SRQ Reviews Network - Dining Guide

Even though special meals and menus are served on most holidays, there is no holiday with more focus on food, friends, and family than Thanksgiving. Traditional turkey dinners, stuffing, vegetables, pies and desserts are served and consumed in quantities unlike any other holiday. According to the National Turkey Federation 20% of the turkeys consumed annually in the United States are served on Thanksgiving Day; 46 million and counting.

Of course most people prepare their Thanksgiving meal from scratch perhaps using multi-generational family recipes and some updated new comers for inclusion. This requires planning, preparation, time, and of course work. Certainly the lover of cooking looks forward to Thanksgiving. However that is not the case for many. So what are other options to consider?

Semi-Home Made

Perhaps offering the most flexibly and range of options, semi-home made allows you to devise a balanced menu of store bought prepared and home-made items. The options can range from prepared but not cooked to fully cooked heat and serve. You decide the balance, what you want to make, and plan accordingly. In Sarasota there are a number of markets offering a wide variety of choices. Some examples are: Publix, Whole Foods Market, Morton’s Gourmet Market, Fresh Market, The Butcher’s Block, and Alpine Steak House (home of the TurDucKen.)

Dining Out

For many, preparing a home based Thanksgiving dinner is still too big a task to consider. Fortunately the dining options in Sarasota are great. So finding a restaurant which will meet your needs is not necessarily a problem.  We conducted an informal survey and found about 50% of the Sarasota based restaurants were planning to be closed on Thanksgiving. Since the number of restaurants will be limited, planning ahead and making reservations become more critical than usual.

Here are a highlights of Sarasota area restaurants serving on Thanksgiving Day.

Sarasota Restaurants Serving a Traditional Multi-Course Thanksgiving Day Menu

Two Chefs Casual Dining



Sarasota Restaurants Serving a Thanksgiving Day Special Entrée

Blu Smoke Island Grill and Bar

Libby’s Cafe and Bar

Ophelia’s on the Bay

Bijou Cafe



Thanksgiving on your terms…dine it or dine out…homemade from scratch or semi-home made, the choice is yours. The most important thing is to enjoy the holiday!

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