All words by Elsie Yang
2020 has been stressful enough without the holidays and all the family drama love that comes with it. And to be sure, Thanksgiving 2020 will hit a bit differently in the year of the pandemic (among other crises). So to help ease the burden of entertaining (whether virtually or in person) by just a tad, some of our favorite restaurants in the nation’s capital are giving you something to be very thankful for indeed — a restaurant-quality yet home-cooked meal that can check a few items off your November to-do list.
For many DMV-area restaurants, the holidays have traditionally represented a booming time for business. Between corporate parties and catering opportunities, the end of the year is traditionally a lucrative season for chefs and restaurant managers. This year, however, with social distancing guidelines and reduced restaurant capacity, teams are finding creative ways to continue dishing out fan favorites. So not only are you helping yourself out by picking up a Thanksgiving kit from a local eatery, but you’re also helping to support DC businesses.
We’ve rounded up some of the best Thanksgiving packages being offered by DC’s best eateries, and will continue to update this list as more fabulous feasts become available.
Leave the recipes to the chefs for a perfect Thanksgiving. The star of the dinner for Blue Duck Tavern’s take-it-home Thanksgiving is a sizable 12 to 14-pound free-range turkey, accompanied by a freshly baked bread loaf and six traditional sides from the restaurant’s menu, including cornbread sausage stuffing, Chef Tomas’ green bean & mushroom casserole, butter whipped potatoes, candied yams with walnut crumble, and cranberry-fig relish and gravy. If you’ve a sweet tooth, the addition of seasonal apple and pumpkin pies are likely to please. The feast is designed to feed six to eight, and is priced at $445 along with tax and a processing fee. Orders must be placed by November 10 at 5 p.m., with pick-up available on November 25 or November 26.
Modena will be offering an Italian twist on your traditional Thanksgiving. At the center of either offering is a free-range turkey; the options become apparent when choosing the accompanying sides. Take your pick of a seasonal salad (Italian Chicories with shaved fennel, shaved carrots, pickled herbs and citron vinaigrette; or Marinated Heirloom Beet Salad with gorgonzola dolce, toasted walnuts and aged balsamic and Arugula Salad with toasted pistachio, pane fritto and parmesan cheese), and three traditional sides (Whipped Yukon Gold Potatoes with farm butter; Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cacio e Pepe aged Parmesan cheese, black pepper and farm butter; Farrow Salad with roasted fall vegetables and Meyer lemon vinaigrette, and Parmesan Polenta with mascarpone cheese and roasted tomato). No matter what, you’ll also get cornbread stuffing, giblet gravy, cranberry chutney, and yes, dessert. Choose among Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie, Pumpkin Pie, and Apple Pie. The 10 to 12-pound bird and sides, which are meant to entertain crowds of up to six, is priced at $195 plus tax and gratuity. The 14 to 16-pound bird and sides, which feeds six to eight people, is priced at $225 plus tax and gratuity. Orders must be placed 72-hours in advance with pick-up available November 24-25, from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on November 26, from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Annabelle’s modern American cuisine goes traditional this Thanksgiving with its carryout turkey-centric feast. Your Oven Roasted Organically Raised Turkey will be accompanied by cornbread stuffing, giblet gravy, cranberry sauce, along with a selection of seasonal sides such as Radicchio, Shaved Fennel and Arugula Salad with pomegranate dressing; Roasted Honeynut Squash with chestnuts; Caramelized Brussels Sprouts with country ham and Autumn Pole Beans. For the sweet finale, there’s a classic Pumpkin Pie with whipped cream. The 10 to 12-pound bird and sides, meant for four to six people, is priced at $255 plus tax and gratuity. Orders must be placed by Sunday, November 22, with pick-up available from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Thursday, November 26.
