Here’s another reason to be thankful this Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, Nov. 22, for the calendar-impaired): Lots of local restaurants will be open and more than happy to have your business. All of the fun of the holiday with none of the work. How bad is that?
Here’s a list of some of the restaurants that will be open for Turkey Day dining...
Stephane’s (2006 NW Executive Center Circle, Boca Raton, 561/893-8838), Stephane Lang-Willar’s stylish French-American restaurant, is offering a three-course meal for $60 per person from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Dishes include shrimp risotto with crispy prosciutto and thyme, roasted organic turkey with apple-walnut stuffing, bouillabaisse, sweet potato-pecan pie and chocolate terrine.
At Tanzy (301 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, 561/922-6699) they’ll be serving their regular menu, plus a $27.95 Thanksgiving dinner that begins with soup or salad and goes on to wine and apricot-glazed turkey breast with baked Parmesan stuffing, lemon pepper green beans and pecan and maple-glazed carrots, mashed potatoes, fig and cranberry compote, and pumpkin bread pudding with Grand Marnier crème anglaise.
Racks Downtown Eatery & Tavern (402 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, 561/395-1662) in Mizner Park will be dishing their regular menu, plus a three-course meal for $28.95 for adults and $14.95 for the kids. Start with soup or salad, then choose between roasted turkey or root beer-glazed ham with all the fixin’s, and finish with either pecan or pumpkin pies.
In Delray, Burt Rapoport’s casual, Keys-y Deck 84 (840 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/665-8484) will be dishing both traditional Turkey Day fare and a “Floribbean” menu. The former includes roasted apple-butternut squash bisque, a big ol’ oven-roasted bird and pumpkin pie. The latter includes hearts of palm salad, mango barbecue-glazed snapper and rum-coconut custard. Prices are a la carte and the regular menu will be served as well.
A restaurant with one of the loveliest settings anywhere in SoFla is Sundy House (106 Swinton Ave., Delray Beach, 561/272-5678), where seatings from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. offer a brunch-style meal for $75 per person. Among the dishes they’ll be serving are grilled veggies, oysters on the half-shell and poached Florida shrimp, herb-roasted turkey and prime rib and all kinds of sides, and sweet potato cheesecake and bourbon-chocolate pecan pie.
Heading north, at the most excellent Café Boulud (301 Australian Ave., Palm Beach, 561/655-6060) they’ll be serving a trio of courses from 1 to 9 p.m. for $75 per adult and $30 per child. Apps include butternut squash soufflé and venison terrine, followed by roasted turkey with all the usual accouterments (kicked up a notch), and a choice of four desserts, among them pear and cranberry pie and chocolate-pecan bars with malted ice cream.
Finally, in Palm Beach Gardens, III Forks (4645 PGA Blvd., 561/630-3660) is serving up four courses of T-Day eats from 4 to 9 p.m. for $44.95 for adults and $15.95 for kids 12 and under. Look for tenderloin-tomato soup, the signature III Forks salad, spice-rubbed turkey or roasted beef tenderloin or maple-glazed salmon, and one of three different desserts (the chocolate-peanut butter torte sounds pretty good to me).