Sometimes we can’t go home for Thanksgiving because of work or other reasons, and Thanksgiving in Tallahassee can be a little gloomy (especially since a lot of students have already left town). Despite being away from home, you should still celebrate this Thanksgiving with your friends who are in town.
Here’s some ways for you to celebrate this Friendsgiving:
Have a picnic at one of Tallahassee’s beautiful parks
Grab a couple of friends and plan a picnic where you can sit by beautiful parks such as Cascades Park or Lake Ella. Enjoy the wonderful fall season as you munch on some delicious food. Grab a nice bottle of wine, cute dinner plates, a speaker for music, and a large comfy blanket to complete the scenery.
Have a potluck
Being in college is rough when it comes to trying to create a delicious homemade meal all on your own. Grab a group of friends to split the cooking and celebrate the day of Thanksgiving together.
#Spoontip: If you can’t decide who is going to cook what, create a Pinterest board with some delicious options to pick from.
Head over to a local bakery for some delicious Thanksgiving treats
Sometimes we want that moist, homemade piece of pumpkin pie instead of the traditional Publix brand. What better way to give thanks and support Tallahassee restaurants and bakeries than to place an order for your Friendsgiving treats?
This bakery will have your mouth watering with its great assortment of Thanksgiving specialty pies which include pumpkin pie, sweet potato pie, pecan pie, bourbon pecan pie, and so much more.
Tasty Pastry will not be open Thanksgiving Day. Make sure to call them to make sure your favorite pie is available the day before Thanksgiving. Phone: (850) 893-3752
You can’t go wrong with delicious cupcakes from here. Even though Lucy and Leo’s will be closed Thanksgiving Day, you can pick up your cupcakes the day before to celebrate with all your friends (trust us, they’ll still be just as delicious).
Enjoy any of their fall specialty flavors including pumpkin, pumpkin chocolate chip, sweet potato, and German chocolate. Phone: (850) 765-0374
Pre-order a delicious specialty dessert from Food Glorious Food. Despite being closed Thanksgiving day, you’ll be able to stock up on all your favorite homemade pies including Harvest Pumpkin, Hudson Valley Apple, Chunky Apple, Pumpkin Spice Bundy, and Pumpkin Cheesecake. Phone: (850) 224-7279
Go out to eat
Maybe you and all your friends are not the best chefs, or maybe you just want to relax on Thanksgiving and eat a home cooked meal that you don’t have to make yourself. Why not get all dressed up with a group of friends, and head over to a restaurant that will be celebrating Thanksgiving. This will give you the opportunity to be thankful to your waiters and chefs at our local restaurants in Tallahassee that have to cook on this holiday.
Here are a couple of restaurants in town that will be open:
A La Provence, 1415 Timberlane Road, will open at noon with the last seating at 4 p.m. If you want to enjoy a delicious three-course Thanksgiving dinner, then call for a reservation. The feast will be $41 per person, half price for children. Call 850-329-6870 for reservations.
Azu Lucy Ho’s, 3220 Apalachee Parkway, will have a Thanksgiving Day buffet from 5 to 9 p.m. for $21.95 per person. Call 850-893-4112 or visit azulucyhos.com for full menu and reservations.
Nefetari’s Fine Cuisine & Spirits, 812 S Macomb St. Here’s an option for all of our veggie lovers out there. This restaurant will be open Thanksgiving Day from 11 am-4pm. They will have a special menu with traditional, vegetarian and vegan options.
Shula’s 347 Grill, 415 N. Monroe St. Will have two openings: Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Shula’s standard menu will be available as well as a turkey plate special for $35. Call 850-224-6005 for reservations.
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, 2920 Hospitality St, will be serving their Turkey n’ Dressing dinner starting at 11am. The meal will be $11.99 and include oven roasted turkey breast, cornbread dressing, savory gravy, a sampling of sugar-cured ham, choice of a country side, sweet potato casserole with pecans, cranberry relish, made from scratch biscuits or corn muffins, and a slice of pumpkin pie.
Buca Di Beppo, Governor’s Square Mall, 1500 Apalachee Parkway, will be open from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Dinners are served in family-style portions, so you’ll feel like you’re just at home here. The Thanksgiving menu will have turkey and traditional side dishes. There will also be Italian sausage stuffing and pumpkin pie to enjoy. Each dinner is $19.99 per person.
We know that being away from your family may be tough, but there’s still so many options to enjoy good food and remind ourselves what we’re thankful for. Grab those around you and host a small party, make breakfast together, bake together, or simply hang out and appreciate each other’s company for the day.