You have Thanksgiving eve and dinner mapped out. Then what? If leftovers are looking tired, take the family out to one of these crowd-friendly restaurants that can satisfy a range of tastes.
1924 Pennsylvania Ave., NW; 1800 Tysons Blvd., Tysons; 12505 Park Potomac Ave., Potomac
You’ll find something for everyone at this trio of American restaurants, which also have sibling (Farmers Fishers Bakers) on the Georgetown waterfront. Menus vary by location, but all serve a large variety of dishes, from fried chicken to seafood bucatini and many meatless options for vegetarians.
6751 Wilson Blvd., Falls Church
This Falls Church shopping center, aptly nicknamed Little Vietnam, is packed with restaurants that can accommodate a crowd. Some of our favorites include Rice Paper, Huong Viet, and Hai Duong for hearty noodle soups, char-grilled meats over vermicelli, stuffed crepes, and more.
Korean barbecue in Annandale
Gathering around the table for a Korean barbecue feast is just like Thanksgiving—minus the dry meat, plus a lot of beer. Meals are designed for groups so don’t worry about showing up with a crowd (or kids) in tow. It’s hard to go wrong in Koreatown, but we love Honey Pig and Kogiya.
Comet Ping Pong
5037 Connecticut Ave., NW
Not only is the wood-fired pizza tasty at this Upper Northwest restaurant, but kids (and adults with energy) can work up an appetite over a few rounds of ping pong on one of the many tables.
410 Seventh St., NW
This barbecue joint near the National Mall and Portrait Gallery can easily fit large families, and serves tasty margaritas to boot. We’re fans of the smoky Kreuz sausage when it comes to the meats.
1063 31st St., NW
This Neapolitan pizzeria in Georgetown can satisfy a crowd, both in terms of size and tasty thin-crust pies. Try La Regina with fresh buffalo mozzarella, prosciutto, and basil.
Multiple area locations in DC, MD, VA
Washington’s homegrown American chain delivers when it comes to family dining, serving everything from kid’s menus to killer happy hour deals (check the Gallery Place location for particularly good food/drink discounts).
1835 18th St., NW
Seasonal shmeasonal—sometimes you just need ultra-crispy chips, swirl margs, and large platters of wallet-friendly Tex-Mex to get through the holidays.
1833 14th St., NW
Need a break from the family? Bar Pilar reopens at 8 p.m. on Thursday, and serves brunch starting at noon on Friday. Stop by for tasty cocktails, pumpkin ravioli, and charred Vietnamese brussel sprouts.
1625 I St., NW
Keep the Thanksgiving celebration going with BLT Steak's leftover-stuffed popovers, filled with turkey, cranberry chutney, potato puree and gravy. The specials is available all day Friday for $10, served at the bar, or to-go during lunch and dinner.
1847 14th St., NW
Hit up the Saint-Ex bar starting at 8 p.m. on Thursday, or grab brunch on Friday beginning at 11 a.m. with French-American fare such as poached eggs and tuna tartine sandwiches.
707 Sixth St., NW
Head to Mike Isabella's Chinatown restaurant for bottomless mimosas and Italian-American dishes such as crispy chicken thighs with pepperoni sauce or a White House pizza.
2201 14th St., NW
Still hungry after Thanksgiving? Kapnos serves their regular Mediterranean menu, but it's all-you-can-eat for $25. Enjoy spit-roasted meats, marinated chicken souvlaki, and $5 mimosas.
1601 14th St., NW
Refuel after midnight shopping with a hearty, French-style brunch from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fill up on a plate of steak and eggs, or try the burger Americain with fries.
7134 Main St., Clifton, Virginia
Combine small town shopping an dining this Friday at Trummer's, which serves $1 Rappahannock oysters from 4 to 6 p.m. and discounted cocktails. Looking for a midday meal? Sit down for a red wine-braised chicken, or sweet potato and sage rösti Napoleon from noon to 2:30 p.m.
First in an occasional series in which I answer one of your burning questions about the world of food and drink.
Hey, Todd, so settle a debate for us slackers who aren’t working enough today: Why do so many pho restaurants have numbers after their names? Is that a thing? And, if so, why? Thanks!!
— Kate, Washington, DC
So slacker Kate, I went and did a little investigating. The answer is interesting--more interesting than I had thought before I’d gone looking.
Cold weather is officially here, but instead of dreading the chill we're scheming where to get our next drink by the fire. Here are nine of the best spots that offer hot cocktails, happy hour discounts, and free s’mores, all by the light of live flames. When it gets frigid, faux-fires just don’t cut it.
