Let the pros at one of Philadelphia's top restaurants do the cooking this Thanksgiving. (Credit: iStockPhoto)
Can you believe Thanksgiving is a little over a week away? If the thought of crowded groceries, long hours in the kitchen and endless piles of dirty dishes makes you shudder, let the professionals at one of Philadelphia’s top restaurants handle your Thanksgiving dinner this year.
From sumptuous multi-course meals to belt-loosening buffets, there are plenty of delicious Thankgiving Day dinner options all throughout the city. You can even enjoy a gourmet dinner at home with a made-to-order meal-to-go.
Whether you’re eating in or taking out, reservations are booking up fast. Check out a few of our top picks for Thanksgiving in Philadelphia below:
Eat-In or Take-Out
• Percy Street Barbecue: Enjoy a southern-style Thanksgiving meal at home without any of the hassle with Percy Street’s “Smokin’ Thanksgiving Feast.” The take-home package includes a smoked turkey with gravy and homemade cranberry sauce, mashed sweet potatoes with bruleed marshmallows, cornbread and sausage stuffing, collard greens, baked apples and pecan pie. The feast costs $225 and feeds six to eight people. Turkeys are also available individually for $65 each. Order must be placed by Wednesday, November 16. Details: 900 South St., 215-625-8510
• Farmers’ Cabinet: Impress your closest friends and family members with pre-prepared Thanksgiving feast from The Farmers’ Cabinet. Each dinner comes complete with a smoked, 15-pound Lancaster free-range turkey, housemade gravy and cranberry sauce, braised kale, creamed pearl onions, green bean casserole, mashed mapled sweet potatoes, dried cherry and apple stuffing, Yukon Gold potato puree and pumpkin pie. $185, feeds six to eight people. Order now and pickup on November 23. Details: 1113 Walnut Street, (215) 923-1113
• Garces Trading Company: Throughout the holidays, Garces Trading Company will offer three special pies – Pumpkin Gingerbread, Bourbon Pecan and ABC (apple, bacon, caramel) created by Pastry Chef Jessica Mogardo. Pies cost $30 each and require 24 hours advance notice.
• LaScala’s: Let Chef Joe Nocella do the work this Thanksgiving with a delicious three-course feast featuring homemade ravioli, roast turkey, burgundy braised beef short ribs, warm apple cobbler and more. Seatings from 12 noon until 7 p.m. Take out is also available. ($35 per person, $15 for children 12 and under) Details: 615 Chestnut Street, (215) 928-0900
• Tavern 17: Bring the whole family to the Radisson Plaza Warwick Hotel in Rittenhouse Square for a delicious Thanksgiving meal. Full holiday meals are also available for pickup. Call for details. Details: 220 South 17th Street, (215) 790-1799
• Supper: Chef Mitch Prensky is creating a delicious family-style Thanksgiving meal complete with farm-raised turkey, sweet potato soup with cinnamon marshmallow and sage, sautéed brussel sprouts with smoked bacon, potato puree with cheddar and horseradish, house baked pumpkin pie and much more. Three seatings are available at 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. ($58 per person, $29 for children 12 and younger) Details: 926 South Street, (215) 592-8180
• 10 Arts by Eric Ripert: Experience a sumptuous four-course Thanksgiving extravaganza at 10 Arts by Eric Ripert. ($110 per person, $55 for children 4-12) Details: 10 Avenue of the Arts, (215) 523-8273
• Parc: Philadelphia’s own Parisian café on Rittenhouse Square will be hosting a Thanksgiving feast from 11:30 a.m. – 6:30 a.m. Enjoy holiday specials and a la carte menu items all day long. Call ahead for reservations. Details: 227 S. 18th Street, (215) 545-2262
There are plenty more meals to be thankful for below…
• Lacroix at the Rittenhouse: You’ll have plenty of time for a post-meal nap after enjoying the Thanksgiving luncheon at Lacroix at the Rittenhouse. Seats are filling up fast, so make your reservations soon. Details: 210 W. Rittenhouse Square, (215) 790-2533
• Bridget Foy’s: Celebrate Thanksgiving on South Street with traditional favorites like roast turkey with sausage cornbread stuffing, mashed sweet potatoes and cranberry compote. ($26 per person) Details: 200 South Street, (215) 922-1813
