Thanksgiving at a restaurant, with a big group - where to go?
As much as I love to cook, I can not handle having my whole family to my house for the holiday. For one thing I don't have enough chairs. Even if I had chairs I don't have room for everyone to sit down. We are 13 when all assembled. And there is a wide range of tastes and tolerances in the bunch.
So I've proposed that we all go out. I was planning to reserve at Jaleo, which everybody loves, but all of Jose Andres' establishments will be closed. Second on my list, Nora...also closed. Starting to look like I'd better focus on places that are associated with hotels...a scary thought.
Hopefully one of my fellow hounds has had a great experience on the town on turkey day. Do tell!
PS One place that is open is Trummers on Main, out in Clinton VA. I'd never heard of it but found it mentioned in Washingtonian's 100 best list this year. Has anyone tried it?
We're done Tabard Inn and Oval Room on Thanksgiving. Both were good. Tabard was more relaxed, more traditional, and a bit loud. Oval Room had lovely service and a good wine pairing for each meal option. I think either could handle a party of 13 with enough advance notice and a reservation. I haven't been yet, but maybe you could check out Sou'wester in the Mandarin Oriental? Reports on this board and others have been fairly positive, and it's at a much lower price point than CityZen.
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