A Guide to Thanksgiving at the Beach

The Thanksgiving season is upon us and it’s time for gratitude, peace, reflection and celebration. If you’re looking for a ginormous meal that’s both traditional and tasty, you’re in luck because a lot of restaurants in South Walton open up for Thanksgiving Day, inviting people in for delicious feasts to celebrate the holidays. So, if you’re away from home — or just don’t want to deal with the dishes — here is our round-up of how to spend Thanksgiving on 30A.

PRO TIP: Kick off the morning — and earn that extra slice of pumpkin pie — by running the 30A Thanksgiving Day 10K or Family Fun Run at Rosemary Beach. There’s still time to register in the 1 mile and 10K races.

To Cook at Home:

While the options below are primarily for eating out, if you’re looking to cook in, the friendly team at For the Health of It in Blue Mountain Beach is offering organic and free-range turkey, ready to roast and serve with their wide range of healthy, affordable produce. You can also pick up organic brussels sprouts and locally grown organic green beans. Yum! Several sizes are available but the supply is limited.

Call 850-267-0558 to reserve yours.

Where to grab Thanksgiving Lunch and Dinner in South Walton:

You can grab a special BREAKFAST buffet at 45 Central in Seaside! Their quaint patio and inside seating provide a casual, yet sophisticated space to dine with friends and family on Thanksgiving morning. The buffet will be available from 8 am to noon. No reservations required, guests can just walk in!

The Pearl at Rosemary Beach will be celebrating Thanksgiving all day with a brunch, lunch and dinner. Brunch will be served at two seatings – 11 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. – in The Pearl’s ball room with wine available for purchase. It includes a full buffet of traditional holiday fare, with a touch of The Pearl Hotel’s signature old world Spanish, Portuguese and French influences: a gulf seafood display, cajun prime rib, sage brown butter roasted turkey, bourbon pecan tart, and more! Lunch and dinner will be served at Havana Beach Bar & Grill. Reservations are required and can be made online at The Pearl’s website.

Old Florida Fish House will serve up a Thanksgiving brunch on the lake. Brunch runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Choose the buffet or choose from their sushi menu and select items from their daily menu. See the full menu here and make reservations by calling 850-534-3045.

Vue on 30A will be open for a Thanksgiving brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Celebrate with friends and family while enjoying one of the best views of the Gulf of Mexico in the area. With tradition top of mind each year, Chef Gio revealed his five essentials for the perfect Thanksgiving feast: savory bread stuffing, mashed potatoes, prime rib, fried turkey, and because we live on the beautiful Gulf, a coastal cuisine option. Call 850-267-2305 for reservations.

For something different, book a cruise on the SOLARIS Yacht and enjoy a lavish Thanksgiving dinner actually ON the water. The menu includes turkey, ham, all the sides and traditional Thanksgiving desserts. Two cruises are available, one at noon and one at 6 p.m. Book your cruise here.

This year, Marie’s Bistro will serve up a Thanksgiving Dinner from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Choose from traditional turkey, bourbon honey ham or jumbo shrimp, all the sides and dessert. (Plus a bottomless mimosa/ wine option!) They also have carry-out Thanksgiving dinners. See the full menu on their website.

Cuvee 30A will have their Thanksgiving Buffet available from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., including a carving station, soups, salads, appetizers and sides. As always, they are continuing their tradition of the Thanksgiving Feast to-go. Learn more on their website.

The Bay is serving Thanksgiving dinner on the shores of the Choctawhatchee Bay.

Chef Jim Shirley and his team have put together an amazing menu for Thanksgiving at The Bay. Enjoy a celebratory dinner with friends and family while enjoying unmatched views of the Choctawhatchee Bay. Call 850-622-2291 to reserve.

Thanksgiving at Baytowne Provisions promises to be a scrumptious affair, especially if you love Chef Jim Shirley’s Great Southern Cafe and The Bay. You can make reservations from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day! Click here to learn more.

Join in for Thanksgiving Dinner on beautiful Rosemary Beach at Restaurant Paradis from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Menu includes sliced brined turkey breast, cornbread dressing, wild turkey gravy, green bean casserole, candied pecan and sweet potato mash and housemade cranberry sauce. They will also serve their usual menu of fresh seafood and delicious steaks if you’re not looking for traditional. Call 850-534-0400 to make reservations.

Beginning at 4 p.m., Marlin Grill invites guests to enjoy a four-course meal including soup, choice of salad, dessert and traditional Thanksgiving entree with roasted turkey, smoked ham, cornbread stuffing, ricotta mashed potatoes, cream spinach and cranberry relish. Reservations can be made by calling 850-351-1990. For more info, click here.

Local Catch will be open from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., serving a buffet style menu. They will also host an after Thanksgiving day party featuring Luke Langford. Call 850-622-2022 to make reservations.

Café Thirty-A will serve Thanksgiving Dinner from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Choose from deep-fried turkey, oven-roasted salmon, pan-seared snapper, or filet mignon. Click here to see the menu. Call 850-231-2166 to make a reservation or go to Open Table. You can also opt for a takeout Feast for six. Order by 5 p.m., Sunday, November 19.

Thanksgiving Dinners To Go

Roux 30A will be preparing a Thanksgiving menu to go. See the full menu and order online here.

Shades Bar & Grill is taking orders for Thanksgiving Dinner to go, including a fried turkey and sides. They have a limited quantity though, so call 850-231-9410 to pre-order.

Cowgirl Kitchen will have Thanksgiving dinners to take home with you. Order by Saturday, November 19, to enjoy whole smoked turkey & gravy, cornbread dressing, mashed potatoes, praline sweet potatoes, broccoli & cheese casserole, 7-layer salad, bourbon pecan pie and all kinds of dips and more. Order online here.

The Perfect Pig is offering whole spiral sliced honey glazed, hickory smoked hams and incredible sides and desserts. Note: kindly specify which location you will be picking up from (Seagrove – 850-213-0701 or Gulf Place – 850-660-1591). Please give them a week’s notice for the ham and three days minimum for everything else. Email them at perfectpigcatering@gmail.com.

The Hub 30A is prepping dinners as well, with in-house smoked turkey and ham, cranberry sauce, local veggies and more. They have convenient pickup times on November 22 and 23. Check out the details here.

Did we miss something? If you know of any other Thanksgiving Day events or meals, please let us know by emailing feedback@30A.com.

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