Thanksgiving restaurants and take-out guide 2013
Turkey dinners, meals to go, where to get pie and all the other details you'll need for a delicious Thanksgiving.
Wed Nov 20 2013
You've put your foot down and decided: You're not cooking Thanksgiving dinner this year. Whether you want to take the family out for dinner or bring in a turkey to devour while watching football, you can find a restaurant offering what you need this Thanksgiving.
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Acadia Acadia’s fresh take on a traditional meal includes pumpkin ravioli, turkey roulade with lobster stuffing, and an apple, white cheddar and pecan dessert. $65, kids $20.
Big Jones Chef Paul Fehribach is serving a Southern-tinged Thanksgiving, with deep-fried turkey, potato dumplings, coconut cream cake and more.
Bistrot Margot This Old Town stalwart offers a traditional three-course prix fixe with an array of seasonal choices for $34.95.
The Boarding House For a wine-focused dinner, the Boarding House offers traditional and vegetarian holiday dishes, plus optional wine pairings.
Brasserie by LM The three-course customizable turkey dinner at Brasserie includes options like sweet potato chipotle soup, salmon coulibiac and pumpkin pie.
Café des Architectes If you give thanks for cheese, then Cafe des Architectes is the place to be. Along with a three-course prix fixe dinner menu for $65, there's a tasting of domestic and international cheeses available.
Chicago Cut Steakhouse The prix fixe dinner, $50 for adults and $25 for kids, includes maple-glazed roasted turkey and a slice of seasonal pie.
Chicago Firehouse This classic Thanksgiving buffet features turkey, salads and sides, plus an omelette station, prime rib, salmon and plenty of desserts. $50, kids 5–12 $20.
David Burke’s Primehouse David Burke puts a steakhouse spin on the traditional dinner by offering short rib dumplings, peppered wagyu carpaccio, dry-aged rib eye, brioche bread pudding...and a take-home package of leftovers for the next day.
deca Visit the Ritz-Carlton Chicago for brunch or dinner for stations full of fresh seafood, salads, omelettes and waffles, traditional holiday favorites and desserts.
Ferris & Jack Ferris & Jack is offering a $40 prix fixe dinner with pumpkin soup, Cornish hens with duck stuffing and sweet potato brûlée, among other dishes.
Filini Bar & Restaurant The $55 four-course meal includes roasted butternut squash soup, roasted organic turkey with chestnut and herb stuffing, and pumpkin cheesecake.
The Florentine The Italian influence on the holiday dinner is apparent in dishes such as agnolotti with ricotta salata and branzino with Calabrian chili.
ItalAsia This Thanksgiving buffet features both Asian and Italian dishes such as chicken won ton soup and wild mushroom tortellini salad. $27, kids $17.
Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club Donate a canned good on Nov 27 or Nov 28 and receive 50 percent off Kit Kat’s $40 holiday prix fixe menu, which includes a pumpkin martini.
Little Market Brasserie If you want a decadent burger alongside your confit turkey leg crostini, head to Little Market Brasserie, where specials like candied sweet potatoes with toasted marshmallows are available as part of a prix fixe dinner or a la carte.
LM Bistro This $39 four-course meal features an heirloom bean salad and a pumpkin tart for dessert.
Lockwood Restaurant Maple honey molasses roasted turkey, sweet potato marshmallow gratin and pan-roasted Alaskan halibut are on the menu at the Palmer House Hilton's restaurant.
Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse MJ's mostly sticks to its everyday menu for T-Day and offers a few holiday-specific specials on the side.
Mity Nice Bar & Grill Mity Nice dishes out rosemary-crusted prime rib to celebrate the holiday, along with butternut squash ravioli and brown-sugar–glazed sweet potatoes.
Shaw’s Crab House Instead of stuffing your face with stuffing, chow down on chilled snow crab legs and oysters on the half shell at Shaw’s Thanksgiving buffet. $65, kids 12 and under $16.
State and Lake Chicago Tavern The tavern updates classic dishes, like pear cider–brined turkey breast and confit, bacon mashed potatoes and buttermilk sage gravy. Drink pairings are available.
Tavern on Rush The three-course menu includes roasted acorn squash soup, turkey and the trimmings, and pumpkin pie. It's $42, kids 12 and under $17.
Travelle Is your favorite part about Thanksgiving the leftovers? Join Travelle for a week-long turkey reprise from chef Tim Graham following its classic holiday prix-fixe feast.
Wave This Lakeshore location offers its full menu, with a few holiday extras from executive chef Greg Elliott.
Zed451 To end a classic Turkey Day dinner, executive pastry chef Kate Milashus will be serving $10 pumpkin cheesecakes with brown-sugar pecans and $10 s’mores pies with peanut butter and banana ice cream.
DINE-IN & TO GO
Bistronomic Give Thanksgiving a French twist with a $50 prix fixe meal that includes choices like duck confit, foie gras, roasted turkey and pumpkin ravioli. There's also a vegetarian menu available. Take the same choices to-go and have a casual feast at home.
Chicago q Chef Lee Ann Whippen will be serving up a feast with free range smoked turkey, haricot vert with pork belly and caramelized onions, sweet potato casserole, and more.
Di Pescara Sit in for sliced roasted turkey and creamy mashed potatoes or take the meal to go. Di Pescara makes things extra convenient by offering delivery.
Karyn’s On Green Raw and cooked vegan options are on the menu at Karyn’s this holiday. The prix-fixe meal options include raw stuffing made with barley, walnuts, almonds and sunflowers seeds, or cooked tofu turkey roulade.
Lawry’s the Prime Rib Have your turkey or prime rib carved tableside, or take an order of Lawry’s family-style entrees and sides to go.
Mercat a la Planxa Dine-in for a four-course, ten-dish Thanksgiving spread with a Spanish twist or take home a whole roasted suckling pig to enjoy at home.
Prairie Grass Café Chef Sarah Stegner is offering a traditional dinner to eat in-house or take home with dishes like oven-roasted turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy, local cranberry sauce and pecan pie.
Sixteen As part of its full day of festivities, Sixteen offers a brunch complete with traditional Thanksgiving foods and a raw bar. While the restaurant will offer Sixteen's regular menu for dinner, it'll be making a traditonal Thanksgiving dinner to go.
Weber Grill In addition to its regular dinner menu, Weber Grill is offering a three-course grilled feast or platters to go, which are available for pick-up at any of its three Chicagoland locations.
Wildfire Bring the whole family into Wildfire for spit-roasted turkey or take a party platter to go.
Frontier Chef Brian Jupiter will be smoking Amish turkeys to go. Add on side dishes like cornbread stuffing, sweet potato puree and five-cheese mac.
Goddess and the Grocer The gourmet food shop offers items to pick up at each location. A vegetarian menu is also available.
L. Woods As long as you can handle the turkey, L. Woods will take care of the rest. Order all of your side dishes and desserts from the Lincolnwood restaurant for a less stressful holiday.
Real Urban Barbecue For Thanksgiving with a barbecue twist, Real Urban Barbecue has a three-course take out package for $145 with options like hickory-smoked turkey, andouille stuffing, buttermilk biscuits with honey and other dishes.
And of course, here are the all-important details about where to get pie.