Miami Thanksgiving Planner 2009

Thanksgiving Day in South Florida doesn't mean slaving over pop-up turkey thermometers or recalling hand-me down cranberry muffin recipes. From catered turkey feasts to holding it all in one hand with a "Thanksgiving on a Roll" sandwich, here are the restaurants open for business, catered options for takeout turkeys and gourmet shops for all the fixins'.

Updated: October 06, 2009

Open Restaurants

Blue Door At The Delano

1685 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Enjoy a prix-fixe turkey dinner with all the gourmet accoutrements inside the chic Delano Hotel. The $68 per person meal will have a single seating at 6pm, though guests are welcome to order from the regular menu.

Shula's Steak House - Miami Lakes

7601 Miami Lakes Dr, Miami Lakes, FL 33014

Those who associate Thanksgiving Thursday with a pair of NFL games will appreciate the original Miami Lakes chophouse founded by the legendary football coach. There is no turkey on the menu, so be prepared to settle for chicken or go for the flagship steaks.

Big Pink

157 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

This stylish retro diner is a great place to hang on Nov. 26 and opt for the "Thanksgiving on a Roll." It's a Kaiser roll loaded with sliced roasted turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing and gravy. It's on the menu year-round, but really only makes sense one day every year.

Catering Options

Mena Catering

7462 SW 48th St, Miami, FL 33155

Try something different this Thanksgiving and opt for the Floribbean twist on traditional favorites featuring a torrent of tropical flavors. This caterer sets up buffets, carving stations or sit-down meals.

Shorty's Bar Bq

9200 S Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL 33156

Stay away from the kitchen and order from South Florida's most popular low-frills barbecue joint. There's no "gobble gobble" here, but sauced up chicken, ribs, and brisket will satisfy even the biggest of appetites.

Boston Market

3600 Coral Way, Miami, FL 33145

Chicken put this national chain on the map but it also knows how to deliver other fowl plays. It's hot holiday catered buffet spread includes turkey and ham for $11.99 a person.

Takeout Turkey

Honey Baked Ham

9385 SW 40th St, Miami, FL 33165

You know it's the holidays when the lines begin snaking through and out of this takeout joint. The popular choice is pairing the sweet namesake hams with a boneless turkey breast. Patience will be more than a virtue for those who wait until the night before Thanksgiving to show up.

Epicure Market

1656 Alton Rd, Miami, FL 33139

This Miami Beach fixture since the 1940s offers a traditional Thanksgiving dinner package of turkey or beef brisket with all the trimmings. It's not cheap at $239 for 10 guests, but this is the kind of place where the hungry expect to pay up for a premium feast.

Perricone's Marketplace & Cafe

15 SE 10th St, Miami, FL 33131

Longstanding market dishes out complete turkey dinners that serve 10 for $189. Guests don't have to reheat Wednesday night meals, since this downtown eatery and market is open until 2pm on Thanksgiving for pickups.

Gourmet Shops

Norman Brothers Produce Inc

7621 SW 87th Ave, Miami, FL 33173

Fresh produce and signature baked sides are ripe for the Turkey Day picking at this South Miami market. Warm holiday feasts are also a specialty once guests weave their way past the fruit and veggie stands.

Gardner's Markets

7301 Red Rd, Miami, FL 33143

Deliveries are free for orders of $50 or more, so complement your bird with homemade desserts and sauces. Add one of its famous Key Lime pies to go along with the traditional pumpkin pie offering.