Get your feast to-go: Thanksgiving 2014 dining guide

roasted autumn vegetables
Roasted autumn vegetables are one of the Thanksgiving to-go options from Joan’s on Third.
(Joan’s on Third)

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 Local delivery carries an extra fee. 1155 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles,



You can order your Thanksgiving from Thomas Keller’s people, including a brined, dressed and ready to cook Diestel turkey. All the sides are available too: stuffing, gravy, cornbread, cranberry relish, roasted sweet potatoes, mac and cheese, and more. For dessert, there are apple, pecan and pumpkin tarts and pies, along with cinnamon ice cream, pumpkin and cranberry macaroons and cinnamon rolls. Turkey orders need to be placed on or before Nov. 21; to-go sides will be for sale from Nov. 21-27. 235 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, (310) 271-9910,

Cooks County

Cooks County leaves the turkey to you but has all the sides and desserts you need to go. Among the dishes: black kale and butternut squash salad with farro and pepitas; wild mushroom bread pudding; Brussels sprouts with caramelized shallots; roasted root vegetables; white Cheddar biscuits; giblet gravy. And for dessert: pumpkin, pecan, apple and Southern chocolate pies. Prices range from $20-$45. Order by noon, Monday, Nov. 24 and pick up on Wednesday, Nov. 26 from 2-6 p.m. 8009 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 653-8009,



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 ( 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,

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, 

La Bottega Marino

Sal Marino and the folks at La Bottega Marino will be making an Italian Thanksgiving for parties of 12-24. Included are meat, cheese and antipasti platters and various lasagnas for $40-$80; salads and soups and side dishes, including mashed potatoes with black truffles, range from $12-$35; vegetable sides, meatballs and sausage range from $11-$40. And maybe most important, there will be pies, including pumpkin cheesecake, apple strudel and chocolate mousse cake, for $25-$35. Place your order by Monday, Nov. 24 and pick up your items on Wednesday, Nov. 26 between 11-9 p.m. 11363 Santa Monica Blvd., West Los Angeles, (310) 477-7777,

The Larder 

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,


Loteria Grill

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,


Joachim Splichal’s catering business will provide a Thanksgiving feast for you. This year, the spread includes brioche stuffing with roasted squash; charred Cinderella pumpkin soup; and roasted root vegetable salad with Tuscan kale, faro and pumpkin seeds. For the turkey, there’s an option of a bone-in turkey breast or a whole roasted Diestel turkey. For dessert, there’s pumpkin pie with maple chantilly, and leaf butter crust; S’mores with graham cracker crumble, milk chocolate pudding, and roasted marshmallow fluff; and Patina’s harvest macaron collection. Pricing for whole dinners runs from $186, including a whole turkey (serves 10); $145, including the bone-in option, to serve 6-8; and many, many a la carte options. Order by Nov. 25 by calling (213) 814-3263 or visiting


Sevan Abdessian’s Glendale restaurant is offering its take on take-out Thanksgiving, with rosemary- and thyme-marinated turkey with traditional stuffing as the centerpiece. Other dishes include sweet potato puree, garlic mashed potatoes, braised garlic kale, lemon-roasted green beans, cranberry relish, buttermilk biscuits, and pumpkin and apple pie. Dinner for four is $125, and can be picked up on Thanksgiving Day. In addition, delivery is available, as is dining at the restaurant. 1102 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale, (818) 507-0592,

Short Order

This year at the Original Farmers Market, Short Order and Short Cake have partnered with Marconda’s Puritan Poultry and Monsieur Marcel’s for a (relatively) hassle-free Thanksgiving feast. Marconda’s offers 12-14 pound turkeys for $60 and 16-28 pound birds for $75. Short Order is selling to-go items that serve 6-8 people, including a stuffing kit, turkey giblets and stock, and cranberry relish. Prices range from $6-$13. Short Cake has baked goods, including apple, pumpkin and pecan pies for $26-$30. They’ll also have parkerhouse rolls, at 8 for $10. And when you’re done shopping, bring your receipt to Monsieur Marcel’s and receive 10% off all cheese and Bordeaux wines by the bottle. The deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 25; orders will be available for pick-up on Monday, Nov. 24. 6333 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, (323) 761-7976,


Valerie Confections

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 1665 Echo Park Ave., Echo Park; 3360 W. 1st St., Los Angeles; 317 S. Broadway, Los Angeles. 

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