Thanksgiving is a little more than a week away, so it's time to get serious with meal planning. If you're looking for some help in the kitchen, some of the city's top restaurants and bakeries are ready to help you wow family and friends. Here are some picks of this year's to-go options, from turkey and sides all the way down to pie.
(465 K St. NW)
As he does for many holidays, Alta Strada and Schlow Restaurant Group pastry chef Alex Levin is baking up a bounty of treats to make Thanksgiving easier on hosts and chefs. This year, take advantage of peanut brittle ($10), caramelized banana bread cake ($25) or an entire spread of goods ($225) for your meal. Delivery inside the beltway is available on November 21 and 22. This stuff will sell out soon, so don't wait to get your purchases in.
(1515 N Courthouse Rd.)
Chef David Guas is bringing Southern flare to Thanksgiving with a selection of fixings and sides from his Arlington cafe. Options start at $12 and include accompaniments like dirty rice and a savory bread pudding. There are also several pie choices ($25-$30)—even a bacon and cayenne pecan version. Orders must be placed by Monday, Nov. 20 at 10 a.m. and picked up by 1 p.m. on Nov. 22.
(1405 T St. NW, 21430 Epicerie Plaza, Sterling)
This Cuban bakery is packaging up two types of pie for Thanksgiving: Dulce de leche pumpkin, and coffee pecan. Both are $25 for a 10" pie that can serve six to eight people. For something bigger, pick up a "Cuban Fiesta" box, with both guava and beef pastelitos, chicken empanadas, and ham croquetas ($42 for 10 people).
Taqueria del Barrio
(821 Upshur St. NW)
Forget the turkey you know and go with a Mexican-style "turducken" from chef Anna Bran-Leis. The rolled spectacle includes turkey, pork loin, and housmade chorizo. It's priced out at $16 a pound (one pound feeds about two). While you're at it, load up on cheese poblano tamales for $3.99 a pop. Orders can be placed by phone at 202-723-0200 through November 20 for Nov. 22 pick up. It's also available in the dinning room the weekend of Thanksgiving (not the actual holiday, though).
(1525 Wisconsin Ave. NW)
Thanksgiving is getting an Italian treatment at Via Umbria in Georgetown. The menu ranges from farm-raised Virginia turkeys ($8.25/lb) to venison roasts and porchetta. They can be had uncooked or roasted. Add in some gravy, stuffing, sweet potato gratin, and more. Get moving though—orders are due November 15.
Photo by Colada Shop
Travis moved to D.C. in 2007 has written about the city's diverse food scene for a number of outlets over the years, including Eater DC, Washington City Paper, Washingtonian and DCist, where he was formerly the food editor.