Forgo the Cooking Stress and Dine out this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving DC

Happy Thanksgiving!

To most, Thanksgiving means a home-cooked meal enjoyed with your (extended extended extended) family. I’ve cooked. I’ve put in my dues. To me, while lovely to spend time with your family, it ultimately translates to: hours spent burning your fingers, throwing your back out, and weeks of prep-time. If I had my choice, I’d opt to dine out. Honestly, you deserve a break. So, take a hint from restaurants offering multi-course–in some instances, all you can eat–menus for the holiday. Let another chef handle that situation delicately. And of course, enjoy professional wine pairings.

My choices for a hassle-free Thanksgiving dinner with zero prep and zero clean time, below (Make your reservations early!!:

701 Restaurant: (701 Pennsylvania Ave.) will be dishing out a classic Thanksgiving feast with a 3-course, prix fixe holiday menu available from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, November 24th. For the main course guests can chose from, Roasted Turkey Breast, Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing, Giblet Gravy and Cranberry Sauce; Snapper served with Cabbage Foundue, or Eco-Friendly Suckling Pig, Sage Sausage Stuffing, Pumpkin, Brussels Sprouts, and Maple Syrup Gastrique. A vegetarian dish of Chestnut & Autumn Squash Ravioli made with Sage Brown Butter and Ricotta Salata will also be offered. For the perfect ending, guests can opt for Bourbon Pecan Pie served with Vanilla Ice Cream or the Pumpkin Mousse Cake served with Maple Walnut Cream and Honey Tuile. Creating the perfect ambience, 701’s live jazz duo of piano and bass will be performing during Thanksgiving service. This special meal is priced at $48 per person and $24 for children twelve and under, excluding tax and gratuity.

Art & Soul: On this special holiday, executive chef Wes Morton is pulling out all the stops with a menu featuring many locally sourced foods plus a special takeaway: each guest receives a to-go roast turkey sandwich (woohoo! One of the reasons why I like leftover turkey!). Click here for the full Thanksgiving Day Menu. Seatings are available from 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. priced at $55 per adult; $27 for children ages 6-12 (excludes beverages and tax). For reservations, please call 202.393.7777, or reserve online. Note: A valid credit card is required to hold the reservation.

The Bombay Club: (815 Connecticut Ave., NW), will be delighted to find the return of the popular Thanksgiving Day special, Tandoori Turkey in addition to the full a la carte menu. Executive Chef Nilesh Singhvi’s Tandoori Turkey, boneless chunks of white meat marinated in Indian pickling spices and cooked in a clay oven served with cranberry chutney and Brussels sprouts poriyal is priced at $19.95 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. The Thanksgiving menu is offered from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM and for dinner from 5:30-10:30 p.m.

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BRABO: Love Thanksgiving Dinner but hate to cook? Brabo located in the luxurious Lorien Hotel in Old Town, Alexandria has the perfect solution for you … make reservations for Thanksgiving Dinner November 24, 2011 (2 – 7:30 p.m.) at Brabo! Their three-course meal is sure to please the whole family! Start off your meal with one of the tempting appetizers, including a Mixed Green Salad, Butternut Squash Soup with Duck Confit Ravioli, Maine Lobster Risotto. Entrees include a Traditional Turkey Dinner with Sweet Potato Puree, Brussels Sprouts, Cranberry Relish, Chestnut Dressing, Giblet Gravy, or Seared Chesapeake Rockfish, Braised Pork Shank, or Pan Seared Rib Eye Steak. Save room for dessert with these sumptuous choices such as traditional Pumpkin Pie, Caramel Walnut Tart, or the decadent Valrhona Chocolate Mousse. All for only $65 per person, and you can add a wine pairing for each course for only $35! Please call 703.894.3440, or go to opentable.com.

Carmine’s: This legendary Italian restaurant is temporarily forgoing their Southern Italian roots in favor of a menu that focuses on iconic American dishes for Thanksgiving. So instead of laboring all day over a hot stove to serve your family an amazing meal, just head to Carmine’s for a traditional Thanksgiving at its best! The restaurant’s Family-Style Feast ($195) can feed up to 10 people and stars an 18lb. Roasted Turkey with giblet gravy and stuffing studded with sausage and sage. Enjoy seven side dishes that epitomize classic comfort food, including Sweet Potatoes topped with marshmallows and maple syrup and Brussels Sprouts with caramelized onions and Applewood smoked bacon. For dessert, diners get their choice of three wonderful autumn pies: pumpkin, apple or pecan. Mangia, American style! For reservations, please call 202.737.7770.

