The Best “Wintertime” Restaurants in Los Angeles

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Few will argue that Los Angeles is not home to the best year-round weather of any city in the continental United States (we see you, San Diego). Sun is culture here and our year-round Mediterranean climate gives our city its identity. Now, LA will never fake being a four-season city, but winter is in fact a thing here. Jackets get unearthed and rain falls from the sky (FINALLY!). It’s a chance to get cozy with significant others, sip on hot chocolate cause you’re actually cold and a time to look back with nostalgia at the snow-laden landscape you probably left behind years ago. While almost every restaurant here knows how to dine under the sun, a few gems take advantage of the opposite. Here are a few of our favorite restaurants to make you feel like it’s winter outside:

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Rao’s

1006 Seward St, Hollywood

Probably most famous for being “the hardest reservation in America”, this East Harlem stronghold made the leap westward last year arriving on a quiet, mostly residential street in Hollywood. The jury is still out on whether this NYC food titan has successfully made the jump to Los Angeles, but no one can deny the nostalgic ambiance that rushes over you upon entering through its doors. Wave goodbye to California because you are transported immediately to the Italian New York that you only see on HBO. It’s warm and welcoming but quietly intimidating, as if everyone sitting at the tables just wrapped up a blockbuster mob deal. And that’s the fun of it. Festive wreaths decorate the rich red interior and as you fork through their world-famous meatballs; your imagination can’t help but wonder if you’ll ever be able to hail a cab in that snowstorm outside.

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Republique

624 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles

Many cities around the globe conjure up winter romanticism at its finest. New York, London, Rome, Munich… But few rival the fairytale glow of Paris during the cold months. At Republique, Walter Manzke combines world-class dining with one of the most awe-inspiring restaurant spaces in the city. Sitting in Republique’s main dining room is like eating dinner in an old church on the banks of the Seine. The three separate, but entirely visible kitchens evoke the feeling of a bustling food market. It’s cozy, vibrant, and intoxicatingly romantic. What else could you ever want on a chilly night in December?

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Cadet

2518 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica

The newest restaurant on our list, Cadet has only been open a few months and is already making waves across the city for its exceptional food and warm, welcoming interior. Let’s just say there aren’t very many restaurants in this city that dedicate a portion of their space to a floor-to-ceiling wood-burning oven. It’ll be fun to watch this exciting restaurant mature and grow around Santa Monica’s youthful beach vibe, especially when Cadet already seems to be changing the game. And just in time to give our rain-soaked hearts a place to cozy up and stay warm.

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Little Dom’s

2128 Hillhurst Avenue, Los Feliz

Frankly, what doesn’t Little Dom’s do well? This Eastside institution somehow still brilliantly flies under the radar, giving it’s charming neighborhood a place they can call their own. Reservations can be tough to get, but once you’re inside you understand what makes this place so special. It’s reminds you of a restaurant that should reside in another city, all the while having Los Angeles running through its veins. Hipsters, businessmen, celebrities, and families. Everyone comes to Little Dom’s for something not found often in our city – a cozy, romantic, and downright delicious neighborhood Italian joint.When there’s that tiny bite in the December air, nothing serves the soul better than that.

Nevermind the Milk: Girl Scout Cookie Pairings

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The holidays bring a certain merriment, mirth, and childlike disposition that, truth be told, we aren’t ready to give up when they’re all over. So, when your local Girl Scout troop comes to your door to give you the shakedown, go ahead and stalk up, because we have just the thing to make the holiday happiness linger: Wine and beer pairings.

There are over ten varieties of cookies for you to choose from. And, let’s be honest, a few reign supreme over the others. So, rather than have a sampling platter, we’re here to help you gorge yourself with the three best cookies and their adult-beveraged suitors.

Samoas

If we’re handing out medals to Girl Scout Cookies, these coconut and chocolate rings belong somewhere in the winner’s circle. I mean, there’s no way you can call this cookie anything but a dessert. And because of that, naturally, they pair well with a dessert wine (preferably red); the safe bet’s a Port. For beer, the heavier the better. Many have paired this cookie with a Stout to high success, while others turn towards a Scotch Ale (Founders’ Dirty Bastard has been popular). The darker the better; try to match the shade of chocolate*.

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Nothing screams childhood like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. So, to pair anything with this peanut butter filled cookie really seems sacrilege. This is why the best pairings are with naturally fruity alcohols. Most see success with Zinfandels, but any jammy wine won’t turn you in the wrong direction. With beers, Belgian Ales, specifically lambics, are highly recommended. Look for any beers brewed with berries (like Lindeman’s Framboise).

