Black Owned Restaurants Offer Thanksgiving Day Meal Alternatives

Nothing says tradition quite like a Thanksgiving Day recipe passed down from generation to generation being executed to perfection by the family’s executive chef each year. Yet, for some, spending hours preparing a cornucopia of dishes for a larger-than-life gathering could be passé

or not reflective of their current situation. Fortunately, several Black-owned restaurants have delicious offerings available for persons looking to change-up their traditional Thanksgiving Day festivities.




Demera Restaurant

Location: 4801 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640


Demera, an Ethiopian restaurant located in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood, is offering a 12-course vegan bonanza available for pre-order by Tuesday, November 22. The cost for this feast is $45. Pre-orders must be picked up on Wednesday, November 23. To pre-order visit here.


The appetizer include:

  • Beets
  • Golden beets
  • Roasted carrots with honey awaze sauce
  • Yogurt
  • Roasted pistachios


The 12 dishes include:

  • Misir wot: spicy red lentils
  • Dinich wot: Stewed potatoes in rich berbere sauce
  • Kik Alicha: split yellow peas
  • Shito: Mixed legumes (spicy)
  • Gomen: collard greens slow cooked
  • Quosta: Spinach slow cooked
  • Tikle gomen: Chopped cabbage and carrots
  • Yaklit wot: Carrots, green beans, potatoes and zucchini
  • Kayseer tibs: sauteed garden beets and carrots
  • Ingudai tibs: sauteed mushrooms
  • Duba Wot: Stewed pumpkin
  • Foselia: roasted carrots and green beans



  • Coconut chocolate cheesecake


Fine Dining


Virtue Restaurant

Location: 1462 E 53rd St, Chicago, IL 60615


Have you ever wanted fine dining for Thanksgiving Day supper? You’re in luck. Virtue Restaurant, where chef Erick Williams, a James Beard Award winning chef, is offering a half gallon of gumbo made complete with chicken, andouille sausage, and Carolina gold rice available for pick-up on Wednesday, November 23 at select times. The cost is $56. Virtue Restaurant will be closed on Wednesday, November 23 and Thanksgiving Day. To pre-order visit here.




Soul & Smoke

Location: 916 W. Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60618 / 1601 Payne Street, Evanston, IL 60201 / 3057 N Rockwell Street, Chicago, IL 60618


Is the entire family coming to your place for Thanksgiving Day dinner this year? Fear not! Soul & Smoke executive chef D’Andre Carter has offerings for parties for as few as two and as many as 12. Prices vary. Pre-order is available for pick-up on Wednesday, November 23 at various times between 1 – 7 p.m.  and Thursday, November 24 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. with a minimum order ($500 minimum order). To pre-order visit here.  Below are various options available:



  • Herb roasted or Cajun smoked turkey (sliced – gluten free)
  • Roasted holiday ham (pineapple ginger chutney)
  • Smoked prime brisket (choice of BBQ sauce or beef jus – gluten free)
  • Smoked pulled pork (original BBQ sauce – gluten free)
  • Smoked spare ribs (original BBQ sauce – gluten free)
  • Braised duck quarters (herb duck jus – gluten free)


Sides & Vegetables:

  • Traditional herb stuffing (celery, carrots, onions – contains chicken stock)
  • Garlic mashed potatoes (roasted garlic, chives, vegetarian, gluten free)
  • Mac & cheese (extra creamy three-cheese blend – vegetarian)
  • Cornbread muffins (vegetarian)
  • Herb gravy
  • Braised brussels sprouts (balsamic glaze)
  • Candied yams (ginger, cinnamon – vegetarian, gluten)
  • Sauteed French green beans (olive oil, sea salt – vegetarian, gluten free)
  • Green bean casserole (mushrooms, crispy onions – contains chicken stock)
  • Braised collard greens (smoked turkey, vinegar jus – gluten free)
  • Creamy apple slaw (cranberries, carrots and cabbage – gluten free)
  • Housemade Pickles (bread and butter – vegan, gluten free)



  • Harvest Cobb Salad (arugula and kale, roasted sweet potatoes, charred brussels sprouts, hardboiled egg, pickled red onion, blue cheese, dried cranberries, pepitas, maple dijon vinaigrette – vegetarian, gluten free)
  • Southwest Kale Salad (arugula and kale, quinoa, avocado, corn, grilled red pepper, red onions, goat cheese, scallions, tortilla strips, BBQ buttermilk ranch dressing – vegetarian, gluten free)

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