For Thanksgiving, let someone else do the cooking

Want the tryptophan-induced coma without all the work? Here are a few alternatives to preparing your own Thanksgiving meal.


Lobster or turkey

Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale's South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., offers a three-course menu with items like Maine lobster chowder, slow-basted organic turkey, pumpkin tart and more for $75 for adults and $35 for children younger than 12, plus tax and gratuity. Soup's on from 1 to 6 p.m. Thursday. For more information, call (714) 352-2525.


Brown butter butternut squash soup

For $45 per person, Pinot Provence, 686 Anton Blvd., Costa Mesa, offers a three-course menu as well, with items like brown butter butternut squash soup, roasted turkey, petite filet and pecan pie. Tax and gratuity are not included. For more information, call (714) 444-5900 or visit


Roasted diver scallop

Leatherby's Café Rouge in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, also offers three courses. Choose from roasted diver scallop, parsnip soup, roasted salmon and, of course, an organic, free-range turkey with all the trimmings plus lots more from 2 to 8 p.m. Cost is $48 for adults, $19.95 for children 12 and younger, plus tax and tip. A cheese course is available for $10 more. For more information, call (714) 429-7640 or visit


Pumpkin cheesecake

For $55 per adult and $15 per child younger than 12, Scott's Restaurant & Bar, 3300 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, serves up another three-course meal with choices like calamari, homemade traditional turkey with all the trimmings, slow-roasted prime rib and pumpkin cheesecake. Family-style sides are $9 each and a wine pairing is $25 extra. For more information, call (714) 979-2400 or visit


Caramelized apple pie

The Back Bay Bistro, 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, serves a traditional Thanksgiving meal with options like sliced turkey or ham, field greens with apples and dried cherries in a walnut vinaigrette, grilled salmon in a dill cream sauce, cornbread stuffing, truffle scallop potatoes and caramelized apple pie from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $38 for adults and $19 for children younger than 12. For more information, call (949) 729-1144 or visit‎.


Live entertainment

Bayside Restaurant, 900 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach, offers a three-course menu from 2 to 8 p.m. Enjoy live entertainment and complimentary valet. Reservations are required. Prices are $42.75 for adults and $19 for children younger than 12. For more information, call (949) 721-1222 or visit


Apple-sour cherry stuffing

Bistango, 19100 Von Karman Ave., Irvine, offers a three-course Thanksgiving menu of organic baby mixed green salad with Maytag blue cheese, caramelized walnuts, red pears, Balsamic vinaigrette or butternut squash soup, plus free-range organic turkey with apple-sour cherry stuffing, garlic potato puree, vegetables and brown gravy. For dessert, go wild with pumpkin cheesecake with pecan gingersnap cookie crust and spice creme anglaise or apple tartatin with caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream. Cost is $39 per person from noon to 8 p.m. Reservations are required. For more information, call (949) 752-5222 or visit


Thyme-lemon-crusted sea bass

Brasserie Pascal, 327 Newport Center Drive, in Newport Beach offers up a three-course dinner for $35 per person from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Enjoy your choice of French onion soup gratinee, escargot, traditional roasted turkey with giblet gravy, pecan cornbread stuffing, chive mashed potatoes, herb-crusted prime rib, thyme-lemon-crusted sea bass, pumpkin creme brulee, callebaut chocolate souffle with Cointreau cream. Gratuity will be added to parties of six or more. Reservations are recommended, so call (949) 640-2700. For more information, visit

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