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Thanksgiving in DC? Here are a few specials…

Thanksgiving means either a home-cooked feast, or an opportunity to sample the goods from some of the best restaurants in DC. If you feel like foregoing a cooking marathon and dining stress-free with your family this Thursday, we have a list of Turkey Day specials for our friends in DC!

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RareSweets’ chef/owner Meredith Tomason will offer a Thanksgiving menu of seasonal cakes and desserts, as well as “bake at home” options for a sweet ending to the holiday meal, or a decadent Thanksgiving morning breakfast. Seasonal layer cakes such as dark chocolate with caramelized pears and caramel drizzle; pumpkin, bourbon and cocoa; and cranberry and vanilla bean make use of the season’s bounty. Guests are able to order ahead for in-store pick up of ready to eat cakes and ice cream, or an assortment of bake at home options such as pull apart cinnamon rolls, biscuits, croissants, bread pudding and crisps. All orders must be placed by November 18th at 5:00 p.m., by calling 202-499-0077 or emailing [email protected] In-store pick up is available November 22nd and 23rd, as RareSweets will be closed on Thanksgiving day.

The Willard InterContinentalThanksgiving Day Brunch in The Willard Room and Crystal Room – Set against the grand backdrop of the storied Willard and Crystal Ballrooms, amongst the soothing sounds of the piano and harp, Thanksgiving Day brunch guests on November 24 will indulge in a delicious array of traditional Thanksgiving favorites. The menu includes cider-roasted butternut squash bisque, roasted free range turkey with turkey gravy, and Chef Peter Laufer’s cornbread chestnut stuffing as well as a Bloody Mary action station and full dessert display. Four seatings are offered at 10:30am, 11am, 1:30pm, and 2pm. Cost is $110 per adult, $55 for children (under 12), under five is complimentary.     1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004; 202-628-9100

City Tap – On Thursday, November 24 from 12noon to 9pm, guests are invited to enjoy a three course menu for $30, which includes roasted butternut squash soup, a full turkey dinner with chestnut-apple stuffing, candied yams and sautéed green beans, and choice of dessert. For those seeking out City Tap favorites, the restaurant will also offer the full a la carte dinner menu. 901 9th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001; 202-644-9433

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House – Del Frisco’s Double Eagle is excited to present its Thanksgiving Day pre-fixe menu for $52 per person (excluding tax and gratuity) featuring Butternut Squash soup, Holiday Salad, Slow Roasted Turkey Breast and Sweet Onion Apple-Sausage Stuffing complete with trimmings (mashed sweet potatoes or Chateau potatoes, thin green beans, pan gravy, cranberry relish) and dessert selections of Pumpkin Cheesecake or Pecan Pie.   950 I St NW #501, Washington, DC 20001; 202-289-0201

Belga Café and BToo – Owner and Chef Bart Vandaele, is offering gourmet, complete Thanksgiving dinners for  delivery or pick up for parties of all shapes and sizes. The Belgians will be roasting organic, free-range whole turkeys in the Josper oven, available for pick up on Thanksgiving morning. Everything is available for preorder online or by placing an order over the phone by calling (202) 627-2800. Place your order by November 21 to ensure availability on Thanksgiving Day. A full turkey dinner that serves 8 and includes 5 sides is $185. A stuffed turkey breast, which also includes five sides, serves 4 people and is $89. Pick up your turkey at either restaurant between 8 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. BToo is located at 1324 14th Street N.W., Washington, D.C. while Belga Café is located at 514 8th St SE, Washington, D.C. We can also deliver for an additional fee.

Rasika West End – Located at 1190 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, 20037, is offering a special Thanksgiving dish in addition to the a la carte menu.  Prepared by Group Executive Chef Vikram Sunderam, guests can enjoy the flavorfulTurkey Cutlets, spiced ground turkey coated with panko breadcrumbs and cooked on the tawa, and served with chili cranberry sauce, cumin butternut squash and tamarind Brussels sproutsThe featured turkey entrée is priced at $20, excluding tax and gratuity.  The complete a la carte menu is also available on Thanksgiving Day.  Rasika West End will be open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and for dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.  Valet parking is available during lunch and dinner service for $8.  For reservations or additional information please call (202) 466-2500.

