Eat This: Thanksgiving Faves During the Year

By Olga Boikess | November 8, 2013 By Olga Boikess  |  November 8, 2013

As far as we’re concerned, Thanksgiving dinner is one of those "don’t mess with tradition" meals. Although what’s on the table can vary in the details, depending on family roots and idiosyncrasies, we want those same comforting turkey and trimmings each year. But why be restricted to Turkey Day to enjoy them? Here’s where you can get some of your favorite bird and sides when the craving hits.

  • Green Bean Casserole

    Every so often, someone in the family decides to update this classic '50s-era concoction of creamy string beans and a crunchy topping. It never works. Basic is best, and Clyde’s (pictured) doesn’t mess around with formula, making the dish available now through Thanksgiving, at least. If you're willing to stray a bit, Penn Quarter's Hill Country gives it a Texas twist, and serves it year-round (Clyde’s Columbia: 410-730-2829; Hill Country: 202-556-2050).

  • Sweet Potatoes

    Virtually synonymous with Thanksgiving dinner, this root vegetable - often dressed up in a casserole - adds color (and calories) to the feast. Down-home Carolina Kitchen in Maryland keeps this Southern tradition on its menu year-round (pictured). Eatonville, in the U St. Corridor, whips these orange tubers all winter, while Ardeo roasts them with onions, apples and sage, and also serves them in a soup (Carolina Kitchen: 301-927-2929; Hill Country: 202-556-2050; Eatonville: 202-332-9672; Ardeo: 202-244-6750).

  • The Bird

    Roasted, smoked or deep fat-fried, any way you slice it, there’s got to be some turkey on the plate. It may disappear under piles of dressing and sides, but it’s the centerpiece of the meal. Hill Country slices up pit-smoked turkey all year, and a whole bird can be ordered as well.  Society Fair in Old Town is a source of uncooked birds (Hill Country: 202-556-2050; Society Fair: 703-683-3247).

  • Brussels Sprouts

    Once maligned, this petite green cabbage is now ubiquitous on fall and winter menus, as well as Thanksgiving tables. West End farm-to-table Blue Duck Tavern has a version with bacon and dried cranberries that sizzles with seasonal flavors (pictured). Teddy & The Bully Bar’s version uses cranberry, apple and orange, Range fries them and Michel Richard adds his je ne sais quoi to the side dish at Central (Blue Duck Tavern: 202-419-6755; Teddy: 202-872-8700; Range: 202-803-8020; Central: 202-626-0015).

  • Rolls

    Hot breads are a must on Thanksgiving tables. Pearl Dive Oyster Palace bakes old-fashioned yeast rolls and muffins made from owner Jeff Black’s grandmother’s recipe (pictured). Ask for them when you dine there, or order ahead to take some home. If you're craving cornbread or flaky biscuits, head to Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery in Arlington’s Courthouse neighborhood, where chef-owner David Guas does them Southern-style (Pearl Dive:202-319-1612; Bayou Bakery: 703-243-2410).

  • The Full Monty

    While pretty much every diner offers a turkey dinner, if you want a chefly version, head to Wildfire in Tysons Corner. Every Sunday, it dishes up a traditional turkey plate with all the fixin's for the nightly special (703-442-9110).

  • The Next Day (or Midnight) Sandwich

    Some people like the leftover turkey sandwich better than the actual meal. Indeed, the Jettie’s sandwich shops have built their business on their year-round signature, the Nobadeer (roasted turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and mayo on sourdough, pictured). Bread Line has a popular version on its roster, too, and the Clyde’s restaurants keep their creation (made with sausage stuffing) on the menu for several weeks after T-Day (Jettie’s Foxhall Rd.: 202-965-3663; Bread Line: 202-822-8900; Clyde’s Georgetown: 202-333-9180).

Places Mentioned

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Clyde's of Georgetown

American Georgetown
Food22 Decor23 Service22 Cost$33
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Hill Country Barbecue Market - Washington, DC

Barbecue Penn Quarter/Chinatown
Food22 Decor19 Service17 Cost$25
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Food23 Decor20 Service19 Cost$24
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Society Fair

Food24 Decor26 Service25 CostI
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Blue Duck Tavern

American West End
Food26 Decor25 Service26 Cost$70
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Teddy & The Bully Bar

American Dupont Circle
Food22 Decor24 Service23 Cost$34
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New American Friendship Heights
Food23 Decor20 Service19 Cost$65
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Central Michel Richard

French Penn Quarter/Chinatown
Food26 Decor22 Service24 Cost$50
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Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

14th Street Corridor
Food25 Decor22 Service21 Cost$35
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Bayou Bakery

Food25 Decor22 Service21 Cost$17
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Bread Line

American White House/World Bank
Food21 Decor12 Service17 Cost$18

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