St Augustine Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving 2014

Q: Why did the tourist cross the road, then cross back, then again and again on Thanksgiving?

A: To find a restaurant open for dinner on Thanksgiving in St. Augustine!

Thanksgiving

Hopefully this list of St. Augustine restaurants open on Thanksgiving will help make your quest simpler! I do suggest reservations and that you call to find out hours and whether they’re offering a full or a special menu. This is not a list of every restaurant in St. Augustine open on Thanksgiving, but any restaurant that is linked to a review I’ve written is recommended! Thanksgiving isn’t the day to try somewhere new unless you’ve read up and know it’s going to be good. ;) {read: restaurants that aren’t linked have not been reviewed by me either due to my limited time/budget OR because it’s not recommended… same for restaurants not on this list. Feel free to email me if you’re from out of town & need help deciding!}

St. Augustine Restaurants open for Thanksgiving Dinner:

If you know of someone I haven’t included in this list, please email SimplyStAugustine@gmail.com and I’ll update the list!

If you’re a planner, I also have a list of St Augustine Restaurants open on Christmas 2014!

Smokin’ D’s BBQ

There are BBQ places and then there are local haunts you’d never know about that close early some days because they only serve what is smoked fresh each day. Smokin’ D’s is the second kind of BBQ joint. Cash only. Take out only. Fresh only. Real, affordable, old-school BBQ.

St Augustine BBQ Smokin D's

We had driven by “that BBQ place with the pink pig out front” dozens of times but never at dinner time. The perfect opportunity to visit came when we stayed at a nearby Crescent Beach Vacation Condo {review coming soon} and I decided beach time > cooking dinner. We ordered out, which was a good choice on all accounts!

"Vegetarian Recovery Center" the Smokin' D's sign touts. As a former veggie, I attest to their claim... it's darn good BBQ!

“Vegetarian Recovery Center” the Smokin’ D’s sign touts. As a former veggie, I attest to their claim… it’s darn good BBQ!

Smokin' D's opens at 11:00 am and closes when the food runs out. You can call ahead if you're worried you'll miss a favorite!

Smokin’ D’s opens at 11:00 am and closes when the food runs out. You can call ahead if you’re worried you’ll miss a favorite!

Smokin D BBQ St Augustine

My kiddos got a kick out of the signs in- and outside Smokin’ D’s building.

I knew it was gonna be good when I pulled up to see some guys unloading firewood. I could smell the smoke from the moment I stepped out of the van and it made me huuuuungry for some BBQ!

We went twice that week. The first time, we ordered the brisket ($16/pound), smoked beans ($4.50 for a pint) and cole slaw (all sides are same price- you can also get smaller amounts than we bought). I watched as the guy? chef? smoker? smokemaster sliced through the brisket with ease.

We tried brisket, cole slaw & smoked beans on our first trip with three of their 4 sauces... sweet, hot & mustard. I <3 the sweet.

We tried brisket, cole slaw & smoked beans on our first trip with three of their 4 sauces… sweet, hot & mustard.

You know I’m all about honesty here… I have to tell you, the brisket wasn’t as tender as I’d hoped. When I asked on facebook, the consensus was that Smokin’ D’s brisket’s tenderness is inconsistent. I’m not sure if it needed more time or if the challenge lies in the meat itself. I do know the flavor was great and if it’d been more tender I would’ve loved it.

Speaking of flavors… their made-in-house BBQ sauces are fantastic! Smokin’ D’s offers 4 sauces: Sweet, Spicy, Mustard & Alabama. Our whole family loved the sweet. We’re normally Sweet Baby Ray’s fans so that was no surprise. I did use a bit of the spicy & I enjoyed it but I loved the sweet so much I stayed with it. The Alabama is a unique, vinegar based white sauce. Fun to try & they have many fans who are devoted to it- but I still love the sweet!

I mentioned we went to Smokin’ D’s twice that week… the second time we bought a whole smoked chicken ($9.75). In a word, it was PERFECT! I would go back for the chicken any day of the week. It was amazingly moist, tender and the smoke had plenty of time to saturate the meat, not just the skin. Perfect, perfect, perfect.

Smokin' D's BBQ takeout is quick, freshly prepared daily and delish!

Smokin’ D’s BBQ takeout is quick, freshly prepared daily and delish!

Unfortunately, we don’t live close enough to Smokin’ D’s to make their takeout a regular part of our menu. But with tasty food and amazing prices, if you haven’t been it is definitely worth the drive!

Smokin’ D’s BBQ
110 State Rd. 206 East – at the corner of US1 & 206
(904) 797-2050

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