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Oct 26, 2011 04:55 PM

Thanksgiving 2011 in Washington, DC or Northern Virginia (for a very traditional & simple eater)

I am looking for a place to take 4 or 5 people on Thanksgiving day 2011.

The kicker is this- one person going will only go to a place that has some sort of simple beef dish with a potato type thing. This person is really looking for the most simple of beef dishes. I believe a filet just cooked with no sauce, no marinade, no spices, no herbs, etc is their favorite thing and they like it with a potato and or perhaps a simple iceberg salad.

This persons wife has already said no to- 701, Oval Room, Bastille Alexandria, Blue Duck, Acadiana, Vidalia, the Majestic, Virtue Feed and Grain and a few others.

I just do not know what to say or do about this one. Everywhere that I know of in the area is not going to feature such a simple type item. Unfortunately if this person does not go then the meal probably will not happen. I also usually eat seafood so I'm not familiar with good beef places.

All of the other folks are more open minded for food however some are not totally open. I think the other folks would want some sort of turkey traditional entreee. I get the idea that the picky eater wants to go somewhere like Daniel O'connels in Alexandria but places like that are always closed on Thanksgiving.

We will be touring Mt Vernon that day so somewhere near Alexandria or Northern Virginia would be easy. However I have no problem going to DC and then we can roam around there. I guess I would consider MD for the right place.

I already thought about eating at Mt Vernon, as I am sure you can imagine, that is not possible they are booked solid.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions or hints.

1990 M Street, Washington, DC 20036

901 New York Ave NW Ste 200A, Washington, DC 20001

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  1. what FUN!

    surely any place that has a steak and potato on the menu would be happy to serve it plain and just charge the same as the regular. call ahead and arrange it so these jokers you're fond of (I have some too) don't hijack the day (mine do the same thing).

    wait on re-read Mr. Picker's WIFE is the one vetoing? sure it's not them both? you might check out Corduroy, RIS and Georgia Brown's, they're all fairly straightforward but good (can't vouch for Georgia's anymore - been too long but they used to do a deep-fried turkey T-day prix fixe for the others as well as ala carte)

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    1. re: hill food

      RIS is a great idea if they are open for Thanksgiving. Also maybe Poste.

      2275 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20037

    2. I'd start by going to Open Table and seeing what is available for a party of five or six this late in the game. (1789 probably has been fully booked since the day after Thanksgiving 2010.) Then, I'd start phoning those places and asking directly about the special meal.

      I don't understand the responses of the person's wife. If you've gotten an agreement from the restaurant to deliver exactly what her DH wants, why should she veto any restaurant?

      1. what about Old Ebbitt or Clydes?

        1. Why were those other restaurants vetoed? I imagine if you call up 701, the Oval Room or Blue Duck Tavern they will grill you a simple steak along with the rest of the meal.

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

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          1. re: Elyssa

            I looked online for the Thanksgiving menus for these three restaurants. Blue Duck's web site isn't posting any special menu for the day, although I assume one will be available.

            Between the 701's and The Oval Room's menus, I think your group would enjoy 701 more since the turkey entree there is somewhat more traditional than The Oval Room's turkey entree. Appetizer choices at both places seem trendy, with only the soup sticking close to something grandma might have included in her menu. The desserts at 701 seem closer to tradition than those at The Oval Room.

            No restaurant among the list you started with is going to offer the stripped down meal one of your guests likes as part of its menu, but these are all service-oriented places who are likely to meet your needs with planning.

          2. I'm not sure what their other menu options would be on Thanksgiving, but there is always BLT steak.