Thanksgiving, it’s my favorite holiday. I know I’m not alone in that feeling either. The more people I talk to, the more people say it’s theirs too. I think there are simple reasons for it.
One is pretty obvious. People love to eat, especially good comfort food. I think it’s more than just the eating, though. There’s no stress of gift giving or gift getting. So, if you’re reading this and you’re over the age of ten, you know what I’m talking about.
It’s also a football day (that’s great!). Oh, don’t forget the parade and, of course, the dog show. And, in my family, a little breakfast pumpkin pie! That’s a tradition that most people should think about adopting. They’re all things that make Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving.
Sure, there can be the anxiety that comes with preparing a meal for a significantly larger number of people than you're used to. I get that. And there are sometimes family interactions that can get a little dicey (you’ll still be telling those stories well into the Christmas season). But, all in all, Thanksgiving is number one on my holiday list.
A lot of people are breaking up the holiday into component parts. First friends, and then family. Yes, “Friendsgiving” is a happening. I love the concept too. It’s just basically an excuse to get together with people you like, have some food, some drinks, some laughs, and not have to worry if the police will be called when Uncle Bob tries to knock somebody out after a few too many pre-turkey Manhattans.
But I digress. So, you want to do Thanksgiving, but you’re not too hot on the cooking part. That’s OK. This is not an issue, and it shouldn’t dampen your enjoyment of the day. But there are some decisions to make. First, do you want to have this non-cooking Thanksgiving feast at your place or at another location altogether?
If you’re OK with having folks over and doing a little post meal cleanup, then a carry-in Thanksgiving dinner may be just the thing for you. Let someone else do all the things you don’t want to do, but still be in the comfort of your own home. Perfect!
There are lots of choices in town. Let’s narrow things down a bit. We’ve got some carefully curated suggestions for you. We’ll list them in alphabetical order.
A Carry-In Thanksgiving Feast!
You’ll still have some cleanup. But at least you don’t have to cook!
Brio Italian Grille (190 University Town Center Dr., (941) 702-9102). When you think of Thanksgiving, Brio might not be the first thing that comes to mind, I get that. But it looks like they’ve got a pretty traditional Thanksgiving carry-out menu. Small (feeds 3) and large (feeds 6). Also, Pumpkin Spiced Bread Pudding for dessert! ORDERING INFO.
Michael’s on East (1212 S East Ave., (941) 366-0007). This year Michael’s is offering a family style dinner that serves between six and ten people. This is a traditional Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings. Or you can just get the trimmings separately, in case you want to cook your own bird. Michael’s also has a fantastic dine-in Thanksgiving menu from 2-8pm. ORDERING INFO.
Veg (6538 Gateway Ave., (941) 312-6424). OK, granted, Thanksgiving does not really lend itself super well to the vegan/veg lifestyle. At least that’s how it appears. But Veg is looking to stand that kind of thinking on its head. They’re offering a variety of vegan main dishes and some super sounding sides like vegan mac n cheese. Also, this could be a fantastic order-in option if you’ve got a guest list mixed with meat and non-meat eaters! ORDERING INFO.
Option number two. You’re not totally thrilled about the potential cleanup AND you’re not really crazy about having to kick your family out once you start to doze off on the couch after some heavy tryptophan intake. Not to worry. Again, we’ve put together some ideas for your consideration.
A Dine Out Thanksgiving Dinner!
The ultimate no muss, no fuss Thanksgiving dining plan.
Café L’Europe (431 St Armands Cir., (941) 388-4415). Serving a special three-course Thanksgiving dinner ($46.95PP) including house-roasted turkey with sage dressing. And for dessert, select between a trio of freshly baked pies; pumpkin, apple, or pecan. Reservations are highly recommended. MENU INFO.
GROVE Restaurant (10670 Boardwalk Loop (941) 893-4321). Thanksgiving your way. Traditional Thanksgiving dinner ($34.95PP) or the Grand Thanksgiving Buffet ($44.95PP). Dishes will include fresh roasted turkey, house-made stuffing, mashed potatoes, house-made pumpkin pie, and more. There are also carry-out options. GRAND BUFFET INFO
Harry’s Continental Kitchens (525 St Judes Dr. LBK, (941) 383-0777). Serving a three-course Thanksgiving dinner ($44.00PP) featuring fresh roasted turkey with apple-walnut stuffing. This is served at the restaurant from1PM to 8PM. You can also order a carry-out holiday dinner at Harry’s Deli. MENU INFO.
Island House Tap & Grill (5110 Ocean Blvd., (941) 487-8116). This is going to be a super casual Thanksgiving Day experience. And a very “Siesta Key” one. Island House normally doesn’t take reservations, but they are for Thanksgiving. Their Thanksgiving “Feast-ival” can be traditional (roast turkey) or non-traditional (baked grouper or braised short ribs). Choose the Thanksgiving meal that suits your mood ($29PP). MENU INFO.
Libby’s Brasserie (1917 S Osprey Ave., (941) 487-7300). From 12pm to 9pm, Libby’s is serving their “Brasserie Thanksgiving Plate” featuring rotisserie oven-roasted turkey breast, sage brioche stuffing, mashed sweet potatoes, and more. For $23PP, this is a pretty good Thanksgiving value too. MENU INFO.
Phillippi Creek Oyster Bar (5353 S Tamiami Trl., (941) 925-4444). Starting at 11am, you can dine on a traditional Thanksgiving feast with some delicious and creative side dishes. How about croissant sage andouille stuffing? Or if you’d like to carry out, that’s an option too. You can pre-order a dinner for four, eight, or twelve people. Pick up is available Wednesday 11/24 and Thursday 11/25 from 10am-4 pm. MENU INFO.
And, of course, no great Thanksgiving meal would be complete without pie! We have two fantastic options when it comes to finishing off your feast.
Yoder’s Restaurant (3434 Bahia Vista St., (941) 955-7771). Yoder’s makes delicious pies. I think we can all agree on that. If you’re thinking about adding one of the decadent creations to your Thanksgiving table, you had better do it quick. Their pies are always a super popular holiday dessert. PIE INFO.
Now you're all set! We hope you have a delicious and filling Thanksgiving!
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