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Where to Have Thanksgiving Dinner in South Beach

10 of Miami Beach's Best Places That'll Cook You Thanksgiving Dinner in 2013

So you’ve found yourself in South Florida for Thanksgiving. Congratulations, you and everyone else with grandparents. Except instead of spending your holiday listening to hour-long stories about gall bladder surgery somewhere in Boca, you’re partying it up in South Beach. But since you’ve spurned your family, now you’re hard up for turkey. And lucky you, some of South Beach’s best restaurants and doing all kinds of cool stuff for Turkey Day, from loads of special offerings to prix fixe menus. Here’s 10 that’ll blow anything your family’s having out of the water.

BLT Steak at the Betsy  
For $75, 4 – 9 pm
Venison ravioli with French horn mushrooms, pickled mustard seeds and venison-thyme jus
butternut squash soup with bourbon vanilla crème fraiche and pumpkin spice croutons

Grilled scallops with cauliflower purée, black trumpets and bone marrow gremolata
Roasted prime rib of beef with natural jus and creamy horseradish
Smoked turkey breast with cornbread and chorizo stuffing, roasted shallots and thyme jus

All with:
Crispy Brussels sprouts
Green bean casserole
Mashed sweet potatoes
Truffled macaroni

Pumpkin cheesecake with pecan gingersnaps and charred marshmallows
chocolate bread pudding with toasted hazelnut ice cream and butterscotch.

The Dutch
For $45, 1 – 9 p.m.
Roasted Turducken
Root Beer Whipped Sweet Potatoes, Gravy,
Pickled Cranberry Relish, Cippolini Onions and Confit Turkey Leg Stuffing.
Choice of:  Pumpkin pie with a pretzel crust and cranberry sorbet; apple pie with vanilla ice cream and sweet potato pie with rum raisin ice cream.

Social Club at Surfcomber
For $36, 12p.m. - close
12-hour sugar and salt-water soaked,  maple syrup glazed and hickory smoked turkey
Sausage sage stuffing
Candied yams
Green bean almandine
Gravy and cranberry relish.
Slice of pumpkin pie with cream chantilly and cinnamon anglaise.

Quattro Gastronomia Italiana
For $60
Crispy pancetta salad with baby Boston lettuce, grape tomatoes, candied walnuts and Blue del Moncenisio dressing
Fontina fondue with quail egg and Altamura bread crostini.

Braised turkey breast stuffed with focaccia, Italian sausage and pistachio and served with sage mashed potatoes, multicolor cauliflower gratin and gravy
T-bone of lamb with pumpkin sauce and crispy truffle potatoes
House-made mini pumpkin gnocchi with walnuts and creamy gorgonzola sauce.

Pumpkin tart with dry fruit marmalade and torun gelato
Zeppole with hazelnut, pistachio, honey and apricot dippingglazes.

For $58, Noon-8:30 p.m. All Served Family Style
Deviled Eggs with dill, smoked trout caviar and paprika
House Pickles
Shaced country ham platter
Buttermilk Buscuits
Kale salad with cheddar, apples, moonshine raisin cornbread croutons, and apple cider vinegarette

Yardbird’s turkey dinner with gravy and raspberry port sauce
Cornbread and sage stuffing
Whipped sweet potatoes
Braised mustard greens with bacon, galic and chili flakes
Macaroni and five cheeses

Chocolate bourbon pecan pie
Spiced Pumpkin Pie

Budget Options – Big Pink and 11th St. Diner
Big Pink’s Thanksgiving on a roll ($10.95) – Roasted turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and gravy on Brioche

11th Street Diner – Turkey ($14.95), Ham ($15.95) or Salmon ($16.95) with mashed potatoes, candied yams, string beans, cranberry sauce and pearled onions

The Bazaar by Jose Andres
•      Brussels Sprouts with lemon purée, apricots, grapes, lemon air and banana    
•      Sautéed Catalan with spinach, apples, pine nuts and raisins    
•      Green Bean Casserole with matsutake mushrooms and crispy shallots
•      Caramelized Sweet Potato topped with toasted pecans and marshmallow fluff
•      Spiced Cranberries with confit mandarins and Ceylon cinnamon          
•      Butifarra Cornbread Stuffing with guindilla and piquillo peppers and pork sausage      
•      Salt Roasted Branzino
•      Lake Meadow Farms Turkey with traditional gravy      
•      Deconstructed Pumpkin Pie toasted graham, meringue, cinnamon air  
•      Carrot Cake Minis cream cheese icing

Meat Market

•      Bell and Evans fresh turkey leg roulade stuffed with brioche
•      Asian pear and lobster, with spicy aji pumpkin sauce, cranberry gastric and bok choy
•      Wood-grilled white cranberry-marinated turkey breast with sweet potato flan, braised beet greens and vanilla Jack Daniels sauce
•      Mixed Grill: Samples of turkey leg, breast, and “ham” korubuta (pork belly with orange and king crab salad w/ roasted macadamias)
•      Chocolate chip pecan bourbon pie with sour cream ice cream ($12) will also be available.

Prime 112
•      Roasted Butternut Squash w/Crème Fraiche
•      Slow Roasted Free Range Turkey w/Cranberries & Gravy
•      Southern Fried Turkey Leg w/Gravy
•      Kobe Beef & Sausage Stuffing
•      Southern Style Cornbread Stuffing
•      Green Beans Almondine
•      Pumpkin Cheesecake
•      Apple Pie
•      Sweet Potato Cupcakes w/Marshmallow Frosting

Sushi Samba
•      Braised short rib gyoza with kabocha purée, red shiso leaf and smoked ginger soy ($14)
•      Mojo Roasted organic turkey with linguiça quinoa stuffing and crispy Brussels sprouts and dessert
•      Kabocha cheesecake with candied cashews, bourbon caramel sauce and milk chocolate whipped cream


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