Thanksgiving 2012 dining guide
It’s one week until Thanksgiving, and we’ve updated our Thanksgiving dining guide to include more restaurants:
If Thanksgiving creeps up on you by surprise and you suddenly find yourself unprepared to whip up an all-out turkey dinner, no problem. Many Los Angeles restaurants are offering either take-out Thanksgiving dinners, to be picked up the day before Thanksgiving, or are open on Thanksgiving Day.
Melisse’s annual Thanksgiving dinner includes options such as Josiah Citrin’s dry-aged prime rib and crispy bass with Champagne-truffle reduction, as well as roast turkey. Pick up Suzanne Goin’s stuffing with chestnuts, prunes and cavolo nero at the Larder at Tavern in Brentwood. Or have it with a full sit-down Thanksgiving dinner at Tavern.
Looking to pick up some extras? Cooks County’s Daniel Mattern and Roxana Jullapat have add-ons such as persimmon, pomegranate and arugula salad and desserts such as cranberry chess pie. Manhattan Beach Post has side dishes such as cheddar buttermilk biscuits.
At Huckleberry Cafe, free sweet treats and Verve coffee come with your pick-up order.
Farmshop will roast a 15-pound Diestel Family Farms turkey for you (or you can roast it at home). And Thomas Keller’s Bouchon marinates and stuffs the turkey for you so you can just slip it into the oven, and take all the credit.
Here’s a list of Thanksgiving Day dinner (and even brunch) options:
Hungry Cat Santa Monica
Thanksgiving dinner: persimmon and watercress salad, deep fried turkey with green bean casserole, chorizo and oyster stuffing, candied sweet potatoes, potato puree, gravy and cranberry sauce. Pumpkin pie for dessert. The full raw bar menu will be available a la carte. Thanksgiving dinner is 1 to 8 p.m. $64 per person, $32.50 for children 10 and younger, and free for children 2 and under. Reservations required. 100 W. Channel road, Santa Monica, (310) 459-3337, www.thehungrycat.com.
A three-course Thanksgiving Day dinner starts with carrot-apple-ginger soup with spiced apple chutney, or winter greens, cranberries and Drake farms goat feta cheese. The second course includes roasted turkey, with cranberry-kale-and-cornbread stuffing, oak-roasted di ciccio broccoli, candied sweet potatoes, Yukon Gold smashed potatoes, giblet gravy and drop biscuits. Dessert is seckel pear crostata with brown butter gelato, or pumpkin creme brûlée. $35 per person. 5 to 10 p.m. 8384 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, www.the-churchill.com.
BLT Steak LA
Dinner choices for Thanksgiving include roasted turkey, dry-aged roasted prime rib and pan-seared halibut. Start with chestnut and celery root soup, porcini risotto or Boston salad with figs and Gorgonzola. Sides: chestnut-sausage stuffing (vegetarian option available), cranberry-grenadine sauce, rosemary gravy, Brussels sprouts with cippolini and bacon, creamed spinach, mashed potatoes and sweet potato gratin. And for dessert? Cranberry spiced bread pudding or pumpkin tart. $68 per person. 8720 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, (310) 360-1950, www.e2hospitality.com/blt-steak-los-angeles.
Order Thanksgiving dishes to go. Serving six people: roasted almonds and olives with sea salt and thyme ($20); baby vegetable crudite ($30); house-cured salmon with crème fraiche, chives and crostini ($24); bresaola with arugula, persimmons and pomegranates on crostini ($24); platter of prosciutto San Daniele, bresaola, soppressata and Parmigiano Reggiano ($36); artisan cheeses ($48). Turkey options for eight to 10 people: roasted Diestel turkey breast and braised legs ($85) or brined oven-ready turkey ($75). Sides, serving four to six: kabocha squash soup with creme fraiche and roasted pepitas ($16); Coleman lettuces with Bartlett pear, Humboldt Fog, pomegranates, hazelnuts and sherry vinaigrette ($26); roasted baby root vegetables ($24); roasted sweet potatoes with spicy maple butter ($20); roasted Brussels sprouts with pancetta ($22); blue lake beans with lemon zest and pinenuts ($18); charred rapini with crushed garlic and chile ($20); horseradish mashed potatoes ($18); wild mushroom turkey gravy ($20 for 1 quart); whole grain chestnut sage stuffing ($18); cranberry chutney with ginger-tangerine ($12 for 1 pint). Desserts for eight: pumpkin pie with brandied whipped cream ($28); pumpkin cheesecake ($30); pecan pie with crème fraiche ($28); apple bread pudding with caramel sauce ($26); assorted cookie plate ($8). Call by Sunday at 3 p.m.; credit card required. Orders can be picked up on Wednesday, Nov. 21, after 11:30 a.m. Local delivery for an additional fee. 1155 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 871-2666, www.ammocafe.com.
