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Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 11/13/2008

In Search of Turkey and Trimmings

By Julia Beizer

You ask. We deliver. Here's a selection of restaurants offering meals on Thanksgiving Day for those of you who just don't want to cook. Want takeout instead? This list is slated to run in next week's Food section, but we've posted it today for all of you early birds.

When: Noon-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 27
What's on the Menu: If you're looking for a more traditional holiday meal, try the three course special here that includes roasted turkey with recognizable dressings like cornbread and sausage stuffing, mashed red bliss potatoes -- and a trio pie sampler. The restaurant will also serve its regular seasonal menu.
How Much: $54 per person
Getting a Table: 1789 has been taking reservations a year in advance, so call immediately to secure a spot. The largest group they accommodate is 12.

When: 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 27
What's on the Menu: The three-and-a-half-star restaurant offers both three- and six-course options. Appetizers include butternut squash soup with fuji apples and cilantro cream, pan-seared foie gras and yellow-fin tuna tartare. Turkey with mushroom stuffing is one of the entree options, as is prime rib with bordelaise and gnocchi with black truffles. (Full menu.) Spend an additional $20 on one of Pastry Chef Anthony Chavez's apple pies to take home. The restaurant will donate a portion of the proceeds of this sale to Homestretch, a non-profit organization that helps homeless families.
How Much?: The three-course menu is $75 per person; the six-course tasting menu is $105. Children up to 12 years old are $25 for a three-course meal.
Getting a Table: The restaurant can accommodate up to 400 for the day and is not fully booked yet.

Adour at St. Regis Washington
When: 2:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 27
What's on the Menu: For his new local outpost, Alain Ducasse and company developed a four-course menu with choices that range from the contemporary to the traditional. Begin with either duck foie gras confit or chilled Maine lobster medallions, then choose from scallops, slow-cooked short ribs or roasted Amish turkey.
How Much: $90 per person, $45 for ages 6-10
Getting a Table: Parties of up to 8 are accepted for the main dining room. There is limited availability for groups up to 12 in the private room.

Art and Soul
When: 2:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 27
What's on the Menu: The three-course Thanksgiving meal includes standards like turkey, honey glazed ham, prime rib, traditional stuffing, oyster stuffing, buttermilk mashed potatoes and green bean casserole and comes with leftovers to take home for the next day. Want breakfast instead? The restaurant offers its regular menu with additional Thanksgiving-style brunch offerings -- like the hoecake with turkey -- from 6:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.
How Much: $45 per person
Getting a Table: Reservations are filling up, but afternoon/early evening slots are still available.

Cafe Milano
When: Noon-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 27
What's on the Menu: The four-course menu includes homemade pumpkin gnocchetti, Italian-style roasted turkey and truffle honey glazed heirloom carrots. For the turkey-averse, the restaurant serves a sauteed olive crusted sea bass fillet.
How Much: $90 per person, $45 for ages 6-10
Getting a Table: Tables are still available throughout the day.

When: 1-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 27
What's on the menu: The British-inspired gastropub goes American for Thanksgiving by serving a three-course, family-style feast that includes turkey with cranberry sauce, roast beef with shallot port jus, green bean casserole and oyster or mushroom-chestnut stuffing. The restaurant won't run its full menu that day, but it will offer snacks from the starter and late night pub menus.
How Much: $25 per person
Getting a Table: Reservations are still available. Parties of up to 10 can be accommodated at one table; larger groups will be seated at adjacent tables.

When: 1-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 27
What's on the Menu: Roast turkey with sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce -- yeah, that's on this prix-fixe holiday menu. But so is a blue crab blintz appetizer and a black grouper with clam sauce. Finish off the meal with a licorice root creme brulee or kabocha squash tart served with ginger ice cream.
(Full menu.)
How Much?: $55 per person, $30 for ages 12 and younger
Getting a Table: Corduroy is already half-booked for the day-long fete. The restaurant may be able to accommodate groups larger than 10; call now if you'd like to get a big group in the door.

The Crossing at Casey Jones
When: 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 27
What's on the Menu: The chef hasn't quite settled on the a la carte menu here, but expect traditional Turkey Day offerings, along with a few regulars from the La Plata restaurant's typical menu: crab cakes, prime rib, etc.
How Much?: Entrees range between $20 and $30.
Getting a Table: The Crossing expects to seat about 350 people on Thanksgiving Day and may be able to accommodate groups as large as 20. More than 100 had already booked as of Monday.

When: 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 27
What's on the Menu: The Pentagon City Ritz-Carlton's restaurant provides the hungry with three options for a Thanksgiving meal: 1) A champagne brunch buffet with seafood and caviar bars, roasted prime rib, waffles and cider glazed turkey; 2) A four-course tasting menu with potential turkey-skipping choices like seared sea scallops with crispy pork belly and roasted filet mignon; 3) Turkey or prime rib takeout dinners with trimmings that serve four to six people.
How Much: Brunch: $90, $40 for ages 18 and younger; Dinner: $95, $40 for ages 18 and younger; Takeout: $230 turkey, $250 prime rib
Getting a Table: The restaurant can seat a party of up to 15; reservations are still available, particularly for dinner.

