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What Washington Restaurants Are Serving for Thanksgiving
Comments () | Published November 15, 2010


This Old Town spot is doing Thanksgiving with a Parisian twist.
Menu: Start with a choice of potato-bacon-and-crème-fraîche chowder; beet-and-mâche salad with blue cheese; or country pâté with house condiments.
The main course is Muscovy duck two ways with cranberry gastrique, sweet potatoes, and kale; beef “pot roast” with shallot/porcini sauce and cheddar mashed potatoes; or striped bass with cider-mustard beurre blanc and fall succotash.
Desserts include pear-and-walnut cake with mascarpone; apple beignet with Calvados sabayon; and chocolate marquise with Grand Marnier sabayon.
Price: Three-course menu is $49, not including tax and tip.
Serving times: 5 to 9:30.

Chef Nicholas Stefanelli does turkey the Italian way.
Menu: Appetizers include buffalo mozzarella with matsutaki mushrooms; chestnut soup with sausage and grappa cream; Roman tripe stew; prosciutto with red-wine-poached figs and ricotta salata; cheese fonduta with poached egg and black truffle; grilled radicchio salad with walnuts and cranberries; sheep’s-milk-ricotta agnolotti with lemon and spinach.
For the main course, there’s heritage turkey cooked two ways (juniper-crusted breast and braised leg); blade steak with foie gras and truffle sauce ($10 supplement);  risotto with chanterelle mushrooms and Parmesan; study of fall vegetables; monkfish poached in beet juice with salt-baked beets; whole bronzino with eggplant and citrus emulsion.
A selection of desserts.  
Price: Three-course menu is $45 per person, without tax and tip.  
Availability: 11 to 4.

Bond 45
A five-course Italian-American dinner—flute of Champagne included—is on offer at this National Harbor dining room.
Menu: The first course is a choice of butternut-squash soup with amaretto crumble; Chesapeake-oyster chowder; or green salad with cranberries and candied pecans.
Next is lobster risotto with shrimp, clams, and mussels.
The main course, which includes Parmesan-corn pudding for the table, is a choice of  herb-roasted heritage turkey with chestnut/black-truffle stuffing, candied yams or mashed potatoes, string beans with almonds, and cranberry relish; roast baby pig with caramelized pear and creamed broccoli rabe; red-snapper livornese with string beans and toasted almonds; filet mignon with creamed broccoli rabe and mashed potatoes ($20 supplement); veal-chop parmigiana with buffalo mozzarella ($20 supplement); grilled veal chop with roasted potatoes ($20 supplement); lamb-shank ossobuco with couscous.
Dessert is a choice of pumpkin pie, pecan pie, or chocolate mousse. The dinner ends with pineapple carpaccio and strawberries.
Price: Five-course menu is $65 for adults, not including tax and tip; $35 for children under 12.
Serving times: 1 to 8.

The Bombay Club
A tandoori-turkey special is available alongside the regular à la carte Indian menu.
Price: Appetizers are $7 to $12; main courses, $17 to $32.  
Serving times: 11:30 to 2:30 and 5:30 to 10.  

La Ferme
French-influenced offerings such as turkey au jus and cinnamon/apple crème brûlée set this menu apart.
Menu: Appetizers include snail-and-mushroom fricassée with herb-cream sauce and puff pastry; venison terrine with red-cabbage/apple slaw; smoked-chicken-and-corn chowder; pumpkin soup with sage; spinach-and-endive salad with beets, apples, and Roquefort dressing; and smoked salmon with onion, capers, and egg.
For the main course, there’s turkey au jus with chestnut stuffing and cranberry compote; beef strip loin with red-wine/porcini sauce; pecan-crusted pork loin with Calvados cream; seared scallops with pumpkin ravioli; poached rainbow trout; or salmon en croute with mustard sauce.
Desserts are cinnamon-and-apple crème brûlée; pumpkin cheesecake; pecan tart; warm brioche pudding; poached pear filled with white-chocolate mousse.
Price: Three course menu is $45. A children’s menu is $23.
Serving times: 11 to 7.

Chef Vikram Sunderam offers cranberry turkey tikka ($16) in addition to the regular modern-Indian menu.
Price: Appetizers, $8 to $12; main courses, $17 to $26; desserts, $8 to $9.
Serving times: 11:30 to 2:30 and 5:30 to 10.


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