Story by Sarah Murphy Robertson
We’ve enjoyed the fun of Halloween, adjusted our clocks backwards, and now find ourselves in disbelief: it’s already November? That means it is time to start thinking about the one holiday where food is most certainly the star of the show. Some of us embrace family recipes and whip up our own Thanksgiving meals, but more and more locals and visitors alike choose to patron our amazing restaurants and sample the dishes our talented chef community creates. There is no shortage of options on 30A for Thanksgiving, but this elite group is sure to elevate your meal from homey to heavenly.
Onsite delivery will be available to Alys Beach owners and guests. But don’t fret: pick-up at Caliza Restaurant is offered for all those staying elsewhere. Caliza in Alys Beach has conceived a traditional meal with an elegant refinement. Picture yourself mooning over their tender turkey roulade, roasted butternut squash soup, savory stuffing made with marbled rye and brioche, and celery root puree amongst others. $145 serves four and for more information or to place your order contact 850.213.5523.
The Vue on 30A
November weather on 30A showcases some of the clearest and bluest skies over our emerald coastline. Few restaurants can boast a view like The Vue on 30A and this is sure to serve as the perfect backdrop to your family’s Thanksgiving Day brunch! Between 10 am and 2:30 pm, the Vue will offer a spread fit for a king! Start with a cold bar of oysters and shrimp cocktail, house cured salmon and assorted fruits and salads. Next try the waffle station, eggs benedict and breakfast meats. But be sure not to miss the carving station complete with lamb, prime rib and roast turkey. All these delights, along with expertly crafted side dishes, will leave you and yours both full and thankful.
Fish Out of Water
Fish Out of Water in WaterColor is offering a spectacular Thanksgiving Day brunch at the Lake House from 11 am until 2 pm. The variety of deliciousness spans from breakfast classics to sumptuous soups and salads to a fabulous seafood display with lemon poached shrimp cocktail, crab claws and oysters. And that’s before you try the entrees! Sage and Rosemary Butter rubbed turkey and all the yummy sides you crave will all be available. And the little ones will love everything on their Kids Buffet: veggies and fruit, crispy chicken tenders, and mac and cheese. Be sure to leave room for creative twists on dessert classics like their salted caramel apple pie.
Fish Out of Water will also offer a To Go Thanksgiving dinner menu. Along with a 16 pound roasted turkey this meal will include buttermilk and sour cream mashed potatoes, sweet potato soufflé, bacon and sweet onion collard greens, pumpkin butter cake and so much more! Dinner must be reserved by Saturday November 21st. Cost is $350.00 and feeds 10 adults.
Another excellent choice for dining out on Thanksgiving Day is at the revered and beloved Café 30A in Seagrove. From 12 noon until 4 p.m. they will offer four fabulous courses complete with all your favorite side dishes and desserts! Choose from entrees of deep-fried turkey, oven-roasted duck, wild king salmon, or filet mignon. Adults are $55 and kids are $20.
Or get your holiday meal To Go with a takeout feast serving six. This includes a whole turkey, choice of soup or salad, traditional sides, and a whole pie for dessert! Cost is $180 and orders must be placed by 5 p.m., Sunday, November 22nd. Orders can be placed by calling 850.231.2166 ext. 1.
The Pearl Hotel’s Havana Bar and Grill
The Pearl Hotel’s ballroom will feature an amazing Thanksgiving Brunch from 11 am to 1:30 and will serve all the traditional holiday fare as well as fabulous wine for purchase. Reservations are required and cost is $55 per adult and $30 for children 12 and under. The Havana Beach Bar and Grill will also offer Thanksgiving lunch and dinner feasts that day between 11 am and 10 pm. You’ll get in the holiday spirit when you receive a complimentary hot mulled cider or hot toddy upon your arrival. A special menu and dessert buffet will be offered as well as limited regular menu items. Reservations are required and cost is $60 for adults and $30 for kids under age 12.
Wherever you choose to enjoy your Thanksgiving meal, the team at 30afoodandwine.com is thankful for being your local dining experts in this paradise we call home! Savor time spent with those you love and give thanks for all the many blessings in your life.