Leave Thanksgiving Cooking to Someone Else

Our picks for takeout and dining out.

Bring home this turkey and Percy Street will donate a turkey to a local food bank.

Bring home this turkey and Percy Street will donate a turkey to a local food bank.

Not looking to get that blood pressure above 120/80 or your stove above 425º, then here are some Thanksgiving suggestions for the cooking averse.

Thanksgiving Eat In


For the first time, chef/owner Peter Serpico will be opening his South Street restaurant for Thanksgiving dinner. The chef will serve a multi-course menu, family style. Reservations are required and available from 2pm-8pm.

Cranberry Sauce with Orange and Spices
Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Water Chestnuts

Herb Roasted Turkey

Mashed Potatoes
Mom’s Mac and Cheese
Roasted Squash
Roasted Carrots
Dinner Rolls

Pumpkin Pie à la mode
Apple Pie à la mode

Price: $75 per person.

Twisted Tail

There’s more than just turkey on the menu at this Southern-inspired, charcoal grill restaurant. Dinner is served between 12 p.m. and 10 p.m., while New Orleans native Reverend Chris will provide a soothing jazz on piano. 

Main Dish
Choose among:

Roasted Lancaster Turkey
Herb Crusted Prime Rib
Pineapple Glazed Ham
Honey-BBQ Glazed Organic Salmon

Served family style

crispy brussel sprouts with pancetta
honey roasted sweet potatoes
andouille cornbread dressing
yukon mashed potatoes
baked beans

Selection of Pies

Price: $42 for adults, $25 for children aged 3 to 10.

London Grill

It’s long been a tradition at this Fairmount restaurant to offer a Thanksgiving buffet. Check out what’s offered at the buffet.

Roasted Turkey
Apple Cider Glazed Ham

Cornbread-Sausage Stuffing
Herbed Vegetarian Stuffing
Sautéed Brussels Sprouts
Green Bean Casserole
Streusel Topped Sweet Potato Casserole
Mashed Potatoes
Collard Greens with Bacon
Mac ‘n Cheese
Rutabaga Mash
Cranberry Sauce
House Made Turkey Gravy

Sweet Potato Pie
Pumpkin-Ricotta Pie
Apple-Cherry Pie

Price: $50 includes soup, buffet, dessert, Kids 11 & under half price; $25 Platter available in the bar area includes 5 items, soup, dessert.


From 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., the Center City Italian steakhouse turns out a special Thanksgiving prix fixe dinner.

Roasted Butternut Bisque, Brown Butter, Crème Fraiche

Roasted Turkey, Savory Herb Stuffing, Green Beans

Baby Carrots, Candied Yams

Mashed Potatoes, Orange Cranberry Chutney, Giblet Gravy

Selection from the Dessert Cart ~ $10

Price: $59 per person, dessert from the cart is an additional $10. Children under 12, oven roasted turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy for $18.

Thanksgiving To Go

Percy Street Barbecue

Percy Street wants to do the heavy lifting this Thanksgiving.  Get just the juicy smoked turkey or go all out with a complete Thanksgiving feast. And for each turkey sold, Percy Street will donate a turkey to a local food bank.  Last year, that was over 100 birds.


15 lb. Smoked Turkey with homemade gravy and cranberry sauce

Sausage & Cornbread Stuffing
Mashed Sweet Potatoes with toasted marshmallows
Collard Greens
Baked Apples
Pecan Pie

Price: Smoked Turkey $75. Full feast for 6-8: $225 (plus tax)

Fette Sau

The Fishtown barbecue restaurant is offering to pre-cook your whole Thanksgiving meal for you. Or you can get just the Pennsylvania-raised turkey, brined in sweet tea for 48-hours and then smoked for up to three hours.

Thanksgiving Spread:

Smoked Turkey

Sweet Potato Mash
Green Beans with Pearl Onions
Stuffing with Nicolosi Hot Italian Sausage
House-Made Gravy.

Price: Full Spread including Turkey, Gravy + 3 sides for $240 (feeds 10-12)
Turkey + Gravy for $95 (feeds 10-12)

All orders must be picked up on Wednesday, November 25th.

Lo Spiedo

Marc Vetri’s Navy Yard restaurant can help you out by cooking a 15 pound Lancaster turkey with gravy and cranberry mostarda. Add sides from Lo Spiedo’s catering menu.

Price: $75

Paris Bistro

Chef/owner Al Paris is offering some Thanksgiving joie de vivre by taking the stress out of the big dinner. The Chestnut Hill restaurant is offering trimmings, sides and of course the whole bird as options. Full menu.

Price: Whole roasted breast of turkey with truffle-cognac gravy: $75; Trimmings package for 10-12: $75; A la carte sides for 10-12 are $32 to $36.

Miss Rachel’s Pantry

Thanksgiving without the big bird? Miss Rachel’s Pantry has your vegan (and vegan+gluten-free) Thanksgiving needs covered.

Vegan Thanksgiving Menu

Pastry-wrapped Harvest Roast: a hearty roast made with seitan, white beans, sage, rosemary and garlic, wrapped in tender homemade pastry and served with truffled shiitake gravy

Brussels sprouts roasted with carrots, caramelized leeks, kale and parsnips

Yukon gold mashed potatoes

Sweet and savory brown sugar and cranberry bread stuffing

Vegan + Gluten-Free Menu

Maple and sage glazed tempeh-lentil roast with sweet and savory brown sugar and cranberry rice stuffing

Brussels sprouts roasted with carrots, caramelized leeks, kale and parsnips

Yukon gold mashed potatoes

Truffled shiitake gravy

Price: Starts at $26 per person, $100 for four.

Thanksgiving Sides

Thanksgiving food is about more than the turkey. In fact, Thanksgiving food is generally about everything but the bird. Here are some quality sides and desserts that are worth ordering right now.


Order your Candied Sweet Potato Smores, Pumpkin Ginger Snap ice cream sandwiches, and more. Get your order in by Saturday, November 21st.


Tasked with bringing dessert to Thanksgiving dinner? Order your pie from Magpie before Saturday, November 21st. Choose from Buttery Caramel Apple, Pumpkin, Butterscotch Bourbon or Chocolate Coffee Cinnamon Pecan. All pies are nine inches and serve 8 guests.

Percy Street Barbecue

In addition to making you a full Thanksgiving dinner complete with a smoked turkey, Percy Street also offers their delicious pecan pie and key lime pie for $30 each.