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Sips and Eats: Philly Thanksgiving to-go meals, dine in options, and cocktail ideas

Iron Hill Brewery

Take-out Turkey Day Deals

(Art in the Age)

• a.kitchen: a.kitchen will be offering a Thanksgiving package including acorn squash + comte soup, stuffing, braised greens, sweet potato mash, Brussels sprouts, bacon and turkey gravy for two people ($80) or four people ($160). Thanksgiving package add-ons include Brined Half Turkey ($60), Brined Whole Turkey ($120), or 8-piece Milk Bread Rolls with Garlic Butter $15. To-go options must be pre-ordered here for scheduled pick-ups between Monday, November 23 to Wednesday, November 25 from 12 to 5 p.m. A.kitchen’s sommelier hand-picked Domaine Paul Durdilly Beaujolais Nouveau “Les Grandes Coasses” 2020 to accompany takeout orders for an additional $24 per bottle.

• Art in the Age: Art in the Age, Old City’s one-of-a-kind tasting room, home bar supply and bottle shop, is teaming up with Philadelphia’s famous Isgro Pastries to ensure every Thanksgiving table is sweet and spirited this holiday with a cordial and pie combo. Guests can choose between three options, including:

  • AITA Black Trumpet Blueberry Cordial + Blueberry Crumb Pie
  • AITA Spiced Maple Vodka + Heritage Pumpkin Pie
  • AITA Apple Crisp Brandy + Apple Crumb Pie

Each combo is $75 and is available for pick-up at Art in the Age in Old City. Guests can pick up their cordials and pies on Friday, November 20 (pre-order deadline: 11/15) or Wednesday, November 25 (pre-order deadline: 11/20). The preferred pick-up date should be noted in the notes section of the order. All orders can be placed online here.

Boardroom Spirits: Boardroom Spirits has your Thanksgiving libations covered. Complete your meal with some freshly made seasonal cocktails like the ready-to-drink Vanilla Peartini (Boardroom Premium Vodka, spiced pear syrup, Madagascar vanilla beans, and fresh lemon juice) or Cranberry Mule (FRESH Cranberry Vodka, real honey, Brazilian ginger, mint, and real lime juice). Mix up your own cocktails at home with a bottle of Fire Bear (Northbound bourbon blended with real honey and cinnamon, tastes great mixed with apple cider) or Nocino (Boardroom’s limited-run walnut liqueur released every year around Thanksgiving and described by many as “holidays in a shot glass”).Order online from Boardroom Spirit’s online store for home delivery or pickup.

Chaddsford Winery: Made with a combination of sweet and tart apples, Chaddsford Winery’s Spiced Apple Wine is perfect for Thanksgiving entertaining. Depending on your taste it’s delicious served warm with a cinnamon stick or served over ice with tea to make a refreshing fall iced tea. The wine retails for $14 and ships via Chaddsford Winery’s website anywhere across the country or can be picked up at Chaddsford Winery (632 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, PA 19317).

(CO-OP)

• CO-OP: For those who’d prefer to avoid the hassles of cooking, CO-OP Restaurant & Lounge is pleased to offer its Thanksgiving spread again this year.  The meal includes turkey breasts, mashed potatoes, stuffing, Brussel sprouts, cranberry sauce, gravy, and a whole pumpkin pie. The spread serves 4-5 people for $95 (tax & gratuity not included). You can add a bottle of wine for $3. Orders must be placed by Monday, November 23rd at noon. Pick-up is on Wednesday, November 25 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. or Thursday, November 26 from 8 a.m. to noon. To place your order, please call 215-398-1874.

Fond: Fond, the acclaimed contemporary American restaurant on East Passyunk, is offering a decadent Thanksgiving spread to-go for those uninterested in spending ample time in the kitchen this holiday. Guests can choose from Turkey, two ways with gravy, a rosemary-brined turkey breast or foie gras and sage stuffed thigh, Chestnut Rosemary Potato FillingOrange Cranberry SauceWhite Miso Butterscotch Sweet Potatoes and Frisee Salad. These dishes are available à la carte or as a complete package for $50/portion. Additionally, guests can enjoy desserts from Chef Jessie Prawlucki-Styer, including Brown Butter Apple PieMaple Pecan PieButterscotch Pumpkin Pie, and Chocolate Cheesecake — all $30/each, serve 8. Additional baked goods, including Molasses Spice Cookies ($10/dozen), Vanilla Rum Semifreddo ($9/pint, $16/quart), and Sourdough Baguettes ($8/one-pound loaf) are also available to-go. All orders can be placed now by calling 215.551.5000. Orders must be placed by November 19 and can be picked up on November 25 from noon to 7 p.m. or November 26 8 a.m. to noon.

