Thanksgiving falls on November 28 this year, and while some happily bustle about the kitchen, others are more inclined to bask in the moment and leave the cooking (and dishes) to the experts. Chicago chefs are at the ready with their takes on holiday favorites like turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie with family-style meals, prix fixe menus, and over-the-top buffets — all diners need to do is show up. That’s definitely something to be thankful for.
11. River Roast
Tony Mantuano’s riverside restaurant is offering its spin on a Thanksgiving meal from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. with a special menu. Offerings include a smoked and baked soda-glazed Berkshire ham and a whole cider-brined smoked and roasted turkey, along with brioche stuffing (pork sausage, apple, parsnips, sage, parsley, pumpkin cheesecake (pumpkin custard, whipped cream), and more. Adults eat for $60 per person, and children ages 5-12 dine for $18. It’s a good idea to reserve this one in advance.