Adobo-marinated turkey, deep-fried Cajun bird, Korean purple potato pie, gravy cupcakes, free carving lessons, and a pretzel-stuffed Jidori homage to Thanksgiving from a Top Chef vet. This could only mean it's turkey-time for L.A. restaurants. We've put together a handy guide to Thanksgiving dinner that includes all sorts of global variations and upscale pre-fixe meals for both take-out and dining in. Whether you be vegan or would prefer live oysters over dead bird next week, we've got a little something for everyone to sink their teeth into on Thanksgiving. Enjoy our user's guide to where to eat for Thanksgiving in L.A.
The Compton Mecca of Texas barbecue will deep-fry or smoke any turkeys, either the one you bring or one they provide. Bringing your own will cost $25 in smoking/deep-frying fees, while taking one of their birds is $55. Contact the restaurant at 310-637-1342. 811 South Long Beach Ave.
Cajun Deep-Fried Turkey
Loreto’s offers a Cajun seasoned turkey deep-fried in peanut oil, with whole birds available for pick-up at $45 for a 13-15 pounds and $55 for a larger 16-18 pounder. Southern sides and extra gravy are also available. Call ahead at 310-537-7612 to pick-up. 938 W. Compton Blvd..
Golden City Seafood
The Chinatown restaurant is taking orders three days in advance for soy-brined BBQ duck-style turkey with sausage stuffing, pan-fried sticky rice, gravy, and red wine.
960 N. Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90012. 213-253-2660. Contact: Edward Chao
A full list of Chinatown restaurants offering to-go birds is available online.
David Myers’s restaurant plans a $160 to-go feast that feeds four to six people. Dishes include thyme and garlic crusted bone-in Prime Nebraskan cote de bouef, pain au lait rosemary and sage dressing, chestnuts, and kumquats, pommes puree, duck fat Yorkshire pudding, pumpkin tart with cardomom chantilly cream, and candied pumpkin seeds. Details at 323-782-1104. 8479 Melrose Ave.
The Pasadena newcomer has a slew of cool side dishes to pick-up for Thanksgiving, including jalapeno corn bread stuffing with tofu and Asian pears, cranberry go-chu-jiang sauce with Korean red chili paste, and purple sweet potato pie with graham cracker crust. Orders must be received by 626-792-2474 by November 18th for pickup by noon on Thanksgiving day.
M Café de Chaya
The restaurant offers a to-go dinner with savory sliced seitan, herbed bread stuffing, pan gravy, and cranberry relish, along with butternut bisque and a winter salad, with a choice of two sides like mashed pumpkin with couscous and raisins and wild rice pilaf. Priced at $60 for two, $110 for four. Orders must be placed at 310-410-0381 by November 24th. 7119 Melrose Ave.
Aqui Es Qaxaca Market
A traditional 25-30 pound turkey (fresh, never frozen, says the owner) or a turkey marinated in adobo can be purchased with two sides for $100, with the option to substitute pork for turkey. Orders must be received by tomorrow at 310-313-4813. 11614 Venice Blvd.
The bakery offers Thanksgiving flavors that sound normal like pumpkin pie and marshmallow brown sugar yam, and fairly crazy, like its turkey gravy-seasoned cupcake topped with cranberry relish cream cheese. Available through November at all three locations.
New chef Jamie Lauren now includes a Thanksgiving homage dish for a limited time. She fills a Jidori chicken breast with pretzel stuffing and pairs it with housemade Guinness mustard. Available now at Beechwood, though the restaurant will be closed on the holiday. 822 Washington Blvd. 310-448-8884.
A $50 three-course menu is served, with kids priced at $25 each. The menu features pumpkin soup, roasted turkey breast with gravy, sides of wild mushroom stuffing, mashed potatoes, Jack Daniel’s sweet potatoes, fall veggies, housemade pickled beets, cranberry, fresh rolls, and a choice of pumpkin cheesecake and molten chocolate lava cake. Advanced order take-out is also available. 22821 Pacific Coast Highway. 310-456-3132.
An indulgent dinner puts an upscale spin on Thanksgiving tradition, with dishes like a chestnut soup truffle vinaigrette, wild boar terrine, organic free-range turkey, Diver scallops, Harris Ranch beef ribeye, heirloom squash puree, sausage raisin fennel stuffing, and Brussels sprouts with Applewood bacon, and dessert. $85 per person, $45 for kids.
Chef Andrea Cavaliere has Thanksgiving specials all day added to his menu. Expect butternut squash tortell with amaretti crumble, parmigiano, butter, and sage, pizza with cauliflower, butternut squash, gorgonzola with shaved black truffle, venison medallions with sherry wine and morel sauce, foie gras and black truffle ravioli, and pumpkin and ricotta cake. Seating from 8:00 A.M. - 9:00 P.M. 310-432-2000. 8764 Melrose Ave.
The Restaurant at L'Ermitage
The Beverly Hills restaurant is offering a Thanksgiving brunch with a massive ice bar featuring of freshly shucked Pacific oysters, jumbo shrimp, and Jonah crab claws, a caviar station, a display for smoked and shell fish, a chef’s station with roasted herbed lamb legs, and a chocolate Thanksgiving dessert buffet.$80 per person, $45 per child. This Wednesday, the restaurant offers a turkey taste-testing for $30, with four types of turkey preparation offered like turkey tacos and turkey ravioli with lobster. Reservations: 310-278-3344. 9291 Burton Way.
A four-course menu offers a family-style free-range turkey with herb jus, salty wrinkled potaoes with mojo verde, Catalan spinach with apples and raisins, and roasted sweet potatoes with house made passion fruit marshmallow. Seating from 6:00pm - 12:00am. $65 per person. Reservations at 310-246-5555. 465 South La Cienega Blvd.
In addition to full take-out and dine-in Thanksgiving menus with fuyu and pomegranate salad and organic pumpkin pie, Akasha is offering a vegan thanksgiving with a main course option of herb and peppercorn roasted tofu and chanterelle and hen of the woods mushrooms. The full six course dinner is priced at $60.00 and can be eaten inside the restaurant or ordered to go before 5:30 P.M. November 22nd at 310-845-1700. 9543 Culver Blvd.
Free Carving Class at BreadBar
Next Tuesday, November 23rd, at 12:30 P.M., BreadBar Century City is offering a free turkey carving class. The fifteen minute instruction will show you how to cleanly slice the breast, thigh, and wing, with the option to buy an early Thanksgiving lunch for $14.95. No RSVP required, just show up at 10250 Santa Monica Blvd. 310.277.3770.
Pie and a Preview
Prior to the opening of Jeff Cerciello’s FarmShop, the heavily anticipated market, bakery, and restaurant is offering its from-scratch pies and cakes for order. Priced between $22-29, pie flavors include a classic pumpkin, Crispin apple and cranberry pie, and pecan and chocolate chip, while cakes include a pumpkin-pecan with spiced orange glaze and a cinnamon crumb coffee cake. Orders can be placed at 310-566-2400.