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Gables Bites: Holiday Dining on the Mile

11/13/12

By Riki Altman

Let’s face it: Not everyone wants to wait around all day cooking turkey and cleaning up the house (we certainly don’t!). The great news is, many of Coral Gables’ top restaurants are happy to host you and yours over the holidays and they’ve even created special menus to make the occasions that much more special.

Feeling Italian? Caffe Abbracci has the right idea, serving up flavorful fare with a twist on tradition November 22 from 5-10 p.m.. Think pumpkin ravioli drizzled with sage-infused butter, roasted turkey and homemade apple pie. (Children $23, adults $38.

If the thought of having the whole holiday on one plate sounds fun, head to Seasons 52 on Thanksgiving and order the Maple Leaf Farms sesame duck salad with apples, cranberries, butternut squash and toasted pecans. It’s less than 475 calories. No guilt! The restaurant’s December holiday menus, however, are even more spectacular. For $55 per person, guests can partake in a holiday lunch with flatbreads, an amuse bouche, salad, entrée and dessert, plus wine pairings. Or, for $100 per person, they can enjoy all the aforementioned plus two additional entrees (doesn’t the thought of cedar plank-roasted organic salmon, goat cheese ravioli, and mesquite-grilled striploin with quail sound delish?).

Sadly, Talavera Cocina Mexicana will be closed on Thanksgiving to give its employees a day off (we bet they’re thankful for that!), but to make it up to the rest of us they’re offering an a la carte “Best of Talavera” menu every other day until November 30 with crowd favorites like empapelado (fresh fish with vegetables, baked in parchment paper with a cilantro pesto, $24) and puntas chipotle (beef tenderloin tips in tomatillo and chipotle sauces, $24). Come back for Christmas; The restaurant will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. with a full menu.

Still seeking more options? Get your steak fix at either Ruth’s Chris Steak House or Morton’s The Steakhouse too, both of which are open for Thanksgiving. We hear John Martin’s Irish Pub & Restaurant offers delicious fare with a classic appeal for the holiday as well. Regardless of where you end up, enjoy and the time with your family and friends. But most of all, enjoy the meal!

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