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November 14, 2016

Avoid cooking this Thanksgiving by dining out or ordering in

Here are top picks for Thanksgiving dinner in Philadelphia

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Little Lion Thanksgiving Courtesy of Little Lion/PhillyVoice

Little Lion celebrates its first Thanksgiving this year.

Cooking Thanksgiving dinner can be a big production. It takes a lot of work to get the turkey, multiple sides and dessert just right.  

This year, leave the work to the professionals and opt to dine out. Some restaurants are also offering pickup for the occasion, for those who still want to gather 'round their own table.

Find a roundup of restaurants saving Thanksgiving 2016 from turkey cooking mishaps below:

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Fette Sau

Update Nov. 14: Turkey is now sold out, but sides are still available.

Those looking to pick up Thanksgiving dinner can head to Fette Sau, located on Frankford Avenue. 

The Thanksgiving package options are as follows:

• "Full Spread" - including turkey, gravy, stuffing with hot Italian sausage, sweet potato mash and green beans with pearl onions for $240 (feeds 10-12)
• "Turkey + Gravy" for $95 (feeds 10-12)
• Stuffing with hot Italian sausage for $60 (feeds 10)
• Green beans with pearl onions for $55 (feeds 10)
• Sweet potato mash for $35 (feeds 10)

The orders must be picked up no later than Wednesday, Nov. 23. Either order in the restaurant at 1208 Frankford Ave. or call (215) 391-4888.

Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar

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Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar is celebrating “Sidesgiving.”

Thanksgiving 2016 becomes "Sidesgiving" at Harvest this year. The restaurant is offering take-home side dishes for Thanksgiving dinner. 

Harvest’s "Sidesgiving" menu items can be picked up anytime on Tuesday, Nov. 22 (or arrangements can be made to pick them up earlier in the week if unable to come that date). All sides come pre-cooked, ready to reheat at home, with instructions. 

All orders can be placed over the phone. Harvest has multiple locations, including 200 S. 40th St. in University City (215-662-1100) and 555 Lancaster Ave. in Radnor, PA (484-584-4975).

High Street on Market

The restaurant is accepting holiday pre-orders for its beloved breads, plus seasonal pies. 

• Anadama ($10)
• Ancient grains ($7)
• Buckwheat cherry ($7)
• Genzano ($6)
• Keystone ground ($10)
• New world rye ($8)
• Roasted potato ($8)
• Malted pumpkin pie ($25)
• Apple streusel pie ($25)

Call (215) 625-0988 to place orders, which will be available for pickup at the following dates and locations:

Order by Sunday, Nov. 20, at 3 p.m. for pickup on Tuesday, Nov. 22, at:

• 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Rittenhouse Farmers Market
• After 2 p.m.: High Street on Market (308 Market St.)

Order by Monday, Nov. 21, at 3 p.m. for pickup on Wednesday, Nov. 23, at:

• After 2 p.m.: High Street on Market
• 3-6 p.m.: Passyunk Farmers Market

Kensington Quarters

Turkeys will be available in three size ranges: 12-15 lbs, 15-20 lbs and 20-25 lbs. The birds will be $5.50 per lb.

Order turkeys in person or by calling the butcher shop at (267) 314-5086. Pick-up dates will be Tuesday, Nov. 22 or Wednesday, Nov. 23 at Kensington Quarters. 

1310 Frankford Ave.
(267) 314-5086

London Grill 

The Fairmount restaurant will serve a traditional Thanksgiving buffet that includes:

• Butternut and acorn squash soup
• Salad with mustard-shallot vinaigrette or balsamic vinaigrette
• Roasted turkey
• Apple cider-glazed ham
• Cornbread sausage stuffing (or herbed vegetarian stuffing)
• Green bean casserole
• Collard greens with bacon
• Cranberry sauce and house-made turkey gravy
• Choice of sweet potato pie, pumpkin-ricotta pie or apple-cherry pie

Thursday, Nov. 24
2-7 p.m. | $45 for adults, $22.50 for children 11 and under
2301 Fairmount Ave.
(215) 978-4545

Mac Mart

Mac Mart, a speciality mac & cheese spot, will be taking holiday tray orders through Monday, Nov. 21. The holiday menu includes many of the store's mac & cheese favorites, including In the Buff, Marts Mac, Jalapeno Popper and BBQ in a Bowl.