(Iron Hill Brewery)

•  High Street Philly: “Everything but the Bird” is the name of the game at High Street Philly this year. A box serving four will boast sage brown butter stuffing, Brussels sprouts, and Japanese turnip salad with cider vinaigrette, roasted honeynut squash, mashed potatoes, gravy, and cranberry chutney. That said, they’re offering some add-ons to create more of a personalized experience. These add-ons will put High Street’s renowned bakery on full display in dinner rolls with butter, Salted Honey, classic apple, and kabocha squash pies ($30 each) and nine-grain, country, spelt Baguette, Anadama, honey wheat bread loaves, plus cookie and cinnamon rolls boxes. Available in limited quantities will be brined and ready-to-bake whole ($100) and half turkeys ($50) as well as fully roasted whole ($120) and half ($60) turkeys all fed from Green Meadow Farms. The order cut off for Turkey Monday 11/16, order cut off for everything else Monday 11/23. Pick-ups all afternoon and evening Wednesday 11/25 or 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Fork on 11/26. Available for pre-order here.

Iron Hill Brewery: Iron Hill will be offering a no-fuss, traditional Thanksgiving meal to-go for $50. The pre-cooked meal bundles serve four and include oven-roasted turkey, sausage & sage stuffing, buttery Yukon smashed potatoes and fresh green beans with bacon and grilled onions. Guests who purchase a Thanksgiving dinner before 11/18 will be given the option to purchase a pie for the reduced price of $5. Iron Hill is donating $2 to No Kid Hungry for every to-go Thanksgiving meal sold through 11/25/2020, to ensure every child gets the nutritious food they need, every day. Call your nearest location to place an order.

• Jet Wine Bar: No Thanksgiving dinner is complete without a couple of bottles of wine (or four), which is why the experts at Jet Wine Bar, Philadelphia’s “global vineyard”, are offering two Thanksgiving to-go wine packages, including a 2 Liter Pack ($75) boasting a Gruner Veltliner, Brunn, Austria 1L and a Pais, Cacique ‘Pipeno’, Chile 1L; and a 4 Pack ($129), boasting Grechetto, Scacciadiavoli, Italy, Amfora Riesling, Matic, Slovenia, Agiorgitiko, Halkia, Greece, and Zweigelt-Blaufrankisch, Pittnauer, Austria. Orders for both wine packages can be placed in-store at Jet Wine Bar, by calling 215.735.1116, or online here. Orders can be placed and picked up until Wednesday, November 25.

(Rex 1516)

•  Rex 1516: Rex 1516, Philadelphia’s go-to for elevated Southern cuisine, is offering Thanksgiving dinner to-go for two ($120) and four ($230), including Buttermilk Biscuits, Chanterelle & Green Bean Strudel, Smoked Brisket Shells & Cheese, Andouille & Cornbread Stuffing, Smoked Turkey Roulade, and Sweet Potato Pie. Beverage offerings from Beverage Manager Alex Tack, include an Aperitif ($25 for 2 / $45 for 4) with London Dry Gin, bonded apple brandy, dry vermouth, curried lemon, mint, and a Digestif ($30 for 2 / $55 for 4) with Laphroaig Scotch, blended scotch, Luxardo bitter Bianco, lemon-cayenne shrub, parsley. Rex 1516 is taking pre-orders now through November 23 for pick up on Wednesday, November 25. Orders can be placed by calling 267-319-1366 or via e-mail (lucio@sojournphilly.comheather@rex1516.com).

River Twice: River Twice Chef Randy Rucker is cooking Thanksgiving dinner for anyone looking to enjoy the full Turkey Day meal but without all of the work. The meal kits are priced at $300 apiece, and each feeds 4-6 people with enough for plenty of leftovers. The Thanksgiving meal kit features a 1/2 Organic Lancaster Co. Turkey which is brined in sweet tea and pre-roasted; Cranberry Sauce; Green Bean Casserole; Bootsie’s Oyster-Cornbread Dressing; Sweet Potato Mash; two packs of King Hawaiian Rolls; and Pumpkin pie. Reheating instructions will come with the orders, which can be placed by emailing 267-457-3698, or by visiting here. Orders, which must be placed by Thursday, November 19 can be picked up on Thanksgiving morning between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 p.m.

(ROOT Crafted)

ROOT Crafted: ROOT Crafted has the perfect recipe with a unique flavor pear-ing. ROOT Crafted Au Pear, which is like autumn in a bottle featuring fresh pear juice and puree, lemon juice, cane sugar, filtered water, and orange extract along with everyone’s favorite Thanksgiving wine Beaujolais Nouveau. ROOT Crafted’s cocktail mixers are available to purchase on their website for nationwide shipping as well as on Amazon.

