I am accustomed to having a hometown family Thanksgiving. A Thanksgiving complete with Fried Turkey, Smoked Turkey, Baked Turkey (yes, 3 turkeys). Cornbread dressing, Macaroni and Cheese, Green beans, Sweet potato Casserole with marshmallow topping, carrot cake, caramel cake, chocolate cake, pound cake, pecan pie, apple pie, egg custard pie, and well, you get it.
This would be a Washington, D.C. Thanksgiving, because I did not go home to Mississippi for Thanksgiving this year. My cousins made reservations at one of my new favorite brunch restaurants, Farmers Fishers Bakers in Georgetown. Though skeptical, I thought, well, just try something new. There is always room for new traditions.
Upon entering the restaurant, I noticed that it was full of people. Everyone was dressed in the “Thanksgiving Best” outfit, ready to mingle and eat. We were seated in a 5 person booth facing the ice skating rink outside. Lovely view!
Today’s menu was a special Thanksgiving menu.
Brioche Rolls and Traditional Skillet Cornbread, with honey butter and cranberry jam for the table. The cornbread had actual pieces of corn in it! Yum!
First course: Choice of Butternut Squash Soup or Fried Brussels Sprout Salad
I chose the fried brussels sprout salad. It was good, although, it was a regular iceberg lettuce salad, topped with fried brussels sprouts. The Butternut Squash Soup had a nice peppery taste and was surprisingly sweet.
Main Course Choices: Roasted Turkey, Apricot Ginger Sorghum Glazed Ham, Honey Pot Fried Chicken, Rock Salted Crusted Prime Rib, Mushroom Almond Crusted Royal Seabass, Crackling Pork Shank, Many vegetable Mushroom Loaf.
All of the main courses were accompanied by: Double whipped mashed potatoes, Cranberry Relish, Sweet Potatoes with sticky Pecan Dried Fig Streusel, Green Beans with Herb Butter, Maple-Orange Roasted Autumn Vegetables, Cornbread Stuffing
Doesn’t that sound wonderful? Well, it was! I chose the Honey Pot Fried Chicken. Their chicken is always a hit! It was great! Crispy, juicy, crunchy, and moist! My cousin (a vegetarian) ordered the Many vegetable loaf. It was very good, and really tasty. It is reminiscent of mushroom dressing.
Dessert Course Choices:
Apple Pie with vanilla bean ice cream, Pumpkin pie, Carrot Cake, Pecan Pie, Chocolate Cream Pie. As you can see from this line up, there is no bad choice! I ordered the Pecan Pie. It looked great, but was lacking sugar. Usually, pecan pies are too sweet.
I am convinced the chef grew tired of eating “too sweet” pecan pie as a child as decided to remove all sugar from this dish. I will not order it again. Instead, I will order the carrot cake. Now the carrot cake was delicious. It had just the right balance of spice, carrots, and cream cheese. The apple pie was also delicious. Vanilla bean ice cream was the perfect pair for this pie.
White: Imagery Chardonnay, Black Cottage Sauvignon Blanc
Red: Adelsheim Pinot Noir, Etude Pinot Noir, Imagery Cabernet Sauvignon
The Thanksgiving menu was my favorite part. The vibe in the restaurant was one big family meal. I felt as though I was having Thanksgiving dinner with everyone in the restaurant. If you are looking for a hearty flavorful Thanksgiving dinner, Farmers Fishers Bakers is an excellent choice! What’s more, it is only $39 per person. Save time, enjoy your family, and leave the cooking to Farmers Fishers Bakers.