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Posted at 2:41 PM ET, 11/16/2010

Eight options for eating out on Thanksgiving

By Justin Rude

Not doing any holiday cooking this year ? Well, there are a lot of special Thanksgiving menus at area restaurants. Here are some of our favorites, and why you might want to check them out.

LOOKING FOR LIVE MUSIC? Make reservations at 701, where they are offering a $45 prix fixe holiday menu from 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. with live jazz performed throughout the day.

PLAN ON DINING WITH A CROWD? Isn't that basically what Carmine's is there for? Their plan is to serve 18-pound turkeys with all the fixings for 8-10 people for $195. Turkey dinner will also be available for takeout and delivery.

IF TURKEY IS NOT YOUR FAVORITE FOWL? You may want to check out Buddha Bar, where the Thanksgiving menu stars Peking duck with cranberry plum sauce and spiced sweet potato for $75 per person.

LOOKING FOR THANKSGIVING BRUNCH? That's what the Blue Duck Tavern is offering, with a three-course, buffet-style holiday brunch for $90 a person, and $42.50 ages 6-12.

IS THE APPLE PIE THE BEST PART? Then you may be as intrigued as I am by Bibiana's apple financier. It will be served as the conclusion to a $45 menu that also features Juniper crusted turkey and butternut squash tortellini.

WANT TO HAVE THANKSGIVING LUNCH ON A BOAT? Think of it as a tribute to the pilgrim's trans-Atlantic crossing. The Spirit of Washington's Thanksgiving cruise is $57.90 ( $28.95 ages 4-12) and departs at noon from 6th & Water Sts. SW, offering a three course buffet meal, with dancing and views of the city.

SEARCHING FOR A VEGETARIAN FEAST? Check out the Vegetarian Society of DC's annual Life-affirming Thanksgiving Celebration at the Bethesda Hyatt Regency hotel. The four course buffet-style meal includes BBQ tofu, vegan stuffing and gravy, spicy collard greens and a vegan pumpkin pie. $57, $36 ages 3-12.

TIRED OF STANDARD TURKEY AND TRIMMINGS? Well its hard not to get excited about the menu at Rasika, where chef Vikram Sunderam is serving cranberry turkey tikka with pumpkin chutney.

ARE YOU TAKING ME OUT TO DINNER? Sweet! I want to go to Bourbon Steak where I will eat an unhealthy amount of roasted chestnut soup with spiced marshmallows; sweetbreads with beets, pistachio, and campari; Maine lobster with black truffles, roasted turkey with chestnut stuffing, grilled turkey sausage and cranberry-orange confit; Virginia striped bass with roasted Musquee de Provence pumpkin and toasted hazelnut crunch and a dessert of kabocha squash sticky toffee pudding and warm pumpkin and apple pies. What a wonderful treat. You are so generous.

By Justin Rude  | November 16, 2010; 2:41 PM ET
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These are all great local choices. There are also a few chain restaurants serving on Thanksgiving Day. McCormick and Schmick, TGI Fridays, etc. There's a list of places serving on Thanksgiving Day at

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