Not interested in preparing a full Thanksgiving dinner this year? Chicago restaurants are offering takeout meal kits that make serving a Turkey Day feast easy.
Holiday Gourmet to Go
Enjoy heat-and-serve dinners at home with all the sumptuous sides, desserts, and even adult beverages. Here are a few Chi-town spots with excellent Thanksgiving offerings to help keep your holidays safe and socially distant.
RPM Steak has a traditional, heat-and-service Thanksgiving spread for 4 with all the fixings. There are nine items in the takeout meal box including a Slagel Family Farms turkey, fall harvest salad, aged parmesan risotto, garlic whipped mashed potatoes, and dried fruit stuffing. Be sure to save room for dessert! The 14K chocolate cake is flaked with gold leaf is the definition of opulence and sure to get all the likes on Instagram. The entire meal is $225 and available for prepaid pickup on Thanksgiving Day from noon-7:30 p.m.
Kick up your at-home turkey feast with Bub City’s smoked turkey Thanksgiving dinner package. The takeaway meal for four ($175) comes with half a turkey while the meal for 8 ($275) includes a whole bird. Don’t worry, it comes with all the trimmings including celery and sage stuffing, mashed potatoes, country gravy, autumnal salad, and cranberry sauce. If you don’t need the whole feast, Bub City’s BBQ meats, sides, and whole pies are also available a la carte. Who could say no to chocolate peanut butter pie or a warm, cinnamon apple crumble? Place to-go orders by November 25 and they’ll be ready for pickup on Thanksgiving Day from 9 am- 1 pm.
Whether you want to tackle the bird yourself or let the professionals take care of the poultry, BOKA has a meal box to suit your needs. Their dinner for four ($270) including a free-range roasted turkey breast and leg confit also comes with four sides, cranberry sauce, and dessert. Pig out on prune and chicken sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, Brussels sprouts with apples and bacon, and delicious crushed sweet potatoes. Be sure to save room for the pumpkin layer cake covered in creamy brown butter frosting. With or without a turkey, the meal kit comes with detailed reheating instructions for hassle-free meal prep. Make the meal more festive and add on the Thanksgiving wine trio (designed to pair perfectly with the holiday meal kit) or their signature bottled cocktail (serves two) made with brown butter-washed bourbon. Let BOKA take care of the whole day from breakfast to dinner and add a gooey coffee cake or cinnamon rolls to your order. Orders must be placed by noon on November 21.
Looking for something less traditional for Thanksgiving? Momotaro, an exquisite Japanese fine dining establishment in the Fulton Market District, is serving up an innovative at-home Thanksgiving experience sans turkey. Delightfully named, the Le Quack Momotaro Thanksgiving Feast ($300) includes a tea-smoked and soy glazed whole roasted Rohan duck, duck confit rice with maitake mushrooms, curry-spiced kabocha squash with Japanese turnips, mushrooms, and shishito, and a kabocha trifle for dessert. Liven up the meal with wine, sake, or a cocktail kit. Either of the two cocktail kits (one vodka-based and tequila-based) serves 16 and comes with detailed instructions to bring your at-home mixology dreams to life. Prepaid pickup is available from noon-4 p.m. November 24 and 25.
Brindille is putting their signature French twist on Thanksgiving this year. A locally-raised turkey and sides can be ordered a la carte, but a full Thanksgiving feast for two is available for $160. The two-person package includes sliced white meat turkey breast, an autumnal green salad, potato mousseline, traditional stuffing, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, gravy, and cranberry sauce. Couples should leave room for dessert because the meal kit also includes a pear and almond galette, pumpkin delice (similar to a mousse), and a pint of ice cream. Those that want to get a bit more to eat can add on several Brindille favorites including a boneless prime rib or beef (serves 12-18), French camembert wrapped in filo (serves eight), or a chilled shrimp cocktail with avocado mousse (one dozen). Adult beverages like hot buttered rum or classic, Vieux Carres are available as well for added holiday cheer.