Philadelphia Thanksgiving Guide 2018

It’s that time of year! The time when family and friends reunite to eat way too much food, watch football, enjoy a parade, and most importantly, celebrate everything they have to be grateful for. And with the help of our 2018 Thanksgiving Guide, you’ll be more than prepared to enjoy all the festivities Philadelphia has to offer.

Dining Out for Thanksgiving Day Dinner

Leave the cooking to the pros and have a relaxing meal at one of these Philly restaurants.

The Twisted Tail

509-511 2nd St.

Philadelphia, PA 19147

(215) 558-2471

www.thetwistedtail.com

The team at The Twisted Tail has put together a family-style dinner welcoming anyone who wants a delicious, social meal without the hassle of cooking. For $49 per person ($25 for children under 10), each guest will choose an entrée (traditional turkey, herb-crusted prime rib, braised short rib, honey-BBQ glazed salmon or pineapple-glazed ham), which will be carved in the kitchen and then brought to the table with a variety of sides to share. With favorites like cornbread stuffing, crispy Brussels sprouts with bacon, mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes, there’s something for everyone. To complete the meal, each table will receive one whole mini pie for every two people to share.

Scarpetta

210 W. Rittenhouse Square

Philadelphia, PA 19103

(215) 558-4199

www.ldvhospitality.com/brands/scarpetta/

Scarpetta will be doing a traditional Thanksgiving meal with a few Italian touches. The 4-course meal ($68) includes choices such as chestnut soup, sweet potato gnocchi, pancetta-wrapped turkey and espresso budino.  A limited a la carte menu will also be available. Scarpetta is located in the Rittenhouse Hotel.

Bank & Bourbon

1200 Market Street

Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215) 231-7300

http://www.bankandbourbon.com/

Enjoy a special Thanksgiving buffet created by Chef Joe Thomas Jr. and his talented team. There will be fresh oysters and seafood displays, carved local turkey and prime rib and appetizers and sides such as roasted squash salad, brioche-sage stuffing and roasted vegetables. Be sure to save room a multitude of pies. This Thanksgiving feast is $65 for adults with an optional $35 wine pairing and $22 for children 12 and under. Bank & Bourbon is located in the Loews hotel.

Smokin’ Betty’s

Smokin’ Betty’s

116 S. 11th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215) 922-6500

www.smokinbettys.com

Smokin’ Betty’s in Midtown Village will open for its first Thanksgiving Dinner. Enjoy a feast of comfort food and holiday favorites like Mom used to make. There will be butternut squash soup, sweet potato gratin, mac and cheese, roasted turkey, honey-bourbon baked ham, and more. Save room for pumpkin or apple pie or bread pudding. Guests will enjoy a full three-course dinner – with dine-in, take-out and delivery options – plus the bar will be open. Catering pick-up and delivery starting at 11:00 am.  Dinner service is from 2 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and the bar will be open until 10 p.m. Pricing options include $29.95 per adult and $19.95 per child for dine-in three-course meal; add $5.00 for take-out or delivery; enjoy dinner for six for $179.95 for take-out only.  Delivery service is available.  Meals can be packed hot or cold.

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House

1426-1428 Chestnut Street

Philadelphia, PA 19102

(215) 246-0533

www.delfriscos.com/steakhouse/philadelphia

Leave the caring to the experts at Del Frisco’s. The Thanksgiving prix fixe menu is $59 for adults and $24 for children. If features traditional favorites such as slow-roasted turkey breast with all the trimmings, butternut squash soup, and pumpkin cheesecake. Or, order from Del Frisco’s regular menu and choose one of their signature dishes like the dry-aged steak or Wagyu tasting.

London Grill

2301 Fairmount Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19130

(215) 978-4545

www.londongrill.com

This favorite Fairmount spot comfortably balances being both a laidback pub and fine dining. London Grill will celebrate the holiday with its annual Thanksgiving Day Buffet. Let them do all the work, while you and your group enjoy a special all-you-can dinner of traditional favorites such as roasted turkey, sweet potato casserole and sausage cornbread stuffing. The buffet will be served from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. and cost $45 per adult and $22.50 for children under 11 years. You can also opt for the $25 platter in the bar area with five items, soup and dessert.

