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    Post #1 - November 10th, 2004, 7:40 pm
    Post #1 - November 10th, 2004, 7:40 pm Post #1 - November 10th, 2004, 7:40 pm
    I'm looking for a recommendation for eating out on Thanksgiving. Not something we usually do, but that's the story this year. Just the two of us, so I'd say table service or at least a relatively elegant and quiet setting if its a buffet. (By the way, last year a small group of us went to Maggiano's for Thanksgiving, and that was actually really good -- but not for two!)
  • Post #2 - November 10th, 2004, 9:04 pm
    Post #2 - November 10th, 2004, 9:04 pm Post #2 - November 10th, 2004, 9:04 pm
    You're a prime candidate for Outlaw Thanksgiving. Too bad we are not doing it this year.
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  • Post #3 - November 10th, 2004, 11:16 pm
    Post #3 - November 10th, 2004, 11:16 pm Post #3 - November 10th, 2004, 11:16 pm
    We tend to eat out on Thanksgiving lately. Busy schedules, smaller family, etc. Last year we had a great dinner at Bin 36 downtown - not your usual buffet but great sides and a few entree choices including turkey. This year we are going to Prairie Grass, $35.00 traditional turkey dinner with Stegner panache. Just a few thoughts.
  • Post #4 - November 11th, 2004, 8:08 am
    Post #4 - November 11th, 2004, 8:08 am Post #4 - November 11th, 2004, 8:08 am
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  • Post #5 - November 15th, 2005, 7:37 pm
    Post #5 - November 15th, 2005, 7:37 pm Post #5 - November 15th, 2005, 7:37 pm
    Well, once again we are looking for Thanksgiving dinner suggestions. Last year, we went to Bin 36 ... the less said about that meal, the better. This year, we'll have a third member in our group, Carrie C., who is an old friend of Mrs. JiLS, quite adventurous and would probably appreciate a creative solution to our Thanksgiving dinner dilemma. Carrie lives in Old Irving Park. I've already confirmed that Laschett's and Sabatino's are closed; any other suggestions in that general area? (Although we are open to suggestions in any in-city location.)
    JiLS
  • Post #6 - November 15th, 2005, 8:20 pm
    Post #6 - November 15th, 2005, 8:20 pm Post #6 - November 15th, 2005, 8:20 pm
    Pretty far, but I have South Side relatives that will definitely be there on T Day:

    Old Barn Restaurant
    8100 Parkside Ave
    Burbank, IL 60459
    Phone: (708) 422-5400

    We did it about 7 years ago, and were well fed.

    Old Barn is a nice restaurant, a staple of South Side "occassion" places (anniversary, birthday, etc).

    Nice and rustic, with pretty good food.
    Bill-Aurora
  • Post #7 - November 15th, 2005, 9:22 pm
    Post #7 - November 15th, 2005, 9:22 pm Post #7 - November 15th, 2005, 9:22 pm
    The Old Barn has been a reliable standby, but it's under new ownership now, and judging by the duck--which was literally inedible on my last visit, as in, "impossible to cut with a knife or a fork, and therefore impossible to eat"--the new owners don't know what they're doing.
  • Post #8 - November 16th, 2005, 7:48 am
    Post #8 - November 16th, 2005, 7:48 am Post #8 - November 16th, 2005, 7:48 am
    You know, we (me and hubby) are home alone for Thanksgiving this year too, we live in Bucktown.

    Maybe we should organize an "LTH Orphans" Thanksgiving dinner? I'll post this over in the events area to gauge interest...
    Leek

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  • Post #9 - November 16th, 2005, 8:27 am
    Post #9 - November 16th, 2005, 8:27 am Post #9 - November 16th, 2005, 8:27 am
    You know, we (me and hubby) are home alone for Thanksgiving this year too, we live in Bucktown.


