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Posted at 11:27 AM ET, 11/21/2011

Thanksgiving for procrastinators: A guide


(Matthew Mead - AP)
For those of us who’ve perfected the art of Doing Everything Last Minute, here’s a list of where to eat, what to cook and the perfect time to hit the road:

Procrastinator Problem No. 1: “I’m celebrating in town with friends. Where can I get a cooked turkey last-minute?” Plenty of D.C.-area restaurant are offering cooked-to-order Thanksgiving feasts. Marvelous Market and Safeway even offer day-of options. (View our complete list of Thanksgiving takeout options here.)

Second opinion: The ladies at Girl Meets Food also sent along their local recommendations, which include pumpkin cupcakes from Sprinkles and Buddha Bar’s three-course Thanksgiving menu.

Procrastinator Problem No. 2: “I’m working until Wednesday evening. Am I going to be able to get out of the city?” Well, maybe. As usual, expect heavy traffic Wednesday, according to Dr. Gridlock’s 2011 Getaway Guide. For more specific answers to your travel questions, ask Dr. Gridlock himself during his noon live chat Monday.


Aperol Spritz cocktail photographed in Washington, DC. (Deb Lindsey - For The Washington Post)
Procrastinator Problem No. 3: “Quick! How can I choose a Thanksgiving cocktail like a grown-up?”This year, trade in your trusty Miller High Life for some cocktails you can’t pronounce. Our Boozehound recommends the Aperol Spritz or Negroni Sbagliato. (If any of you actually attempts one of these tongue twisters, please let me know.)

And if you’re agonizing over appropriate wine pairings, a reminder from wine columnist Dave McIntyre: “Bubbles go with everything.” (Duly noted.)

Procrastinator Problem No. 4: ”I am out of time to cook anything but don’t have the heart to contribute yet another store bought pie.” Our foodies have compiled 27 Thanksgiving recipes in our database that promise fast prep and cooking time. Among the offerings: cabbage salad, broccolini and cranberry-fig sauce.

Procrastinator Problem No. 5: “What if I want to eat out on Thanksgiving?” Make Open Table your best friend and score a reservation at one of Going Out Guide’s recommended eateries. For instance: “At three-star Bibiana a $48 fixed-price meal is available from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and includes Sicilian almond soup, rice fritters stuffed with mozzarella and prosciutto, seared diver scallops and a roasted pork loin served with potato mousseline.”

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