Urban Farmer

1850 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Philadelphia, PA 19103

(215) 936-2788

www.urbanfarmerphiladelphia.com

Urban Farmer’s Thanksgiving Day feast will be offered from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at $75 per person (1/2 price for guests under 12). Choose your own first course and entrée, with options including honey-roasted turkey, roasted pork loin, mushroom risotto and mushroom-crusted prime rib. Sides such as roasted squash, cornbread stuffing and mashed potatoes will be served family-style to the table. Finish your meal with a dessert like pumpkin bourbon cheesecake. Urban Farmer is located in the Logan Hotel.

Jones Restaurant

700 Chestnut St.

Philadelphia, PA 19106

(215) 223-5663

www.jones-restaurant.com

Known for comfort food just like your mom would make, Jones is the perfect spot for your Thanksgiving meal. While Jones actually offers “Thanksgiving Dinner” year-round, this traditional meal of turkey, glazed carrots, mashed potatoes, haricots verts, stuffing and cranberry sauce for $19 is all the more special when you’re enjoying it on the actual holiday. Jones will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Local Thanksgiving Turkeys

Serve your family a local farm, fresh turkey dinner from one of these local farms.

Guinta’s Prime Shop

Reading Terminal Market

1100 Filbert Street, Philadelphia

(215) 627-6175

www.guintasprimeshop.com

Guinta’s is considered one of the top meat and poultry purveyors in the area. In addition to a full line of meats, fresh poultry is also available year-round.

Godshall’s Poultry

Reading Terminal Market

51 North 12th Street, Philadelphia

(215) 922-7589

Godshall’s poultry is locally raised, free-range and delivered straight from the farm to the stand every day.

Bolton’s Farmers Market

1005 E. Main Street
Silverdale, PA 18962
215-257-6047
www.boltonfarmmarket.com 

These locally raised turkeys are available whole, in sizes from 10-40 lbs. This year, turkeys will not include giblets, but they are available upon request at the meat counter. Bolton’s turkeys are minimally processed and never frozen so you are taking home 100% turkey: no salt, no added water, no fillers, and you are saved the hassle of thawing! Fresh turkeys are packed in ice so they stay fresh until your holiday meal; this makes them cook faster than a traditional frozen turkey. Fresh turkeys are $3.79 per pound and must be picked up Tuesday or Wednesday if being used on Thanksgiving Day.  Pickup times are Tuesday from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Wednesday 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Necessity Farms & Dairy

202 Green Hill Road
Telford, Pa 18969
267-382-0556
[email protected]
www.necessityfarms.com

These turkeys are free-range and non-GMO. They also have free-range non-GMO chickens, local fresh dairy products and homemade, added sugar free fruit butters like a pumpkin butter and apple cider sauce! Contact the email below to place your order for this Thanksgiving!

Merrymead Farm

2222 S. Valley Forge Road Lansdale, PA 19446
(610) 584-4410

Merrymead sells turkeys from Weaver’s Turkey Farm in Lancaster. These birds are all natural turkeys- never frozen, with no growth hormones or artificial ingredients. Birds are available from 10 to 32 lbs. ($3.69 per pound) and turkey breasts 6 to 10 lbs. Call the farm to place your order by Wed. Nov. 14th. Merrymead will accept orders for freshly baked pies as well.

Quarry Hill Farms

620 Quarry Rd., Lower Salford Township, PA 19438
(215) 513-1514

Quarry Hill Farms organically raises their own birds to be soy-free and pastured. This year they are offering two breeds of turkeys. Both are $8 per pound. The Standard Bronze has a traditional round shape and is a variety that originated by breeding native wild eastern turkeys with domesticated birds brought from Europe by the early settlers. The Bourbon Red is the result of combining three breeds. It is shaped like a wild turkey and is enjoyed for its dark meat. Place your order online at this link. A deposit is required.