Equinox: Located downtown just steps away from the White House, Executive Chef Todd Gray has prepared a very special 3-course menu using only the best seasonal, locally sourced ingredients for Thanksgiving (12-7 p.m.). This isn’t surprising to locals, since he has been supporting local farms and purveyors for almost two decades. Chef Gray offers the best contemporary American fare in the city and his special Thanksgiving dinner will be a coveted seat in the District, especially for other “Domestic Vegans”. Choices for first course include, Parsnip and Granny Smith Apple Soup, Potted Duck Liver Mousse, or Agnolotti of Roasted Middleburg Lamb, and of course, several vegetarian options. For Main course choose between a juicy traditional Roasted Heirloom Turkey, Mid-Atlantic catch, such as Pan Roasted Maryland Striped Bass, or Braised Loin of Maine Monkfish, Duo of Eco Friendly Farm’s Red Wattle Pork or Pride of the Plains Black Angus Beef Tenderloin. There will also be vegetarian options, such as Blue Ridge Chestnut Farro Risotto. The dessert options are incredibly tempting, as well. Prices for the 3-course menu run $60 – $80 with Wine Pairing $30 – Children 12 and under. Newly renovated, Equinox’s atrium has a naturalistic eco-friendly fireplace with textured glass perfect for nourishing cold souls beside the smoldering fire. Make sure to call in advance for a seat near the fireplace. In addition, Todd’s holiday meals will be offered for you to bring to your own home, and full catering services for larger parties.

J&G Steakhouse: Spend Thanksgiving in style at the W Hotel’s premier restaurant, J&G Steakhouse. Enjoy either a non-traditional menu including beet salad with Greek yogurt, chili and fresh herbs, seared halibut with scallion-chili sauce and basil and celery or Butternut Squash Soup (my favorite!). Or enjoy a traditional meal with roasted turkey, mushroom-chestnut stuffing, brussel sprouts and cranberry sauce, green apple crisp with cinnamon ice cream. The regular dinner menu will also be available. Seatings are available from 12 p.m.- 9 p.m. priced at $68 per person. For reservations, please call 202.661.2440 or reserve online.

Oval Room: Located downtown just steps away from the White House (800 Connecticut Avenue, NW), Executive Chef Tony Conte is preparing a three-course holiday menu offered from12-8 p.m., priced at $50 per person, excluding gratuity and tax. Serving up flavors of the season in an innovative fashion, Chef Conte will feature a menu that includes Sweet Potato Agnolotti, as well as the Foie Gras Terrine served with Green Apple, Vanilla & Brioche. Standout main courses include Free Range Turkey with Chestnut Stuffing, Sweet Potato Puree & Cranberry Sauce; Atlantic Skate with Red Curry Emulsion, as well as Toasted Farro Tagliatelle with Foraged Mushrooms. To complete the meal, guests can order from the decadent dessert menu with options that include Cinnamon Bun Swirl with Pecan Brittle and Vanilla Ice Cream, or the Sweet Potato Cheesecake paired with Graham Cracker Ice Cream. Guests can also opt for the sommelier’s suggested wine pairing for an additional $25.

Perry’s Restaurant in Adam’s Morgan (1811 Columbia Rd., NW) will be open from 1-8pm on Thanksgiving Day, November 24th and will offer a delicious prix- fixe family style menu with a variety of options for everyone. For the main course, choose from a seasonal apple cider glazed salmon, or hearty braised beef short rib with red wine reduction or a juicy slow roasted amish turkey with all of the trimmings, gravy, giblets, and cranberry relish. The Thanksgiving Day menu will be offered exclusively for $40 per adult, $19 per child 10 and under.

Rasika: arguably the best Indian restaurant in the nation’s capital is adding an exotic Thanksgiving addition to their extensive a la carte menu. Prepared by Executive Chef Vikram Sunderam, guests can enjoy the flavorful Turkey Kathi Roll with Fried Brussels Sprouts and Butternut Squash Tikki. The special turkey dish is priced at $16, excluding gratuity and tax. The complete a la carte menu is also available on Thanksgiving Day and Rasika will feature two seating timeframes: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. (633 D Street, NW)

Willard InterContinental:Thanksgiving Brunch in The Willard Room and Crystal Room will feature a traditional Thanksgiving feast and will include a tasty array of autumnal offerings on the plentiful buffet. Children have their very own Thanksgiving Buffet and entertainment. Seatings are at 10:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. Price is $85 per adult, $35 for children ages 4 through 12, and free for children under 4. Price excludes tax and gratuity.