AnQi by Crustacean
Thanksgiving to go, featuring citrus and herb-brined organic turkey with roasted garlic gravy ($118, serves eight), a 5-pound whole roasted garden herb Jidori chicken ($50, serves four to six) or a 6-pound ham glazed with honey, orange and fresh pineapple ($89, six to eight people). Three choices of stuffing ($19 for four to six, or $33 for eight to 10): turkey-apple sausage and leek; sticky rice with shiitake mushroom, Chinese sausage and chestnuts; gluten-free stuffing with caramelized onions and immunity-boosting herb tiato. Side options include haricot verts with water chestnuts, shallots and ginger in butter sauce; roasted Brussels sprout with almonds, dates and garlic-lime wasabi; and smashed yams with rosemary and garlic ($19 for four to six, $33 for eight to 10). Call (310) 866-5228 or go to www.tiato.com before Monday for pick-up on Thanksgiving Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, adjacent to Bloomingdale’s.
Thanksgiving Day dinner at the restaurant includes butternut squash bisque with Windrose Farms apples and roasted chestnuts; kale and cabbage salad, or duck liver mousse with charred bacon, or seared scallops with sunchokes and Brussels sprouts, or farro salad with mushrooms, wild herbs and mushroom dashi. Four options for the main course: Mary’s natural turkey breast, confit turkey leg, mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts guanciale; delicata squash; walnut bread stuffing, black kale and gravy; or roasted rack of heritage pork with bourbon sweet potatoes, braised kale and persimmon jam; or roasted monkfish with pumpkin gnocchi, sprouting broccoli and pinenu pomegranate relish; or strudel of wild mushrooms and autumn vegetables with raclette cheese and green beans. Apple bread pudding, pumpkin bars, cranberry parfait or flourless chocolate cake for dessert. $54 per person, $20 for kids. 1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, (310) 399-5811, www.joesrestaurant.com.
Gordon Ramsay at the London West Hollywood
Choose a three-course Thanksgiving dinner from a menu that includes (but is not limited to, the restaurant says): pumpkin soup, autumn mushroom risotto, roasted organic turkey with sage stuffing, butter poached halibut, bread pudding and baked apple tarte tatin. Served on Thanksgiving Day from 11:30 am. to 10 p.m. $95 per person. 1020 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood, (310) 358-7788, www.thelondonwesthollywood.com.
Bouchon’s to-go Thanksgiving meals include seasoned Diestel Farms turkey (free-range, grain-fed and hormone-free), oven-ready after marinating in lemon-herb brine and stuffed with diced carrots, celery and onion ($80, serves 6; $115, serves 12; and $150, serves 18). Bouchon’s stuffing kit ($12) includes fresh-baked croutons, a seasoning packet with dried herbs and spices, toasted pecans and sweet dried cranberries. Classic sides (6 servings) are on the to-go menu: mac ‘n’ cheese ($16), green bean casserole ($16), roasted sweet potatoes ($16). For dessert: pumpkin pie, pecan pie and apple pie ($28). Order before Nov. 15 for pickup Nov. 19-21. Seasonal cupcakes and cookies are available from Bouchon Bakery from Nov. 12-22. On Thanksgiving Day, Bouchon Bakery will be open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. The bistro and bar are both closed. 235 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, (310) 271-9910, www.bouchonbistro.com.
