Ok, so you're stuck in Fort Lauderdale for Thankgiving. If your family is here, or you're here visiting family, you'll have a big feast at home like most American Families. But maybe you're like me; your family is elsewhere and you're not making the trip. My Parents have passed away and I'm not traveling 3000 miles to have dinner and watch some football.
So what to do? Should I sit home with a Turkey sandwich? Make myself a cornish hen? Pick up some Chinese food and watch football? Maybe this year. I did Duffy's a couple of years ago; I think they had all you could eat for $14.95. Football on Big Projector screens.
Duffy's Thanksgiving Turkey
Nothing great, but something to do with lots of other people stuck in paradise for the Holidays. But they don't open on Thanksgiving anymore. Good for employees; not so good for the community.
I'd like to recommend a restaurant in Fort Lauderdale where you can go for a traditional Turkey dinner, but I can't. What we have is a city full of restaurants trying to cash in. There isn't one place offering a Turkey Dinner at a fair price.
Note to restaurants: Turkey is cheap. It shouldn't cost twice as much for turkey than it does for a regular dinner entree. There isn't one restaurant in this town with any sense of community? Not one place that isn't padding it's pockets at the expense of people who don't have the luxury of a big family gathering to attend? Sorry folks. This is about taking advantage of people, 365 days a year.
The biggest culprit is Pelican Beach, who is charging a whopping $70. per person for Turkey, Ham, Beef Burgandy, Chicken or Fish. They're charging $70. because the $65 they charged last year wasn't enough. The good news is that if you have a 5 yo it's only $35 for them, and they get their own "buffet" with chicken drums, mac and cheese and PB&J Sandwiches. And here's a little secret: The restaurant sucks. If you're staying there, do yourself a favor and cab it to somewhere else.
Steak 954 is offering an ala carte "Turkey Plate" with no pricing. We recommend you go somewhere else.
One thing that is patently obvious about trying to put this list together is how incompetent restaurant marketing is in this town. I can't believe places that say they'll be open but who offer no menu or price at all.
This year's Best Value goes to The Field, where you can get a Turkey Dinner with live music for $18. Word is that they have Guinness there too.
Fort Lauderdale Thanksgiving Directory
$36pp for "their take" on a Thanksgiving Menu. Capital Grille, a Darden restaurant, assumes that you are so stupid that you'll just go there even though they don't tell you what's on the menu.
Chima Brazilian Steakhouse
2400 E. Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale
Thanksgiving Menu: 1-8pm for the regular price of $49.50. Considering that Turkey is much lower cost than the usual menu, if you're just looking for turkey this isn't your place.
Hard Rock Hotel
$59 per person. 3pm-10pm.
The Field Irish Pub
3281 Griffin Rd Dania Beach
Turkey Dinner for $18 per person. Prime Rib for $26. Live Irish Music at 4pm.
Indigo at the Riverside Hotel
620 E Las Olas, Fort Lauderdale
The Riverside Hotel clown act continues as they've raised their price from $49 to $65 for a Turkey Buffet. I'll be walking by just to see the faces of the morons who pay this price to eat at Indigo.
Isle Casino, Pompano Beach
Buffet with Turkey and "fixings", which they have all month. $24.99 pp
625 E. Las Olas Blvd. Fort Lauderdale
No indication the Johnny is opening this year.
North Ocean Grille at the Pelican Grand Beach Resort
2000 N. Ocean Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, (954) 556-7667
Thanksgiving Menu: Reservations at 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm. $70 for adults, $35 (5-12yo) Under 5yo Complimentary.
2525 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale
Offering a Turkey dinner for $39.95 per person. But why go to Ruth's Chris for Turkey?
450 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale
(954) 462 9109
Hoping they'll tell us the price, but they're keeping it a secret this year. Last year they had an Ala Carte menu that would cost about $38 pp.
A turkey plate with soup I don't want for $38. per person.