Your mother called. She wants to know what you're bringing to Thanksgiving.
She's waiting for you to say "my new girlfriend" or "laundry" or "canned cranberry sauce." But this year you're gonna do far, far better.
You're bringing the star of the show, the best dish. She doesn't need to know you packed it to-go after seeing this list of top five take-home holiday savers.
Of course you sliced and seasoned each of the green beans and then lovingly slow roasted them with cranberries. Or at least it'll look like you did. Imposter homemade sides also available in Brussels sprouts with bacon and dill mashed potatoes.Order online. 601 N. McClurg Ct., Streeterville (312-643-1145)
The restaurant known for smoking whole pigs and alligators on the regular can smoke a damn fine bird. Their deliciously hormone and antibiotic-free Amish turkeys are smoked in-house and available for pick-up on Thanksgiving Day.Order online. 1072 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wicker Park (773-772-4322)
Bang Bang Pie Shop
You can either show up with a girl on your arm, or with one of the fresh-baked pies from this gourmet pie shop under your arm. Mom will judge either way, but everyone will be much more satisfied with roasted local pumpkin pie filling in a triple-baked graham cracker crust.Order online. 2051 N. California Ave., Logan Square (773-276-8888)
Save yourself from another dry bird and call in the BBQ squad to cater an entire Thanksgiving spread. This meal comes with a hickory-smoked all-natural whole turkey with country gravy, cranberry sauce, and roasted garlic and sage cornbread stuffing, as well as a choice of three sides and a pie.435 N. Clark St., River North (312-610- 4200)
West Town Bakery
For the house that has it all, keep things simple with a cookie assortment from this punk rock bakery. With hand-painted turkey cookies that might make you the biggest hit at the party, these meal closers are available by the half-dozen or dozen.1916 W. Chicago Ave., Ukrainian Village (773-904-1414)