All orders will be ready for pick up on Nov. 21-23 at the Rittenhouse store, located at 104 S. 18th Street, between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Red Owl Tavern 

Guests to this Old City restaurant will enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner on the holiday. A Pennsylvania free-range turkey will be served with whipped potatoes, haricot verts, root vegetable stuffing, country gravy, cranberry relish and honey-butter biscuits. 

Thursday, Nov. 24
4-9 p.m. | $28 per person
433 Chestnut St.
(215) 923-2267

Ruth’s Chris Steak House Philadelphia

Enjoy a three-course traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner with sausage and herb stuffing and a choice of starters and sides. 

Thursday, Nov. 24
Noon-8 p.m. | $39.95 per person
1800 Market St.
(215) 790-1515


Rittenhouse Square’s newest modern Italian restaurant will be serving a four-course prix-fixe menu accompanied by a limited à la carte menu. The holiday menu includes dishes like the pancetta-wrapped turkey, served with cipollini onions, Brussels sprouts and autumn vegetables; chestnut soup garnished with parsnip, celery root and cranberry; pumpkin "half-moon" pasta served with an amaretto cookie; and pumpkin cheesecake topped with five-spice pineapple mousse and port-glazed grapes.

Thursday, Nov. 24
3-8 p.m. | $68 per person
210 W. Rittenhouse Square
(215) 558-4199

Square 1682  

Rittenhouse Square’s modern American bar and restaurant invites guests to enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner of updated classics such as pumpkin bisque served with crème fraîche and pumpkin seed oil; a maple-glazed turkey served with cornbread stuffing, whipped potatoes, braised collards and turkey gravy; and the guest’s choice of pumpkin pie or pecan pie for dessert. 

Thursday, Nov. 24
3-10 p.m. | $55 for adults, $25 for children
121 S. 17th St.
(215) 563-5008

The Little Lion

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Turkey is a must for any Thanksgiving meal.

This Old City restaurant will offer a special holiday menu and will be open for takeout and catering orders. Takeout and catering run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the bar opens at noon, and dinner service starts at 2 p.m. 

Thanksgiving dinner will be served family style and is $39.95 per person. 

The menu is:

Entree (choose two) 

• Roasted turkey – gravy
• Smoked ham – honey bourbon glaze
• Braised short rib – horseradish cream
• Grilled ribeye (extra $6) – includes garlic balsamic wild mushrooms and onions, with chive butter
• Blackened catfish – garlic cream sauce

Trimmings (choose three)

• Kale Caesar salad
• Lion salad
• Roasted butternut squash soup
• Charred Brussels sprouts
• Mashed potatoes
• Sweet potato hash
• Five blend macaroni and cheese
• Stuffing
• Cranberry sauce
• Buttermilk biscuits
• Cheddar grits and greens
• Roasted carrots 

Dessert (individual) 

• Egg nog cheesecake
• Pumpkin pie
• Apple cinnamon bread pudding

Thursday, Nov. 24
243 Chestnut St.
(267) 273-0688

The Twisted Tail

Every year, The Twisted Tail hosts a huge family-style Thanksgiving dinner. It will be available all day long at the Headhouse Square restaurant. Guests can expect dishes like the roasted Lancaster turkey and honey-roasted sweet potatoes, as well as a medley of pumpkin, pecan and apple pies. Guests choose their protein, then all sides are shared.

Thursday, Nov. 24
Noon-10 p.m.| $47 for adults, $25 for children under 10
509 S. Second St
(215) 559-2471

Urban Farmer

Urban Farmer will offer a special Thanksgiving menu for $75 per person. The menu includes charcuterie for the table, a first-course choice, family-style sides, an entree choice and a dessert choice. 

Expect dishes like traditional turkey and gravy, seared foie gras, cornbread turkey stuffing and pumpkin-pecan tarts.

Thursday, Nov. 24
Noon-9 p.m. | $75 per person
1850 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
(215) 963-2788

Vegan Commissary

Looking for vegan or healthy options this Thanksgiving? A full Thanksgiving feast, entrees and side dishes are all available for pre-order by calling (215) 964-3232. View the full menu here. Order by Nov. 20 and pick-up on Nov. 23.

1429 Wolf St.
(215) 964-3232