1789: Enjoy a tempting Thanksgiving menu with both an a la carte and prix fixe option. The recent arrival of Executive Chef Anthony Lombardo with Pastry Chef Mallory Staley brings a new twist on classics sure to please in this elegant Georgetown setting. A three-course menu priced at $50 per person (excluding gratuity and tax) is an incredible value, and includes a choice of the Pumpkin Soup or Bosc Pear and Autumn Green Salad, Traditional Roast Turkey with all of the trimmings. For sweet endings, Pumpkin Pie Crème Brûlee with Gingerbread Ice Cream and a Cranberry Pecan Tart with Cranberry Sorbet are but two of the exceptional desserts prepared by Pastry Chef Staley and accompanied by coffee or tea. Seatings are available from 12 p.m.- 9 p.m. Starters range from $11-$15 and entrees are priced from $30-$45.

Thanksgiving To Go:

Acadiana:This Thanksgiving, Acadiana’s taking over your kitchen and doing all the preparation for you. From the organic bird to the all-star sides and desserts available to-go, they’ve got you covered. For a New Orleans Thanksgiving feast, order Acadiana’s Holiday Dinner for Eight, which includes a (12-14 pound) Deep Fried Cajun Turkey, your choice of gravy, four sides, a Pumpkin or Pecan Pie, and Acadiana’s famous Biscuits with Housemade Pepper Jelly for $150. All items are also available a la carte from $10-90, including Giblet or Eggplant Gravy, Sweet Potato Puree, Mashed Potatoes, Oyster Stuffing, Cornbread and Andouille Sausage Stuffing, Cranberries, Butternut Squash Soup, Collard Greens, a dozen Biscuits and Housemade Pepper Jelly, Pumpkin or Pecan Pie, and a 12-14 pound turkey. Just place your order by 5pm on Thursday, November 17, 2011 and a complete spread will be ready for pick up on Thanksgiving morning between 11am-1pm.

Brabo/The Butcher’s Block: Take the stress out of cooking, and enjoy Chefs Robert Wiedmaier and Chris Watson, cook for you! Check out the incredible listing of pre-ordered menus available for pickup at the Butcher’s Block in Old Town, Alexandria. For Thanksgiving Dinner, there are a variety of entrees, sides and desserts to supplement or complete your meal. The last day to place your order for Thanksgiving is Thursday, November 17th. Pick up is Wednesday, November 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call The Butcher’s Block for questions or details: 703.894.5253.

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Carmine’s: This legendary Italian restaurant is temporarily forgoing their Southern Italian roots in favor of a menu that focuses on iconic American dishes for Thanksgiving. So instead of laboring all day over a hot stove to serve your family an amazing meal, just head to Carmine’s for a traditional Thanksgiving at its best available for take-out! Serve up the Family-Style Feast ($195) which can feed up to 10 people and stars an 18lb. Roasted Turkey with giblet gravy and stuffing studded with sausage and sage. Enjoy seven side dishes that epitomize classic comfort food, including Sweet Potatoes topped with marshmallows and maple syrup and Brussels Sprouts with caramelized onions and Applewood smoked bacon. For dessert, diners get their choice of three wonderful autumn pies: pumpkin, apple or pecan. Mangia, American style! To place your order, please call 202.737.7770. Must be ordered by Tuesday Nov. 22nd ; pick-up and delivery is available all day Thanksgiving, Nov 24, beginning at 11 a.m.

Hill Country BBQ is offering an incredibly scrumptious Take Out meal this Thanksgiving. Hill Country proudly serves the finest turkeys which we brine, rub with their signature spice blend, and smoke low and slow over post oak imported from Texas. Choose from 3 options: Thanksgiving Feast for 9-12 People ($265); Thanksgiving Feast for 5-8 People ($185); or order items a la carte. The Thanksgiving Feast for 9-12 people includes a Whole Pit Smoked Turkey (14-16 lbs), Cornbread and Honey Butter, Four Sides (64oz – Two 32oz Containers of each), Two 10 Pies for dessert all for $265. The
Thanksgiving Feast for 5-8 People includes amWhole Pit Smoked Turkey (9-11 lbs), Cornbread and Honey Butter, Three Sides (48oz – One 32oz & One 16oz Container of each), One 10 Pie for dessert all for $185. All Items also available individually. To order Print their order form and call the Catering & Events Department at 202-556-2044 or email Events@HillCountryWDC.com Hill Country must receive patron’s order by Monday, November 21st. Pick up:
Thursday, November 24 from 9 am -12 noon (or November 23rd optional).

