Thursday, November 3, 2011

Thanksgiving Feast without the Fuss

Maybe this year you want your family over, but don't want to do all of the cooking.  Luckily, many restaurants around town are offering to-go options.  If you want to go completely stress-free, you can forget about the clean up and take your family out to one of your favorite restaurants listed below.  The most important thing is to be with the ones you love on the holiday.

To-Go Options:

BlackSalt Fish Market and Restaurant, located at 4883 MacArthur Boulevard, NW, has everything you need for this year’s Thanksgiving dinner. Food orders can be made from 10 AM to 6:30 PM daily through Sunday, November 20th and all pick-ups will be scheduled for Wednesday, November 23rd.  The menu begins with a choice of all natural, certified humane Murray’s Turkeys raised in Pennsylvania Amish Country.  Turkeys are priced at $4.99 per pound, and available in three sizes: 10 to 14 pounds, 14 to 18 pounds and 18 to 22 pounds.  Prices for appetizers range from $7.99 to $14.99 per quart, and $5.99 to $24.99 per dessert. BlackSalt Market will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and all cancellations require 72 hours’ notice for full refunds. For more information please call (202) 342-9101 or visit

For a New Orleans Thanksgiving feast, order “Acadiana’s Holiday Dinner for Eight”, which includes a (12-14 pound) Deep Fried Cajun Turkey, your choice of gravy, four sides, a Pumpkin or Pecan Pie, and Acadiana’s famous Biscuits with Housemade Pepper Jelly for $150.  All items are also available a la carte from $10-90, including Giblet or Eggplant Gravy, Sweet Potato Purée, Mashed Potatoes, Oyster Stuffing, Cornbread and Andouille Sausage Stuffing, Cranberries, Butternut Squash Soup, Collard Greens, a dozen Biscuits and Housemade Pepper Jelly, Pumpkin or Pecan Pie, and a 12-14 pound turkey.  Just place your order by 5pm on Thursday, November 17, 2011 and a complete spread will be ready for pick up on Thanksgiving morning between 11am-1pm.

Stress Free Options

On Thanksgiving morning from 6:30 - 11:00 a.m., meet family and friends for Café Dupont's customary breakfast fare. Later that day, Café Dupont and Bar Dupont will both open for a traditional Thanksgiving family-style dining experience that is too delicious to turn down served from 11:30 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. Guests may choose to take comfort in the "feel-at-home" limited a la carte menu or may try a generous three-course harvest prix fixe bill of fare, which features favorite holiday appetizers, traditional main courses and autumnal desserts. Only $43 (plus tax) for adults and $19 for children. 

Taberna del Alabardero, located at 1776 I Street NW (entrance on 18th Street) will feature a 5 course Thanksgiving menu presented by Executive Chef Javier Romero that will include traditional dishes with a Spanish flare such as the Cream of Pumpkin with a Cheese Mousse and Seafood Foam. The fixed menu priced at $65 per person and $30 for kids under 12 years excludes tax and tip. Regular a la carte will be available as well. 4pm-10pm. For more information please visit or call (202) 429-2200.

701 Restaurant, located at 701 Pennsylvania Ave., NW will be dishing out a classic Thanksgiving feast with a three-course, prix fixe holiday menu available from 11 AM to 9 PM on Thanksgiving Day. This special meal is priced at $48 per person and $24 for children twelve and under, excluding tax and gratuity. Executive  Creating the perfect ambiance, 701’s live jazz duo of piano and bass will be performing during Thanksgiving service.  Valet parking is available for $8.For more information and reservations please call (202) 393-0701 or visit

Thanksgiving guests at The Bombay Club, located at 815 Connecticut Avenue, NW, will be delighted to find the return of the popular Thanksgiving Day special, Tandoori Turkey in addition to the full a la carte menu.  Executive Chef Nilesh Singhvi’s Tandoori Turkey, boneless chunks of white meat marinated in Indian pickling spices and cooked in a clay oven served with cranberry chutney and Brussels sprouts poriyal is priced at $19.95 per person, excluding tax and gratuity.  The Thanksgiving menu is offered from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM and for dinner from 5:30 PM to 10:30 PM.  Bombay Club offers valet parking for $8.  For reservations or additional information please call (202) 659-3727 or visit

Just across the street at sister restaurant, The Oval Room, located at 800 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Executive Chef Tony Conte is preparing a three-course holiday menu offered from12 PM to 8 PM, priced at $50 per person, excluding gratuity and tax.  Guests can also opt for the sommelier’s suggested wine pairing for an additional $25 and valet parking is available at The Oval Room for $8. For reservations, please call (202) 463-8700 or visit

Rasika, located at 633 D Street, NW is adding an exotic Thanksgiving addition to their extensive a la carte menu.  Prepared by Executive Chef Vikram Sunderam, guests can enjoy the flavorful Turkey Kathi Roll with Fried Brussels Sprouts and Butternut Squash Tikki. The special turkey dish is priced at $16, excluding gratuity and tax. The complete a la carte menu is also available on Thanksgiving Day and Rasika will feature two seating timeframes: 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM and 5 PM to 10 PM. Valet parking is available for $8. For reservations or additional information please call (202) 637-1222 or visit