1622 14th St., NW; 202-588-5500
Watch the lively 14th Street foot traffic from the restaurant’s front patio while warming your hands by the large fireplace. Blankets and heat lamps help keep things toasty. Get there early on warmer days, as space fills up fast.
Specials: “Social hour” in the bar area runs Monday through Friday 4-6 p.m., with $5 specialty drinks and glasses of wine, $3 drafts, discount sangria, and $4 tapas like Spanish meatballs and pan con tomate.
Thanksgiving: The main event this week is obviously Turkey Day on Thursday, and all the fun leading up to it. We’ve assembled the ultimate guide to Thanksgiving in Washington, which includes dining recommendations and takeout options, plus tips for party planning, hostess gifts, turkey trots, and much more.
Business of booze: Industree presents a behind-the-scenes look at DC’s drinking scene on Monday from 5 to 8:30 pm. Guests can mingle with top mixologists, beverage directors, and brand ambassadors including Brent Kroll of Neighborhood Restaurant Group, Michael Cherner of Ledroit Brands, and Mintwood Place’s Maurice Cherry, and hear their thoughts on a panel moderated by Duane Sylvestre. Tickets ($15 to $50) include drink samples.
Cocktails for a cause: Movember, the month-long campaign to raise awarness for men's health issues, is nearly over. Jack Rose makes a final push on Monday between 6 and 8, where you'll find $10 Ketel One cocktail specials, with half of all proceeds going to charity.
A pizza special: Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza celebrates Thanksgiving all week. Drop by Monday through Wednesday and Friday for their seasonal pie made with roasted turkey, sweet potatoes, cranberries, goat cheese, and pancetta. The special is available at all locations, and is $3.50 a slice.
Happy hour: CityCenterDC's Mango Tree throws a pre-holiday party on Wednesday from 11:30 am to close. Specially-priced beer, wine, and punch will be served throughout the day. Wear Thanksgiving paraphernalia to receive a free shot. Guests can capture memories in a photo booth, and enter a raffle to win door prizes.
Friendsgiving: Republic in Takoma Park hosts a pre-Thanksgiving party on Wednesday at 10 pm. Drop by with friends and family for games like Cards for Humanity, Monopoly, Life, and Balderdash, and a karaoke competition. Food and drink specials fuel the fun. Admission is free; prices vary.
Popover day: BLT Steak continues its celebration of Thanksgiving on Friday. Head to the restaurant or bar for “leftover” popovers stuffed with turkey, cranberry chutney, potato puree, and rosemary gravy ($10 per popover).
Made in DC: DC Brau teams up with Think Local First DC for a holiday marketplace on Saturday from 1 to 7 and the Northeast brewery. Shop from DMV-based artists and artisans to the tune of live music, including a number of food purveyors like Langdon Barrel-Aged Syrup, Real Sauce Company, Red Apron, and more. Local food trucks provide extra eats, while shoppers can sup beers in the tasting room. Admission is free; food and drink prices vary.
Road trip: Early Mountain Vineyards near Charlottesville hosts a holiday celebration on Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm. Throughout the event enjoy live entertainment for kids and adults alike. Young people can ride a horse-drawn carriage, take their photo taken with Santa, and decorate cookies. Local artisans and craftsmen showcase their wares. Local chili and wine from the vineyard will served. There is no charge for admission; food and drink prices vary.
Happy Monday, food truck followers! The November cold is finally upon us, so head to 20th and L streets to warm up with The Big Cheese's toasty sandwich and soup combo, or stop by Chinatown for Yumpling's beef dumplings.
Thanksgiving is almost here, but don’t panic if you don’t have the turkey—or any plans at all. Whether you’re going out, preparing a feast, or tasked with a potluck dish, we've found plenty of last-minute options.
If you want to go out:
Look beyond tradition
Traditional American restaurants tend to book up early—though it doesn’t hurt to check for openings at downtown spots like Vidalia and Woodward Table. Better yet, get more adventurous with the cuisine.
A few examples: Rasika West End serves their regular menu, plus a holiday special of spiced turkey meatballs cooked biryani-style with fragrant rice, served with butternut squash kootu and cranberry raita. Bibiana’s three-course Thanksgiving menu mixes traditional ingredients with Italian flavors. Over at Brasserie Beck, the hearty Belgian-style a la carte menu includes mussels alongside cider-brined turkey.