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Christmas Dining Guide 2016

Christmas Dining Guide 2016

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Christmas Dining Guide @ Slippery Slope

Christmas Dining Guide @ Slippery Slope

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It’s that time of year again; time to make Christmas dining reservations so you don’t burn dinner and/or have a stress-induced meltdown at home! Fortunately, restaurants all over Chicago are offering unique, delicious Christmas (and Christmas Eve!) specials and menus to keep you well-fed on the holiday.

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Honey Butter Fried Chicken: One of our favorite things about Christmas is the omnipresence of Chinese food as an alternative to the usual spread of roast poultry and pies. What began as a holiday escape in Jewish culture has become a casual, comforting option for anyone looking for something different on Christmas. This year, Honey Butter Fried Chicken answers the call with an American-Chinese Christmas takeover running the month of December. This means specials like orange chicken sandwiches, Sichuan wings, sesame lo mein noodles, General Jason’s spicy pickles and five-spice cherry dump cake with wonton crumble are all on deck.

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Slippery Slope: Another fun Chinese food option can be had at Slippery Slope, which is hosting its “Misfits Christmas” on December 25 with a Chinese takeout buffet, drinks aplenty and festive decorations throughout the whole space. Be there anytime between 7:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m.

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Christmas Dining Guide 2016, Roka Akor: ’Twas the night before Christmas and Roka Akor was serving a four-course tasting menu that’s sure to get you in the merry spirit. On Christmas Eve, the River North steakhouse puts a Japanese twist on holiday traditions with dishes like robata-grilled braised short ribs with heirloom carrots and pumpkin cheesecake with coffee gelee. The special menu will be available from 5:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m. and costs $85 per person. Wine pairings are available for an additional $55. Reservations can be made by calling the restaurant or visiting their website.

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Travelle Kitchen + Bar: Instead of filling up on stocking candy for breakfast on Christmas morning, head to Travelle Kitchen + Bar for a hearty and wholesome holiday brunch buffet. The River North restaurant will be featuring a spread of holiday-inspired dishes, like eggnog brioche French toast, omelettes, a carving station, eggs Benedict and lots more. It’s available from 10:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and costs $145 per person.

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Tortoise Club: Nothing captures the Christmas tradition quite like a classic prime rib dinner. Tortoise Club achieves those comfort food dreams with a prime rib special on Christmas Eve, served with rosemary frites, horseradish cream and rosemary jus. The supper club-style restaurant will also be featuring some seafood specials as well.

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Cochon Volant: Cozy up to this Loop brasserie on Christmas day for a multi-course family-style feast for dinner. The special menu skews hearty and indulgent, with all-American staples like creamed spinach, shrimp cocktail, mashed potatoes, baked Brussels sprouts, aged rib-eye prime rib and a selection of desserts. The cost is $85 per person and $35 for kids 12 and younger. Reservations are available between 5:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. and can be made by calling Cochon Volant.

The Dark Horse Tap & Grill opens at 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 24 and offers a lineup of seasonal drafts such as Great Lakes Christmas Ale, Bell’s Winter White Ale and New Belgium Accumulation White IPA ($6-$7 each). The full American menu will be available from 3-11 p.m., and Christmas specials include a Paulina Meat Market Holiday Sausage (turkey, cranberries, cornbread stuffing, Cajun spices) served on a brioche roll with turkey gravy, savory stuffing and cranberry sauce ($12).

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Delightful Pastries
Let Delightful Pastries (Jefferson Park, Chicago French Market) accent your holiday meal! Known for their outstanding baked goods and sweets, Delightful Pastries will offer an array of seasonal catering options such as Buche de Noel, a French yule log made out of genoise, filled with chocolate ganache and decorated with marzipan mushrooms and holly berries ($40); Traditional German Stollen, with candied orange peel, raisins, almonds and filled with marzipan ($20); Royal Gingerbread, filled with hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts, raisins and candied orange peel and dipped in chocolate ($15); and Butter Cookie Christmas Tree, butter cookies filled with apricot preserves and decorated with royal icing and holiday sugar ornaments ($35).Savory dishes are an excellent accompaniment to the main course or served as an appetizer. Some of Delightful Pastries’ stand-out dishes include Red Borscht ($8/quart) & Mushroom Turnovers, filled with sautéed mushrooms in a puff pastry ($14/dozen); and Meat Pie, filled with pork and ham and wrapped in bacon ($40).
Additional items include the vegan Holiday Bread ($10), loaded with pecans, cherries, raisins, cranberries, candied orange peel and currants and the vegan Pecan Cranberry Sourdough ($6), a hearty option made with cranberries and chopped pecans. Rum Eggnog ($15.99) is sure to be a hit and small or large trays of mini pastries, brownies or assorted cookies are available as well.

To order, call one of the Delightful Pastries locations by Tuesday, December 20 (Chicago French Market, 312.234.9644 or Jefferson Park, 773.545.7215).

Harvest at Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile
Located directly on the Magnificent Mile, Harvest at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile (540 N Michigan Ave.) will offer a festive and delicious feast. The all-you-can-eat buffet will feature a carving station of Slow-Roasted Prime Rib and House-Smoked Ham with au jus and smoked apple butter. A cold buffet will include a Kale Caesar Salad, assorted Local Cheeses and Housemade Charcuterie and Shrimp Cocktail. The hot buffet will feature dishes such as Celery Root and Apple Soup, Housemade Sausage and Sage Cornbread Stuffing, Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Michigan Apples and Bacon and Caramelized Onion Mashed Potatoes. The dessert table will include an assortment of Pecan Tarts, Eggnog Mousse Cups, Red Velvet Cake and more.

The menu will be offered on Christmas from noon to 10 p.m. Cost is $40 per adult and $20 per child under 10 years of age (exclusive of tax and gratuity). Reservations are recommended and may be made by calling 312.836.6334.

Smoke Daddy Will Smoke Your Bird
Smoke Daddy (1804 W Division St.) in Wicker Park will offer a delicious Christmas catering menu. The BBQ restaurant will offer House-Smoked Whole Turkey (11 lb., $65; 20 lb., $90), Pulled Whole Turkey (1 lb., $16) and Glazed Ham, a partial bone-in, smoked ham with a sweet mojo glaze (9 lb., $69). Sides such as Cornbread Stuffing with sausage and spices ($10 per quart); Brussels Sprouts, oven-roasted with a lemon butter sauce ($10 per quart); and Garlic Mashed Potatoes ($10 per quart) and desserts like Sweet Potato Pie ($22) and Pecan Pie ($24) round out the menu. In addition, guests may pick-up bottles of wine ($12-$15) and the fixings for a Bloody Mary Bar ($140 for 20 beverages) and/or Mimosa Bar ($100 for 12 beverages).

Pick-up and delivery orders must be made by noon on Monday, December 19. Items will be picked-up cold with re-heating instructions on Thursday, December 22 and Friday, December 23. Guests may place their order online at www.thesmokedaddy.com.