Best Restaurants In DC Open For Thanksgiving In 2012

November 14, 2012 6:00 AM

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turkeydinner Best Restaurants In DC Open For Thanksgiving In 2012

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Whether you’re too busy to cook or just want something different this Thanksgiving, D.C. restaurants have you covered. From traditional Thanksgiving meals to fish, there’s plenty of options for whatever your taste and preferences. Skip the kitchen this year and save your time for delicious food and reminiscing with friends and family at the best restaurants open for Thanksgiving in D.C.

425 7th St. NW
Washington DC 20004
(202) 737-7770

Price: $225 for up to eight people

Whether you just feel like having a relaxing Thanksgiving or your oven stopped working, Carmine’s is serving a family style, turkey day feast with an 18-pound roasted turkey for up to eight guests. The menu is priced at $225 and includes a large roasted turkey with all of the trimmings. The turkey is complimented by a sausage-sage stuffing and a cranberry sauce that’s made in house. The sides include bacon and onion Brussels sprouts, dill carrots, maple marshmallow sweet potatoes, string beans tossed with red peppers and hazelnuts, and mashed potatoes smothered in a gravy made with the giblets from the turkey. End this luxury Thanksgiving feast with a choice of pies: pumpkin, pecan or apple. It can even be ordered for pickup, but those orders must be placed by Nov. 20. The Thanksgiving Day menu will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Be sure to make a reservation and choose whether you’d like pumpkin, apple or pecan pie for your feast.

Farmers Fishers Bakers
3000 K St. NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 298-8783

Price: $35 per person/$20 for children younger than 12 years of age

A year after a devastating flood to the Georgetown waterfront, Farmers and Fishers will now reopen as Farmers Fishers Bakers. It will serve a modern, holiday menu true to its farmhouse roots with fresh baked breads and desserts. Reservations are recommended as they’ll be serving up to 10 guests to enjoy family style corn bread with honey butter and cream biscuits and delicious choices for each course. Choose from roasted butternut-acorn squash soup with a red currant crème fraiche and pumpkin seeds, or a field green salad with candied pecans, white cheddar, roasted mushrooms, green beans and a roasted shallot-herb vinaigrette. For your main course, options include roasted turkey with traditional gravy, slow-roasted pit ham with black-eyed pea gravy, prime rib with horseradish cream or Southern fried chicken with cream gravy. Sides include roasted chestnut cornbread stuffing, double-whipped red bliss potatoes, sautéed green beans with sea salt and candied lemon, roasted sweet potato with fig and pecan butter, and pan-fried Brussels sprouts with maple brown butter. For dessert, choose from a variety of pies or a vanilla bean cheesecake with cranberry compote.

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The Grille at Morrison House
116 S. Alfred St.
Alexandria, BA 22314
(703) 838-8000

For an upscale Thanksgiving, try the Grille at Morrison House. Featuring a three-course Thanksgiving menu, the Grille at Morrison House offers farm fresh produce and meats for discerning Washingtonians in an elegant atmosphere. For your first course, enjoy farm salad with crispy shallots, roasted beets, pickled vegetables, and Pipe Dreams fromage tossed in a sherry vinaigrette; chicken liver parfait with black truffle, apricot, Madiera gelee and toasted baguette; chicory and endive salad tossed with a wine vinaigrette with apples, walnuts and blue cheese; or northern neck pumpkin soup with a turkey ballotine, red onion marmalade and brioche croutons. Entrees include slow-roasted local turkey breast and leg roulade with eco friendly foods “Bev Egg,” pomme puree, brioche stuffing, haricot vert and crepe casserole served with cranberry chutney and gravy; olive oil poached Scottish king salmon with velvet pioppini mushrooms and a red wine consommé; beef bourguignon made of red wine-braised short rib and served with fingerling potatoes and market vegetables; koboucha squash ricotta gnocchi with sage, chestnuts, pumpkin and collards in a beurre noisette; or pan-seared diver scallops served with a side of au gratin potatoes, chanterelle mushrooms and fall harvest vegetables. A Thanksgiving sampler of pumpkin bread pudding, pecan pie, heirloom apple pie, crème anglaise, local spiced cider and salted caramel ice cream has you covered for dessert.

Jackson 20
480 King St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 842-2790

Price: $50 three-course prix fixe, a la carte menu available

Whether you want turkey or some Southern cooked goodness, Jackson 20 is known for its delicious soul food. Its  special Thanksgiving menu may be purchased as a prix fixe three-course dinner or a la carte. Feast on appetizers of a farm salad with figs, Pennsylvania-based dairy farm Pipe Dreams’ chevre, candied walnuts and a honey-thyme vinaigrette; broccoli and cheddar soup; or ham and cheese croquettes. Entrees include turkey with cranberry sauce, Southern-style stuffing and green beans in sage gravy; bone-in strip steak with horseradish sauce, potato gratin, spinach and onion rings; trout almondine with braised kale, apples and lemon brown butter sauce; or stuffed farm peppers with orzo, cherry tomatoes and broccoli rabe topped with romesco sauce. For dessert, enjoy pumpkin pie, pecan pie or a trio of ice cream. The prix fixe meal is $50 and has the options of a beer pairing for an additional $20 or wine pairing for $25.

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The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm
42461 Lovettsville Road
Lovettsville, VA 20180
(540) 822-9017

Price: $65 plus tax and gratuity

If you’re in the mood for a dinner outside of the hustle and bustle of D.C., check out The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm. Only an hour from D.C., this restaurant is set on a working farm and features fresh, seasonal ingredients. Chef Chris Edwards will prepare an organic, free-range turkey that was raised right on the farm. Keeping with the theme of seasonal dishes, guests enjoy a family style first course of housemade pickles, soup, cheese, chips, bread and butter. With the main turkey comes sides that will put your traditional Thanksgiving dinner to shame with hay-smoked potato gnocchi, cauliflower polonaise, Chesapeake Bay oyster stuffing, green bean casserole and pumpkin cappuccino. Then there’s the perfect ending of pumpkin s’mores, sweet potato pie and apple tarte tartin. Thanksgiving dinner will be served from noon until 6 p.m. There will be an a la carte and children’s menu available as well. The chefs are happy to accommodate any special dietary concerns or allergies with advance notice.

Jamie Hardin is the counter-culture Washingtonian in the know. Inspired by food, sustainability issues, and public health, she prides herself on finding DC’s off-the-beaten path treasures. When she isnt enjoying organic food or reducing her carbon footprint, Jamies traveling on her scooter or walking her two pitbulls. Her work can be found at

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