• Davio’s: Warm up with butternut squash soup, fresh carved roasted turkey with all the fixings and more Thanksgiving favorites at Davio’s. Seatings are available from 1 – 8 p.m. ($55 per person, $25 for children under 12) Details: 111 S. 17th Street, (215) 563-4810
• Moshulu: Hop aboard the Moshulu this Thanksgiving for special holiday dishes in addition to the normal a la carte menu. Reservations are required. Details: 401 S. Columbus Boulevard, (215) 923-2500
• Paramour: Located in the Wayne Hotel, Parmour will be serving up a special Thanksgiving dinner with your choice of roast turkey or wild boar and all the fixings from 12 noon – 7 p.m. ($65 per person) Details: 139 East Lancaster Avenue, (610) 977-0600
• The Prime Rib: The Prime Rib will be adding a few Thanksgiving favorites to their normal menu, including butternut squash soup, roast turkey with all the fixings and pumpkin pie. A $18 turkey dinner is available for children under 12. Details: 1701 Locust Street, (215) 772-1701
• Twisted Tail: Embracing the spirit of booze and birds, Twisted Tail in Headhouse Square will be serving up traditional or Cajun-style fried turkey with stuffing and veggies along with a special $12 flight of Wild Turkey. ($25 per person) Details: 509 S. 2nd Street, (215) 558-2471
• Village Belle: Celebrate Thanksgiving in Philadelphia’s Queen Village neighborhood with an incredible four-course dinner at Village Belle. On the menu: turkey “osso bucco” style, braised shortrib, sausage stuffing, chicken liver mousse and much more. Seatings are at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. ($40 per person, an additional $25 for the optional wine pairing.
• Bistro St. Tropez: Treat the entire family to a wonderful Thanksgiving feast courtesy of Chef Patrice Rames. The annual Le Grand Buffet will feature Thanksgiving favorites like local, free-range roasted turkey, sweet potatoes and buttermilk biscuits. Also on the menu: slow-braised Berkshire pork short ribs, roasted butternut squash, baked Virginia ham and much more. ($48 per person, $20 for children under 12) Details: 2400 Market Street, Marketplace Design Center, 4th Floor, 215-569-9269
• Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing: Enjoy a Thanksgiving Brunch in the Columbus Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing. Choose from a buffet of traditional favorites, seasonal and regional specials, pastas, desserts and more. Seatings are available from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. ($50 per person, $20 for children 5 -12) Details: 201 S. Columbus Boulevard, (215) 928-1234
• London Grill: You may have to loosen your belt a notch or two after Thanksgiving at London Grill in Fairmount. With a massive buffet featuring Thanksgiving favorites including sausage cornbread stuffing, it’s going to be hard not to go back for seconds…or thirds. ($40 per person, $20 for children under 12). Details: 2301 Fairmount Avenue, (215) 978-4545
• Nineteen: A fantastic buffet of Thanksgiving favorites await at XIX (Nineteen). Fill your plate with selections from the raw bar, various salads and carving stations packed with maple glazed turkey, Berkshire Farms pork loin, boneless leg of lamb and more. Be sure to save room for dessert! ($65 per person) Details: 200 S. Broad Street, (215) 790-1919
• Thirteen: It’s hard to choose between ham, turkey or roast beef, so have a little bit of each during the Thanksgiving buffet at the Thirteen in the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. ($29.95 for adults, $14.95 for children 12 and under) Details: 1201 Market Street, (215) 625-6795
• Sofitel: Relax with sounds of live jazz and partake in a massive Thanksgiving buffet at the Sofitel. Enjoy selections from the raw bar, assorted appetizers and multiple carving stations with roasted turkey, pan seared crab cakes, prime rib and much more from 1 – 8 p.m. ($49 per person, $24.50 for children 12 and under) Details: 120 S. 17th Street, (215) 569-8300
Bonus: Homegrown Thanksgiving
If you are planning to stay home for Thanksgiving, put a tasty spin on your meal with a few recipes from local chefs in Philly Homegrown’s Thanksgiving Guide.