While the holidays are a time of merriment and being with family and getting in the festive spirit, Thanksgiving is about something much more important: food. And though many families have home-cooked secret recipes passed down for generations, there are plenty of people celebrating with friends, by themselves or just with a culinary-impared family. And for them, we have plenty of to-go and dine-in options across Chicago for every part of your Thanksgiving feast!
The meal that most gets forgotten on Thanksgiving is breakfast! Everyone is running around cooking and preparing, but you still have to eat! Lucky for Chicagoans though, you can pre-order Firecakes Pumpkin Pie donuts right now and pick them up on the big day for the family to enjoy pre-feast time. The spiced pumpkin cake donut boasts a silky pumpkin pie mousse filling made with roasted local pumpkins and a bit of cinnamon that will really make your mouth water.
Once breakfast is had, it’s time for the main meal of the day, and while most people choose to enjoy it at home, some of the Windy City’s best restaurants also have some pretty tasty options for those heading out for the day.
The Tortoise Club is a Chicago staple on State Street that will be serving up Thanksgiving favorites as well as specialties from their own menu. Think Chef Aaron Browning’s signature pumpkin soup alongside everything from turkey to prime rib to trout. And don’t forget their famous seafood bar, complete with oysters, shrimp, crab, calamari and mussels! Cost is $65 for adults, $22 for children 5-12 and free for those 4 and younger.
Brasserie by LM also has a $35 fixed price menu that has something for both the traditionalists (go for the roasted turkey roulade stuffed with chestnuts and collard greens) as well as those just looking for a great fall meal (I recommend the chestnut soup and roasted butternut squash risotto). And with dessert choices like pumpkin pie, apple and cranberry cobbler or a cheese plate, no one will be leaving with anything less than a very full belly.
If you want to stay in but aren’t much of a chef, you can grab to-go meals that are just as delicious!
Chicago q is putting their own spin on Thanksgiving dinner with in-house Free Range Smoked Turkey, accompanied by roasted turkey gravy and cranberry orange compote plus sides like pork sausage and Granny Smith apple stuffing. And don’t forget their pecan pie! A wide range of menu options can be order for one, a few, or a whole slew of turkey-lovers, and what’s really convenient is they come with re-heating instructions. The restaurant will also be open for limited hours on the holiday as well.
And Blue Door Farm Stand has tasty and locally-sourced treats like half and full turkeys, organic sweet potato salad, brussels and kale salad (above), and more! You can also order full pecan and pumpkin pies, Blue Door’s signature Carrot Cake, or chocolate chip cookies and corn bread muffins by the dozen, but don’t forget to pick them up on Wednesday because Blue Door will be closed on Thanksgiving.
And then it’s on to dessert! It’s no secret that’s we’re a fan of the Sprinkles cupcake ATM for 24 hours of treats every day, but for Thanksgiving, you might need something a little grander. Maybe more along with lines of Orange Cranberry, Pumpkin and Dark Chocolate cupcakes. Order their holiday EAT box from November 21-30 and you’ll be a holiday hero when you arrive with these sweet treats!
You can also have dessert waiting for you when you arrive home thanks to GILT. Already available now for order is their Golden Edibles Thanksgiving Basket, complete with a dozen Ultimate Belgian Chocolate Covered OREO® cookies, 1/2 pound of almond bark, Belgian chocolate covered pretzels and ten fall themed cake pops. It’s a chocolate lovers dream!
No matter what or where you’re spending the holiday, we hope you enjoy your feast and are thankful for whatever family, friends, food and more surrounds you.