Tired of the traditional turkey and stuffing for Thanksgiving? Here is a small sampling of festive foodstuffs available in Maryland. Establishment specialties and price ranges are noted.
AE (American Express), DC (Diners Club), CB (Carte Blanche), MC (MasterCard), V (Visa) and C (Choice). "Free Parking" indicates the establishment has a parking lot. "Full bar" indicates the restaurant has a license to sell beer, wine and liquor. "Reservations" indicates that reservations are required for any size party.
Blair Mansion Inn, 7711 Eastern Ave., Silver Spring. 588-1688. Hours: Noon to 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. Cards: AE, MC, V. Free parking. Full bar. Reservations strongly recommended. Price range is $10.95 to $14.95 per adult and half price for children, averaging $6.50 per child. Menu includes baked Virginia ham, New York strip steak, roast Chesapeake duckling, filet of flounder or turkey with stuffing and gravy, served with two vegetables, cranberry bread baked on the premises, pineapple fritters and breads, apple Brown Betty, pumpkin and mincemeat pies with coffee or tea.
Carmack's Restaurant, 8401 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase. 652-6400. Hours: 1 to 9 p.m., with reservations accepted for 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 p.m. only on Thanksgiving Day. Cards: AE, DC, CB, MC, V. Free parking (underground and on the deck above the restaurant). Full bar. Reservations. Prix fixe is $14.75 per adult and $7.38 for children under 10. Four special entrees are baked Virginia ham; roast prime rib; lobster, crab meat and scallops in a white cream sauce; and roast Maryland turkey with dressing and orange cranberry relish and giblet gravy. Appetizers are hot rum cider, chicken liver pate and Maryland seafood bisque. Dessert specialties are brandied pumpkin pie, apple strudel, parfaits, ice cream and sherbet dishes, served with coffee or tea.
Comus Inn, 23900 Old Hundred Rd. (Rte. 109, at the base of Sugarloaf Mountain), Comus. 428-8593. Hours: Noon to 7:30 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. Cards: AE, DC, CB, MC, V, C. Free parking. Full bar. Reservations. Price range is $14.95 to $15.95, depending on choice of entree, and $10.95 for children under 12. Menu includes a choice of crab imperial, prime rib or turkey with stuffing and sauces, hot and cold apple cider, selections from the salad bar, vegetable and pumpkin pie with coffee or tea.
Golden Bull Restaurant, 9107 Riggs Rd., Adelphi, and 7 Dalamar St., Gaithersburg. 439-4800 and 948-3666. Hours: Noon for the former and 11 p.m. for the latter on Thanksgiving Day. Cards: AE, DC, CB, V. Free parking. Full bar. Reservations. For the daily entrees, the price range is $6.95 to $22, including a salad and baked potato. The prix fixe Thanksgiving special is $9.95 per adult and half price for children. This includes vegetable soup as an appetizer, turkey with chestnut dressing and giblet gravy, candied yams, cranberries, mixed vegetables, pumpkin pie, coffee, tea or milk. The daily entrees are prime rib of beef, crab imperial, lobster, filet mignon, New York strip steak, fried shrimp, and shrimp or flounder stuffed with crab meat. The children's menu includes a choice of crab cake, chopped steak, fried chicken or fried flounder for $4.95.
Peter Pan Inn, Rtes. 80 and 355, Urbana. (301) 831-8331. Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. Cards: AE, DC, MC, V, C. Free parking. Full bar. Reservations recommended. Prix fixe is $9.95 per adult and $4.95 for children under 10. Choice of 14 entrees, selections from the salad and fruit bar, potatoes, mixed vegetables and corn fritters. The entrees available are fried chicken, Virginia ham, Polynesian chicken (chicken marinated in a wine sauce, broiled and served over rice pilaf), veal, New York strip steak, filet mignon, crab cakes, jumbo shrimp, shrimp scampi and stuffed flounder, as well the traditional bird with all the trimmings. For dessert, pumpkin pie or ice cream.
Treaty of Paris Restaurant, The Maryland Inn, Main Street and Church Circle, Annapolis. (301) 263-2641. Hours: noon to 7 p.m. (last reservation is taken for 6:30 p.m.) Thanksgiving Day. Cards: AE, DC, CB, MC, V, C. Street and commercial parking. Full bar. Reservations. Price range is $17 to $22 per adult and reduced prices for children's portions. Thanksgiving fare includes ham, a mixed meat platter, several seafood items and turkey, along with a choice from three soups and three appetizers, salad, vegetables, a selection from the dessert cart, and coffee or tea.