It’s the Monday before Thanksgiving and by now you have probably already made plans to get the heck out of town, head to a local family members house, or entertain your in-laws all weekend. But for you last-minute folks (you know who you are) and for those of you who have no interest being in the kitchen all day or who are already dreading your friend’s first attempt at mashed potatoes “from scratch” at your annual “Friendsgiving,” I have a better idea. Tons of really great area restaurants have amazing pre-fixe Thanksgiving menus and to-go menu that you should definitely consider. Here are a few suggestions to save you from the kitchen and those mashed potatoes. Happy Turkey Day!
They may be known for their amazing steaks, but this Thanksgiving, Bourbon Steak, located in the Four Seasons Hotel, is all about the turkey. Chef Michael Mina will be serving a decadent three-course prix-fixe menu priced at $110 per person from 1 – 9:30 PM. Look forward to appetizers like Nantucket bay scallops and crispy sweetbreads with sunchokes and Valencia orange, as well as entrees to include a traditional Heritage turkey with chestnut stuffing, grilled turkey sausage and cranberry-orange confit and Sturgeon poached in duck fat with celery root and ver jus. And of course no Thanksgiving meal is complete without Pumpkin Pie! Guests can look forward to Pastry Chef Brenton Balika’s sweet creations including Pumpkin Pie in a jar with spiced marshmallow and maple pecan ice cream and Dutch apple pancake with vanilla ice cream, butter scotch and candied bacon. YUM!Bourbon Steak: Located in the Four Seasons Hotel at 2800 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC; 202.944.2026
You’ll still have to cook the turkey, but at least Buzz Bakery is taking care of dessert! Try their amazing Thanksgiving Pie Bars featuring expertly crafted, seasonal pies like Double Crust Gala Apple Pie, Classic Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Bourbon Pecan, and The American Pie Bar, a $60 feast with features a choice of two pies and one ice cream (pick from vanilla, pumpkin, or rum raisin and cinnamon) whipped cream, caramel sauce and candied cranberries. The pies are $38 and come with all the trimmings needed for the perfect thanksgiving dessert! You can pre-order up to 72-hours in advance (so do it today!).Buzz in Alexandria at 901 Slaters Lane; 703-600-2899 Buzz in Arlington at 818 N. Quincy Street; 703-650-9676
If the Pilgrims and Indians had gone out for Thanksgiving dinner, they would have definitely headed to 1789. This year, the Washington landmark is offering both an a la carte and pre-fixe Thanksgiving menu. Available from 12 Noon to 9 PM, the seasonal a la carte menu will include standouts such as Pumpkin Soup with a poached hen egg, toasted brioche, chestnut butter and Virginia maple syrup and Sea Scallops with butter braised green cabbage, sweet onion purée and black trumpet mushrooms. You can also look forward to a Braised Beef Short Rib with honeyed parsnip purée, citrus glazed baby carrots and horseradish jus; Rack of Lamb with purple top turnip and Yukon Gold Potatoes; Norwegian Salmon with black beluga lentils, arugula, pearl onions, country ham and red wine gastrique, or (if you must), a Traditional Roast Turkey with cornbread and country sausage stuffed leg, buttered and smashed red bliss potatoes, Brussels sprouts and giblet gravy. Entrees are priced from $30-$45 and the three-course Thanksgiving menu is priced at $50 per person.1789 Restaurant: 1226 36th Street, NW; (202) 965-1789
For a classic Thanksgiving feast on the most classic street in Washington, head to Pennsylvania Avenue’s 701 Restaurant for their prix fixe holiday menu available from 11 AM to 9 PM on Thanksgiving Day. Enjoy a jazz duo of piano and bass while feasting on Ed Witt’s Roasted Turkey Breast made with Crispy Leg, Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing, Giblet Gravy and Cranberry Sauce; Snapper served with Cabbage Foundue, Pear, Lobster and Pickled Mushrooms, or Eco-Friendly Suckling Pig, Sage Sausage Stuffing, Pumpkin, Brussels Sprouts, and Maple Syrup Gastrique. $48/person, $24 for kids under 12.701 Restaurant: 701 Pennsylvania Ave; (202) 393-0701
If you’re looking for an Italian twist on Thanksgiving, Bibiana has you covered. The pre-fixe menu is priced at $48 per person, includes starters like Sicilian Almond Soup with Crispy Beef Terrine and Black Garlic Purée and Rice Fritters Stuffed with Mozzarella and Prosciutto and Tomato Sauce and well as Entrées like Heritage Turkey Cooked Two Ways, Roasted Breast with Juniper-Lard Crust and Braised Leg; and Plancha-Seared Diver Scallops. And for dessert – my favorite pick is the Apple Cider Gelato!Bibiana Osteria-Enoteca: 1100 New York Ave NW; (202) 216-9550
If being in the kitchen all day doesn’t sound great, but having Thanksgiving in your own home does, Café Dupont’s prepared Turkey might work fabulously. The popular Dupont Circle restaurant will be preparing turkey dinners that can be ordered two days in advance and can be picked up to go. But if doing the dishes also sounds horrific, you can dine in and order from their “feel-at-home” limited a la carte menu or try a generous three-course harvest meal ($43 for adults and $19 for children).Café Dupont: 1500 New Hampshire Avenue, NW off the lobby in The Dupont Circle Hotel; (202) 797-0169