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Dining Out for Thanksgiving in Central Florida

By: Christopher Follenus

November ushers in the holidays with the anticipation of family, fun, and food! Along with traditional and unique Thanksgiving vacation rentals, Central Florida’s Polk County offers delectable Thanksgiving eats to satisfy every family, budget, and taste. Whether you’re local or just in town for the holiday, these popular restaurants’ holiday meal offerings will surely satisfy every guest
around the table. Check out our list of places for dining out and take-out / delivery for Thanksgiving in Central Florida.

Eat out for Thanksgiving in Central Florida’s Polk County

Fine Dining

The Terrace Hotel

Dine for Thanksgiving in the heart of downtown Lakeland at the newly restored Terrace Grille. This 1920’s art deco hotel provides a luxurious ambiance with an equally lavish holiday meal. This $60 3-course Prix Fixe plated dinner features your choice of maple-glazed spatchcock turkey, sage brown butter-basted cornish hen, or sliced turkey roulade entree options, all served with your choice of soup or salad and traditional sides. Dessert options include a pumpkin, apple, and pecan tart trio; a pumpkin trifle pecan-graham crumble, pumpkin mousse, and mascarpone whip; or an apple galette with vanilla ice cream.

Book your reservation online or call 863-603-5420.

The Club at Eaglebrooke

Enjoy a holiday brunch from 11 AM to 4 PM. Have your fill of prime rib and pit ham at the carving station and savor selections like shrimp cocktail, freshly baked breads, and assorted salads at the seafood and salad bar. Entree and side options include roasted turkey, seared salmon, eggs benedict, green bean casserole, mac & cheese, garlic mashed potatoes, and candied yams. Be sure to leave room for those heartwarming dessert options of apple cobbler, pecan pie, and chocolate cake.

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To be or not to be a Thanksgiving traditionalist? Feast on a decadent Thanksgiving meal with traditional sides and starters or choose from a select a la cart menu featuring your favorite Harborside favorites, in a stunning lakefront setting. This conventional Thanksgiving menu for $39.99 per person includes your choice of butternut squash soup or salad to start, followed by a full entrée of roasted turkey breast, smoked ham with homemade gravy, Italian sausage and herb stuffing, mandarin cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, and green bean casserole. Finish it all off with your choice of Jameson bread pudding with a whiskey caramel sauce or classic pumpkin pie with whipped cream.

Reservations are limited and parties must be between 2-10. Kid’s meals are available on the a la cart menu.

Located in Winter Haven

Take-Out & Delivery

Peebles BBQ

Worried about all the work it takes to get your turkey just right? The famous Peebles BBQ in Auburndale has you covered! They are pre-selling smoked whole turkeys between 10-14 pounds for just $42.00 per turkey. Don’t miss out on some of Central Florida’s most sought-after smoked meats to complete your Thanksgiving Day feast. Pick up your turkey the week before Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 18th through Saturday, November 20th between 11 AM- 9 PM. Call 863.867.3085 to order and schedule and your pick-up time.

Man looking at racks of ribs cooking inside barbecue pit at Peebles Bar B Que in Auburndale, FL

La Imperial Bakery

Pre-order your meal and pick it up on Thanksgiving Day between the hours of 7:30 AM and 2:00 PM. This catering package includes traditional meal options with a Puerto Rican twist such as a sweet tea and oregano brined whole turkey with house-made gravy or carved roasted pork leg with mojo sauce for entrees. Choose from many side options such as classic sweet potato casserole with marshmallows, baked corn casserole, and mac and cheese or rice with pigeon peas, potato salad, and yuca escabeche to complement your entrée choice. For dessert, choose between pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin swiss roll, or guava and cheese swirl cake. There are additional add-ons to accompany your already delicious meal. Catering options start at a minimum of a 5 person package at $89.99 + tax and extend to a maximum of 20.

You must call 863-500-4422 to preorder and pay in full at the time of order.

Located in Lakeland

Boston Market- Winter Haven

Add joy to your Thanksgiving table with catering, heat and serve, or a la carte options from Boston Market. Choose from delicious entrée options like a whole roasted turkey, prime rib, spiral-sliced ham, or ham and turkey combination. All entrees are complemented with traditional side options such as sweet potato casserole, creamed spinach, macaroni and cheese, and more. Don’t forget about dessert! Apple and pumpkin pie accompany all meal packages and are available a la carte.

Order online with options to accommodate your small or large family, office party, or social gatherings.

Fred’s Market

This family holiday feast accommodates up to 8 people and comes with roasted turkey, cornbread dressing, and cranberry sauce and is accompanied by your choice of 3 side or dessert selections that will please everyone around the dinner table. Choose from options such as mashed potatoes, green beans, sweet potato soufflé, banana pudding, peach cobbler, and
more. Add-ons are available such as substituting sliced turkey breast for an additional charge. This take-out meal is packed cold with reheating instructions.

All orders must be placed by November 17th and picked up by 8 PM on November 24th. Call 863-603-7080 to place your order.

Located in Lakeland

To find out more about dining out for Thanksgiving dinner in Central Florida, or things to do in the area please contact our friendly Visitor Center team through the chat on this page or by phoning  or by phoning 863-420-2586

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