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Chicago's Ultimate Thanksgiving Guide

By Sarah Freeman
November 13, 2013

Break out the fat pants - America's favorite day of gluttony is almost here. We've got you covered, from stuffed burgers to to-go turkeys and pies, plus special Thanksgiving tasting menus at restaurants around town.

Traditional Mash-Ups

DMK Burger Bar
The Gobbler is back, with an entire Thanksgiving dinner in one burger. It starts with a turkey patty that is topped with stuffing, mashed potatoes, celery and cranberry relish (773-360-8686).

Rockit Burger Bar
This year only, the Thanksgivukkah Burger appears on the menu. It's a housemade turkey patty topped with sage stuffing, spiced cranberry sauce, roasted turkey gravy and a crispy latke all on a harvest wheat bun (773-645-4400).

Rockit Bar & Grill
A Thanksgiving TV dinner with all the fixin’s - roasted turkey breast with turkey gravy, sage stuffing, creamed corn, green beans, cranberry sauce and a seasonal dessert on a tray (312-645-6000).

 

Thanksgiving Day

Chicago q
Start the day with Lee Ann Whippen's free-range smoked turkey, smoked in-house and accompanied by roasted turkey gravy and cranberry orange compote (312-663-1278).

City Tavern
This daytime dinner consists of three courses, four side dishes and dessert for $45. Start with pumpkin soup and end the feast with pecan pie (312-663-1278).

Kanela
Enjoy Thanksgiving brunch at the Lakeview and Old Town locations, featuring pumpkin caramel waffles topped with candied walnuts and a caramel drizzle, and spiked pumpkin lattes.

 

Thanksgiving Eve

Acadia
The team at Acadia makes this special meal even more so with a four-course tasting menu for $65, complete with pumpkin raviolo with game consommé, Gunthorp Farms turkey roulade and roasted apples with pecan ice cream (312-360-9500).

Big Jones
As if cooking an entire turkey isn’t enough of an undertaking, each year foolish Americans attempt to deep-fry their birds and end up blowing up the garage. Don’t do this, but do go to Big Jones for its family-style feast, complete with risk-free, deep-fried turkey for $48 (773-275-5725).

Storefront Company
Traditionalists, beware: this Thanksgiving menu is unlike anything found on grandma’s table. Chef Bryan Moscatello will be preparing a five-course meal that includes everything but turkey - namely partridge, rabbit and fallow deer for $99 (773-661-2609).

 

Perfectly Cooked Turkey

Frontier
The king of whole-animal cookery will prepare whole-smoked Amish turkeys to-go for Thanksgiving. His birds are antibiotic and hormone-free, and come with five-cheese mac, potato salad, string beans, cornbread stuffing, sweet potato purée and more for $75-$95, depending on the size of the bird (773-772-4322).

Local Root
This bird might be pricey, but that's because it is a 14-lb. D'artagnan free-range organic turkey. It comes fully cooked and ready to be reheated for $200. The bird can also be purchased pre-brined or raw, and sides are also available for pre-order online.

Smoke Daddy
Whole turkeys are slow smoked to perfection and offered with a side of cornbread stuffing. The bird costs $65 for 11 lbs. or $85 for 20 lbs., and stuffing and gravy cost extra. Order through November 20 (773-772-6656).

 

Pie To-Go

Bang Bang Pie Shop
Sticking straight to the standards, this Logan Square shop has apple, chocolate-pecan and pumpkin. They're available for pre-order for $26; place orders online.

Hoosier Mama Pie Company
For those seeking variety, the West Town bakery is preparing a dozen sweet and savory pies from apple to curry sweet potato ranging in price from $23-$33; orders are accepted via an online order form.

West Town Bakery
Those seeking a traditional, vegan or disassembled pie that can be baked at home and passed off as homemade will find it here. Order maple pecan, vegan pumpkin and more by emailing holidays@westtownbakery.com.

Places Mentioned

Rockit Burger Bar

Wrigleyville

Food19 Decor16 Service17 Cost$28
 
 
 
Acadia

American • South Loop

Food27 Decor25 Service24 CostE
 
 
 
Rockit Bar & Grill

River North

Food19 Decor16 Service17 Cost$28
 
 
 
Frontier

Noble Square

Food22 Decor20 Service18 Cost$35
 
 
 
DMK Burger Bar

Burger • Lakeview

Food22 Decor16 Service19 Cost$21
 
 
 
Chicago q

Barbecue • River North

Food21 Decor22 Service21 Cost$36
 
 
 
The Smoke Daddy

Barbecue • Wicker Park

Food22 Decor14 Service17 Cost$24
 
 
 
Big Jones

American • Andersonville

Food24 Decor21 Service22 Cost$33
 
 
 
Local Root Chicago

Streeterville

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DMK Burger Bar

Burger • Museum Campus

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