Steak for Thanksgiving? It Can Happen at Chicago’s World-Class Steakhouses
It almost seems like sacrilege to eat anything other than turkey for your center-of-the-table main course on Thanksgiving. But some of us love meat so much, we’re willing to stretch the rules, and Chicago’s world-class steakhouses are helping make that possible.
Select Chicago steakhouses are offering Thanksgiving dinner, and many of those steakhouses are serving the holiday bird, though many others are also serving the meat that Chicagoans love most: big juicy steaks. Of course, alongside many of these dinners are the customary sides – sweet potatoes, green beans, and so on – but in the Land of the Free there’s no reason why you shouldn’t have the freedom to eat whatever you want on Thanksgiving.
Here are some of Chicago’s finest places for steak, all serving Thanksgiving dinner (and sometimes steak), which you can either dine upon at the restaurant or take home to enjoy in your own home with socially distant friends and relatives.
Lawry’s the Prime Rib. The sentimental favorite for this Thanksgiving season is Lawry’s the Prime Rib, which is set to close on January 1, 2021, but is offering dine-in and take-out options for turkey day. In honor of this magnificent Chicago restaurant, you may wish to forgo the whole or half turkey and select Lawry’s namesake favorite: the prime rib. As a side, you could not do better than Lawry’s classic Spinning Salad Bowl. This is probably your last chance to spend Thanksgiving at Lawry’s; don’t miss it! To see the Thanksgiving menu for Lawry’s The Prime Rib, click here.
Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille. Offering dine-in and take-out options for Thanksgiving, Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille is spotlighting a “no surprises” holiday dinner with flawlessly prepared smoked turkey breast with pan gravy, green bean amandine and cranberry relish, topped off with a pumpkin cheesecake. Want beef? No problem, Perry’s whole menu will also be available, so you can feast on favorites like Perry’s famous pork chop bites…plus filet mignon, prime bone-in New York strip, prime tomahawk ribeye and all the other red meat we know you want. To see the Thanksgiving menu for Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille, click here
III Forks. On Thanksgiving Day, III Forks seems aiming to present the most awesome feast ever. After the starters (III Forks salad or tenderloin-tomato soup), the three-course prix-fixe meal features a spice-rubbed holiday turkey, maple glazed salmon, or a roasted Midwest beef tenderloin. For dessert, there’s pumpkin pie (as you might expect), but also Kentucky bourbon chocolate pecan pie and Makers Mark pecan bread pudding. To see the Thanksgiving menu for III Forks, click here
Swift & Sons. Swift & Sons, one of Chicago’s premier steak restaurants in the happening Fulton Market neighborhood, is heading up their Thanksgiving dinner with not turkey but rather…prime rib. The full package includes their famous Parker House rolls, salad, the classic sides, and pumpkin pie, as well as wine pairings suggested by their Wine Director. You can also just order the “fixings” if you’re making your own turkey at home. To see the Thanksgiving menu for Swift & Sons, click here
Harry Caray’s Italian Steak House. Harry Caray was a man whose name became synonymous with sports, beer, and a rollicking good time. At Harry Caray’s Italian Steak House, the good times still roll, with the a la carte menu, hand-carved roast turkey…and an herb roasted prime rib. Whichever option you prefer, make sure you get yourself an order or two of Harry Caray’s house-made potato chips: the best. To see the Thanksgiving menu for Harry Caray’s Italian Steak House, click here.
Chicago Chop House. Chicago Chop House hosts one of the coziest, friendliest dining rooms in Chicago, and they keep that vibe going for Thanksgiving with crowd-pleasing dishes like bacon wrapped jumbo scallops, and a choice of turkey breast, smoked salmon. or pork chop. The a la carte menu will also be available, and that’s where (you guessed it) you’ll find the steak. To see the Thanksgiving menu for Chicago Chop House, click here
Capital Grille. For Thanksgiving, Capital Grille is taking a somewhat different approach than others by laser-focusing on sides: brioche stuffing, gravy, French green beans with Marcona almonds, cranberry-pear chutney, Sam’s mashed potatoes, pecan-crusted sweet potatoes and hot honey seeded rolls. You can make your own turkey, order one of Capital Grille’s steaks, or simply feast on these spectacular side dishes. To see the Thanksgiving menu for Capital Grille, click here
Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab. On Thanksgiving, you can dine in or take out a magnificent repast from Joe’s Seafood, Prime Beef & Stone Crab. If you opt to eat in, there’s the traditional prix-fixe menu of sliced turkey breast with thigh confit, cheesy mashed potatoes, butternut squash with toasted marshmallows and other delectable holiday foods. If you plan to get your dinner to-go, you will pick up the turkey and classic stuffing with sausage, baked butternut squash, and Martha’s cranberry relish. In or out, this will be a Thanksgiving to remember. To see the Thanksgiving menu for Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab, click here
Prime & Provisions. Prime & Provisions is ready to “provision” your Thanksgiving dinner with some outstanding renditions of traditional favorites. The centerpiece will be the free range herb-roasted turkey with traditional gravy and stuffing, crumbled pork, toasted marshmallow “properly whipped” potatoes, green bean casserole and French fried onions (didn’t see that coming!). To see the Thanksgiving menu for Prime & Provisions, click here
RPM Steak. On Thanksgiving Day, RPM Steak is serving a Slagel Family Farm turkey surrounded by signature dishes like aged Parmesan risotto, coal-roasted king crab (yes!), and some creative accompaniments like dried fruit stuffing, and an “updated version of the classic Green Bean Casserole.” How’s it updated? To find out, you’ll just have to order RPM’s Thanksgiving feast. To see the Thanksgiving menu for, RPM Steak click here
Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse. One of the great names in Chicago steak, Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse stands out as a classic, and on Thanksgiving, it’s going to be all about the classics: sliced turkey, homemade cranberry sauce, sweet potato mash, French beans with candied pecans and pumpkin pie. Sound familiar? It should. It’s the traditional Thanksgiving feast, a classic meal from a classic restaurant. To see the Thanksgiving menu for Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse click here.
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse. In Lincolnshire, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse gives you the option of dining inside or taking a meal kit back home with you for Thanksgiving. Inside or out, you can celebrate the day of feasting with a three-course dinner that includes starters and herb-roasted turkey, with optional filet mignon or prime bone-in ribeye. And if you dine inside, you’ll also have access to the full Fleming’s menu. To see the Thanksgiving menu for Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, click here.
Maple & Ash. For Thanksgiving in River North, Maple & Ash is offering takeout options that play to its strengths: seafood and red meat. For starters, there’s wild black tiger shrimp cocktail and lobster bisque. As an option (or addition) to the superb whole Slagel turkey with sausage/apple stuffing and superb sides, you can snag a filet mignon in truffle jus – and there are other fabulous add-ons, like Maple & Ash’s wonderful caviar. To see the Thanksgiving menu for Maple & Ash, click here.
Mastro’s Steakhouse. Do you enjoy the Thanksgiving turkey but long for red meat? If so, Mastro’s Steakhouse has two Thanksgiving take-out options that focus on steak: a 24-ounce Chateaubriand with peppercorn sauce and a three-bone prime rib with jus and creamy horseradish. There are sides and desserts, but let’s face it: for you, it’s all about the steak, and if you’re coming to Mastro’s, you’ve come to the right place. To see the Thanksgiving menu for Mastro’s Steakhouse, click here.