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Gobble It!
If the only local turkey you usually have at your Thanksgiving table is your weird uncle, consider ordering one of the three varieties of local turkeys the Fair Food Farmstand is offering. There are the naturally raised turkeys ($2.65 a pound), which are pastured as well as hormone- and antibiotic-free and range from 10 to 30 pounds. If you require the government stamp of approval on your turkey, step up to the certified organic turkey ($3.45 a pound), which has the same qualities as the naturally raised, but has also been USDA-certified organic. These range from 12 to 24 pounds. Then there's what farmstand manager Emily Teel refers to as "the heirloom tomatoes of the poultry world": the heritage breed turkeys ($5.85 a pound), which are leaner with more dark meat and greater flavor. These dainties run from 6 to 14 pounds, and are also pastured and free of hormones and antibiotics. Turkeys must be ordered by noon on Fri., Nov. 16. >> Fair Food Farmstand, Reading Terminal Market, 12th and Arch sts. 215.627.2029. www.whitedogcommunityenterprises.org

Gobble It out of the House!
Do you prefer to do your turkey eating in a restaurant? XIX at the Bellevue will offer a Thanksgiving buffet from 1 to 6:30 p.m. Expect to see the usual T-day suspects, plus some twists like pumpkin squash soup and pumpkin creme brulee parfait. It's $65 a person, plus drinks, tax and tip. London Grill in Fairmount is serving a $35 buffet featuring stoneground grits alongside heirloom turkey from 4 to 7 p.m. >> XIX, Park Hyatt at the Bellevue, Broad and Walnut sts., 19th fl. 215.790.1919. www.nineteenrestaurant.com; London Grill, 2301 Fairmount Ave. 215.978.4545. www.londongrill.com

Preview It!
With its official grand opening this past Saturday, Vango has entered the Rittenhouse nightlife fray. There's bottle service, a nighttime DJ and a menu of "continental/Japanese" fare from chef Michael Fee, a former Nobu and Morimoto employee, served from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. As you swing open the front door--as thick and heavy as a bank vault--you climb a staircase lined with empty vodka bottles--great marketing, if not all that visually interesting. But the main space is classic lounge-swank, with curved velvet couches, glossy checkered tile floors and a massive fiber-optic chandelier looming over the bar. There's also a roof deck on the third floor, which was disappointingly closed on the night we visited. >> Vango, 116 S. 18th St. 215.568.1020. www.vangoloungeandskybar.com

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