We Love Food: Thanksgiving 2011 Roundup

Roast Turkey

Roast Turkey
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You’ve been fighting off a cold. You burned last year’s turkey. You’re feeding far too many relatives than you can count on your fingers and toes. Whatever the reason may be for why you won’t be cooking this year’s Thanksgiving feast, we’ve got you covered with a handy list of what restaurants are offering for Thanksgiving. So take the apron and oven mitts off and relish in the fact that you can watch all the Macy’s Day Parade and football you want come turkey day.

Read the full list after the jump.

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Dining Out Options: Classic American

Those looking to get out of the house can make reservations at a number of restaurants. Just as you wouldn’t want Aunt Betty, Uncle Sam and their four darling children showing up unannounced, I strongly suggest you make reservations at any of the suggested restaurants, even if their websites don’t say you have to have one.

For a classic turkey day meal, several Clyde’s locations are offering Thanksgiving dinners for $25.95 per adult and $15.95 per child (before tax and gratuity). You’ll get turkey, sage-sausage stuffing, green beans, whipped potatoes, glaxed sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce and then dessert choices of apple, pecan or pumpkin pie. Clyde’s will also have full menus available with other entrees such as pumpkin ravioli.

2941 Restaurant is open from 11 AM til 7:30 PM for Thanksgiving dinner at $65 per adult and $20 per child (before tax and gratuity). You can start off with a lobster bisque or Meyer lemon crab cake, move onto turkey with chestnut and mushroom stuffing, braised short ribs or sea bass with roasted parsnips. For dessert, 2941 has cranberry pudding with apple cider sorbet, as well as pumpkin spiced french toast with chocolate ice cream.

BRABO by Robert Wiedmaier is serving a three-course dinner from 2:30 PM til 7 PM for $65 per person. Starting courses include butternut squash soup with a duck confit ravioli and roasted beets with arugula and goat cheese fondue. You can opt for the traditional turkey dinner with sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts, cranberry relish and more or go with a rib eye steak, braised pork shank or seared rockfish. Dessert offerings strike a balance between classic pumpkin pie with spiced whipped cream and something a little less traditional such as chocolate mousse with coffee sabayon.

Other options offering dinner on Thanksgiving day include Jackson 20, The Grille at Morrison House, Bourbon Steak, 701, Cafe Dupont, The Oval Room and 1789.

Dining Out Options: Non-Traditional Fare

So what if you want Italian food on Thanksgiving. Is there something wrong with that? Bibiana’s pre-fixe menu ($48 per person) starts off with appetizers such as rice fritters stuffed with mozzarella and prosciutto or a Sicilian almond soup. For dinner, you can still have turkey with sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce, or opt for seared scallops or roasted pork loin with a mustard sauce. Desserts include a hazelnut financier with apple butter and more.

You want the turkey on Thanksgiving, but you want it to be a little exotic. The Bombay Club is doing tandoori turkey with cranberry chutney and brussel sprouts for $19.95 per person (before tax and gratuity), along with a full a la carte menu. The Bombay Club will be open Thanksgiving day from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM and 5:30 PM to 10:30 PM for dinner.

Also check out Rasika, Fiola and Ardeo+Bardeo for some less traditional options.

Thanksgiving To-Go Options

Hill Country is offering an entire Thanksgiving spread available for to-go pickup on Thanksgiving morning. You’ll get a turkey (brined, rubbed with a spice blend and slow smoked over Texas oak logs), side dishes, cornbread and dessert for up to 12 people. Side dish offerings include Texas toast stuffing, macaroni and cheese and a green bean casserole with onions. Plus you can round off the meal with classic holiday pie options including apple, pumpkin and pecan. The only finger you’ll have to lift with this meal is to clean up the empty plates.

Sticking with the Southern cooking and Thanksgiving to-go theme, Acadiana has a la carte options as well as a New Orleans Thanksgiving dinner for eight. The total package for $150 includes a deep fried cajun turkey (hello not setting the house on fire!), gravy, four side dishes, a pie and biscuits with housemade pepper jelly. Side dishes include sweet potato purée, oyster stuffing, cornbread and andouille sausage stuffing, butternut squash soup and more. Orders must be placed by 5 PM on November 17th and can be picked up Thanksgiving morning between 11 AM and 1 PM.

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Dessert Options: Pies, Pies and Pies

Buzz Bakery is pretty much doing all the work for you this year. Executive Pastry Chef Tiffany MacIsaac and Buzz are offering pie kits complete with pies, fixins’ and homemade ice cream. Take your pick from Tiffany’s Double Crust Gala Apple Pie with caramel sauce, cinnamon whipped cream and a pint of vanilla ice cream or Classic Pumpkin pie, Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie with candied cranberries, walnuts and rum raisin ice cream. If you’re going really big, you can order two pies, extra fixins’ and ice cream for $60. Orders must be placed 72 hours in advance and are available for pick-up at either Buzz location on November 21 through 23.

For Thanksgiving and all the way through December 21st, Cafe Saint-Ex is offering pies to go. You can choose from pumpkin ($18), apple ($18) and pecan ($22) and pick them up at the restaurant. To have your pie for Thanksgiving though, place your order by November 22 by emailing alison@saint-ex.com.

Marissa was born and bred in New Jersey, but moved to DC for undergrad at GWU (Go Colonials, go!), fell in love with the District and learned that there was life and civilization beyond New York City. She loves eating at white-tablecloth-three-forks-at-your-place-setting restaurants, but she’ll also be the first to suggest we scarf down some chili dogs at 2 am. Simply put, she loves all things food. You can also read about why she loves DC. Follow her on Twitter and email her at mbialecki (at) welovedc.com.

7 thoughts on “We Love Food: Thanksgiving 2011 Roundup

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