Your guide to dining out on Turkey Day

Published: Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 03:11 PM.

If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of preparing a turkey dinner, you can be thankful for our many dining establishments open on Thanksgiving Day.

Many restaurants in South Walton and Destin will be open and stand ready to accommodate your desire for the traditional, or not-so-traditional Thanksgiving meal.

The Sun reached out to several restaurants and these are some of the options.

Elephant Walk: On Sandestin's beach side, the Elephant Walk hosts its first Thanksgiving feast buffet-style. Executive Chef Mike McAnulla will create the menu featuring of more than 25 dishes, from southern cornbread dressing and a variety of salads, to sweet potato casserole and fresh autumn vegetables, to classic pumpkin pie and more. The buffet will be served from noon to 7 p.m. for $34.95 for adults and $16.95 for children, tax and gratuity not included. Reservations are recommended. Call 267-4800. Walk-ins will be accepted on availability but cannot be ensured. Visit for more info.

Sandestin bayside: Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort will host Thanksgiving brunch at its Linkside Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with an assortment of seafood, sides, salads, oven-roasted turkey and a variety of desserts, as well as traditional favorites. The brunch will also feature a southern shrimp and grits station, a gumbo station and an assortment of cakes, pies, cookies and a banana’s foster flambé station. Reserve by emailing or call 267-6398.

Café Thirty-A: The restaurant is offering a sit-down four-course Thanksgiving Day dinner with all the extras from noon to 4 p.m. Choose from deep-fried turkey, lamb shanks, gulf grouper, or filet mignon. Adults $50 (excluding tax and gratuity). There will also be a children’s menu, $15. To-go orders are available to serve six for $160. Pies are $25 each. Call 231-2128.

Bud & Alley’s: As is tradition, Seaside's Bud & Alley's, The Pizza Bar, and Taco Bar will be closed Thanksgiving Day. But that evening, Bud & Alley's roof deck bar will open at 4:30 p.m. for sunset enjoyment until 8:30 p.m.

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