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Thin Mints

The unofficial champion of the Girl Scout Cookie family also just happens to have one of the strongest flavors. For this pairing to work, you’ll need a drink that is as strong (or can at least hold its own). Much like with the Samoas, the darker beers pair well. Many seek out Stouts (Great Divide’s Yeti is popular), and you cant’ go wrong with Porters. This cookie allows, and encourages, the most experimentation, since you know you can the mint flavor can stand its ground against bolder flavors, but the balance is key. For wine, for exampled, I recommend one that’s full bodied; A Syrah is the favorite, and how sweet you choose to go with this red is completely up to you. The world’s your oyster!

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*No scientific evidence backs the idea that matching shades improves taste.

Sawtelle Boulevard: LA’s Most Unlikely Culinary Destination

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Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Venice, Santa Monica, The Historic Core. These are just some of the names and places synonymous with housing the culinary elite of Los Angeles. There’s Silverlake, Koreatown, Culver City and The Arts District, representing the new class of chefs and restaurants quickly making their exciting, youthful mark on the city. And then, somewhere between the cracks of all that, tucked under the cold shadows of the 405 Freeway sits Sawtelle Boulevard. To most Los Angelenos, this West LA thoroughfare is known as option A, B, and C for when the 405 is its usual bumper to bumper hell zone. But for the several blocks that sit roughly between Santa Monica Blvd and Pico, something entirely different has taken place. With a decidedly Japanese influence, Sawtelle has exploded in the last several years into one of the most surprising culinary destinations in the entire city. Below we highlight the most exciting places right now on this little boulevard that could.

Tsujita LA

2057 Sawtelle Blvd

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Finally distancing itself from the microwavable noodle/sodium powder that American college kids use to sustain life, actual ramen has become one of the latest food crazes to sweep the country and, in particular, Los Angeles. In almost every corner of the city, traditional ramen bars seem to be popping up but Tsujita on Sawtelle arguably still holds court above them all. To say Tsujita has a cult following is an understatement. Lines wrap out the door almost every day of the week at this Tokyo transport full of customers anxious to try their legendary tsukemen. It’s hard to say if Tsujita is the reason for Sawtelle’s culinary explosion, but it most certainly played a major hand.

The Ladies’ Gunboat Society at Flores

2024 Sawtelle Blvd

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Earlier this year, the Sawtelle staple Flores made a bold move and opened up a semi-permanent pop-up inside its very own restaurant. Unconventional to say the least, The Ladies Gunboat Society was born and Los Angelenos have reaped the benefits. Chef Brian Dunsmoor is bringing real-deal Low Country cuisine to our city and the results are phenomenal. What part of chicken-fried rabbit, succotash and buttermilk pie doesn’t sound good? Come for happy hour and you’ll get fried chicken and a beer for $12. OKAY. Charleston may well be the hottest culinary city of 2014, but Chef Dunsmoor just saved us all a plane ticket.

Daikokuya

2208 Sawtelle Blvd

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Late last year Daikokuya, the old-school Little Tokyo staple, opened its 2nd location on Sawtelle and absolutely no one complained about it. They brought with it all the charming, kitschy decor and no frills menu that made the Little Tokyo original so endearing. But in the competitive land of Sawtelle, your japanese cuisine had better stand out. Daikokuya has all their bases covered and more. Come for their ramen of course, but stay for their outstanding rice bowls, gyozas and takoyaki (pan-fried balls of octopus). Daikokuya’s westward trek is one more feather in Sawtelle’s hat. The city’s most well-established names are now getting in on the action.

Plan Check Kitchen + Bar

1800 Sawtelle Blvd

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With its unforgiving American flair, Plan Check plays a very important part in Sawtelle’s short history. Not only was it’s 2012 opening the start of what would become a mini Plan Check empire in the city, it also signaled Sawtelle’s move from tiny ethnic enclave to a diverse culinary destination ready for take-off. With Plan Check’s arrival, bringing its top-notch burgers to the ‘hood, more eyes than ever were now placed firmly on Sawtelle’s humble blocks. Plan Check provides that perfect upscale hang-out vibe without any of the high maintenance that is so often unachievable. An award-winning jidori chicken dish and a top-notch beer selection help their cause as well. But above all, its another jewel in the tiny crown that Sawtelle, and thus Los Angeles, can wear proudly.

