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Turkey on the Town: Where to Eat Out On Thanksgiving

By Kristine Hull

Everyone’s getting ready for the upcoming hearty-eating holiday, and those who are not thrilled with the idea of doing the dishes and pawning off turkey leftovers on visiting relatives will have an alternative thanks to some Falls Church-area restaurants. Many dining establishments in and around Falls Church will be open on Thanksgiving Day to offer selections ranging from gourmet spreads to the traditional turkey meal.


2941 Restaurant

2941 Fairview Park Drive, Falls Church

2941 will offer a menu to satisfy meat lovers and vegetarians alike from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. A choice of appetizer starts the three-course dinner: butternut squash velouté, Caesar salad, beet salad, tuna tartare, braised oxtail, lobster bisque, or shrimp and crab cake. Main course choices are chestnut ravioli; the vegetarian trio of wild mushroom tart, roasted winter roots, and spiced glazed eggplant; lightly smoked salmon; turkey breast; or even (at an extra cost) filet mignon. The meal closes on desserts, offering a choice of apple pie, chocolate pecan bar, pistachio parfait, or sweet potato beignets. The meal can be enjoyed for a fixed price of $65 for the standard dinner, $48 for the vegetarian meal, and $25 for kids 12 and younger dining from the children’s menu. For more information, visit or call 703-270-1500.



6641 Old Dominion Drive, McLean

Assagi will be having a Thanksgiving dinner for the family at $44 per person, $17 for children under 12. First will be a choice of traditional Cotechino sausage with mashed potatoes, fresh corn soup and wild mushrooms or a pumpkin stuffed tortelli with butter sage sauce and almond slivers. The main course will be turkey in three different ways: roasted turkey breast, boneless turkey leg stuffed with traditional Italian stuffing, or turkey sausage. They will be accompanied with Brussels sprouts and roasted root vegetables. For dessert there is a corn meal and dried fruit tart or pumpkin Italian ricotta cheesecake with cinnamon ice cream. For more information, visit or call 703-918-0080.



6654 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church

Bentley’s will begin serving Thanksgiving dinner at 1 p.m. At a cost of $16.99, the meal will include sweet potatoes, green beans, salad, mashed potatoes, rolls, and turkey with all the trimmings. Dessert options are pumpkin or apple pie. For more information, visit or call 703-532-4100.


The Front Page

4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington

The Front Page will be offering two different specials for Thanksgiving, one being a buffet and the other the blue plate special. The buffet will be from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. featuring carved turkey and roast beef, homemade stuffing, mashed potatoes and other traditional foods for $25.99, and $12.99 for children under 12. For the blue plate special at $9.99 a person, hot carved turkey will be served open face on sourdough to be accented with gravy, mashed potatoes, assorted vegetables and a side of cranberry sauce. For more information, visit or call 703-248-9990.


Ireland’s Four Provinces

105 W. Broad St., Falls Church

Ireland’s Four Provinces will serve a $29.95 three-course menu from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving, in addition to regular menu items. Appetizers include the choice of roasted butternut squash soup, potato and leek soup, house salad, Caesar salad, or tomato-mozzarella salad. Entrée options are traditional turkey dinner, braised lamb shanks, prime rib, or fresh salmon. Dessert follows with the choice of pumpkin cheesecake, apple crisp, or chocolate truffle cake. For more information, visit or call 703-534-8999.


La Côte D’Or Café

6876 Lee Highway, Arlington

La Côte D’Or Café will be whipping up a Thanksgiving dinner to be served alongside the restaurant’s traditional French cuisine. The four-course dinner costs $44.95; children 10 and younger can enjoy a half-price meal. Butternut squash soup and salade Raymond with blue cheese and walnuts will be followed by the main course of turkey with all the trimmings. Dessert options are pecan pie, pumpkin pie, or homemade cheesecake. Thanksgiving dinner will be served from 1 – 7 p.m. For more information, visit or call 703-538-3033.


