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Thanksgiving 2019 Survival Guide

Survive Thanksgiving by following these tips.
Survive Thanksgiving by following these tips. Courtesy of Kitchen 305
click to enlarge Survive Thanksgiving by following these tips. - COURTESY OF KITCHEN 305
Survive Thanksgiving by following these tips.
Courtesy of Kitchen 305
Thanksgiving — a day when friends and family gather to enjoy a bountiful meal — is upon us.

But, of course, things don't always go as planned: The turkey overcooks, your drunk uncle shows up, or someone forgets to bring dessert.

To ensure your Thursday runs smoothly, consult this handy survival guide. Below, you'll find tips on where to get the perfect pie, how to host Friendsgiving, the best things to buy for your dinner, and where to get a good Thanksgiving meal at a restaurant.
click to enlarge Turkey leg is one of the Thanksgiving brunch offerings at Lightkeepers in the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne. - PHOTO COURTESY OF LIGHTKEEPERS
Turkey leg is one of the Thanksgiving brunch offerings at Lightkeepers in the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne.
Photo courtesy of Lightkeepers
Thanksgiving 2019: Miami Restaurant Brunch Guide. Wondering which Miami restaurants are serving Thanksgiving brunch? Here are the tastiest options. Brunches listed are for Thursday, November 28, unless noted otherwise. Prices do not include tax or tip.
click to enlarge COURTESY OF CHUG'S DINER
Courtesy of Chug's Diner
The Best Pies in Miami for Your Thanksgiving Table. This year, scrap the insipid freezer-aisle pie crust and canned filling and snag an elegant Thanksgiving confection that will wow your guests and save your sanity.
click to enlarge Thanksgiving doughnuts from the Salty Donut. - PHOTO BY DANIELLE MARGHERITE
Thanksgiving doughnuts from the Salty Donut.
Photo by Danielle Margherite
Skip the Pumpkin Pie and Feast on the Salty Donut's Thanksgiving Treats. Following last year's success, the Salty Donut's two stores, in Wynwood and South Miami, will be open on Thanksgiving. However, to guarantee a platter of doughnuts appears in your holiday spread, order a box in advance.
click to enlarge Get ready for Thanksgiving at Trader Joe's. - PHOTO BY JOE RAEDLE / GETTY IMAGES
Get ready for Thanksgiving at Trader Joe's.
Photo by Joe Raedle / Getty Images
Your Trader Joe's Thanksgiving Shopping List. Whether you're planning the feast or bringing a side, Trader Joe's is a mecca for holiday finds. We scoured the aisles of your favorite grocery store to find the best items for your Thanksgiving table. Best of all: Almost everything on this list is under $10.
click to enlarge The first of many Friendsgiving events for Mr. Chat Chow, AKA Giovanny Gutierrez (seated right). - PHOTO BY ELI CORO
The first of many Friendsgiving events for Mr. Chat Chow, AKA Giovanny Gutierrez (seated right).
Photo by Eli Coro
Friendsgiving Tips From Chat Chow's Giovanny Gutierrez. Gio Gutierrez’s popularity makes him the go-to among his friends during the holidays for party-planning ideas and drink recipes. He’s been hosting and attending Friendsgiving gatherings for years. This year alone, he has plans to attend four Friendsgiving events — in addition to a traditional Thanksgiving meal with his immediate family.
click to enlarge Eat the turkey without having to make it. - PHOTO COURTESY OF TORO TORO MIAMI
Eat the turkey without having to make it.
Photo courtesy of Toro Toro Miami
Thanksgiving 2019: Miami Restaurant Dinner Guide. If you want to wine and dine in good company without the mess of cooking, Miami's restaurants have your back. For Thanksgiving, local eateries are making merry with multicourse feasts. All you have to do is take a seat at the table, give thanks, and enjoy the festivities.
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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.
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