Start a new Thanksgiving tradition: Dine out at a restaurant
Skip the cooking and clean-up this Thanksgiving and let these restaurants serve you and yours a decadent holiday spread.
2301 Fairmount Ave.
Go casual at London Grill with a Thanksgiving platter, served at the bar, for $25, or bring the whole family for a traditional buffet, with squash soup, salad, roasted turkey or apple-cider glazed ham and, of course, an array of sides. Don’t skip dessert: sweet potato, pumpkin-ricotta, and apple-cherry pie. It’s $50 per person, and $25 for kids 11 and under.
604 South St.
Chef Peter Serpico is serving up a Thanksgiving feast for the first time at his eponymous restaurant. The family-style meal will be a classic one, with herb-roasted turkey, stuffing, mac ‘n’ cheese, and other traditional favorites. Dessert is, thankfully, classic as well: pumpkin or apple pie a la mode. It’s $75 per person.
The Reeds at Shelter Haven
9601 Third Ave., Stone Harbor, New Jersey
Take advantage of a day off work and head down the shore. Boutique hotel The Reeds at Shelter Haven is hosting a Thanksgiving dinner with three courses, including turkey, ham or salmon entrees served alongside sage gravy, cranberry sauce and pumpkin bread. Finish off with apple pie with sea salt and caramel sauce or pumpkin pie. It’s $42 per person, $19 for kids 12 and under, and free for tots.
401 S. Columbus Blvd.
Dine on the water on this renovated sailing ship (it’s docked; no Dramamine required). For Thanksgiving, Moshulu is offering an al carte menu with everything from jumbo shrimp cocktail and butternut squash soup starters, to duck breast and grass-fed rib eye.
509 S. Second St.
Dig into a Southern-style Thanksgiving meal with a side of jazz at Twisted Tail. There’s turkey, prime rib, pineapple-glazed ham or honey-barbecue salmon to choose from, accompanied by family-style sides like Brussels sprouts with pancetta, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, and more. Pianist Reverend Chris will provide the music. It’s $42 for the grown up and $25 for kids.
210 W. Rittenhouse Square
Go decadent at the elegant Lacroix at the Rittenhouse Hotel. The menu starts off with a raw bar, moves into hors d-oeuvres like croissants with flambé pear and bleu cheese, runs through several kinds salads, and then gets to the herb-roasted turkey. But that’s just the beginning — there’s also a hand-carved meat and fish station and entrees like sweet corn brulee with crab and braised beef shortrib. It’s $105 per person.
227 S. 18th St.
Stephen Starr’s Parisian bistro is open longer than most restaurants on Thanksgiving day: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Order a bottle from the extensive wine list and a cheese plate to snack on, and then select from the Thanksgiving-themed menu. This is a prime people-watching spot, set right on Rittenhouse Square: Try to get a table near the oversized windows.