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Large group and kids welcome. By Anna Spiegel
Founding Farmers can satisfy a crowd, and a full spectrum of tastes. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

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.

Founding Farmers

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.

Eden Center

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.

Hill Country

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.

Il Canale

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).

Lauriol Plaza

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.

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Bottomless mimosas, $1 oysters, and more fun feasting. By Angie Hilsman
Take a break from turkey with a shellfish tower at Le Diplomate. Photographs by Scott Suchman.

Bar Pilar

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.

BLT Steak

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.

Cafe Saint-Ex

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.

Kapnos Taverna

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.

Le Diplomate

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.

Trummer’s on Main

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.

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Where to find reservations, ready-made dishes, pies, and more. By Elizabeth Elving
Restaurants like Kapnos prepare a la carte dishes or whole holiday spreads (pictured). Photograph by Greg Powers.

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.

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Let the city's top pastry chefs do all the work. By Angie Hilsman
Try a Thai-spiced pumpkin pie from pastry chef Tiffany MacIsaac, who runs a pop-up in Union Market. Photograph courtesy of Tiffany MacIsaac.

Thanksgiving is around the corner, so why not let one of Washington's top pastry chefs help out? Restaurants and bakeries offer a full range of sweets for the holiday, from traditional pumpkin pies to whimsical creations, as well as breads, cookies, and biscuits to round out the meal. Don't forget to check out our guide to great Thanksgiving takeout for savory options as well.

Baked & Wired

1052 Thomas Jefferson St., NW; A Baked Joint, 440 K St., NW

Baked & Wired offers an assortment of pies, including fun flavors like apple cranberry crumb, pecan Kahlúa chocolate chip, and cherry. Opt for a pumpkin amaretto poundcake or pumpkin gingerbread if pie isn't your thing.

Details: Menu. In-store pickup only on Tuesday, November 24 at 4 pm or Wednesday, November 25 at 10 am, noon, 2 pm, or 4 pm.

Bayou Bakery

901 Pennsylvania Ave., SE; 1515 N. Courthouse Rd., Arlington

Chef David Guas serves up a southern spin on Thanksgiving, and for a great cause. Bring home treats such as the Virginia peanut pie, bacon and cayenne pecan pie, or market crumble apple pie. The bakery will donate a pie to a local charity for every dozen sold.

Details: Menu. Call either the DC or Arlington store no later than Tuesday, November 24 at 10 am. Orders must be picked up by 1 pm on Wednesday, November 25.

BlackSalt Fish Market & Restaurant

4883 MacArthur Boulevard, NW

Executive chef Mike Huff and pastry chef Susan Wallace have whipped up Thanksgiving to-go and catering options, including turkey, stuffing, and oysters. Dessert options include apple streusel, pecan pie, and key lime pie.

Details: Menu. Call 202-342-9104 or email by Sunday, November 22 at 6:30 pm to place an order. Pick-ups are scheduled for Wednesday, November 25.

Bread Furst

4434 Connecticut Ave., NW

The chefs at Bread Furst have an entire Thanksgiving spread—ranging from winter squash gratin to cranberry sauce--but the highlight is still dessert. If you can resist trying their sweet potato cheesecake, snag a bourbon-pecan or cranberry chiffon pie instead.

Details: Menu. Pre-order until Monday, November 24. Pick up as late as Thanksgiving Day at noon.

Buttercream Bakeshop

Pop-up in Union Market

Head to Union Market for a pastry chef Tiffany MacIsaac's pop-up pie cart. Purchase whole pies, slices, and mini pies in flavors such as Nutella fudge and whiskey chocolate pecan, as well as other assorted treats.

Details: Menu. Order online, or shop a la carte, on November 20, 21, 22 from noon until 7 pm (or until offerings are sold out).

Co Co. Sala

929 F St., NW; 1309 5th St., NE

Stop by either of Co Co. Sala's boutiques for treats such as triple-chocolate pecan pie and maple-pumpkin pie. Other goodies include salted-caramel apples, chocolate pops, and pumkin Mallomar bites.

Details: Menu. Pre-order by Sunday, November 22 and pick up by Wednesday, November 25.

