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 (address and info)
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.
Mad Mex (address and info)
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)
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 (address and info)
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.
Thanksgiving Brunch & Dinner
Jones Restaurant (address and info)
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 (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 Board122 S 12th St, Philadelphia
2. Mad Mex3401 Walnut St, Philadelphia
3. PYT1050 N Hancock St, Philadelphia
4. The Blind Pig702 N 2nd St, Philadelphia
5. The Original Turkey45 N 12th St Reading Terminal Market, Philadelphia
6. Jones Restaurant700 Chestnut St, Philadelphia
7. Lucky's Last Chance4421 Main St, Philadelphia
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Though known for their brunch, this eatery runs the gamut with its cuisine, serving up everything from chicken tandoori kebabs to chicken and waffles.
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.