Are we sure Thanksgiving is next week? November has passed and the possible snow (?) has come to take away our perfect fall climate. The good news is there are tons of good turkey, pie, and stuffing options in town to help us celebrate Thanksgiving accordingly. The even better news is, next comes Christmas! But, before you run off to the Black Friday sales after dinner, check out the Thanksgiving picks we put together for you
Celebrate the biggest drinking night of the year at The Alex atop The Graham hotel in Georgetown. They will be running $10 cocktail specials featuring drinks like the apple pie lover, the great pumpkin, and the hot toddy twist.
Celebrate the biggest eating holiday at the year at one of D.C.’s newest restaurants. On November 22, stop by American Son’s version of Thanksgiving including kung pao pork belly with cashews and Celery, spicy sesame noodles with scallions, mung bean sprouts, peanuts, salt cod fried rice with carrots and chinese sausage and so much more. Don’t worry about eating too much, you can always check into a room at the attached hotel.
Start your Thanksgiving morning with Astro’s mini-doughnut box. The box includes a dozen fall flavored mini-doughnuts including candy apple, bourbon pecan, and pumpkin pie. Go ahead, have your dessert before you even get the turkey in the oven.
Pre-game your Thanksgiving meal with a helping of Bar Deco’s cranberry sauce beignets. They’re much better than some stale store bought pie your weird old aunt will bring to dinner.
For those of you who are trying to do Thanksgiving on the cheap, head on over to Barrel where you can get a free meal with the purchase of a single happy hour drink. There will be a whole roast turkey, and a full selection of classic sides. Happy hour drink specials (including $4 whiskey cocktails, $5 beer, $5 wine and $8 barrel-aged Manhattans) all night long.
Known for using responsibly sourced ingredients, Bidwell is offering dine-in and take away options on Thanksgiving day!
Do the duck instead of the turkey this year. Brabo Brasserie is serving up French influenced menu for Thanksgiving dinner. Pairing with a turkey fat cocktail they call “ L’Espirite de L’Orange”. You can feel good about dining out on this holiday because Brabo Brasserie is participating in the No Kid Hungry Friendsgiving campaign and donating a portion of their sales to ending childhood hunger!
Back again this year is BLT Steaks Thanksgiving Popover. What is a Popover you ask? An entire Thanksgiving meal stuffed inside one a flaky bread crust, and BLT is famous for em’. They’ll be available to-go the day after thanksgiving for $12. BLT Steak will also be offering their three-course menu on Thanksgiving day, featuring stars like roasted prime rib with confit garlic jus and caramelized onion bread pudding.
You know those cookies they give you on a flight that you never eat anywhere else but still love very dearly? Buttercream made these into a cake and will be selling it for Thanksgiving. It’s called the Biscoff Cookie Cake and would be the perfect addition to your dessert table. Not to be out done by their Cinnamon-Dulce Apple pie and Nutella Icebox pie also featured on their holiday offering menu.
Swing by either City Tap House location for a three course dinner that will make you forget you’re stuck in this desolate city. Including squash soup, turkey and finishing off with a pumpkin cheesecake, City Tap’s meal pairs perfectly with their cranberry beer flight. Don’t forget to come back the next morning for their leftover themed brunch.
If you want to add some authentic cuban flavor to your holiday season, Colada Shop’s got you covered. They are offering pumpkin dulce de leche pie, coffee pecan pie, and holiday rum cakes.
It’s all about the classics at DBGB for their Thanksgiving dinner this season. Start with their roasted squash soup before heading to the roasted turkey that comes served with chestnut stuffing, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, cranberry sauce, and turkey gravy. In a rush? DBGB is also offering their roast turkey sandwich on the go for $15.
Give your Thanksgiving meal a Southern flair with Due South’s catering. All of the classics are available, including smoked turkey, smoked ham, mac and cheese, collard greens and much more.
Be mindful of your vegan loved ones this Thanksgiving! Fare Well and Sticky Fingers, two of DC’s vegan eateries are offering meals and desserts to-go. Get their Thanksgiving Dinner for 4 that comes with your choice of house-made seitan cutlets, hazelnut cutlets or wheat-free Thanksgiving bake served with Yukon mashed potatoes, caramelized onion gravy, truffled green beans and more! Or stick to the desserts and grab one of their vegan apple, pumpkin or maple pecan pies!
The Fairmount is offering dinner to-go kits this Thanksgiving. You can select a package that serves up to ten people and it comes with all the fixings! Turkey, stuffing gravy, mashed potatoes, carrots, and more. Included in the package is your choice of a house made pecan or pumpkin pie!
Give back, buy pies. Food & Friends is running their annual community based fundraiser, “Slice of Life”, to benefit adults and children battling cancer, HIV/AIDS or other critical illnesses. Every pie purchased provides one full day of meals for someone in the community.
A traditional German bakery, Heirdelberg’s in Arlington is offering more unique dessert pies this Thanksgiving, including mincemeat, rhubarb, and Dutch apple pie. Also available are pastries and coffee for the morning. As well as buttery dinner rolls and bread for next day left-over turkey sandwiches. They recommend ordering at least a week in advance to secure your order.
Feeling a little stir-crazy on your days off for Thanksgiving break? If you want to get out of the house, head to the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden for some free events. You can check out Hirshhorn/Draw, Black Friday Tour, or How to Look At Art, all happening through Thanksgiving weekend.