Dangerously Delicious Pies

339 H St., NE; 675 I St., NW

If you're feeling one of Dangerously Delicious's sweet pies, try the blueberry-pancake batter, roasted apple cinnamon, or chocolate peanut butter. If you're craving something savory try the pulled pork or steak pies, which are great to have in the fridge for a quick bite when family is visiting.

Details: Menu. All orders must be placed by midnight on Saturday, November 21. Orders placed to the H Street location must be picked up by 2 pm on Thanksgiving Day; I Street orders must be picked up by 9 pm on Wednesday, November 25.

Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

750 15th St., NW

Head to Joe's Seafood for one of their traditional pies—such as pumpkin chiffon, old-fashioned apple, or key lime—or opt for something new, like their sweet potato pie topped with caramelized pecans.

Details: Menu. Order via phone (202-489-0140), 24-hours ahead of pickup.

Osteria Morini

301 Water St., SE

Pastry chef Alex Levin has designed three seasonal pies for your Thanksgiving celebration. Indulge in caramel apple topped with oat streusel, a chocolate-crusted honey pecan, or a lemon tart with toasted meringue.

Details: Menu. Place your order by 9 pm on Friday, November 20, then pick up on Tuesday, November 24 or Wednesday, November 25 between 3 and 5 pm.

Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

1612 14th Street, NW

Pastry chef Brittney Gress offers a range of pies, from traditional pumpkin to her signature Brazos River Bottom Pecan Pie. The latter features bourbon-and rum-infused custard and pecans native to the Brazos River bottom.

Details: Menu. Call 202-319-1612 by Monday, November 23 to place an order. Pick ups are scheduled for Tuesday, November 24 and Wednesday, November 25.

Rare Sweets

963 Palmer Alley, NW

Chef and owner Meredith Tomason offers a full menu of seasonal cakes, ice creams, and breakfast items, such as pumpkin-bourbon-cocoa cake or pull-apart cinnamon rolls.

Details: Menu. Place orders by 5 pm on Tuesday, November 17. In-store pick up is available through November 25.


2275 L St., NW

Chef Ris Lacoste whips up pies—and also savory sides—for Thanksgiving, including classic pecan, pumpkin, and apple. You’ll also find extras like house-made sorbets and fig-Armagnac cream.

Details: Menu. Stop by the storefront or email orders by Sunday, November 22 before 3 pm. Pickup on Tuesday, November 24 and Wednesday, November 25 between 2 and 5 pm.

Society Fair

277 S. Washington St., Alexandria

The market from the Restaurant Eve team offers an assortment of Thanksgiving Day goodies, from whole Amish heritage turkeys to green bean casserole. Their dessert options include apple cake with salted caramel buttercream, and apple crumble cheesecake.

Details: Place orders in person, via phone, or online; pick-up by Wednesday, November 25 at 4 pm.

Sticky Fingers

1370 Park Rd., NW

Sticky Fingers serves all-vegan and wheat-free options for your Thanksgiving dinner, including cornbread stuffing, organic red-skinned potatoes, and mushroom gravy. Try their vegan pies too: maple-pecan, apple-caramel-crumb, and pumpkin.

Details: Menu. Pickup during regular store hours.

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Where to find chef-prepared feasts, plus sides and sweets to round out the meal. By Elizabeth Elving
Grab a Thanksgiving spread from a local restaurant, like the pit-smoked bird and barbecue-style sides from Smokehouse Live (pictured). Photograph courtesy of Smokehouse Live.

Kapnos and Kapnos Taverna

2201 14th St. NW; 4000 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA

Chef Mike Isabella’s Mediterranean-inspired Thanksgiving menu includes a spit-roasted turkey rubbed with Greek spices and sides like squash orzzotto. All items can be ordered a la carte, and picked up in both DC and Arlington.

Details: Orders are accepted through Sunday, November 22. Pick up on Thursday, November 26 between 10 and noon.

Hill Country Barbecue Market

410 7th St. NW

This Texas-style barbecue spot serves a carryout dinner of turkey, cornbread, and a choice of sides and pies. The meals come in two sizes: "feast" and "banquet," so nobody is going home hungry.

