Thanksgivukkah specials: Hanukkah meets Thanksgiving
Tue Nov 5 2013
With Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah falling on the same day for the first time since 1888 and, apparently, the last time until 79811, restaurants only get one chance to celebrate. That means Thanksgiving-Hanukkah hybrid dishes like matzo tortilla turkey tacos and cranberry sufganiyot are popping up on menus, but you won't have to skip your family dinner to try them. Most specials run through Thanksgiving week (or month), so you'll have plenty of time for latkes with cranberry sauce before or after the big day.
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¡AY CHIWOWA! Thanksgivukkah gets a Mexican twist with El Gobbler, a taco filled with shredded turkey and spicy cranberry salsa. Where's the Hanukkah part, you ask? In the shell—choose from corn or matzo tortillas. Nov 26–29. $6.
Eleven Lincoln Park The restaurant is closed on Thanksgiving, but right after the holiday it'll be serving up its Thanksgiving spin on latkes—a sweet potato latke platter with cranberry chutney. Nov 29–Dec 1.
Fountainhead Depending on what fresh ingredients chef Cleetus Friedman can get from farms, he'll be making a variety of latkes, including sunchoke, beet, sweet potato, celery root, apple and more. Nov 28–Dec 5.
J. Rocco Italian Table & Bar Chef Steve Chiappetti has come up with recipes based on his mother-in-law's traditional Jewish dishes and he'll be serving them the weekend after Thanksgivukkah. The specials include tzimmes made with sweet potato, parsnips and prunes; potato and sweet potato latkes with cranberry apple sauce; cranberry-filled sufganiyot; and honey and almond flourless chocolate cake. Nov 29–Dec 1.
Kaufman's The Skokie Jewish deli will be offering potato pancakes with cranberry applesauce, a pumpkin noodle kugel and kosher brussels sprouts with pastrami or kosher beef the week preceding and week of Hanukkah. Kaufman's. Nov 25–Dec 5.
Red Door Red Door is hosting a neighborhood celebration, a meal of family-style dishes such as roasted turkey breast with confit leg, brisket, brussels sprouts with lamb bacon, noodle kugel, pumpkin brioche stuffing with curry gravy and latkes. Nov 28, noon–7pm. $35.
Rockit Bar & Grill The River North restaurant updates its "TV dinner" for the holiday—from November 18–24, the plate features roasted turkey with gravy, sage stuffing, creamed corn, green beans, cranberry sauce and a seasonal dessert. Don't worry, there's a Hanukkah connection: There's a side of turkey matzo ball soup. Dinner $19, soup $7.
Rockit Burger Bar The Wrigleyville burger joint celebrates the epic holiday with an epic burger, available throughout November. The Thanksgivukkah Burger features a housemade turkey patty with sage stuffing, spiced cranberry sauce, roasted turkey gravy and a crispy latke, and comes with sweet potato fries. $14.