Deep Roots Valley Farm

1047 Irish Creek Rd., Mohrsville, Pa 19541
(610) 926-0517

Deep Roots Valley Farm, just north of Reading, PA, will deliver their pasture raised turkeys to the Phoenixville Farmers Market for pickup on Sat. Nov 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. They can also be picked up at the farm on Tuesday, November 20 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The farm is raising broad breasted whites this year. The birds are fed locally grown whole grain non gmo seed and are provided with a fresh supply of bugs and greens. They are antibiotic free. Orders must be placed in advance, and a $25 deposit is required.

Thanksgiving Week Events

McGillin’s during the holidays is a sight you don’t want to miss. (Photo provided by McGillin’s)

Thanksgiving Eve at McGillin’s

When: Wednesday, November 21 at 9 p.m.

Where: McGillin’s Ole Ale House, 1310 Drury Street, Philadelphia

The night before Thanksgiving is one of the biggest party nights of the year, and McGillin’s celebrates it big. Karaoke will start at 9 p.m. and there will be plenty of drink specials such as $5 house wines and well liquors, $2 pints ($7 pitchers) of Pabst Blue Ribbon, $9 pitchers of Bud Light and Miller Lite, and even 2 tacos for $1. The tavern will already by decorated for the holidays with 3,000 lights, 1,000 feet of garland, 350 ornaments and 150 bows. Guaranteed to get you in a festive state of mind.

6ABC/Dunkin’ Thanksgiving Day Parade

When: Thanksgiving Day, November 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Where: 20th and Market Streets, Philadelphia

America’s first Thanksgiving Day Parade is celebrating 99 years! Ushering in the Holoday Season, this beloved Philly tradition includes favorite characters, giant balloons, fancy floats, marching bands and more. Don’t miss Santa at the end!

Comcast Holiday Spectacular

When: Opens Thanksgiving Day

Where: Comcast Center, 1701 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, Philadelphia

This 15-minute super high-res LED show runs daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (every hour on the hour, except 5 p.m. on weekdays.) It combines the Pennsylvania Ballet’s The Nutcracker, a flying sleigh ride over the city and rousing sing-along fun.

(Photo by Dave Lakatos)

Christmas Village

When: Opens Thanksgiving Day

Where: LOVE Park, John. F Kennedy Boulevard and North 15th Street, Philadelphia

Returning for its 11th year, this German-style market features 80 wooden booths with local and international merchants. You’ll find unique gifts, delicious food and drinks and plenty of festive entertainment.

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

When: Opens Friday, November 23

Where: 101 S. Christopher Boulevard

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this season, this winter wonderland along the Delaware River features a majestically-lit holiday tree, chalet-style lodge with food and drinks, cozy warming cabins, fire pits, and a game room. And the main attraction is an Olympic-sized ice skating rink with a view of the Ben Franklin Bridge.

Christmas Light Show at Macy’s

When: Opens Friday, November 23

Where: Macy’s, 1300 Market Street, Philadelphia

A tradition for many Philly families, this free show has been running since 1956! The musical light show features the famous Wanamaker Organ and is narrated by Julie Andrews. IT runs every two hours during store hours.

Philadelphia Turkey Trots

Face to Face Germantown Turkey Trot

When: Thursday, November 22 at 9 a.m.

Where: Forbidden Drive in Wissahickon Park, 200 W. Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia

Twenty-six years ago, Jim and Frannie Maguire (along with their 9 kids) held a 5-mile run to benefit Face to Face. Every Thanksgiving since then, the race had celebrated giving back to the impoverished in Germantown that Face to Face serves. Registration is $40 for the 5-mile run and $30 for the Fun Run. Children 12 and under can participate in either race for $10. Runners receive a Dri-Fit Race shirt. Awards are given for male and female 1st through 3rd place overall along with 1st place age bracket awards. Celebrate at the after-party held at MaGerk’s Pub & Grill from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Click here to register.

Fairmount Park Turkey Trot

When: Thursday, November 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Where: Memorial Hall, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

The 18th Annual Fairmount Park Turkey Trot is a 5-mile run on a certified 5-mile loop flat course. It starts and finishes at Memorial Hall. Registration and packet pickup is in the Carousel House. All registered runners will receive a long-sleeved t-shirt. Registration is $40. On-site registration opens at 6:30 a.m. Race starts at 8:30 a.m. Click here to register.

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