By Amy Moeller | November 2, 2016 | Food & Drink
If you’re tired of turkey and looking to gobble up something different this Thanksgiving, try one of these delicious menus that trade the expected for something new.
Who says you can’t enjoy mole on Thanksgiving? Espita Mezcaleria says you can. The Southern-Mexican inspired Shaw favorite known for its expansive mezcal selection is offering a rare import this Thanksgiving in mezcal de pechuga. A small batch delicacy, de pechuga means “of the breast” and is distilled below a cooking turkey to soak in that unique flavor. Sip it, and dive into a plate of delicious mole for an unexpected Thanksgiving-inspired treat. 1250 9th St. NW, 202-621-9695
For classics with a twist, try chef Vikram Sunderam’s turkey cutlets at Rasika West End—spiced ground turkey coated with panko breadcrumbs cooked on the tawa, served with chili cranberry sauce, cumin butternut squash, and tamarind Brussels sprouts. The specialty dish will be available along with the restaurant’s regular a la carte menu on Thanksgiving day. 1190 New Hampshire Ave. NW, 202-466-2500
In addition to a traditional Thanksgiving feast, Equinox chef Todd Gray is offering a delicious vegan menu fit to rival the first. The plant based offerings include dishes such as truffled white bean soup with Napa cabbage and artichoke chips, baked risotto comprised of blue ridge chestnuts and porcini mushrooms, and housemade rigatoni with smoked wild mushroom bolognese and shaved cashew cheese. For dessert, vegan diners can enjoy options such as the granny smith apple cake with sage gelato and salted caramel. 818 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-331-8118
Forgo the turkey dinner in favor of rich, decadent pastas from Osteria Morini this Thanksgiving. Afterwards, pick up one of pastry chef Alex Levin’s refined traditional pies to enjoy at home. A holiday bake shop of sorts, Osteria Morini will offer everything from a caramelized apple pie with vanilla crust and oat streusel topping, to pecan pie with honey custard and dark chocolate crust—all available by ordering ahead. 301 Water St. SE, Ste. 109, 202-484-0660
If you’re looking to skip the turkey but you’ve got a traditionalist in tow, try Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab. The downtown locale will offer the standard Thanksgiving fare with all the trimmings—think crispy sliced turkey breast, cornbread stuffing, and butternut squash with toasted marshmallow—in addition to its regular menu. Isn’t it always a good time to dig into a platter of stone crab, especially when you can follow it with a slice of pecan pie? 750 15th St. NW, 202-489-0140