Whether you’re hitting the town for a new take on Thanksgiving or staying at home and manning the turkey, Nov. 23 is a day to treat your taste buds right. No matter your custom, we’ve mapped the city’s best choices for going out, staying in or keeping it low-key.
RPM Steak (66 W. Kinzie) will not steer your appetite wrong this holiday. From 11 a.m.-8 p.m., the River North spot serves up a refined four-course Thanksgiving feast. While signature dishes like coal-roasted king crab and The Duke ribeye filet will be available, don’t miss the Slagel Family Farm turkey (served both roasted and fried). Plenty of holiday indulgences will be on deck, as well — think white truffles shaved tableside and Japanese olive beef — plus accompaniments for the table, including dried fruit stuffing, whipped potatoes and a modern take on green bean casserole. $85/person. For reservations, call (312) 284-4990 or visit Rpmrestaurants.com.
Take a French approach this holiday season and embark on delicacies from Chef Dominique Tougne at Chez Moi (2100 N. Halsted). Begin with apps like mussels and butternut squash soup before a main course of turkey, steak and frites, grilled salmon or mushroom ravioli. $42 adults; $19 kids. For reservations, call (773) 871-2100 or visit Chezmoichicago.com.
Bring on the elegance with exceptionally cozy and refined dishes from Chef Michael Lachowicz at North Shore’s Restaurant Michael (64 Green Bay, Winnetka). From noon-6 p.m., enjoy a family-style Thanksgiving spread of candied squash bisque with toasted brioche croutons, brown sugar turkey with gravy, slow-cooked beef short rib and potato ravioli bordelaise and unlimited side dishes, including sweet potato gratin and sage and angus ground-beef stuffing. $55/person. For reservations, call (847) 441-3100 or visit Restaurantmichael.com.
Head over to Steak 48 (615 N. Wabash) for a Thanksgiving feast. The new steakhouse serves the meal from 1-9 p.m., complete with roasted turkey, whipped truffle potatoes, stuffing and homemade pumpkin whoopie pie. $59/person. For reservations, call (312) 266-4848 or visit Steak48.com.
Prime & Provisions
If you have Thanksgiving dinner completely planned except for the crucial finale, Prime & Provisions (222 N. LaSalle) has you covered. Their to-go pies — think apple; peanut butter and whipped chocolate; banana cream; pecan; tequila icebox cake; and chocolate caramel cake — are available for order. Visit Primeandprovisions.com/piestogo to make your selection by Tuesday, Nov. 21.
This Little Goat
Looking to make a meal that’s tasty enough to be made by a “Top Chef”? The show’s former contestant, Stephanie Izard, is serving up “feast kits” to make you a holiday superstar. Each kit includes recipes created by Izard — think Hong Kong brined turkey and spiced cheddar apple pie. Kits ($34.99) are available at Little Goat Diner (820 W. Randolph) or online at Thislittlegoat.com.
Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap
There’s nothing worse than sitting through Thanksgiving Day famished, with dinner still hours away. To satisfy the craving with a quick bite, head over to Jake Melnick’s (41 E. Superior) for “Thanksgiving on a Bun.” For just $10 on Thanksgiving Day, sneak in a hand-packed Turkey patty topped with cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and gravy with a side of sweet potato tots. You’re also welcome to enjoy the sandwich through the rest of the month. Visit Jakemelnicks.com.
Infuse a little Greek flavor into your holiday tradition by stopping by Artopolis Bakery, Cafe and Agora (306 S. Halsted) to nosh on sweets from chocolate raspberry truffle cake to classic tiramisu. Greek pastries including loukoumades and baklava are perfect treats to hold you over until the turkey is on the table. For reservations, call (312) 559-9000 or visit Artopolischicago.com.