Jackson 20
When: Noon-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 27
What's on the Menu: Traditional is the name of the game here: turkey, candied yams, cornbread stuffing, butternut squash soup. For a pre-dinner treat, try a hard apple cider or a pumpkin pie martini.
How Much: $45 per person
Getting a Table: There is still availability throughout the day.

When: 4 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 27
What's on the Menu: Start with fried brie or chestnut and wild mushroom bisque at the Silver Spring restaurant. Move on to a goat cheese mousse or buttermilk fried oysters. The third course includes a salmon or gnocchi option in addition to a traditional turkey choice and comes with cranberry sauce and cornbread. Finish the four-course meal with dessert like pumpkin pie with bourbon-infused whipped cream. (Full menu.)
How Much?: $60 per person. The restaurant hasn't determined prices and menus for children, but plans to offer a less-pricey kids' plate.
Getting a Table: The restaurant is pretty open for reservations right now and could even accommodate parties larger than 25.

Old Ebbitt Grill
When: Noon-11 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 27
What's on the Menu: In addition to the regular menu, the downtown stalwart serves a standard turkey platter that includes dark and white meat with a mess of fixings like cranberry relish, sausage and chestnut dressing, glazed sweet potatoes and your choice of seasonal pies.
How Much: $22.95, $12.95 for children ages 12 and younger
Getting a Table: Old Ebbitt can handle a party as large as 25, but the reservation blotter is starting to fill up, so call soon.

The Grille at Morrison House
When: Noon-5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 27
What's on the Menu: The five-course tasting menu includes non-traditional items like an oyster po-boy and roasted rockfish, in addition to turkey and trimmings. A la carte menu items are also available.
How Much: The tasting menu is $85 per person. A la carte entree prices range from $28 to $44.
Getting a Table: Tables are still available.

The Willard Room
When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 27
What's on the Menu: Thanksgiving dinner is already fully booked at the grand hotel, but tables are still available for brunch buffet with a live piano performance. Choose from a menu of glazed turkey, waffles, pasta, cranberry sauce and other Thanksgiving-style brunch foods. Children pick from their own buffet stations.
How Much: $65/adult and $30 children 5-12; children under 5 eat free
Getting a Table: Tables are going fast for brunch, so call soon.

Finally, Ashok Bajaj's group of restaurants gives foodies a host of culinary reasons to be thankful. Its restaurants are offering a variety of turkey-related specials. The new chef at Ardeo, Alex McWilliams, prepares his first Thanksgiving spread, a three-course dinner for $40 that includes roasted pig with savoy cabbage, roasted pumpkin soup and turkey dressed with chestnut stuffing. A fixed-price holiday menu at 701 puts a modern twist on the traditional meal with stuffed turkey leg lollipops, sweet chestnut ravioli and meatloaf shaped from duck foie gras and black truffles. The three-course dinner runs $42 per person and comes with a side of live jazz trio. Rasika and Bombay Club both spice up their regular a la carte menus with a special Thanksgiving dish. For $16 gobble Rasika's curry-tinged turkey stew made with coconut milk and vegetables or Bombay Club's tandoori turkey, a combination of white meat marinated with yogurt, ginger, garlic and fenugreek leaves. If Indian cuisine is too non-traditional, check out the three-course offering at The Oval Room, the highlights of which include roasted organic turkey, butternut squash soup and pork tenderloin with brussel sprouts for $50 per person.

-- Julia Beizer, Graham Eng-Wilmot and Winyan Soo Hoo

By Julia Beizer  | November 13, 2008; 12:01 PM ET
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Hudson Restaurant 3pm - 9pm also has a great Thanksgiving menu planned including a first course of Butternut Squash Soup, Fall Beet Salad with Pennsylvania Goat Cheese, Warm Spinach Salad with cranberries and blue cheese. Entrees include Murray Farms all Natural Turkey, Root Beer Glazed Duck, Pan Seared Atlantic Salmon with beluga lentils, Meyer Farm 100% Natural Angus Tenderloin and Wild Mushroom Risotto. Plenty of side dishes of Macaroni and Cheese, Candied Yams, Creamy Whipped Potatoes and housemade cranberry sauce. Desserts are decadent with a Hudson Skilltet Brownie with vanilla bean ice cream, Virginia Pumpkin Pie, Pecan Pie and Traditional Saboyon with berries. Price is $45 for adults and $25 for children 10 and under. Tables are still available in the 4pm, 5pm, 7 and 8pm

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