For those looking to go international on Thanksgiving, go to the Bombay Club. The full menu and a number of Thanksgiving Day specials will be available for in-house dining, carryout and delivery. Executive Chef Nilesh Singhvi is offering Sweet Potato Shikampuri with kumquat chutney, as well as an Archari Turkey Tikka, marinated in yogurt with garlic, pickled spices and grilled in a tandoor oven, served with cranberry chutney, Brussels sprouts poriyal and butternut squash-kale bhaji. For dessert, check out the team’s Pumpkin Cheesecake with pecan caramel. The Thanksgiving menu will be offered from 12 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, and can be delivered through UberEats and DoorDash.
D.C.’s perennially popular Indian standout is also offering a festive holiday menu available for in-house dining, carryout and delivery this Thanksgiving. Priced at $90 per couple, the creative menu starts with Spiced Turkey Kebab with ginger, cilantro, green chili and cranberry chutney; and Green Bean Bezule with mustard seed, caramelized onion sand curry leaves. The main dish is a Tandoori Turkey with Kashmiri chili, saffron and garam masala, and is paired with a handful of sides such as Masala Cornbread Stuffing with sage, raisins and almonds; Sweet Potato Peanut Bhaji, roasted sweet potato, green chilies and lemon juice; Turkey Shorba with Madras curry powder, turkey stock and cilantro; Brussels Sprouts Pulao, as well as Bakarkhani with saffron, screw pine essence, and rose water. To complete the meal, two dessert offerings will be presented — Pumpkin Halwa Tart and Maple Pecan Baklava.
Cleveland Park darling SABABA will offer a variety of seasonal specials this Thanksgiving for in-house dining, carryout, and delivery this Thanksgiving. These include Turkey Kofta, served over rye stuffing with cranberry amba; Glazed Grilled Sweet Potato Kebob with sweet potato molasses, served over stuffing; Tahini Green Bean Casserole with crispy onion and everything bagel spice; Artichoke with potato and olive tzimmes; Roasted Carrots with Turkish coffee tahina; and a Tomato Bulgur Stuffed Whole Quail with pickled grapes. Dessert comes in the form of Pumpkin Spice Malabi with candied pecans. If you’re looking for more of a packaged option, Sababa is also offering a Dinner for Two for Thanksgiving priced at $35 per person. The three-course, prix fixe menu begins with Seasonal Hummus followed by an assortment of entrées and sides ideal for sharing.
Why eat roasted turkey when you can eat turkey samosas with caramelized onion, phyllo dough, turkey mince and cranberry chutney? Appetizers like these samosas, along with a Turkey Burger with green chiles, garam masala, onion-sage pao, served with sweet potato fries; Turkey-Berry Pulao with cranberries, saffron basmati rice and turkey shorba; as well as Cornbread-Brussels Sprouts Kofta, dumplings with cashews and roasted pumpkin korma, will all be available at both of Bindaas’ locations this Thanksgiving. To end the meal, opt for either the Pumpkin Halva Tart or the Pecan Maple Baklava.
In addition to celebrating Thanksgiving in the Cafe Riggs dining room, Chef Curren and his team have made the in-dining room menus available for pick-up on November 25th and 26th from 8am to noon. Pre-orders are required and must be prepaid by November 20th. The team will also have whole pies (apple, pecan and pumpkin) available for order/pickup, large format cocktails (Negroni, Elderflower Spritz and Old Fashioned), and various bottles of wine carefully selected to pair with Chef Curren’s menu. Moreover, from November 8th-22nd, any time you bring your friends (or a party of four) to dine at Cafe Riggs, you’ll get a free bottle of bubbly. Honestly, say no more.
Chef Stefanelli of Officina and Masseria fame has also created a number of a la carte offerings for guests to finish at home, such as a full turkey dinner with all the fixings; Freshly Made Butternut Squash Ravioli with hazelnut, brown butter and sage; Veal and Pork Meatballs with a tomato sauce and Parmigiano; Focaccia and Black Truffle Stuffing with potato and chive; a Cannoli Kit with Sicilian Cannoli Pastry with whipped ricotta, chocolate and Bronte pistachio; curated wine mix pack from the Officina beverage team, prime rib, local ham and so much more. Order must be placed by 8pm on Thursday, November 19th and pick-up is available at the Wharf and Georgetown locations on Wednesday and Thursday at 1pm, 2pm or 3pm.
