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Where to buy a turducken in philly?

fastnoypi Dec 5, 2007 08:19 PM

greetings Chowhounds, i'lll be back in the philly area for the rest of the holidays and want to treat the folks to a turducken. I recently had my first experience during thanksgiving and want others to have this experience. For those who haven't tried, its a deboned chicken thats stufffed into a deboned duck, and into a deboned turkey, ..save for legs and wings. Between the layers some sort of stuffing. The one i had had a crawfish jambalaya stuffing between the layers :)

Anyways, are there any places to order/buy one in the SJ/Philly area?

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    Domaine Dec 6, 2007 04:29 AM

    Moro Restaurant in Wilmington, DE served this at Thanksgiving. You might want to consider asking them if they can make one for you.


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      Kater Dec 6, 2007 04:37 AM

      For some reason I can't reply to the original - But D'Angelo's in the Italian Market will make you a turducken. There is actually another butcher that I've used, the one who sells the exotic game - who makes an excellent turducken with delicious stuffing but I can't find his number or remember the name of the shop.

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        george2 Dec 7, 2007 11:56 AM

        A few years ago we bought a turducken from D'Angelo's. Not cheap, but it was good. His stuffing wasn't Cajun, but had some terrific sausage and pistachio nuts IIRC. We overcooked it because we had the thermometer in a bad spot. IMO, everyone should try turducken at least once in their lives.

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          Kater Dec 8, 2007 06:12 AM

          OK then I'm being very silly because the one that was so good had a sausage stuffing, wasn't cajun and had pistachios! So clearly my favorite one WAS from D'Angelos. For some reason I didn't realize that they were the store that also sells game - thanks for the clue Chowhound!

          Their turducken was certainly pricey but so good and frankly the butcher and quality is so much more important when you're talking turducken because you're reliant on them to season your birds and stuffing! The pistachio sausage stuffing was terrific!

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        Bigley9 Dec 6, 2007 05:22 AM

        Sonny D'Angelo's (9th just below Christian) sells lots of exotic game so maybe you are thinking of him. Esposito's, also in the Italian Market (9th and Carpenter-ish), sells turducken.

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        1. re: Bigley9
          fastnoypi Dec 6, 2007 03:15 PM

          Is D'Angelos the one that you can see rabbits, pheasants, etc hanging in the window streetside? If i recall..its on the opposite side of the street as George's.

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            Bigley9 Dec 7, 2007 07:05 AM

            That's the one!

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          salvarez Dec 7, 2007 12:54 PM

          Esposito's definitely has turducken... in two sizes if I remember correctly.

          1. Adrienne Dec 8, 2007 11:45 AM

            This isn't quite what you asked, but I asked Godshall's at Reading terminal market to sell me all the meat necessary for a turducken and they magically wrapped it all up for me (Appropriately sized and fully deboned chicken, duck, turkey, packaged innards, and sausage for the stuffing). It was only $80 something, for anyone who wants to do some of the work themselves instead of paying for someone to make stuffing.

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              caos Dec 9, 2007 06:02 AM

              Carmine's Creole Cafe in Bryn Mawr has it for T-giving. John (the owner/chef) can help you and Well's Meat on Del Ave sells it.

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                RUShue Dec 9, 2007 02:02 PM

                If you are cooking, Esposito's was very good. We bought a small one to try and I wouldn't hesitate to go there again. I will say D"Angelo's sounds yummy and I will definately try theirs too,so thanks.

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                  trentoneats Dec 26, 2007 09:17 AM

                  We cooked D'Angelos last night and it was terrific. Tricky with the temperature though—I pulled it out at 140 and the directions said 155 and it was *almost* overdone.

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                    alwayson Nov 8, 2009 12:53 PM

                    Can someone give me prices for these various turduckens?

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                      alwayson Nov 19, 2009 02:23 PM

                      Can someone tell me what and where D'Angelos and Esposito's are?

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                        george2 Nov 19, 2009 02:56 PM

                        In the Italian Market. 8th and Christian? Call and ask how each prepares the turducken and the price. Bought mine about four years ago. Not cheap.

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                          barryg Nov 19, 2009 07:35 PM

                          The Italian Market is on 9th St between Christian and Washington.


                      2. re: alwayson
                        Encania Nov 20, 2009 12:25 PM

                        We ordered a Turduken from D'Angelo's ( aka The Game Store) in the Italian Market last year. You have to order weeks in advance and it was approx $140 bucks. It was a 20-25lb turkey, with a 10lb duck and a 5lb chicken along with D'Angelo's sausage stuffing in between. It comes with instructions on how to cook it. It only took about 2 hrs or so to cook since there were no bones in any of the meat. The pricing is because it is made FRESH and to order. It was good. Alot of meat! You made need a side of Lipitor.
                        Esposito's only had frozen Turducken's that they had ordered from somewhere and were much much smaller - like the size of a whole chicken. And if you read any review on-line the frozen ones taste pretty awful. D'Angelo's is worth the price if you want something authentic.

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                          barryg Nov 20, 2009 09:47 PM

                          Encania, am I right in thinking that this will feed 20 people or so easily?

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                            Encania Nov 22, 2009 03:39 PM

                            Oh yeah. It was enough for 20 people. We had about 15 people on thanksgiving and it took another 2-3 days for all of us to finish it.

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                            Bob Loblaw Nov 21, 2009 05:49 AM

                            somehow 'frozen turducken' just doesn't seem right.

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                      barryg Nov 20, 2009 09:46 PM

                      To turn things a little bit: do any restaurants serve turducken or something similar? I am not going to convince my family to cook one of these, but I would really like to try it.

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                      1. re: barryg
                        lshopper Nov 21, 2009 06:32 AM

                        I purchased one at the Fresh Market in Horsham- it was really easy to make, and the family liked it. Sure that the ones from South Philly and Reading Terminal are better, but this was pretty good. Getting another for T-giving.

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