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Giving Thanks: Celebrating Thanksgiving on Fort Myers Beach

November 27, 2013
Melissa Schneider - Editor ( , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

It's time to gather 'round the table and give thanks for all we've had and all we've gone through. Whether you're joining around the table with friends, family, new relatives or old companions, many establishments along Fort Myers Beach will be open and operating, offering something special this Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28.

Bayfront Bistro

4761 Estero Blvd., 239-463-FOOD

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Bayfront Bistro will be serving a traditional Thanksgiving feast from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. that evening. Ala carte dishes include a selection of roasted turkey breast, baked ham, chipotle herb prime rib, cedar plank salmon, red snapper and filet mignon. All are prepared and served with the appropriately complementing starch and vegetable.

For instance, the turkey is served with Yukon gold potatoes, stuffing, cranberry compote, French-cut green beans and turkey giblet gravy; the ham is served with roasted garlic mashed potatoes and steamed green beans with bourbon glaze; and the prime rib is served with cinnamon mashed sweet potatoes, asparagus and a rosemary mint glaze.

Bayfront Bistro's front-of-house manager Andrea Chiasson strongly suggests reservations are made early, as seats fill quickly in the restaurant.

"Thanksgiving meals range from $25 to $40 at the restaurant, and be sure to pair your meal with a wine from our extensive and worldly selection," she said.

The Sandbar and Grill

7205 Estero Blvd., 239-463-5544

The Sandbar and Grill will be open 11 a.m. to 2 a.m, Thanksgiving day, serving a traditional Thanksgiving meal, all made fresh in-house, featuring a turkey dinner and honeybaked ham platters, with gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls and more for $12.99 each.

Reservations are recommended but not necessary.

"We'll have all the NFL games playing on the HD TVs, along with bucket specials during the games," said assistant manager Talita Dutra. "Happy hour is 11 to 7 that night, with $2.75 domestic bottles and draft beer, $3.50 house wines and $3.25 well drinks, as well as $8.50 domestic pitchers all day and night.

Truly Scrumptious

7205 Estero Blvd., 239-765-2200

The folks at Truly Scrumptious will be offering breakfast at the restaurant until noon Thanksgiving day. After that, pre-ordered and complete Thanksgiving meals, all made fresh in-house that day, will be offered for pick up at 2 p.m. Be sure to call ahead to get your reservation in early!

The staff will also have homemade pumpkin and pecan pies available for purchase that day, too.

Nervous Nellie's

1131 1st St., 239-463-8077

Join the staff of Nervous Nellie's for Thanksgiving, offering a family-style Thanksgiving dinner with all of the trimmings. Turkey dinner is offered for $16.95; honeybaked ham dinner for $16.95; 24-ounce slow-roasted prime rib dinner for $26.95; crabmeat-stuffed baked Maine lobster dinner for $29.99; a crab feast for $49.99; and overstuffed crabmeat baked black grouper dinner for $26.95.

Family-style is also available, served as a large platter just like home, with turkey, baked ham, fried haddock and turkey stuffing. Then, choose two additional side dishes to enjoy with the meal:?sweet potato casserole, smashed red potatoes, southern green beans, orange-glazed carrots, cranberry relish or baked New England apple strudel. The cost is $9.99 per child, $21.95 for adults.

Lunch and dinner starts at 11 a.m. and served throughout the day until 10 p.m.

Call-ahead seating is available from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. that evening, as well as take-out, and for those looking for the every-day full list of menu items, that will be offered that day, too.

As for entertainment, The Oysters will rock upstairs that night from 6 to 10 p.m., and Mike Glean will rock downstairs, also from 6 to 10 p.m.

The Lani Kai

1400 Estero Blvd., 239-463-3111

The Lani Kai will be serving a traditional Thanksgiving meal in the Sable Palm Restaurant in the lower level of the hotel, from noon to 7 p.m. that evening.

Enjoy all of the traditional favorites with none of the mess. The cost is $15 per person, $7.50 for children 12 and under. Reservations are recommended. Call 463-3111 to reserve your seat(s).

Salty Sam's

Waterfront Adventures

2500 Main St., 463-7333

Big Game Waterfront Grill will be open at 11 a.m. for all of the big Thanksgiving Day football games that day. Stop in for a cold drink, hot plate and good game!

Parrot Key Caribbean Grill will open at noon, serving a complete turkey dinner, featuring a petite house or petite Caesar salad, citrus-herb-infused turkey with all the trimmings, house-made cran-raisin stuffing, garlic smashed potatoes, vegetable melange and a cranberry relish side. For dessert, enjoy a delicious slice of warm pumpkin pie.

The cost is $25 for adults, $12 for children. The regular menu will also be available that evening. Reservations happily accepted.

And, although the Pieces of Eight Pirate Cruise is closed Thanksgiving, set sail at 2 p.m. or 5 p.m. for a cruise that Wednesday, or at 12:30 or 4 p.m. Friday.

The Nauti Turtle

19001 San Carlos Blvd., 239-765-1100

The Nauti Turtle will also be serving a traditional Thanksgiving meal that day, open from 11 a.m. to about 11 p.m./midnight, with the kitchen closing at 10 p.m.

Thanksgiving dinners will begin serving at 2 p.m., featuring turkey breast, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, dinner rolls and a dessert, which can be a slice of keylime pie, cheesecake or an ice cream concoction, all for $19.95.

Walk-ins are available, but reservations are suggested.

Pinchers Crab Shack

6890 Estero Blvd., 239-463-2909

Pinchers Crab Shack will host a Thanksgiving buffet Thursday, Nov. 29 at its Fort Myers Beach location. The price is $26.99 per adult and $12.99 for children 12 and under, including dessert and one soft beverage (plus 6% tax plus 20% service charge).

The restaurant will be open from noon to 7 p.m. The Tiki portion will also be open that day serving its regular menu from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Reservations are recommended and can be made with the front desk staff, any Pinchers employee, or by calling 239-463-2909.

MENU: Holiday Salads and Starters, Garden Fresh Grand Salad Bar, Fresh Tropical Fruit Display, Shrimp Salad, Peel-n-Eat Shrimp with Cocktail Sauce, Butternut Squash Bisque. Carving Stations: Carved Tom Turkey with Giblet Gravy, Honey Cured Ham with a Pineapple Relish. On the Buffet: Grilled Gulf Grouper with Champagne Lemon Sauce, Grilled Chicken with Caribbean salsa, Cornbread Stuffing with Gravy, Garlic Smashed Potatoes, Sweet Potato Souffl, Green Beans Casserole, Sauted Squash and Zucchini.

Pilgrims Dessert Station: Pumpkin Pie Tarts, Key Lime Pie Tarts, Apple Pie Tarts, Fresh Baked Cookies and Brownies



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