(photo of Founding Farmers’s Thanksgiving Offerings)
It’s just around the corner – Thanksgiving! And it’s never too early to plan…
It’s no surprise that the holidays, Thanksgiving included, will look a little different this year than they have in the past. But local businesses are rising to meet the moment: Whether you’re looking for takeout feasts or safe dine-in options, restaurants in the region are making sure you can still celebrate. Choose from more traditional Thanksgiving staples, go all-vegan or find fresh takes on classic dishes.
Baklava-crusted pumpkin cheesecake? Sumac-rubbed roast turkey? This year, the local restaurant chain is offering a range of Thanksgiving staples with Lebanese flavor. Stay socially distanced by ordering sides, main dishes, and desserts online from locations across the D.C. region.
Fare Well and Sticky Fingers
No harm, no fowl. This Thanksgiving, local vegan chef Doron Petersan is offering Thanksgiving dinner from Fare Well and Sticky Fingers. The plant-based menus offer festive dishes without meat—think chickpea seitan steak and tofu roasts—and for dessert, a range of pies, like maple pecan, apple, and pumpkin.
Even leftovers are taken care of with Baker’s Daughter’s Thanksgiving specialties. Customers at Chef Matt Baker’s new restaurant can order traditional Thanksgiving dinner, along with an add-on box of food and supplies that’ll make whipping up day-two meals a cinch. The “leftover sandwich” package includes potato rolls, bread and butter pickles, pimento cheese and herb aioli, ready for your Friday grazing.
This month, Stellina is adding to their take-home meal kits by including locally-sourced whole turkeys to their menu. If you’re cooking at home, consider ordering heritage bronze turkeys from the upscale-casual restaurant in NoMa, which is offering fresh birds from small Amish farms in Pennsylvania and frozen ones from Prestage Farms.
Chef Amy Brandwein is offering a fully catered Thanksgiving experience to-go. Order antipasti platters big enough to feed six, dressed birds ready to go in the oven, and an assortment of breakfast pastries and dessert. Side dishes, like spiced cranberry jam, sage stuffing, pappardelle kugel and parmesan mashed potatoes offer a sophisticated twist on their classic counterparts.
Masseria and Officina
Michelin-starred chef Nicholas Stefanelli is offering full Thanksgiving meals to-go at Masseria and Officina, which he helms. At Masseria, choose dishes for a four-course “Masseria a Casa” meal. Among your options? Burrata, squash, sweet potato gnudi, confit turkey leg, and a selection of tarts. It will also offer vintage wine pairings. Order ahead for pick up or delivery on Thanksgiving Day.
Although the D.C. staple is already sold out of whole smoked turkeys, customers in the region can still order from Federalist Pig’s festive menu in November. Its à la carte smoked meat options and sides — like candied sweet potatoes with a gingersnap crusts or Texas Toast stuffing — are still available to order. Like many D.C. residents, we’re staying tuned to see if their whole turkey options open back up again.
The Penn Quarter Italian restaurant is offering a Thanksgiving to-go feast that will allow your family to enjoy a full holiday meal without the prep. Order whole cooked turkeys, ranging in weight from 10 to 16 pounds, with a spread of sides, starters, and desserts. If you’re aching to dine-in, they have limited in-person dinner seatings available, too.
If you want to dine in on Thanksgiving, consider a four-course tasting menu at chef Matt Baker’s Gravitas in Ivy City. The restaurant will be open for Thanksgiving festivities from 2 – 8 p.m., suiting early eaters and large groups who might want to wrap up dinner on the early side.
In addition to takeout, chef Nicholas Stefanelli’s Officina will also offer dine-in seating. Reserve a table in its second floor dining room for groups of up to six people.
On Thanksgiving Day only, Founding Farmers is offering a dine-in spread that promises upgraded twists on traditional staples, including sweet potatoes with pecan fig butter and molasses-glazed ham.
Blue Duck Tavern
Blue Duck Tavern’s three-course “brunch into dinner” experience will be available from noon to 8:00 p.m. Its menu offers both the expected turkey dish and a number of less traditional seafood options, like seared sea scallops and jumbo lump crab cakes.
The Bombay Club
Dine to some music at McPherson Square’s Bombay Club, which is hosting a live band during its Thanksgiving dinner. Enjoy an à la carte menu that sees its chefs incorporate Indian flavors into more traditional Thanksgiving staples, like like Achari Turkey Tikka and Sweet Potato Shikampur.
Executive Chef Vikram Sunderam is offering a separate, festive prix fixe menu for two on Thanksgiving, in addition to its standard menu. The spread includes Masala Cornbread Stuffing and Tandoori Turkey.