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Turkey Day is fast approaching, so get calling for reservations if you want the pros to do the cooking while you do the eating Thanksgiving Day. These venues are going fast.
For example, Thanksgiving dinner at Duran Country Club’s Tradewinds Restaurant is long sold out.
Speaking of country clubs, while many do not open their restaurant to the general public, some are now welcoming non-members this year.
La Cita Country Club, 777 Country Club Drive, Titusville, is putting out the welcome mat for non-members for the first time this year for its Thanksgiving feast, a buffet presented by executive chef Daro Chan.
Mains include roasted turkey breast, deep-fried turkey, bourbon-glazed ham and blackened mahi with pineapple salsa. For starters try the pumpkin bisque, signature seasonal salads, Caesar salads and mixed green. Sides are mashed potatoes, candied yams, green bean casserole, corn pudding, baked acorn squash, vegetable medley, traditional stuffing and cranberry cornbread dressing. For dessert, choose from pumpkin, pecan and cherry pies, carrot cake and chocolate cake, apple cobbler and fresh fruit.
Reservations are available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $27.95 for adults and $13.95 for children five to 12. Call 321-383-2582.
Chef Larry’s Café, 1111 S. Washington Ave., offers a home-away-from-home Thanksgiving opportunity with seatings at 12:30 and 3 p.m.
The dinner begins with caramelized apple butternut squash soup, followed with house-mixed green with dried cranberries, pecans and Chef Larry’s fresh fruit vinaigrette.
For entrees, choose one or combine two or all three of roast turkey with gravy, ham baked with a pear cinnamon brandy sauce and country beef brisket. All platter are served with traditional roast stuffing, skin-on mashed potatoes, cinnamon clove sweet potatoes and harvest veggies. Country rolls will be at the table.
Cost is $25. Reserve at 321-368-9123.
CuiZine wants to be your go-to Thanksgiving dinner venue. The restaurant at 1790 State Road A1A, Units 105-108, Satellite Beach, will be open from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Thanksgiving Day with a special dinner.
“We will be serving a plated dinner including traditional stuffing, sweet and regular mashed potatoes, fresh herb gravy, oven roast turkey, Jack Daniels cranberry sauce, and green bean casserole,” said chef Zoran Stanojkovski.
Price is $26 per guest. Reserve at 321-779-3605. For more details, see cuizinerestaurant.com.
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Ocean 302, 302 Ocean Ave., Melbourne Beach, will be serving an American bounty multi-course feast-style dinner featuring gourmet Thanksgiving-inspired dishes.
The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Turkey Day. Dinner is $25.99 per adult and $12.99 for children three to 12. The little ones under three eat free.
For reservations, call 321-802-5728.
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Matt’s Casbah, 801 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne, has seatings at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Pricing is a little out of the ordinary for this family-style affair, so please pay attention.
Noon seating has the most favorable pricing. At that time, a family of four to six can enjoy half an oven-roasted turkey for $150, complete with sides such as goat cheese salad, cornbread stuffing, sweet potato souffle, garlic mashed potatoes, broccoli cheese casserole, buttered yellow squash, mac ‘n cheese and homemade pumpkin pie, plus tea, soda and coffee. The same meal will cost $180 at 2 and 4 p.m.
Parties of seven to nine can enjoy a whole turkey, plus all the goodies, for $225 at noon and $270 at 2 and 4 p.m.
If your clan is 10 to 12 in size, Matt’s will provide one-and-a-half turkey, etc., etc., for $300 at noon and $360 at 2 and 4 p.m.
Pricing for larger groups is also available, as is home delivery, free in the greater Melbourne area.
Singles, couples and threesomes who want to partake of the meal have the option of sitting at the bar, for a plated dinner at $25 per guest. While walk-ins are welcome, seating availability is not guaranteed.
For reservations, call 321-574-1099. Want more information? See mattscasbah.com.
At Crowne Plaza Melbourne Oceanfront, 2065 N. State Road A1A, Indialantic, chef Brad Francis still has some spots available for the 11:30 and 3:30 seatings Thanksgiving, but they are going fast.
The chef will be feature a spread that includes peel-and-eat shrimp, international cheeses, fresh tropical fruit, salad bar, turkey with the trimmings, honey-baked baked mahi almondine, prime rib, tortellini Alfredo and sides that include cornbread stuffing, green bean casserole, wild rice pilaf and more. End with cakes, pies and pastries, plus a chocolate fountain.
Cost is $39 for adults, $29 for seniors 60 and up and $17 for children four to 10. Tax and 18 percent gratuity will be added.
Reservations are required. Call 321-777-4100.
JJ’s Bar and Grille, 4455 W. New Haven Ave., Melbourne, with chef Angel Robles, may well have the best deal in town for Thanksgiving with an 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. special buffet that will set you back all of $10 per person, a price that is hard to beat.
For more information, call 321-724-5840.
Hilton Melbourne at 200 Rialto Place, will be open from noon until 2:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving with a buffet that includes Garlic and sage turkey breast with cranberry sauce, rosemary roast beef, pork loin, mahi mahi, green bean casserole, mushroom and rice pilaf, sweet potato casserole, Yukon gold mashed potatoes and stuffing, of course.
Guest will receive a complimentary glass of champagne, and enjoy cakes, pies and mini-desserts, plus coffee or tea.
Cost is $33.95 for adults, $31 for seniors and $18 for children five to 12.
You must reserve at 321-768-0200, extension 7126.
Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront, 1550 N. Atlantic Ave., also has a buffet with mimosas, tropical fruit displays, veggies, starches, roasted turkey, herb-encrusted prime rib and assorted freshly baked dessert.
Dinner will be served from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Cost is $34 for adults, $30 for seniors and military and $15 for children six to 12. Youngsters five and under dine for free.
Reserve at 321-799-0003.
Indian River Preserve Golf Club’s Andrei’s Restaurant, 3950 Clubhouse Drive, Mims, will host a Thanksgiving buffet with seatings from 11 a.m. until 12:45 p.m.
Menu includes carving station with glazed ham, turkey breast and pork loin, butternut squash soup, salads, green bean casserole, yams, stuffing, fall veggies, wild rice, pecan and pumpkin pies, seasonal fruit, carrot cake, cheesecake and myriad other goodies.
Price is $29.95 for adults and $15.95 for children 5 to 12.
Reserve at 321-593-9100.
You hungry yet? Happy Thanksgiving!
Sonnenberg is a Melbourne-based freelance writer.
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