Your guide to dining out on Turkey Day

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

790 on The Gulf: Open from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m., serving a traditional Thanksgiving menu Gulfside. Reservations are recommended. Visit 790 on The Gulf on the web at, or call the restaurant at 850-650-4853.

Ruth's Chris: Ruth's Chris will also be open Thanksgiving Day and serving a sizzling turkey breast with cranberry sauce for $25, with a children's menu also available for $12.95. Dinner will feature traditional sides and an a la carte menu will be available from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. and 5 - 8 p.m. Reservations are recommended. Call 850-337-5108 or visit

Ocean Club: The Ocean Club, located at the entrance to Tops'l Beach & Racquet Resort, will be serving Thanksgiving dinner from 12 - 8 p.m. The menu will feature traditional Thanksgiving favorites, as well as rack of lamb, prime rib, grouper and a special kids menu. Call 850-267-3666 to make reservations or visit

Marina Cafe: Marina Cafe will be serving Thanksgiving Day dinner from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. The menu will feature roast turkey, duck and ham, as well as all the trimmings. Prices are $36 for adults and $16 for those 12 and under. For reservations call 850-837-7960 or visit

Booked solid: The Vue on 30A and Fire are serving, but they are booked.

Dine for free: However, if your Thanksgiving desires fall on the altruistic bent, Harbor Docks in Destin welcomes the community to its free Thanksgiving Day dinner. Yes, free. It's a 19-year tradition benefiting Okaloosa Habitat for Humanity and Destin Harvest from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Harbor Docks invites family, friends, locals and tourists to come and enjoy a traditional, home-style Thanksgiving Day meal. Charles Morgan III, owner of Harbor Docks, partners with Okaloosa Habitat for Humanity and Destin Harvest to serve the feast. Morgan covers the cost, while raising awareness and funds for the non-profit organizations. AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar will donate ham for the event while The Donut Hole will provide dessert. There will be table service with plated food and a cash bar. Okaloosa Habitat for Humanity and Destin Harvest contribute 200 volunteers to cover every position in the restaurant. Harbor Docks employees will also be on-site to assist. Donations are accepted and payable to Okaloosa Habitat for Humanity or Destin Harvest. Last year the annual Thanksgiving event fed more than 1,500 people and raised more than $20,000 with 100 percent of donations going directly to local needs. To volunteer for this event email or for details on available times.

The options are plentiful this Thanksgiving and there is no need for anyone to be alone on this day. Happy Thanksgiving!

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