These DC Restaurants Are Open for Thanksgiving Dinner and Takeout
Why brine when you can order online.
In year’s past, restaurants may have wavered on whether or not to stay open on Thanksgiving, but this year, because of COVID-19, many chefs are staying open offering pickup and delivery meals in the hopes of keeping staff paid and the lights on. Your Thanksgiving table might also look a lot different this year. Instead of cooking for Aunt Sally and Uncle Mike, it might just be you and the cat or a significant other.
So, skip the epicurean dream of somehow baking a turkey that would make Ina Garten cry, and ease on into some pajama pants by the fire and revel in the fact that Thanksgiving this year, in the year of our Lord 2020, should come in a takeout bag. It will not only preserve your sanity, but it will also do some good supporting DC area restaurants that truly need your help.
Chef Colin McClimans and co-founder Danilo Simic launched a heat-and-eat meal delivery service at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and they’re mixing things up for Thanksgiving, offering a menu of a la carte options that allow you to mix and match whether it’s dinner for two or the whole family. The menu is organized by starters, entrées, sides, and desserts—and, in addition to turkey, mains include honey-baked ham, roasted-rosemary-rubbed beef tenderloin, and a pastrami-spiced cauliflower that even meat-eaters will enjoy. Each box includes cranberry sauce, gravy, and slices of potato bread for leftover sandwiches the next day.
How to order: Online orders must be received by Tuesday, November 24.
CUT by Wolfgang Puck
Executive Chef Andrew Skala recently announced the reopening of Cut by Wolfgang Puck at the Rosewood Hotel, and it’s a fashionable place to either order out or dine-in safely on Thanksgiving Day. For $95 per person, you get a whole-roasted Amish heritage turkey with a turkey leg roulade, pretzel-chestnut stuffing, cranberry-quince chutney, sweet potato gratin, caramelized brussels sprouts, and a sage natural gravy, with the option to add Alba white truffles—because why not? For dessert, choose between a selection of pies such as pumpkin pie with graham cracker and orange shortbread and a Winesap apple strudel with rum raisins and cinnamon. For those looking to dine at home, Skala offers a $120 per couple option or a $395 feast for six to eight people.
How to order: Order online for pickup on Thanksgiving.
Looking for a quiet al-fresco dinner in a semi-private courtyard? Executive Chef Anthony Chittum created a Thanksgiving Day menu for Iron Gate; available on the patio and for carryout and delivery. The meal is $75 per person and is inspired by Greece and Italy, including roasted beet dip with walnuts, dill, yogurt, and fennel seed crackers and an all-natural turkey breast
slow-cooked and finished over our wood-burning grill, served with marsala-giblet gravy, lemon thyme, roasted shallot, Amish butter, and semolina bread stuffing.
How to order: Reservations and online orders are available online or choose from a la carte options at the restaurant group’s Neighborhood Provisions for pickup or delivery.
Chefs Michael Schlow and Alex Levin have all the Thanksgiving classics for a meal that you can savor in the comfort of your own home. Each meal ($200) serves four people and includes an assortment of appetizers, as well as slow-roasted turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, roasted potatoes, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, and roasted butternut squash. And you can easily tack on one of Levin’s famous pies, including pumpkin, honey pecan, or caramelized apple for $40.
How to order: Order online by Friday, November 20, and pick up on Wednesday, November 25.
Looking for some Southern flavor on your holiday spread? Due South in Navy Yard has an a la carte menu, like biscuits and barbecue shrimp, as well as more traditional packaged meals for two to four or five to seven people. Options include an apple cider-brined and smoked turkey breast, goat cheese Yukon gold potato casserole, cornbread leek stuffing, roasted autumn vegetables, shallot and thyme gravy, and citrus cranberry sauce. Delivery is available to DC, and some select Maryland and Virginia neighborhoods.
How to order: View the menu online and email your order by Sunday, November 22.
If the turkey isn’t your thing, then try the everything-but-the-turkey meal box from Thompson Italian in Falls Church. Each box is $185 and feeds four to six people. It includes housemade potato rolls, garlic mashed potatoes or roasted sweet potatoes, Italian sausage dressing or kale and mushroom dressing, roasted Brussel sprouts, cranberry sauce, turkey gravy, and an apple crumb or pumpkin pie. And you might also consider throwing in another a-la-carte dessert, like the restaurant’s infamous brown-butter cranberry tart.
How to order: Order online by Tuesday, November 24.
Put a Mexican twist to Thanksgiving this year with Chef Christian Irabién‘s “MG Prepared Thanksgiving Pack” complete with reheat instructions to serve up to four people. The meal includes an ensalada verde with lime dressing, acorn squash soup with avocado and spiced pumpkin seeds, a half-roasted turkey with mole negro, fried plantains, charred sweet potato, black beans, garlic rice, and cranberry salsa, plus 20 hand-pressed nixtamalized corn tortillas, and a chocolate mole tart. This holiday-inspired package is priced at $145.
How to order: Online orders must be placed by November 18, with pre-order pickups available on November 25.
This could easily be one of the best deals for Thanksgiving if you’re looking for a barbecue-style smoked turkey that feeds two to four people. For $99, Sloppy Mama’s in Arlington will give you smoked turkey breast with gravy plus all the sides—cornbread and sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes, collard greens, sweet potato casserole, cranberry compote, and dinner rolls. Or go big with the “smokin’ smorgasbord” that serves up to a dozen people for $250. Plus, you can pile on a few slabs of smoked brisket for some added oomph to a Thanksgiving meal that truly leaves you stuffed.
How to order: Online orders are accepted until November 22.
Chef Andrew Markert’s popular pop-up Fight Club and Beuchert’s Saloon is offering to-go Thanksgiving packages easy for reheating. Meal kits are available for two ($75) or four people ($140). Each package includes his famous “Gram’s rolls,” as well as lemon and herb-stuffed turkey ballotine, garlicky mashed potatoes with Sherry gravy and crispy onions, roasted Brussels sprouts with almond gremolata, and sausage stuffing. The to-go Thanksgiving menu also features cocktail and wine pairings including a spiked hot cider and cranberry sangria.
How to order: Order online by November 23, and pick up before November 25.
Chef Matt Baker’s new Ivy City market is offering a ready-made holiday feast with to-go packages of “Classic Thanksgiving Dinner” fare ($205, serves four to six) and a “Baller Thanksgiving Dinner” spread ($375, serves 4-10). Add on a leftover sandwich package of potato rolls and all the fixings for $55, plus a selection of Thanksgiving morning breakfast items, or simply pick and choose starters, sides, entrees, and desserts as you see fit. Meanwhile, Chef Baker’s critically acclaimed restaurant Gravitas will be open on Thanksgiving day from 2-8 pm with a four-course Thanksgiving tasting menu, featuring options like fall apple salad, slow-roasted turkey breast, maple-glazed spiral ham, apple galette, and family-style sides.
How to order: Pre-order for pick-up between November 24-26 or book a table on Resy for the $95 per person tasting menu.