Chicago Alternative Thanksgiving

In the mood to depart from the traditional Thanksgiving celebration? Check out these restaurants around the Chicago area for delicious food, beautiful atmosphere, and no mess to clean up after!

The Cape Cod Room at The Drake Hotel – Gold Coast/Streeterville

The Cape Cod Ballroom is open for an elegant brunch on Thanksgiving Day: November 25, 2010.  There are three seating available, and reservations are highly recommended. You can choose to celebrate at 11:45 AM, 2:00 PM And 3:45PM. Adult brunch is $110 and children’s are $29. Elaborate buffets and great children’s room make this the perfect place for your Thanksgiving feast!

Maggianos – River North

This Italian eatery is an unexpected treat for Thanksgiving fare, but it doesn’t disappoint. Celebrate the holiday with your friends & family at Maggiano’s Little Italy.  They’ll be serving a special Thanksgiving Day Menu that includes Traditional Roast Turkey, Country-Style Baked Ham, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Salads, Pastas, Pumpkin Praline Cheesecake, and more.

505 Zest – Gold Coast/Streeterville

This great restaurant offers a Thanksgiving buffet that features all the traditional trimmings, but so much more! Cozy up to the sushi bar for a new twist on holiday fixings. Adults pay $55 (with complimentary bubbly cocktail!), and children  5-12 are only $23 (comes with juice).

Stetson’s – Downtown/Loop

Stetson’s Chop House is offering a five course feast. For only $48 per person, this is a great deal for delicious food that delivers without breaking the bank. You have the choice of roasted turkey, prime rib, Chilean sea bass, and much more!

Mecat a la Planxa – South Loop

Mercat a la Planxa will be offering a Catalan-style Thanksgiving menu. For those of you unfamiliar with Catalan cuisine, here is a look at what it’s all about: “The essence of Catalan food lies in its sauces for meat and fish. There are five main types: sofregit (fried onion, tomato and garlic); samfaina or chanfaina (sofregit plus red pepper and aubergine or courgette); picada (based on ground almonds, usually with garlic, parsley, pine or hazel nuts, and sometimes breadcrumbs); allioli (pounded garlic with olive oil, often with egg yolk added to make more of a mayonnaise); and romesco (an almond, tomato, olive oil, garlic and vinegar sauce, also used as a salad dressing)” ( Interested in this eclectic gourmet food? Call Mercat a La Planxa for a reservation today. The price per person is $65.

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