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Where to dine out on Thanksgiving in Philly

Leave the cooking to the professionals.
There are a ton of great Philly restaurants open on Thanksgiving — including The Little Lion. | Provided
There are a ton of great Philly restaurants open on Thanksgiving — including The Little Lion. Provided

Everyone is so stressed out these days, adding the responsibility of cooking an entire Thanksgiving feast on a day when you could be relaxing just doesn’t sound like a good idea. Rather than spend your day off from work in the kitchen, why not take the family for a nice Thanksgiving meal on the town. That’s right, many of Philadelphia’s top dining establishments are serving up turkey day feasts worthy of a king or queen.

The Little Lion
243 Chestnut St.
thelittlelionphilly.com

If you’re looking for a decadent feast as well as flexibility with timing, The Little Lion in Old City has got you covered. Thanksgiving dinner will be served from 2 p.m. until 9 p.m. in the dining room. Each guest chooses between roasted turkey, smoked ham with bourbon glaze, prime rib, kale pesto pasta and blackened catfish. Sides include kale caesar, roasted butternut squash soup, stuffing, cheddar grits and greens and more. For dessert, there’s pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin pie and apple cinnamon bread pudding. Yum! The cost is $45 per guest and $20 for kids 12 and under.

Urban Farmer
1850 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
urbanfarmerrestaurant.com

Chef Terry White will be serving up a Thanksgiving Day Menu at Urban Farmer for $75 per person (or a la carte from noon to 9 p.m.). First course includes options like snapping turtle soup, and fennel and beet salad. Roasted turkey and gravy as well as a veal chop with Madeira jus are entree options and sides like creamed spinach and haricot verts will be served family style. Enjoy pumpkin pie baked Alaska and cranberry orange cobbler and caramel apple for dessert.

Chez Colette
Sofitel Philadelphia
120 S. 17th St.
sofitel-philadelphia.com

Love French cuisine? Love buffets? Then head over to Chez Colette in the Sofitel for Thanksgiving dinner, where a French-inspired buffet will be served from noon to 4 p.m. that includes cheese and charcuterie, oysters on the half shell, salmon with butternut squash risotto and more traditional Thanksgiving fare like turkey. The price for the buffet is $65 per person.

Hard Rock Cafe
1113 Market St.
hardrockcafe.com/philadelphia

The Hard Rock Cafe may not come to mind when one thinks of Thanksgiving, but there could be a chance you have a lot of kids in your group and might want a dining experience with a dash of rock’n’roll. Their menu offerings for the day include turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, seasonal vegetable and a slice of pumpkin pie. Adults eat for $19.95 and kids eat for $9.95.

Olon
Tropicana Atlantic City
2831 Boardwalk
olonrestaurant.com

Perhaps you want to escape the city and see the ocean on Thanksgiving? Lucky for you, Jose Garces’ Olon is serving up a Thanksgiving Day menu that really turns up the heat. Enjoy panca roasted turkey, white cheddar chorizo cornbread stuffing, spice sweet potato mash with marshmallows and seasonal veggies for $24 a plate.