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.
Seafood is the star at Robert Wiedmaier’s Siren by RW. (Photo by Scott Suchman.)
“With its gorgeous interior decked out in lush navy walls and supple leather banquettes, Robert Wiedmaier’s beautiful Siren, at The Darcy hotel, is a sophisticated ode to elevated seafood,” inspectors say of the newly-minted Michelin-starred restaurant. Indeed, seafood shines at chef/owner Wiedmaier’s newest establishment, and for the holiday guests can expect lavish seafood platters, caviar service, oysters, middleneck clams and citrus-cured salmon at the raw bar, before indulging in the star of the meal—a roasted Amish turkey roulade of leg with sweet potato, croissant stuffing, cranberry-orange relish and gravy. A roasted Alina duck with wild rice, rhubarb, plum, mustard seed and Szechuan peppercorns as well as Norwegian salmon with surf clam, foraged mushrooms and bonito-shiitake dashi will also be available.
Ris Lacoste is offering up housemade sides and pies at his eponymous restaurant for the holiday. Available for pickup on Tuesday, November 20 and Wednesday, November 21, sides include sausage bread stuffing, sweet potato and bourbon soup, candied yams with marshmallows and pecans, and Thai Brussels sprouts with bacon, peanuts and chile sauce. Apple pie, chocolate macaroons and toasted marshmallow ice cream will round out your feast—place your order by November 18.
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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-pumpkin butter, sliced turkey breast and turkey leg confit cakes, oyster-sage cornbread dressing, mashed potatoes with brown butter and butternut mac and cheese. Coffee-rubbed rib eye steak with bourbon-mustard gravy and seared scallops with celery root-apple purée are also available for an additional charge.
“The chef’s cooking style is both ultra-luxurious and Italian-influenced, with a highly stylized bent to boot,” state Michelin inspectors of Fabio Trabocchi’s one-starred polished Italian restaurant. A $115 per person (and $50 per child) tasting menu will be offered for the holiday. Appetizers include Kusshi oysters with roasted beats, shallot mignonette and smoked trout roe as well as burrata with squash mostarda, pine nuts and preserved lemons, while entrées include Fiola lobster ravioli with ginger and chives and rosemary-roasted Shenandoah lamb rack with endive and borlotti beans. Fiola tiramisu or maple and caramel torta with cinnamon gelato make a fine sweet ending to the meal.
There are two ways to get your feasting on at this Dupont Circle eatery. For $85 per person ($35 for children ages 10 and under), a prix-fixe menu will be offered; start off the meal with roasted pumpkin soup with five spice crème fraîche and sweet-and-spicy bacon wrapped quail before moving on to mains like maple-herb roasted turkey breast with chicken sausage-cherry stuffing or Maryland jumbo lump crab cake with ginger-butternut squash purée. If all-you-can-eat is more your speed, a buffet with an array of dishes like applewood-smoked salmon, slow-roasted prime rib of beef and lamb sausage casserole is offered for the same price from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.. Carving stations, anyone?
Abbe Baker is the Digital Editor for the United States of the MICHELIN Guide digital platform. Always on the move, Abbe is either seeking out the next good eats or running long distances—both of which merit a fine glass of wine immediately following.