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Nov 9, 2011 04:19 PM

Casual Thanksgiving?

Can anyone recommend a restaurant in MD that's open on Thanksgiving, but wouldn't require a reservation? I'm in the Silver Spring area but willing to go anywhere in the area. I've looked through the other posts on Thanksgiving dinners, but all of the restaurants I've seen require reservations. I have guests coming in and I'm not sure when they will get here, so I'm reluctant to commit to a specific reservation time.

It doesn't have to be fancy or specifically Thanksgiving food. However, I'm not sure how adventurous my guests are as far as Asian food so I'd like to find something that's not Chinese, Indian, Thai, etc.\


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  1. Honestly, your best bet is probably to start calling your favorite restaurants and seeing who will be open. Also, consider making a reservation, aiming for the latest your guests will get in. Otherwise, you are going to end up either 1) in a fairly low-end place (diner, fast food, etc) 2) waiting forever, or 3) without a dinner. Thanksgiving is a crazy day for restaurants, with a lot of people eating out, and a lot of restaurants closed.

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    1. re: aletnes

      Some neighborhood Italian restaurants may be open, I agree that calling around will be your best solution

    2. I had Thanksgiving dinner one year at Founding Farmers on Pennsylvania Ave, and its still one of my best Thanksgiving memories! We didn't order a special Thanksgiving menu, but I see they offer one now. It was casual, great food, and great drinks. They also have a new location in Potomac Park, MD.

      Founding Farmers
      1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20006

      1. If your willing to drive to Thurmont Md. Mountaingate Family Restaurant, fills your bill, prepare for a little wait! Mimi's Cafe in Frederick, a chain, but not bad!