Masseria’s delightful ambience can be recreated in the comfort of your own home with a four-course meal for two, featuring dishes like Sweet Potato Gnudi with ricotta, brown butter, ricotta salata and Balsamico; Tacchino, a heritage turkey breast and confit leg with foie gras, sage and Madeira; and a selection of Thanksgiving tarts – apple, pumpkin and pecan. The menu is available for $130/two people, $180 for two with a paired bottle of wine; or $270 for a dinner for two with a paired bottle of vintage wine. A full vegetarian menu is also available. Delivery and pickup times are between noon and 3pm on Thanksgiving Day, and orders must be placed by Saturday, November 21 at 10pm.
The EatWell Restaurant Group, which includes D.C. favorites Commissary, Logan Tavern, Grillfish, and The Pig, will be offering a traditional Thanksgiving feast with all the fixings for carry-out or delivery that combines recipes from four of its chefs. Holiday dinners, for two to eight persons, are priced between $60 and $189, and the dinner includes a choice of desserts (pumpkin crisp or pecan pie). Orders must be placed by November 21, and pickup will be at Commissary on Wednesday November 25 from 4 until 7 pm and Thursday, November 26 from 9 until 11 am.
If you’re not in the District proper, head over to Labenese Taverna in the Tysons Galleria, Rockville, and Baltimore locations, as well as The Market in Arlington, to pick up a Labense twist on a Thanksgiving family meal. Mains include options like Pure Bred Lamb American lamb shoulder or leg, as well as sumac-rubbed roast turkey served with spiced rice, toasted nuts, and gravy. Sides range from roasted za’atar potatoes and arnabeet to mujadara and hommus, and desserts include baklava-crusted pumpkin cheesecake and whole knafe. Order online for pick-up on November 25.
The plant-based holiday offerings from Doron Petersan are available to order online for pick-up from both Fare Well and Sticky Fingers, and are here to prove that Thanksgiving does not have to be a carnivorous holiday. The Thanksgiving dinner for four comes with chickpea seitan steak, mashed potatoes, roasted onion gravy, jalapeño-cranberry relish, bread stuffing, roasted brussels sprouts and heirloom carrots in herbed white wine sauce, and will set you back $120. Or, there’s the Wheat free Thanksgiving dinner for one, which comes with tofu roast, mashed potatoes, roasted onion gravy, spinach and rice stuffing, jalapeño-cranberry relish, roasted brussels sprouts and herbed carrots in herbed white wine sauce for $30.
Chef Matt Baker of Gravitas fame is offering an approachable to-go menu at Baker’s Daughter with packages of “Classic Thanksgiving Dinner” fare ($205, serves 4-6) and a “Baller Thanksgiving Dinner” spread ($375, serves 4-10). Add on a leftover sandwich package of 8 potato rolls and all the fixings for $55, a selection of Thanksgiving morning breakfast items, or simply pick and choose starters, sides, entrees, and desserts a la carte. Pre-order for pick-up from November 24 to 26.
If you’re more interested in making your own Thanksgiving dinner, but need a little help sourcing the bird, check out online market Stellina Bottega, where Stellina is offering turkeys ranging in size from 10-24 pounds. The 10-12 pound birds come from Prestage Farms, and the 12+ pounders are heritage bronze turkeys sourced from small Amish farms in Pennsylvania. Order online for pick-up on November 20 through 22, or Tuesday, November 24.