Details: The Ranchers Feast serves 5 to 8 and costs $210. The Governors Banquet serves 9 to 12 and costs $300. Orders accepted through November 20, pick up on or before November 26 at noon.


947 Palmer Alley, NW

Chef Amy Brandwein gives Thanksgiving an Italian twist at her CityCenterDC market/restaurant. Her catering menu has antipasto platters like eggplant caponata with yogurt sauce & crostini, alongside cider brined free-range turkeys. Details: Order by November 20; pickup on or before Thursday, November 26 at 1:30 pm.

Smokehouse Live

1602 Village Market Blvd., Suite 120 , Leesburg, VA

We’re fans of this new-ish barbecue joint, which serves up pit-smoked turkey and pumpkin pie are on the Thanksgiving to-go menu.

Details: Order by November 20, pickup on or before the morning of November 26.

Pickup extras from Blacksalt, like creamy clam chowder and a variety of sides. Photograph courtesy of Blacksalt.

Del Campo

777 I St., NW

Chef Victor Albisu puts a South American spin on Thanksgiving feasts, offering herb-smoked and oven-ready turkeys, chorizo and chapa bread stuffing, pumpkin risotto, and more.

Details: Orders accepted through Sunday, November 22 at 8 pm; pickup Wednesday, November 25 until 10 pm.

Anthem at Marriott Marquis

901 Massachusetts Ave, NW

Chef Matthew Morrison’s to-go meals come with a main course, choice of dessert, and a generous mix of sides. For every dinner they sell, the Marriott Marquis will donate a turkey to DC Central Kitchen.

Details: The Turkey Dinner is $299; the Prime Rib Dinner is $360. Both serve 6 to 8. Order by 5 pm on November 20. Pickup on November 26 from10 am to 4 pm.

Society Fair

277 S. Washington St., Alexandria

With a butcher, baker, grocer, and wine bar all under one roof, Alexandria’s emporium is a Thanksgiving one-stop shop. A dinner-to-go bag of turkey breast, mashed potatoes, and other essentials makes sourcing even easier.

Details: The to-go bag meal serves two and costs $85. Order by November 21, pickup on or before November 25 at 5 pm. Other items are available a la carte.


4883 MacArthur Blvd., NW

This seafood market offers brined and oven-ready local turkeys, as well as appetizers like cured salmon and crab cakes, and staples (cranberry sauce, gravy).

Details: Order by November 23; pickup on November 25.

Kapnos serves spit-roasted turkeys, lamb, and other meats, as well as Greek-inspired sides. Photograph via Facebook.

MoCo’s Founding Farmers

12505 Park Potomac Ave., Potomac

The Thanksgiving-to-go menu of this restaurant’s Potomac location is packed with cornbread, stuffing, sweet potatoes, and other wholesome American classics.

Details: Order by November 20 at 5 pm; pick up on or before November 25 at 6 pm.

Red Apron Butchery

1309 Fifth St., NE; 8298 Glass Alley, Fairfax; 709 D St., NW

Chef Nate And a specializes in meats—including fresh or brined heritage turkeys—and offers sides like pimento mac n’ cheese, roasted mushroom bread pudding, and gravy on the menu.

Details: Order before noon on Monday, November 23; pick-up at three shop locations in DC (Union Market, Penn Quarter) and Virginia (Mosaic District).

Macon Bistro & Larder

5520 Connecticut Ave., NW

The dinner packages at this French and Southern-style bistro include collard greens and buttermilk biscuits. Sweet potato and apple brandy-raisin pies are also available for order.

Details: Order by November 20; pick up on or before November 25 at 5 pm.

Blue Duck Tavern

1201 24th St, NW

This Georgetown restaurant is offering a fancy take-home feast with a free-range roasted turkey, freshly baked bread, and four traditional sides.

Details: Order by November 20; pick up on or before November 26 at 4pm.

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Find your flavorful, humanely-raised birds. By Anna Spiegel
Heritage turkeys are generally smaller--and more flavorful--than the factory farmed versions. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

It’s time to order Thanksgiving turkeys, and if you’re thinking beyond Butterball, there are plenty of humanely-raised local and heritage birds available.