Eating Out with the Taste Savant App

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Deciding where to dine can be tricky; there are many things to consider: what you want to eat, who you are eating with, what they might want to eat where you are, and the all-important quality of the food can make any savvy dinner’s head spin. Luckily even when on the go the Taste Savant app is there to ensure that you feel confident about each meal choice you make. So let’s pretend we are out and about and see what we find…

Today we will see where we end up when hanging out near Washington Square Park.

Breakfast
Distance: Current Location
Cuisine: American
Cost: $$
Occasion: brunch

Result: The Smile
26 Bond St
Pic_03This cafe-style restaurant set just below seat level feels like walking into the dining equivalent of a hug. Tasting Table and New York Magazine have both given this cozy spot points. NYM applauds the chef for cooking “like an especially talented dinner-party hostess, re-creating taste memories of places she’s been and dishes she’s loved” and TT raves about the stay-as-long-as-you-want atmosphere and the killer sea salt chocolate chip cookies.

Lunch
Distance: .1 mile from Current Location
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Cost: $$$
Occasion: Bustling

Result: Balaboosta
214 Mulberry St. New York, New York 10012
Fried Olives with house made labneWhatever you decide to have for lunch you must start with an order of the deep-fried olives served on a “bed” of homemade labne. A quick overview of the write-ups from Tasting Table, Time Out, The New York Times, and New York Magazine give insight into the best dishes at the midday hour. Along with the olives, the roasted cauliflower and grilled skirt steak make a lunch to love.

Dinner
Distance: Current Location
Cuisine: Vegetarian Friendly
Cost: $$$
Occasion: Bar Seating

Result: Aroma Kitchen and Wine Bar
36 E 4th St
After a delightful lunch it was up to Taste Savant to make an equally satisfying dinner selection. This charming Italian spot has been awarded the ever faithful title of bib gourmand from Michelin. It’s the perfect place to pull up a spot at the bar and try a few wines with the help of their friendly bartender. Fried baby artichokes and orecchiette with broccolini round out this relaxed dinner destination.

Tell us where the Taste Savant App has lead you!

 

Three for $30 (Lincoln Square)

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If we get down to brass tacks, North Center/Lincoln Square pretty much has it all: Great bars, high-end restaurants, and, if your electric bill was a little high this month, cheap eats for the whole day!

Let’s visualize: Saturday morning. Fridge is empty. You have $30 to last you all day for food. Here’s the meal-to-meal breakdown that will leave you and your wallet happy:

Breakfast

Baker Miller

4610 N Western Ave

Opening up only this passed spring, this has to be the breakfast of choice in the neighborhood. Not only is this where carb-o-loaders can rejoice, but you can get a nice bit of protein in your system if you’re a discerning carnivore.

1) Grits ($9.25) Definitely ups your breakfast budget, but these grits do come loaded with preserved tomatoes, a soft egg, and pickled kale.

2) Sausage link ($3.95) and a plum muffin ($3.25) Any light eater in the morning should be sated with this combination. This leaves room for a larger lunch (or tactically places you to splurge on dinner).

These are the grits. This is your breakfast. For every day for the rest of your life.

Lunch

River Valley Farmer’s Table

1820 W Wilson Ave

Once lunch rolls around, you’re going to get hungry (that’s obvious), but you also aren’t going to like getting any thing less than a deal. This is where we turn to the sandwiches at River Valley. Not only do you get to add a side for $1, you can add an egg, bacon, or cheese for $1 as well. Plus, no sandwich exceeds $10 as it is.

1) For vegetarians, I recommend either the Falafel Burrito or the Miso Portabella Bahn Mi (Both $8).

2) If you opted for the grains for breakfast and need a little meat, go for the Chicken Salad or the Pulled Pork (once again, both $8)

The sides you can get with these sandwiches for a fair $1 include mac ‘n’ cheese, chili, and french fries.

Bonus: Bottomless coffee if you’re an eat-in diner for $2.99.

Dinner

Sticky Rice

4018 N Western Ave

As we wind down in the day, we’ve gone two meals with little to no spice… and that’s a sin. The great thing about Thai cuisine is that there’s always room to add some spice, or to enjoy it without if that’s your preference. At Sticky Rice, no noodle dish exceeds $9, unless you opt for the more premium meat choices (there’s also a vegetarian option of having tofu as your protein across the board). However, here are a few other choices, all fitting within the designated budget:

1) Gang Hung Lay ($8.50, with a serving of rice $10) – For those seeking out heat, this pork dish is cooked in a chili paste. Personally, I’d go with a serving of rice in case you underestimate your spice tolerance.

