You are not going to jump up from the table and run out to the stores Thanksgiving night. No, you are not. Thanksgiving Day is meant to be spent with family and loved ones. So loosen your belt, tuck into that second helping of pie, and listen to your blue-haired Aunt Myrtle ask you when you’re getting married for the umpteenth time.
Then you may shower, change into comfortable clothes, and sleep (yes, in those same clothes) until 2:45 am, at which time you may rise and hit the stores like a normal human being. And after you’ve elbowed your way through throngs of people to acquire those 40% off deals, surviving solely on half a stale sesame seed bagel and weak coffee, you can then call it a morning and head directly to one of these lovely places for Black Friday deals. On Friday, not Thursday. Have I made myself clear?
1905 Restaurant will be offering its hearty Cajun brunch fare, along with bottomless mimosas and Bloodys, plus some holiday specials. 1905 9th Street NW, Washington, DC. (202) 332-1905
Do you like your waffles Belgian? Stuffed? Sweet or savory? Belga Cafe in Capitol Hill has it all, and opens at 10 am to feed your needs. 514 8th Street SE, Washington DC. (202) 544-0100
For a first-class kind of Black Friday, The Grill Room at the Rosewood Hotel in Georgetown is serving light fare–because frankly, we’re still full–and will even gift wrap all your purchases. Thank goodness, because we’re too weak from eating to lift a finger anyway. 1050 31st Street NW, Washington, DC. (202) 617-2410
If that sounds too highbrow, then get to the raunchy but entertaining $24 drag brunch at Nellie’s Sports Bar. Get a free mimosa–but plan to show up early as seats fill up quickly. 900 U Street NW, Washington, DC. (202) 332-6355
Free sugar alert! Order an entrée at Osteria Marzano in Alexandria, and get a free one of its insane desserts–the Nutella Pizza with Nutella, sea salt, whipped mascarpone pistachios, and baby marshmallows. 6361 Walker Lane, Alexandria, VA. (703) 313-9700
1969-2014. As a child, Kelly was founder and president for life of the “Clean Plate Club.” Later, in college, she ate pizza for breakfast, lunch and dinner for 6 days straight. Third-generation Washingtonian Kelly caught, cleaned and cooked her own seafood. She saw centers–convention, capital, shopping–rise and fall. And she could probably tell you what restaurant “used to be here,” but she never met the President. This refined (finicky?) fed found the ways and means to fine dine with a good wine.