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Best Restaurants In South Florida Open For Thanksgiving In 2012

Thanksgiving is a time for family gatherings over a plate of gravy-ladened goodness. Matriarchs spend days slaving over a hot stove preparing the Thanksgiving feast. This year, give mom or grandma a break by going out for Thanksgiving at one of the many South Florida restaurants open on the holiday. Better yet, head to the Florida Keys where most restaurants are open and serve a traditional feast with a Keys flair.

Green Turtle Inn

81219 Overseas Highway
Islamorada, FL 33036
(305) 664-2006

Price: From $30 adults
Thanksgiving Day Hours: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Click here to reserve online.

The Green Turtle Inn serves up a great Thanksgiving meal annually. The atmosphere has a sports bar feel but the food is classy. The feast includes a traditional turkey, cranberry sauce and stuffing among other Thanksgiving favorites. You can also order from the regular menu which features seafood delights like cracked conch. Spots fill up fast so reserve your seat now.

Hawks Cay Island Resort

61 Hawks Cay Blvd.
Duck Key, FL 33050
(305) 743-7000

Price: $39 for adults/$20 per child 4-12/Free for children under 3
Thanksgiving Day Hours: 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Click here for Thanksgiving menu.

Hawks Cay Island Resort does Thanksgiving big. Not only is the resort having a day full of activities that include a turkey trot and a pie eating contest, it is also hosting a Thanksgiving feast in its waterfront ballroom with three seating times available. The prix-fixe menu includes a salad, an entree with side dishes and a dessert for one.

Mesazul Steakhouse
4400 N.W. 7th Ave.
Doral, FL 33178
(305) 591-6616

Price: $70 for adults/Free for children under 5
Thanksgiving Day Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. lunch buffet; 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for dinner

At Mesazul Steakhouse in the Donald Trump-owned Doral Golf Resort and Spa, treat the family to a luxurious Thanksgiving dinner. The Latin American-themed steakhouse will feature a lunch buffet on Thanksgiving Day along with a seated dinner. Both meals are open to the public and will feature classic Thanksgiving dishes. Call for reservations.

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GG's Waterfront Bar and Grill
606 N. Ocean Drive
Hollywood, FL 33019
(954) 929-7030

Price: Ranges from $29-$59
Thanksgiving Day Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Click here for regular lunch menu.

GG's Waterfront Bar and Grill's menu includes surf-and-turf delicacies at an affordable price, so it's no surprise that its Thanksgiving menu would be equally appetizing. It features the regular lunch menu along with some Thanksgiving classics and a prix-fixe dinner menu that includes a starter, dessert and entree. Choose between the standard turkey or ham or order one of the dinner-menu options like mahi-mahi and scallops.

Kelly's Caribbean Bar, Grill & Brewery
301 Whitehead St.
Key West, FL 33040
(305) 293-8484

Price: From $20
Thanksgiving Day Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Kelly's Carribbean offers two different types of Thanksgiving dinners along with limited selections from its regular dinner menu. Choose between a traditional turkey dinner or a southern-style turkey dinner. If turkey is not your thing, then try the regular menu which features steaks and pastas. Kelly's is a nice place to eat in the Keys with your family at a great price.

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Niema Hulin was born in Newark, NJ but raised in Lexington, South Carolina for the bulk of her formative years. In 2002, she moved to Miami after graduating from the University of Florida. Since then, Niema has worked in film, television and commercials as a Production Assistant and Production Coordinator. Some of her films have included Bad Boys II and I Am Number IV. Her work can be found at


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