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Top Restaurants In Philadelphia Open For Thanksgiving

November 14, 2012 7:00 AM

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(The City Tavern, at 138 South Second Street, corner of Walnut.  File photo)

(The City Tavern, at 138 South Second Street, corner of Walnut. File photo)

Not everyone’s vision of a perfect Thanksgiving is Norman Rockwell-esque; some people prefer to have others do the cooking and cleaning up for them so they can relax and enjoy their family (or their solitude). These are the top restaurants in Philly serving up delicious dishes for Thanksgiving this year.
City Tavern
138 S. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 413-1443
www.citytavern.com

Price: $82.95 for adults/$32.95 for kids

Let Chef Walter Staib feed your family, Colonial-style, at City Tavern. This four-course meal begins with a champagne shrub, a tangy aperitif enjoyed by the early settlers. The customary Thanksgiving items follow: roasted free-range turkey, sweet potatoes with granny smith apples, sage and marjoram stuffing, all served family style. Don’t miss Martha Washington’s chocolate mousse cake! Seatings are from 1 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Supper
926 South St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 592-8180
www.supperphilly.com

Price: $59 per person/$30 for children 12 and younger

Supper is a popular brunch spot in the Washington Square West part of town; there’s usually a good crowd for dinner and drinks, too. Supper will be open this Thanksgiving, and Chef Mitch Prensky is creating a delectable family-style meal. At all three seatings, the meals include all-natural turkey; sautéed Brussels sprouts with smoked baco;, potato puree with cheddar and horseradish; sweet potato soup with marshmallow, cinnamon and sage; and home-made pumpkin pie. The seatings are available at 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

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Twisted Tail
509 S. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 558-2471
www.thetwistedtail.com

Price: $22 per person

Headhouse Square’s Twisted Tail calls itself a “Southern-inspired bourbon house and juke joint.” While that wouldn’t normally scream “Thanksgiving” to most folks, the friendly people at Twisted Tail are preparing a Turkey Day feast as well. For something a little different, the restaurant will be offering the choice of traditional or Cajun-style fried turkey with cornbread stuffing and sides, along with a pumpkin or pecan pie. Dinner is served from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Mike Dugan will be there to help celebrate by playing the blues from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Related: Top Pubs Serving Seasonal Beer in Philadelphia

LaScala’s
615 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 928-0900
www.lascalasphilly.com

Just a block from the Liberty Bell at LaScala’s, Chef Joe Nocella is preparing a mouth-watering spread. Served family-style, there’s lots to choose from: homemade ravioli, burgundy-braised beef short ribs, roast turkey, baked ham, fresh cranberry sauce, warm apple cobbler and more, and this one isn’t prix fixe. Seatings start at noon and run until 7 p.m. Take out is also available.

Sofitel’s Chez Colette
120 S. 17th St.
Philadelphia,  PA 19103
(215) 569-8300
www.sofitel.com/

Price: $48 per person

For the family that loves to dress up, treat your loved ones to Sofitel hotel’s Chez Colette’s annual Thanksgiving Feast buffet. Dinner includes oysters, crab cakes, green bean salad, lobster and fingerling potato salad, pumpkin and sweet potato soup, slow-roasted turkey, beef rib eye and seasonal pies, pastries and even a chocolate fountain. Expect to leave stuffed, but be cognizant of taking the little ones to this upscale eatery.

Related: Top Buffets in Philadelphia

Trish Deitemyer is a freelance writer living in Philly. She covers Food & Drink and has been writing since 1986. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.
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