1226 36th St. NW
This refined Georgetown restaurant, located in a Federal-style town house with roaring fires and historical prints hanging on the walls, is a favorite place for Thanksgiving in the nation's capital. "Thanksgiving here is a family affair," says Maureen Hirsch, the restaurant's director of marketing. "We have a lot of kids all dressed up and behaving politely. It's one of those comfort meals, even if people are away from home. The '89, as it is affectionately called, is usually closed during the day, but on Thanksgiving, dinner is served from noon until nine p.m. A sample Thanksgiving menu includes Minnesota wild rice and duck soup with roasted almonds; lobster tart on puff pastry; roast turkey with sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, and roasted onions. The dessert/pie sampler includes a slice of both pumpkin and pecan.
Price: $45 for adults and $30 for children under 12.
Bellagio Hotel & Casino
3600 Las Vegas Blvd.
Who says Thanksgiving weekend can't include a game of blackjack and perhaps a Celine Dion concert? For travelers who find themselves in Vegas, Le Cirque at the Bellagio Hotel is a great place for a Thanksgiving dinner. The same elegant ambience from the original in New York has been transported to the Strip in a wood-paneled restaurant complete with a big top designed by Adam Tihany and views of Lake Bellagio. In addition to the regular menu, Le Cirque's Thanksgiving offerings include dishes such as lobster salad with black-truffle dressing, roasted free-range turkey with all the trimmings, mashed potatoes, fresh cranberry stuffing with truffles and foie gras, and spiced ice cream. Executive chef Jeremy Lieb says he likes to keep his Thanksgiving menu "within the realm of classic French cuisine, with a little American spin."
Price: $145 for adults; children can eat from a kid's menu for considerably less.