Blue Duck Tavern – Located at 24th and M Streets, NW, 20037, will present farm-fresh options to tempt the palate.  On Thursday, November 24, Blue Duck Tavern will offer its a la carte breakfast menu from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  Then, “brunch into dinner” service will be available from 12 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. The holiday menu is priced at $110 per person for adults and $55 for children six years of age and up.  Children under six years of age are complimentary.    Reservations are encouraged and can be made by calling (202) 419 6755.

Firefly – Firefly’s new executive chef Jammir Gray is serving a festive spread that the whole family will enjoy! Little gobblers 12 and under will delight in a four-course feast for $22 per person.  Adult feasters have their own four-course menu to choose from for $65 per person. Menu highlights include starters such as cream of chestnut soup and roasted bone marrow. For the main event, there is a choice of a traditional turkey supper with buttermilk chive duchess potatoes, cornbread stuffing, five-spice cranberry relish, and country sage gravy, or classic, fall-inspired fare such as maple-glazed salmon and baked sweet potato gnocchi. Open from 3:00-8:00pm on Thursday, November 24. For reservations, call (202) 861-1310 (1310 New Hampshire Avenue, NW.)

The Grill Room –  Located in the Rosewood, Washington D.C. at 1050 31st Street, NW, 20007, will offer guests a Thanksgiving buffet, filled with an expansive array of both modern and traditional dishes highlighting exquisitely fresh and locally sourced cuisine.  A bountiful selection of starters will be placed throughout the restaurant for guests to help themselves to their first course.  Starters will include seafood, seasonal salads, breads, meats, and cheese to be followed by a choice of plated entrées and side dishes showcasing regional produce.  Seasonal desserts on display in the restaurant will complete the Thanksgiving feast.  The holiday menu is priced at $85 for adults and $40 for children 12 and under, excluding tax and gratuity, dinner will be served on Thursday November, 24th from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.  For more information or reservations call (202) 617-2424.

Bidwell Restaurant – Enjoy a sustainable Thanksgiving at Bidwell, with slow-roasted, all natural turkey, rooftop-grown greens, and local home-style flavors. Thursday, Nov. 24th, 12:00-8:00, $45 per person (kids under 12, $25). Or, order yours to go! Pick up Wednesday Nov. 23rd between 8pm-10pm, or Thursday Nov. 24th 9am-11am. For Bidwell reservations, or to place an order, call Kelsie at 202-547-0172.

Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken–  A special edition box of Thanksgiving minis for $22, which will include: 2 Pecan Pie mini doughnuts, 2 Sweet Potato mini doughnuts, 2 Cranberry Orange mini doughnuts, 2 Vanilla glazed mini doughnuts (with Fall sprinkles, 2 Crème Brûlée mini doughnuts, and 2 Maple Bacon mini doughnuts. Thanksgiving minis will be available on November 22 and 23 at both the Downtown Washington, DC and Falls Church locations, and on November 24 in Falls Church. The Washington, DC store will close at 3:00 p.m. on November 23 and will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. The Falls Church store will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

In the mood for a festive Thanksgiving Cocktail instead? Check these out:

Teddy and the Bully Bar (1200 19th St. NW Washington, DC – Cocktail: The Edith Spice –  Cruzan Rum, Averna Amaro Siciliano, The Bitter Truth Pimento Dram, Orgeat Almond Syrup, Pineapple Juice, Lime Foam ($12)   This cocktail was inspired by Edith Roosevelt’s delicious spice cake recipe published in the 1906 publication of “Famous Old Receipts Used a Hundred Years and More in the Kitchens of the North and South Contributed by Descendants.”

LINCOLN (1110 Vermont Ave. NW Washington, DC) Cocktail: The Rail Splitter – Maple Cured Bacon Bourbon, Cranberry Sours, Egg Whites, Cranberry Bitters; topped with a Smoked Thyme Tincture ($12)

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