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. (Credit: iStockPhoto)
Update: As of November 8, 2013, we have published a brand new Thanksgiving Dinner guide which you can check out right here.
Looking to enjoy a Thanksgiving feast without worrying about cooking and cleaning up?
Want to spend the morning at the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade and not worry about overcooking your turkey?
Let the professionals do all the work with delicious Thanksgiving Day meals at some of Philadelphia’s top restaurants.
Our top picks for Thanksgiving dinner in Philadelphia, below:
• Supper: Chef Mitch Prensky of Supper 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. ($59 per person, $30 for children 12 and younger)
• City Tavern: Enjoy a truly traditional Thanksgiving feast at a restaurant that promises to offer a taste of history. City Tavern’s four-course dinner offers roasted free-range turkey, country style ham, smashed red bliss potatoes and a chance to taste Martha Washington’s Chocolate Mousse Cake. ($82.95 per person, $32.95 for children 12 and younger)
• Bridget Foy’s: Celebrate Thanksgiving at Bridget Foy’s on South Street with traditional favorites like roast turkey with sausage cornbread stuffing, mashed sweet potatoes and cranberry compote. ($26 per person)
• 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)
• Lacroix: Enjoy a Thanksgiving-themed all-day brunch buffet from 10:30 a.m.- 7 p.m. at Lacroix at the Rittenhouse Hotel. Seats are filling up fast, so make your reservations soon. ($85 per person, $42.5 for children under 6)
• Moshulu: Hop aboard the Moshulu this Thanksgiving for a riverfront meal. They will be serving their A La Carte Dinner Menu (with a Turkey additon) from 1-9 p.m. (Pay as you go)
• Paramour: Located inside 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 noon-7 p.m. ($65 per person, $30 optional wine pairing)
• Parc: Start your Thanksgiving at 7:30 a.m. for breakfast at Rittenhouse’s own Parisian café Parc. Come back for dinner and order à la carte French favorites or Thanksgiving specials like turkey, stuffing and pommes puree. (Pay as you go)
• 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. An $18 turkey dinner is available for children under 12. (Pay as you go; $18 for kids’ meal)
• Twisted Tail: Embracing the spirit of booze and birds, Twisted Tail in Headhouse Square will be serving up a traditional or Cajun-style fried turkey with stuffing and veggies along with a special $12 flight of Wild Turkey. ($25 per person)
• 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 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. ($45 per person, $25 optional wine pairing)
• Devil’s Alley: Let Mama Devil do the cooking this Thanksgiving. Devil’s Alley is cooking up a cornucopia of traditional flavors for a three-course feast available for dine-in, delivery (yup, delivery!) or take-out. Plates include Butternut Squash Soup, Sweet Potato Gratin, Mac and Cheese, Fresh Roasted Turkey, Honey-Bourbon Baked Ham, Pumpkin Pie, Bread Pudding and other scrumptious selections. Dining room and bar will be open 4-9 p.m. ($24.95 per adult and $10.95 per child for dine-in three-course meal, $29.95 per adult and $15.95 per child for take-out or delivery, and dinner for six for $119.95 for take-out only)
• Brick American Eatery: Enjoy a four course dinner at Brick complete with homemade cornbread, sausage stuffing, harvest salad and, of course, the turkey! ($30 per person)
• Tashan: Tired of the traditional? Leave the turkey and gravy at home and head to Tashan for a Thanksgiving full of Indian favorites like tandoori shrimp, muscovy duck and Naan.
There are plenty more Thanksgiving dinner options below, including sumptuous buffets, “Turducken” and more.
• Bistro St. Tropez: Treat the entire family to a wonderful Thanksgiving feast courtesy of Chef Patrice Rames. The annual Le Grand Buffet at Bistro St. Tropez 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)
• Chima Brazilian Steakhouse: Savor Chima’s unlimited supply of 16 different cuts of steak, chops, chicken, sausages and seafood, plus an additional bounty of Thanksgiving favorites like turkey, stuffing and all the delicious trimmings. ($49.50 per person, $24.75 for children 7-10, free for children 6 and younger)
• 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.-4 p.m. Bonus: enter the Facebook sweepstakes through Monday, November 19 at 5 p.m. to be entered to win a complimentary Thanksgiving Brunch for four! ($50 per person, $25 for children 5-12)
• 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. ($45 per person, $20 for children under 12)
• Nineteen: A fantastic buffet of Thanksgiving favorites awaits you at XIX (Nineteen) at the Hyatt at the Bellevue. 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)
• Sofitel: You can find the French/Canadian traditional “Turducken” at Sofitel, plus selections from the raw bar, assorted appetizers and multiple carving stations with roasted turkey, pan seared crab cakes, prime rib and much more from 1–7 p.m. ($49 per person, $24.50 for children 12 and under)
• Spirit of Philadelphia: Sail away from the traditional this Thanksgiving and enjoy an afternoon feast at sea abroad the Spirit of Philadelphia! ($49.90 per person, $29.95 per child age 3-12)
Eat In or Take Out
• Percy Street Barbecue: Enjoy a southern-style Thanksgiving meal at home without any of the hassle thanks to 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 Thursday, November 15. ($225 for feast, $65 for turkey)
• The Farmers’ Cabinet: Impress your closest friends and family members with a 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. It’s $185, and feeds eight to ten people. Order now and pick up on November 21. ($185 for 10 people)
• Garces Trading Company: Throughout the holidays, Garces Trading Company will offer four special pies — Pumpkin Gingerbread, Bourbon Pecan, CCC (Cherry, Cranberry, Cornmeal) and ABC (Apple, Bacon, Caramel) created by Pastry Chef Jessica Mogardo. Pies cost $35 each ($10 for a smaller version) and require 24 hours advance notice. ($10-35 per pie)
• LaScala’s: Let Chef Joe Nocella of LaScala’s do the work this Thanksgiving with a delicious three-course feast featuring homemade ravioli, roast turkey, braised beef short ribs, warm apple cobbler and more. Seatings are from noon until 7 p.m. Take-out is also available. ($45 per person, $18 for children 12 and under)
• Tavern 17: Bring the whole family to Tavern 17 at the Radisson Plaza Warwick Hotel in Rittenhouse Square for a delicious Thanksgiving meal. Full holiday meals are also available for pickup. ($30 per person, $15 for children 3-10 years old)
• Miss Rachel’s Pantry: Feeling a bit lost as a vegan during Thanksgiving? Fear not: Miss Rachel’s Pantry is preparing sumptuous vegan dishes with a taste of tradition. Enjoy ‘turkey’-style seitan with mushroom-red wine gravy, garlicky mashed potatoes, green bean casserole with homemade crunchy onion topping, and
rosemary-thyme stuffing with cranberries. Rice stuffing and herbed tofu are available for those who are gluten free.