11.04.2010

Eating Out For Thanksgiving

Q:

Any good suggestions for restaurants offering Thanksgiving dinner? - C.D.

Amanda says:

If
you're intimidated by turkey or just not into cooking this Thanksgiving,
dozens of area restaurants are cooking up feasts so you don't have to.


A few tasty sounding choices:

Rasika:
The Indian hot spot is offering its regular menu (reason enough to
visit), but chef Vikram Sunderam is also putting an ethnic twist on
turkey for a holiday special. The chef's cranberry turkey tikka will be
served with pumpkin chutney and spiced brussels sprouts ($16). Rasika's
sibling restaurants — the Oval Room, Bibiana, 701 and Ardeo + Bardeo — are all open and featuring Thanksgiving specials.

Blue Duck Tavern:
Chef Brian McBride will be cooking free-range organic turkeys from
Lancaster, Pa.'s Eberly Farms for a Thanksgiving brunch from 10:30 a.m.
to 3:30 p.m. The feast starts with salads, breads and cheeses before moving to the main attraction with sides like fennel sausage croissant stuffing. The brunch is priced at $90 per person (kids 6-12 $45, under 6 free).

CommonWealth:
For a casual holiday affair, CommonWealth will offer a family-style
three-course roast from 1-8 p.m. for $35 per person. Roast turkey with
cranberry sauce, roast beef with shallot au jus and sides such as winter
squash gratin, collard greens and stuffing are on the menu.

Equinox: Chef Todd Gray will be roasting oysters in a tent out front to kick off Equinox's Thanksgiving dinner, priced at $55.

Trummer's on Main: Head out to Clifton, Va., where Food & Wine
Best New Chef Clayton Miller's will offer a three-course meal ($64 per
person) with choices like oyster stew with rock shrimp, Pennsylvania
turkey breast and leg, braised short ribs, and pumpkin pudding cake.

Vidalia:
The Southern restaurant will serve a la carte menus for Thanksgiving
lunch and dinner, with dishes like chestnut soup and Path Valley Amish
turkey with oyster-bacon dressing.

Inn at Little Washington:
For a luxurious holiday splurge, the Inn's $178 menu will feature
organic spruce-brined Ayrshire Farm turkey with cornbread-apple-country
sausage-pecan stuffing, ginger rum sweet potatoes, corn pudding and
cranberry-orange salsa. The full menu will also be available.

1789:
From noon to 9 p.m., dine on three-courses for $50 a person featuring
turkey and trimmings, pumpkin soup, and desserts or order a la carte
from chef Daniel Giusti's special menu.


Looking to host but not cook, a few places are also doing turkey and fixins to go.

Perry's:
Famed local chef Mark Furstenberg and Perry's chef Robert Dalliah will
be offering main dishes, side dishes and desserts — order whatever you
need — to go. See the menu here.

Nage:
Corn succotash, porcini-green bean casserole, maple whipped sweet
potatoes, pies and turkey are all on the pick-up menu at Nage.

Ris: Chef Ris Lacoste will be whipping up sides and pies to go,
including sausage sage bread stuffing, sweet potato and caramelized
onion casserole with marshmallow gratin, pumpkin pie, mincemeat pie and
more.

Zola Wine + Kitchen:
The Penn Quarter spot is offering both an a la carte menu (with sides
like apple and bacon braised kale, brioche stuffing and creamed spinach)
and a full Thanksgiving meal. You can even choose to cook the turkey
yourself or have it already done. Check out the to-go Thanksgiving menu here.


For more restaurants open on turkey day, check Open Table's extensive list.

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