By Meg Favreau
Whether you're looking to have someone else cook the bird this year, just need a little menu help or want to avoid Thanksgiving food entirely, there are plenty of Philadelphia and South Jersey restaurants and catering services ready to feed you on Thanksgiving Day, 2010. Reservations are strongly recommended for all of the restaurants listed.
You can't get more traditional than the City Tavern, the Old City restaurant that serves up colonial food year-round (complete with servers dressed in period garb). For Thanksgiving the City Tavern is offering a set-menu, family style meal.
138 S. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
If you want to be thankful for exquisite cuisine, consider having your dinner at Lacroix at the Rittenhouse, one of the area's best restaurants (Inquirer restaurant critic Craig LeBan awarded it the elusive four bells, the highest rating a Philadelphia restaurant can get). Lacroix will serve a buffet.
210 West Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103
South Street's Supper is already famous for its family-style, first-Sunday-of-the month...well, suppers. This special Thanksgiving version features three courses heaping with local ingredients in dishes like caramelized root vegetable cassoulet, potato puree with cheddar and horseradish and of course, turkey.
926 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
There comes a time for each of us when we're ready to chuck tradition out the window. If that time comes for you this Thanksgiving, eschew the standard meal and instead head for S&H Kebab House to load up on Turkish cuisine.
918 S. 22nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19146
If you're a vegetarian or vegan sick of getting stuck with side dishes, order your Thanksgiving dinner from vegan caterer Miss Rachel's Pantry. For $25 a person, Miss Rachel will deliver a fully vegan Thanksgiving meal to your door, ready to heat and eat.
The pilgrims came to America on big wooden boats, and this Thanksgiving, you can eat on one. Moshulu, the floating restaurant on Columbus Boulevard, will be offering Thanksgiving specials in addition to their regular seafood-centric menu.
401 S. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
The Valley Green Inn, a National Historic Landmark, offers a classic Thanksgiving buffet in a beautiful space along the Wissahickon Creek.
Valley Green Rd. at Wissahickon
Philadelphia, PA 19128
For an elegant Thanksgiving dinner in South Jersey, French BYOB La Campagne is the best option, offering three courses of Thanksgiving fare.
312 Kresson Road
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
University City's Picnic offers delicious catering year-round, but they step up production around Thanksgiving to help you round out your meal with several side dishes and soups. Call or stop by to pre-order, and then pick up your ready-made dishes before Thanksgiving Day.
3131 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Whether you have relatives coming to town, are looking to spend Thanksgiving away from home or are just want an excellent restaurant in the suburbs, check out Coleman Restaurant at Normandy Farm. The restaurant is run by Chef Jim Coleman, famous for his weekly NPR radio show "A Chef's Table," and the Thanksgiving menu includes several dishes, such as brown butter mashed potatoes and pork in a maple glaze, served family style.
Route 202 & Morris Road
Blue Bell, PA 19422