The Liberty Tavern

3195 Wilson Blvd., Arlington

The Liberty Tavern has a Thanksgiving brunch for the family with an assortment of choices from The Breakfast Table, such as scrambled eggs with cream, north country applewood smoked bacon, breakfast sausage links and spiral baked ham. A few selections from The Liberty Tavern Classics will be brined and roasted Polyface turkey breast, confit turkey leg with rosemary gravy, and buttermilk mashed potatoes. There will be their usual breakfast and lunch a la carte, with desserts for the holiday such as rosemary pine nut tart, classic apple pie, cranberry orange almond tart, and cranberry glazed pumpkin pie. For adults, it will be $29 and $8 for children under 12. For more information, visit or call 703-465-9360.


Lyon Hall

3100 N. Washington Blvd., Arlington

Lyon Hall will be open on Thanksgiving for the first time with a three course dinner that is $35 per person. For the first course, there is a choice of french onion soup, pumpkin salas, duck donfit, pate de campagne or chicory salad. For the main entree, there is beef shortribs, potato gnocchi with squash and mushrooms, roasted turkey with all the fixings, seared diver scallops with Brussels sprouts and bacon, or hanger steak frites and a béarnaise sauce. For dessert there will be a selection of “opera” torte, Bavarian apple cheesecake, créme brulee or french beignets. For more information, visit or call 703-741-7636.


Pistone’s Italian Inn

6320 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church

Pistone’s Italian Inn will serve its full menu of Italian fare and specials, as well as a $19.95 Thanksgiving dinner from noon – 9 p.m. The Thanksgiving meal will include roasted turkey, stuffing with sausage, cranberry sauce, and sides such as sweet potatoes, string beans, spinach, and mashed potatoes. Pumpkin pie will be offered as dessert. For more information, visit or call 571-388-3910.


Sea Pearl Restaurant

8191 Strawberry Lane No. 2, Falls Church

Sea Pearl will have a three course Thanksgiving dinner to satisfy all at a fixed price of $55 per person. The first course is a choice between butternut squash soup, crispy duck dumpling, sake and soy cured salmon, spice tuna tartar, foie gras mousse, Granny Smith apple salad, blood orange salad or romaine hearts salad. The main Thanksgiving entrée will be an herb roasted turkey with baby carrots, sugar snap peas, garlic mashed potatoes, gravy and cranberry orange marmalade, with a choice of a roasted jalapeno pepper or chicken apple sausage stuffing. The other choice of entrees include pumpkin and

chestnut ravioli, Maine lobster, cedar planked salmon, oven roasted Chilean sea bass, braised lamb shank, and Szechwan filet mignon. To end the dinner, the dessert selections are pumpkin brioche bread pudding, molten chocolate cake or apple tart tatin. For more information, visit or call 703-372-5161.



Tysons Galleria Third Floor, McLean

Wildfire has a Thanksgiving Day dinner served family style that begins with a starter of either homemade cornbread, deviled eggs or a relish platter with spinach dip. Afterwards, two salads can be chosen for the family, such as Caesar salad, Wildorf salad or Wildfire Chopped salad. The main courses are choices of spit roasted turkey, cedar planked salmon, or New York strip with a variety of side dishes including redskin mashed potatoes, roasted asparagus, wild rice, sweet potato casserole, and roasted Brussels sprouts with toasted hazelnuts. The selection of desserts include pumpkin pie, maple pecan pie, key lime pie, apple streusel pie and triple layer chocolate cake. The fixed price

for the dinner is $39.95 per person, with children under 12 for $16.95. For more information, visit or call 703-442-9110.


Willow Restaurant

4301 N. Fairfax Drive, Arlington

Willow’s three course Thanksgiving meal has a variety of foods to satisfy Thanksgiving day urges and can be gluten-free by request, starting with a fall bread basket and holiday relish tray for the table. The first course is a choice of wild mushroom and white truffle bisque, creamy pumpkin soup, pistou with fall vegetables and heirloom beans, organic mixed greens with oranges and hearts of palm, roasted beets and goat cheese salad or arugula salad. The entrees include the traditional turkey dinner, seared Norweigian salmon, sage sausage crusted pork, crispy fried chicken with foie gras mousse and smoked tofu casserole with additional sides added for $8. For dessert, there is a selection of pumpkin pie, pecan pie, apple crisp and chocolate whisky pudding cake. The fixed price is $58 per person with a children’s menu for $15 with dessert. For more information, visit or call 703-465-8800.