Thanksgiving: You love and you hate it, but you’re probably going to have to celebrate it either with folks or at the bar. So watch some football and let yourself get that third helping of stuffing. If you’re headed out, here’s a list of Tampa Bay restaurants and bars running Thanksgiving specials and serving dine-in or takeout in the run up to the holidays.
4 Rivers Smokehouse Enjoy smoked meats, homestyle sides, and holiday desserts when you pre-order by 5 p.m. Nov. 21. All orders will be available for pickup (with reheating instructions) on Nov. 24. $10.79--$199. Various locations. 4rsmokehouse.com
7th & Grove Turn up with your pals at their 1st annual Friendsgiving event with food, a premium tequila tasting from Dobel, table games, and vibes. Guests are encouraged to follow a dress code of monochromatic fall colors. $55. Friday, Nov. 19 7 p.m.-9 p.m. 1930 7th Ave., Ybor City, 813-649-8422. eventbrite.com
7venth Sun Brewery Don’t miss out on a vegan Thanksgiving buffet with southern staples and holiday faves. Dishes include fried “turky” and “chikun” with gluten-free sides like garlic mashed potatoes, southern yams, and Cajun corn. Tuesday, Nov. 23 5 p.m.-8 p.m. $6-$39. 6809 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa, 813-231-5900. eventbrite.com
American Social Put the apron down and pick up a full meal to-go. Includes a honey glazed ham, over roasted sliced turkey, or garlic and herb roasted prime rib plus a bevy of sides and wine. Pick up meal on Wednesday, Nov. 24 11 a.m.-8 p.m. $15-$275. 601 S Harbour Island Blvd. Unit 107, Tampa, 813-605-3333. americansocialbar.com
AJ’s Kitchen Drawer Cook a reimagined version of classic Thanksgiving dinner dishes like turkey roulade with sundried tomatoes and pumpkin pie brownies. Go back a couple days later to decorate cookies and make crafts with the kids. Class spaces are limited to 12-16 people. Friday-Sunday, Nov. 19-21. $40-50. 13978 W Hillsborough Ave., Tampa, 813-328-4122. ajskitchendrawer.com
Bayboro Brewing Come through the day before the festivities for $1 off beers plus free watermelon for the kids and pups. Brewery opens Wednesday, Nov. 24 at 4 p.m. 2390 5th Ave. S, St. Petersburg, 727-767-9666. bayborobrewing.com
The Capital Grille Favorites like pecan-crusted mashed sweet potatoes with hot honey and pumpkin cheesecake are on the table for a memorable experience. Full dinner menu is also available. Reservations recommended. Pre-order Thanksgiving sides for pickup Nov. 24-25. Children $15, adults $43 during dine-in. 2223 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa, 813-830-9433. thecapitalgrille.com
Dark Door Spirits Learn how to make handcrafted cocktails from master mixologist Shane Neukam during this Thanksgiving Cocktail class. Class includes a charcuterie board and premium tour of the distillery and gift shop. Wednesday, Nov. 17, 7 p.m. 8:30 p.m. $50. 6608 Anderson Rd., Tampa, 813-533-3781. darkdoorspirits.com
The Don CeSar Choose between a Thanksgiving brunch buffet equipped with a raw bar, omelets, and hand-carved meats or go to the hotel later in the day when Society Table hosts a three-course pre-fixe dinner with roasted pumpkin bisque and pan-seared halibut. $80-88 for adults, $29-40 for children 12 and under. Reservations recommended. 3400 Gulf Blvd., St. Petersburg, 727-360-1881. doncesar.com
Eddie V’s Dine-in for all the traditional faves like slow roasted turkey with Brioche Sage stuffing, hand-whipped potatoes, and baby French green beans. Seafood, steak, and the entire regular menu is also available. Reservations recommended. Thursday, Nov. 25, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. 4400 W Boy Scout Blvd. Tampa, 813-877-7290. eddiev.com
Élevage SoHo Kitchen & Bar A special family-style, three-course prix-fixe dinner is available to-go including caramelized sweet potatoes with pecans and molasses, rosemary & garlic crusted prime rib, and assorted desserts. $25 for children 12 and under, $50-$75 for adults based on entree price. 11 a.m.-8 p.m.1207 S Howard Ave., Tampa, 813-999-8726. epicureanhotel.com
