Thanksgiving is a fantastic holiday for couch potatoes to enjoy football games and the Macy’s Parade while the designated cook slaves away in the kitchen. Tangling with shoppers at the supermarket, tidying the house, decorating the table, coordinating a dozen dishes and post-cleanup on Thanksgiving Day can lose its appeal after a couple holidays. Leave the guilt behind and take a load off of your mind and your oven. Enjoy great food and good conversation without the hassle by relaxing with friends and family at one of these top Philly restaurants open on the big day.
Bistro St. Tropez
2400 Market St., Suite 427
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Thanksgiving is an all-American gastronomic holiday, but its traditional dishes lend themselves superbly to French-inspired influences. Bistro St. Tropez in Center City imparts elegantly simple twists on the classic Thanksgiving menu. The restaurant’s Grand Buffet is just $58 per person, $20 for children ages 12 and younger. For this reasonable price, diners receive a meal fit for a king. Seating starts at 11 a.m. and continues every two hours until 7 p.m. Be sure to make reservations well in advance.
138 S. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Enjoy a traditional 18th-century feast at the spot America’s Founding Fathers frequented. George Washington, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson were satisfied regulars at City Tavern, and you will be, too, after gobbling down Chef Walter Straib’s scrumptious holiday fare. Think appetizers like crab cakes, shrimp Newburg and quiche Lorraine, entrees like roasted free range turkey, country ham and salmon, a variety of sides and some of the best Thanksgiving desserts around, including colonial bread pudding and Martha Washington’s chocolate mousse cake. Waiters serve guests in period costumes and tables are piled high with a four-course meal complete with all of the trimmings. Reservations are required with tickets costing $90 for adults and $35 for children ages 12 and younger.
Green Valley Inn
Valley Green Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128
Valley Green Inn offers a wonderful holiday feast in an idyllic setting. The 1850 inn sits amongst towering trees along the Wissahickon Creek in Fairmount Park. Dining here is like visiting a Colonial-era farmhouse, with wide plank floors and period furnishings adding to the ambiance. The restaurant’s budget-friendly buffet costs $40 for adults, $16 for children, and includes a carving station with turkey, prime rib and smoked ham. More than a dozen delicious dishes are set out on the buffet table, and a dessert bar includes a plethora of pies, pastries, cakes and cookies.
401 S. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
For a Thanksgiving fit for the memory books, treat yourself to an amazing meal with superb Philly waterfront and skyline view. The Moshulu, a restored, four-masted ship turned restaurant, is docked at Penn’s Landing and was named to honor Native Americans by First Lady Mrs. Woodrow Wilson. While giving thanks to those who helped our forefathers tame this land, help yourself to heaping portions of delicious food created by Executive Chef Anthony Bonett. His a la carte menu has all of the traditional Thanksgiving favorites, plus a lot more. Reservations are required.
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Susan DeFeo has been a professional writer since 1997. She served as a community events columnist for New Jersey’s “Cape May County Herald” for more than a decade. A writer for numerous online publications, Susan has covered health, fitness, beauty and travel, all subjects that are near and dear to her as a married mother of seven children. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.