What And Where To Eat On Thanksgiving

Do you love wrestling a raw turkey in your kitchen sink at 6am on the fourth Thursday of November every year? Me either! Luckily for us a number of local restaurants are offering prepared Thanksgiving meals, a la carte Thanksgiving dishes, and some are even serving Thanksgiving dinner. Read on to find your Thanksgiving meal.

Thanksgiving Dinner for pick up:

Jax Diner
Chef Roderick “Sweet Pete” Smith is cooking up all your favorite Thanksgiving favorites and offering them to you a la carte. Chef Pete has four turkeys to choose from, including a turkey prime rib, which is a turkey breast wrapped in bacon, seven side dishes, and four desserts. He will even do some vegan side dishes as requested. Orders must be in by noon on November 21. Call Jax Diner to order: (904)-739-7070

Jax Diner Thanksgiving Menu:
Traditional Oven Roast Turkey/Fried Turkey/Smoked Turkey or Jerked/Turkey Prime Rib (Slow Roasted Turkey Breast wrapped in Bacon) **All Turkeys come with Turkey Gravy
Collard Greens/Mac & Cheese/Stewed Tomato & Okra/Organic Garden Salad/Cornbread/Cornbread Dressing/Black Eyed Peas
Assorted House-Baked Cookies/Pumpkin Pie/Apple Pie/Banana Foster Bread Pudding

Jax Diner

Magnificat Cafe
A favorite downtown lunch spot, Magnificat Cafe melds French cuisine with casual, American lunch. Their soups are top notch, from scratch, and their sandwiches, salads, and daily quiches are delicious. Magnificat is offering an entire Thanksgiving meal that will feed 10-12 people, or an a la carte menu. All orders should be placed by Thursday, November 16, and can be picked up or delivered on Wednesday, November 22. The Magnificat Cafe has posted reheating instructions on their website, so you won’t have to remember anything; it’s all there for you. To order call (904) 353-3588. View the Thanksgiving menu at: https://www.themagnificatcafe.net/thanksgiving-menu

Magnificat Cafe Thanksgiving Menu:
Thanksgiving meal to feed 10-12 people: $179, includes a 10-12lb turkey, homemade cranberry sauce, homemade giblets gravy, pecan & marshmallow crusted sweet potatoes, homemade mashed potatoes, green beans almandine, cornbread and green apple sausage stuffing, a pumpkin pie, a pecan pie, and 2 fresh baguettes. Magnificat is also offering each item a la carte by the pound or quart.

Cinotti’s Bakery
Cinotti’s, yes, Cinotti’s is offering complete Thanksgiving meals. Famous for their pumpkin donuts and a local favorite for breakfast and lunch, Cinotti’s is offering small dinners for 6-8 people ($99.95), large dinners for 18-20 ($229.95), and a host of a la carte items if you just want a few dishes. All meal orders must be in by noon on Monday, November 20th. Orders for rolls and pies must be in by Tuesday. Call (904)-246-1728 to order.

Simply Sara’s
Ortega’s best kept secret, Simply Sara’s is a homecooking southern restaurant where everything is made from scratch. Simply Sara’s roasts a turkey every day just for their turkey sandwiches. So it makes sense that Simply Sara’s offers a full array of Thanksgiving dishes and tons of desserts to make your Thanksgiving easier and more delicious. Orders must be placed by noon on Saturday, November 18 and can be picked up between 2-4pm on Wednesday, November 22nd. Everything is a la carte and even offered in several sizes depending on your needs. To order call (904) 387-1000. To see the full menu go to http://simplysaras.net/holiday-menu/

Simply Sara’s Thanksgiving Menu:
Turkey Breast or Ham, cooked and sliced/Whole Turkey/Whole Ham, unsliced
Sweet Potato and Apple Casserole/Sweet Potato Casserole/Squash Casserole/Broccoli Casserole/Green Bean Casserole/Cornbread Dressing/Collard Greens (as available)/White Acre Peas (as available)/Knife Cut Corn/Turkey Gravy
Pecan Pie/Apple Pie/Pumpkin Pie/Peanut Butter Icebox Pie/Peanut Butter Custard Pie/Chocolate Cake/Milky Way Cake/Coconut Cake/Eggnog Pound Cake/Buttermilk Pound Cake/Carrot Cake/Pink Velvet Cake/Red Velvet Cake/Banana Cake/Fresh Seasonal Fruit Cobbler/Oatmeal Snap Cookies/Chocolate Chip or Toffee Chip Cookies/Gingersnap Cookies/Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies

Simply Saras - Greens

Simply Saras – Greens

South Kitchen & Spirits
South Kitchen serves southern fare in an upscale atmosphere in Avondale. It is anything but pretentious with staples like fried catfish and grits, cooked skillfully and served without the buckets of grease you often find in homecooking restaurants. South Kitchen is offering Thanksgiving dishes a la carte. Orders must be in by Monday, November 20 at 2pm and are available for pickup on Thanksgiving Day between 11am-2pm, hot and ready to eat. All dishes should serve about eight people. To order call (904) 475-2362.

