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Turkey with chestnut stuffing and all the fixings at DBGB
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Where to Eat on Thanksgiving Day in D.C.

Think sorghum-brined birds, pork chops dressed with kimchi collards, and embered sweet potato pie

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Turkey with chestnut stuffing and all the fixings at DBGB
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As the old saw goes, all the effort that goes into cooking and cleaning on Thanksgiving cuts down on time that could be spent arguing about politics with a zany uncle. For people who want to let local chefs do the heavy lifting, here’s a look at restaurants in the D.C. area that will welcome diners for a holiday meal on Thursday, November 28.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. A Rake's Progress

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1770 Euclid St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 588-0525
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From noon to 7 p.m., the Line hotel’s upper-level restaurant is serving pigs in a blanket, sweet potato soup, and ember-grilled turkey and veggies from chef Spike Gjerde ($105 per guest; $65 optional wine pairing). Downstairs at Erik Bruner-Yang’s Brothers and Sisters, mains like Peking duck are joined by milk bread stuffing for $45 per person.

2. Teddy & The Bully Bar

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1200 19th St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 872-8700
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For $60 per person, and $23 for kids 12-and-under, diners can pile on the cornbread and sides like mac and cheese, yams, and spaghetti squash, along with pick-one starters like lobster beignets. Frequent treks to a carving station for salmon, turkey, and roast beef can be followed up with eggnog crème brûlée for dessert (noon to 8 p.m.).

3. Brasserie Liberté

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3251 Prospect St NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 878-8404
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The new French destination from Mirabelle owner Hakan Ilhan will make its debut in a totally made-over Morton’s space just before the big holiday. A three-course Thanksgiving prix fixe ($45 per person, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.) includes options like butternut squash soup with fried sage and rosemary cream, herbs de Provence roasted turkey with straightforward sides, and pumpkin or pecan pies.

Tables and chairs inside Brasserie Liberté
One of several new dining areas inside Brasserie Liberté
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4. Plume

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1200 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 448-2300
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A holiday feast served under chandeliers at the Michelin-starred hotel restaurant includes Burgundy truffle potato vichyssoise soup and dry-aged New York strip with desserts such as red kuri pumpkin pie with gingerbread popcorn and carrot pineapple Baked Alaska. For an intimate family gathering, patrons can import the menu to one of its private dining areas. Adults pay $108, and the price is $48 for kids 12-and-under.

5. Blue Duck Tavern

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1201 24th St NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 419-6755
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The Park Hyatt’s local-sourcing standby has a three-course holiday option (noon to 8 p.m.) that starts with a buffet of seafood, salads, cheese, and charcuterie then segues into family-style entrees like sorghum-brined turkey, seared sturgeon with dirty rice and green tomato chow chow, and vegetable pot pie. The price is $135 for adults and $55 for kids between 6 and 12. An a la carte dinner is available in the Blue Duck Lounge from 6 p.m. to 10:30 pm.

6. Via Sophia

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1001 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 218-7575
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The new hotel osteria downtown has an Italian Thanksgiving menu ($95 per person; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.) that includes a pasta course — there’s a duck ragu gnocchi with pancetta and black truffles — and an option for a “turkey fest” with chestnut stuffing and traditional sides. For dessert there’s tiramisu, chocolate budino, or pecan pie.

Former Fiola Mare chef de cuisine Colin Clark opened Via Sophia in the Hamilton Hotel in June.
The dining room at Via Sophia
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7. American Son

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1201 K St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 900-8416
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The Eaton hotel restaurant’s prix fixe “Friendsgiving” menu ($45 per person) is chef Hamilton Johnson’s family-style take on a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. The spread (5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.) includes she crab bisque, pastrami smoked salmon, milk-poached turkey breast, pork chops dressed with kimchi collards, and “BBQed” heirloom carrots, with sweet potato panna cotta for dessert. A holiday punch will be spiked with rum, brandy, and sparkling wine.

 

Thanksgiving dishes at American Son
American Son’s new chef Hamilton Johnson is manning the menu this Thanksgiving.
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8. Rare Steakhouse & Tavern

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1595 I St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 800-9994
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The Wisconsin-based steakhouse downtown has $75 per person Thanksgiving prix fixe available from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. That includes options for oysters Rockefeller, pan-roasted turkey with sage bread pudding, a 9-ounce steak served with roasted bone marrow and Bordelaise, and Dulcey chocolate pumpkin cheesecake or cinnamon rolls for dessert.

