Thanksgiving Dining Chicago 2013: Traditional,Takeout or Diverse

Thanksgiving Dining Chicago 2013: Traditional,Takeout or Diverse
Roy Lichtenstein painting from the Art and Appetite exhibition currently on view at the Art institute of Chicago

Whether you’re talking turkey or Italian beef specials, Thanksgiving dining “Chicago 2013 style” offers a buffet of choices from traditional to takeout to diverse.

Show Me Chicago has put together a sampling of restaurants offering something beyond the green bean casserole to help you get a leg up on your Thanksgiving celebration.

Traditional Thanksgiving

If you’re thinking Cider Braised Leg and Seared Breast of Poussin, the newly Michelin 2-starred Sixteen in Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago may be for you.  Their holiday menu offers tradition with a flair at brunch or dinner:

Brunch at Sixteen offers an assortment of seasonal entrée specialties including the fore mentioned Cider Braised Leg and Seared Breast of Poussin with caramelized pumpkin and toasted hickory nut hash, and Bay Scallop Gratin with buttery potato puree, parmesan and toasted brioche. In addition:

  • The Carving Stations will serve items such as Roasted Heritage Breed Turkey Breast with giblet gravy and house made cranberry compote, and Garlic Roasted Prime Rib with jus, Dijon and horseradish cream.
  • The Raw Bar, offers a selection of sushi, colossal shrimp, oysters, snow crab legs and Alaskan king crab.
  • Still hungry, other stations offer artisan cheeses and charcuterie; made-to-order omelets and pancakes; made-to-order risotto; and a Children’s Table.
  • Topping off the meal Executive Pastry Chef Patrick Fahy has prepared an array of seasonally inspired desserts to add sweet and spice to the holiday meal.

Thanksgiving brunch at Sixteen costs $148 per person and $35 for children 8 years and younger, exclusive of tax, alcohol and gratuity. Seating times are 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended and may be made by calling 312 588 8030.

Thanksgiving Dinner at Sixteen features Executive Chef Lents’ innovative items from the autumn menu, along with dessert creations presented by Executive Pastry Chef Patrick Fahy.
 Courses include small dishes arriving in stages showing the Bounty of Regional Harvests, communal presentations from Fruits of the Seasonal Labor and a series of dishes highlighting whole animals in The Fatted Slaughter before Winter.
Multi-course tasting menu offerings begin at $110 and go to $210 for their “A Feast for Autumn” menu. An á la carte menu is also available. Thanksgiving Dinner at Sixteen starts at 6 p.m.

Skip the Turkey

Get an early start on the holiday at Kanela Breakfast Club’s Thanksgiving Brunch. Kanela Breakfast Club in Lakeview and Old Town is featuring a beyond the turkey menu with seasonal specials that include: a $9 Pumpkin Caramel Waffle topped with candied walnuts and a caramel drizzle; an $8 Spiked Pumpkin Latte featuring dark rum; Kahlua and Baileys served hot with pumpkin spice syrup; espresso and steamed milk, topped with whipped cream and cinnamon powder. An $18 bottomless mimosa special is also available with the purchase of food.

All in one Thanksgiving

What’s better than the whole Thanksgiving feast on a single bun?  R.J. Grunts’ Thanksgiving on a Bun has it all. The one-hand wonder–no utensils needed–is layered with roasted turkey, smothered with a pile of stuffing, then frosted with cranberry sauce and crowned with warm ‘groovy’ gravy.  Wash down that with a Pumpkin Pie Milkshake made with homemade pumpkin pie filling, vanilla ice cream and whipped cream.  Can’t make it for Thanksgiving, don’t let it ruffle your feathers, this treat is available from now through the end of the month–then just like McDonald’s McRib it will go away.

Forget it’s Thanksgiving

You hate turkey, giblets and cranberries–but love Italian beef? Then Lottie’s may be your choice for an anti-Thanksgiving celebration.  Lotties opens at 5 p.m. on the holiday with a host of  specials that don’t shout Thanksgiving.  Nor do they cost an arm, wing or leg.  For $4 you can enjoy a juicy Italian Beef Sandwich partnered with a $6 32-ounce Miller or Coors Schooner, and $4 SoCo Lime Shots.  773 489 0738

On the Grill

If you are a grill guy or girl but don’t like the cold or the work let the pros at Weber Grill do the cooking.  This year, Weber Grill’s three locations, River North, Schaumburg and Lombard, will all be open for the holiday.  Their all-day ‘Fire-Grilled Thanksgiving Feast’ will be featured along with their regular dinner menu.  In addition, Weber offers ‘Thanksgiving Party Platters To-Go’ for those celebrating at home.

Turkey on the Cheap

Cracker Barrell Thanksgiving dinner.

Cracker Barrel Thanksgiving dinner.

Cracker Barrel’s Open for Thanksgiving meal offers a traditional Thanksgiving feast for a price that sounds more like something from the first Thanksgiving. For $9.99 adults and $4.99 kids diners can sink their teeth into a Classic Turkey Breast, Cornbread Dressing, Turkey Gravy, a sampling of Sugar-Cured Ham, choice of Vegetable 
(special option of a Sweet Potato 
Casserole with Pecan Topping), Cranberry Relish, made-from-scratch Biscuits or Corn Muffins, a slice of Pumpkin Pecan Pie with 
Real Whipped Cream, plus a beverage of your choice (excluding milkshakes).  Open regular hours on Thanksgiving from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Dressed up Tradition

Thanksgiving at Acadia features an interesting four-course dinner featuring game consommé, pumpkin ravioli, porcini, Wild Boar terrine, violet mustard, pickled mustard seeds, Gunthorp Farms Turkey roulade, cranberry turkey and more. Open seating from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.  The four-course menu is priced at $65 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Wine pairings available for an extra $25. Children’s menu (under 12) for $20.  The Bar menu is also available. 1639 S. Wabash Street

Turkey a go-go

A lot of restaurants close for Thanksgiving but if you plan ahead you can still enjoy their specials at home.

Gobble up some down home cooking without the effort by ordering up Bub City’s carryout “Smokin’ Thanksgiving” featuring traditional favorites like Hickory Smoked All Natural Whole Turkey with Country Gravy, Cranberry Sauce, and Roasted Garlic & Sage Cornbread Stuffing. You can customize your order with a choice of three sides including: Buttermilk Smashed Potatoes, Roasted Sweet Potato Fluff, Phoebe’s Creamy Mac ‘n Cheese, Green Bean Casserole with Onion Crunch (for those who think it’s just not Thanksgiving with out the GBC), Zane’s Baked Beans or Sweet Corn Spoon Bread.  For a finishing touch, Bub City offers their signature pies, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Pumpkin, or Caramel Apple. “The Smokin’ Thanksgiving” spread serves 8 to 10 guests and is $179.99. Orders must be placed by Monday, November 25th, and can be made by contacting the restaurant at 312 610 4200, or online.  Orders can be picked up on Thanksgiving Day (November 28th) at Bub City from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Frontier Turkeys To-Go are antibiotic and hormone free. They are priced at $75 for 15 pound turkey or $95 for 20 pound turkey.  If you’re looking for the whole meal– sides are available for a la carte pricing including:  Five-Cheese Mac, Potato Salad, String Beans, Cornbread
Stuffing, Sweet Potato Puree and more.  To order call Israel at 312.656.4839.  Orders must be placed by Monday, November 24 for pick up on Thursday, November 28 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m

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