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Staff Photo by Darwin WeigelBrendan and Ashley Cahill of the Old Field Inn in Prince Frederick show off their roasted pork tenderloin with Yukon Gold potatoes and apples, one of the dishes that will be featured during the inn’s holiday feasts.
The arguments about the Packers over the Lions, the Jets over the ‘Boys, the Colts over the Falcons, the turkey leg over the wings ...
And then there’s the time-honored tradition of shopping for the perfect turkey or picking up the local free range bird a few days before the big feast. There’s the ham, roast beef or duck, too, and white potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, corn, biscuits, pecans, pumpkins and whatever else is your tradition for holiday meals.
The following restaurants are a few of the Southern Maryland places planning on, at the very least, helping you prepare your holiday feast if not actually offering you a seat in their dining rooms.
Mom’s In The Kitchen Cafe and Catering in Prince Frederick will not be open either holiday, but they will prepare your Thanksgiving meal ahead of time for pickup the night before to feed a minimum of four people. A variety of choices is available, so call a week in advance to place your order. Mom’s is now open at 8 a.m. daily for brunch. Special homemade holiday desserts will be available. The restaurant also makes up gift baskets, including a champagne brunch and a sweets selection. New Year’s Eve there will be a special dinner with live music. Mom’s is at 114 South Solomons Island Road, Prince Frederick. Call 410-535-4355 or go to www.momsinthekitchen.com.
The Westlawn Inn in North Beach will have its regular menu with specials Thanksgiving eve. New Year’s Eve celebrations will feature an in-house party with the regular menu plus a full five-course meal from 5-10 p.m. with live jazz and no cover charge. Westlawn is at 9200 Chesapeake Ave. Call 410-257-0001 or go to www.westlawninn.com.
Rod ‘N’ Reel in Chesapeake Beach will be open with a limited menu from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Thanksgiving Day with a full-blown turkey feast from noon-6 p.m. New Year’s Eve there will be a celebration with three bands playing continuous music. The price of $125 per person includes a surf-and-turf dinner buffet and an open bar from 7:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Reservations are required. The restaurant is at Route 261 and Mears Avenue. Call 410-257-2735.
Old Field Inn in Prince Frederick will be open for Thanksgiving seating from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. with menus as listed on the Web. There will be traditional prix fixe meals of stuffed ham or turkey ($26) and other items a la carte. Open Christmas Eve, limited menu of normal selections and seating from 4-8 p.m. It is also open for New Year’s Eve festivities with a five-course wine dinner in three seatings at 5, 7:30 and 10 p.m. A special split of French champagne will be provided at midnight. The Inn is at 485 Main St. Call 410-535-1054 or go to www.oldfieldinn.com.
The Crossing at Casey Jones in La Plata will offer a special menu from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Thanksgiving Day which includes classic menu selections as well as traditional holiday foods for adults and children with soups, salads, appetizers and desserts. There will be other entrees and a la carte items offered as well. A candlelight Christmas Eve will feature holiday specials from 5-10 p.m., including beef Wellington. Santa’s cookie baskets will be available as dessert. New Year’s Eve will feature strolling strings from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Champagne toasts will be available at midnight. The Crossing is at 417 East Charles St. Call 301-932-6226.
Broome Howard Inn Bed and Breakfast in St. Mary’s City will be open from 1-7 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. Traditional dishes will be served family style. A formal traditional a la carte dinner with holiday specials will be offered from 4-8 p.m. Christmas Eve. The inn is at 18281 Rosecroft Road. Call 301-866-0656.
Cafe des Artistes on the Town Square corner of Fenwick and Washington streets in Leonardtown will be open from noon-7 p.m. Thanksgiving with a combo plate, which includes turkey and ham as well as the a la carte menu which will include beef, rack of lamb and possibly lobster thermidor. Christmas Eve hours will be from 4-9 p.m. with a full dinner menu including holiday specials. New Years’ Eve will feature a special limited menu and the café will be open from 4 p.m. until ... with a pianist and champagne toasts at midnight. Call 301-997-0500.
Wayfarer Inn at Colony South in Clinton will be open Thanksgiving with three seatings at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. with traditional feasts. New Year’s Eve will feature champagne toasts in addition to a special menu. The Inn is at 7401 Surratts Road. Call 301-856-4500.
Favorite family restaurants will feature traditional dishes on their holiday menus.
Golden Corral Steaks, Buffet and Bakery in Waldorf will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thanksgiving featuring traditional foods along with their regular menu. The restaurant is at 2800 Crain Highway. Call 301-893-8790.
Old Country Buffet in Waldorf will be open from 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Thanksgiving Day with their Sunday dinner menu of lots of turkey, carved roast beef, ham, candied yams, spaghetti, pork chops, fried shrimp and pizza. The family-style restaurant is at 2916 Festival Way. Call 301-645-0860.
So if you’re a couple, you’ve got a crowd of family invading your house or you’d rather spend time with the family than with the pots and pans, don’t make dinner: Make reservations.