Comme Ca is offering Thanksgiving pies and cakes to go: pumpkin, bourbon pecan, heirloom apple and almond tart, and ginger and date cake with maple icing. Available to order 48 hours in advance throughout the entire month of November. $45 per pie. 8479 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, (323) 782-1104, www.commecarestaurant.com.
Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
Four Seasons executive chef Ashley James prepares Thanksgiving brunch: In addition to classic brunch stations, specialties include eggs Benedict, Belgian waffles, house-made mozzarella, sushi, artisan cheese, dim sum, seafood and farmers market and salad stations. $95 for adults, $47 for children. 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. 300 S. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills (310) 860-4000, www.fourseasons.com/losangeles/.
Tres by Jose Andres
Thanksgiving brunch includes slow-roasted Mary’s Farm organic turkey and gravy with giblets; roasted rack of lamb and garlic jus; chestnut and forest mushroom stuffing; sweet potato puree and passion fruit meringue; butternut squash soup and marcona almonds; crudité cups; caviar display; smoked salmon display; cheeses and charcuterie; and chef’s selection of assorted Danish pastries. For dinner: mixed field greens with confit tomatoes and goat cheese crostini; roasted butternut squash bisque; slow-cooked turkey breast; chestnut stuffing; mashed sweet potatoes with passion fruit meringue; cranberries; and pumpkin pie. Brunch is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; $49 per person. Dinner is 5:30 to 9 p.m.; $47 per person. SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills, 465 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 246-5551, www.slshotel.com.
The Bazaar by José Andrés
Prix-fixe Thanksgiving dinner is available for a minimum of four guests: family-style roasted organic turkey with gravy; salt-roasted New Zealand red snapper; papas Canarias salty wrinkled potatoes with mojo verdé; cranberry sauce with California citrus; grandma’s giblet stuffing; mashed sweet potatoes with passion fruit meringue. $65 per person, 4 to 8:45 p.m. Regular dinner menu also available. SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills, 465 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 246-5555, www.slshotel.com.
Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air
The Thanksgiving menu is served family style: roasted organic heritage turkey; savory bread basket; roasted pumpkin soup; heirloom apple salad; sourdough-brioche stuffing; Red Jewell sweet potato gratin; yellow Finnish potato puree; honey-thyme baby turnips and Nantes carrots; and roasted baby Brussels sprouts. Plus a dessert buffet. And you can take home leftovers. Noon to 8 p.m. $140 per adult; $65 per child 12 and under. 701 Stone Canyon Road, Bel-Air, (310) 909-1663, www.hotelbelair.com/losangeles/.
Huckleberry Café & Bakery
An a la carte takeout menu for pickup on Thanksgiving Day, with a complimentary selection of Zoe Nathan’s house-made treats and fresh-brewed coffee from Verve Coffee Roasters. Some of the Thanksgiving selections: turkey smothered in house-made gravy ($13.50 per person); turkey meatballs ($7.50 per person); braised turkey thighs with white wine, mushrooms and thyme ($13.50 per person); farmers market vegetable pot pie ($55); Niman Ranch sausage and sage stuffing ($24); butternut squash, spinach and Gruyère bread pudding ($50). Side dishes serve 8 to 10 guests. Desserts include pumpkin pie ($45, serves 10); maple walnut pie ($45, serves 10); and gingerbread layer cake with salted caramel frosting ($45, serves 12 to 16). Specialty breads from sister restaurant Milo & Olive are also available, including chocolate bread ($8.50) and pumpkin bread ($8). See the full menu online. Orders must be made prior to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18. Pick up between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 22. 1014 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, (310) 451-2311, www.huckleberrycafe.com.
Manhattan Beach Post
“Everything but the turkey.” Pick up sides (serving 3 to 4) including stuffing with wild rice, pork sausage and sage ($18 for 1 quart); cranberry kumquat relish ($8 for 1 cup); whipped garlic and olive oil potatoes ($15 for 1 quart); and turkey gravy ($12 for 1 quart). One dozen bacon cheddar buttermilk biscuits for $30. Order by Sunday, Nov. 18, for pick up on Wednesday, Nov. 21. 1142 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, (310) 545-5405, eatmbpost.com.
