Celebrating Thanksgiving in Pensacola offers plenty of delicious options. Why go through the trouble of cooking when some of the area’s top chefs are preparing enticing Turkey Day menus?
Among the area’s Thanksgiving offerings are menus from Pensacola Celebrity Chefs Dan Dunn of H2O, Irv Miller of Jackson’s Steakhouse and Gus Silivos of Skopelos at New World, along with equally talented artists like The Grand Marlin’s Chef Gregg McCarthy and The Fish House’s Chef Billy Ballou. You can even take place in a potluck tradition at the iconic Flora-Bama Lounge and Oyster Bar.
If you’re not feeling like turkey, check out Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen and Taproom, 10 Palafox Place, or The Tin Cow, with locations at 102 Palafox Place and 204 E. Nine Mile Road, where the kitchens will be open regular hours serving the everyday menus.
But if your day isn’t complete without turkey and all the trimmings, here are some recommendations.
Skopelos at New World, 600 S. Palafox St.
Chef Gus Silivos is offering two options for Thanksgiving dining at this Pensacola institution, which recently celebrated its 57th anniversary.
A Thanksgiving Day Buffet will be offered in the Grand Ballroom and a cost of $34.95 for adults and $12.95 for children ages 12 and younger. Additionally, an a la carte Thanksgiving menu will be offered in all dining areas, with individually priced items.
For reservations or more information, call 850-432-6565, or visit www.skopelosatnewworld.com.
Nancy’s Haute Affairs, 555 Scenic Highway
Chef Silivos is also the culinary talent behind Nancy’s Haute Affairs, a full-service catering and events business that also offers “gourmet to go” meals. An extensive Thanksgiving menu will be offered this year, with orders and payment due by Nov. 20 for pickup by 3 p.m. Nov. 22. Choose from whole turkeys or pre-sliced turkey or ham; a wide assortment of sides including cornbread dressing; squash casserole; and gourmet mac & cheese; a mouthwatering array of desserts including pumpkin pie and German chocolate cake; and four bread selections.
To place your order, or for more information, call 850-434-0112, or visit www.nancyshauteaffairs.com.
Jackson’s Steakhouse, 400 Palafox Place
One of Pensacola’s finest dining spots, Jackson’s Steakhouse will offer its fall dinner menu along with a special Thanksgiving plate, with seating from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Chef Irv Miller’s Thanksgiving plate will feature sliced, oven-roasted turkey served with garlic buttered green beans, Andouille and cornbread stuffing, Anjou pear and cranberry relish, Yukon gold and fresh thyme whipped potatoes, roasted butternut squash and gravy for $29.
Reservations are required at 850-469-9898. For more information, visit www.jacksonsrestaurant.com.
The Fish House, 600 S. Barracks St.
The Fish House will open at 11 a.m. offering its regular dinner menu throughout the day and evening. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Chef Billy Ballou also will offer a traditional Thanksgiving plate featuring slow-roasted garlic and herb turkey breast, Southern applewood-smoked bacon cornbread dressing, green bean casserole, apple and cranberry chutney, whipped garlic mashed potatoes and homemade giblet gravy. The cost for the Thanksgiving plate is $24.
For more information, call 850-470-0003, or visit www.fishhousepensacola.com.
Five Sisters Blues Café, 421 W. Belmont St.
With seating’s available at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., Five Sisters Blues Cafe, which specializes in classic Southern American cuisine with Creole and Caribbean influences, will offer a traditional Thanksgiving plate featuring herb-brined, sliced turkey breast; bourbon-glazed ham; green beans; mashed potatoes; yams; cornbread dressing; and a dinner roll. Guests will also receive their choice of crab bisque or a house salad as an appetizer, and homemade chess pie or sweet potato pie for dessert.
The cost is $21.95 for adults and $12.95 for children ages 12 and younger. Reservations are required at 850-912-4856. For more information, visit www.fivesistersbluescafe.com.
Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar, 17401 Perdido Key Drive
The iconic roadhouse at the Florida-Alabama state line has an annual tradition of a Thanksgiving potluck dinner starting at 1 p.m. Guests are asked to bring along a side dish for sharing, while the ‘Bama provides all the turkey and ham you can eat.
For more information, call 850-492-0611, or visit www.florabama.com.
The Grand Marlin, 400 Pensacola Beach Blvd., Pensacola Beach
Pensacola Beach’s scenic Grand Marlin will offer a limited Thanksgiving menu from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Chef Gregg McCarthy is offering roasted brined turkey with squash casserole, mashed potatoes and turkey gravy, herbed cornbread stuffing with sausage and apples, and cranberry orange relish, along with creamy mushroom & wild rice soup, mixed green salad with walnuts, pears, blue cheese and balsamic vinaigrette and pumpkin or pecan pie. Items are priced a la carte and pricing was not immediately available.
Reservations are recommended. To secure your space, or for more information, call 850-677-9153, or visit www.thegrandmarlin.com.
H2O at Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front, 12 Via de Luna, Pensacola Beach
Chef Dan Dunn is preparing two Thanksgiving services for the big day. H2O’s famous Sunday brunch buffet will be offered in the dining room from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and expanded with Thanksgiving offerings including carved turkey and prime rib, mashed potatoes, dressing, collard greens, green beans and gravy. Breakfast bar items and the incredible Bloody Mary bar will also be offered. The cost is $38.95 for adults and $22.95 for kids ages 6 to 12.
Beginning at 2 p.m., a plated dinner featuring turkey and all the trimmings will be offered.
Reservations are recommended. To secure your space, or for more information, call 850-972-1700, or visit www.hiltonpensacolabeach.com/pensacola-beach-restaurants.
The Garden Grille & Bar at Hilton Garden Inn, 1144 Airport Blvd.
A Thanksgiving brunch featuring traditional favorites will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $34.95 for adults; $12.95 for kids ages 4 to 10; and free for kids ages 3 and younger. The full menu was not immediately available. Reservations are recommended at 850-479-8900.
Pot Roast and Pinot, 321 E. Cervantes St.
Full details were not immediately available, but Chef Joe Abston confirms a traditional-style Thanksgiving dinner will be offered at his restaurant, known for his unique spin on classic American comfort food. Please call 850-607-7336, or visit www.potroastpinot.com for reservations and information.
Frank & Lola Love Pensacola Cafe at Margaritaville Beach Hotel, 165 Fort Pickens Road, Pensacola Beach
Celebrate Thanksgiving Jimmy Buffett-style in the Margaritaville Beach Hotel’s upscale, casual atmosphere with indoor and outdoor seating. Reservations are being accepted for seatings at 11:15 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. Pricing and menu details were not immediately available.
For reservations or more information, call 850-934-8670, or visit www.margaritavillehotel.com/drinks-and-dining/frank-and-lola-love-pensacola-cafe.