2) Pad Brussels Sprouts ($8.50) stir fried with your choice of protein and served with rice, This is your average price range for most non-seafood dishes.

The curry section of the menu, unless you splurged on lunch, should fit within your budget. This menu as a whole is, quite frankly, your oyster with all of it’s affordable dishes.

Like before, this is only one chain of events in regards to spending a day in the North Center/Lincoln Square area. If you’ve gone (or plan to go) exploring in this neighborhood, and you have a “Three for $30,” definitely share with us! We’re all on the same team when it comes to eating out affordably!

Restaurants Doing Kale Right

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Kale is hip, delicious, and an amazing way to get some leafy greens (hello iron, fiber, and protein!) in your diet after the heavy – yet heavenly – Thanksgiving dinner. So treat yourself and head to one of these restaurants doing kale right.

Northern Spy Food Co.
511 E 12th St
Get your abused – yet happy – stomach ready for this killer kale salad stuffed with cheddar, pecorino, delicata squash.

Chuko
552 Vanderbilt Ave
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Sweet Green 
413 Greenwich St
Screen Shot 2014-11-28 at 11.56.03 AMCaesar salad may be classic, but just give the kale version a whirl — this will become your new go-to.

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605 Carlton Ave

Screen Shot 2014-11-28 at 11.49.49 AMKale salad with a perfectly poached egg brings the best part of brunch and dinner together to create a flawless meal.

Sweet Chick 
164 Bedford Ave
This rich and creamy kale salad is perfect for the meat lover, hesitant to give up their coveted steak. The thick sliced bacon adds a serious new levels to this salad with subtle lemon flavors.

Tipsy Parson
156 9th Ave
Embedded image permalinkTipsy Parson makes a lovely Tuscan kale salad filled with almonds, pecorino, crispy shallots and an killer mushroom vinaigrette.

Filling the Void Left by Hot Doug’s

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As we approach the two month milestone of us surviving without The Sausage Superstore, Hot Doug’s, many of us have gone far and wide to find a place to get our sausage fix (I have, also, become pretty handy with a grill during this time). To help you in your search, we have compiled a list where you can get find your basic sausage done right, but also get a taste for the more experimental varieties. Have fun!

Chicago’s Dog House

816 W Fullerton Ave

With a menu filled with jokes and puns, it may not seem like this hot dog counter has much, being right next to the DePaul University Lincoln Park campus. Can you get your basic Chicago dog? Yeah, sure. However, the true treasures lie in the gourmet sausage side menu. The favorite? The Alligator sausage with Asian chili sauce, but one would be hard pressed to find a gourmet sausage not worth trying at this location. Be sure to add an order of frips (Think a garland of potato chips).

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Franks ‘N’ Dawgs

1863 N Clybourn Ave

You’ll be happy to hear most sausages are made in-house, here, and quickly fine that the key to these sausages aren’t always what’s on the inside, but what it’s paired with. If you’re looking for a fork and knife meal, the Brunch Dog (Pork loin sausage, fried egg, bacon, and maple syrup) is a crowd favorite. That’s not to say you would go wrong with the Banh Mi or The Taco Dawg varieties.

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Paulina Meat Market

3501 N Lincoln Ave

This is the more DIY approach. If you were a regular at Hot Doug’s, you knew the duck sausage was the go-to menu item. The best approach is to go to the source itself, Paulina Meat Market. Among the duck sausages ($10.20/pound), one can find plenty of other encased meats to let you experiment. Make ‘em just like Doug used to make, if you have the courage.

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Where to Eat in NYC for Thanksgiving

Eating an amazing restaurant meal in lieu of slaving over a turkey is one of New York City’s many luxuries. We are spoiled to the bone with stunning decor and exquisite tasting menus and we are not afraid to exploit it. But with so many restaurants to choose from, where to even start when planning the most important feasting day of the year? Luckily we have narrowed it down to the some of our favorite places to bring your Thanksgiving cohort on the 27th. Best part? No clean-up required.

Manhattan

Pearl and Ash
220 Bowery St. 

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Pearl and Ash might be billed as a wine bar, but there is more than meets the eye, and they’re ready to prove it. Also, when was eating somewhere known for a progressive wine collection ever a bad decision? Their special Thanksgiving menu plays on classics with dishes offering turkey 3-ways and a pumpkin, caramel, and pecan candy bar, all sure to please.