A vegan Thanksgiving takeout menu with dishes that serve two to three people includes roasted Brussels sprouts with apples and almonds ($8 per pint); mashed potatoes ($8 per pint); gravy ($3 for 4 ounces, $6 per pint); sweet potato casserole ($8 per pint); dinner rolls (50 cents each); stuffing ($8 per pint); pumpkin bread ($5 per portion). A meal for four that includes all items listed is $80 ($20 for each additional person). Order until Nov. 16 to be picked up by 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 21. Meals cannot be canceled after November 16. No substitutions, no modifications. Limited availability. First come, first serve. Contact Zach or Dana to place an order or download form online from the website and submit via email/fax. 2141 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, (213) 483-2337, www.mohawk.la.
Mélisse’s annual Thanksgiving dinner starts with a choice of starters: roasted beets, artichokes and goat cheese mousse; pumpkin soup with black trumpet mushrooms; Maine lobster ravioli (white truffles, $48 supplement); Maine diver scallops with sunchokes and hibiscus reduction; or big eye tuna tartare. Choose from traditional roasted free-range turkey with chanterelle, apple and brioche stuffing and pomegranate gravy; whole roasted dry-aged prime rib; crispy bass with Champagne-truffle reduction; or one of two vegetarian options: roasted fall squash with confit tomatoes and Champagne-truffle reduction or wild mushroom, sweet onion and burrata torte with autumn herb jus. The chef also serves his mother’s favorite sides: creamed spinach; braised mushrooms; Yukon potato puree; roasted root vegetables; Sichuan green beans; braised Brussels sprouts; fresh cranberry sauce; praline pecan yams. Desserts: mom’s apple pie with cinnamon cider ice cream; pecan pie; chocolate soufflé cake with chocolate sorbet and praline sauce; spiced pumpkin pie with sauce “Terre et Mer” and vanilla ice cream. $95 for adults and $42 for children 8 years and younger. 3 to 7:30 p.m. 1104 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, www.melisse.com.
Order from the “Thanksgiving in the Bag” menu (you provide the turkey), offering your choice of snacks, salads, T-day musts, special additions and desserts: spicy bar nuts ($12 for 8 ounces); marinated olives ($12 for 8 ounces); persimmon, pomegranate and arugula salad ($29, serves 4 to 6); Little Gem lettuces with crunchy radishes and blue cheese ($27, serves 4 to 6); wild mushroom bread pudding ($36, serves 4 to 6); roasted winter squash ($24, serves 4 to 6); Blue Lake beans with lemon and hazelnuts ($24, serves 4 to 6); roasted root vegetables ($24, serves 4 to 6); mashed potatoes ($24, serves 4 to 6); white cheddar biscuits ($24 for a dozen); giblet gravy ($21 for 1 pint); Dan’s cranberry dressing ($16 for 1 pint). Pies are $35 each and include black-bottom maple pecan pie; cranberry chess pie; pumpkin pie on a graham crust; apple streusel pie; Minny’s chocolate pie. Ask about gluten-free options. Order by noon on Monday, Nov. 19, and pick up between 2 and 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 21. Quantities are limited. All items come with reheating and serving instructions. There is a 72-hour cancellation policy on all orders. 8009 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 653-8009, www.cookscountyrestaurant.com.
