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Oct 2, 2007 12:33 PM


Yes, it's that time again. All cooking magazines are filled articles on how to cook a turkey [does it change year to year?] and thoughts turn to pumpkin pie.

For several years, I have forgone cooking and eaten Thanksgiving dinner at 1789. But I'd like a change. Any recommendations for an upscale, non-buffet, Thanksgiving dinner?

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  1. You should look into The Dining Room at the Willard Hotel. The most beautiful setting in all of Washington. Very traditional menu. Perfect service. Absurd prices.

    Btw, presuming the doors aren't locked, I think I'm buyng you lunch 10/31 at LP.

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    1. re: Pappy

      I think the wager was over your statement that LP would be closed by Labor Day ! Of course, I predicted Gerard's would be closed by then as well. I am willing to let you go with a stern warning or a Dutch treat. :-)

      1. re: Dakota Guy

        Well, given that GP is currently transforming his flagship restaurant to a bistro/brasserie formula with his culinary students as line cooks, I'd say you won! My offer stands if you're in town 10/31?

      2. re: Pappy

        I called the WIllaird. They said they are closed on Thanksgiving. I was disappointed.

      3. I have never eaten non-home Thanksgiving, but for some reason I feel Eve would do this really well and seem like a warm cozy atmosphere for Thanksgiving.

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        1. re: ktmoomau

          Eve is closed onThanksgiving. But always a wonderful place to eat.

        2. I had a lovely Thanksgiving dinner last year at the Morrison Inn. Sit down, not buffet. Bonus - they give you "leftovers" to take home when you leave - we got turkey sandwiches, pumpkin cookies, and some stuffing I think.

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          1. re: scotcheroo

            I was quite disppointed in the food and the service when last I visited the Morrison-Clarke Inn. It seems to have great promise but just doesnt deliver. I am glad that you had enjoyed your visit there.

          2. We did Thanksgiving dinner one year at Ardeo. It was just great. I would travel far and wide for the ham biscuit appetizer they had that day. They had all the traditional stuff and non-traditional stuff. I would definitely forgo the family hassles (if I could) for T-day and have it be just me and my sweetie there again.

            1. For several years now we've done Thanksgiving at Tabard. It has the appropriate Americana Feel (bonus for the fireplace), it is not a buffet, and it feels proper and festive without being stuffy. The menu is fixed price, as I recall, with several choices in each category. We plan to return again this year. And what's great is that I can have turkey and SO can have steak - everyone is happy!