The Ten: Foods to Get You in the Thanksgiving Mood

Photo courtesy of Wildfire

Photo courtesy of Wildfire

So many choices, so little time. The Ten is your guide to the best of the best that D.C. has to offer.

Turkey Day is still two weeks away, but we’ve got a hankering for a taste of Thanksgiving right now. Luckily, we can get our fowl fix and stuff ourselves with stuffing before then. Here are ten ways you can enjoy the flavors of the holiday without having to spend an afternoon with your in-laws.   

Turkey Dinner
Every Sunday evening, Wildfire puts out a spit-roasted turkey dinner special. Each plate comes dressed up with mushroom herb stuffing, cranberry relish, gravy and redskin mashed potatoes.

Stuffed Squash
The team takes their vegetarian holiday options seriously at Clyde’s of Chevy Chase. Half of a maple-rubbed acorn squash is filled with spaghetti squash, greenwheat freekeh and spinach, then finished off with thyme-accented apple cider reduction and a hillock of orange-cranberry relish.

Turkey Sandwich
Maryland’s BBQ Joint offers a turkey breast sammie with cranberry relish, while Jettie’s has the Nobadeer featuring roasted turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce packed between sourdough bookends.

Café Deluxe offers a crisped up thin ‘za dressed with autumnal ingredients – sliced apples, runny brie, melted leeks and candied walnuts.

“Turkey” Burger
No gobblers were harmed in the making of this patty at Founding Farmers. The bean burger comes topped with a gooey strip of melted brie and a perky cranberry compote.

Green Bean Casserole
Dressed with crispy fried Durkee onions, this classic side dish is a standout at Hill Country.

Buttermilk Biscuits
These golden squares at Bayou Bakery are made Southern style. In other words, there’s probably a stick of butter in each one, but we’re not complaining.

Crispy Veal Sweetbreads
Pepped with sweet potato, maple and sage, these are not your average sweetbreads. Then again, Blue Duck Tavern is not your average restaurant.

Cranberry Milkshake
There are whispers of clove, cinnamon, star anise and orange zest hiding in this creamy concoction at Good Stuff Eatery.

Persimmon is tempting sweet tooths with a Pumpkin Cheesecake, while J&G Steakhouse beguiles the sugar-starved with a personal Huckleberry Pie crowned by a scoop of hazelnut gelato and a scattering of maple pralines.


Is your favorite missing? Disagree with one (or more) of my choices? Leave a comment below or hit me up on Twitter @nevinmartell.