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Will DC restaurants be open on Thanksgiving? NOT looking for traditional T'giving dinner, no buffets or hotels.

c oliver Nov 4, 2010 08:00 AM

We're going to be in DC (Kalorama) for almost two weeks over Thanksgiving. Even when home we couldn't care less for the traditional turkey dinner. Are "other" restaurants generally open that day? I was thinking Italian as that seems to be a much-loved alternative. But any other choices are fine and dandy also. If most places aren't open, I'll just plan on cooking as we're staying in an apartment. TIA.

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    Flaxen_Vixen RE: c oliver Nov 4, 2010 08:06 AM

    I just heard about an oyster roast at Equinox that sounds delicious: http://www.equinoxrestaurant.com/menu...

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      dinwiddie RE: Flaxen_Vixen Nov 4, 2010 08:40 AM

      If you are not already registered, go to OpenTable.com. A quick look found 82 restaurants that had reservations available for 7pm on Thanksgiving day. Unfortunately, what I consider the best Italian restaurants in the city are not available.

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        c oliver RE: dinwiddie Nov 4, 2010 08:43 AM

        Wow, silly me. Why didn't I think of that? Thanks.

        Divey places are fine too. We're equal opportunity CHs.

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        c oliver RE: Flaxen_Vixen Nov 5, 2010 05:10 PM

        What a menu! We definitely wouldn't be "stuck" with turkey. Thanks.

      3. Dennis S RE: c oliver Nov 4, 2010 09:23 AM

        Most ethnic places are open (also on Christmas).

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          skipper RE: c oliver Nov 4, 2010 11:42 AM

          According to today's Express (p. E19), the following restaurants will be serving on turkey day: 701 ($45 adults/$20 children under 10), 1789 ($50), 2941 ($65), Bibiana Osteria-Enoteca ($45), Rasika (menu), Bourbon Steak ($90), Blue Duck Tavern ($90/$45 6-12), Sou'Wester (($65/$30 6-12). It also said you can pick up dinner for 6 on Thanksgiving from the Ritz Carlton for $269.

          Rasika Restaurant
          633 D Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

          Blue Duck Tavern
          1201 24th Street NW, Washington, DC 20037

          1100 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005

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            c oliver RE: skipper Nov 5, 2010 05:22 PM

            Bibiani's TD menu looks fantastic --- and no dessert which would make us happy. CHs seem to like it also (big plus for us)

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            christy1122 RE: c oliver Nov 4, 2010 12:16 PM

            4435 Willard Ave.
            Chevy Chase, MD 20815


            3 course dinner, $39....the antipasti selections are amazing!!

            Executive Chef Peter Russo takes great pride in all he does!!

            Chevy Chase
            6200 Chevy Chase Dr, Laurel, MD 20707

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              c oliver RE: christy1122 Nov 5, 2010 05:10 PM

              This does look great. Prefer to stay in DC proper but that's not a deal breaker. I've emailed his DC location to see if they'll be serving the same. Thanks.

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                foodtrip RE: c oliver Nov 5, 2010 05:47 PM

                FYI: Chef Geoff's locations are not beloved by Chowhounds.

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                  c oliver RE: foodtrip Nov 5, 2010 05:56 PM

                  Oh really? I'll do some research then. Sure looked good.

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                    christy1122 RE: c oliver Nov 5, 2010 07:29 PM

                    My family had a lovely meal for Thanksgiving last year...I don't know much about Chef Geoff...(isn't he just really behind the scenes???) All I know is that Executive Chef Peter Russo was working on Thanksgiving, was gracious and his food was fantastic....I would go back in a second...

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                      christy1122 RE: christy1122 Nov 5, 2010 07:33 PM

                      I guess what I am saying is that I can't speak for the other locations but Lia's is amazing....we have eaten there for more than Thanksgiving and the food, selection and my favorite "the antipasta selection" is amazing...

            2. monpetitescargot RE: c oliver Nov 4, 2010 01:05 PM

              founding farmers and corduroy are both open.

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                foodtrip RE: monpetitescargot Nov 5, 2010 05:49 PM

                Corduroy is fantastic. Founding Farmers is not worth a visit.

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                donaldbabb RE: c oliver Nov 10, 2010 12:03 PM

                Look beyond the Thanksgiving listings on Open Table. 701 (which got a very good review from the Washington Post last Sunday), describes its Thanksgiving price fix meal, but if you go to their website you'll see that the same price fix ($45) applies to several other entrees besides turkey, including Bronzino, Piedmont Ridge Strip Steak, Ricotta Ravioli, Eco Friendly Suckling Pig and Scottish Salmon

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                  c oliver RE: donaldbabb Nov 10, 2010 01:31 PM

                  donald, I am sincerely in your debt. I've been lazy and hadn't made a reservation for any of the places that really sang to me. 701 was one of those. Last night I tried every place that I thought was on my short list and nothing was available. Evidently I didn't check 701. I have now booked it and I thank you. It's not like we were going to starve but still :)

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