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Thanksgiving Event Roundup, Part 1

By Anthony Todd in Food on Nov 19, 2010 8:40PM

Sometimes, you don't want to cook a giant turkey (or tofurkey) and would prefer to have someone else do the work for you. This year, there are some great Thanksgiving options to peruse at restaurants all over Chicago! In fact, there are so many that we couldn't fit all of them into one post. Stay tuned Monday afternoon for even more events and offers - and make your reservations early!

While it may seem counter-intuitive, Texas de Brazil is a great place to go for Thanksgiving. Eat all the meat you want, just like at your grandma's house. They are offering a special Thanksgiving menu, including roasted turkey breast, sweet potato casserole and a pumpkin cheesecake, as well as their entire normal menu of roasted and grilled specialities. Plus, if you're looking to stuff yourself after some frantic shopping, the special dishes will also be available on Friday.

If you want something a little more elegant, check out the Drake Bros' at the Drake Hotel. Dine in style with champagne, a five course meal and live jazz. Earlier on Thanksgiving day at the Drake, tea at the Palm Court will be offered from 11-3:30. If you want to go really crazy, the Cape Cod room is offering a huge Thanksgiving brunch for $110 per adult. Call in advance to confirm menus and space.

Lockwood, at the Palmer House, will be serving up a huge Thanksgiving Buffet. A carving station will showcase maple, honey and molasses roasted turkey and country ham. Yum! All the fixings of thanksgiving will be available, as well as brunch items to order.

If you want to add a French twist to your Thanksgiving (and save a little money) Bistro Margot will be offering a three-course prix fie menu for $33. Mix and match traditional french classics (Tarte au Brie, Sole Limande, Pudding au Grand Marnier) with some slightly more Thanksgiving-y fare, including a Butternut squash, hazelnut and cranberry soup and oven-roasted turkey with sweet potato gratin.

For something dramatic (and amazing, we're sure) make reservations for Vermillion's Indian-Latin fusion Thanksgiving. For $55, each person will get a 5-course meal including warm columbian yucca cake,pumpkin and acorn squash curry leaf soup and fenugreek black cardamom-smoked turkey breast. If you're looking to change things up this year, we can't think of a better Thanksgiving option.