Pre-order your table-ready turkey dinner ahead of Thanksgiving

Rachel Kurland
November 15, 2018 - 1:52 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — People usually fall within one of two categories on Thanksgiving: enthusiastic, surrounded by family and friends, making a home-cooked meal; or enraged, surrounded by family and friends, making a home-cooked meal.

If cooking is not your strong suit but you are hosting a Thanksgiving dinner this year, there's still time to plan another dinner route without breaking the bank.

Grocery stores like Trader Joe's or Whole Foods are providing the pre-cooked November fare, but plenty of local restaurants and chain eateries also offer catered, pre-made Thanksgiving dinners or a la carte meals, which come either table- or oven-ready.

Reading Terminal Market

Reading Terminal during the holidays sounds like a schlep, but you can order your turkey ahead of time and even get it delivered to you.

The Original Turkey in Reading Terminal is currently taking holiday orders, which can be picked up until 4 p.m. on Nov. 21. It offers an array of mega meals or a la carte classic options. You can pay for sliced turkey by the pound or order a whole feast for 12 people.

Price: Anywhere from $14 for turkey by the pound to $199 for a Thanksgiving feast for a dozen
Order by: Pick up until Nov. 21
Contact: Order online; 215-925-5598; [email protected]

Magpie

If you really want to impress your guests, Magpie on South Street always delivers. You can pre-order from a range of decadent pies, like butterscotch bourbon, pumpkin, caramel apple, or chocolate coffee cinnamon pecan.

Pick up is Nov. 21 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you don't make it in time, you forfeit your pie — no refunds.

Price: $32 to $38 per pie
Order by: Magpie often sells out, so it would probably be best to place your order after you finish reading this list.
Contact: Order online; 267-519-2904

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Di Bruno Bros.

Di Bruno Bros. has a feast for you, but you have to act fast — orders must be made by Friday at 3 p.m.

The dinner package serves six and goes for $220 to $230. You can choose from turkey braciola, sliced oven-roasted turkey, or all-natural slow-roasted whole turkey as your entree, plus pumpkin chipotle bisque, dinner rolls, cranberry relish, a side of gravy, and your choice of two vegetables, stuffing, potato dish, and dessert. 

A la carte options are also available. Pickup times may vary based on the store location.

Price: $25 to $230
Order by: Nov. 16 at 3 p.m.
Contact: 215-665-1659; [email protected]

Miss Rachel’s Pantry

Miss Rachel’s Pantry has a menu with all the trimmings — minus the turkey. The vegan or gluten-free fare is only $26 for a turkey-less Thanksgiving dinner for one. Larger orders reach as high as $384 to feed 16 people.

You can choose from roasted seitan or a maple and sage-glazed tempeh-lentil loaf with savory bread stuffing, mashed potatoes and a green bean casserole. The restaurant is also certified kosher.

Delivery rates range from $12 to $18, depending on where you live from its Chadwick Street location.

Price: $26 to $384
Order by: Nov. 16 by midnight
Contact: Order online

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Vegan Commissary

Vegan Commissary provides another turkey-less option. This plant-based feast comes with a seitan turducken for $90 a la carte, or a family feast (for a minimum of four people) lets you choose one main entree, two sides, like wild rice stuffing or sweet potato pave, and one sauce for $29 per person.

Pickup your order in South Philly on Nov. 21 between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Price: $29 per person for whole meal
Order by: Quantities are limited, so order ASAP
Contact: 215-964-3232; [email protected]

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Miles Table

Plenty of a la carte sides and main dishes are available, but Miles Table also has a dinner for 10 for $269, which includes an 18-pound turkey with sage gravy, your choice of three sides, roasted butternut squash soup or salad, and pumpkin or apple crumb pie.

All orders must be placed by noon on Nov. 19, which are available for pickup or delivery on Nov. 21.

Price: $269, plus a la carte fare
Order by: Nov. 19
Contact: 215-651-3040; [email protected]

Talula’s Daily

Talula’s Daily off of Washington Square wants to do the cooking for you this year.

The menu is divided in bakery, savory and cheese — the Holy Trinity of snacking. Pick between mixed scones, pumpkin pie, cheesecake, and cookies; mushroom sage soup, cranberry ginger compote, and "bourbon scented" turkey gravy; custom cheese boards; and more.

Order by Saturday and arrange a time to pick it up on Nov. 21.

Price: a la carte; max item is $80
Order by: Nov. 17
Contact: 215-592-6555

Fette Sau

Fette Sau's turkey comes brined or smoked, whole for $110 with gravy, or with your choice of five sides for $280.

Don't miss out on smoked turkey sausage stuffing, sweet potato-pecan casserole, green beans with butter sauce and pickled shallots, maple glazed carrots, and cranberry sauce. Pick up is Nov. 21 at the Fishtown location.

Price: $110 to $280
Order by: Quantities are limited, so call to order ASAP
Contact: 215-391-4888

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Relish

For a stress-free Thanksgiving, consider Relish. The restaurant in West Oak Lane has three packages: one of just sides for $166; trimmings plus a whole turkey for $255; or trimmings plus turkey wings for $236.

You can't go wrong with Southern-style sides like mac and cheese, smoked turkey collards and cabbage, or honey butter brushed cornbread.

Price: $166 to $236
Order by: Nov. 18 by 8 p.m.
Contact: Order online

The Blind Pig

OK, this Northern Liberties restaurant doesn't offer a catered meal for Thanksgiving, but it does have Thanksgiving Balls as an appetizer year-round.

The app wraps turkey in mashed potatoes and stuffing, which is then breaded, fried, and served with gravy and cranberry sauce.

So if you somehow manage to still ruin a Thanksgiving dinner that was 90 percent prepared for you, head to The Blind Pig to sample what could have been.

Price: $9