Dulcey chocolate pumpkin cheesecake from Rare
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9. Estuary

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950 New York Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 844-5895
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Bryan and Michael Voltaggio’s new restaurant inside the Conrad hotel in CityCenter rings in its first Thanksgiving with a meal ($115 for adults; $40 for kids 12-and-under) that begins with raw bar grazing at the chefs’ pass before moving to tables for individual appetizers and entrees. From noon to 8 p.m., people can have access to shared starters like mini Maryland crab rolls, “Falldorf” salad with pumpkin goddess dressing, and smoked trout profiteroles. Mains include heritage turkey with smoked gravy or kale rigatoni with celery root shank and cashew “Parmesan.”

Estuary crab roll, with bread crab-shaped garnishes and edible flowers
A mini crab roll is available on the Thanksgiving menu at Estuary
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10. Modena

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1100 New York Ave NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 216-9550
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Restaurateur Ashok Bajaj’s latest makeover replaced Bibiana Osteria with a new Italian restaurant that plays with traditions from the Emilia-Romagna and beyond. From 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, chef John Melfi is serving a $60 prix fixe with options for Bourbon Red turkeys with oyster cornmeal stuffing or pan-roasted swordfish with charred eggplant, roasted peppers, black olive, and oregano. All of Bajaj’s restaurants are open on Thanksgiving, which means customers can find merguez turkey meatballs at Olivia in Penn Quarter, tahini green bean casserole at Sababa in Cleveland Park, and turkey tikka masala and both Bindaas locations.

New tables, chairs, and wall art at Modena.
The dining room at Modena
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11. DBGB

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931 H St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 695-7660
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The modern French eatery’s a la carte Thanksgiving menu (noon to 9 p.m.) includes roasted turkey with chestnut stuffing and specialities chicken liver mousse and venison orecchiette. For dessert, there’s a caramel popcorn sundae.

Turkey with chestnut stuffing and all the fixings at DBGB
Turkey from DBGB
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12. Succotash

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915 F St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 849-6933
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The Southern restaurant from chef Edward Lee is serving a three-course, family style meal for $65 ($32.50 for children 12-and-under). Small plates include cornbread cakes with sorghum butter and bacon deviled eggs with caviar. Sliced turkey breast comes with oyster sage cornbread dressing and sides such as butternut mac and cheese and charred green beans with shallots and chestnuts.

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13. Cherry

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515 15th St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 661-2400
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W Washington D.C.’s renovated lobby-level restaurant across from the White House is putting its custom wood-burning grill to work for Thanksgiving, making “baked brie” alongside green apple and endive, slow-roasted turkey stuffed with truffles and country bread, and an embered sweet potato pie. The meal costs $65 per person and is available from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. There’s a limited a la carte menu, too.

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The rustic dining area at Cherry.
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14. Mi Vida Restaurante

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98 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 516-4656
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Chef Roberto Santibañez has a special menu with items like butternut squash soup and a pavo relleno platter of turkey breast that’s been stuffed with kale and ricotta, then wrapped in bacon. That comes with chipotle cranberry sauce, corn bread, and Brussels sprouts. For dessert, there’s a pay de camote, a sweet potato pie with a pineapple-caramel sauce.

15. 2941

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2941 Fairview Park Dr
Falls Church, VA 22042
(703) 270-1500
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 A fine-dining go-to in Falls Church, 2941 offers a $75 Thanksgiving prix fixe from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Standouts include lobster ravioli with Vidalia onion soubise, chestnuts, and Cabernet sauce or a vol-au-vent with sweetbreads and braised wild mushrooms encased in pastry. Turkey breast comes with mushroom stuffing. Desserts include an apple Napoleon and a caramel pecan tart.

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16. Brabo

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1600 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 894-3440
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A family-style Thanksgiving feast in Old Town ($75 per person) adds French flair to the traditional holiday. There’s 24-hour brined turkey roasted with garlic, herbs and rosemary gravy; grilled New York steak with Beurre Maître d’Hôtel; baked basquaise monkfish with spicy sausage and olives; French baguettes with salted butter; and seasonal berry cobbler with brown butter crumble (noon to 9 p.m.).

17. Vermilion

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1120 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 684-9669
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For $69 per person ($29 for kids under 12), the local-sourcing American restaurant in Old Town offers a four-course menu with highlights like venison terrine with fig mostarda, stuffed pansotti pasta with radicchio and hazelnuts, roasted turkey with gravy, and flourless chocolate cake.

18. Trummer's Restaurant

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7134 Main St
Clifton, VA 20124
(703) 266-1623
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Recently rebranded Trummer’s is attempting to lure in a more casual crowd with the addition of a rotisserie oven that will spin out turkey breasts served alongside confit legs on Thanksgiving (11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.) For $56 — or $30 for kids under 12 — customers get to choose from a three-course meal with highlights like cornbread with apple butter, prime rib with horseradish and veal jus, pumpkin cheesecake, and chocolate bourbon pecan pie.

