Some years, the thrill in the kitchen is gone. The holidays may be approaching, but the constant kitchen duties for families nationwide over the past half-year have begun to lose their luster. Not to worry! The city’s restaurants have you covered with a home-cooked meal that requires very little home cooking. From classic Christmas dinner to extensive plant-based menus, here are a couple of best bets this holiday season.
Magnolia’s on King, 703 King St.
According to the Alexandria Gazette Packet, "The go-to place for Southern staples is offering up a multicourse feast with all the trimmings for the holiday season – and plant-based diners won’t be left hungry in the process. From Dec. 16 through New Year’s Day, Magnolia’s is offering menus for two, four, or six diners, featuring some of the season’s best eats – with a Southern twist. Stuffed turkey roulade, honey-glazed ham, gumbo, deviled eggs, cornbread, mashed potatoes, collard greens, mac and cheese, and more await omnivores. For vegetarians, Magnolia’s has a special menu: fried “chicken” and gravy, pan-seared “crab” cakes, Cajun black-eyed peas and rice, maple Brussels sprouts, barbecue “pork” and gouda cauliflower grits, and more will send a thrill to the stomach. Each feast comes with wine and dessert – and, most likely, built-in leftovers. Limited availability; order at least 24 hours ahead. http://www.magnoliasonking.com/"
Bastille, 606 N. Fayette St.
As per Alexandria Gazette Packet, "Festoon your holiday with a French flair and let Bastille do the cooking this year. The three-course prix fixe menu offers the likes of lobster bisque, salmon rillettes or winter salad to start, followed by beef tenderloin or Atlantic halibut as the main event, both with all the trimmings. Finish out the meal with a cheese trio or – of course! – a Buche de Noel. Order by Dec. 20 for a Dec. 24 pickup. https://www.bastillerestaurant.com/"