This season, DC chefs are making it easy to host a top-notch holiday meal in the comfort of your own dining room without having to spend time in the kitchen. These restaurants invite you to skip the prep and the mess and pick up a full festive feast… complete with some delicious turkey.
Enjoy a complete Southern-style dinner for eight when you take out from Acadiana, manned by New Orleans-influenced Chef Jeff Tunks. The feast includes a 16- to 18-pound roasted or fried Cajun-style turkey with a choice of giblet or eggplant gravy, plus four sides (sweet potato puree, oyster stuffing, mashed potatoes, cornbread and Andouille sausage stuffing, cranberries, macaronic and cheese, and collard greens), a pumpkin or pecan pie, and Acadiana’s famous biscuits with house-made pepper jelly. Price: $175 for the feast, $105 for the turkey alone, and $12 for a la carte sides Order deadline: 5 p.m. on Thursday, November 20 Best way to order: call 202-408-8804
The restaurant is offering a to-go feast for six to eight. Take-home diners will enjoy a 10- to 12-pound free-range roasted turkey from Earth N Eats family farm in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, plus two freshly baked breads and four traditional sides: corn bread stuffing with chorizo, Brussels sprouts with bacon, potato puree, and cauliflower gratin. Top the meal off with two seasonal pies: an apple and a pumpkin. Price: $350 Order deadline: 5 p.m. on Friday, November 21 Best way to order: online at giftrocker.com/BlueDuckTavernThanksgiving
Create your ideal menu with a full a la carte feast from Vhef/owner Jeff Black. Start with a soup: butternut squash ($10.99/quart) or clam choder ($15.99/quart), and a selection of appetizers ($6-32) including smoke salmon rillettes, crab cakes, cornbread loaves, oysters on the half shell, and more. Then select the main event: choose from three different sized turkeys ($4.99/lb), a time-saver turkey that’s pre-brined, rubbed with special herbs and seasonings, trussed and oven ready ($6.99/lb), or an antibiotic-free Pennsylvania Premium spiral cut ham ($6.50/lb). Add a couple of sides, like the candied yams with caramelized applies, harvest rice, potato gratin, southern braised greens, stuffing, gravy or cranberry sauce ($7.99-15.99 with four servings.) And finish the lineup with a couple of pies ($25-35) or other treats, like white chocolate-cashew-cranberry brittle. Order deadline: Sunday, November 23 Best way to order: call 202-342-9104
If you’re all set with the bird, but looking for sides and dessert, check out New Orleanian Chef David Guas’ Bayou Bakery in Arlington. Start with a few sides, like a quart of braised collards or dirty rice, a dozen buttermilk biscuits (with ham, if you prefer), macaroni and cheese, and savory bread pudding. Don’t forget to pick up a pie: Virginia peanut, sweet potato, market apple crumble, classic pecan, bourbon chocolate chip, or bacon and cayenne. Price: pies are $20; sides start at $12 Order deadline: Monday, November 24 Best way to order: call 703-243-2410