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The 8 best Thanksgiving-inspired eats in Philly

Published On 11/20/2014 Published On 11/20/2014

America's greatest food holiday (besides National Gumdrop Day in February, obviously), Thanksgiving, is coming, so to get you ready for the copious amounts of foods you’ll be eating on that special Thursday, we rounded up the eight best Thanksgiving-inspired eats in Philly. Time to start training...

Jake's Sandwich Board

Turducken Sammie

Jake’s Sandwich Board (address and info)
Market East
This annual, Coach Madden-inspired special from one of Philly’s best sandwich shops gives you a chance to eat cranberry spread, apple sausage stuffing, creole seasoned duck, chicken & turkey topped w/ hashbrowns at the same time. Pro tip: you should probably get the pumpkin shake to go with it.


The Gobbler

Wawa (address and info)
Multiple locations
There are lots of things you don't know about Wawa, but one thing you better know by now is that this turkey sandwich w/ gravy, stuffing, and cranberry juice on a freshly baked hoagie bun is available every fall. Get one (or three) immediately.

Mad Mex University City

The Gobblerito

Mad Mex (address and info)
University City
You have until Thanksgiving Eve to down this tortilla-wrapped assemblage of turkey, mashed black bean potatoes, stuffing, corn, and gravy. Where’s your cranberry sauce, you ask? Don’t worry -- it comes on the side because the burrito was just too full.


Thanksgiving Dinner Burger

PYT (address and info)
Northern Liberties
Of course you can always count on PYT to come up with a way to get fat in an appropriately seasonal way, and Thanksgiving is no exception. Their Thanksgiving burger includes a grilled dark-meat turkey patty topped with stuffing, gravy, and tangy cranberry sauce between a brioche roll.

The Blind Pig

Thanksgiving Balls

The Blind Pig (address and info)
Northern Liberties
If you want to enjoy Thanksgiving without breaking out your stretchy pants, try the Thanksgiving balls at The Blind Pig. They're basically bite-size turkey and mashed potatoes fried into, you guessed it, a ball, and served with cranberry sauce and gravy for dipping.


The Stuffin’ Cranberry

The Original Turkey (address and info)
Reading Terminal Market
This Reading Terminal vendor offers, appropriately, tons of original turkey varieties, including this seasonal favorite w/ stuffing & cranberry sauce, which tastes like your leftovers are supposed on Black Friday.

Jones Restaurant

Thanksgiving Brunch & Dinner

Jones Restaurant (address and info)
Market East
Jones is your Thanksgiving Day go-to for festive seasonal eats like potato pancakes at brunch or homemade stuffing for dinner, all with a signature Stephen Starr twist.

Lucky’s Last Chance

Thanksgiving Burger

Lucky’s Last Chance (address and info)
The spot offers a cheesier take on the usual Thanksgiving-themed items with American cheese melted over a 4oz patty, topped with turkey slices, stuffing, gravy, and cranberry sauce.

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1. Jake's Sandwich Board 122 S 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (Market East)

Jake's slings authentic hoagies and variations on classics (try the cranberry-mustard pork sandwich). They're also known for their involvement with Food Network's Outrageous Food, where diners can attempt to chow down a 2ft Philly cheesesteak. Sounds hard, right? Then maybe we shouldn't tell you that it's also topped with Tastykakes and Peanut Chews.

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2. Mad Mex 3401 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (West Phillyu City)

Relive college days at this haunt with a Big Azz margarita -- brain freeze impending -- a red velvet quesadilla (that's sadly, doesn't come with frosting), and wings.

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3. PYT 1050 N Hancock St, Philadelphia, PA 19123 (Nolibs)

It's hard to go wrong with consuming a half-pound of red-sauced meatball flattened between two fried lasagna patties. If you don't catch that, you can always back it up with a summery Jamaican jerk chicken burger bundled between fried plantains.

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4. The Blind Pig 702 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

Prohibition slang for a speakeasy, The Blind Pig's hitting 2nd St with a split interior -- the left side's anchored by a hefty wooden bar, while the right hosts dining on four tops up front and a communal table in back, plus a rescued piano -- serving

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5. The Original Turkey 45 N 12th St Reading Terminal Market, Philadelphia, PA 19019

This Reading Terminal vendor offers tons of original turkey varieties, including a Thanksgiving favorite w/ stuffing & cranberry sauce, which tastes like your leftovers are supposed on Black Friday.

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6. Jones Restaurant 700 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (Market East)

Though known for their brunch, this eatery runs the gamut with its cuisine, serving up everything from chicken tandoori kebabs to chicken and waffles.

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7. Lucky's Last Chance 4421 Main St, Philadelphia, PA 19127 (Manayunk)

Lucky's brought pub-height two-tops into the former Yunkers while covering the walls with a rose-vine mosaic and sweet vintage beer posters, serving serious burgers prepped with local ingredients and a tidy roster of craft brews.



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