1. A Rake's Progress

1770 Euclid St NW, Washington, DC 20009

From noon to 7 p.m., the Line hotel’s upper-level restaurant is serving pigs in a blanket, sweet potato soup, and ember-grilled turkey and veggies from chef Spike Gjerde ($105 per guest; $65 optional wine pairing). Downstairs at Erik Bruner-Yang’s Brothers and Sisters, mains like Peking duck are joined by milk bread stuffing for $45 per person.

1770 Euclid St NW
Washington, DC 20009

2. Teddy & The Bully Bar

1200 19th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

For $60 per person, and $23 for kids 12-and-under, diners can pile on the cornbread and sides like mac and cheese, yams, and spaghetti squash, along with pick-one starters like lobster beignets. Frequent treks to a carving station for salmon, turkey, and roast beef can be followed up with eggnog crème brûlée for dessert (noon to 8 p.m.).

1200 19th St NW
Washington, DC 20036

3. Brasserie Liberté

3251 Prospect St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Tables and chairs inside Brasserie Liberté
One of several new dining areas inside Brasserie Liberté
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

The new French destination from Mirabelle owner Hakan Ilhan will make its debut in a totally made-over Morton’s space just before the big holiday. A three-course Thanksgiving prix fixe ($45 per person, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.) includes options like butternut squash soup with fried sage and rosemary cream, herbs de Provence roasted turkey with straightforward sides, and pumpkin or pecan pies.

3251 Prospect St NW
Washington, DC 20007

4. Plume

1200 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

A holiday feast served under chandeliers at the Michelin-starred hotel restaurant includes Burgundy truffle potato vichyssoise soup and dry-aged New York strip with desserts such as red kuri pumpkin pie with gingerbread popcorn and carrot pineapple Baked Alaska. For an intimate family gathering, patrons can import the menu to one of its private dining areas. Adults pay $108, and the price is $48 for kids 12-and-under.

1200 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20036

5. Blue Duck Tavern

1201 24th St NW, Washington, DC 20037

The Park Hyatt’s local-sourcing standby has a three-course holiday option (noon to 8 p.m.) that starts with a buffet of seafood, salads, cheese, and charcuterie then segues into family-style entrees like sorghum-brined turkey, seared sturgeon with dirty rice and green tomato chow chow, and vegetable pot pie. The price is $135 for adults and $55 for kids between 6 and 12. An a la carte dinner is available in the Blue Duck Lounge from 6 p.m. to 10:30 pm.

1201 24th St NW
Washington, DC 20037

6. Via Sophia

1001 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
Former Fiola Mare chef de cuisine Colin Clark opened Via Sophia in the Hamilton Hotel in June.
The dining room at Via Sophia
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

The new hotel osteria downtown has an Italian Thanksgiving menu ($95 per person; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.) that includes a pasta course — there’s a duck ragu gnocchi with pancetta and black truffles — and an option for a “turkey fest” with chestnut stuffing and traditional sides. For dessert there’s tiramisu, chocolate budino, or pecan pie.

1001 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

7. American Son

1201 K St NW, Washington, DC 20005
Thanksgiving dishes at American Son
American Son’s new chef Hamilton Johnson is manning the menu this Thanksgiving.
American Son/official photo

The Eaton hotel restaurant’s prix fixe “Friendsgiving” menu ($45 per person) is chef Hamilton Johnson’s family-style take on a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. The spread (5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.) includes she crab bisque, pastrami smoked salmon, milk-poached turkey breast, pork chops dressed with kimchi collards, and “BBQed” heirloom carrots, with sweet potato panna cotta for dessert. A holiday punch will be spiked with rum, brandy, and sparkling wine.

 

1201 K St NW
Washington, DC 20005

8. Rare Steakhouse & Tavern

1595 I St NW, Washington, DC 20005
Dulcey chocolate pumpkin cheesecake from Rare
Dulcey chocolate pumpkin cheesecake from Rare
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The Wisconsin-based steakhouse downtown has $75 per person Thanksgiving prix fixe available from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. That includes options for oysters Rockefeller, pan-roasted turkey with sage bread pudding, a 9-ounce steak served with roasted bone marrow and Bordelaise, and Dulcey chocolate pumpkin cheesecake or cinnamon rolls for dessert.

1595 I St NW
Washington, DC 20005

9. Estuary

950 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
Estuary crab roll, with bread crab-shaped garnishes and edible flowers
A mini crab roll is available on the Thanksgiving menu at Estuary
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

Bryan and Michael Voltaggio’s new restaurant inside the Conrad hotel in CityCenter rings in its first Thanksgiving with a meal ($115 for adults; $40 for kids 12-and-under) that begins with raw bar grazing at the chefs’ pass before moving to tables for individual appetizers and entrees. From noon to 8 p.m., people can have access to shared starters like mini Maryland crab rolls, “Falldorf” salad with pumpkin goddess dressing, and smoked trout profiteroles. Mains include heritage turkey with smoked gravy or kale rigatoni with celery root shank and cashew “Parmesan.”