Ardeo+Bardeo, located at 3111 Connecticut Ave., NW, will be featuring a sumptuous three-course menu crafted by Executive Chef Nate Garyantes featuring some of the finest flavors of the harvest.  Menu highlights include Wild Mushroom Risotto with Black Truffle Emulsion; Spinach Salad with Gnocchi; Crispy Lamb Chops with Meyer Lemon "Jam", Pistachios and Mint; Extra Virgin Olive Oil Poached Cod with Black Lentils, Spanish Chorizo and Salsa Verde, as well as Roast Turkey with Yukon Gold Puree, Chestnut and Quince Dressing and Natural Jus.  The Thanksgiving menu will be served on November 24th from 11 AM until 8 PM and is priced at $45 per person excluding gratuity and tax.  A limited amount of valet parking spaces are available for $8, after which two hours of parking at Sam's Park and Shop are validated. For reservations or additional information please call (202) 244-6750 or visit

Bibiana Osteria-Enoteca located at 1100 New York Ave NW (entrance on 12th and H Streets side) will be offering an authentic Italian twist on Thanksgiving. The pre-fixe menu is priced at $48 per person, excluding gratuity and tax and will be served from 11 AM to 8 PM on Thanksgiving Valet parking is available for $8. For reservations or more information call (202) 216-9550 or visit

Situated in the Southwest Waterfront at 1101 4th Street, SW, Station 4 is offering a four-course, pre-fixe seasonal menu priced at $30 per person from 11 AM to 10 PM this Thanksgiving. In addition to a complimentary sparkling glass of wine upon arrival, guests will receive both a starter of Pumpkin Bisque with Pumpkin Praline and Maple Syrup Foam, as well as a Warm Sweet Potato-Crab Salad with Endives, Oranges, Walnut and Dill Vinaigrette. Next, Executive Chef Orlando Amaro will invite guests to select from two standout entrées including the Thanksgiving Leftovers Shepherd’s Pie and Turkey with Dried Fruit and Pork, Cranberry Orange Relish, and Ciabatta Stuffing of Chestnuts and Pancetta. Diners will then get the chance to choose between several smaller casseroles and an assortment of tempting side dishes that include Zinfandel Risotto with Roasted Beets and Walnuts. To finish off the meal, Chef Amaro will be serving up delicious desert options including Pumpkin Cheesecake; Croissant Bread Pudding with Pecans, Walnuts and Bourbon Sauce, as well as Chocolate Lava Cake served with Peppermint Sauce. Valet parking is available for $10 per car. For reservations or additional information please call (202) 488-0987 or visit

Legal Sea Foods is urging dinners to take a step back in time to the first Thanksgiving, when people were said to have dined on shellfish and fish.  The traditional stuffed turkey feast will also be available and it includes sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes, butternut squash and cranberry sauce. This Thanksgiving feast is priced at $21.95 per person, and $7.95 for children 12 and under.  The hours on Thursday, November 24 are the following: 12 Noon to 9 PM at 704 7th Street NW, Washington, D. C. (202) 347-0007; 12 Noon to 8 PM at Tysons Galleria in Mclean, VA (703) 827-89000.  For a complete list of locations please visit:

Guests of 1789 Restaurant will look forward to a tempting Thanksgiving menu with both an a la carte and pre-fixe option. A three-course Thanksgiving menu priced at $50 per person (excluding gratuity and tax) is an option, which includes a choice of the Pumpkin Soup or Bosc Pear and Autumn Green Salad, Traditional Roast Turkey with all of the trimming, and for sweet endings, a Pumpkin Pie Crème Brûlée with Gingerbread Ice Cream and a Cranberry Pecan Tart with Cranberry Sorbet are but two of the exceptional desserts prepared by Pastry Chef Staley and will be accompanied by coffee or tea.  With complimentary valet parking, 1789 Restaurant on 1226 36th Street, NW, is a must for autumn dining and reservations can be made by calling (202) 965-1789.  For additional information please visit

Additionally, ten landmark restaurants within Clyde’s Restaurant Group will also be featuring a traditional Thanksgiving feast on Thursday, November 24th.  Turkey with all the trimming is priced at $25.95 for adults and $15.95 for a child’s portion (exclusive of tax and gratuity). The feast will include sage-sausage stuffing, green beans, whipped potatoes, glazed sweet potatoes, classic turkey gravy and cranberry sauce. For dessert, guests will have a choice of apple or pecan pie à la mode or pumpkin pie topped with a dollop of whipped cream.  The full Thanksgiving menu will also be available with highlights including Pumpkin Ravioli served with sautéed wild mushrooms, brown butter, sage, wilted watercress, pumpkin pie spiced walnuts and Pecorino Romano, as well as Grilled Honey-Mustard Glazed Ham Steak served with stone-ground grits, cider braised Brussels Sprouts with bacon and apples. Guests interested in information about the ten participating Clyde’s locations and hours of operation for Thanksgiving are invited to visit

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