Think about it. To cook your own Thanksgiving dinner costs in the neighborhood of $50 a person, according to a totally unscientific calculation of the cost of inflation added to the price in a USA Today article for 2013 Thanksgiving dinner. That ain’t cheap. And when you add in all the work, plus all the gas and electric energy you use to shop and to cook and all the hot water and soap you use to clean up, you’re lookin’ at a pricey holiday meal.
But who among us—if you’re among the lucky people who can afford it—would be willing to give up this wonderful tradition? Even our troops serving overseas get treated to a serious turkey dinner on this special day. So, please include in your Thanksgiving wishes all our wonderful service men and women working to keep us safe. And when you consider these additional time- and work-saving Thanksgiving dinner tasks that some of Chicago’s finest restaurants are offering to do for you—plan, shop, prepare, cook, serve, clean up, wash dishes—the prices begin to look like bargains.
This Thanksgiving, in addition to its Thanksgiving buffet, Shaw’s Crab House presents Thanksgiving-to-go, in either half (4-5 servings) or full (8-10 servings) sizes. Place orders at Shaw’s Chicago location at least 72 hours in advance and pick them up on Wednesday, November 25 and Thursday, November 26. Seasonal salads: chopped seafood salad $75 (half), $150 (full), chopped salad $52 /$104, Caesar salad $42/$84, organic mixed greens $35/$70, kale & spinach $42/$84, Asian salad $35/$70. Signature starters: mini crab cakes $90/$180, shrimp cocktail $32/$64, king crab bites $52/$104. Side dishes (all half sizes): braised Brussels sprouts $50, lobster mac & cheese $80, mashed potatoes $42, roasted cauliflower $50, au gratin potatoes $55, sautéed garlic spinach $50, creamed spinach $50, macaroni & cheese $50, cole slaw $14.
Ruth’s Chris Steak House (multiple locations), in addition to its 3-course dinner served in the comfort of the dining room, is offering family-size portions of its Thanksgiving sides to take home and save time in the kitchen—sweet potato casserole OR creamed spinach—for $29.95 to serve 10 to 12 people. Please call your local Ruth’s Chris for availability and to place your order. Allow up to 24 hours’ advance notice.
Brasserie by LM, 800 S. Michigan, is offering a $35 prix fixe menu from 11am on Thursday, November 26. Four courses include choice of: Appetizer: roasted chestnut soup with truffle oil and chives OR bitter green salad with escarole, radicchio, frisee, bleu cheese, pomegranate pom vin. Entree: roasted turkey roulade stuffed with chestnuts and collard greens with sweet potato mash and turkey gravy OR Fried Ham Steak with bacon and brussel sprout hash OR Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto with sautéed whitefish, pecan and sage brown butter. Sides: Green bean casserole or turkey stuffing with cranberry sauce. Dessert: Pumpkin pie OR apple & cranberry cobbler OR cheese plate
Dine in or take home
Ruth’s Chris Steak House is at your service to help you enjoy your time together (most locations open at 12 noon). Limited reservations are still available for their 3-course meal of Thanksgiving favorites. $41.95 per adult and $12.95 per child gets it all, plus extra of many dishes to take home and enjoy the next day. Appetizer: Louisiana seafood gumbo OR Caesar salad OR steak house salad. Entrée: sliced oven-roasted turkey with homemade gravy, Ruth’s sausage and herb stuffing, and cranberry relish. Sides: mashed potatoes OR sweet potato casserole OR creamed spinach. Dessert: pumpkin cheesecake and vanilla ice cream. Choose your Ruth’s Chris location and make a reservation or order your take-home sides.
If you’ve never used this service, you’re in for a delightful surprise. Peapod—those bright green trucks you see on the street all the time—is in the business of delivering your groceries all year. And it’s no different for your Thanksgiving feast. Fresh & frozen turkeys, all the fixin’s for delicious sides, desserts, or ready-to-heat complete stress-free meals. You pick.
Additional delivery slots have been added starting on Sunday so gobble one up quick! Lock in your delivery time now. And in case you have last-minute relatives deciding to show up, never fear. You can make updates to your order until order cut-off the night before! But hurry—reserve your delivery time now!