Not all of us can be Nicola Gilardi. If you’re not a big fan of cooking, maybe ordering in is more your style for a Thanksgiving dinner, and that’s okay! But, if you’re going to be ordering in, why not make a splash and put together a smorgasbord of delicious dishes from the best restaurants in town? Sure, you could pick up some KFC, but there are so many great options made by local restaurants that could make your Thanksgiving a truly memorable one. If you’re not a chef, there’s always the option of what we’re calling a ‘Fakesgiving.’ Here’s how to fake an entire Thanksgiving meal using excellent dishes from around the Queen City that your whole family will be thankful for.
We write about City Butcher pretty regularly. They’re definitely one of our favorites in town. A few weeks ago, a group of Murney people had lunch at the Campbell location. The folks at the counter suggested the smoked turkey. We were skeptical because we came for the brisket and pulled pork, but we got a serving anyway. Best. Decision. Ever. The turkey at City Butcher is so juicy and flavorful that it’s not even funny. If you’re not making your own bird, let City Butcher make yours. These people know how to cook a turkey. Even if you’re doing your own, swing by and grab a bite, you won’t regret it.
The most famous rolls in the Ozarks would make a great addition to your Fakesgiving. Lambert’s rolls are famous for being throwed in the restaurant, but if you take them home, this is not a requirement. You’re probably not going to want to be throwing them around. You’re just going to want to spread a little butter on them and chow down! Lambert’s rolls are near perfection with a glazed crust and a soft, melt-in-your-mouth inside. You can’t go wrong with Lambert’s.
Harter House is known for it’s mastery of everything meat, but they also make some seriously good side dishes, too. The twice baked potatoes are a great alternative to the more traditional mashed potatoes.
It’s always good to have options, especially when it comes to Thanksgiving side dishes. If you’re more of a potato salad fan, you’ve really got to try Whole Hog’s potato salad. They make some amazing barbecue, but the creamy, sour cream-based potato salad one of our favorite things there. This version of the American classic side dish doesn’t have the mustard-y base that you’ll find in a run-of-the-mill version. It’s smooth and delicious. Give it a try!
Cheddar’s is a staple of Springfield cuisine. They’re probably best known for their chicken strips, which are pretty unequivocally the best in town, but don’t sleep on the broccoli and cheese casserole. This stuff is ridiculously good and would make a great side dish for a Fakesgiving.
A pizza joint isn’t really the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Thanksgiving, but the house salad at Garbo’s is a good reason to break the mold. First of all, the salad is plenty for a family of 4 or 5 (depending on how hungry your group is) and second of all, it’s a fantastic cornucopia of flavors. The house dressing is a riff on a classic Italian-style and the salad is packed with cheese, black olives, onions, croutons and peppers. Shake things up with this big salad for your Fakesgiving!
Where else would you get pies from? Since 1958, Village Inn has been slinging slices of sweet heaven. They’ve got all the classics: Pecan, Lemon Merengue, Chocolate and Pumpkin. You won’t regret getting your pie fix here!