The Hot Plate: Restaurants Serve Up Turkey Day Repasts

Posted November 20, 2009 at 3:42pm

Does the health care bill have you stuck in town for Thanksgiving? Fortunately, many area restaurants are offering up special holiday meals complete with all the trimmings. Here’s a list of places that guarantee to keep your home kitchen spotless:

[IMGCAP(1)]• Sou’Wester (1330 Maryland Ave. SW) in the Mandarin Oriental will be offering a selection of eight different turkey dishes on Thanksgiving. Diners will be able to order creative dishes such as turkey liver mousse, while also having the option of more traditional entrees such as herb-roasted

turkey breast. Classic sides such as green bean casserole and sweet potatoes with marshmallows will also be available on the a la carte menu. The Thanksgiving menu will be served from noon to 8 p.m.

• Across town at the Four Seasons in Georgetown, Bourbon Steak (2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW) will be offering an a la carte menu from 6 to 10 p.m. The menu will offer a lot more than just turkey. Starters include brown butter-basted Maine lobster and roasted chestnut soup, while salt-roasted prime rib and glazed pork rack are featured entrees. Bourbon Steak will also offer roast turkey for traditionalists.

• Cleveland Park hot spot Ardeo (3111 Connecticut Ave. NW) is offering up a three-course Thanksgiving feast at a fixed price of $40 per person. Options include fennel pollen-crusted ahi tuna, roasted pork loin and, of course, roast turkey with all the trimmings. The restaurant will also be offering an extensive list of wines by the glass. The meal will be available from noon to 8 p.m.

• 701 (701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW) is pulling out all the stops. Not only is this Penn Quarter restaurant offering up a special holiday menu, but it will also have a live jazz duo on hand to play throughout the day. The pre-fixe Thanksgiving meal will be offered from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and costs $45 per person. Alaskan king crab risotto, roast pork chop and turkey breast will be available.

• On Capitol Hill, Charlie Palmer Steak (101 Constitution Ave. NW) will be serving up a three-course meal for $65 per adult and $18 for children younger than 12. Options include grilled Hawaiian blue prawns, filet mignon and free-range turkey. The holiday meal will be available from 2 to 8:30 p.m.

• Chef Tony Conte will be offering up a Thanksgiving menu from noon to 8 p.m. at the Oval Room (800 Connecticut Ave. NW). The three-course holiday menu is set at $50 per person and includes dishes such as charred foie gras ravioli and free-range turkey.

• If you’re looking for more of a family feel, check out CommonWealth (1400 Irving St. NW). This British gastropub will offer a family-style roast for $35 per person. The meal, served from 1 to 8 p.m., will include choices of roast turkey or roast beef paired with sides like stuffing and winter squash.

• Hoping to do Thanksgiving on a budget? Then Clyde’s is a good choice. Both the Georgetown (3236 M St. NW) and Gallery Place (707 Seventh St. NW) locations of this classic Washington restaurant will be offering “turkey with all the trimmings— for $24.95 for adults and $14.95 for children younger than 10. The menu includes sage-sausage stuffing, cranberry sauce and apple pie. The menu will also be available at the bar for those who don’t want to miss the day’s football games.