Thanksgiving in the City

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!

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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.

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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.

Wine Selections:

Bubbly: Perrier-Jouet-Brut

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.

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Delicious Delight

Imagine this. It’s a day of celebration for you.  You and a group of your best friends go to a new restaurant for dinner.  You peruse the menu, although you already know what to order.  You have been dreaming about tasting this dish for the past 3 weeks!  You place your order and wait.  The drinks arrive first.  Oh, this doesn’t look like a Mai Tai, is your first thought.  The drink is weak and watered down.  “I’ll just have a Sweet Tea.” you tell the waiter.  The Sweet Tea arrives, but it is not sweet at all.  “Oh well, looks like I’ll drink a Sprite for the rest of dinner, because it is impossible to mess up a Sprite.” you say to yourself.  Waiter, just bring me a Sprite, please.

Hopefully, the food will be better.  You see the waiter approaching your table.  You are filled with excited anticipation.  Then the crash.  The letdown.  The feeling of ‘not enough butter over too much bread.’ The waiter places the plate in front of you.  “This looks nothing like the picture on the website!”  “I thought I would get more Shrimp than this.”  “Where is the cheese?” “I know they aren’t gonna charge me $35 for rice and gravy”  These are phrases you say to yourself.  Then you taste the food.  It tastes worse than it looks!  “Where is the seasoning?”  “What kind of restaurant serves bland, unseasoned chicken?” “You call this a Creole dish?  How?”  “This is not enough sauce!”  These are more phrases you say to yourself, before you give up, send the dish back, and request chicken tenders and fries, because every restaurant should have decent chicken tenders and fries.

This miserable food experience has just overshadowed all of the wonderful news your friend just shared.  Oh that’s right, you went there to celebrate, remember. However, all you can think about is the undelectable disappointment and disgust from this subpar food.

Now, Imagine This.  It’s a day of celebration for you.  You and a group of your best friends go to your favorite restaurant for dinner.  You peruse the menu, although you already know what to order.  You have been dreaming about tasting this dish for the past 3 weeks!  This is not quite Deja Vu, keep reading. You place your order and wait.  The drinks arrive first.   Ah, tasty, this is a good day for the bartender, because she made your Mai Tai just the way you like it, with the perfect combination of alcohol and fruit juice….as if she knew it was a special day for you.   You sip on your drink, and laugh and talk with friends.  Celebrate the good news.  This is the life.  Does it get better than this?  Of course it does, remember, you are waiting for the main event….your food.

Suddenly, you see your waiter walking towards you with a tray full of food. Your eyes grow larger, the food looks delicious!  Oh, I hope it is for our table.  The waiter stops at your table, YES!  Everyone’s dish looks so appetizing.  The waiter places a plate right in front of you.  Oh, the food is calling, you don’t know what to bite into first.  You can still see the steam, the colors are vibrant, the cheese is stringy, the sauce is ample, the tea is sweet, the butter is honey, the bread is fresh, the macaroni is baked, while the potato is twice-baked and filled with butter, Bacon, and Cheddar.  Oh, Hallelujah, they just hit a homerun with your dish.  You take the first bite and OMG, this food tastes better than you imagined.  It is perfectly seasoned, perfect temperature. (There really are only two perfect temperatures, piping hot or perfectly chilled.)

To me, that is a feeling of pure joy.  When my food arrives and is this perfect, I am filled with joy.  I am delighted.  I am not thinking about any problems or worries or stress or drama.  For that moment, I am consumed with happiness.  It is a happiness that only good food can bring.  I believe this feeling of delicious delight is what we are truly seeking when we go “out to eat”. Dining at a restaurant, especially with friends, family, or other good company is the one time during the day, when we are filled joy with experience true delight.

I have just given you a glimpse of my feelings towards food.  The quality of the food will either make or break and event or dinner.   Delicious food is extremely important.  It is my mission to discover the best (and sometimes the worst) restaurants.  I hope that you follow me on this journey from undelectable disappointment to delicious delight as I travel to different restaurants in search of the best Drink and Food the Earth has to offer.

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