Thanksgiving dinner is the best meal all year, but cooking all those dishes can be a drag. Skip the work and go straight to the good stuff by enjoying the holiday at one of these Chicago restaurants.
River Roast in River North will offer a rustic American-inspired menu from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. For $49 per adult and $18 per child, diners will feast on a variety of sides and salads, traditional turkey breast and herb-crusted strip loin from carving stations, and classic desserts. Guests will get a wishbone with a promise of a free brunch entrée and a bag of River Roast’s bourbon caramel corn as takeaway treats.
Go for an Italian twist on the traditional fare at Filini Bar & Restaurant. Their holiday-inspired dishes include butternut squash soup with Brussels sprouts, royal trumpet mushrooms, and pumpkin seeds, and a roasted organic Amish turkey with sides of chestnut-herb stuffing, cranberries, and sweet potato flan. Reservations can be made for $75 a person and the Thanksgiving menu is available from noon to 10 p.m.
Spending Thanksgiving alone this year? You might as well do it in style at I|O Urban Roofscape. An “orphan” table will allow solo diners the chance to enjoy all the decadence of the Thanksgiving meal without the family drama. The Thanksgiving menu is also available family-style, and all guests get a Turkey Leftovers Sandwich to enjoy the next day. Listed on this year’s menu are deviled eggs, butternut squash ravioli, herb roasted pork tenderloin, pecan pie topped with spiced cream, and much more.
Spend lunch or dinner at Travelle and enjoy their Mediterranean family meal. The prix fixe menu includes mouth-watering dishes that will leave you in that wonderful Thanksgiving food coma. Try the crispy pheasant confit with cranberry and Swiss chard, the pumpkin crusted striped bass served with minted feta and roasted squash, and the seafood misto cocktail. Reservations are available for $80 per adult and $40 per child from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Go all-American with barbecue this Thanksgiving and check out Chicago Q’s menu. Free-range turkey smoked in-house takes center stage, with sides like pork sausage and Granny Smith apple stuffing, sweet potato casserole, and cranberry orange compote rounding out this delicious traditional meal. Get the food catered for a meal at home, or enjoy the food in the restaurant from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.