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Eat This Tonight: Anything but turkey

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What is that? Is that the smell of anything other than mashed potatoes, stuffing, and cranberry sauce? Yes, yes it is, which means you are probably emerging from the mounds of Thanksgiving leftovers at long last. When you're the one saddled with the Thanksgiving meal, overcompensating avoids a near catastrophic mental breakdown from the fear of under-portioning. Afterwards, you're left with mounds and mounds of food, and not enough Tupperware. You didn't think you would know what to do with all that leftover food, but you certainly tried. Turkey chili, Shepherd's Pie, potato pancakes — heck, you might have even tried to make cranberry soap and a pumpkin pie face mask.

Awake from the delirium of shoving yet another forkful of reheated stuffing into your mouth and enter back into the culinary offerings of this grand dining landscape. Here are some of tonight's catches:

A fish dish at Lana
  • A fish dish at Lana

Why not head to Lana for dinner? Here find a three course prix-fixe menu that starts with your choice of any soup. Today's choices include a shrimp bisque, a Spanish fish soup with a tomato saffron broth, as well as cipollata, an Italian onion soup with bacon and parmesan.

Then, choose between the grilled shrimp with romesco, a puree of almonds and roasted peppers, or the apple and radish salad that comes with goat cheese and lemon vinaigrette.

For the main course, you can order the crispy lane snapper, which comes alongside a pickled beet salad, sauteed spinach, and skordalia, a traditional Greek purée. Or go for the provincial beef stew, made with beef short ribs and root vegetables. This dish gets flavor from an orange-Cognac jus. The third option this evening is a crispy lane snapper with a ragu that melds the flavors of cranberry, white acre peas, roasted peppers, and tomato while a prociutto broth adds the final touches to the fish.

If you're craving Italian, make a reservation at Pane e Vino. Tonight's specials begin with fried calamari and a burrata salad made with a creamy buffalo mozzarella. As for the pasta, today's ravioli is filled with pumpkin and finished with a sage butter sauce and the homemade papparadelle comes with a lamb ragu. The Italian restaurant has also put together a seafood plate for the evening that combines grilled grouper with a lemon rosemary sauce, seared scallops with a balsamic reduction, and salmon with pesto. This dish is served with fried polenta.

Across the street from Lana, Hominy Grill has a lengthy array of specials to welcome you. Start with a cup of the soup of the day that brings together the flavors of butternut squash and apple. For the main plates, Hominy Grill is pan-roasting wreckfish and serving up their batter-fried flounder, each arriving with a choice of two vegetable sides.

If you want something comforting, try the pine bark stew, a traditional Lowcountry seafood dish that brings together a medley of seafood like speckled sea trout, lump crab, and shrimp. Potatoes, tomatoes, bacon and a poached egg complete this hearty dish.

Looking for something from the land not the sea? Try tonight's smoked duck, fried oyster and cornmeal waffle combination. Or, get full on the pork sparerib po' boy. And, if you want something on the lighter side, opt for the grilled chicken, avocado and orange salad.

The much loved Carter's Kitchen over in Mt. Pleasant will feature two specials tonight. First, there's the grilled local swordfish served with wilted greens and tomato risotto and finished with a blue crab beurre blanc. Or try the crispy cornmeal fried oyster, which comes with creamy grits, smoked sausage, and a corn coulis.

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