It’s no secret that cooking Thanksgiving dinner is one of the most stressful aspects of the holiday season. This year, it’s time to put the turkey baster aside and enjoy a luxurious prix fixe dinner at one of Philadelphia’s top restaurants. For views of Rittenhouse Square, host your dinner at Scarpetta (201 W. Rittenhouse Square, 215.558.4199, scarpettarestaurants.com) with a four-course spread. Hearty chestnut soup keeps you warm before diving into pumpkin cappellacci, pancetta-wrapped turkey and coconut panna cotta ($68). At Founding Farmers (255 Main St., Ste. 180, 484.808.4008, wearefoundingfarmers.com), you can enjoy roasted autumn vegetables, skillet cornbread, glazed cedar plank salmon and apple pie from the comfort of your own home thanks to its take-home meal for four ($150). Thanksgiving dinner is so passé at Lacroix (201 W. Rittenhouse Square, 215.790.2533, lacroixrestaurant.com), which is serving the feast as an all-day brunch. Indulge in escargot toast before cutting into the malted mole glazed ham. ($105). Head over to the Parkway for a rural-chic ambiance at Urban Farmer (1850 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 215.963.2788, urbanfarmerphiladelphia.com). Outside of the classic turkey offering, the menu consists of offbeat holiday fare like seared potato gnocchi, Skuna Bay salmon and bourbon cheesesteaks ($75). Guests can find all their Thanksgiving favorites on the menu at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse (1428 Chestnut St., 215.246.0533, delfriscos.com). Think of the quintessential dishes: butternut squash soup, slow-roasted turkey and pecan pie a la mode ($59). Leaving the pressure of cooking to the professionals this holiday season is definitely something to be thankful for.
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