Photographed: Thanksgiving Buffet at Rosen Shingle Creek’s Cafe Osceola.
Thanksgiving is a time to gather friends and family to enjoy good food and good company. If you would rather relax instead of spend hours preparing a single meal, consider going out or ordering in. Here are some alternative feasting options. You can enjoy the same flavors without all the hard work.
It is recommended you call ahead for reservations or to order.
Divided up into two sessions, the Alfond Inn at Rollins, has a Thanksgiving brunch filled with classic favorites and some new additions. The meal will include whipped potatoes, carved turkey and classic fall pies as well as truffled mac and cheese gratin, shrimp and grits, caramel apple mousse and more. Plates start at $69 for adults and $25 for children ages 4-12.
Buca di Beppo
Buca di Beppo is known for its Italian specialties, but this Thanksgiving the restaurant will be offering a classic spread. The Traditional Turkey Dinner Menu includes turkey, spicy Italian sausage stuffing and pumpkin pie, along with other classic sides, for $20 a plate on Nov. 24. However, this special menu is available for pick-up now.
Leave the cooking to Crafted in MetroWest this year. The chefs have created a menu consisting of a choice of two main courses, four sides and two desserts for $23.95 for adults or $11.95 for children 12 and under. All meals include Cointreau cranberry sauce and a black pepper biscuit.
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House
Adults can try a three-course holiday menu at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House this Thanksgiving. Patrons will select an appetizer and dessert to go alongside the slow-roasted turkey breast plate, which includes mashed sweet potatoes or chateau potatoes, thin green beans, pan gravy and cranberry relish. There is also a children’s turkey dinner with choice of trimmings for $24.
Eddie V’s Prime Seafood
Known for its seafood, Eddie V’s is dipping into the holiday spirit with a selection of classic dishes with their own touch. Sliced turkey with gravy, brioche sage stuffing, roasted butternut squash and more can be had for $38 for adults or $15 for children. However, if lobster or crab seem a more fitting for the day, the full menu is also going to be available.
Emeril’s Tchoup Chop
At Emeril’s Tchoup Chop, located at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Chef Ryan and team are offering a three-course Thanksgiving menu along with a limited à la carte dinner menu. The three-course meal is priced at $49.
Landry’s Seafood House
On top of the full availability of it’s main menu, Landry’s Seafood House will serve a traditional turkey dinner for $22 a plate or $11 for children 12 and under.
Maggiano’s Little Italy
The Italian eatery is opening its doors to a family night out for Thanksgiving, with the option to carryout for those who want to return to the comfort of the couch before eating. Maggiano’s Little Italy’s four-course menu fuses holiday fare with Italian classics.
Rosen Hotel Properties
This year, the Rosen hotels have several options available for hungry patrons. Rosen Centre will serve a Thanksgiving Brunch from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. that includes an elaborate buffet for $43.95 for adults, $16.95 for children ages 4-12, and free for children under the age of 4. The price does not include tax and gratuity but does include complimentary valet parking as well as champagne and mimosas. Rosen Plaza will offer a Thanksgiving buffet from noon to 5 p.m. $37.95 for adults and $18.95 for children ages 4-11, not including tax or service charge. Walk-ins are welcome at an additional fee. Rosen Shingle Creek’s Thanksgiving Buffet at Cafe Osceola will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and costs $67.95 for adults, $29.95 for children ages 4-11 and free for children under the age of 4. Tax and gratuity are not included, and Florida residents receive a 25% discount.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida
Feel good about your Thanksgiving spread this year by ordering from the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida’s Catering for Good program. The menu includes all the usual holiday suspects, from sage butter oven roasted turkey to cornbread pudding with Chantilly cream. It serves 8-12 people for $135.
Thanksgiving meets the flair of the Iberian Peninsula at Tapa Toro. The restaurant is serving a special paella dish with turkey, chorizo, green beans, sage, mushrooms, gravy and rosemary and dessert for just $24 per person. On top of the meal, there will be an evening of flamenco dancing and music to entertain guests.
Tired of turkey? Taverna Opa has you covered. Straying away from tradition, this I-Drive restaurant is preparing a special lamb dish alongside other Greek-style meals on a prix-fixe menu. The feast is $25 a person for a three-course meal.
The Boheme, the signature restaurant at the Grand Bohemian Hotel in downtown Orlando is holding a Thanksgiving Grand Brunch on the fifth floor for $79 per adult and $34 per child. Later that day, there will be a four-course, prix-fixe holiday dinner.
Tony Roma’s on International Drive has prepared a holiday menu feautring a three-course meal for only $29. The streamlined menu also outlines drink pairings for each step along the way. There’s also a special kid’s menu for $16 a plate.
TR Fire Grill
TR Fire and Grill has cooked up a $29 holiday dinner with select wines and cocktails to complement each dish. A $16 dollar kid’s plate makes this an outing for the family.