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Last Minute Thanksgiving Dinner Out

We just decided to take it easy on Thanksgiving. I've been all over Open Table with no luck finding a place near Ambler/North Wales/Montgomeryville. I know there must be options you folks are aware of. I know it's late in the game, but if you have any suggestions, please let me know. Thanks!

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  1. Have you considered Indian or Asian food crazyspice? Last year we went to Arnold's Way and had a wonderful time but I'm not sure if he is having it again this year or not.

    1. Are you locked in to that particular area? If not, try the Radnor Hotel. They usually have quite an impressive spread.

      1. Have you tried calling William Penn Inn. They are probably booked...but maybe someone will cancel.

        1. Check out broad axe tavern. I went there last year and snagged a table at the last minute.

          1. The Spring House Tavern is offering Thanksgiving Dinner. They are NOT using Open Table for this date. So perhaps a call directly to them could secure a table in your designated areas.

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            1. re: Bacchus101

              We went to SHT a couple of years ago and were not thrilled with our meal. The husband nixed going there right off. I appreciate you responding!

              We checked to see if the Thai place we like is open and they are not.

              I am back to making dinner at home. Not a big deal. We don't eat turkey or really any traditional T-Giving foods.

              Have a great holiday!!

              1. re: crazyspice

                Broad Axe had spots when I checked this afternoon. Basic food but would save you from cooking.

                1. re: cwdonald

                  I have never been there believe it or not. Not even before the renovations. I will check out their menu. Thanks!

                  1. re: cwdonald

                    cw, when were you last there? The most recent reviews are not that positive.

                    1. re: crazyspice

                      I was there a few months ago and I thought it was pretty good. It was my birthday, so I probably ordered a steak and merlot, I can't say it was memorable. But I do remember the delicious Belgian chocolate dessert.

                      Full disclosure: my birthday was Labor day; we called Jos Ambler, Wm Penn, Bridget's and I forget where else before we got to Broad Axe--they were the only place open. I've been there afew times since te remodel; as I say, pretty good but not memorable.

                      ETA: I know you directed your Q to CWD, but I just thoght I'd add my 2 cents.

                      1. re: crazyspice

                        My last time there was last Thanksgiving. Good not great food. had the standard turkey with trimmings and dessert. Good craft beer selection. I was in a pinch and needed a place to host a small party because I was not able to cook. I appreciate it as a place to get standard food.

                        Further afield, I believe both Pineville Tavern and Waterwheel in Doylestown are open for Thanksgiving. I know that is not as close but they are more local places and should have availability as well.

                        1. re: cwdonald

                          Thanks All, I think I will keep it simple and roll out the WeberQ for a couple of steaks and buy some good wine. Seems like the best move at this point.

                          1. re: crazyspice

                            Hope the weather cooperates for ya crazyspice. If not you can always do what I am planning. I found ready to bake turkey breasts with stuffing and gravy at Costco montgomeryville in the refrigerated section near the chicken noodle soup mac and cheese and giant pot pies.
                            The turkey breast is all flattened and squeezed into a baking pan and it fits in my convection oven. I know because I slid the pan into one of the convection ovens they are selling there. Woot!

                            1. re: givemecarbs

                              Happy Thanksgiving Carbs! Enjoy your turkey. I wouldn't touch turkey with a 39 1/2 foot pole. LOL We are going the steak route this year.

                              1. re: crazyspice

                                Happy Thanksgiving crazyspice and all my fellow hounds! Where are you getting your steaks anyway? I often do steaks on Christmas Eve.

                                1. re: givemecarbs

                                  Happy Thanksgiving to you as well Carbs and to all the great Hounds out there!! My world of food depends on all of you.

                                  I have been buying my steaks at Fresh Market. I actually think their quality surpasses Illg's. I ordered a couple of hearty bone-in ribeyes. I am sticking with my tried and true espresso chili rub.

                2. Did you check Normandy Farms in Blue Bell? About as good as a Thanksgiving buffet can get. It has been a few years, so I think it is new ownership ...

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                  1. re: MainLiner

                    As it seems the crazyspice search has ended in an "I'll just do it myself", this observation/opinion is for general information. We had been to "The Farmers Daughter" last week for an early dinner, approx. 5:30. The first thing that struck me after the lovely light display outlining the buildings was the feeling that I had been transported back to my early days when I was required when on business to stay at Comfort Inns or the like. The interior has all the charm of a cheap hotel, even smells like one. The bar was big and the bar room was stark and cold even with the one fireplace and small sitting area. Ten or so businessmen where loudly proclaiming their accomplishments and hopefully their obnoxious behavior was do to the booze. These are the places I avoid like the plague. The dinning room at the restaurant was done in mock barn wood and pleasant enough, the server was quite nice, the squash soup was excellent. All entrees, including a less then challenging New Yorker sandwich of cornedbeef and slaw (what was in that slaw?) remained uneaten. Admittedly not much of a test of the prowess of the kitchen but based on this visit I will leave that testing to others. Oh, we did view the Thanksgiving Menu and heard a description of it and it did seem to be quite nice. But as good as it gets?

                    1. re: Bacchus101

                      I was talking about when chef Coleman had the place.. not last week ...And it was a buffet. Yes, the surroundings were less than the Fountain Room, but it was still the best Thanksgiving buffet (or probably meal) I had experienced in a restaurant around here.

                      1. re: MainLiner

                        The Thanksgiving Menu they reviewed with us offered a family style table or a buffet and did seem to have very substantial, traditional and interesting offerings. Coleman has been gone forever so I am unsure as to how that dinner would relate to this year. I would never argue with your remembrance of that past Thanksgiving dinner years ago and I wish you an even better dinner this year. Happy Thanksgiving!