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Tampa or Clearwater for Thanksgiving Dinner

I don't have a clue as to what's good and open on Thanksgiving. I would appreciate someone checking out what is open on Open Table on Thanksgiving evening for a party of 3. Pricing not an issue but nothing too ethnic - not looking for Asian, Caribbean, Spanish, Latin American or middle eastern. Also prefer to avoid chains. Seafood, steak, Italian, French, are okay. We'll be getting off a cruise ship that morning and spending Thanksgiving with my wife's dad.

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  1. just asking, but why would you not do the search on Open Table yourself?

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    1. re: LilMsFoodie

      LOL--- I'm sure the Chowhounds in Kuala Lumpur were much more accommodating...

      W.D., if you provide a link and a group of choices, maybe we can help identify the best bets on the list...

      ---- unless of course, CHOWHOUND has a concierge...

      Seriously, hope you have a great trip...

      1. re: LilMsFoodie

        I did look it up. I simply didn't copy and paste the restaurants. Apparently I should have. These are the restaurants that are open according to Open Table on Thanksgiving:

        Avanzare
        Catch Twenty Three
        Columbia
        E&E Stakeout Grill
        Jackson's Bistro Bar & Sushi
        Pelagia Trattoria
        Bon Appetit
        Moulin Rouge
        Shor

        Please feel free to recommend other restaurants not on Open Table but are open on Thanksgiving.

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        Pelagia Trattoria
        4200 Jim Walter Blvd., Tampa, FL 33607

        Bon Appetit Restaurant
        148 Marina Plz, Dunedin, FL 34698

        Avanzare
        211 N Tampa St, Tampa, FL 33602

        E&E Stakeout Grill
        100 N. Indian Rocks Road, Bellair Bluffs, FL 33770

        1. re: Worldwide Diner

          One of the most traditional and great dinner houses is Bob Heilman's Beachcomber in Clearwater Beach. Open 365 days a year. From the relish tray when you first sit down, to the individual bottle of mixers for your drink, to the perfectly prepared dishes, Heilman's for me is tradition at its best...........Am I wrong?????
          http://www.heilmansbeachcomber.com/

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          Bob Heilman's Beachcomber Restaurant
          447 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

          1. re: Worldwide Diner

            i'm confused. do you not want to go to any of the restaurants listed, or are you asking for opinions on the ones you listed?

            i've only been to one of the places you've listed, Catch 23, and it was wonderful when I was there several times in 2008. i used to live down the street from it, now am further away so haven't had a chance to go back.

            hmmmmm maybe i'll go there myself on thanksgiving...thanks for the idea...

            1. re: Manderley

              Catch 23 is having a special on Thanksgiving with turkey and trimmings. I think it's $18. I also believe that is in addition to their regular menu.

            2. re: Worldwide Diner

              Out of the ones that you have listed, I'd recommend different ones depending on what you were in the mood for...E&E is excellent but their emphasis is on steak & seafood (but I've never had a bad meal there.) I'm a big fan of Pelagia Trattoria and Bon Appetit has a very imaginative menu and great food served with a spectacular view...not things that you normally hear about all being in the same place. :-) Since you are visiting, I'd suggest going with Bon Appetit in Dunedin. Enjoy your stay!

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              Pelagia Trattoria
              4200 Jim Walter Blvd., Tampa, FL 33607

              Bon Appetit Restaurant
              148 Marina Plz, Dunedin, FL 34698

              1. re: laboheme

                Thanks. Made reservation for Bon Appetit for noon. Might do Palagia for dinner.

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                Bon Appetit Restaurant
                148 Marina Plz, Dunedin, FL 34698

              2. re: Worldwide Diner

                We went to Pelagia Trattoria for Christmas dinner last year and it was wonderful. I would imagine Thanksgiving would also be good.

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                Pelagia Trattoria
                4200 Jim Walter Blvd., Tampa, FL 33607

            3. one of my favorite local st pete restaurants is serving up homestyle thanksgiving meals, with a southern twist. the buttermilk chicken stuffed with goatcheese is highly recommended, as is the shrimp n grits. they've got more traditional stuff for ya too.

              http://www.savannahsstpete.com/ >> click on dining in menu, or go directly here.

              http://www.savannahsstpete.com/menus/...