For those new to the turkey world, heritage breeds are descendants of domestic turkeys that are closer to those used in the first Thanksgiving feast than the common factory-farmed versions consumed today. The meat is typically richer and more flavorful, making it a favorite among chef and home cooks. Most of the vendors below also carry house-made gravy, sides, and desserts if you want to make life easy.


4883 MacArthur Blvd., NW

Murray’s Turkeys—all-natural, humanely-raised birds grown in Pennsylvania—can be ordered fresh or ready-to-roast: brined, seasoned, and trussed. The market offers a holiday menu of prepared Thanksgiving fare, from sides to pies and shucked oyster appetizers, so you can make it a one-stop-shop.

Details: Turkeys range from 12 to 22 pounds ($5.50/lb. for fresh; $6.99/lb. for brined). Orders must be placed by phone through Sunday, November 22nd. Pickup by Wednesday, November 25.

Red Apron

1309 Fifth St., NE; 8298 Glass Alley, Fairfax; 709 D St., NW

Chef Nate Anda sources free-range heritage turkeys from Fields of Athenry farm in Purcellville, Virginia for his trio of butcher shops. Order them as-is, or brined in a mix of herbs, chili flakes, and citrus. A catering menu also includes extras like gravy, sides, and Anda’s charcuterie.

Details: Turkeys range from 8 to 22 pounds ($9/lb. for regular; $10/lb. for brined). Online orders must be placed by noon on Monday, November 23 for pickup at the three shop locations. Pickup November, 23 through Thursday, November 26 (limited hours).


1425 28th St., NW

Stop by this Georgetown butcher shop for fresh or brined heirloom turkeys, and some very fancy stuffing made with turkey confit, mushrooms, and truffles. You’ll also find gravy and a number of sides to round out the meal.

Details: Turkeys range from 12 to 18 pounds ($6.00/lb. for fresh; $7.49/lb. for brined). Orders must be placed by phone by Monday, November 23. Pickup on Wednesday, November 25 or before.

Eco Friendly Foods

Local farmer’s markets; 3397 Stony Fork Rd., Moneta, Virginia

You may know Bev Eggleston as a pork guy, but his Virginia farm produces heritage turkeys. Order a bird in advance, and pick it up at one of three farmer’s market locations in Virginia and DC, or by appointment at the farm.

Details: Turkeys range from 8 to 30 pounds ($6.85/lb. for Broad Breast; $8.85/lb for other heritage breeds). Pickup times vary by location.

Society Fair

227 S. Washington St., Alexandria

The Alexandria market carries whole Amish heritage turkeys, and also offers a whole menu of sides, sweets, and cooking ingredients like house-made stocks.

Details: Turkeys average between 10 and 16 pounds ($100 for a 10 to 12 lb. bird; $150 for 14 to 16 lb.). Order by November 15th and get a free bottle of wine. Pickup on or before Wednesday, November 25.

The Organic Butcher of McLean

6712 Old Dominion Dr., McLean

Kelly Bronze turkeys are the highlight of the Organic Butcher’s Thanksgiving offerings--the native British breed is known for its rich flavor. The local option is a Maryland free-range bird and bone-in turkey breasts. You’ll also find sausage, bacon, and a variety of other meats.

Details: Kelly Bronze ranges from 13 to 17 pounds ($11.49/lb.); Maryland free-range from 8 to 30 pounds ($4.99/lb.). Orders recommended by November 15; pickup on or before Wednesday, November 25.

Glen’s Garden Market

2001 S St., NW

Dupont’s locavore market sells pasture-raised turkeys raised on organic feed from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. In addition to the birds, the shop can provide sides, local wines, and more for your meal. Reserve the birds online.

Details: Turkeys range from 10 to 18 pounds ($4.99/lb.). Order while supplies last. Pickup details are available soon.

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Recipes and tricks for frighteningly good pies. By Teresa Finn

Looking for a fun Halloween meal? Try one of these All Hallows Eve-inspired pizzas. We've found recipes for mini-spider pies, dough "bones" dipped in marinara "blood," and stuffed pizza skulls. And don't limit yourself to savory pies—we've included plenty of sweet dessert pies to die for.


