2018 Unique Central Florida Thanksgiving and Friendsgiving Dining Ideas
From restaurants to hotels to a complete meal made-from-scratch just for you and your guests, these Central Florida stops offer something for everyone this Holiday Season.
By Catherine Walters
You can’t go wrong with one of these top Central Florida restaurants. Their over-the-top Thanksgiving offerings let mom enjoy her dinner without hours of dishes or potato peeling.
Join the Tapa Toro family for Thanksgiving dinner this year and let them do the cooking. Guests will enjoy a 3 course menu for just $27 per person. From white bean soup made with pork belly, sausage, chorizo, scallion oil and smoked paprika, to carved porchetta served with chorizo stuffing & maple-glazed brussels sprouts, this meal is sure to impress. Complete your experience with a sophisticated take on a Thanksgiving classic: a cranberry tart made with sweet butter crust, cranberries and Chantilly cream. Flamenco dancing and music will accompany dinner. Tapa Toro is open from 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day with full menu available as well! Make your reservation today
Trade in turkey at home this year for lamb and late-night dancing! Taverna Opa will be open from 12:00 pm – 11:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and is serving a Greek-style prix fixe feast all day long. Enjoy your choice of appetizer and entree + indulge in dessert for just $25 per person. You can also order a la carte from our regular menu or try one of our family style menus for 4 or more. And don’t miss the belly dancing entertainment beginning at 7:00 p.m. Reservations are recommended!
Buca di Beppo
Your neighborhood Buca di Beppo is open on Thursday, November 22nd starting at 11:00 am. In addition to their traditional Thanksgiving Feast (starting at $22.99/person), featuring Sliced White Meat Turkey, Homestyle Gravy, Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Spicy Italian Sausage Stuffing, Green Beans, Cranberry Sauce and Pumpkin Pie, Buca’s regular menu of authentic Italian favorites, such as Lasagna and Spicy Chicken Rigatoni, are also available on Thanksgiving Day. Since Buca serves every dish family-style, you’ll be sure to have enough Thanksgiving leftovers to take home. Space is filling up quickly, so make your Thanksgiving reservation today
Looking to celebrate Thanksgiving, but want to avoid the kitchen? Gather your friends and family at one of Canvas’ communal tables and enjoy a three-course Thanksgiving feast for only $30 per person. Make your reservations here
To-Go / Delivery
If you want to keep the intimate setting of your home but ditch the effort of making an enormous meal, let these local favorites make you a meal you won’t soon forget.
Swine & Sons
From the brainchild of The Ravenous Pig and Cask & Larder, Swine & Sons serves up delicious eats year-long. But they really shine with their holiday menus, and Thanksgiving is no exception. Browse their a la carte menu
with selections like kale and brussels sprouts, loaded fingerling potato casserole, cheddar chive biscuits, cranberry-orange relish and of course pumpkin and apple pie. Orders must be placed by Friday, November 16. Call or place your order online today
4 Rivers Smokehouse
With 6 locations throughout Central Florida, 4 Rivers Smokehouse is serving up some delicious twists on a traditional Thanksgiving feast. From brisket to smoked turkey to nine different side options, make your guests happy and feed them 4 Rivers. Orders must be placed by November 17. Place your order online today
Farm & Haus
Make this Thanksgiving a delicious, enjoyable, and stress-free occasion with Farm & Haus Thanksgiving Catering
! Farm-To-Table sides made from scratch locally using quality and simple ingredients. And new to the menu this year are the local Heritage turkeys from Hinckley’s Fancy Meats. Order sides individually, or order an entire feast. Local deliveries are included, as well as free pick-up at East End Market and in Audobon Park.
Hotels / Resorts
The Alfond Inn
This Thanksgiving The Alfond Inn will be serving up a special holiday meal in the Park Avenue Ballroom from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with an endless buffet and carving and dessert stations galore. It’s impossible to name the plethora of choices at this buffet, but let’s start with the fresh seafood display, of shrimp, oysters, crab claws, American and French cocktail sauces (a must!), horseradish cream, vodka lime cream, roasted garlic aioli, and green apple mignonette. Cost is $69 per person plus tax and service. Children ages 3 to 12 are $24.95, and children under 3 are free. See the entire menu and make your reservation today