The changing of the season has officially arrived. The days are getting shorter, the temperatures a tad cooler and mindsets are shifting to the upcoming holidays.
By November, the festive season is in full swing, and before the shopping rush begins, families will be gathering to celebrate a year of gratitude. The Thanksgiving meal is a pillar of this holiday tradition, a staple of American culture and often an effort of grand proportions to put together.
For those who are more inclined to dine out than cook at home, here are five Martin County restaurants that will be happy to host your Thanksgiving celebrations.
Drift Kitchen & Bar
Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa will be hosting a Thanksgiving buffet at its restaurant, Drift Kitchen & Bar. The dining room features an upscale ambiance and ocean views, with a menu highlighting fresh seafood and Italian fare.
For the buffet, guests will enjoy traditional dishes such as oven-roasted turkey breast and slow-roasted prime rib and sides including ciabatta sage stuffing and candied yams. A selection of desserts and complimentary mimosas complete the holiday spread. The buffet is held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and costs $55 per adult, $20 per child under the age of 12. Reservations requested.
3793 NE Ocean Blvd., Jensen Beach; 772.405.9215; driftkitchenandbar.com
The Twisted Tuna
The Twisted Tuna is making the Thanksgiving holiday easy with a variety of options for those preferring to dine out. A buffet will be held in the upstairs dining room, including salads, entrées, sides, desserts and non-alcoholic beverages. The cost is $34.99 for adults and $16.99 for kids 10 and under. Reservations are required for a time of 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. or 4 p.m. only.
If a buffet is not your style, The Twisted Tuna is also offering a three-course plated special for $19.99 for adults and $12.99 for kids 10 and under, as well as the regular menu. Both are available from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
4290 SE Salerno Road, Stuart; 772.600.7239; thetwistedtuna.com
Kyle G’s Prime Seafood & Steaks
Celebrate the holiday while soaking in the view of Hutchinson Island’s beach. Kyle G’s Prime Seafood & Steaks serves coastal-inspired dishes in a relaxed, casual atmosphere.
It will be serving a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, featuring sliced turkey, homestyle green beans, Boursin mashed potatoes and all the fixings. It will also serve a pumpkin pie martini and apple pie cocktail, and pumpkin pie for dessert. Kyle G’s signature holiday menu will be available, as well. The cost for the Thanksgiving dinner, excluding drinks and dessert, is $38 for adults and $18 for children 12 and under. Opening hours are between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m., and reservations recommended.
10900 S. Ocean Drive, Jensen Beach; 772.237.5461; kylegseafood.com
Manero’s Restaurant & Bar
Manero’s is a favorite among Palm City residents, known for its prime rib and gorgonzola salad. It recently underwent a remodel, and debuted a fresh, modern look in both the dining room and bar area in March.
Its Thanksgiving menu features the classics, including turkey, honey ham, salmon, prime rib and filet mignon, accompanied by traditional side dishes. All meals come with either the signature gorgonzola salad or a fall salad, as well as dinner rolls and a choice of pumpkin or apple pie. Opening hours are from noon to 6 p.m., and reservations are recommended.
2851 SW High Meadow Ave., Palm City; 772.220.3011; maneros.com
Enjoy a Thanksgiving meal at a downtown Stuart classic. Sailor’s Return will be serving a special Thanksgiving menu for lunch and dinner, as well as hosting live entertainment by Rich Wooten from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The menu features a mix of seafood-centric dishes and traditional favorites. Order jumbo lump crab cakes from the appetizer menu, roasted turkey, lamb osso bucco as an entrée, or surf and turf or the fresh catch of the day to celebrate in true coastal style. Opening hours are from noon to 8 p.m., and reservations are recommended.
625 SW Anchorage Way, Stuart; 772.872.7250; thesailorsreturn.com