Thanksgiving feasts around Tampa Bay

Have the pros handle the cooking and baking on Turkey Day.

click to enlarge If whipping up a big Thanksgiving meal ain't your thing, dine out. - Seasons 52
Seasons 52
If whipping up a big Thanksgiving meal ain't your thing, dine out.


It's that time again. The Bay area restaurant scene's gearing up to create offerings like house-made cranberry relish and cornbread-sausage stuffing for regionites seeking Turkey Day haven, and sustenance.

From all-day dinners to full-on buffets, here's a guide to (mostly) stress-free feas-tivities happening throughout the holiday. Reservations at these spots are welcomed, and recommended.

File "being out of the kitchen" under your list of whosits and whatsits to be thankful for.

9th Annual ThanksVegan Feast A yearly potluck get-together, one of the largest in the area. Locals collaborate on a vegan meal of homestyle delectables. Guests who contribute dishes must bring a serving utensil and an ingredients list. Microwaves, plates and other utensils will be provided. The admission fee is cash or check only. Children, students and seniors may enter by donation. $7 with dish for 8 people (a couple's dish should feed more than 16), $19 with no dish. 1:30-5:30 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa, 11400 Morris Bridge Road, Tampa, 813-476-6436.

400 Beach Seafood & Tap House
Roasted butternut squash soup, artisan cheese, candied yams and apple-bacon stuffing accompany maple-glazed salmon, honey-cured ham and cider-basted turkey. This annual buffet will also highlight pies, cakes and additional sweets. $30, $14 for kids ages 12 and under, free for kids under 5. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 400 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg, 727-896-2400.

The Birchwood Hosted in the Grand Ballroom, one of the inn's holiday meals is first-come, first-served and buffet-style ($45, $12 for kids 12 and under), where orange blossom honey-basted ham, spiced rum apple pie and more will be featured. The other, Birch & Vine's three-course offering ($38), will bring turkey leg confit, mixed mushroom mash, pumpkin cheesecake and other items. $12-$45. Noon-7 p.m. 340 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg, 727-896-1080.

The Black Pearl In addition to a turkey dinner entree with traditional accompaniments, this four-course prix fixe menu will showcase goat cheese strudel, white truffle lobster risotto, filet mignon, pumpkin salted butterscotch pie and much more. $70. 2-9 p.m. 315 Main St., Dunedin, 727-734-3463.

Bon Appetit Taste smoked salmon on potato pancakes, roasted North Carolina turkey and more along the waterfront during the restaurant's sit-down meal ($50, $25 for kids 10 and under). Or head upstairs for the hearty buffet's chow ($45, $22.50 for kids), including prime rib, old-school pecan stuffing and sweet potato mash. $22.50-$50. Noon-9 p.m. 148 Marina Plaza, Dunedin, 727-733-2151.

The Capital Grille
Snag fare off the full menu or a slow-roasted turkey dinner entree. The dish comes with classic trimmings, including brioche stuffing, as well as pumpkin cheesecake at $10 per slice. $36, $15 for kids 12 and under. Noon-9 p.m.  2223 N. Westshore Blvd., Tampa, 813-830-9433.

Columbia Restaurant A traditional Turkey Day dinner will be served at the Ybor City and Clearwater Beach locales. Enjoy roast Vermont turkey, the eatery's signature stuffing (a great-grandmother recipe with sausage, ground beef, chicken livers, apples and more), string beans and other eats. $22, $6 for kids under 10. 11 a.m.-close. 2117 E. Seventh Ave., Tampa, 813-248-4961.

Eddie V's Pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce, green beans, acorn squash and more make up this soul-satisfying lineup. Roederer champagnes, by the glass or bottle, and the restaurant's a la carte dinner menu will also be on hand. $32, $15 for kids. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. 4400 W. Boy Scout Blvd., Tampa, 813-877-7290.

Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club Three meals will be hosted at the resort. From 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., catch a classic turkey dinner at the Market Salamander Grille. A buffet in Innisbrook's Edinburgh Ballroom runs from 1 to 3:30 p.m., and a final feast at Packard's Steakhouse lasts from 5 to 9:30. $18-$39. 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. 36750 U.S. Highway 19 N., Palm Harbor, 727-942-2000.

Island Way Grill A spread outfitted with a full carving station (herb-roasted turkey, smoked ham, roast beef au jus) and bottomless desserts (bread pudding, pecan chocolate pie, baked apple cobbler). Other highlights will include house-made breads and a twice-baked barbecue 'n' cheese mash. $30, $13 for kids 12 and under. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. 20 Island Way, Clearwater, 727-461-6617.

Kelly's A Tampa Bay spot still cookin' up holiday turducken. The Kelly's version is roasted with sausage and cheddar corn stuffing, and comes with Creole turkey sauce and all the fixin's. There will be cream of asparagus soup and mixed greens, too. After dinner, choose from pumpkin pie or hazelnut truffle cheesecake. $25, $8 for kids 10 and under. 3-7 p.m. 319 Main St., Dunedin, 727-736-5284.

Loews Don CeSar Hotel The Pink Palace's got two lineups of Thanksgiving grub. Dining at its casual Sea Porch rest gets you an a la carte menu of roasted cauliflower, autumn couscous, duck confit, sweet potato gnocchi, baked ham and more. And the fine-dining Maritana Grille will offer a five-course meal with dishes such as butternut squash bisque, pork belly and turducken. $50 for Sea Porch, $85 for Maritana. 4-9 p.m. 3400 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, 727-363-5077.

Marchand's Bar & Grill First and second courses will bring pumpkin bisque and candied beets, followed by entrees like black grouper and roast turkey with savory sides. Apple cider cake, chocolate hazelnut tart or pumpkin cheesecake will finish off your smorgasbord. $59. 1-8 p.m. 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, 727-824-8072.

Mitchell's Fish Market Three courses will take diners through seasonal staples and signature seafood tastes, which may be paired with wines. There will be a lineup of children’s chow, too. $28, $7 for kids. 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. 204 Westshore Plaza, Tampa, 813-289-3663.

Pelagia Trattoria Buffet items like oven-roasted turkey, prime rib and crab claws will be served as mains, while cornbread-sausage and wild rice stuffings, sweet potato casserole and more round off the sides. One free glass of sparkling wine will be served. Score discounted dinner pricing from 5 to 7 p.m. ($39, $12 for kids 12 and under). $49, $18 for kids. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. 4200 Jim Walter Blvd., Tampa, 813-313-3235.

The Rusty Pelican A something-for-everyone feast that's set to feature free champagne, carving and pasta stations, sushi rolls, many traditional sides, a chocolate fountain and more. $50 for adults, $20 for kids, free for kids 4 and under. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 2425 N. Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, 813-281-1943.

TradeWinds Island Grand From cold items like crab claws and artisan cheeses to a pasta bar to the chef's table with four kids of turkey-inflected grub, this buffet at the resort's Grand Palm Colonnade has something for everyone. There's even a breakfast and omelet bar to start you out. Reservations are required. $45, $40 for adults 60 and over, $30 for kids 3 to 10. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 5500 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, 727-363-2258.

Seasons 52 Nosh on roasted turkey, herb stuffing, Yukon Gold mashed taters, maple-glazed butternut squash, cranberry relish crafted in house and way more. Children's and full-dinner menus will also be available. $27. Noon-8 p.m. 204 N. Westshore Blvd., Tampa, 813-286-1152.

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Although a few restaurants within the hotel plan to showcase turkey-inflected fare, including Rise Kitchen & Bakery and Council Oak, Fresh Harvest will host an all-day buffet. Don't miss the Chicago-style hot turkey sandwich, pulled pork sweet potato waffles, basil-Parmesan spaghetti squash or pumpkin ravioli. $40. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. 5223 N. Orient Road, Tampa, 813-627-7625.

More eateries will be added up until Thanksgiving. If you're a restaurateur whose establishment will be open, email [email protected] with more information.

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