collard Greens, Port Wine Reduction
$36

Apple-Chorizo Dressing, Mousseline Potatoes, Roasted lady apple
Bouquetiere of Vegetables
Giblet Gravy
$26

Desserts
Camp Fire S’Mores
Housemade Roasted Marshmallow, Graham Cracker spiced crumble, Salted Caramel Sauce
$6

Roasted Pumpkin Spiced Cheesecake
Bourbon Spiced Crème Chantily, Candied Pecans, Cranberry Gastric
$6

Peanut Butter Banana Bombe
Roasted Peanuts, Salted Caramel
$6

 

Savannah Riverboat Cruise
9 East River St., Savannah, GA

Those who want to have a decidedly unique Thanksgiving might want to check out Savannah Riverboat Cruises. Only a couple hours' drive from Jacksonville, families can cruise the Savannah River while giving thanks and, more importantly, chowing down. The Thanksgiving special, $65.95 per adult and $43.95 per child. features a buffet with traditional holiday foods and two sailing options, one boarding at 12 PM and one at 4 PM. You might want to get a hotel for the night, however, as driving home might be difficult with all the tryptophan and carbs you'll likely ingest.

 

Ted's Montana Grill
St. Johns Town Center; 8635 Blanding Blvd., Orange Park

Both Northeast Florida locations of Ted's are open on Thanksgiving. Their extensive holiday menu that can be viewed here. Prices vary by restaurant and reservations are recommended.

 

 

Vernon's at Sawgrass Marriott
1000 PGA Tour Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach

The Ponte Vedra resort lays out a bountiful Thanksgiving buffet from 12:30 PM to 6 PM. Reservations are required and the feast is $59 for adults, $24 for children age 4-12.

Menu:
Starters
Mid Fall harvest salad “we’ll prep it you build it”
Vernon’s seafood bar: citrus shrimp, blue point oysters, ceviche shooters, crab cocktail claws
Deviled eggs
Artisanal bread display

Soups
Chicken and dumpling
Spinach and artichoke bisque

Carved
Joyce Farms free range roast turkey, black pepper gravy, house made cranberry sauce
Smoked “tomahawk” beef rib eye, herbed butter jus

Entrées
Portobello mushroom ravioli, pinot grigio butter sauce
Herb crumb crusted snapper, broccoli pesto, roast current tomatoes
Vermont maple pumpkin glazed pork medallions
Smoked turkey breast, natural jus

Sides
Autumn garden succotash
Zellwood corn and roast chili, bread pudding
Sweet potato casserole candied pistachio, brûléed marshmallow
Buttermilk mashed potato
Charred pole beans, current tomato

Sweets
Chef Melanie’s sweet holiday treat display