Your Guide to Thanksgiving Dining 2017
If you haven’t started defrosting your turkey by now, it’s too late. So you chose not to travel for the holidays and keep this year’s festivities “low-key.” Don’t worry, there are still options that don’t include a trip to IHOP or Denny’s. Thanksgiving has long been associated with family, gatherings, celebration and food. Just because you didn’t travel to see your family or your family doesn’t feel like hosting Thanksgiving this year doesn’t mean the holiday is a wash. Instead of focusing on where you’re eating, focus on who you’re eating with and just enjoy great food and good company. For anyone staying in the Chicagoland area who doesn’t feel like slaving away for hours cooking and wants a good meal, here are some of the best options for you this holiday.
Weber Grill Restaurant in Chicago
439 N. State St
Weber Grill is offering up a deal that can’t be beat. For those who are hosting dinner but don’t actually cook, ordering pick-up platters are a great option. They’re offering Thanksgiving Catering Platters To-Go with a variety of choices and options. The regular platters are ideal for parties of eight to ten with choices like Weber’s sausage stuffing for $27.95, cornbread with maple bourbon butter for $16.95, turkey gravy at $16.95, whipped sweet potatoes at $24.95 and a 10-inch Weber’s signature chocolate espresso pecan pie at $29.95. There are many more a la carte items available from their menu online.
Their turkey options include a whole smoked turkey that serves six to eight guests for $60.95. All whole turkey orders will need to have been placed by 5 p.m. on November 17th. Other main-course options available are carved smoked turkey, which includes white and dark meat for $89.95, and the white-meat-only carved smoked turkey for $109.95.
For those still not convinced having ready-made food at home is worth it, you can also dine-in on Thanksgiving. At $29.95 per adult and $10.95 for children 10 and under, you have a choice of grill roasted butternut squash soup, mixed green salad or Caesar salad for starters. The main course features grill roasted smoked turkey with grilled sausage stuffing, traditional turkey gravy and cranberry sauce along with your choice of roasted garlic mashed potatoes or whipped sweet potatoes and a vegetable option of grilled asparagus or grill roasted Brussels sprouts. All washed down with your choice of classic pumpkin pie or chocolate espresso pecan pie. Sounds like a deal to me! Reservations are highly recommended for this Thanksgiving feast.
Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse
661 N. LaSalle Blvd
Come celebrate Thanksgiving in a big way at Fogo de Chao Thursday. Their Thanksgiving feast will be served from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Thursday November 23. Fogo de Chao will be offering a special Thanksgiving menu to include: fire-roasted meats carved tableside, roasted turkey breast with au jus, market table & feijoada bar, Brazilian side dishes, homemade cranberry relish, Brazilian sausage and apple dressing and sweet potato casserole. The restaurant is offering up all these goodies all day at their dinner price of $54.95 an adult for the full experience. Children under 6 are free and children 7 – 12 are half-price.
100 E. Chestnut St
Another dining-out option includes a Thanksgiving feast at the popular Chicago steakhouse Ditka’s. Named after owner and former NFL player and Chicago Bear’s Super Bowl Champion coach Mike Ditka, this spot is a Chicago classic. For $44.95 an adult and $19.95 for children 12 and under, the menu is an unlimited turkey feast. With your choice of cab bisque or butternut squash soap, Mike’s salad or organic kale Caesar salad, and oven roasted turkey that includes whipped potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, stuffing, green beans, carrots, country gravy and cranberry sauce. And for dessert options include pumpkin pie, pecan pie or a flourless chocolate cake. An a la carte menu will be available in addition to the Thanksgiving fixed menu. Ditka’s also has locations in Arlington Heights and Oakbrook Terrace for those living outside city limits.
33 W. Kinzie St
Another Chicago sports figure’s steakhouse, Harry Caray’s is offering Thanksgiving specials in honor of the holiday. The famous American sportscaster’s restaurant will feature a variety of dishes for all of those who come. The menus between the Chicago location in River North and the Lombard and Rosemont location vary slightly. Both locations will be offering soup starters of butternut squash bisque for $4.95 a cup and $6.95 a bowl. The main difference is the River North location includes hand carved roasted turkey with sausage, corn bread and sage stuffing, green bean casserole, marshmallow crusted maple-bourbon sweet potatoes, orange-scented cranberry relish and pan gravy, all for $31.95 per adult and $19.95 for children 12 and under. Or the 16 oz. herb roasted prime rib of beer with horseradish cream, au jus, roasted garlic mashed potatoes and honey glazed carrots for adults at $39.95 and $19.95 for children 12 and under.
Here’s where the big difference is in locations. At both the Lombard and Rosemont locations both suburban restaurants will offer the choice of hand carved turkey for $33.95 or 16 oz. herb roasted prime rib of beef with horseradish cream and au jus for $42.95, but both entrees include access to an unlimited sides buffet. Yes, the two locations will feature a buffet of all-you-can-eat sides that include, apple, sage and toasted pecan stuffing, sausage, cornbread and sage stuffing, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, marshmallow crusted maple-bourbon sweet potatoes, four-cheese macaroni and cheese, Brussels sprouts with pancetta, green bean casserole, parmesan crusted cream corn, honey glazed carrots, orange-scented cranberry relish, pan gravy, assorted dinner rolls with honey butter and corn muffins. To top it off both locations are offering dessert choices of fuji apple and cherry crisp with vanilla bean ice cream for $7.95 or a traditional pumpkin pie with cinnamon whipped cream for $6.95. So many options with that hard-to-pass-up suburban all-you-can-eat sides buffet, but the choice is yours!
550 S. Milwaukee Ave Wheeling, IL
Another location that offers up a great meal pick-up option or dine-in is the Tuscany Restaurant in Wheeling. If you’re looking for a great restaurant to do all the heavy lifting for you, but you can still host a killer party, this is the spot. Packages for a 15lb turkey that can serve 10 to 13 people start at $175 and include stuffing, cranberry relish, green bean casserole, your choice of sweet potatoes or mashed potatoes and gravy and a complimentary pumpkin pie. For just $90 the 15lb turkey is all yours or $140 for the 20lb turkey and $225 for the large 20lb turkey package able to serve 17 to 20 guests.
If dining out is still in your plans, stop by the Wheeling location for a traditional Thanksgiving feast, featuring a full-plated Thanksgiving turkey dinner special for adults at $34.95 and children under ten for $17.95. Thanksgiving dinner will be offered from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, with special pricing for the adults menu from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. for only $29.95.
No matter where you celebrate this Thanksgiving make sure to share it with those you love and be grateful for all the things you have. Happy holidays!