Chicago is a city known for its food and friendliness. So I took this wild gang of acclaimed chefs, kitschy menus, James Beard Awards and Michelin Stars, and whipped up the very best for a Thanksgiving feast that’s sure to please. I’ve covered everything from old school to new classic and there’s a variation of effort–some these items can be prepared on your own in the comforts of your kitchen, enjoyed in house or reserved for easy pick up (no shame in that game).
Regardless, Thanksgiving is about blessings and Chicago has blessed us with some really, really incredible Thanksgiving options:
Real Urban Barbecue
Yes, I’m really recommending you order a turkey from a BBQ spot for your meal’s crown jewel. Real Urban Barbecue is in the business of meat and they prepare it exceptionally well. This bird is stuffed with fresh herbs and citrus and comes with homemade turkey gravy.
Longman & Eagle
This over-the-top side dish just might steal the show. This year L&E are offering a family style Thanksgiving option worthy of Michelin Stars, so if you are looking to pass on kitchen duty and treat yourself to a night out, this is the place.
Frontera and Xoco’s pastry chef, Melissa Novak
The best part of this casserole is that it can be amended for those who favor the sweet (hint: just add more brown sugar). The mascarpone gives the dish such a delightful richness that it’s no wonder said recipe is the most requested among Chef Novak’s family during the holiday.
Honey Butter Fried Chicken
Nearly every food critic and periodical has raved about the Honey Butter so let’s just say this: they do not disappoint. Carb load on their takeout side dishes: beautifully honeycomb-shaped muffins and their schmaltz mashed potatoes. These are the comfort foods of your Thanksgiving dreams!
Chef Stephanie Izard (The Girl & The Goat, Little Goat Diner)
With just three ingredients, this is hands down the easiest Thanksgiving recipe one could master. Assemble butter, cream cheese, and sea salt in a stand mixer and whip until it light and fluffy…then spread on absolutely everything.
Bang Bang Pie Shop
These fine folks take a fresh spin on an old classic–there is everything to love about the marrying of chocolate and pecans! With notes of maple syrup, dark chocolate and a housemade graham cracker crust, be prepared to swoon. The Shop recommends enjoying a slice while sipping hot coffee or a nip of bourbon (*happy sigh*). Don’t fret, pumpkin pie lovers, they have that too.
Hoosier Mama Pie Company
If you need to go a little rogue this holiday season then I suggest you go all in on this pie which tastes like rich custard yet somehow has a light finish. The name and flavor are unique, not to mention a great conversation starter for those who have strong pie allegiance.