by AJ Dronkers, Associate Publisher & Digital Editor EdibleDC Thanksgiving is the foodie dream holiday. It's all about the food and the gathering; decorations are minimal, we can spill outside for cocktails or a between-course walk since our weather is still grand and best of all, there is no stress with auxiliary traditions like exchanging gifts. The only focus is putting together an amazing spread of old family recipes and sprinkling in a few new ones.
To get geared up for game day, I take advantage of any opportunity to sink my teeth into flavors that feed my Thanksgiving obsession. Here is a round up of some of the best local Thanksgiving "sandwiches," we use this term loosely.
Off the beaten path, but with a passionate and devoted following, MGM Roast Beef offers exquisite slow roasted juicy carved meats. We swung by on a busy day running errands and tried the delicious Thanksgiving Dinner - turkey topped with brown gravy, stuffing, and cranberry chutney served open face on a fresh roll. (Location: 1905 Brentwood Rd NE DC)
Everyone is a buzz about the opening of Milk Bar DC and the crazy lines seem to be getting shorter. We dropped by on weekday evening and picked up the Thanksgiving Croissant, a “stuffing” flavored bread filled with house roasted, shredded turkey, homemade gravy & cranberry sauce. (Location: 1090 I St NW DC)
Earl's "Thanksgiving in Paris" has roasted white turkey with cranberry relish and kicks it up a notch with warm brie on multi-grain. (Locations: 4215 N. Fairfax Drive Arlington VA, 2605 Wilson Boulevard Arlington VA)
Okay this isn't a sandwich but when you run out of bread this is essentially how we eat our Thanksgiving leftovers. Rocklands BBQ Gobbler Pearl starts with mashed potatoes, topped with stuffing, gravy, then smoked turkey and their special cranberry sauce. (Locations: 2418 Wisconsin Ave NW DC, 891A Rockville Pike Rockville MD, 25 S. Quaker Lane Alexandria VA, 3471 Washington Blvd. Arlington VA)
Year round favorite Capriotti Sandwich Shop offers The Bobbie with homemade turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing and mayo. (Locations: 1800 M St NW DC, 3347 M St NW DC, and 1500 Wilson Blvd Arlington, VA)
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