Poached Pear Martini

• 1/2 oz Beaujolais Nouveau
• 1 oz Vodka (we suggest Boardroom Spirits Vodka)
• 2oz Au Pear
• Dash of Cinnamon
• Orange Zest

Method

Add Beaujolais Nouveau, vodka, and Au Pear to a martini glass filled with ice. Shake and strain into a martini glass. Sprinkle a dash of cinnamon on top. Garnish with a skewer of apple slice, orange zest, and cinnamon stick.

Square 1682: Square 1682, Rittenhouse’s modern American kitchen + cocktails, is offering an affordable three-course prix-fixe Thanksgiving dinner to-go, boasting a selection of small plates, including Roasted Butternut Squash Soup, Whipped Buratta, and Kale Salad; plus, guests’ choice of entrée, including Slow Roasted Turkey Breast, Herb Crusted Salmon, and Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder; and Apple Pie and Red Velvet Cake for dessert. The three-course dinner is $55/person and orders can be placed by calling the restaurant at 215-563-5008.

(Urban Farmer)

•  The Twisted Tail: The Twisted Tail, Headhouse Square’s Southern-inspired restaurant, bar and live music venue, is taking away the stress of cooking this holiday with two Thanksgiving to-go options, including a Whole Roasted Lancaster Turkey (12-15lbs) for $160 or a full Thanksgiving spread, including guest’s choice of protein (roasted Lancaster turkey, herb-crusted prime rib, braised short rib, etc.) with choice of sides, including mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing, seasonal salad, mac & cheese and more for $300. The full Thanksgiving spread serves up to 6 people. Guests can call The Twisted Tail at 215-558-2471 now to place their order. All orders must be placed by November 16.

•  Urban Farmer: Urban Farmer, Logan Square’s modern American steakhouse, is offering its coveted Thanksgiving to-go menu again this year, boasting a full spread of holiday favorites such as a 12-14 pound turkey, house-made cranberry sauce, red bliss smashed potatoes, house-made gravy, roasted Brussel sprouts, roasted carrots, house-made cornbread and guests’ choice of pumpkin, apple or pecan pie. Urban Farmer’s Thanksgiving to-go package is available for pre-order now here for $180 and serves 4-6 people. All orders can be picked up on Thanksgiving Day from 12 to 3 p.m.

• Walnut Street Cafe: Walnut Street Cafe will be accepting takeout orders through November 21 at 5 p.m. Responsible for the sides? WSC has your back with Brussels Sprouts, Stuffing, Green Beans, Mashed Potatoes with Gravy, Sweet Potato Mash, Mac ‘n’ Cheese with enough to feed 4 to 6 people for $25 each. Also available is an 18lb (enough to feed 10 to 12) whole-roasted Amish Turkey for $100, Apple and Pumpkin pies for $30, and a la carte dishes from charcuterie to crudite and deviled eggs. Pre-order Walnut Street Cafe’s takeout offerings here

•  Weavers Way Coop: Pre-order a selection of cheeses assembled by Weavers Way cheesemongers that represent some of the state’s best cheeses who are all a part of Pennsylvania Cheese Guild. This box can be ordered for Thanksgiving or during any of the weeks prior, with 48-hour notice, at all three stores. Selections of approximately ¼ lb. include Seven Sisters from The Farm at Doe Run, Sharp Cheddar from Conebella, Blue Bell from Valley Milkhouse, and Noblette from Calkins Creamery. Also included is 2 oz. of honey from Weavers Ways farm. For $29.99, it’s a perfect gift and a great way to try some award-winning cheeses!

(Weavers Way)

Weavers Way is also offering hearty meals whether you prefer the traditional dinner or a vegan one! Each package is $25 per person and you can place an order for as little as just yourself. Orders must be placed at the latest by November 20. If you prefer to do the cooking yourself, the co-op also is selling fresh, never-frozen Thanksgiving turkeys by pre-order, which are naturally raised and antibiotic-free. Fresh pies (many flavors including all the classics) are also available to pre-order from MyHouse pies. Full details about all of Weavers Way’s Thanksgiving offerings can be found here.

Dine-In Thanksgiving 

(Bank and Bourbon)

• a.kitchen: Chef Eli Collins will prepare his signature seasonal dishes for dine-in and takeout. For dine-in, guests can enjoy a three-course meal at $85 per person with bread service included, plus a $30 wine pairing for each course. To start, each guest will choose from a Harvest Salad or Acorn Squash and Comté Soup, followed by their choice of Heritage Turkey, Striped Bass or, to share, a Dry-Aged Steak. Family-style sides include Sesame Country Bread Stuffing, Cranberry Relish, Brussels Sprouts and Bacon, Braised Greens, and Sweet Potato Mash. For dessert, each guest will choose Apple Pie, Pumpkin Squash Pie, or Chocolate Tahini Cake. Vegetarian options are available as is a wine pairing for $30. Reservations require a $35 deposit and can be made here.