Fleming’s Steakhouse Enjoy a 3-course menu featuring herb-roasted turkey, filet mignon, or prime bone-in ribeye. Meal includes an appetizer, sides, and dessert. Thursday, Nov. 25, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. 4322 W Boy Scout Blvd., Tampa, 813-874-9463. flemingssteakhouse.com
HEW Parlor & Chophouse Spend the day feasting family-style with a selection of entrees, sides, and desserts. $75 for adults, $25 for children 6-13, children 5 and under are free. Complimentary valet parking is available. Reservations recommended. Thursday, Nov. 25. 12 p.m.-8 p.m. 453 Edgewater Dr., Dunedin, 727-608-6620. fenwayhotel.com
Independent Bar & Cafe A pre-Turkey Day bash filled with beer and wine specials while DJ Mes gives the soulful vibes. Wednesday, Nov. 24. 5 p.m. 5016 N Florida Ave., Tampa, 813-341-4883. independentbartampa.com
K Club Bar & Bistro The restaurant offers guests a 3-course, family-style, prix-fixe dinner. $14 for children, $36-44 for entrees. Complimentary self-parking is available. Reservations recommended. 3 p.m.-8 p.m. 2675 Ulmerton Rd., Clearwater, 727-273-8760. thekarolhotel.com.
Naked Farmer They’ll do the cooking, you can send the group text and let the fam know you’re getting dinner catered. Offered in limited quantities until Nov. 24. $25-420. Various locations. eatnakedfarmer.com
Rusty Pelican Give thanks with the whole family or friend group at a 3-course brunch or a la carte dinner. Reservations recommended. Thursday, Nov. 25 10 a.m.-9 p.m. $35-$75. 2425 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, 813-281-1943. therustypelicantampa.com
Seasons 52 A classic holiday dinner with the freshest ingredients. Pre-order dinner for $175 until Monday, Nov. 22 and pick up Wednesday, Nov. 24. $16-$32.95 for dine-in. Also open Thursday, Nov. 25 11 a.m.-10 a.m. 204 N Westshore Blvd., Tampa, 813-286-1152. seasons52.com
Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk The hotel’s Rivers Edge Restaurant & Bar opens for an extraordinary buffet featuring a bourbon maple glaze roasted tom turkey, lavender cruised pork loin, and panoramic views of the Hillsborough River. Thursday, Nov. 25 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $20 for children, $45 for adults. 200 N Ashley Dr., Tampa, 813-226-4600. marriott.com
Sugar Factory The Gobble Gobble Milkshake at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is a decadent shake mixed with pumpkin spice ice cream and decorated with sweet pumpkin mellowcreme, a milk chocolate turkey, festive sprinkles, and salted caramelized pepitas seeds then topped with a slice of pumpkin pie with whipped cream on top. Available until Nov. 30 for $21. 5223 S Orient Rd., Tampa, 813-521-4262. sugarfactory.com
Texas de Brazil Get in on the feasting as early as 11 a.m. with its regular menu and specialty holiday items. Thursday, Nov. 25, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. 4112 W Boy Scout Blvd., Tampa, 813-871-1400. texasdebrazil.com
University Area CDC A holiday drive-thru event with books, craft kits, a box of food, and a Thanksgiving meal to-go for the whole family. Call or visit the University Area Community Center to register for the event. Thursday, Nov. 18 5 p.m.-8 p.m. 14013 N 22nd St. Ste. A., Tampa, 813-558-5212. uacdc.com
Willa’s Sit back and relax with a “Big Willa Style'' Thanksgiving family meal. Guests can pair dinner with a curated wine package and custom seasonal bouquets from Arms of Persephone. Dine-in with some of the restaurant’s greatest hits or a holiday feast. Go next door for pumpkin pie soft serve at Willa’s Provisions. Pre-order takeout meal online for $450 or email firstname.lastname@example.org; pickup can be scheduled Wednesday, Nov. 24 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Reservations recommended or email for dine-in spot. 1700 W Fig St., Tampa, 813-519-4552. willastampa.com
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