Chef Erik Bruner-Yang’s Thanksgiving menu includes a choice of Peking Duck, Braised Short Rib or Butternut Squash Green Curry, as well as sides like Milk Bread Stuffing and Sesame Honey Sweet Potato, putting a bit of a twist on the typical Thanksgiving spread. Even dessert gets a new spin in the form of Miso Peanut Banana Cream Pie! (Traditionalists fear not, there are also staples like Pumpkin Pie, Braised Collards and Cornbread available.) Trays are $55 per person plus tax and gratuity, and are available from November 23 to November 29. Enjoy IRL at Brothers And Sisters, or take the festivities home with you; orders can be placed here.
The Grill, always a great scene, is reimagining thanksgiving dinner with their pre-fixe menu offering “the grill thanksgiving” with grilled turkey breast, glazed orange & rum leg, confit brown butter mashed potatoes, apple & sage stuffing ginger-cranberry sauce, and tarragon gravy for $48. Also available are additional appetizers and classic desserts. You can either dine-in or choose to take-out the restaurant’s treats.
A south of the border-inspired Thanksgiving may not be a bad idea for 2020; the Wharf’s Mexican restaurant is offering butternut squash soup, pavo relleno (Kale & Ricotta-Stuffed Bacon-Wrapped Turkey Breast, Chipotle-Cranberry Sauce, Corn Bread, Roasted Brussels Sprouts), and Sweet Potato Pie with a pineapple-caramel sauce. Like its sister restaurant, The Grill, Mi Vida’s Thanksgiving offerings can be picked up for carryout or enjoyed in-house.
Maryland dwellers can check out Succotash National Harbor for a classic Thanksgiving feast (available for dine-in or to go). For $55, you can get the full Thanksgiving feast with cornbread, deviled eggs, beet salad, herb-roasted turkey, bourbon maple-glazed ham, stuffing, rosemary-brown butter mashed potatoes, charred green beans, mac’n’cheese. And for dessert, there’s pumpkin cheesecake, caramel sauce chocolate bourbon pie.
Award-winning chef, Danny Lledo, just rolled out Thanksgiving offerings with everything from whole turkeys to special meals for large parties. Options include the Whole Heritage Turkey Feast (Feeds 8, Price: $440), Half Heritage Turkey Meal (Feeds 4, Price: $220), Roasted Amish Chicken Meal, (Feeds 2, Price $100), Iberian Roasted Suckling Pig (Price differs per pound), and an uncooked 12 to 14 pound turkey (Price: $100). Additional sides, desserts, cocktails, and fine wines are also available, making this one of the most comprehensive Thanksgiving options we’ve found. November 19 is the deadline to order, which gives you plenty of time to pour over your choices.
On November 25th and 26th, Chefs Chris Morgan and Gerald Addison are taking a break from serving up the restaurant’s signature Caribbean-inspired fare to create to bring you “Thanksgiving Made Easy” – a special Thanksgiving menu featuring all of the traditional Thanksgiving favorites you know and love. “Thanksgiving Made Easy” by Chefs Chris Morgan and Gerald Addison will feature a menu of classic dishes (available for carry out only) like brined turkey breast, stuffing, cranberry chutney, gravy, mashed potatoes, roasted carrots, creamed spinach, corn pudding, and more.
Chef Enrique Limardo just launched his $480 Pre-Fixe Thanksgiving Menu, meant for a hungry party of six. Guests can choose between a Turkey Feast, Prime Rib Feast, or a Calabaza Feast – plus, a variety of add-ons (sides, desserts, appetizers, cocktails) to complete your perfect meal at home.
