Thanksgiving Food & Wine Guide
Compiled by Julia Harbo
Don’t feel like slaving away in the kitchen this Thanksgiving (why risk overcooking another turkey)? Don’t worry; NoVA restaurants have you covered. They’ll guarantee you a great Thanksgiving meal, without the blood, sweat and tears.
“Lickety Split” Thanksgiving Lunch at Restaurant Eve
The standard “Lickety Split” lunch (two items for $14.98) gets geared up for Thanksgiving with an Amish heritage bred roast turkey sandwich on a house-made potato roll with cranberry relish, terrine of la belle farm’s foie gras with butternut squash panna cotta, bacon fat poached Maine lobster with potato confit, pink lady apple marmalade and apple chips, and butternut squash pie with whipped vanilla marshmallows and bourbon brown sugar. / Monday, November 21 through Wednesday, November 23, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; $14.98 per person; 110 South Pitt St., Alexandria; 703-706-0450; www.restauranteve.com.
Nana’s Sunday Dinner at The Majestic
Chef Shannon Overmiller pays homage to Thanksgiving with November Nana’s “First Feast” the Sunday before Thanksgiving. The feast will feature a roulade of turkey breast, cranberry sauce with orange zest and vanilla, whipped potatoes with gravy, cream bean casserole, and pumpkin pie. / Sunday, November 20; 1-9 p.m.; $22 per person; call 703-837-9117 for reservations; 911 King St., Alexandria; www.majesticcafe.com.
Thanksgiving Eve at PX
On the night before Thanksgiving, you can prepare for your Thanksgiving meal with specialty drinks “Cold Buttered Rum,” a mixture of cinnamon sticks, allspice, cardamom, nutmeg, and buttery rum, “I Don’t Know,” with brown Turkish figs, Cruzan black strap rum and Lustau Amontillado, and “I Bet You Won’t Order This Cocktail,” with yuzu, soy sauce, citrus vinegar, honey, smoked black strap rum and Ron Zacapa. PX guarantees you’ll sleep well before the big feast. / Wednesday, November 23; 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; 728 King St., Alexandria; 703-299-8384; https://www.eamonnsdublinchipper.com.
Turkey To-Go at The Ritz-Carlton in Tysons Corner
Indulge in a home cooked Turkey dinner and all the fixings, without the fuss of cooking at home. Thanksgiving Turkey To-Go serves six guests and includes one whole roasted turkey (12-14 pounds), country cornbread stuffing, mash potatoes, grandma’s gravy and cranberry chutney, seasonal vegetable casserole, butternut squash soup, assorted baby greens salad, roasted beet and goat cheese salad with candied pecans, seafood pasta salad with tarragon vinaigrette, corn bread, chocolate brownies and homemade pumpkin pie. / Thursday, November 24, pick-up from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; orders must be received by Monday, November 21; 1700 Tysons Corner, McLean; 703-744-3925; www.ritzcarlton.com/tysons; $279 per order.
The Inn at Little Washington
The Inn is creating a holiday feast to rival your great grandmother’s. Organic, bourbon red birds are plump, saucy and succulent, stuffed with house-made country sausage and cornbread, fragrant with pecans and local apples. Each member of the culinary team has contributed a treasured family Thanksgiving recipe to bring to the table. / Thursday, November 24; $188 per person (excluding tax, gratuity and beverage); call 540-675-3800 for reservations in advance; Middle and Main St., Washington; www.theinnatlittlewashington.com.
Trummer’s on Main
Trummer’s is serving up a festive three course prix-fixe menu, using the best fall ingredients, gathered by Chef Clayton Miller. Dishes include pumpkin soup with spicy salted hazelnuts, rock shrimp with toasted cornbread and Maryland lump crab, 12-hour pork shoulder, roasted turkey with savory gingerbread, pecan pie tart with molasses ice cream, and pumpkin pie ice cream. / Thursday, November 24, 12:30-5:30 p.m.; $64 per person (excluding tax and gratuity); reservations must be held by a valid credit card by calling 703-266-1623; 7134 Main St., Clifton; www.trummersonmain.com.
On Thanksgiving Day, Mimi’s is serving up all of the staples, and more—fresh roasted turkey, cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes, whipped sweet potatoes with brown sugar and spice, cranberry relish, corn chowder, roasted tomato and basil bisque, and pumpkin pie and bread pudding for dessert. Reservations are recommended. / Thursday, November 24, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; $14.99 per adult, $6.99 per child under 12; 21015 Dulles Town Circle, Sterling; 571-434-0162; 10001 Jefferson David Highway, Fredericksburg; 540-710-1870; and 5005 Wellington Road, Gainsville; 703-753-8772; www.mimiscafe.com.
Citronelle Thanksgiving Day Buffet
Michel Richard’s acclaimed D.C. restaurant serves a brilliant blend of traditional Thanksgiving dishes, with a twist of his signature style. Dishes include chestnut soup, oysters, smoked salmon, roasted turkey, roasted ham, rack of lamb with lamb jus, halibut with saffron sauce, sweet potato gratin, Brussels sprouts with bacon, chocolate hazelnut cake, orange cheesecake, Michel’s napoleon, pumpkin cupcakes, truffle grapes, and chocolate lollipops. / Thursday, November 24, 2-7:30 p.m.; 2941 Fairview Park Dr., Falls Church; 703-270-1500; www.2941.com; $85 per adult, $37 per child under 12; 3000 M St. N.W., D.C.; Call 202-625-2150 for reservations; www.citronelledc.com.
Thanksgiving at 2941 Restaurant
2941’s thee-course prix fixe dinner will offer appetizers from butternut squash veloute with cinnamon marshmallows to lobster bisque, main courses of traditional turkey with chestnut and mushroom stuffing and a beef duo of braised short ribs and rib eye, and desserts from apple pie to pear soufflé. / Thursday, November 24, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; $65 per person, $25 children’s menu; reservations available at 703-270-1500 2941 Fairview Park Dr., Falls Church; 703-270-1500; www.2941.com.
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