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,â 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.â 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.â Price:
$145 for adults; children can eat from a kid's menu for