From November 19 until the big day, swing by the Watergate’s signature restaurant to grab their patented Thanksgiving in a Jar. Seriously. All of your Thanksgiving favorites are stuffed into a jar and then… I guess you eat it with a spoon? Do you eat it a layer at a time? Should you mix it all up? I’m not sure of the specifics, but if the words “croissant stuffing” make your stomach flutter, you know what to do. To order call 1.855.256.3966.
To prepare for the food coma you’ll have after dinner on Thanksgiving, you can pre-game with brunch at Le Diplomate. They’ll be serving up their classic French inspired brunch menu to fuel you for the rest of the days festivities.
The Forest Hills neighborhood cafe is selling their famous holiday pies for you to take home to your family this Thanksgiving. Choose from classic pecan, pumpkin, or double crusted apple, all made with an all-butter crust. Pies can also be decorated with dough toppings in the shape of leaves or a tree of life (pictured below). Little Red Fox will also be offering Polyface Farm turkeys, a free-range and pasture-raised alternative to birds commonly found at the supermarket. You can pre-order both on their website and pick up before Thanksgiving.
Aside from the dreamy banana pudding sold at Magnolia, they are offering a variety of seasonal baked goods that are the perfect pick up for your holiday celebrations. Choose from pumpkin spice cupcakes, pumpkin gingersnap banana pudding or mini pumpkin cheesecake. Best to order in advance online to secure the goodies in time.
Thanksgiving… CROISSANT? Yes, that’s right. Milk Bar is bringing back their stuffing-flavored croissant filled with shredded turkey, homemade cranberry sauce, and gravy. This buttery pastry sandwich is only available for the month of November, online and in stores.
This restaurant in DC’s District Wharf will be featuring a dinner menu inspired by traditional Mexican home cooking and classic Thanksgiving dishes. The three course meal menu features dishes like Sopa de Hongos (mushroom soup with spicy croutons), Pavo Relleno (kale and ricotta-stuffed bacon-wrapped turkey breast, chipotle cranberry sauce, corn bread and brussels sprouts), and Pay de Camote (sweet potato pie, pineapple-caramel sauce).
Not sure what to bring to Friendsgiving this year? Nando’s is offering a “Friend’s, Giving” package that includes a whole chicken, Brussels sprouts, and mashed potatoes for only $29.99. Aside from the delicious food you’ll be bringing to the party, you’ll be giving back to the community. For every “Friends, Giving” platter sold Nando’s will donate to the DC Central Kitchen.
The Seafood Room is offering $1 oysters all day on Black Friday. Stop in between your shopping escapades and refresh with a salty snack.
Want to fulfill your dreams of being able to whip up a gourmet pie like Ina Garten or Martha Stewart? Osteria Morini is here to help you realize your Food Network potential. Sign up for their pie making class on November 17th, followed by a three course meal and skills you can use to impress the crowd at your friendsgiving celebration. Not into DIY? Osteria Morini will also be offering pies and desserts to go from November 12 to December 24.
Following a high-demand year, Chef Alex Levin is back to help with all of your dessert and side dish needs. His menu of pies, breads, and artisanal candies are available for pick up at Casolare Ristorante, Alta Strada DC, or Alta Strada Mosaic, or delivery “inside the beltway”. A portion of the sales from the pop-up bakery will benefit SMYAL, an organization that supports and empowers LGBTQ youth in the DC area.
The Ritz is here for you this Thanksgiving. They are taking care of everything! Dinner preparation? They’ve got it handled. Feeling overwhelmed by visiting relatives? Their spa is offering pumpkin spice body polish treatments and pumpkin enzyme facials. Breathe and remember what you’re thankful for.
All Thanksgiving weekend you can experience The Source’s dim sum brunch. Their brunch service is the perfect excuse to have another shared meal with your loved ones, with several added family style specials such as whole roasted duckling for two with steamed buns and a 2 lb. Maine lobster for two with xo-chili sauce.
Succotash is offering a three course family-style menu on Thanksgiving this year. While you avoid the mess in your kitchen, you can enjoy their classic Thanksgiving menu highlighted by the sliced turkey breast stuffed with oyster sage cornbread dressing. There are a number of vegetarian options featured on their menu including cornbread cakes, butternut mac n’ cheese, and charred green beans with shallots and shaved chestnuts. Don’t forget the pumpkin cheesecake for dessert!
Sweetgreen is adding some balance to your Thanksgiving table this year. After the stuffing, the turkey, and the rolls, you’ll need some leafy greens to fuel you for your second wind. They are offering seasonal flavors to compliment your fall palate. Their Koginut Squash Bowl was created in collaboration with celebrity chef Dan Barber just in time for your family dinner.
A Thanksgiving menu with a Spanish flair will be available at Taberna de Alabardeo. For $60 per person you can from their menu which features a collaboration between all your holiday favorites and spanish flavors. Their three-course menu is also available to-go, if cooking is not your thing.
The new holiday exhibit, “Season’s Greetings: All Aboard”, at the U.S. Botanic Garden opens on Thanksgiving Day and runs until New Years Day. The exhibit is dedicated to iconic train stations across the United States and recreating them through plants. They are also offering a number of holiday concerts in the garden that start after 6pm – if you’re looking for something to do after work, schedule can be found here.
Welcome Jeff Bezos into your family with Whole Foods’ hickory smoked turkey! Along with an apple cider brined turkey, you’ll receive crispy garlic and parsley green beans as well as mashed sweet potatoes with a citrus kick. And because it’s Whole Foods, you can trust that the turkey is antibiotic free, vegetarian-fed, and has no preservatives, artificial ingredients, or gluten. Thank you, Jeff.