    This thread needs to meet this thread:

    http://www.lthforum.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=5639
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  • Post #10 - November 16th, 2005, 9:47 am
    Post #10 - November 16th, 2005, 9:47 am Post #10 - November 16th, 2005, 9:47 am
    OK I am new to this forum so don't mock, but wht the heck does LTH stand for?
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  • Post #11 - November 16th, 2005, 10:15 am
    Post #11 - November 16th, 2005, 10:15 am Post #11 - November 16th, 2005, 10:15 am
    JeanneBean wrote:OK I am new to this forum so don't mock, but wht the heck does LTH stand for?


    The answer is out there, but you have to dig a bit :D :

    http://www.lthforum.com/bb/viewtopic.php?p=7066#7066
  • Post #12 - November 16th, 2005, 5:58 pm
    Post #12 - November 16th, 2005, 5:58 pm Post #12 - November 16th, 2005, 5:58 pm
    hotel restaurants are your best option. what price point are you looking for?
  • Post #13 - November 17th, 2005, 9:49 am
    Post #13 - November 17th, 2005, 9:49 am Post #13 - November 17th, 2005, 9:49 am
    The first place I thought of for your Thanksgiving day dinner was Brett's in Roscoe Village. I have not been there for Thanksgiving as I am usually watching and creating my own meal. (Not this year! I get to watch Mr. X's sister stand over the stove!) My few experiences with Brett's over the years have been enjoyable.

    Brett's
    2011 W. Roscoe
    773-248-0999
  • Post #14 - November 19th, 2005, 4:36 pm
    Post #14 - November 19th, 2005, 4:36 pm Post #14 - November 19th, 2005, 4:36 pm
    Thank you one and all for your thoughtful and sincere recommendations. Let it be known that it is only with serious trepidation that I have chosen to ignore you all and instead make reservations for three -- myself, the lovely Mrs. JiLS and her lovely lady friend Carrie C. -- at ...

    Narcisse!

    Paint a heartwarming picture of THAT one, why don't ya, Norman Rockwell! :twisted: :) :twisted: Maybe more of a job for Egon Schiele. So anyway, it's an anti-Thanksgiving this year. And I've never been to Narcisse because unless you are an epicene twit with a Platinum Card, you have to have two dates to get in the door, or so I hear. Well, this is my chance; wish us well and pray for our souls, LTH.
    JiLS
  • Post #15 - November 11th, 2013, 9:25 am
    Post #15 - November 11th, 2013, 9:25 am Post #15 - November 11th, 2013, 9:25 am
    Hi!
    I'm looking for a recomendation for a place for TG dinner for 2 - One is vegetarian and one, me, LOVES MEAT.
    City proper or Evanston...Price doesn't matter - open to cheap or highend. Long as the food is good, we're in.
    Thanks alot in advance.
  • Post #16 - November 11th, 2013, 9:44 am
    Post #16 - November 11th, 2013, 9:44 am Post #16 - November 11th, 2013, 9:44 am
    I'm looking as well, and I've found that OpenTable has quite a few spots that are doing a Thanksgiving dinner - some that jump out:

    The Lobby at the Peninsula
    The Boarding House
    Chicago Cut
    David Burke's Primehouse
    Acadia

    I've never been out for Thanksgiving dinner in Chicago, so if anybody does have tips/pointers/things to avoid, I'm all ears!
    Last edited by jordanhojo on November 11th, 2013, 12:07 pm, edited 1 time in total.
  • Post #17 - November 11th, 2013, 11:52 am
    Post #17 - November 11th, 2013, 11:52 am Post #17 - November 11th, 2013, 11:52 am
    We usually go to David Burke's and have enjoyed it. I waited too long and they were booked up at the times I was looking at, so we are trying Bin 36 this year. Whichever you choose, make sure to contact them ahead of time about vegetarian options. Most traditional Thanksgiving dishes (except Turkey) can be vegetarian, but are often made with Turkey broth and added sausage, etc.
    Leek

