What And Where To Eat On Thanksgiving 2019

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:

Khloe’s Kitchen
Khloe’s Kitchen is a food truck and caterer serving modern, southern inspired food. Chef Wesley Nogueira has put together an enticing Thanksgiving menu which can be DELIVERED(!), serves 8-10 people and includes the following dishes along with heating instructions:

Herb & Garlic Fried or Smoked Free-Range Turkey / Rosemary-Shallot Gravy/Market Greens with Crispy Cornbread Croutons, Grape Tomatoes, Blueberries,
Pickled Red Onions, and Sorghum-Balsamic Vinaigrette / Garlicky Green Beans with Pearl Onions/Roasted Winter Vegetables with Bacon Vinaigrette / Creamy Pimento Cheese Mac & Cheese / Herbed-Parmesan Risotto / House-made Peach Cobbler

Deadline to order is Friday, November 22nd.

Deliveries will be made Wednesday, November 27th. Meals are $295 includes sales tax, packaging and delivery fee. See details here
Contact Khloe’s Kitchen at khloes.kitchen@gmail.com.

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 4pm Friday, November 22, and can be picked up on Wednesday, November 27. To order call (904) 353-3588. View the Thanksgiving menu here

Magnificat Cafe Thanksgiving Menu:
Thanksgiving meal to feed 10-12 people: $199, 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 or large dinners including a turkey or ham, three sides of your choice, plus a pie and dinner rolls. Word to the wise: Cinotti’s is only taking 75 Thanksgiving meal orders, so get yours in ASAP if you want to use Cinotti’s. Check out all of the meal, pie, cake, and cookie options from Cinotti’s here

Berndt Ends
Berndt Ends BBQ is putting their smokers to work for Thanksgiving, offering smoked turkeys, smoked turkey breasts, and ham by special request. You can also order any of their regular sides when you place your meat orders. All orders due by November 24th. What makes Berndt Ends smoked meats so good? In the words of owner Shaine Berndt, “It’s all in how you treat your meat.” Check out details on holiday orders here

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 Friday, November 22 and can be picked up between 1-3pm on Wednesday, November 27th. **Turkey or Ham orders must be placed by November 18th. Simply Sara’s is offering fully cooked 12-14 lb turkeys OR a complete Thanksgiving meal serving 8-10 people. A la carte menu options are available as well. To order call (904) 387-1000. See the full menu here

Soul Food Bistro
One of the most popular soul food spots in town, Soul Food Bistro is happy to help you feed a crowd this Thanksgiving and Christmas. They are offering half and full pans of all of their sides, plus breads and desserts. You’ll have to either cook your turkey yourself or order a bird elsewhere, but if you have 15-50 people to feed, Soul Food Bistro is about to save your life. Place orders by November 22nd at 7:30pm and pick up Wednesday, November 27th before 2pm. See the full menu here

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 22nd at 5pm and can be picked up at Matthew’s commissary kitchen Wednesday, Nov 27 between 10am-noon. See the menu here.

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, cornbread stuffing, and buttermilk pie, plus breakfasts for Thanksgiving weekend. Order deadline is November 23rd at 11pm, pick up is Thanksgiving morning between 8-10am. Order online here

Chef’s Garden Catering & Events
Chef’s Garden Catering is one of the best known caterers in Jax. They are offering a complete Thanksgiving dinner with a la carte choices to make your meal exactly the way you want it, starting at $39.95/person, 10 person minimum. Check out the full service Thanksgiving dinner options here. Call (904)-399-4449 or email catering(at)cateringjacksonville(dot)com to order. Orders must be received by November 19.

If you’re just looking for desserts, check out the newest cookie dough shop in Jax, Doughsserts. Doughsserts offers caterings for all sizes of events, and their holiday specials include Mini Bite platters for $21 and Holiday Pies for $22. Holiday Pies are filled with ice cream and edible cookie dough of your choice. Pro tip: go taste the flavors in the store to pick what kind of pie you want. You won’t regret it. Call (904) 907-6321 or stop in the store on Gate Pkwy to order. 

Berndt Ends Smoked Turkey
Photo Courtesy of Berndt Ends

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. Cost is $31.95 for adults and $14.48 for children 5-10 years of age. Make a reservation at Buddha Thai Bistro by calling (904) 372-9149.

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-8pm for $39 for adults, $15 for children. Check out the menu here. Call (904) 998-9744 to make a reservation.

Chophouse 13
Formerly The Tree Steak House, Chophouse 13 is offering a Thanksgiving Buffet from 11am-3:30pm on Thanksgiving Day. Enjoy several carving stations, all the traditional sides, plus salads, desserts, and more in this elevated environment. Adults are $42, children 7-13 are $20, and children 6 and under are free. View the menu and make your reservations here.

Blue Fish Restaurant
Blue Fish in Avondale is offering a Thanksgiving Buffet featuring traditional and non-traditional options. Seatings are at 11, 1, 3, and 5, so call to see what their availability is. Cost for adults is $31.95, children 11 & under are $11.95. View the full menu here.

Ardens Kountry Kafe
This country style buffet restaurant will satisfy your hunger any day of the week, but on Thanksgiving they offer a variety of traditional holiday dishes along with their signature southern cuisine. Ardens Kountry Kafe is open 10am-5pm on Thanksgiving, no reservations required, cost is $14.95 for adults and $7.95 for children. More information can be found here.

Sandollar Restaurant
The Sandollar is serving a traditional Thanksgiving buffet with a couple of seafood options as well- baked crabby fish and peel & eat shrimp, plus tons of sides. They are open 11am-8pm, and reservations would be wise. The cost is $34.95 for adults, $14.95 for children ages 4-10, and no cost for kids 3 and under. Call (904)-251-2449 for reservations.

North Beach Bistro
North Beach Bistro is offering their traditional Thanksgiving Buffet from 11am-5pm. In previous years the NBB Thanksgiving buffet has included yummies such as prime rib, Mayport peel and eat shrimp, carved turkey, glazed ham, chestnut stuffing, plenty of sides and desserts. Cost is $36.95 for adults and $10.95 for children under 10. Call for reservations: (904) 372-4105.

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. In the past Terra Gaucha has offered their regular rodizio service, plus some Thanksgiving favorites such as 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 $45.95 per guest. Call (904)-551-5920.

Ted’s Montana Grill
Ted’s offers a Thanksgiving Feast of a salad or soup, a plate of roast turkey and four sides plus cranberry sauce, and apple pecan crisp for dessert. The feast is available for dine in, or order it to go to enjoy with your people at home. The cost is $29/person. Ted’s also has some of their regular menu available for dine in or carryout on Thanksgiving as well. Check out their Thanksgiving menu here.

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 $39.99/person. Call for reservations or go here for the full menu and online reservations.

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 typically serves Thanksgiving brunch during the day. No other details are available at this time. Call (904) 791-4995 for reservations.

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