Thanksgiving is two weeks away already, meaning it's time to order your turkey if you haven't already and plan your cooking schedule already — or you can make reservations to let a restaurant kitchen do all that for you.
Los Angeles has myriad restaurants that will help you out, offering Thanksgiving dinners that run the gamut from homey and traditional to upscale and creative. You can let a professional kitchen worry about the bird, or forgo the turkey altogether and see what the chef comes up with instead.
Either way, it's high time to make reservations. Here are some of the menus at area restaurants, with details on pricing and times. And yes, we'll be updating this list, so check back — or, if you've got a restaurant somewhere and we've missed it, let us know. And if you're planning on getting your feast to-go rather than dining in, we'll have a list of those options too.
Here's a list of Thanksgiving Day dinners:
For Thanksgiving, Barton G will be offering a traditional three-course prix-fixe feast, including: herb-roasted turkey breast with confit leg; apricot and sage stuffing; parsnip and potato mash; spiced pumpkin soup with maple creme fraiche; candied yams; pumpkin doughnuts with cranberry compote and pumpkin butter. Dinner will be served Nov. 27 from 5 to 10 p.m. and is $65 per person. 861 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 388-1888, bartongtherestaurantla.com.
Esterel at the Sofitel Hotel is serving a three-course, prix-fixe menu, including a choice of: roasted butternut squash soup, fennel goat cheese salad, free-range roasted turkey (carved tableside), porcini agnolotti, pumpkin chai cheesecake brulee, Valrhona chocolate cremeux with maple syrup ice cream and candied pecans. Dinner is $65 per person for adults and $40 for children age 6-12. Thanksgiving dinner will be served after 4:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving, alongside the regular dinner menu. 8555 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 358-3979, esterelrestaurant.com.
The LAX and Burbank locations of the Daily Grill will have a special Thanksgiving menu offering a prix-fixe three-course dinner for $39.75. Featured dishes include: butternut squash soup and mixed field greens; a choice of herb-roasted turkey with all the sides, mahi mahi with brown rice and grilled skirt steak with mac and cheese; and for dessert, a choice of apple pie or pumpkin cobbler. Kids 11 and younger can order a turkey dinner with the trimmings and a hot fudge sundae for $14.75. 2500 N. Hollywood Way, Burbank, (818) 840-6464; 5400 W Century Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 665-0149, dailygrill.com.
The Hungry Cat
The Hungry Cats in Hollywood and Santa Monica will be deep-frying Thanksgiving this year, with deep-fried turkey and gravy as the highlight of the feast. As this is chef-owner David Lentz’s seafood restaurant, there will also be a raw bar and lots of great cocktails, including Big Dave’s Egg Nog. Among the dishes: roasted persimmons with candied walnuts, chorizo and oyster stuffing, Brussels sprouts with wild mushroom and pancetta, and spiced cranberry sauce and a Thanksgiving dessert and full bar. If you’re a vegetarian, there’s ricotta gnocchi with chanterelle. $65 per guest; $32.50 children 10 and younger; no charge for children younger than 2. 1535 N. Vine St., Hollywood, (323) 462-2155; 100 West Channel Road, Santa Monica, (310) 459-3337, thehungrycat.com.
For its three-course, prix-fixe Thanksgiving dinner, dishes include Tahitian squash veloute with chive creme fraiche; Arctic char with celery root, sweet potato and black truffle vinaigrette; heritage turkey with wild mushroom stuffing; confit Weiser potatoes; chocolate hazelnut crisp; pumpkin pie. Dinner is $35, with additional a la carte dishes for an extra fee, and will be served from 3 to 7 p.m.; call (323) 871-2026. 6221 Franklin Ave., Los Angeles, papillesla.com.
The Raymond 1886
Thanksgiving dinner dishes will include: pecorino and autumn fruit salad; a choice oven-roasted turkey or garlic and black pepper-encrusted prime rib with pea-horseradish jus; roasted garlic mashed potatoes; candied Weiser Farms yams with toasted homemade marshmallows; Italian sausage and grilled apple stuffing; a choice of apple cobbler and pumpkin mousse pie with a ginger snap crust and chantilly cream. 1250 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, 91105; (626) 441-3136; theraymond.com.
This Thanksgiving, Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne are putting together a feast including persimmon and pomegranate salad with arugula and walnuts; a choice of herb-roasted organic turkey breast with stuffed leg served with all the trimmings or a vegan feast of sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, fingerling potatoes, stuffing and wild mushroom persillade. For dessert: a choice of pumpkin pie with brown sugar whipped cream or a candied pecan tart served with vanilla ice cream. Cost is $70 for each adult, $35 for children 12 and younger; no charge for children 4 and younger. 11648 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, 310.806.6464, tavernla.com.