$95 per person | 5 courses + dessert

The Breslin
16 West 29th St.

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Nothing says Thanksgiving quite like the cozy and well-designed dining room of April Bloomfield’s English inspired restaurant. Here your will be able to enjoy perfectly executed pub fare, which shys away from the classic turkey center piece, and instead opting for Cornish game hen or long Island fluke. The choice is yours.

$75 per person | 3 courses + dessert

Betony
41 West 57th St. 

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Thanksgiving need not only be about amazing food. Betony is the perfect restaurant for Turkey-day if you’re looking to imbibe and eat in style. The menu served is a four-course feast but the most exciting caveat on this November menu is the presence of unlimited sides. Anyone who calls themselves a lover of sides should call up Betony before the reservations disappear.

$135 per person ($60 for people under 12) | 4 courses + dessert

Eleven Madison Park
11 Madison Ave.

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Thanksgiving tasting menus might seem tasty but Elven Madison Park will do you a solid by reducing their normal prix-fix sum. Find yourself at one of the best reviewed restaurants for one of the most important food days of the year. We promise you will not be disappointed.

$195 per person | 4 courses + dessert

Brooklyn

The Elm
160 North 12th St. 

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Hidden underground but filled with natural light streaming in from the ground floor windows, this Williamsburg joint is the hippest place to dine this Thanksgiving. The best part about this menu is that it is prix-fix with wiggle room; fill your table up with sides that are à la carte and help yourself to a myriad of options. Go nuts.

$75 per person ($37 if you’re 12 and under) | 3-courses + à la carte sides ($9)

Glasserie
95 Commercial St.

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Step out of your Thanksgiving routine and into this Greenpoint restaurant that will be serving up a Thanksgiving feast with Middle Eastern influences and savory babka that will have you dreaming for days. With Thanksgiving innovation that tastes this good, it will be hard to revert to the old turkey and stuffing dishes (you’ve been warned). Not only is the food stellar, but the setting is begging for the perfect, festive photo shoot by the water before sitting down to your feast.

$65 per person | A Thanksgiving feast

Meadowsweet
149 Broadway

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This Williamsburg gem is the perfect place to indulge in a traditional turkey dinner. The folks at Meadowsweet know how to please and their Thanksgiving dinner is classic, but with enough twist and turns to make for an delightfully homey meal. You will be more than happy to entrust Meadowsweet with the hosting responsibilities for the feast.

$75 per person | 3 courses

Lea
1022 Cortelyou Rd. 

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Some times Thanksgiving is best enjoyed in your neighborhood restaurant and that is exactly why you should go out of your way for Lea’s Thanksgiving dinner. The menu is simple, but perfect: a turkey will all the fixings. If their day-to-day success in the kitchen says anything, this meal is going to be a winner.

$65 per person ($30 for children) | Roast turkey with all the fixings

Where to Have Thanksgiving Dinner in Chicago

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Let’s face it, you’ve been in the situation where you wanted to have everyone over for Thanksgiving, but couldn’t fit them in your apartment. Nationwide, cities across America celebrate Thanksgiving in a similar fashion. In Chicago, you have seemingly endless options for a Thanksgiving outing, an overflow of buffets and prix-fix menus. We have but a small list of what’s going on Thanksgiving Day in Chicago:

David Burke’s Primehouse

616 N. Rush St

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One of the many prix-fixe menus offered for the holidays at $60* (plus supplemental charges for a select few dishes) gets you a four course meal. With appetizers ranging from polenta to a pumpkin and crab bisque, you must be sure to leave room for the main course: with the possibility for the traditional turkey and gravy dinner, or even a cider brined pork chop.

All main courses come fully equipped with family style sides including stuffing, mac ‘n’ cheese, and whipped potatoes.

*$20 for kids 12 and under. Five and under eat free.

Shaw’s Crab House

21 E. Hubbard St

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If a buffet is more your speed, and you want a healthy dose of seafood, grab the family and head to this River North spot. For $75, $20 if you’re 12 and under, you can enjoy access to the buffet. With the seafood bar ranging from oysters on the half shell, to sushi, and several types of salad, you might almost forget you’re there for the turkey. The carvery also includes king crab legs and beef tenderloin. Be sure to leave room for dessert, where they offer four types of pies.