950 New York Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

10. Modena

1100 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005
New tables, chairs, and wall art at Modena.
The dining room at Modena
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

Restaurateur Ashok Bajaj’s latest makeover replaced Bibiana Osteria with a new Italian restaurant that plays with traditions from the Emilia-Romagna and beyond. From 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, chef John Melfi is serving a $60 prix fixe with options for Bourbon Red turkeys with oyster cornmeal stuffing or pan-roasted swordfish with charred eggplant, roasted peppers, black olive, and oregano. All of Bajaj’s restaurants are open on Thanksgiving, which means customers can find merguez turkey meatballs at Olivia in Penn Quarter, tahini green bean casserole at Sababa in Cleveland Park, and turkey tikka masala and both Bindaas locations.

1100 New York Ave NW
Washington, DC 20005

11. DBGB

931 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Turkey with chestnut stuffing and all the fixings at DBGB
Turkey from DBGB
DBGB/official photo

The modern French eatery’s a la carte Thanksgiving menu (noon to 9 p.m.) includes roasted turkey with chestnut stuffing and specialities chicken liver mousse and venison orecchiette. For dessert, there’s a caramel popcorn sundae.

931 H St NW
Washington, DC 20001

12. Succotash

915 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004
Courtesy of Succotash

The Southern restaurant from chef Edward Lee is serving a three-course, family style meal for $65 ($32.50 for children 12-and-under). Small plates include cornbread cakes with sorghum butter and bacon deviled eggs with caviar. Sliced turkey breast comes with oyster sage cornbread dressing and sides such as butternut mac and cheese and charred green beans with shallots and chestnuts.

915 F St NW
Washington, DC 20004

13. Cherry

515 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20004
Cherry seats
The rustic dining area at Cherry.
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

W Washington D.C.’s renovated lobby-level restaurant across from the White House is putting its custom wood-burning grill to work for Thanksgiving, making “baked brie” alongside green apple and endive, slow-roasted turkey stuffed with truffles and country bread, and an embered sweet potato pie. The meal costs $65 per person and is available from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. There’s a limited a la carte menu, too.

515 15th St NW
Washington, DC 20004

14. Mi Vida Restaurante

98 District Square SW, Washington, DC 20024

Chef Roberto Santibañez has a special menu with items like butternut squash soup and a pavo relleno platter of turkey breast that’s been stuffed with kale and ricotta, then wrapped in bacon. That comes with chipotle cranberry sauce, corn bread, and Brussels sprouts. For dessert, there’s a pay de camote, a sweet potato pie with a pineapple-caramel sauce.

98 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024

15. 2941

2941 Fairview Park Dr, Falls Church, VA 22042
Photo: 2941

 A fine-dining go-to in Falls Church, 2941 offers a $75 Thanksgiving prix fixe from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Standouts include lobster ravioli with Vidalia onion soubise, chestnuts, and Cabernet sauce or a vol-au-vent with sweetbreads and braised wild mushrooms encased in pastry. Turkey breast comes with mushroom stuffing. Desserts include an apple Napoleon and a caramel pecan tart.

2941 Fairview Park Dr
Falls Church, VA 22042

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16. Brabo

1600 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314

A family-style Thanksgiving feast in Old Town ($75 per person) adds French flair to the traditional holiday. There’s 24-hour brined turkey roasted with garlic, herbs and rosemary gravy; grilled New York steak with Beurre Maître d’Hôtel; baked basquaise monkfish with spicy sausage and olives; French baguettes with salted butter; and seasonal berry cobbler with brown butter crumble (noon to 9 p.m.).

1600 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314

17. Vermilion

1120 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314

For $69 per person ($29 for kids under 12), the local-sourcing American restaurant in Old Town offers a four-course menu with highlights like venison terrine with fig mostarda, stuffed pansotti pasta with radicchio and hazelnuts, roasted turkey with gravy, and flourless chocolate cake.

1120 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314

18. Trummer's Restaurant

7134 Main St, Clifton, VA 20124

Recently rebranded Trummer’s is attempting to lure in a more casual crowd with the addition of a rotisserie oven that will spin out turkey breasts served alongside confit legs on Thanksgiving (11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.) For $56 — or $30 for kids under 12 — customers get to choose from a three-course meal with highlights like cornbread with apple butter, prime rib with horseradish and veal jus, pumpkin cheesecake, and chocolate bourbon pecan pie.

7134 Main St
Clifton, VA 20124

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