Terrifying Toppings and Spooky Shapes

Photograph via Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons.
Photograph via Chef Mom.
Photograph via Best Friend Pizza.

Take your favorite pizza recipe and arrange the toppings in frightening ways. Circular slices of pepperoni and olives make spider bodies, and you can fashion legs out of strips of basil. For ghosts, stamp slices of mozzarella cheese with a ghoul-shaped cookie cutter. Those who want to start with the crust can shape the pizza dough into a face, and arrange toppings like the folks over at at Best Friend Pizza—pepperoni and olives for the eyes, mouth, and hair; bell peppers for brows, ears, and teeth.

Bones 'n Blood Dippables

Photograph via Our Best Bites.
Photograph via Forkable.

Pizza dough shaped into bones and fingers make fun party hors-d'oeuvres. Try Our Best Bites pizza dough "bones" with a side of marinara "blood" sauce. For a more substantial alternative, wrap the dough around mozzarella cheese sticks, and shape to resemble fingers by scoring the dough with a sharp knife. Adorn the tips with almond slivers for nails, and bake for a realistic take on finger food. For a staple pizza dough, try Jack Bishop's Basic Pizza Dough—simple, delicious, and easy to make ahead!

Eerie Eyeball Pizza

Photograph via Lick the Bowl Good.

For those who don't mind a pizza that watches you while you eat, consider throwing together a meat-eyeball pizza from Lick the Bowl Good. Monica Holland has a great recipe for Turkey Pesto Eyeballs (just add sliced olives to the top).

Scary Skull Pizza Bites

Photograph via Hungry Happenings.

Time to dust off your skull baking pan! Even if you don't have a pan with molds of mini heads, any Halloween theme will do (try Sur La Table in a pinch). Regardless of the shape, this great step-by-step visual guide from Hungry Happenings will set you on the right path. The process isn't as complicated as it looks.

Macabre Minis

Photograph via Eats Amazing.
Photograph via Recipe Runner.

These bite-sized treats will be a hit for your Halloween party spread. For mini mummy pizzas, pick up a sheet of puff pastry, your favorite sauce, and toppings. Cut circles of puff pastry, add your toppings, and layer on strips of puff pastry in mummy fashion. Recipe Runner's Mini Spider Pies are equally easy, and follow a similar pattern. Make your mini pizzas, arrange the olives into a spider shape, and bake. To prevent the spider legs from splaying during baking, consider adding the olives after the minis are out of the oven.


We've compiled all the spookiest dessert pizza pies that you'll want at your next Halloween gathering. They range in flavor from chocolate brownie and Nutella to pumpkin spice and caramel apple.

Wicked Good Halloween Brownie Pizza via The Baking Chocolatess.
Pumpkin Spice Spiderweb Cookie Pizza via Crazy for Crust.
Apple Crisp Pizza via The Girl Who Ate Everything.
Halloween Cookie Pizza via Pillsbury.
Hershey's Halloween Spiderweb Cookie Pizza via Mod Podge Rocks.
Caramel Apple Pizza via Carpe Season.
Nutella & Candy Corn Dessert Pizza via Celebrations.
Ghosts in the Graveyard Cookie Pizza via Land O'Lakes.

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Festive menus for the Jewish New Year. By Anna Spiegel
DGS Delicatessen serves special menus for Rosh Hashanah. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

Rosh Hashanah celebrations begin on Sunday, and many Washington restaurants serve special menus commemorating the Jewish New Year through Monday and Tuesday of next week. Here's where to find all the matzo ball soup, brisket, and honeyed apples you can eat.

DGS Delicatessen

1317 Connecticut Ave., NW; 2985 District Ave., Fairfax (Mosaic District)

Both the Dupont and new Fairfax location of DGS celebrate the holiday with a creative fall harvest menu from chef Brian Robinson, featuring dishes like halibut with rye spaetzle and beef tenderloin with black truffle vinaigrette ($45; $65 with wine pairings).

