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Thanksgiving With All the Trimmings—and No Cleanup: Restaurants That Do It All for You
Looking for a restaurant to head to on Thanksgiving? Here’s our list of where to go—plus the menus of what they’ll be serving.
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Ardeo, 3311 Connecticut Ave., NW; 202-244-6750. Starters on chef Trent Conry’s three-course menu include fall organic greens with grilled nectarines, goat cheese, and pecan dressing; butternut-squash risotto with chestnuts, currants, pepitas, and sage-chili butter; and watercress and endive with caramelized pears, fallen Gorgonzola soufflé, and walnut vinaigrette. Main courses are roast turkey with sausage stuffing, sweet-potato purée, apple-cranberry compote, and Calvados pan gravy; Arctic char with fava beans, crisp shiitakes, golden raisins, and caper brown-butter sauce; and roast prime rib with Yukon Gold potato purée, asparagus, and tarragon stone-ground mustard. Desserts include pumpkin cheesecake with caramel sauce, upside-down pear cake, and pecan cake with butter-pecan ice cream. Noon to 8; $37.50.
Bastille, 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria; 703-519-3776. Chefs Christophe and Michelle Poteaux offer a three-course menu at their French bistro. Choices include roasted-parsnip bisque with crispy onions and pancetta; frisée-and-endive salad with goat-cheese cromesqui; baby spinach with foie gras on brioche toast; roasted pheasant breast with foie-gras rub, chestnut stuffing, cranberry chutney, sweet-potato-and-root purée, and sautéed greens; prime-rib au poivre with Cognac sauce, black-truffle gratin dauphinois, and wild mushrooms; and pan-roasted halibut filet with tarragon béarnaise sauce and Belgian-endive marmalade. For dessert, there’s pumpkin cheesecake with maple-pecan streusel, apple crumble, and Valrhona truffle cake. For an additional $4, you can try a selection of artisanal cheeses. 5 to 9 PM; $45.
Blue Duck Tavern, 1201 24th St., NW; 202-419-6755. Chef Brian McBride’s all-American feast features roast turkey breast and chestnut-stuffed leg with giblet gravy, made with organic turkey from Eberly Farm in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. There’s also suckling pig with bourbon peaches, Maine-lobster pot pie, chanterelle cornbread stuffing, baby yams, braised fall greens, pickled beets, and sweet-dumpling-squash purée. Desserts from pastry chef Laurent Merdy include classic apple pie with hand-cranked vanilla-bean ice cream. 10 to 3 for brunch, 6 to 10 for dinner; $80 for adults, $40 for children ages 6 to 12; under 6 free.
Charlie Palmer Steak, 101 Constitution Ave., NW; 202-547-8100. The three-course prix-fixe feast includes sweet curried cheese pumpkin soup with Maine-lobster dumplings garnished with maple-glazed pumpkin seeds and pumpkin-seed oil; roasted Red Bourbon turkey; braised leg meat with confit giblet gravy and traditional bread stuffing; spiced venison loin with sweet-potato gnocchi, roasted porcinis and sage-infused venison; and a selection of fall desserts. 2 to 8 PM. $68.
Indebleu, 707 G St., NW; 202-333-2538. Each family-style meal includes rosemary-apricot nan with cranberry-jalapeño chutney; heirloom-pumpkin soup with coconut, pear, and cilantro oil; haricots verts with red shallots, cashews, and black onion seeds; roasted cauliflower with lemon, bay leaf, and cinnamon; whipped potatoes with mustard seed; samosas; giblet stuffing; and fancy heritage turkey prepared two ways—coriander-cumin spiced breast and pomegranate-butter-braised thigh. For dessert: upside-down apple halva cake with chai yogurt sauce. Noon to 8; $35, $55 with wine pairing.
Jack’s Restaurant and Bar, 1527 17th St., NW; 202-332-6767. This takeout dinner includes a choice of whole oven-roasted turkey stuffed with raisins, spinach, white-truffle oil, pine nuts, and walnuts or honey-glazed ham. Both come with creamy spinach, brown-sugar yams, house-made coleslaw, cranberry sauce, garlic potatoes, and sweet carmelized onion with Boursin cheese. For dessert: warm apple pie with vanilla ice cream and cranberry pie with dulce de Nutella. 10 AM to 1 PM; $55.
Kent Manor Inn, 500 Kent Manor Dr., Kent Island, Stevensville, Md.; 410-643-7716. The all-you-can-eat buffet includes a carving station with pork loin, ham, and turkey; a raw- and smoked-seafood section; a variety of cheeses and salads; potatoes and other traditional trimmings; and a dessert station. 11 to 5:30 in the Garden House , noon to 6 in the main restaurant; $35.
McCormick & Schmick’s, six area locations. Thanksgiving dinner includes roasted turkey, giblet gravy, cornbread dressing, green-bean casserole, candied yams, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, Waldorf salad, and a choice of pumpkin or pecan pie. 11:30 to 9; $19.95.
Rasika, 633 D St., NW; 202-637-1222. Chef Vikram Sunderam’s meal includes dum ka turkey, a turkey breast marinated with caramelized onions, cashews, yogurt, garlic, and ginger, served with a cranberry-flavored cashew sauce and red pumpkin mash along with cumin-flavored Brussels sprouts. Noon to 9; $16.
Restaurant Local, Tidewater Inn, 101 E. Dover St., Easton; 410-819-6606. In Easton’s historic Tidewater Inn, chef Richard Hamilton’s family-style, all-you-can-eat meal includes roasted organic turkey, Berkshire pork loin with apple chutney, roasted-butternut-squash soup, mashed sweet potatoes, mashed Yukon Gold potatoes, French green beans, savory herb stuffing, Pennsylvania succotash, country gravy, cranberry sauce, wild rice, and a selection of breads and pies. 1 to 5:30; $39, under age 12 $19.
Oval Room, 800 Connecticut Ave., NW; 202-463-8700, Among the starters on chef Tony Conte’s three-course menu are mâche of celery root, Honey Crisp apple, and pomegranate; butternut-squash soup; and chestnut ravioli. Main courses include a roasted organic turkey with chestnut stuffing, sweet-potato purée, and cranberry sauce; pork tenderloin with heirloom-pumpkin confit; and flatiron beef with potato purée, broccoli rabe, and red-wine foie-gras emulsion. Pastry chef Joy Ludwig’s desserts include a pecan tartlet and crème-fraîche cheesecake. Noon to 8; $45.
701, 701 Pennsylvania Ave, NW; 202-393-0701. Live jazz with a three-course prix-fixe meal created by chef Alex Powell, including a choice of chestnut-and-celeriac soup with crisp pancetta and quail eggs; lobster salad with shredded celery root, mixed greens, boiled eggs and caper mustard vinaigrette; and butternut-squash ravioli with Parmesan cheese, brown sage butter, and black truffle. Entree includes organic roast turkey with black trumpet mushroom, chestnut-stuffed legs, Brussels sprouts, pearl onions, apples, and cranberry relish. Desserts include cranberry bread pudding with roasted-apple chutney and lemongrass ice cream, figs poached in vinegar syrup, nougatine au beurre, and honey ice cream. 11 AM to 8 PM; $40.