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 – Turkey slathered in gravy, buttery stuffing, marshmallow-studded sweet potatoes and creamy pumpkin pie. What’s not to love about Thanksgiving — except the fact that it only comes once a year? These Philadelphia restaurants are serving up decadent Thanksgiving-inspired specials both before and after the holiday. Gobble gobble, my friends. – Chelsea Karnash


Thanksgiving Waffle

Gobble your way to gluttony at Chhaya Café, where the Thanksgiving Waffle has returned to the brunch menu! Available weekends through early December as well as the day before Thanksgiving and on Black Friday, this sausage and sage stuffing waffle topped with turkey, cranberry sauce and gravy can be complemented by a seasonal pumpkin spice latte…if you can find room for it in your stomach.

(credit: Schmear It)

(credit: Schmear It)

Thanksgobbler Bagel

Schmear It
Various locations
Philadelphia, Pa.

Everyone’s favorite bagel/philanthropy truck just announced a delicious new offering. Called the Thanksgobbler, this mini-meal consists of turkey gravy, stuffing (made of day-old bagels, of course!) and cranberry sauce schmeared between two halves of a toasted cranberry bagel. Thanksgiving for breakfast? Yes, please!

Bradford Burger

Spot Burgers
Various locations
Philadelphia, Pa.

Better act fast; there’s no telling how long this burger will be around. But if you happen to catch mobile truck Spot Burger, be sure to order the Bradford, their version of Thanksgiving on a bun. The glorious holiday special consists of a turkey patty topped with Swiss, bacon, chutney, roasted beets, cranberry relish and a lip-smacking white wine gravy.

(credit: Joe's Steaks + Soda Shop)

(credit: Joe’s Steaks + Soda Shop)

The Gravy Train

It’s all gravy when you’re feasting on a scrumptious sandwich from Joe’s. But you might want to don your bib when you snack on the The Gravy Train, because it’s going to get a bit messy. This holiday sando is comprised of gravy, house-made stuffing, cranberry sauce, and hand carved roasted turkey breast all stuffed into a cheesesteak roll, and it’s available from Nov. 24 through Dec. 1. Still hungry? Drink your pie for dessert in one of Joe’s limited-time-only apple pie milkshakes! Now there’s a well-rounded meal.

Pumpkin Month Specials

Nothing says fall like pumpkin desserts, and no one does them better than Stephen Starr’s Jones. Throughout November, stop into this Center City restaurant to try one or more of the eight pumpkin dessert specials, including pumpkin whoopee pies with caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream and pumpkin bread pudding topped with cinnamon ice cream, caramel sauce and brown sugar shortbread. There’s even pumpkin sangria for those looking to imbibe their gourds.

Sweet potato s'mores cupcake. (credit: Jeff Jimenez)

Sweet potato s’mores cupcake. (credit: Jeff Jimenez)

Gimme S’more Sweet Potato Cupcake

Cupcake Carnivale
Various locations

You might have to do some Twitter or Facebook research to locate this fab food truck, but that little bit of extra work will pay off when you bite into what’s basically the cupcake version of sweet potato casserole. To create the mouthwatering confection, moist sweet potato cake is topped with maple marshmallow meringue, graham crackers, chocolate chips and a chocolate drizzle.