Critically-acclaimed French Bistro Convivial has created a delightful holiday-inspired meals for family and friends to enjoy on Thanksgiving Day, including a festive three-course prix fixe menu priced at $58 per person showcasing some of fall’s most beloved ingredients. Featured signature dishes from the special Thanksgiving Day menu includes starters such as Smoked Pumpkin Soup with apple, celeriac, pumpkin seed, and pumpkin oil; Terrine De Campagne venison & juniper berry country pâté; and Roasted Cauliflower red beet & tahini puree, barberry, dried apricot, and za’atar. Entree options include a Turkey Dinner with yam gratin, roasted brussels sprouts, mashed potato, chestnut & mushroom stuffing, classic gravy, and cranberry sauce; a Ham Dinner with yam gratin, roasted brussels sprouts, mashed potato, chestnut & mushroom stuffing, red eye gravy, and cranberry sauce; or Fall Vegetable Quinoa Porridge with scrambled egg whites, butternut squash mousseline, hen of the woods mushrooms, brussels sprouts sunflower seeds, and aged apple cider vinegar. And for a sweet ending, guests can complete their holiday feast with desserts like Apple Pie, Pecan Pie, Key Lime Pie, or Pumpkin + White Chocolate Cheesecake. Whole roasted turkeys with all of the fixings can also be preordered no later than November 21st and the price will depend on the size of the turkey ordered. All other pre-orders for Thanksgiving Day meals must be placed by 5pm on November 24th and can be picked up at Convivial on Thanksgiving Day between 11:15am – 7:30pm.
Thanksgiving-lovers can be grateful for the team at award-winning fine fast casual Indian restaurant RASA – with two locations now in both Navy Yard and Mount Vernon Triangle – which will be open the day before Thanksgiving (November 25th) and the day after (November 27th). The team will be offering their new Autumn’s Harvest Bowl (vegan) $11.50 with Lemon Turmeric Rice, Harvest Vegetables, Coconut Ginger Sauce, Tamarind Glazed Brussels, Masala Beets, Pumpkin Seeds, Cranberry Chutney, and Coriander Chili Chutney, and something a little sweet, their new Pumpkin Masala Chai Soft Serve for those looking for a healthyish, fresh, grab and go twist on the holiday. Signature and custom bowls will also be available for pickup/togo.
Seasoned Executive Chef Harper McClure will be preparing plenty of comfort food this holiday season for both takeout and dine-in guests. Priced at $55 per person, guests can indulge in Chef’s Thanksgiving Menu featuring a 3-course prix fixe menu – available for dine-in and carryout from 11am to 7pm on Thanksgiving Day – Thursday, November 26th. Starters include Belgian Endive Salad and Kabocha Squash Soup, whereas mains feature a Heritage Turkey Platter, an Arctic Char Filet, and a Grilled New Zealand Bavette Steak. A crave-worthy lineup of sides including Maple Whipped Sweet Potatoes, Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Braised Pole Beans with Mushroom, Vanilla-Cranberry Relish, and Potato Purée. And for dessert, options include Pumpkin Cheesecake, with Quince Compote, Speculoos, Vanilla Crème Brulee, with Shortbread Crumble, Chocolate Mousse, with Minted Crème, Crunchy Chocolate Pearls, and a Roasted Pineapple Genoise, Coconut Sorbet, Rum Caramel. The kitchen will also be offering a decadent Thanksgiving Feast Package available for pre-order and takeout – it’s priced at $180 for four, $270 for six, and $360 for eight. The package features a Belgian Endive Salad or Salmon Rillette to start, a Heritage Turkey Platter with Slow Roasted Breast, Confit Leg Roulade, and sides like Potato Puree, Charred Brussels Sprouts, Vanilla-Cranberry Compote and Giblet Gravy.
Celebrated Executive Chef Christian Irabién of pop-up with a purpose turned permanent restaurant Muchas Gracias in is serving up a special “MG Prepared Thanksgiving Pack,” complete with reheat instructions, and serving up to four people. The menu includes Ensalada Verde with lime dressing, Acorn Squash Soup with totopos, avocado, and spiced pumpkin seeds, Half Roasted Turkey, 1qt Mole Negro, Fried Plantains, Charred Sweet Potato with Salsa Negra, Black Beans, Garlic Rice, and Cranberry Salsa, 20 hand-pressed nixtamalized corn tortillas, and a Chocolate Mole Tart. This holiday-inspired package is priced at $145, and orders must be placed by 6pm on November 18th, with preorder pickups available on November 25th between 11am and 4pm.