    SAVING ONE DOG may not change the world,
    but it CHANGES THE WORLD for that one dog.
    American Brittany Rescue always needs foster homes. Please think about helping that one dog. http://www.americanbrittanyrescue.org
  • Post #18 - October 28th, 2015, 6:13 pm
    Post #18 - October 28th, 2015, 6:13 pm Post #18 - October 28th, 2015, 6:13 pm
    Any new thoughts for TG 2015? We did Shaw's buffet 2 years ago after a death in the family, and it was really good. This year looks like just me and the hub with all relatives going elsewhere so I'm curious about options. Open Table doesn't have much detail yet, to gauge menus.
  • Post #19 - October 29th, 2015, 8:26 am
    Post #19 - October 29th, 2015, 8:26 am Post #19 - October 29th, 2015, 8:26 am
    sujormik wrote:Any new thoughts for TG 2015? We did Shaw's buffet 2 years ago after a death in the family, and it was really good. This year looks like just me and the hub with all relatives going elsewhere so I'm curious about options. Open Table doesn't have much detail yet, to gauge menus.

    Big Jones, which I like a lot, has a Thanksgiving Day meal, which I've not attended. I'm sure details are on their website.
    -Mary
  • Post #20 - October 30th, 2015, 1:33 pm
    Post #20 - October 30th, 2015, 1:33 pm Post #20 - October 30th, 2015, 1:33 pm
    This is on Sunday (vs. Thursday), but could be a terrific way to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. Wish we were going to be in town to enjoy it!
    From the website:

    Chefs Jason Hammel of Lula Cafe, Hunter Moore of Parson's Chicken and Fish, Alfredo Nogueira of Analogue, and Patrick Cloud of Bang Bang Pie Shop, along with our own Matt Danko will each bring a unique take on a classic Thanksgiving dish—we'll be mixing a variety of flavors from the sea, as usual — to make a full on Thanksgiving Menu spread across six courses.

    http://www.sinkswimchicago.com/news/201 ... anksgiving
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  • Post #21 - November 7th, 2015, 8:31 pm
    Post #21 - November 7th, 2015, 8:31 pm Post #21 - November 7th, 2015, 8:31 pm
    The Tribune's annual roundup came out a couple of days ago:

    Where to eat Thanksgiving dinner around Chicago: Comprehensive guide
  • Post #22 - November 10th, 2015, 9:33 am
    Post #22 - November 10th, 2015, 9:33 am Post #22 - November 10th, 2015, 9:33 am
    Thanks, haven't seen the paper all week.
  • Post #23 - November 14th, 2016, 6:23 pm
    Post #23 - November 14th, 2016, 6:23 pm Post #23 - November 14th, 2016, 6:23 pm
    A friend asked about dining options in Chicago (specifically Rogers Park), but I figured everyone would be well served by updates to this thread. So can anyone recommend restaurants that will be open on Turkey Day 2016?
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  • Post #24 - November 14th, 2016, 6:44 pm
    Post #24 - November 14th, 2016, 6:44 pm Post #24 - November 14th, 2016, 6:44 pm
    mamagotcha wrote:A friend asked about dining options in Chicago (specifically Rogers Park), but I figured everyone would be well served by updates to this thread. So can anyone recommend restaurants that will be open on Turkey Day 2016?

