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DC area Restaurants Open for Thanksgiving

Looking for some small town cozy options for Thanksgiving? Old Town, Alexandria is perfect to spend your holiday in style.

Photo courtesy of Jimmy Stewart, the Hungry Traveler http://hungrytraveler.me/

Bastille Restaurant located in Old Town Alexandria is offering a special Thanksgiving menu inspired by French traditions and the American holiday. Executive Chef Christophe Poteaux and Pastry Chef Michelle Garbee-Poteaux have planned a traditional meal with a French twist, perfect for friends and family looking for a stress free holiday meal in a cozy setting. The three course prix-fixe Thanksgiving Day Menu is $49.00 per person and will be available on Thursday, November 26, 2009 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Begin with a choice of Jerusalem Artichoke Veloute with black truffle crème fraiche; Beet salad with bleu cheese, spice candied walnuts, and a walnut vinaigrette; a Country Pate and house condiments; or Butternut Squash Ravioli and sage-brown butter. The delicious main course options include a Breast of Guinea Hen poached in duck fat, with cranberry chutney, chestnut-sweet potato gratin, and sautéed greens; Grass-fed Beef Chateaubriand roasted in a rosemary sea salt crust, with a Madeira wine sauce, cheddar mashed potatoes, wild mushrooms, and cream of spinach; and a Pan-roasted Stripped Bass Filet, with Beurre rouge, roasted squash and root vegetables. Vegetarian options are available upon request. Pastry Chef Michelle Garbee-Poteaux’s seasonal dessert options include a slice of homemade Pumpkin Cheesecake, Apple Streusel, or Valrhona Manjari Chocolate Truffle Cake.
Reservations are required and can be made by calling 703-519-3776 or by visiting www.bastillerestaurant.com 
Bastille, named to Washingtonian’s top 100 restaurants in 2008 & 2009, is located at 1201 N. Royal Street in Old Town Alexandria, VA. Bastille is open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. For further information or to make reservations, please call 703-519-3776 or visit http://www.bastillerestaurant.com for more information on this event.

AtBrabo Chef Robert Wiedmaier will offer a special three-course Thanksgiving dinner prepared gourmet on-the-go dishes from The Butchers Block and A Market by RW.

On Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, 2009, diners can enjoy a traditional turkey menu from 2:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. for $65 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. They will begin their feast with options such as mixed green salad with seasonal vegetables, raw and braised, with a lemon vinaigrette; duck confit ravioli submerged in a creamy squash soup or Scottish smoked salmon served with potato blini and quail eggs finished with crème fraîche. For the main course, entrées include a traditional turkey dinner with sweet potato purée, brussels sprouts and cranberry relish, served with chestnut dressing and giblet gravy; seared Chesapeake Rockfish potato gnocchi, baby artichokes and wild mushrooms and a pan-seared rib eye steak, Pennsylvania mushrooms and potato purée served with a bordelaise sauce. Dessert includes a decadent pumpkin pie served with a spiced crème fraîche and a pecan tart paired with bourbon ice cream and triple chocolate mousse terrine with white, milk and dark chocolate mousse, burnt orange cardamom sauce and pistachio tuile.

For a stress-free holiday, The Butcher’s Block, A Market by RW, is offering deliciously prepared dishes for Thanksgiving Day. Guests can choose from Murray’s Amish Turkeys, ordered whole and raw at $4 per pound ranging in size from 10-14 lbs; 14-18 lbs and 18-20 lbs. each. Prepared turkeys come as stuffed turkey breasts with poached and stuffed turkey thighs at $5.50 per pound. Six side dishes are available, including chestnut stuffing, sweet potato purée, cranberry relish and traditional gravy and cost $9 – $20 each for six servings. Traditional pumpkin pies will also be available for $20 each. Orders must be received by Nov. 18 by calling (703) 894-5253 or emailing Salena.Zellers@braborestaurant.com. All items must be picked up at The Butcher’s Block by 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25.

In preparation for America’s iconic dinner, The Butcher’s Block, A Market by RW will host a wine tasting and chef demonstration on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009, at 6:00 p.m. Potomac Selections’ Eric Hauptman will choose four wines to complement any Thanksgiving menu as Chef de Cuisine Chris Watson demonstrates how to break down, stuff and prep Murray’s Amish Turkey.

BRABO by Robert Wiedmaier, BRABO Tasting Room and The Butcher’s Block, a Market by RW, are located at 1600 King Street in Alexandria, Virginia, adjacent to Kimpton’s new Lorien Hotel & Spa. Hours of operation at BRABO by Robert Wiedmaier are: Breakfast: Monday – Sunday: 7:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Lunch: Monday – Friday: 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Dinner: Monday -Thursday: 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., Dinner: Friday – Saturday 5:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m., Sunday Dinner: 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Breakfast 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., Brunch: 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. BRABO Tasting Room is open daily for lunch and dinner from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m. For reservations or additional information, please call (703) 894-3440 or visit http://www.braborestaurant.com


For Restaurant 3’s special Thanksgiving dinner see here


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