Unique Central Florida Thanksgiving and Friendsgiving Dining Ideas

From restaurants to hotels to a complete meal made-from-scratch just for you and your guests, these Central Florida stops offer something for everyone this 2020 Holiday Season.

If you want to keep the intimate setting of your home but ditch the effort of making an enormous meal, let these local favorites make you a meal you won’t soon forget.

4 Rivers Smokehouse

With 6 locations throughout Central Florida, 4 Rivers Smokehouse is serving up some delicious twists on a traditional Thanksgiving feast. From brisket to smoked turkey to smoked prime rib, boneless leg of lamb, and smoked salmon, there’s a main course for everyone. And don’t forget the pies and the gourmet grazing boxes from Tessa’s Table. Make your guests happy and feed them 4 Rivers. Place your order online today!

The Fresh Market

The Fresh Market offers some fun ideas for your Friendsgiving. There’s no need to repeat the traditional Thanksgiving meal, since most of your friends will likely be enjoying those foods with their families. Keep it fun, creative and easy, and encourage your friends to bring some of their own dishes for a potluck-style feast. Read on for some of our favorite tips, recipes and shortcuts, and have a happy Friendsgiving!

The Glass Knife

Be the hit of any Thanksgiving feast by bringing The Glass Knife desserts! No matter what you choose, there are no wrong options. Their signature cakes are always a hit, from the scrumptious southern red velvet, to the classic carrot cake.  Or check out their wide selection of delectable seasonal items.


You deserve to take it easy this holiday season, so let Publix take care of the cooking for you! They offer an array of holiday meals to choose from. Whether you’re gathering with friends or family, their holiday meals can feed anywhere from seven to 18 people. With a 48-hour notice, you can easily place your order on their website or give your local deli a call.

Sister Honey’s

If you want the nostalgic feel of classic baked pies, cold pies, cakes, and more, but with the artistry only an award-winning baker can bring, then place an order at Sister Honey’s well in advance! They require at least 72 hours advanced notice for full cakes and pies, but we recommend placing your Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving order well in advance (they do sell out)! Orders can only be placed in person or over the phone (407-730-7315) during business hours.

Taverna Opa

Skip the traditional turkey and get Taverna Opa delivered or to-go! They’re authentic Greek cuisine features only the freshest ingredients with just the right seasoning.

Whole Foods

Holidays should be a time to celebrate — not a time to stress. So let Whole Foods Market do the work for you. Whole Foods has you covered with appetizers, entrées, sides, desserts and more for your holiday meal. See the full menu here!

Hotels / Resorts

If you plan to venture out instead, these local hotels are offering everything from traditional buffet-style feasts to private dining.

Rosen Plaza

Safely gather family and friends and enjoy a cornucopia of delicious delights expertly prepared by Rosen Plaza’s talented chefs.  This year, in addition to cooking and cleaning for you, Rosen is setting their tables differently. Guests will be kept safe in multiple ways:

  • They require temperature checks and masks be worn to enter and walk throughout the hotel.
  • Tables and seating have been set apart to keep guests socially distant.
  • Queues for each buffet station have floor markers to remind guests to keep safe distances between each other.
  • Masked and gloved staff will be positioned at each buffet station to assist with serving each offering.
  • Banquet staff will also assist with serving beverages at the table.
  • Hand sanitizers will be placed throughout the dining area, buffet stations, and restrooms, which are located in close proximity to the entrances of the ballroom.

Thursday, November 26, 2020 | 12 P.M. – 5 P.M. | $39.95* Per Adult

Children (Ages 4-11): $18.95* | Children (Ages 3 & Under): Free
Free Parking | Reservations Recommended
Photo Booth from 11:30 – 5 P.M.

For more information and reservations, please call (407) 996.0256.

Rosen Shingle Creek

Return to a wonderful tradition this Thanksgiving as the Rosen family welcomes you to their exquisite buffets at Rosen Shingle Creek. Savor creative twists to traditional favorites prepared by their expert chefs. Beyond the menu, their Return to Rosen® Thanksgiving dinner is truly special this year. With four ways to celebrate this year, Rosen Shingle Creek offers something for everyone.

Cafe Osceola | Thanksgiving Brunch

Thursday, November 26, 2020 | 11:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

For Reservations, Call (407) 996.3663
$59.95 per person plus a 25% taxable service charge
Children (ages 4 – 11): $24.95, Children (ages 3 and under): Free
*25% discount offered to all Florida residents

Hospitality Suites and Suite Parlors | Private Family Feast 

Thursday, November 26, 2020 | 11:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

For Reservations, Call (407) 996.3663
$50.00 per person plus a 25% taxable service charge (minimum of 8 people)
Children (ages 4 – 7): $35.00, Children (ages 3 and under): Free

Your party will be placed in an individual hospitality suite or event room based upon the size of the reservation. Reservations are available on Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 2020, between 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. There is a minimum of 8 people per room.

To-Go | Thanksgiving Harvest Meal

Wednesday, November 25, and Thursday, November 26, 2020

For Reservations, Call (407) 996.4475
$40.00 per person, plus tax (minimum of 8 people)

Pick up your order Wednesday, November 25, or Thursday, November 26, 2020, between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Select your desired date and pick-up time when placing your order.

Staycation | Big Four Pre-Thanksgiving Package

For only $75 a night, this special package includes discounts, deluxe accommodations and unsurpassed attention to detail at one of Orlando’s most celebrated AAA Four Diamond hotels. Located minutes from Orlando International Airport, major attractions and I-Drive entertainment district, Rosen Shingle Creek delivers exceptional luxury.

Categories: Arts and Events