If all you want for Thanksgiving is dessert, head over to our new favorite bakery. Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery is offering Holiday Pies & Treats for pick up Wednesday, November 25th & Thursday, November 29th from 9AM to 4PM. Everything from whole pies (pumpkin, pecan, apple crumble, lemon meringue) to pastry packies and pumpkin loaves.
If you’re looking for a truly down-home version of turkey day, head over to Due South, where the restaurant is offering packaged meals for families of two to four or five to seven. Tasty options include Apple Cider Brined & Smoked Turkey Breast, Goat Cheese Yukon Gold Potato Casserole, Cornbread Leek Stuffing, Roasted Autumn Vegetables, Shallot & Thyme Gravy, and Citrus Cranberry Sauce. Best of all, you don’t have to leave your home to get this Thanksgiving feast delivered — Due South will bring the menu to all DC zip codes and select Maryland and Virginia zip codes as well. Simply send an email to [email protected] by 12pm on Sunday, Nov. 22nd with your order specifics.
Capitol Hill staple Bistro Cacao, a cozy French bistro, is offering their own Thanksgiving To Go menu for a reasonable $150 for six to eight people. It includes a whole roasted 10-12 pound turkey with foie gras stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy, traditional sides and a pumpkin cheesecake. Additional sides are $20 each, and you can choose from Green Beans, Brussels Sprouts, Sweet Potato Puree, Home Made Style Pan Turkey Gravy and Foie Gras Stuffing. For smaller groups, the To Go Family Meal can be formatted for 1, 2 or 4 people. This slightly more modest option includes three courses with choices like Lobster Bisque and Arugula Salad to start, main courses like Roasted Turkey Breast, Beef Wellington and Lamb Shank and a choice of creme brulee or pumpkin cheesecake for dessert. All orders can be made through the restaurant website, and the deadline falls on Sunday, November 22nd at noon. You’ll be able to pick up your delectable meal on Wednesday, November 25th between 11:30 AM – 5:00 PM or Thursday, November 26th between 9:30 AM – 12:00 pm.
The Nina May team is offering a DIY version of Thanksgiving to DC diners via The Feast. All elements of the Thanksgiving meal are being sold a la carte, allowing the home cook to build their own meal to cater to their group size and individual tastes. All of the dishes serve two, and range from starters all the way to desserts. Starters include Creamy Sunchoke Velouté with toasted hazelnuts, parsley gremolata and pickled mustard seeds and Gougères with rosemary, Gruyere cheese and maldon salt. In addition to the traditional Turkey, mains also include Honeybaked Ham, Roasted Rosemary Rubbed Beef Tenderloin, and for vegetarians a Pastrami Spiced Whole Cauliflower. Sides include traditional favorites like Mac and Cheese, Green Bean and Mushroom Casserole and Creamy Mashed Potatoes and two varieties of stuffing: Sausage and Oyster Stuffing with caramelized onions, honey crisp apples and rosemary and Smoked Butternut Squash and Chestnut Stuffing with cornbread, hen of the woods mushrooms and scallions. ANd for dessert, there’s Pumpkin Pie with candied pecans and mascarpone whipped cream, Snickerdoodle Cookies with apple vanilla milk and Apple Cider Panna Cotta with sour apples, tres leche crumb and apple jelly. Oh, and for extra thanks, each box includes cranberry sauce, gravy, slices of potato bread for leftovers the next day, and a gift from the staff at Nina May and Feast.
If you’re craving a slice of New York for Thanksgiving, you might consider a slice of Bubby’s pie. The famous and venerable NYC institution is ensuring that folks are still able to get their sweet fix even in an unusual Thanksgiving season, and shipping across the nation.
We’ll update this list as needed.