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.
Makeup artist Johny Saade and hair stylist Christophe Saluzzo give their expert advice on planning your beauty routine for the big day.
Q You’ve worked with everyone from Olivia Wilde to Christina Hendricks to Kate Walsh. How do you advise brides to think about their wedding-day look?
A Johny: Keep in mind that trends are great for inspiration, but trendy makeup should be left on the runway or in a magazine. I always work with brides to enhance what they naturally have, making their best features stand out. And there’s nothing wrong with a bride doing more than one look: one for the ceremony and then something more dramatic for the reception.
Q What are your secrets for flawless makeup?
A Johny: If you have great skin, your makeup will look even better. I always advise brides to budget some time and money for a good series of facials to get skin in tiptop shape for the big day. Also, false lashes are a must. Don’t fear the stigma—you’re not going to look like a drag queen! There is an amazing range of styles and sizes, from small clusters to natural-looking strips; a good makeup artist will figure out what is best for you.
Q Wedding days are long days — how can a look stay put?
A Johny: One good tip is to make sure to moisturize and prime your face before applying foundation. Also, a good setting spray at the end of makeup application will hold everything in place and help the look go the distance. Finally, make sure you have a powder puff for blotting, as well as your lip products (liner and color), on hand for touchups every couple of hours.
Q You and Johny often work together. How do you arrive at the right hairstyle for a bride on her wedding day?
A Christophe: First and foremost, she needs to consider how formal, or informal, her celebration will be. Having hair up is by no means mandatory. She can wear it down with a loose wave, in a faux bob with hair tucked up, or in a soft, pulled-back romantic style with accessories. Just try to avoid the most trendy look, because 20 or 30 years down the road, it might not hold up in photographs.
Q What are you loving for bridal hair these days? A trend that you think defies time?
A Christophe: I am noticing very ethereal and romantic loose styles that incorporate the use of natural materials, such as flowers or ribbons. The main thing is that the hair match the theme of the day, and the feel of the wedding itself. You want your stylist to give some thought to the overall start-to-finish of the events. The location, the theme, the dress, the makeup—all of this will come together to make a bride feel the most beautiful.
Contact Johny and Christophe:
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.
From the polaroids that served as a cake topper to the mini grilled cheese hors d’oeuvres, we love everything about Carly Gibson and Alexander (Alex) Germain’s playful Eastern Shore wedding. All of the creative ideas are captured below in the photos by Becca B Photography.
Honest and Abe have arrived in Washington. The lucky finalists for this year's presidential pardon landed in Dulles Monday night. They're also known as Tom One and "backup turkey" Tom Two.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25
Charm City Junction at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
If you've never heard a button accordion played live, here's your chance. Baltimore-based Charm City Junction brings their eclectic, acoustic-roots sound to DC. 6 PM.
Women's Gifts Under $50
1. Fuchsia Dip-Dye Notecards
Why: An e-mailed thank-you might be simple, but it isn’t proper. Or pretty.
Where: $18 at Fig.2.
Why: This Virginia interior designer’s warm, organic homes have graced the pages of Domino and Washingtonian.
Where: $35 at Amazon.
Why: Key chains ought to be playful—and make it easier to spot your keys at the bottom of a dark bag.
Where: $38 at Michael Kors.
Why: Ladies can like a good brew, too, especially if the presentation is nice.
Where: $14 at Red Barn Mercantile in Alexandria.
Why: Because she touches up in the school drop-off line, at the office, and post-drinks.
Where: $32 at Bluemercury.
Why: Because there are only so many flannel nightgowns you can give her.
Where: $30 at Journelle.
The holiday season is finally here, and with it, massive influxes of calories and family members that will send you on an emotional roller-coaster ride for the next month. From trying to escape DC's bumper-to-bumper traffic to your out-of-town visitors provoking the stereotypical Washington conversations you don't want to hear, you're going to feel all the feelings.
So here are some GIFs that will help you express them.