November 20, 2013 | by Jonathan Howard
No time to cook?
1789, dining, restaurant, Thanksgiving, gay news, Washington Blade

1789 (Photo courtesy of the Clyde’s Restaurant Group)

Are you staying in the District for Thanksgiving?

Looking to enjoy a Thanksgiving feast without having to slave away in your kitchen? A number of D.C.’s finest and most popular restaurants will be serving Thanksgiving meals ranging from traditional to innovative.

• 1789 Restaurant (1226 36th Street N.W.) This Georgetown restaurant will be serving delightful Thanksgiving fare in a three course prix fix menu for $50 per person. Highlights include Bosc pear salad, Nantucket Bay scallops, roasted winter squash soup and 35-day dry aged ribeye.

• 701 Restaurant (701 Pennsylvania Ave N.W.) will be dishing out a classic Thanksgiving feast priced at $48 per person. For the main course, guests will be able to order roasted turkey with sweet potatoes, stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce. 701’s live jazz duo will perform.

• Ardeo+Bardeo (3111 Connecticut Ave N.W.) Newly appointed executive chef Matt Kuhn will serve a three-course holiday menu that will be served from 11 a.m.- 8 p.m.  on Thanksgiving. Highlights include sweet potato and apple soup with spiced crème frache and apple jam as well as roasted turkey with grain mustard potato puree, sausage and apple dressing. $50 per person.

Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken (1308 G Street N.W.) is offering a seasonal Thanksgiving sampler including a pumpkin-filled doughnut with vanilla glaze and an apple-filled doughnut with cinnamon glaze. They will also be serving a pecan pie doughnut. This seasonal dozen is available for $28 from Monday (Nov. 25) through Dec. 1.

Blue Duck Tavern (1201 24th Street N.W.) This three star restaurant in the Park Hyatt will offer a brunch to dinner service from 11:30 a.m.- 9 p.m. With dishes like wood oven-roasted Maine scallops and Muscovy duck breast with confit leg and kumquat jam, Chef de Cuisine John Melfi is sure to please his guests. Park Hyatt’s new pastry Chef Naomi Gallego will complete this feast with delectable desserts. This menu is priced at $95 per adult.

• Café Dupont (1500 New Hampshire Ave N.W.) On Thanksgiving, Café Dupont will be open for breakfast as usual and then start serving family style Thanksgiving fare from 11:30 a.m.- 10 p.m. Appetizers and desserts will be served a la cart and entrées will be served with traditional sides.The Pecan Bourbon-glazed ham sounds delicious to me.

• Jardenea (2430 Pennsylvania Ave N.W.) will serve Thanksgiving brunch from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at $55 per person. Dishes will include hand-sliced baked Smithfield ham with grilled pineapple relish as well as pumpkin and kale risotto with toasted pumpkin seeds and mascarpone cheese.

• Kapnos (2201 14th Street N.W.) Chef Mike Isabella and his team will be able to provide your Thanksgiving spread including a 14-16 pound Greek Spiced spit roasted turkey and sides serving 8-10 people. Orders for this take home Thanksgiving feast can be placed online before Sunday and picked up at Kapnos on Thanksgiving day.

• nopa Kitchen+Bar (800 F Street N.W.) The Thanksgiving menu at nopa is priced at $45 per person for the three-course meal and will be served from 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. The menu will feature dishes such as roasted turkey, pan-seared pork chop, sautéed rockfish as well as spiced pumpkin pot de crème and pear-almond strudel.

• Pearl Dive Oyster Palace (1612 14th Street N.W.) Black Restaurant Group will be saving you time this Thanksgiving by providing diners with take home options that including favorites and innovative dishes. Orders must be placed by Monday and picked up on Tuesday or Wednesday.

• Rasika West End (1190 New Hampshire Ave N.W.) is serving a special Thanksgiving dish, the Turkey Kuzhambu. This turkey is cooked in a coconut milk sauce with curry leaves flavored with star anise and stone flower. The special Thanksgiving dish will be available in addition to the a la carte menu and is $16.

• RIS (2275 L Street N.W.) will offer its popular “Sides and Pies” menu this Thanksgiving. These favorites are available in pint and quart sizes and include scrumptious options like sausage sage bread stuffing, cornbread apple pecan stuffing and sweet potato and caramelized onion casserole with marshmallow gratin.

If you’re staying in the city, there’s no shortage of options.

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