Thanksgiving — the time of family, friends, love, appreciation and, of course, food — is finally upon us. Those who choose to skip the hours of grocery shopping, cooking and preparation that precede the unveiling of a picturesque dinner table can rest assured that D.C. offers a variety of delicious alternatives to a homemade meal.
Here are five restaurants that have decided to put their own decadent spin on Thanksgiving dinner.
1789 Restaurant. It only makes sense that guests at the quintessential Georgetown dining location enjoy a traditional, sophisticated Thanksgiving dinner, surrounded by historical prints and American antiques. The set three-course menu includes chestnut soup with fried sage, turkey with sausage-sage stuffing, confit and cranberry sauce and, for dessert, your choice of a pumpkin, pecan or chocolate creation.
Blue Duck Tavern. The cozy and rustic feel of Blue Duck Tavern creates the perfect atmosphere for a Thanksgiving dinner, and the variety and decadence of the menu is hard to compete with. The holiday meal includes crispy Brussels sprouts, artisanal cheese and a variety of main course choices, from turkey for the purists to jumbo lump crab cakes for the seafood lovers — and beetroot gnocchi for the vegetarians.
Farmers Fishers Bakers. The famous farm-to-table restaurant is bound to please with its fresh selection and rich Thanksgiving meal. The menu features Thanksgiving classics with a personal twist, including butternut squash soup with pomegranate crème fraîche, apricot ginger glazed ham and turkey with black pepper sage gravy, all accompanied by a plethora of sides, from green beans to sweet potatoes to cornbread stuffing.
Martin’s Tavern. A family-owned neighborhood favorite, Martin’s serves a homestyle Thanksgiving dinner. Who can resist classics such as locally sourced roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, sweet potatoes and fresh vegetables, with a slice of pumpkin pie to top it all off?
Bourbon Steak. The chic and modern steakhouse in the Four Seasons is a known meat-lover’s paradise, but for Thanksgiving chef Joe Palma is bringing some holiday flavors to the dinner menu. Guests can choose from a long list of exquisite appetizers, including oysters, smoked blue cheese and fall chicory salad. In entrees, there is room for creativity. Filet mignon and New York Wagyu strip steak speak to the restaurant’s traditions, but the turkey with potato puree, stuffing and cranberry relish screams Thanksgiving.