If I have learned anything from writing about Florida over the last couple of years, it is that many Floridians love buffets. Every article I've written covering a buffet has gotten many comments, proving that many Floridians have strong opinions about them.
Considering the above, I decided to limit this year's story about Thanksgiving restaurant offerings in Florida to buffets. Note that I strongly suggest making a reservation when applicable or calling first to make sure the event isn't sold o
Some people prefer to let others do the cooking so they can enjoy spending time with loved ones. And with the rising costs of Thanksgiving grocery items, eating out may not be as comparatively expensive as it used to be. Let's have a look:
Golden Corral, Various Locations: If you need any proof of Golden Corral's popularity, this restaurant managed to open 13 new restaurants during the pandemic. Florida has 46 Golden Corrals, but Floridians with access to one can enjoy a Thanksgiving day buffet that includes turkey, ham, roast beef, dressing, sweet potato casserole, cranberry sauce, and an assortment of pies.
Ponderosa, One Florida Location: Admittedly, Florida only has one remaining Ponderosa Steakhouse (in Kissimmee,) but those who live in central Florida can enjoy roast turkey, ham, fried chicken, shrimp, dressing, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and an assortment of desserts.
Innisbrook Resort, Tampa: Beginning at 11:00 am, Floridians who visit this golf resort can enjoy a buffet that includes a traditional Thanksgiving buffet including bottomless mimosas and live music. Reservations are strongly recommended.
Hamilton's Kitchen, Winter Park: Located at the Alfond Inn, Floridians can enjoy a buffet of Thanksgiving favorites as well as luxurious choices such as lobster and short ribs. All profits for the buffet go toward a charitable cause - Rollins College Scholarships, but reservations are required.
Latitudes Restaurant, Marriott Hollywood Beach: Enjoy carving and seafood stations, a salad station, and entrees such as pan-seared trout and pumpkin ravioli (in addition to traditional options.) Several dessert varieties are included. Reservations via Yelp are required.
Mission Inn Resort, Howey-In-The Hills: Beginning at 11, enjoy soups, salads, a seafood bar, a carving station, a stuffing station, main courses, and a wide variety of breads and desserts. Reservations are highly recommended.
Omni Resort, Amelia Island: Enjoy a variety of salads, a raw bar, seafood, turkey, prime rib, and gourmet pie bar at the resort's sunshine cafe.
Options That Aren't a Buffet: For those that aren't close to any of the buffets listed above, there are some other options with locations throughout Florida, such as Cracker Barrel, Metro Diner, The Capital Grille, and Eddie V's, to name a few options.