If you are looking for a place to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner without hassle, check out the special holiday menu at the Blue Iguana.
The Fairfax City restaurant offers a three-course Thanksgiving feast for $25.95 per person.
Starters on the special menu include stand-bys such as butternut squash soup and casaer salad, but diners also have the option of a special Thanksgiving salad with blue cheese, dried cranberries and pumpkin seeds. The choice of entrees include the familiar turkey dinner, but there's also rosemary lamb loin and Cajun spiced swordfish. For dessert, try the pumpkin pie, cherry cobbler or bourbon pecan pie.
The Thanksgiving menu is served from noon to 6:30 p.m. today.
Blue Iguana's specialty is plain good food. You're not going to see the word "fusion" on this menu.
We tried the Mexican chowder with andouille sausage ($6), the fried calamari ($8) and the blackened catfish tacos with mixed greens ($10). (These are lunch prices.)
The chowder was a hearty, spicy tomato-based soup stuffed with vegetables and sausage; imagine the offspring of chili and vegetable soup – very tasty. Taylor, our excellent server, dropped off warm focaccia and fragrant olive oil spiked with Romano cheese, herbs, and red pepper.
As a starter, we tried the fried calamari. The light breading – somewhere between a cornbread and a panko -- was fried a golden brown, and each ring of calamari was tender. The calamari was served with two dipping sauces -- a spicy marinara and a sweet chili sauce.
As an entrée, we had the blackened fish tacos and paid the $1 extra to add guacamole. The fish was tender, juicy and coated with just the right amount of spice. It was wrapped in a flour tortilla with pica de gallo, cheese and sour cream – delicious, even for someone who prefers the more traditional fish tacos with cabbage and avocado.
If you go:
12727 Shoppes Lane