Family members near and far reunite on Thanksgiving to catch up with each other and enjoy a delicious meal. For those in Alexandria, Virginia, who decide not to prepare a home-cooked meal, other options are available. Area restaurants offer Thanksgiving Day meals with traditional menus and additional culinary delights.
The Carlyle Club
The Carlyle Club (thecarlyleclub.com) specializes in birthday parties, wedding receptions and cocktail parties. But the restaurant also offers a "traditional" Thanksgiving Dinner for those who want to celebrate away from home. The Thanksgiving menu includes a starter, entrée and finale. Customers can choose between a lobster bisque and Carlyle salad to start their meal. Then for an entrée, the options are turkey and ham with accompaniments or salmon with sides. Afterwards, patrons choose between pumpkin and apple pie for dessert.
Jackson 20 New American Tavern
Thanksgiving dinner at Jackson 20 New American Tavern (jackson20.com) includes a three-course meal. A Waldorf salad and apple and parsnip bisque are the two appetizer choices. Meanwhile, the restaurant offers four entrée options: a traditional turkey day dinner (turkey breast, mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing), rib-eye steak, rockfish and a vegetable dinner. Plus, apple pie, pumpkin pie and ice cream are available for dessert. Discounted prices are available for children aged 6 to 15, while those under 6 eat free.
Dinner at Brabo (braborestaurant.com) is available from 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. The three-course meal begins with a mixed green salad, duck confit ravioli or Scottish smoked salmon. Afterwards, a traditional Thanksgiving dinner awaits -- turkey, Chesapeake rockfish and rib-eye steak. Pumpkin pie, bourbon ice cream and triple chocolate mousse terrine are available to cap off the hearty meal.
The main course Thanksgiving menu at Bastille (bastillerestaurant.com) includes three options: breast of guinea hen, grass-fed beef chateaubriand and a pan-roasted stripped bass filet. Additional entrée options are available for vegetarians upon request. Prior to the entree, however, customers are given three starter choices: Jerusalem artichoke veloute, beet salad and butternut squash ravioli. The dessert menu includes pumpkin cheesecake, apple streusel and truffle cake. Thanksgiving Day customers must call beforehand to make reservations.
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