11/12/2012 05:38:00 PM

6 Easy Options for Thanksgiving Dining in Philadelphia

Thanksgiving Eve is one of the biggest drinking nights of the year, and there’s no need to let stress about Thanksgiving dinner ruin your chance to party on the town or catch up with visiting family over a few bottles of wine - just let the pros handle the cooking. Check out six restaurants around Philadelphia where you can either reserve a table for you and yours or simply order a whole meal to pick up and take home (you can even tell your guests you made it all yourself). Either way, it’s the best plan for guaranteeing a tasty turkey and a relaxed holiday.

Dining Out

Bistro St. Tropez
You can count on chef Patrice Rames to pull out all the stops for his holiday buffet, which gives the all-American meal a French twist. Head to the restaurant on the top floor of the Marketplace Design Center, and take in the view of the Schuylkill River while enjoying your fill of over 10 autumnal dishes, including local free-range roast turkey (1 PM, 3 PM, 5 PM, 7 PM; $48 per person, $20 for kids under 12; 215-569-9269).

A turkey is carved tableside for you and your group at this Rittenhouse steakhouse, served family-style along with two starting courses, plenty of sides and a dessert cart, all for $55 per person and $25 for kids 11 and under. You can even take home the leftovers (1-8 PM; 215-563-4810).

Devil’s Alley
Let Mama Devil deal with the details and bring the family into this casual Chestnut Street tavern for a three-course holiday meal with turkey or ham, soup, pie and all the fixings (4-9 PM; $25 per person, $11 kids; 215-751-0707).

Mitch Prensky is featuring a roasted farm-raised turkey as the centerpiece for a family-style meal at his South Street dining room, along with plenty of other exciting farm-fresh fare - you weren’t going to make sourdough bread stuffing with leeks and shiitakes at home, were you? Reservations are required (1-7:30 PM; $59 per person, $30 for kids under 12; 215-592-8180).

Eating In

Get your order in by 6 PM on Friday, November 16 to be able to swing by this Old City spot on Thanksgiving and pick up a complete meal from chef Eli Kulp. Options are plentiful, with apps like mini crab cakes and house-smoked salmon, a Lancaster County turkey and sides of sweet or regular potatoes. You can even include rolls or bread with your order (215-625-9425).

Percy Street Barbecue
For something new and entirely delicious, call in your reservation before noon on Thursday, November 15 for one of chef Erin O’Shea’s smoked take-home turkeys. You can snag just the bird for $65 or get a whole feast that feeds six to eight people for $225. Pick-up will take place at the South Street or Suburban Station outpost of the BBQ joint on Wednesday, November 21 (215-625-8510).


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