The Larder at Tavern
A takeout menu includes a complete Thanksgiving dinner for 10 for $458: oven-ready organic turkey; mom’s traditional stuffing; sweet potatoes with romesco, sherry and roasted shallots; mashed potatoes; Brussels sprouts with balsamic, pancetta and thyme; Italian broccoli with garlic and chile; roasted root vegetables; cranberry sauce with orange and mint; turkey gravy; spiced pumpkin pie; pecan tart; whipped crème fraîche; and a dozen dinner rolls. These dishes also are available a la carte, priced at $7 (sourdough bread) to $125 (18-to-20-pound turkey). Also on the menu (for 4 to 8 servings): dates with bacon and parmesan; spiced shrimp with horseradish cocktail sauce; white bean soup with sage and gremolata butter; smoked salmon with caraway rye crostini, goat cheese and chives; deviled crab dip; goat cheese and leek tartlets; breads such as sourdough and blueberry boule; Suzanne’s stuffing with chestnuts, prunes and cavolo nero; and sweet potatoes with sherry, romesco and roasted shallots. Desserts include pecan tart, spiced pumpkin pie and apple cranberry crisp ($24 to $48). Orders must be placed by 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18. This includes all adjustments and cancellations. A credit card is required when placing your order. Pickups will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 21. Please allow 30 minutes for pickup. Pickup times will be scheduled between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Delivery is also available. 11648 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 806-6460, www.tavernla.com.
Thanksgiving dinner for meat lovers, vegetarians and vegans: persimmon and pomegranate salad with arugula and hazelnuts; herb-roasted organic turkey breast and stuffed leg with mashed potato and gravy; Suzanne’s chestnut stuffing with prunes and cavolo nero; sweet potatoes with sherry and roasted shallots; Brussels sprouts with pancetta and thyme; cranberry sauce with orange and mint (for vegans and vegetarians: sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, fingerling potatoes, stuffing and wild mushrooms persillade). Desserts include pumpkin pie with piloncillo or candied pecan tart with vanilla ice cream. $65 per adult, $35 for children 12 and under (no charge for children 2 and under). 1 to 8 p.m. 11648 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 806-6464, www.tavernla.com.
To-Go From Josie Restaurant
Everything but the turkey can be picked up at To-Go From Josie: wild mushroom and Gruyère quiche; vegetarian cornbread stuffing with artichokes and mushrooms; butternut squash soup; two kinds of stuffing; red garnet yams with golden raisins and walnuts; as well as pastry chef Jonna Jensen’s desserts. Orders can be placed any time for pickup at the restaurant on Wednesday, Nov. 21. The menu and order form will be available for download at www.josierestaurant.com, or call the restaurant for more information. 2424 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, (310) 581-9888, www.josierestaurant.com.
For Thanksgiving pickup: salmon rillettes with pickled vegetables ($15 for half a pound); smoked trout deviled eggs ($2 each); sweet potato soup with buttered cashews and madras curry ($14 for 1 pint); butter lettuce salad with Fuyu persimmon and hazelnuts ($10 per person); burrata salad with Frog Hollow Farm Warren and Asian pears ($11 per person): artisan cheese and charcuterie platter ($65 to $110); 15-pound Diestel Family Farms turkey (“we cook,” $90; “you cook,” $80); turkey gravy with giblets ($12 for 1 pint); sage-apple-mushroom stuffing ($25, serves 6); cranberry sauce with preserved orange ($9.50 for 1 pint); ragout of wild mushrooms ($18 for 1 pound); Brussels sprouts with prunes, pecans and maple syrup ($14 for 1 pound); potato purée with cream and butter ($12 for 1 pound); butternut squash purée ($15 for 1 pound); glazed carrots ($12 for 1 pound); wild rice pilaf with chestnuts, currants and red cabbage ($14 for 1 pound); buttermilk biscuits (four for $8); brioche dinner rolls (half a dozen for $12). And desserts: pumpkin pie, pecan chocolate chip pie, apple cranberry pie, pumpkin pecan cake, classic coffee cake and cookies ($16 to $32). Order for pickup on Tuesday, Nov. 20, and Wednesday, Nov. 21. 225 26th St., Santa Monica, (310) 566-2400, www.farmshopla.com.
LA Market Restaurant by Kerry Simon
A Thanksgiving prix-fixe three-course menu: roasted cage-free turkey breast with cranberry compote, pumpkin-sausage stuffing and gravy, and classic bourbon pecan pie with caramel sauce and chocolate-spiced whipped cream. $62 per person ($21 for children under 12). 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE, 900 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, (213) 765-8600, www.lalivemarriott.com.
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