Thanksgiving is upon us, and while some of us are crafting a menu studded with Turkey Day favorites, others are looking to the pros for feasting. Chefs across the nation’s capital are staying open for the holiday, outfitting tables with autumnal centerpieces and preparing poultry for the masses.
Here’s where to dine out this Thanksgiving in Washington, D.C.—no heavy lifting required.
Those looking for Southern fare should head to Edward Lee’s popular Bib Gourmand-designated Succotash in Penn Quarter. Thanksgiving dinner will be served family-style—get your fill of bacon deviled eggs, cornbread cakes with sorghum butter, sliced turkey breast, oyster-sage cornbread dressing, mashed potatoes with rosemary and brown butter and mac and cheese, all for just $65 per person. Glutton for punishment, party of one.
At Tim Ma’s eatery at the Eaton hotel, guests can partake in a three-course prix-fixe menu for the sweet tune of $45 per person. Start your holiday she crab bisque topped with carrot confit and Togarashi cheese puffs before diving into a Berkshire pork chop with smashed fingerling potatoes, kimchee collards and smoked bacon marmalade or a Heritage turkey dinner with turkey sausage stuffing, sweet potato fondue, Brussels sprouts and giblet gravy. Also not-to-be-missed is the punch special: aged rum, brandy, Madeira, lemon, Chai tea and sparkling wine, all for $12 a glass.
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“Kinship is a prominent fixture in DC’s culinary scene, thanks to chef Eric Ziebold and wife/partner Célia Laurent’s inspired cuisine,” state inspectors of this one-starred fixture on 7th Street NW. “They have earned a devoted following of urbane gastronomes and locals who gladly dress to dine here, making it feel like more of an occasion.” Ziebold’s four-course Thanksgiving Day menu—priced at $95 per person—includes crispy bread fruit and roasted Maui pineapple with shaved Darden ham and marinated jicama; Maine lobster French toast with persimmon, cucumber and sesame mousse; and Honey Crisp apple and Vidalia onion risotto. The main event—the herb-roasted turkey breast—arrives with sides like sour cream and chive mashed potatoes, crispy cassava with stewed tomatoes and yuzu kosho aioli and cranberry bavarois.
Head to the swank Line Hotel in Adam’s Morgan on Turkey Day where exec chef Opie Crooks is whipping up a feast for $105 per guest (add the optional wine pairing for $65). Diners will start with a snack board consisting of pigs-in-a-blanket and Parisian ham toast before moving on to dishes like sweet potato soup with toasted marshmallow and peanuts, ember-grilled turkey, cast iron-roasted trout with pecan brown butter, potato gratin and an assortment of pies.
“Chef Matt Baker is luring diners to Ivy City with this gorgeous spot, which transforms local products into thoughtful, modern and deeply complex plates,” state MICHELIN inspectors of this gem of a restaurant that just landed into the 2020 edition with one star. For the holiday, Baker and company are offering up a multitude of generous options for to-go orders. Deck your table with cheese and charcuterie boards, Southern-braised kale, black-eyed peas, savory brioche bread pudding, whole roasted turkey, brown sugar-glazed ham, all to be topped with classic Southern gravy or pig trotter jus. Fans can also select the “Baller Thanksgiving Dinner” for $350, which serves four to six—and that’s just, well, baller.