by TaradeLis - 392 Reviews - 18 List
It's that time of year again--to count your blessings and gather the family around for a fabulous Thanksgiving feast. Whether you prefer someone else do the cooking for you at a restaurant, or want to bring the goods in from a professional kitchen, we have the details on where to shop and dine in L.A. for Thanksgiving. From traditional turkey to more exotic exotic eats, there's a little bit of everything. (Photo: Ford's Filling Station's Thanksgiving meal, by Emily Ford.)
Updated: November 25, 2009
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Spotlighting SoCal area family farms, this three-course prix fixe menu includes both traditional and more daring dishes, from squash bisque and turkey with a lemon verbena brine to pear ravioli and beer-braised short ribs. The cost is $49 per person, and it's served from noon to 8pm.
A family-style feast at this Culver City neighborhood restaurant runs from 2pm to 7pm. Starters include butternut squash soup and persimmon salad. Both roasted and smoked all natural turkeys with wild mushroom gravy are available--plus sides like sausage cornbread stuffing and creamed turnips. The cost is $65 for adults, and $45 for kids 12 and under. Items are also available to-go, but orders must be placed Nov. 19, and picked up on Thanksgiving between 10am and 1pm.
Leave it to a French restaurant to start dinner service at 4pm--and end at 9pm--on a traditionally early-eating American holiday. Consider it part of the charm at this unconventional and rather affordable Santa Monica favorite. Here, the four-course meal begins with squash curry soup and a grilled vegetable terrine, with main course options being organic turkey with a chestnut confit or Scottish salmon in a brown butter sauce. Pumpkin pie with homemade ice cream ends the meal. The cost is $50 for adults, and $22 for kids 12 and under who eat from a special menu of Caesar salad, pasta with marinara sauce and dessert.
Proffering the concept of "leftovers first," this offbeat eatery has turned Turkey Day on its head with an a la carte menu of unique dishes such as schnitzel, wings and tacos. Plus there are an additional three sections of the menu dedicated to potatoes, other veggies, and cranberries and stuffing. Served from noon to 8pm, it's sure to be a hit with non-traditional families and "orphan" foodies.
Go a la carte and build the perfect meal at this popular go-to market. You can get a roast turkey for about $6 per pound, and then pick and choose from a variety of sides--green bean casserole, scalloped potatoes, and peas and pearl onions. Be sure to place your order at least a week in advance because the store has been known to run out, and arrive before 10am on Thanksgiving to avoid "complete chaos," although it's usually open till around 7pm even on the holiday.
Celebrate the holiday with your family with food from Joan's family. This busting cafe has a very busy catering business, so the deadline to place orders is early: Nov. 17 by 4pm. Gourmet goodies include zucchini fritters, oven-roasted whole turkey and corn pudding. Orders must be retrieved from the alley behind the restaurant the day before Thanksgiving between 10am and 6pm.
Something for the vegans to be thankful for: the glory of meat-free, macrobiotic eating. M Cafe is offering a holiday-themed dinner package for either two ($60) or four ($110) people, which includes sliced seitan, herbed bread stuffing cranberry relish, butternut bisque with soy cream, a winter field greens salad and a choice of two sides. Orders must be placed by Nov. 22 at noon, and picked up before close of business the day before Thanksgiving, as the restaurant is closed for the holiday.
The deli attached to this Los Feliz Italian gem is offering take-away turkey with all the trimmings, but available entirely a la carte. Servings are geared toward groups of six to eight people, and include a whole deep-fried bird, Brussels sprouts with wild boar bacon and wood oven-roasted heirloom carrots. Orders must be placed by Nov. 24 at 11am and picked up by noon on Thanksgiving.