Money is short; times are hard. And here come the holidays, ready to bum rush your bank account with an onslaught of new purchases. And before the shopping, theres the feasting. It all costs a pretty penny, whether you slave over a hot stove all day for the family feast, or you choose to leave the cooking to a team of professional chefs. Doesnt the latter sound so much more enticing? Dont worry, wallet watchers weve got Thanksgiving Day suggestions for every kind of budget. If you are looking to get your turkey n stuffing on for an affordable price, Christys (3101 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables) is an excellent choice. Thats right Christys. The landmark steak house is celebrating its 30th anniversary by offering patrons a $30 holiday repast. The feast will be served from noon to 10 p.m. and include all the traditional trimmings. Or you could buck tradition and gobble up a hearty steak. Call 305-446-1400, or visit www.christysrestaurant.com. The deal at North One 10 (11052 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami) is pretty sweet as well. The meal begins at 1 p.m., costs $48 per person, and offers a variety of delicious entrées, including seared black grouper, Angus short ribs, and, yep, roast turkey. Call 305-893-4211, or visit www.northone10.com. For a midpriced meal, Rare Steakhouse(468 W 41st St., Miami Beach) has a delicious prix fixe menu for $55 a person that includes butternut squash soup, yams, and mashed potatoes yum. Call 305-532-7273, or visit www.raresteakhousemiami.com. And the fixings at The Setai (2001 Collins Ave., Miami Beach) are as exotic and luxe as the location itself. A four-course spread will set you back $68 a person and includes unusual dishes such as cinnamon-glazed salmon and smoked barbecue pork belly, in addition to Tom Turkey. Call 305-520-6000, or visit www.setai.com. For ballers and shot-callers, theres a traditionally fancy feast at Bistro One LR at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach (1 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach). The $85-per-person buffet amps things up with a caviar bar, interactive carving stations, and music by DJ Smeejay alfresco by the poolside terrace, just to remind you how fabulous this time of year is in the Magic City. Call 786-276-4008. Reservations are highly recommended everywhere, so get to calling.
Thu., Nov. 27, 2008