The Boarding House

720 N. Wells

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Between noon and 8pm, you have the option of dining at this River North spot for only $65 ($38 gets you additional wine pairings). Each of the four courses offer a vegetarian option. Some options for the main course include butternut squash risotto, a braised short rib (paired with comforting, creamy polenta), and the classic turkey dinner.

Travelle

316 N. Wabash Ave

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Known for their seafood, it only makes sense that this River North space would be just as much seafood as it is traditional holiday meals. The prix-fix menu, at $80 per person ($40 for kids ten and under) has appetizers where you’ll have to decide between a classic fall salad and a salmon crepe. The main dishes have the same range, where you can get the classic turkey dinner or a pumpkin crusted striped bass.

Additional menu items can be ordered and are served family style.

Big Jones

5347 N. Clark St

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One of the more moderately priced dinners in the city can be found in Andersonville. At $49 a plate ($20 if you’re 12 or under), this bountiful feast boasts bread service, a choice of soup (Navy Pea Soup, Gumbo, or an oyster stew), vegetables served family style, entrées (including cornbread-stuffed trout, crab cakes, and turkey dinner), with it all culminating to a choice of desserts (cake, pie, or pudding)… good luck.

Bistronomic

840 N. Wabash Ave

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Serving up a $55 three course dinner, with an optional cheese selection for $15, you can expect the same quality French cuisine, despite the American holiday. Appetizers include a selection of salads and a duck confit, among other dishes. The main course has a vegetarian pumpkin ravioli, while carnivorous entrées include filet mignon, roasted turkey, and a pike dish. For dessert, you can enjoy a range of sweet tarts and rich chocolate dishes.

River Roast

315 N. LaSalle St

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Celebrating their first Thanksgiving, the team at River Roast is presents the classic turkey dinner with all the trimmings, including a dessert. Guests will even get a voucher to return for Sunday’s Blues and Brews Brunch. Hours are from noon to 7pm.

Allium

120 E. Delaware St

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Our final restaurant on the list takes diners to the Gold Coast. For $155 ($55 if you’re in between 5 and 12 years old), you can enter the buffet. With a variety of stations each serving up something different, the Thanksgiving staples are, of course, present along with a charcuterie station and an Asian-inspired station. Seasonal desserts include a sweet corn cremeaux, sweet potato flan, and, the star of the holiday, a pumpkin tart.

Happy feasting and happy holidays!

A New Thanksgiving Staple: Pumpkin Cheesecake

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Thanks to Lady M, for nearly five years now, the star dessert of every Thanksgiving hasn’t been the blueberry pie, the pecan pie, nor the pumpkin pie, but the gorgeous, silken textured Pumpkin Nuage. Along with the Mille Crepe and Strawberry Shortcake, Lady M dominates the podium in my dessert book, so it’s reign over Thanksgiving desserts does not come as much of a surprise. Being the competitive person that I am, I decided to use Lady M’s Pumpkin Nuage as inspiration and make a light, heavily spiced crustless pumpkin ricotta cheesecake. pumpkin-cheesecake

 

Ingredients: 

  • 2 1/2 c whole-milk ricotta
  • 1/2 c plus 1 Tbsp mascarpone
  • 1/3 c sugar
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt divided (1/2 tsp and 1/4 tsp)
  • 1 c canned pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 c heavy cream
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon (I added an extra 1/2 tsp)
  • 1/2 ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom

Special Equipment:

  • 18″ roasting pan

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 300ºF
  2. Puree ricotta, mascarpone, granulated sugar, egg yolks, 1 egg, and 1/2 tsp salt until smooth
  3. Scrape most of ricotta filling into a large bowl, leaving behind about 1/2 cup of filling
  4. Add remaining egg, pumpkin puree, brown sugar, cream, cardamom, and remaining 1/4 tsp of salt to the leftover ricotta filling and mix until fully incorporated and smooth
  5. Scrape ricotta filling into your pan and spoon the pumpkin filling over
  6. Put cake pan in the roasting pan, add hot water into the roasting pan to come halfway up sides of cake pan and cover roasting pan tightly with foil (may need two long sheets of foil)
  7. Carefully lower pan into the oven and bake for 1 hour
  8. After baking continuously for 1 hour, open and close foil to release steam every 15 minutes until cheesecake is set around the edges and jiggles slightly in the center when nudged (approximately 45 minutes)
  9. Remove cake pan from roasting pan and chill for at least 6 hours

Recipe from Bon Appetit

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