November 13, 2007

Planning for Thanksgiving in Chicago

Thanksgiving is perhaps my favorite holiday, but I can't imagine putting together an entire holiday feast. If you want to leave the cooking to the professionals this Thanksgiving, make reservations at one of these restaurants that will be open on the special day (Nov 22).

cranberriesThe Chicago Diner ($35.95-$40.95; $20.95 for kids): 3411 N Halsted St; 773-935-6696
12 noon ' 6:00 p.m.
Multi-course vegan menu and raw dinner with selections like roasted 'turkey' (tofu roulade), 'beefy Wellington' (pastry crust with seitan mushroom pate and tofu filling), pumpkin ravioli, sweet potato souffl', savory herbed loaf, and pumpkin cheesecake.

Nix Restaurant @ Knickerbocker Hotel ($48; $18 for kids under 12): 163 E Walton Pl; 312-751-8100
12 noon ' 9:00 p.m.
Four-course meal featuring herb-roasted turkey with sage cream, sliced beef tenderloin, and pumpkin pie with amaretto whipped cream.

turkeyViand ($24; $10 for kids 12 and under): 155 E Ontario St; 312-255-8505
11:00 a.m. ' 7:00 p.m.
Three-course dinner including cinnamon-glazed turkey, rosemary-and-mustard glazed ham with sweet potato fritters, antipasti buffet, and family-style pie sampler.

green beansHorizon Caf' ($15.95): 3805 N Broadway St; 773-883-1565
11:00 a.m. ' 7:00 p.m.
A four-course dinner with your choice of pumpkin soup or chicken noodle, tossed garden salad, roast turkey breast, mashed potatoes, fresh sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, green bean almandine, and your choice of apple or pumpkin pie. Delivery available.

Lawry's The Prime Rib ($30-$44): 100 E Ontario St; 312-787-5000
11:00 a.m. ' 8:00 p.m.
Traditional (free-range) turkey, prime rib dinners, mashed potatoes, sage dressing, cranberry sauce, candied yams, and a la carte desserts.

pumpkin pieVermilion ($50; $35 for kids): 10 W Hubbard St; 312-527-4060
11:30 a.m. ' 10:00 p.m.
Three-course meal featuring Indian-style mango-and-cumin-rubbed turkey, Colombian yucca-flour cake bread, and pumpkin tres leches cake. Parties of eight or more can order a custom rub (madras curry or tandoori) with 24 hours notice. Vegetarian menu also available.

Photo credit: (c/o SXC) Melodi T, David Lat, Sarah Casha, Mike Johnson

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