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Although some still prefer to do the Thanksgiving feast the old-fashioned way (translation: hours in the kitchen), Chicago restaurants are giving you another option by offering renditions of the classic holiday feast. Whether you want to dine-in or take your feast to go, we've got a list of restaurants in Chicago that are doing Thanksgiving right--so you don't have to. (Photo by Flickr user Craig Dugas)
Updated: November 23, 2009
Let someone else cook the turkey this year--make reservations now at these top restaurants.
From Nichols Farm butternut squash soup with candied pecans and cinnamon cream to maple honey molasses roasted turkey, Lockwood mixes traditional classic dishes with yummy, modern versions. The menu runs $60 for adults and $25 for kids. Call (312) 917-3404 for reservations.
Enjoy a delicious three- or five-course dinner that plays on traditional favorites with unique flavors, including dishes such as pheasant breast with a sage bread dumpling and sea scallops with lobster risotto. Save room for dessert--it comes in the chic form of caramelia chocolate cremeux with sweet potato "toast" and a Saigon cinnamon milk jam.
Shaw's Crab House plans on inducing food comas with its Thanksgiving Day buffet at the Schaumburg location. From 12pm to 7pm, enjoy the family-friendly meal, which will feature traditional Thanksgiving dishes. Cost is $45 per adult, while kids 12 and younger eat for free (limit two children per adult).
From 2pm to 9pm on Thanksgiving Day, dig into a customizable menu at Bistronomic, featuring four different choices for each course. In addition to traditional French-inspired Thanksgiving favorites, chef Martial Noguier has created a vegetarian menu. The chic meal is $55 for adults, $20 for children and $10 for children 5 and under.
Chef Art Smith's savory sides for his pick-up feast include an indulgent three-cheese mac, sweet potatoes, braised collard greens with smoked turkey and a turkey brining kit. Pastry chef Celeste ?CeCe? Campise is offering up the classics when it comes to dessert, including a Southern pecan pie and a decadent sweet potato pie with bourbon marshmallows. Get your order in by 7pm on Nov. 19.
Pick and choose what menu items make your mouth water (pumpkin risotto cakes, roasted natural turkey) and pay by the pound at this gourmet grocer. Place your order by Nov. 21 at 3pm; then schedule a pickup time. Serving a gourmet meal in your home has never been so effortless.