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Your standard Butterball can go for as little as 99 cents per pound. But for the big bucks (often more than $100), you can fake your home-cooking prowess with a free-range, restaurant-prepared bird. Here are some options for people who’d rather leave the brining or baking to someone else this Thanksgiving. Check each restaurant’s website for additional details and order forms.
901 New York Ave. NW, acadianarestaurant.com Price: $105 for a 16-18 pound roasted or fried Cajun-style turkey. For $175, you also get four sides, a choice of giblet or eggplant gravy, biscuits with pepper jelly, and a choice of pumpkin of pecan pie. Extras: Cornbread and andouille sausage stuffing, collard greens, mac and cheese, and more Order Deadline: Nov. 19 by 5 p.m. Pickup: Nov. 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
1309 5th St. NE, bidwelldc.com Price: $115–$175 for 12–26 pound local, free-range roasted turkeys. Gravy, stuffing, and cranberry sauce are included. Extras: Whipped Yukon Gold potatoes, glazed baby carrots, French green beans with toasted almonds, and more Order Deadline: Nov. 19 Pickup: Nov. 23 and 24 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 25 from 9 to 11 a.m.
4883 MacArthur Blvd. NW, blacksaltrestaurant.com Price: $5.50 per pound for 12–22 pound certified humanely raised turkeys from Pennsylvania’s Murray’s Amish Turkeys. If you want it brined, rubbed with herbs and seasoning, and trussed, it’s $6.99 per pound. Extras: Oysters, house cured salmon, southern braised greens with house-smoked bacon, potato gratin, spiced cranberry sauce, pies, and more Order Deadline: Nov. 23 Pickup: Nov. 25
425 7th St. NW; carminesnyc.com Price: $239.95 for an oven-roasted turkey with sausage and sage stuffing, and cranberry sauce. The price also includes a choice of pie and five sides, including Brussels sprouts with caramelized onions and applewood-smoked bacon as well as sweet potatoes topped with marshmallows and maple syrup. Extras: included Order Deadline: Nov. 25 Pickup: Nov. 26 beginning at 10 a.m.
974 Palmer Alley NW, centrolinadc.com Price: $6.99 per pound for 10–12 pound oven-ready, cider-brined, free-range turkeys Extras: Roasted cauliflower soup, pumpkin ravioli with butter and sage, buttermilk biscuits, and more Order Deadline: Nov. 20 Pickup: Nov. 25th from 6 to 9 p.m., Nov. 26 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
777 I St. NW, delcampodc.com Price: $120 for 15–20 pound brined, seasoned, herb-smoked, trussed, and oven-ready turkeys with green chili purée and aji amarillo aioli Extras: Chapa bread stuffing, pumpkin risotto, chorizo, and more Order Deadline: Nov. 22 at 8 p.m. Pickup: Nov. 25 until 10 p.m.
410 7th St. NW, hillcountrywdc.com Price: $210 for a 9–11 pound pit-smoked turkey with skillet cornbread, five sides, and one pie. For $300, you get a 14–16 pound turkey with skillet cornbread, eight sides, and two pies. Extras: Texas toast stuffing, green bean casserole, cheddar mac and cheese, and more Order Deadline: Nov. 20 Pickup: Nov. 25 from 3 to 5 p.m., Nov. 26 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
950 15th St. NW, gbrowns.com Price: $85 a 14–16 pound turkey (pictured) with one pint of gravy. Fried turkeys come with Creole seasoning and oven-roasted turkeys are brined in apple cider and rubbed with herbs. Extras: Baked mac and cheese, Carolina gumbo, collard greens, and more Order Deadline: Nov. 23 at 5 p.m. Pickup: Nov. 26 by 11:15 a.m.
Kapnos and Kapnos Taverna
2201 14th St. NW, kapnosdc.com; 4000 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, kapnostaverna.com Price: $120 for a 14–16 pound spit-roasted turkey with coriander, dry mint, lemon zest, andlemon-thyme gravy Extras: Greek spreads, duck confit and chestnut stuffing, spiced pear pie, and more Order Deadline: Nov. 22 Pickup: Nov. 26 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company
Multiple locations, rocklands.com Price: $44.99 for a 10-12 pound smoked or roasted turkey with gravy, $64.99 for 14-16 pounds, and $84.99 for 18-20 pounds Extras: Deviled eggs, grilled marinated Gulf shrimp, whole brie with cranberry orange relish, and more Order Deadline: Nov. 23 at noon Pickup: Anytime before 5 p.m. on Nov. 25
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