When: Sunday and Monday, 5 to close.

Dino’s Grotto

1914 Ninth St., NW

Chef Dean Gold’s Italian New Year’s menu is served family-style, and guests can always ask for seconds. The large feast includes duck schmaltz matzo ball soup, risotto with giblets, veal brisket, and much more ($44 for adults; $19 for kids).

When: Sunday beginning at 4; Monday and Tuesday starting at 5.


818 Connecticut Ave., NW

Celebrate with chef Todd Gray’s three-course set menu, which includes vegetarian and vegan options for each course ($50 per person; $70 with wine pairings).

When: Sunday and Monday, 5:30 to 9.

Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

750 15th St., NW

Joe’s offers an elegant atmosphere and three-course menu of upscale classics like gefilte fish with beet horseradish, Alaskan halibut, and flourless chocolate cake ($45.95 per person; $19.95 kids 12 and under).

When: Sunday and Monday, 4 to 10.

The Heights

3115 14th St., NW

A Sephardic meal is led by guest Rabbi Sarah Tasman, Director of InterfaithFamily/DC. A variety of family-style appetizers are served, followed by a choice of entree such as roast chicken with pomegranate-date molasses and spicy Tunisian salmon ($42 per person; wine pairing is $14; dessert and coffee $8).

When: Sunday at 6:15.

Logan Tavern

An array of family-style appetizers are followed by a choice of entrees including brisket, salmon with Israeli couscous, and vegetarian farro salad ($40 per person; $55 with wine pairings). Reservations are required, and ten percent of proceeds benefit the Jewish Food Experience.

When: Sunday and Monday, seating at 6:15.

Summer House Santa Monica

This North Bethesda restaurant serves a prix-fixe menu from chef Martin Ticar, with options like slow-braised beef short ribs and wood-grilled salmon alongside family-style sides ($36.95 adults; $15.95 kids 12 and under).

When: Sunday and Monday from 5 to 9.

Teddy & the Bully Bar

1200 19th St., NW

Head to this presidentially-themed restaurant for a three-course menu with classic Jewish dishes like matzoh ball soup and brisket ($50 per person).

When: Sunday and Monday, 5 to 11.

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Start with a Friday feast, end with mimosas on Monday. By Sarah Lindner, Anna Spiegel
Pancakes and a cocktail at Founding Farmers are the makings for a happy Monday. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

Labor Day Weekend is almost here, which means three—and even four—glorious days of brunch. All of the restaurants in this guide offer Monday specials, including penny mimosas, all-you-can-eat-and-drink deals, and more ways to wind down the long weekend.


523 8th St., SW

Brunch is an indulgent affair at this Barracks Row Balkan spot. The unlimited menu costs $39 and includes an endless selection of brunch plates and cocktails. Make sure your friends are hungry, as everyone in your party must participate in the bottomless deal.

When: Saturday through Monday, 10 to 3:30.


1837 M St., NW

Head to Dupont for bottomless Spanish brunch, featuring various tapas, three kinds of sangria, and cava mimosas ($39 per person). Reservations can be made by calling the restaurant.

When: Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 to 3; Monday 11:30 to 4.

Brooklandʼs Finest Bar & Kitchen

3126 12th St., NE

Head to this family-friendly spot for brunch, whether you’re in the mood for a veggie burrito or shrimp n’ grits. Also, starting on Labor Day, the restaurant teams up with Sloppy Mamaʼs barbeque to offer a week-long mashup of their menus. Items will include a beef “briscuit” sandwich and smoked chicken-muffuletta panini.

When: Saturday through Monday, 10 to 3.

Cava Mezze

Capitol Hill, Clarendon, and Baltimore locations

Here's proof that a penny can still buy something good: one cent mimosas during Cava brunch. Three of their locations are open for Labor Day sipping with all-you-can-eat mezze such as Nutella waffles, pork belly and eggs, and feta grilled cheese.

When: Saturday and Sunday, hours vary by location. Monday, 11 to 4.

Tico pours brunch-time margaritas as well as bottomless mimosas on Monday. Photograph by Scott Suchman.


