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Thanksgiving chow in Tampa?

laurie Oct 25, 2006 02:21 AM

This will be our first T-day in Tampa, and heck if I'm cooking for a crowd. Any recommendations for good T-day dinners in the greater Tampa Bay area? We went to the Belleview Biltmore for Christmas brunch last year, but I was not impressed. We'd prefer to avoid standard hotel brunch fare and opt for a restaurant that does the holiday right with traditional fare made with flair. Our best T-day meal ever was at Marisol in New Orleans (I hope it's survived Katrina--it's a great place), and we'd love to find a place locally that isn't afraid of inventive twists on holiday standards. We wouldn't mind traveling to Sarasota or environs for the right place. Suggestions, anyone?

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    Tandoori Girl Oct 25, 2006 11:35 PM

    i think the columbia does thanksgiving but i don't know what it serves. you can check online.

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    1. re: Tandoori Girl
      andy huse Nov 10, 2009 08:03 AM

      The Columbia features its normal menu, along with a thanksgiving option:

      The Gonzmart family invites you and your family to join us for a traditional Thanksgiving feast of Roast Vermont Turkey, Columbia stuffing, fresh vegetables, whipped potatoes, candied yams, cranberry sauce and giblet gravy. Dinner also includes a choice of Columbia soups or Caesar salad. Beverages include your choice of Coffee, Tea or Soft Drinks.

      The complete dinner menu is also available all day. We will begin serving at 11 a.m.

      The cost is $19.95 for adults and $5.95 for children under 10.

      1. re: andy huse
        laurie Nov 11, 2009 02:11 PM

        Hey, Andy! Since I started this post a few years back, the Columbia has become our go-to resto on Christmas Day for their melt-in-your-mouth lechon with all the trimmings. Congrats on your book and your launch party tonight! I'm looking forward to reading it.

    2. Mild Bill Oct 26, 2006 12:21 AM

      Castaway on the Causeway puts out a decent Thanksgiving extravaganza...

      We did it twice...

      It was great, with the only neg being that in the effort to not let the turkey's white meat dry out, they undercooked the dark---my favorite parts...

      It was a bummer, but the spread is amazing...

      Prime rib carver, omelet bar, Ham, Smoked Salmon, Turkey, tons of other stuff, tons of desserts...

      Bad thing is that you get full fast at these things...

      Man, after typing this, I'd go now if I could...

      They do a Sunday brunch that's 'similar', just not holiday themed...

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        laurie Oct 26, 2006 02:22 AM

        Thanks, Bill. We tried out the Castaway brunch a few weeks ago and unfortunately, we were disappointed with the quality of the food. Not only was it pretty unimaginative, but the meats were overcooked and the other offerings just generally lacked flavor. I don't think we'll be back.

        1. Mild Bill Oct 26, 2006 12:34 PM

          Yeah.... It wasn't SO bad when we went for the Thanksgiving thing, but I knew it could've been better.

          So--- I'm keeping my eye on this thread...

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            joan Oct 28, 2006 01:15 PM

            Cafe Alma, in downtown St Pete, has great food. They just sent me an email outlining what looks to be a very traditional Thanksgiving dinner, 39.99 pp, open that day from 2-7 PM, phone is (727) 502-5002.


            1. Mild Bill Oct 28, 2006 02:26 PM

              Oooooooh, what a place!

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                laurie Oct 29, 2006 12:28 PM

                Thanks for the tip, Joan! I've read good things about Cafe Alma; this just might be the occasion to check it out!

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                  freshkat Nov 6, 2008 03:40 PM

                  Does anyone have any similar suggestions for now? I called Alma and they are closed on thanksgiving. bummer! i've been there and it's good.


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                  1. re: freshkat
                    Miss E Nov 6, 2008 07:25 PM

                    Bern's? Pane Rustica?

                  2. annemarie07 Nov 5, 2009 06:12 AM

                    maggiano's is doing thanksgiving $33 in the dining room for family style and $30 in the party room buffet I think

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                      TampaNativeThatLovesNYC Nov 5, 2009 06:58 AM

                      I hvnt been in a couple of years but the Thanksgiving Day(& Mother's Day!) buffett at CK's used to be very good. Turkey, ham, crab legs, everything you could think of and much better quality than Castway's in my opinion.

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                        rshally Nov 11, 2009 02:34 PM

                        So is the Columbia the way to go this Thankgsgiving? My family is looking to do the meal outside the home this year, food is plus, but so is atmosphere and something under $30 per person. Any other suggestions for a first time dining out in Tampa for T-day??

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