Thanksgiving 2011: It’s Turkey Time

22 Nov

With Thanksgiving just a couple days away, we wanted to make sure that everyone had somewhere to go and enjoy a delicious, traditional turkey meal.  Many of you are fortunate to have your family nearby and will be enjoying an enormous spread of home-cooked food but there are many others who have no place to go for the holidays.  NowYouKnow wanted to share a list of local area restaurants offering a free or reasonably priced Thanksgiving Day meal.  Here is our list.  Bon Apetit!

Enjoy a FREE Thanksgiving Day meal courtesy of the lovely folks at Tapas Valencia in the South Loop.  They stopped taking reservations last week but it’s always worth it to check in case someone cancelled.

Holiday Inn Mart Plaza | 15th Floor | 350 W. Mart Center Drive | Chicago, IL 60654 | 312.529.1157 |

ItaliAsia Thanksgiving Buffet
Thursday, November 24
$24.95 for adults and $15.95 for children 12 and under
Guests are invited to celebrate Thanksgiving in style this year at ItaliAsia Restaurant in the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza.  From 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Italiasia will offer a unique Italian-Asian inspired Thanksgiving Buffet featuring an array of items.  Lunch and dinner service from the regular menu will also be available in addition to the buffet.  Buffet menu items will include: Chicken Won Ton Soup, Tuscan Puree White Bean Soup, Honey Glazed Country Ham, Roasted Fresh Amish Tom Turkey with Country Giblet Gravy, Country Stuffing, Fresh Honey Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Fresh Roasted Sweet Corn, Pasta Bolognese, Mediterranean Salad, Fresh Mozzarella with Roma Tomatoes, Roasted Asparagus and Wild Mushroom Tortellini Salad, Mini Assorted Pastries, Pumpkin Pie with Fresh Cream, Sweet Potato Pie, Pecan Pie and much more.  Full menu available upon request.  Reservations are required.


Blackout Wednesday
Porkchop, the West Loop’s only late night BBQ and whiskey spot, presents “Blackout Wednesday” specials.  On Wednesday, November 23, Porkchop invites guests to celebrate Black Wednesday with exclusive drink specials including The Blackout (PBR & whiskey shot, $5) and Crazy Train Shots (three shots – vodka pineapple, vodka cranberry, vodka apple pucker, $3).  Guests will enjoy live music from local punk rock band, The Frantic, and from Rolling Stones Cover Band, Beggars Banquet.  No cover charge for guests 21 and over.

Thanksgiving Prix Fixe
Diners will enjoy Porkchop’s three-course Thanksgiving Prix Fixe on Thursday, November 24.  For only $22, guests can enjoy Thanksgiving favorites like Apple and Walnut Salad with a cranberry vinaigrette, Deep Fried Turkey with cornbread sausage stuffing, Down South Style Green Beans with Ham, Rosemary Garlic Roasted Potatoes and more.  Diners can finish off the meal with Pumpkin Pie or Sweet Potato Pecan Pie.  Full prix fixe menu available below.  Regular Porkchop menu will also be available.  Reservations encouraged – (312) 733-9333.

WHEN: Blackout Wednesday: Wednesday, November 23, 11:30 AM – 2:00 AM
            Thanksgiving: Thursday, November 24, 11:30 AM – 2:00 AM

              941 W Randolph St.
              Chicago IL, 60607
              (312) 733-9333

November 24 : 5:30 p.m. – 2 a.m. at Kit Kat Lounge (3700 N. Halsted) – Donate a canned good and get a fifty percent discount on your food and drink bill. Chef Mark Kasper prepares a $30 dinner ($15 with donation) including a pumpkin martini, roasted Japanese pumpkin soup and roasted sage turkey with green bean casserole, cornbread stuffing and potato puree. Diva Kinley Preston performs (7:30 p.m.). – FYI: I am tempted to ditch my Thanksgiving plans for this steal of a deal!

For all of you vegetarians that don’t speak Turkey, The Chicago Diner has you covered.  They will be celebrating their 29th annual Vegan Thanksgiving with a menu full of delicious bites.  To dine-in you must make a reservation and a deposit or booth fee is required and seatings are at 12:00, 2:00, 4:00, & 6:00.  Carry-Out will also be available starting at just $10.99.  Some options include: Veggie Turkey, Pumpkin Ravioli, Green Beans Amandine, Herb Stuffing, and more.  More details here.

Enjoy a traditional Turkey Dinner (b/w 1-8pm) for under $20 in addition to our regular dinner menu. Childrens portion available as well. $18.95 for adults, $12.95 for children.  Call (312) 664-5264 to make your reservation.

The Market Bistro at Fox & Obel is offering a Thanksgiving Day buffet for under $30.  Seating Reservations available at 1pm, 3pm, 5pm. Thanksgiving Buffet Featuring Everyone’s Holiday Meal Favorites! $29.99 for Adults, 12 and under $16.99 plus tax and gratuity.  Please call 312.379.0132 for reservations.

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