Philadelphia, PA - Skip the mess and the work and let a restaurant do the cooking this Thanksgiving. Here are some restaurants that are mixing modern and traditional with special Thanksgiving dinners.
Chef Eli Collins will prepare his signature seasonal dishes for dine-in and takeout.
For dine-in, guests can enjoy a 3-course meal at $85 per person with bread service included, plus a $30 wine pairing for each course. To start, each guest will choose from a Harvest Salad or Acorn Squash and Comté Soup, followed by their choice of Heritage Turkey, Striped Bass or, to share, a Dry-Aged Steak. Family-style sides include Sesame Country Bread Stuffing, Cranberry Relish, Brussels Sprouts and Bacon, Braised Greens, and Sweet Potato Mash. For dessert, each guest will choose Apple Pie, Pumpkin Squash Pie, or Chocolate Tahini Cake. Vegetarian options are available as is a wine pairing for $30. Reservations require a $35 deposit and can be made here.
A.kitchen will be offering a Thanksgiving package including Acorn squash + Comte Soup, Stuffing, Braised Greens, Sweet Potato Mash, Brussels Sprouts + Bacon and Turkey Gravy for 2 people ($80) or 4 people ($160). Thanksgiving package add-ons include Brined Half Turkey ($60), Brined Whole Turkey ($120) or 8-piece Milk Bread Rolls with Garlic Butter $15. To-go options must be pre-ordered here for scheduled pick-ups between Monday, November 23 to Wednesday, November 25 from 12 to 5 PM. A.kitchen’s sommelier hand-picked Domaine Paul Durdilly Beaujolais Nouveau “Les Grandes Coasses” 2020 to accompany takeout orders for an additional $24 per bottle.
Folks sticking around the city for Thanksgiving will be happy to know that Fork will be open and taking reservations from 1 to 7 PM on Thanksgiving.
Available for parties of up to four inside, and groups of up to six outside, guests can enjoy Fork’s feast at $75 per person. To start, each person at the table will have their choice of Green Salad with Walnuts and Pears, Grapes and Burrata, Carrot Ginger Soup or Boston Mackerel with Sweet Potato. Similarly, each guest will choose their entree from the line-up of: Trout with Shaved Leeks, Short Rib with Jus and Horseradish or Green Meadow Farm Turkey with Cranberry Chutney and Gravy.
Family-style sides, served for every table, include Roasted Apples and Brussels Sprouts, Anadama Herb Stuffing, Parker House Rolls, Mashed Potatoes and Wild Rice Stuffed Squash. To cap off the meal with something sweet, each guest will take their pick of Classic Apple Pie, Kabocha Squash Pie, Salted Honey Custard Pie or Dark Chocolate Budino. Reservations for indoor seating can be made here; reservations for outdoor dining for Thanksgiving can be made here.
High Street Philly Thanksgiving
“Everything but the Bird” is the name of the game at High Street Philly this year.
A box serving four will boast Sage Brown Butter Stuffing, Brussels Sprouts, and Japanese Turnip Salad with Cider Vinaigrette, Roasted Honeynut Squash, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, and Cranberry Chutney. That said, they’re offering some add-ons to create more of a personalized experience.
These add-ons will put High Street’s renowned bakery on full display in dinner rolls with butter, Salted Honey, Classic Apple, and Kabocha Squash pies ($30 each) and Nine Grain, Country, Spelt Baguette, Anadama, Honey Wheat bread loaves, plus cookie and cinnamon rolls boxes. Available in limited quantities will be brined and ready-to-bake whole ($100) and half turkeys ($50) as well as fully roasted whole ($120) and half ($60) turkeys all from Green Meadow Farms. The order cut off for Turkey Monday 11/16, order cut off for everything else Monday 11/23. Pick-ups all afternoon and evening Wednesday 11/25 or 11 am to 1 pm at Fork on 11/26. Available for pre-order here.
Walnut Street Cafe Thanksgiving
Offering both dine-in and takeout options to best serve the West Philly community, Walnut Street Cafe is an approachable Thanksgiving destination.
For dine-in, guests will enjoy a seasonal and celebratory a la carte menu featuring abundant starters including Baked Brie, Shrimp Cocktail, and Sweet Potato Gnocchi, vast main dishes from Steak Frites to Acorn Squash, Turkey and Black Bass. Craveable sides include Stuffing Muffins, Sage Brown Butter Roll Basket, and, of course, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy. For desserts, classics including Apple Pie a la Mode and Pumpkin Pie will be available, in addition to innovative options like Apple Cider Sorbet and Fig Coffee Cake.
A limited kids menu will also be available for Thanksgiving. For a more catered experience, Walnut Street Cafe will be accepting takeout orders from October 30 to November 21 at 5 PM. Responsible for the sides? WSC has your back with Brussels Sprouts, Stuffing, Green Beans, Mashed Potatoes with Gravy, Sweet Potato Mash, Mac ‘n’ Cheese with enough to feed 4 to 6 people for $25 each. Also available is an 18lb (enough to feed 10 to 12) whole-roasted Amish Turkey for $100, Apple and Pumpkin pies for $30, and a la carte dishes from charcuterie to crudite and deviled eggs. Pre-order Walnut Street Cafe’s takeout offerings here and make a dine-in reservation here. Photos of offerings here (courtesy Fine-Drawn Hospitality).
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Le Cavalier Thanksgiving
The Le Cav dine-in experience places guests’ comfort at the epicenter, ensuring an inclusive meal with abundant choices for all.
The Thanksgiving menu features nostalgic and comforting flavors, Le Cav-ified with an inherent French twist. Chef-Partner Tyler Akin pulls inspiration from his own family’s traditions to truly make the experience feel like you’re dining at your family table. Akin’s innovative riffs on French classics and family staples include Brussel Sprouts, Root Vegetable Cake, and Relish a la Mère, plus Turkey Roulade and Côte de Boeuf.
Guests can reserve their $65 prix fixe Thanksgiving experience here. The menu will be offered from 1 PM to 8 PM on Thanksgiving Day. Guests can preview this menu alongside Le Cav’s dinner menu the Sunday - Wednesday leading up to Thanksgiving, too.
Maison x Le Cav Thanksgiving
The brasserie is introducing Maison x Le Cav, which translates to “Home by Le Cav,” at-home meal options for holidays and special occasions, designed for those who plan to enjoy holidays from the comfort of their home. Maison x Le Cav will make its debut for Thanksgiving, with a menu that takes all of the prep and fuss out of the big day.
The menu features a robust Thanksgiving package sold in increments of two with choices of mains, sides, and of course, dessert. The at-home menu will also feature a la carte options sized to feed four to six per order, plus the option of adding on fresh bread and a jar of Duke's Mayo to keep the celebrations going with leftover sandwiches the next day. Guests can place orders 10/23 through 11/18 on here.
Written By: Philly Bite Magazines Staff
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