South Kitchen Thanksgiving Menu:
Turkey Breast/Ten Rib Duroc Pork Rib Roast/8 Pound 24 Hour Prime Rib
Fresh Baked Biscuits/Cheddar Cornbread Muffins/Braised Collard Greens/Roasted Sweet Potatoes/Stewed Green Beans/Mashed Potatoes/Smoked Gouda Grits/Mac & Cheese
Banana Pudding/Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes

Matthew’s has been a fine dining staple in Jax for years, and has been the fine dining kitchen that dozens and dozens of local chefs have come up in. Matthew’s is offering Thanksgiving dishes a la carte, each dish serving 8-10 people. Orders must be placed by Friday the 17th at 5pm and can be picked up at Matthew’s commissary kitchen Wednesday, Nov 22 between 11am-2pm.
See the menu at: matthewsrestaurant.com/thanksgivingdinnertogo

J William Culinary
J William Culinary is a popular meal delivery service, commonly used by people who choose to eat paleo or need to avoid eating certain grains or dairy. Chef Jay has trained in fine dining kitchens in Jax. When he decided he wanted to make healthy food that tastes good, J William Culinary was born. JW Culinary is offering a full range of Thanksgiving dishes, not just his typical paleo dishes. You can choose things like three cheese bacon mac and cheese, creamed collard green, and buttermilk pie brulee. Orders must be in by noon on Monday, November 20, and can be picked up by noon on Thanksgiving. Order at https://www.jwilliamculinary.com/thanksgiving-holiday-menu

J William Culinary Thanksgiving Menu:
Whole Natural Turkey/Maple Glazed Ham
Mashed Sweet Potatoes/Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes/Three Cheese Bacon Mac and Cheese/Cornbread Stuffing (dairy free)/Cream of Collard Greens/Roasted Green Beans/Wild Rice Pilaf/Savory Bread Pudding
Pumpkin Pie/Buttermilk Pie Brulee

The Bread & Board
The Bread & Board roasts their own turkey for their sandwiches and boards daily, so it only makes sense that they are offering their Sweet Tea Brined Turkeys for Thanksgiving. All turkeys are 18-20 pounds, so you can feed anyone that shows up on THanksgiving. There are only a limited amount of turkeys available, so call The Bread & Board to place your order. Deadliine is November 18.

Chef’s Garden Catering & Events
The people behind The Candy Apple Cafe, Chef’s Garden Catering, are offering a complete Thanksgiving dinner with a la carte choices to make your meal exactly the way you want it. See the menu link below and call (904)-399-4449 or email inquiries(at)cateringjacksonville(dot)com to order. All orders must be placed 48 orders before Thanksgiving and picked up or delivered the day before Thanksgiving.
2017 Standard Holiday Pre Order Menu

Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Ruth’s Chris is not offering entire Thanksgiving dinners to go, but you can order their sweet potato casserole and creamed spinach sides to take to your family dinner.

Thanksgiving Dinner Served in Restaurants

Reservations are highly recommended for any restaurant you want to dine at on Thanksgiving. Some of these restaurants have told us their reservations are nearly full for Thanksgiving, so make your plans swiftly!

Buddha Thai Bistro
Buddha Thai Bistro has a Thanksgiving tradition of serving a Vegan Thanksgiving Buffet. It’s very popular among the plant-based community. The Vegan Thanksgiving Buffet is served from 11am-2pm. Make a reservation at Buddha Thai Bistro by calling (904) 372-9149.

North Beach Bistro
North Beach Bistro is offering a Thanksgiving Buffet from 11am-7pm. The buffet includes yummies such as prime rib, Mayport peel and eat shrimp, carved turkey, glazed ham, chestnut stuffing, plenty of sides and desserts, all for $34.95 for adults and $12.95 for children under 10. Call for reservations: (904) 372-4105.

Moxie Kitchen and Cocktails
Moxie serves up delectable Modern American cuisine as one of the few locally owned restaurants in the St. John’s Town Center. For Thanksgiving they are serving a family style dinner from 11am-7pm. Call (904) 998-9744 to make a reservation.

Seasons 52
Seasons 52 is open for Thanksgiving, but not other information is available at this time. Call (904) 645-5252 for more information and reservations.

While you may not think Italian for Thanksgiving, Maggiano’s has a special four course Thanksgiving Dinner they are offering on Thanksgiving day. Price is $19.95/person. Call for reservations.

Terra Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse
A Brazilian Steakhouse for Thanksgiving? Really? Absolutely. The service at Terra Gaucha is bar none. You won’t find a better dining experience in Jacksonville. For Thanksgiving Terra Gaucha is offering their regular rodizio service, plus they are adding Thanksgiving favorites Herb Roasted Turkey, Bacon Wrapped Turkey, Sweet Potato Casserole, House Made Stuffing, and Cranberry Relish. Terra Gaucha is serving Thanksgiving Dinner with Rodizio service from 11:30am-9:00pm for $42.95 per guest. Call (904)-551-5920.

III Forks
III Forks is known for their excellent steaks and wines. They are offering their full menu on Thanksgiving, plus a three course Thanksgiving Dinner, served from 2-8pm. Call (904) 928-9277 to make a reservation.

The Tree Steak House
The Tree Steak House is offering a special Thanksgiving buffet from 10am-4pm on Thanksgiving day. Enjoy turkey, ham, and prime rib carving stations, along with all the fixins. Call (904)-262-0006 to make a reservation and check out all the detials here:

Chart House
Chart House is open for Thanksgiving, but no details are available at this time. Call (904) 398-3353 to make your reservation.

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse is offering a three course dinner on Thanksgiving day from 12pm-8pm.  Reservations are nearly full, but you can get on a cancellation list at (904) 396-6200.

Juliette’s Bistro at the Omni
Located inside the Omni, Juliette’s is a bit of a local favorite for fine dining. Juliette’s is serving Thanksgiving brunch from 10am-4pm. Call (904) 791-4995 for reservations.

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