1443 P St., NW

Have a brunch date? Try the ʻbreakfast for twoʼ deal ($50): choose two entrees, two coffee beverages, and a pitcher of bloody Marys or beer (or for a $5 upgrade, a pitcher of any sparkling cocktail).

When: Saturday and Sunday starting at 8. Monday, 9 to 4.

Copperwood Tavern

4021 Campbell Ave., Shirlington

No matter what you have planned for Labor Day, a stop at Copperwood could fit in the schedule. The restaurant serves brunch from 10 to 4. If the weather is nice ask to sit on the patio to soak up a few extra rays.

When: Saturday through Monday, 10 to 4.

El Centro D.F.

1218 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 1819 14th St., NW

Visit either El Centro location for a bottomless Mexican brunch of unlimited small plates and free flowing brunch cocktails ($35 per person). Menu items include guacamole, egg and chorizo tacos, and a breakfast enchilada, which you can pair with mimosas and house margaritas.

When: Saturday through Monday, 10 to 3.

Farmers Fishers Bakers

3000 K St., NW

Head to the Georgetown Waterfront for an indulgent buffet-style brunch. Tables are spread with everything from breakfast jambalaya to egg scrambles and tacos, while servers pass trays of sushi, pizza, and Benedicts ($30 per person; $15 for kids ages six to 12; kids under six eat free).

When: Saturday through Monday, 9 to 2.

Come for $4 mimosas, stay for oysters at Pearl Dive. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

Founding Farmers

Locations in Downtown DC, Tysons Corner, VA and Potomac, MD

Farmers rolls out its big, something-for-everyone brunch menu in downtown DC and Potomac, Maryland on Monday. The newest Tysons location serves brunch a bit differently, offering a buffet-style spread ($30 per person, including nonalcoholic beverages).

When: Saturday through Monday; Downtown DC and Potomac, MD (7 to 2); Tysons Corner, VA (8 to 2).


539 Eight St., NW

Stop by this Capitol Hill Italian spot for $12 bottomless mimosas, paired with dishes like chicken and waffles, eggs Florentine, and spaghetti carbonara.

When: Saturday through Monday, 10 to 2:30.

Logan Tavern

1423 P St., NW

Logan Tavern is ready to serve early or late risers, as the brunch menu will be served from 10:30 to 4. Share french toast sticks with caramel-pecan sauce, or opt for a heaping brunch platter of French toast, eggs, bacon, turkey sausage and home fries.

When: Saturday through Monday, 10:30 to 4.

Masa 14

1825 14th St., NW

Masa serves a bottomless Latin-Asian brunch ($39), and the feast is offered on the restaurant’s roof deck. Options include plentiful brunch cocktails and dishes like mushroom frittatas and smoked brisket buns.

When: Saturday through Monday, 10 to 3 (arrive by 2 for the bottomless option).

Masa 14 offers a brunch-party atmosphere with an all-you-can-eat-and-drink menu. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

1612 14th St., NW

Get the weekend started early with $4 mimosas on Friday afternoon, made with fresh-squeezed orange and grapefruit juices, as well as an array of fresh-shucked oysters and Gulf Coast-style seafood.

When: Friday through Monday, 11 to 3.

The Pig

1320 14th St., NW

Drop by for a pork-centric brunch featuring dishes like “the pig breakfast,” which includes two eggs your way, sausage, scrapple, bacon, and cheese grits.

When: Saturday through Monday, 10:30 to 3.

Provision No. 14

2100 14th St., NW

Take advantage of good weather on Provision's patio, where you can sip a shareable grapefruit-vodka-mint cocktail from a French press. If you’re already indulging, might as well opt for the whole fried chicken and funnel cake.

When: Saturday through Monday, 10:30 to 3.


1926 14th St., NW

Spend Labor Day sipping bottomless bloodies or mimosas ($19) alongside an eclectic array of dishes at chef Michael Schlow’s 14th Street spot.

When: Saturday and Sunday, 10 to 3; Monday 11 to 3.

Get in a round of bocce after a Benedict at Vinoteca.


1940 11th St., NW

Get in a game of bocce while brunching at this neighborhood wine bar, which offers bottomless mimosas and bellini pitchers for $18, and a seasonal menu of American and European fare.