Native American and Washington Lobbyist founder, Michael Woestehoff reports that Mitsitam Cafe, located inside the National Museum of the American Indian is offering a special fall take home menu, including a free range turkey brined for three days in maple, smoked and slow roasted with maple butter, served with cranberry marmalade. Another option is the all natural venison leg stuffed and smoked with dried berries , spicebush red wine reduction. Mitsitam means Let’s eat! in the Native language of the Delaware and Piscataway peoples. The Cafe features Native foods found throughout the Western Hemisphere, including the Northern Woodlands, South America, the Northwest Coast, Meso America and the Great Plains. This wonderful restaurant is headed by executive chef, Richard Hetzler.

Red Apron Butchery: Thanksgiving is coming and Charcuterie Ninja, Chef Nathan Anda is offering free-range turkeys that are pasture-raised in Virginia on a diet of fresh grass and local grain. These special birds are weighing in at 14-18 lbs and going for $79.99. They’ll even brine them for you to ensure maximum juiciness. Expect them to go fast, so be sure to lock one in for your holiday table by emailing Red Apron (butcher@redapronbutchery.com) today. They’ll also be available to buy online in the next couple weeks (along with some of their other products and raw cuts). If you haven’t tried their hotdog, then you’re missing out. Just saying. So keep an eye on out for more details on their site.

Westend Bistro by Eric Ripert located in the Ritz-Carlton, Washington, DC is allowing DC area residents to relax and enjoy your holiday while they do the cooking! The Thanksgiving Feast-To-Go includes Roasted Turkey with all the trimmings, and choice of pumpkin or apple pie. Orders must be received by Friday, November 18; Pickup from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. $269 per order; serves 6; Pricing is all inclusive

Willard InterContinental on Wings Thanksgiving Takeaway: This carry-out holiday feast includes a 10- to 12-pound or 18- to 20-pound turkey (serving four to six people for $150, or eight to ten for $250) with cranberry sauce and gravy, four side dishes, freshly baked rolls and pie. To order, please call (202) 637-7350. When picking up your order, simply dial (202) 637-7466, pop the trunk and we will take care of the rest. All orders must be placed by 3:00 p.m. on Monday, November 21, excluding tax and subject to an 18% service charge.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! (p.s. wear big pants!)

Dessert-To-Go

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Pastry Chef Tiffany MacIssac and team are rolling out and cooking up a slew of seasonal, handmade pies like Double Crust Gala Apple, Sweet Potato, Mississippi Mud, Chocolate-Bourbon Pecan and Pumpkin, all available for pre-order now from Buzz Bakery.
For entertainers extraordinaire and pie lovers alike, opt for the Buzz Pie Bar. This year, they’ve matched up their favorite pies with indulgent toppings along the lines of Cinnamon Whipped Cream, Caramel Sauce and Pumpkin Ice Cream. Set up an impressive dessert table with our American Pie Bar complete with two pies plus housemade whipped cream, ice cream, sauce and candied cranberries. It’s all available for one nice, neat price and on your day of choice for pick-up in Alexandria or Arlington. Limited options available for Washington, DC pick-up from November 21 to November 23. Click here for full menu and ordering information.

Sprinkles Thanksgiving Cupcakes

Sprinkles cupcakes (3015 M St., NW) in Georgetown will be offering a special Thanksgiving EAT Box this month, filled with an assortment of seasonal cupcake flavors. EAT Box (Nov. 18-27) – Nothing completes a meal of turkey and stuffing like cranberry… cupcakes! Serve up a box of our unique fall flavors and all your guests will be thanking you. Orange cranberry, pumpkin, red velvet, and dark chocolate cupcakes adorned with Sprinkles turkey and maple leaf sugar decorations. Sealed with an EAT Turkey and Cupcakes sticker. Delivery or pickup is available. Order online.

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