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Hooray! My favorite time of the year is just around the corner! Thanksgiving marks the time when all things are good. Starting with that perfect bite: turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing a gravy and ending with holiday cookies and the smell of all things Christmas. If you’re visiting Orlando for the holiday, or if you’re a local just looking for a place to have a nice meal, here are three suggestions to get out and about — and eat at! — on the infamous turkey day.
1. Islands Dining Room at Universal’s Royal Pacific Resort-a Lowes Hotel. The resort itself is a prime example of vacation luxury. The South seas exotic theme leads to that perfect feeling of zen that we are all looking for while traveling. The large, Indonesian-style Islands Dining Room will provide the perfect backdrop for a festive Thanksgiving buffet. Traditional turkey meals will be offered as well as the all-time favorite prime rib. There will also be a variety of food stations including: sushi, stir fry, omelet and waffle (until 2pm). Besides the food you can enjoy live music, hula dancers, face painting for the kids and the chance to get up close to some Universal characters.
11am – 8pm
$43.95 for adults with champagne included
$17.95 for kids 12 and under, kids under 3 are free
2. The Vineyard Grill at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes. This Orlando resort is the ultimate example of upscale bliss. The hotel, spa, pools, and the surrounding property are absolutely breathtaking. You can enjoy what will be a delicious buffet at their Vineyard Grill, located in the heart of the plush surroundings, that are already adorned in Christmas decor. Traditional Thanksgiving fare will be offered in addition to breakfast and carving stations.
$89 for adults
$39 for children
3. Capriccio Champagne Brunch at The Peabody Orlando. This resort has recently completed massive renovations that solidify its standing as one of the top resorts in Orlando. I’ve taken a peek at its menu for its Thanksgiving buffet and was very impressed by the variety of options! Breakfast items and assorted brick oven pizzas join the list of Thanksgiving proteins such as turkey, prime rib and ham. A wide assortment of sides and desserts wrap up this list. Do me a favor, if you choose this buffet, try the butternut squash with parsnips, beets and truffled honey and let me know how it is!
$59.50 for adults
$25 for children 6-12, kids under 5 free
So head out, eat some good food and have fun! And most importantly, make sure you get that perfect bite!
Reservations are required at all of these locations. Prices and hours are subject to change.
–- Kate Higgins of Kate’s Kitchen