    This year's list from the Trib:
    20 Chicago restaurants open on Thanksgiving for dinner or takeout
    http://trib.in/2en0SP8
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  • Post #25 - November 16th, 2016, 5:40 pm
    Post #25 - November 16th, 2016, 5:40 pm Post #25 - November 16th, 2016, 5:40 pm
    Funny, I just did my research on this today. Opentable does a listing (click here) showing Thanksgiving specials among some of its restaurants. However, just because a restaurant isn't listed there, don't assume they are closed or that they're not doing specials. Some of the most prominent Thanksgiving restaurants on Opentable don't appear on that list, but I found them by searching Opentable for availability (to limit myself to places that are open that day), then checking the restaurants' websites to see if they have a Thanksgiving menu posted. These include the aforementioned Shaw's (where I just snagged one of the last remaining openings :) ) as well as the most expensive brunch I've ever heard of ($175), at the Lobby. If you check the listings and websites this way, you'll find that there is quite an assortment of places and prices, some doing special menus and buffets, some doing just their regular menu. FWIW, some of the other places we were considering included Seven Lions ($38), Mity Nice ($55), and RPM Steak ($85).
  • Post #26 - November 17th, 2016, 7:16 pm
    Post #26 - November 17th, 2016, 7:16 pm Post #26 - November 17th, 2016, 7:16 pm
    We are headed to Longman and Eagle for Thanksgiving dinner. Not sure if they still have space, but I gotta believe its going to be good!
    "Living well is the best revenge"
  • Post #27 - November 19th, 2016, 1:22 pm
    Post #27 - November 19th, 2016, 1:22 pm Post #27 - November 19th, 2016, 1:22 pm
    I can't remember ever having Thanksgiving in a restaurant before but a perfect storm of circumstances dictated it this year and we're off to Restaurant Michael in Wilmette where they have an intriguing menu (including but not limited to traditional stuff) for what seems to be a deal at $53 (plus tip and tax).
    Last edited by Gypsy Boy on November 20th, 2016, 7:27 am, edited 1 time in total.
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  • Post #28 - November 19th, 2016, 4:19 pm
    Post #28 - November 19th, 2016, 4:19 pm Post #28 - November 19th, 2016, 4:19 pm
    I just saw a commercial for the all-you-can-eat Thanksgiving dinner at Golden Corral.
  • Post #29 - November 25th, 2016, 11:42 am
    Post #29 - November 25th, 2016, 11:42 am Post #29 - November 25th, 2016, 11:42 am
    This is to report on a wonderful Thanksgiving meal we had yesterday at The Capital Grille at Yorktown Center in Lombard. We were a group of six. The location was chosen by one who had only been there for business luncheons and always found them to be excellent. We arrived in three cars from three different directions a bit early for our 1:30 p.m. reservation. We were seated promptly just after 1:30.

    Five of us chose the Thanksgiving turkey dinner priced at $38 as follows:

    Slow-Roasted Turkey with Brioche Stuffing
    French Green Beans with Marcona Almonds and Cranberry Pear Chutney
    Accompanied by Sam's mashed Potatoes to share

    Five of us opted for a cup of Lobster Bisque presented with a pour of Sherry. It was a large cup sized right for the meal with large chunks of lobster. I've never had better. None of us thought it over-priced at $13. My godmother chose the Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing, $11, which was huge so she passed it around for us to taste. We all loved it. We also ordered Mashed Sweet Potatoes to share, $10 and Lobster Mac 'N' Cheese to share, $18, which also had large chunks of lobster. Our resident mac 'n' cheese lover said that he could easily make a meal of it alone. His choice of entrée was Dry Aged Bone-In New York Strip, Black Truffle and Gorgonzola Butter and Cherry Cabernet Reduction, $49, which he pronounced perfectly done medium-rare. He rated it outstanding.

    For our turkey dinners, we were offered all white meat, all dark or a mix. We all chose a mix and felt it was the right choice for us. The meat was juicy and tender with both the white and dark meat done just right. The green beans were appropriately crunchy, the brioche stuffing and cranberry pear chutney excellent.

    We passed on the Pumpkin Cheesecake dessert, $10, as we were planning to adjourn to one of our group's nearby home in Glen Ellyn for pie and coffee.

    Our party was seated in the bar area where, while the restaurant was full, the noise level was conversation friendly. Service was excellent. A small note: when the entrées came out, our server, Kristen, and two bussers carrying a plate in each hand paused so they could place the plates in front of us at the exact same time, a sign of a well-trained staff. We never felt rushed and were given nicely packaged take-home bags as our portions were very generous. I'll have a nice turkey sandwich for lunch today.


    THE CAPITAL GRILLE
    87 Yorktown Center
    Lombard, IL 60148
    (630) 627-9800

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