Thanksgiving is two weeks away already, and if you're not going to make your own turkey dinner — or make reservations at Melisse or Bouchon or any of the other great L.A restaurants serving the holiday feast — then it's time to order some to-go items. Happily, many chefs around town are busy prepping and cooking Diestel turkeys, harvest bread stuffing, charred Cinderella pumpkin soup, spiced pumpkin pie, even holiday mac and cheese for the big day.
Here's a list of restaurants cooking to-go Thanksgiving items:
Ammo not only has a Thanksgiving to-go menu, but they'll also deliver it. What's on the menu: roasted turkey breast and braised legs; a whole 14-16 lb. brined and uncooked turkey; Kabocha squash soup with creme fraiche and roasted pepitas; horseradish mashed potatoes; whole grain chestnut and sage stuffing; charred rapini; roasted baby root vegetables; pumpkin pie with brandied whipped cream; apple bread pudding with caramel sauce. Order by Monday, Nov. 24 by 3 p.m. by calling (323) 871-2666 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Local delivery carries an extra fee. 1155 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, ammocafe.com.
Pastry chef Shannon Swindle is making pies and holiday desserts to-go, including pumpkin pie, pecan pie, apple cranberry crisp with oat streusel and chocolate peanut butter S'more tart. Prices range from $45 to $65. Orders should be placed by Monday, Nov. 24 by emailing Anna Morini (email@example.com). They can be picked up on Wednesday, Nov. 26 after 5 p.m. or on Thanksgiving Day between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. 10100 Constellation Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 279-4180, craftrestaurantsinc.com.
Joan's on Third
Joan McNamara started her business by catering holiday feasts, so there's some symmetry in ordering your meal from her now. There are many dishes to choose from: corn fritters with scallion cream; butternut squash and pear soup; arugula salad with pomegranate seeds and walnuts; whole roasted turkey or turkey breast; turkey gravy; maple brown sugar yams; harvest bread stuffing; mashed potatoes; dinner rolls and more. For dessert: pumpkin, pecan and apple pies; molasses and chocolate cookies. Prices range from $95 for a whole turkey to $12 for a quart of soup. Place orders by 12 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 21; pick up orders on Wednesday, Nov. 26, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.; Joan's will be closed Thanksgiving Day. 8350 W 3rd St., Los Angeles, (323) 655-2285; 12059 Ventura Pl., Studio City, joansonthird.com.
At both the Larder at Tavern and the Larder at Burton Way, you can order a complete Thanksgiving feast for eight or build a custom dinner from the a la carte menu with dishes such as bacon-wrapped dates with Parmesan; Julie’s spiced nuts; smoked salmon with caraway rye crostini; and deviled crab dip. Among the dinner options are an oven-ready organic turkey and turkey gravy; Suzanne’s sourdough stuffing with turkey sausage, almonds, dates and cavolo nero; Brussels sprouts with balsamic, pancetta and thyme; roasted root vegetables and cranberry sauce with orange and mint and more. There are also breads from The Larder Baking Company and desserts including spiced pumpkin pie; pecan tart with whipped creme fraiche; pumpkin loaf with maple frosting and spiced pepitas and a variety of cookies. The Larder at Burton Way: 8500 Burton Way, Los Angeles, (310) 278-8060; The Larder at Tavern: 11648 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 806-6460, www.tavernla.com.
Jimmy Shaw has a holiday menu that emphasizes traditional Mexican cuisine rather than the traditional roast turkey, available for either large parties or a smaller, family setting. Dishes include: tamales, chiles rellenos, soups, enchiladas and many vegetable side dishes. There are also desserts: flans, brownies with pepitas, tarts (mango, strawberry, guava) and coconut rice pudding. Orders must be placed 48 hours in advance at (323) 465-2500 or online; Loteria Grill is closed Thanksgiving Day. 633 W. Third Street, No. 322, Los Angeles, loteriagrill.com.
Let pastry chef Valerie Gordon make your pies, desserts, baked goods and sides for you this Thanksgiving. On her to-go menu: kale and goat cheese bread pudding; shitake, apple and bleu d'auvergne galette; salted caramel bread pudding loaf; Blum's coffee crunch cake; pear and frangipane tart; mole brownies; apple and salted caramel pie; and pumpkin pie. Orders need to be placed by Saturday, Nov. 22 and may be picked up at any of Valerie's three locations on Wednesday, Nov. 26. Call (213) 739-8149 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 1665 Echo Park Ave., Echo Park; 3360 W. 1st St., Los Angeles; 317 S. Broadway, Los Angeles.