Thanksgiving is a very big deal in my family. The only time I ever missed a Thanksgiving at my parent’s house was when I was studying abroad in Denmark, and even then my Mom sent me a package with everything I would need to host Thanksgiving dinner overseas (minus the turkey—which is apparently
impossible to find in Copenhagen). We always have a traditional New England Thanksgiving at home with family and friends. It’s wonderful, but I recognize that not everyone wants to deal with the planning, the cooking, and most importantly, the dishes.
This is one of those situations where outsourcing is not so bad. A number of DC-area restaurants host wonderful Thanksgiving dinners with lots of options and all the fixin’s. It’s just a matter of deciding what style dinner you want…and making reservations (which are highly recommended). Here are some of my choices for Thanksgiving dinner out.
*Equinox– Hot off a new post-fire renovation and review from Tom Sietsema, spend your holiday with Chef Todd Gray and his New American Mid-Atlantic cuisine. Start off with a glass of champagne and an oyster roast on the patio. Then move on to the 3-course ala carte menu featuring kobocha squash soup, Ayrshire Farms Red Bourbon Turkey with cider-cranberry gravy, and heirloom pumpkin seed cake with mascarpone ice cream. After dinner you can take a short walk to the White House and around the various monuments.
818 Connecticut Avenue, NW 202-331-8118 www.equinoxrestaurant.com $55/person ala carte menu. Dinner offered from 2-7pm
*701– Dinner at the classic restaurant will include an ala carte menu featuring venison stuffed sage leaves, eco-friendly turkey and suckling pig, and pumpkin and sweet potato tart. Grab a drink before or after your meal at the bar and listen to the live jazz. 701 will also be featuring valet parking, so you don’t have to worry about a thing.
701 Pennsylvania Ave., NW 202-393-0701 www.701restaurant.com $45/person. Dinner offered from 11am-9pm
An International Take:
*Bibiana– Perhaps you would like to forgo the traditional Thanksgiving meal and head to the Amalfi Coast instead of Plymouth Rock. In that case you might enjoy Bibiana’s 3-course Italian menu. Their Thanksgiving menu includes such tasty items as chestnut soup with grappa cream, Heritage turkey two-ways, and monkfish poached in beet juice.
1100 New York Ave., NW (located on the corner of 12th and H Streets) 202-216-9550 www.bibianadc.com $45/person. Dinner offered from 11am-4pm
*Bistro Bis– Bistro Bis, a Capitol Hill favorite, will be offering a delicious Thanksgiving menu with a French Twist. I imagine Thanksgiving dinner at Julia Child’s house might look a little like this. The ala carte menu features venison carpaccio, roasted turkey with sweet potato mousseline and giblet gravy, lamb shank bretonne and mashed potatoes with truffle butter. Dinner at Bistro Bis also gives the perfect excuse to head up to the Capitol Building after dinner and get the perfect view of the National Mall all lit up and covered in leaves.
15 E Street, NW 202-661-2700 www.bistrobis.com Dinner offered 12-8pm.
Taking It South of the Mason-Dixon Line:
*Art and Soul– Head to this restaurant if you want a little taste of the South. Art and Soul offers diners a number of classic Southern dishes including passed plates of deviled eggs, buttermilk mashed potatoes, and spicy collard greens. There will be carving stations with roasted turkey, bourbon maple-glazed ham, and herb roasted prime rib. Everyone gets to choose their own dessert like pecan or apple pie. And as an added bonus Art and Soul gives you a take home leftover turkey sandwich with all the trimmings—just because you’re not cooking the meal, doesn’t mean you should miss out on the midnight snacking!
415 New Jersey Ave., NW 202-393-7777 www.artandsouldc.com Dinner offered 11am-9pm. $65/adults and $25/kids (6-12 years old)
Regardless of where you end up I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!