I decided for this holiday I deserve a break from cooking every meal every day (thanks pandemic). Instead, I ordered Thanksgiving Dinner To Go and I couldn’t be more delighted. Our family of three plans to eat a delicious Thanksgiving meal while talking over Zoom with my immediate family. My in laws live in Europe and don’t celebrate Thanksgiving.
I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we’ll get really lucky with some beautiful weather on Thursday because I’d really like to do something active, such as go for a hike, prior to eating a very satisfying meal. Even though I’m always stuffed (pun intended) after Thanksgiving dinner, it’s my absolute favorite meal I wait for with great anticipation every year.
Unfortunately, the history behind this holiday is horrifically tragic and should be properly taught in school. But the aspect I enjoy about the current way we celebrate: it’s the only holiday where the objective for most Americans is to sit down at a table with family and/or friends to enjoy a feast and conversation. I might just start a petition to change the date and historical meaning behind Thanksgiving so I may continue enjoying turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie.
If you live in the Chicago area and you still don’t have Thanksgiving dinner plans, I have some suggestions for you so please keep reading. After asking my local parenting groups for recommendations regarding where to order a Thanksgiving dinner to go in the North Shore area, I’ve complied a list of places still taking orders as of Sunday, November 22nd. Here’s the list in alphabetical order:
Original Bagel & Bialy – This place looks like a fun and casual local hot spot I can’t wait to visit in person one day. And their Thanksgiving menu came highly recommended by many parents. As a family of three, we especially appreciate that they have a 2 – 3 person menu option.
Pescadero Seafood and Oyster Bar – I’ve never tried their Thanksgiving menu, but I give this restaurant two thumbs up for their daily, fantastic menu. The holiday menu does sound very appetizing and I’m sure it won’t disappoint. Why not add a bottle of white wine to your order?
Soul and Smoke – Believe it or not: the last time I checked they still had two spots left for delivery on Thanksgiving day (11:30 a.m. or 12 p.m.)! While the menu is a la cart, a $500 minimum order is required. Just take a look at the mouth-watering photos on their website.
The Fresh Market – My favorite, local grocery store where I stop by weekly. While it’s still part of a chain, it feels much more personal than a Whole Foods or Jewel Osco. And even though the Fresh Market doesn’t have a fully cooked Thanksgiving dinner ready for pickup, I included them on this list because they offer a lot of great tips and easy to prepare dishes.
Wildfire Restaurant – This restaurant was not only recommended by my local parenting group, it was also listed by the Chicago Tribune as one of the best Thanksgiving menus. Take a glance at their spectacular Thanksgiving feast by clicking here.