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Do Something Different This Thanksgiving

By Sophie Brochu

This year has been anything but typical. Why not shake things up with something besides turkey? Take your feast to the next level with Italian porchetta or crispy Peking duck. For parties of two, why not downsize your bird to a whole-roasted Middle-Eastern-style stuffed chicken? Whatever you decide, leave the cooking to the chefs, and order your takeout feast now—before it’s too late.

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TAO Chicago

Crispy Peking Duck

TAO is famous for their crispy Peking duck. This year, they’re offering it for Thanksgiving, along with hot & sour soup, shiitake mushroom gravy, miso-roasted squash, and turkey fried rice. Just heat and enjoy. Quantities are limited.

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Ms Chi Cafe

Whole Duck Family Feast Kit

Ms Chi Cafe is a casual Chinese American spot, but the quality of the food is up to par with any fine dining establishment. Order a whole Mary’s Farm tea-smoked duck feast à la chef Shirley Chung. You get steamed lotus buns, scallion pancakes, Chinese chicken salad, steamed rice, dumplings, and all of the necessary sauces.

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La Mar Cebicheria

Pato Asado

Bring La Mar home this Thanksgiving with a special Pato Asado. It’s a whole duck baked and seasoned with Peruvian Spices, stuffed with green rice, aji amarillo, and orange sauce. Build-your-own feast by adding Peruvian sides, empanadas, and for dessert: torta de calabaza or torta de chocolate.

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The avec Porchetta

Porchetta, or rolled pork roast, is considered an Italian classic. Treat yourself this holiday season with avec’s ready-to-cook roast. Rolled and tied, this porchetta is ready to take home and cook for your celebration. One porchetta feeds 12-15 guests. Round out your meal with some of avec’s Mediterranean classics, like the chorizo-stuffed Medjool dates.

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Saint Stephen

Chestnut-fed Pork Belly

Chef RJ Cooper has you covered with a curated Thanksgiving menu crossing between traditional and modern. While there are several entree choices, we’re here to talk about the chestnut-fed pork belly. It’s made with wild ginger-cider lacquer, chestnut milk, and chestnut salsa matcha. Also included: Crenshaw sweet potatoes.

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Elm & Good

Herb-crusted Ham

Let this herb-crusted ham be the star of your Thanksgiving feast. The team at Elm & Good is cooking up all the right fixings to go with it: sweet potato mash, caramelized onion and maitake stuffing, glazed carrots, and gruyere potato purée.

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Monty's Chicken & Waffles

Fried Chicken & Waffles

Thanksgiving is all about comfort food and classics. Enter: chicken and waffles. This chef-curated menu features Honey Stung fried chicken and waffles with hot sauce and honey butter. Select some tasty sides for a well-rounded meal. There’s apple sage stuffing, maple glazed yams, and macaroni & cheese.

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Reem's California

Djaj Mahshi

You don’t want to miss out on the Djaj Mahshi feast. It’s a roast chicken stuffed with spice rice, ground beef, and pine nuts. And why not chicken? It’s smaller than a turkey, delicious, and perfect for a 2-person feast. Add on a sweet & savory box filled with a dozen mini mua’jinaat and grab the date walnut pie for dessert.

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Whole Capon Chicken

The highlight of Reverie’s Thanksgiving kit is the whole capon, which is essentially an ultra-tender chicken. This one is seasoned with preserved lemon butter, herb, and truffle, and served with smoked chicken jus. The kit also includes roasted mushrooms, citrus marshmallow sweet potatoes, and a caramelized chocolate tart.

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Alexander's Steakhouse

Prime Rib Special

This steakhouse is doing what they do best this Thanksgiving. The prime rib special includes a 7-lb prime rib (seasoned and par-cooked so you can finish it at home), mashed potatoes, mushrooms, au jus, and creamed horseradish. It’s juicy and delicious and pairs best with red wine.

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Swift & Sons

Prime Rib Dinner

This 4-lb prime rib roast comes à la carte or as part of a dinner for four. Get the full feast with parker house rolls, fall apple salad, sweet potato casserole, roasted brussels sprouts, and pumpkin pie. Swift & Sons’ wine director has selected three excellent wine pairings to take dinner to the next level.

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Golden Ox

Winner Winner, Prime Rib Dinner

They do the prep, you get the glory: a signature hickory-smoked prime rib, seasoned to perfection. All you have to do is pop it in the oven and let the compliments roll in. Make it a full meal with traditional sides, a bottle of wine, and spiced old fashioneds.

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Build-your-own Vegetarian Feast

Handlebar is all about the scratch-made vegetarian and vegan comfort food. Feast on roasted vegetable pot pie, green bean casserole, herb stuffing, seitan sausage gravy, smoky plant-based mac and cheese, and pumpkin snickerdoodle cake. Add some farm-fresh spiked cider made with Rhine Hall Apple Brandy and candied orange peel.

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A Vegan Thanksgiving

Serenata has you covered with a full-on vegan feast. This one comes with seitan pot pie, wild rice, gravy, mashed potato gratin, Brussels sprouts casserole, stuffing, and pumpkin cheesecake. Complete your feast with boozy Calabaza sidecars.

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The Kitchen American Bistro

Roasted Red Kuri Squash Thanksgiving Meal

The main event is a beautiful Red Kuri squash, roasted whole with brown butter and served with pecans, cranberry, gorgonzola, and sorghum. To go with it? Spinach-artichoke dip with brie, fig jam, and toast. Harvest apple salad, milkbread rolls, seared Brussels sprouts, burnt maple sweet potatoes, and miso-braised greens.

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