Chefs are giving DC Thanksgiving restaurants a global twist


Try a plant-based version of Thanksgiving from Latin American chefs at Mita. Photo courtesy Mita

These international interpretations of the Thanksgiving table look deliciously different from the usual turkey and filling (though you’ll find that too). Celebrate Thanksgiving here – for dinner or to take away – with flavors from Mexico, Lebanon, Malaysia and beyond.

Bad saint
3226 11th St., NW
Celebrate the Philippine holiday with gorgeous passion fruit / kalamansi cake ($ 33). Owner Genevieve Villamora also arranges ornate floral centerpieces for the table ($ 130- $ 175). Order by Saturday, November 20th. Take away only

Filipino-American chef Paolo Dungca prepares some of his childhood favorite Thanksgiving dishes in a $ 85 takeaway meal that overlooks his upcoming restaurant. The meal, sold with reheating instructions, consists of roast duck with aniseed and sweet soy, dirty java rice, palabok noodles with prawns, fresh ube rolls, and cassava cake. Add lechon (crispy pork belly) for an additional $ 25. Take away only

La Famosa
1300 Fourth Street, SE
Chef / owner Joancarlo Parkhurst’s Puerto Rican restaurant in Navy Yard brings American and Caribbean island traditions to the mainland with a family take-away lunch ($ 180 for six). Turkey is roasted and seasoned like lechón, with garlic, adobo, annatto and oregano. Side dishes include sweet plantains, Puerto Rican rice and peas, and more. Add a bottle of homemade coquito – think PR’s answer to eggnog – to start the party. Take away only

Lebanese tavern
Available in Tysons Corner, Woodley Park, Pentagon Row, Rockville and Baltimore locations
Add a homely Lebanese twist to your Thanksgiving spread this year with platters from this local staple. The family-style meals are easily customizable: choose heart pieces such as spiced leg of lamb or a Lebanese-style roast turkey with spiced rice and sauce. Add side dishes like za’atar potatoes or pilaf and desserts like pumpkin cheesecake with a baklava crust. Take away only

3400 11th St., NW
The Malaysian restaurant in Columbia Heights serves a take-away package (US $ 95) of nasi ganja: turkey legs with ganja sauce, coconut chutney, sambal tumis, and jasmine rice. Side dishes are rendang casserole with green beans and acar mimau cranberry sauce. You can also opt for Thanksgiving drink packages with wines and cocktails to take away – likely a hit at your friendsgiving dinner. Order online by Thursday, November 18. Take away only

1346 Florida Avenue, NW
Not a turkey fan? The tawle (family style) meals from this wood-burning stove are either a pomegranate glazed or roasted cauliflower served with snacks, dips, fresh bread, salads, vegetables, and desserts ($ 85 per person). Order online through Tock. Take away only

Grilled carrots in the Maydan. Photo by Scott Suchman

1280 Fourth Street, NE
Chefs Miguel Guerra and Tatiana Mora prepare an alternative Thanksgiving at their plant-based Latin American restaurant in La Cosecha. A take-away package ($ 175 for two, $ 260 for four) includes a vegetable pot pie center piece that is accompanied by side dishes like wild rice, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin cheesecake. Take away only

1101 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
Capitol Hill Mexican restaurant cooks a package for four ($ 148) or eight ($ 264) of dishes like turkey in mole negro, homemade corn tortillas, tamales, Brussels sprouts, and more. Guests can also add large sides for eight to ten people, including mole sauce, turkey enchiladas, and blue corn bread with anchovy honey butter. For dessert: dulce de leche cake. Order online by Sunday, November 21. Take away only

3311 Connecticut Ave., NW
The Israeli eatery in Cleveland Park serves la carte dishes like roast turkey marinated in white wine with cumin and coriander, served over Israeli couscous ($ 28); Green Bean Casserole with Parmesan, Tahini and Pickled Lemon; and honey-sweet sweet potatoes with a tomato, chickpea and spinach stew. Take-away, eat-in and delivery

Spanish diner
7271 Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda
The Bethesda Diner by José Andrés puts a Spanish accent on Thanksgiving starters, side dishes and desserts. a pumpkin version of Andrés’ beloved Basque cheesecake. Dishes can be ordered through Tock. Take away only

Succotash and Succotash Prime
915 F Str., NW; 186 Waterfront St., Oxon Hill (National Harbor)
Chef Edward Lee plays in Succotash based on its South Korean and American roots. For Thanksgiving, that means cranberry sauce peppered with ginger, devilish eggs with green tomato kimchee, and vegetarian options like smoked tofu alongside the more traditional turkey, ham, and filling. The meal is $ 65 for adults and $ 28 for children under 12. Dine in

Rasika and Bombay Club
633 D St., NW and 1190 New Hampshire Ave., NW (Rasika); 815 Connecticut Ave., NW (Bombay Club)
The refined Indian restaurants of restaurateur Ashok Bajaj all offer riffs on turkey, pumpkin and other traditional holiday ingredients. At the Bombay Club, try Malay turkey tikka, marinated in yogurt with cashews, black pepper, and mace, grilled in a tandoori oven and served with cranberry korma, Brussels sprouts, and sweet potato kale bhaji ($ 26). At Rasika you will find dishes such as coconut turkey stew or braised lamb. Takeaway, takeaway and delivery

Food editor

Anna Spiegel covers the eating and drinking scene in her homeland DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and the MFA program at Columbia University in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and St. John, US Virgin Islands.

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