When: Saturday through Monday, 11 to 3.


781 7th St., NW

This Asian brunch spot offers bottomless brunch for $39, but children ten and under can eat for only $10. Enjoy shrimp and vegetable potstickers, bacon fried rice with scrambled eggs, and lobster-chipotle grits.

When: Saturday through Monday, 10 to 3 (arrive by 2 for prix-fixe)

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Where to find free Champagne, festive soirées, and special menus. By Sarah Ehlen
Bistro du Coin offers a lively Bastille Day celebration each year. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

If you haven’t gotten your fill of red, white, and blue this summer, don’t miss the chance to wave French flags on Tuesday, July 14 during Washington’s many Bastille Day celebrations. You don’t need to know French to party—just say oui to free Champagne and baguette races, special menus, and festive soirées.

Art Soiree at Sofitel DC

806 15th St., NW

Don your most festive French attire for a night of dancing, free Champagne, and plenty of photo ops at the Sofitel DC. Live gypsy jazz music by Bitter Dose Combo will have guests up on their feet, fueled by macarons and cake dolled out by a Marie Antoinette impersonator. Tickets are $20 online and $30 at the door.

When: Tuesday, July 14; 7 to 11

Bistro Du Coin

1738 Connecticut Ave., NW

Commemorate La Fête Nationale with dinner and entertainment at this classic Dupont bistro. Known for its parties celebrating France’s three biggest holidays, Bistro Du Coin does Bastille day right with traditional French fare, music by DJ Ash, and a lively atmosphere. Reservations required for the sit-down dinner.

When: Tuesday, July 14; two dinner seatings at 7 and 9

Bistrot Lepic and Wine Bar

1736 Wisconsin Ave., NW

Chef George Vetsch has put together a Bastille Day-inspired menu filled with French classics, both familiar (vermouth-steamed mussels) and more exotic (veal kidneys in mustard sauce). Guests pick from a selection of appetizers, entrees, and desserts ($39 per person).

When: Sunday July 5 to Tuesday July 14; normal business hours

Central Michel Richard

1001 Pennsylvania Ave., NW

Satisfy your cravings for escargot, ratatouille, and—most importantly—lots of wine at chef Michel Richard’s Franco-American bistro. The restaurant will serve up a special menu, complimentary savory cheese pastries, and patriotic libations.

When: Tuesday, July 14; 5 to 10:30

Et Voila!

5120 Macarthur Blvd., NW

Worked up an appetite from a long day of festivities? Head to this Palisades restaurant for a French feast at dinner time, with your choice of a three-course special holiday menu ($40 per person), or regular à la carte options.

When: Tuesday, July 14; 5 to 10

Le Diplomate

1601 14th St., NW

One of 14th Street’s most popular restaurants will hold a grand celebration, complete with mime performances, a pétanque court (French bocce ball), and, of course, food and drink specials. Executive chef Michael Abt will also offer lesser-known French dishes, such as pike fish quenelles with crayfish sauce.

When: Tuesday, July 14; normal business hours

L’Enfant Cafe

2000 18th St., NW

Missed L’Enfant Cafe’s Grand Bastille Day bash in NoMa this weekend? The fun will continue at the annual party's original site—the Adams Morgan cafe and bar—on Tuesday with special plates, drinks, and a DJ to keep the fête going. Reservations are recommended.

When: Tuesday July, 14; normal business hours

Le Grenier

502 H St., NE

The family-owned French restaurant offers free Kronenbourg beer and tasty baguettes to celebrate the holiday. Stop by around dinner for freebies, or stay into the night for live music by Kevin McWha Steele, a bilingual singer-songwriter.

When: Tuesday, July 14; 5 to 11

PAUL Bakery and Café

801 Pennsylvania Ave., NW

Run for your bread during PAUL’s 5th annual baguette relay race, where teams will race around the US Navy Memorial in pursuit of a coveted prize—a free lunch from the café. Spectators and cheerleaders are welcome as well.

When: Tuesday, July 14; kids race at 11, adults at 11:30

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