Bank Bourbon: This Thanksgiving, enjoy a festive and seasonal three-course meal at inherently American restaurant, Bank & Bourbon.  Created by Chef Joe Thomas Jr. and his talented culinary team, guests can warm up with a parsnip potato soup, or nibble on the roasted squash salad a more seasonal and lighter option. Entrées include the classic roasted turkey breast paired with brioche sage stuffing, baby carrots, green beans, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce; or opt for something less traditional including seared sixty south salmon or grilled filet mignon. Thanksgiving isn’t complete there; feast on an elaborate selection of seasonal pies for dessert!

Pricing begins at $65 per person and includes a glass of wine or sparkling champagne and $28 for children. Reservations are available via Resy. See the complete menu here.

(Fork // Photo by A. Ricketts)

• Fork: Folks sticking around the city for Thanksgiving will be happy to know that Fork will be open and taking reservations from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Available for parties of up to four inside, and groups of up to six outside, guests can enjoy Fork’s feast at $75 per person. To start, each person at the table will have their choice of green salad with walnuts and pears, grapes and burrata, carrot ginger soup, or Boston mackerel with sweet potato. Similarly, each guest will choose their entree from the line-up of trout with shaved leeks, short rib with jus and horseradish, or Green Meadow Farm turkey with cranberry chutney and gravy. Family-style sides, served for every table, include roasted apples and Brussels sprouts, Anadama herb stuffing, Parker House rolls, mashed potatoes, and wild rice stuffed squash. To cap off the meal with something sweet, each guest will take their pick of classic apple pie, kabocha squash pie, salted honey custard pie, or dark chocolate budino. Reservations for indoor seating can be made here; reservations for outdoor dining for Thanksgiving can be made here.

•  The Twisted Tail: The Society Hill Southern-inspired restaurant and bar is offering a safe alternative for those not interested in spending hours in the kitchen on Thanksgiving. From noon to 9 p.m. on November 26, The Twisted Tail will offer a prix-fixe meal ($49/person, $25/child under 10) with guest’s choice of entrée, including Roasted Lancaster Turkey, braised short rib, pineapple Glazed ham, herb-crusted prime rib, or honey-BBQ glazed salmon, plus a bevy of sides served family-style, including mashed potatoes, mac & cheese, cornbread stuffing, and more. Dessert will include fresh-baked mini pumpkin, pecan, and apple pies. Reservations can be made by calling 215-558-2471 or online here.

(Walnut Street Cafe // Fine-Drawn Hospitality)

•  Urban Farmer: In addition to its take-out menu, Urban Farmer is offering a three-course plated Thanksgiving dinner from 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. on Thursday, November 26. The prix fixe dinner from Executive Chef Sonny Ingui is $85/person and includes diner’s choice of starter: baby kale salad, chilled shrimp, roasted cauliflower almond soup, sweet potato gnocchi, or Caesar Salad; choice of entrée, including Pennsylvania, braised turkey, Skuna Bay Salmon, 1855 Farms Prime Rib, mushroom risotto or stuffed pork loin; and, for dessert, guests can choose between classic pumpkin pie, pumpkin bourbon cheesecake or chocolate pecan tart. Sides will be served family-style for the table and include cornbread turkey stuffing, red bliss mashed potatoes, seared carrots, roasted Brussel sprouts, and house-made cranberry sauce. Urban Farmer will also be offering their delicious à la carte brunch on Thanksgiving Day from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., which includes specialties such as short rib hash, steak frites, pancakes, and more. Reservations for both Thanksgiving brunch and dinner can be made here.

•  Walnut Street Cafe: Offering both dine-in and takeout options to best serve the West Philly community, Walnut Street Cafe is an approachable Thanksgiving destination. For dine-in, guests will enjoy a seasonal and celebratory a la carte menu featuring abundant starters including baked brie, shrimp cocktail, and sweet potato gnocchi, vast main dishes from Steak Frites to Acorn squash, turkey, and black bass. Delicious sides include stuffing muffins, sage brown butter roll basket and, of course, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy. For desserts, classics including apple pie a la mode and pumpkin pie will be available, in addition to innovative options like apple cider sorbet and fig coffee cake. A limited kids menu will also be available for Thanksgiving. You can make a dine-in reservation here.


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