11/13/2012 01:35:00 PM

Ultimate LA Thanksgiving Dining Guide: Open Restaurants, Take-Home Options

Give thanks at Cecconi's
Whatever your traditions are for Thanksgiving, you'll need a roast turkey (or perhaps jackfruit?) and to gather all the fixings for the holiday table. Los Angeles chefs have you covered, from prix fixe menus both inexpensive and luxe, to grab-and-go pies, stuffing till you're stuffed, vegetables and gravy and potatoes, oh my. Here's where to go out or pick up your meals for next week.

Dine Out
Hungry Cat Santa Monica
David Lentz's beachside restaurant will have persimmon and watercress salad, deep-fried turkey, green bean casserole, chorizo and oyster stuffing, potato purée and cranberry sauce, and traditional pumpkin pie for dessert. $65 per person; $32.50 for kids 10 and under; free for munchkins under 2. 1-8 PM.

The West Hollywood spot has a full spread of Italian and American classics, all served family-style. The menu features a BN Ranch free-range turkey with leek and cornbread stuffing, butternut squash tortelli, black-truffle mashed potatoes, honey-roasted heirloom carrots, sweet potatoes and green beans, plus pumpkin pie or a pecan tart for dessert. $50 per person; $25 for kids 12 and under. 2 PM-close.

101 Coffee Shop
Hipster haven keeps it low-key for the holiday, with a modest menu of soup of the day or a crisp salad, followed by roast turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans and a hefty slice of pumpkin or pecan pie. Only $18.95 per person.

Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air
On the other side of the spectrum, go all out with a feast fit for Bel Air kings and queens. There's everything from roasted pumpkin soup to heirloom apple salad, roast turkey, sourdough-brioche stuffing, sweet potato gratin, roasted Brussels sprouts and a decadent dessert buffet. What you don't eat, you can still get wrapped up for leftovers, just like at home. $140 for adults; $65 for kids 12 and under. 12-6 PM.

The Bazaar by José Andrés
For a holiday feast with a unique twist, get roast organic turkey, salt-roasted New Zealand snapper, salty wrinkled potatoes with mojo verde, "Grandma's giblet stuffing" and mashed sweet potatoes with passion fruit meringue. $65 per person for four guests. 4-8:45 PM.

Highlights from the three- or four-course menus include lobster velouté with crostini, butternut squash risotto, rabbit ballotine, roast Alaskan halibut with escarole, haricot vert and pearl onions, and apple-cinnamon bread pudding. $65 for four courses; $49 for three; $22 for kids 12 and under.

Public Kitchen and Bar
The Hollywood Roosevelt restaurant features traditional dishes like warm kabocha squash with ricotta and rapini, roast turkey with wild rice stuffing, charred beans and giblet gravy. Choice of pecan, pumpkin or apple pie for dessert. $50 per person; $40 for kids 12 and under. 1-7 PM.

Cafe del Rey
If turkey's not your thing, the Marina del Rey restaurant has a special menu with butternut squash soup with spiced pecans and chile oil, cider-glazed pork loin with savory polenta and mustard greens, and sweet potato pecan pie with bourbon caramel sauce. $55 per person.

Inn of the Seventh Ray
If you can't leave town, at least you can slip away to Topanga Canyon and feel like you did. Highlights from chef Bradley Miller's menu include spinach-artichoke dip, fire-roasted chestnut soup with pumpernickel croutons, roast turkey with green apple and chestnut stuffing, corn spoon bread and a variety of vegetables. $59 per person; $25 for kids 12 and under.

Gordon Ramsay at the London
The three-course menu includes dishes like pumpkin soup, autumn mushroom risotto, roast organic turkey with sage stuffing, poached halibut, bread pudding and baked apple tarte tatin. $95 per person. 11:30 AM-10 PM.

Suzanne Tracht's holiday menu is chock-full of seasonal specialties like chestnut chickpea soup, oyster stew, roast turkey with cranberry relish, cornbread-and-turkey-sausage stuffing, sweet potato gratin, mashed Yukon Gold potatoes, long-cooked mustard greens and roasted onions with almond pesto. Pumpkin pie and chocolate pecan pie will be waiting for your for dessert. Vegetarian meals upon request. $85 per person; $40 for kids 12 and under. 1-8 PM.

Take Home
Duck or Turkey from Chinatown Restaurants
Get BBQ-roasted turkeys, Peking ducks and tea-smoked ducks for the holiday from various restaurants around Chinatown, including CBS Seafood, Empress Pavilion, Fortune Gourmet Kitchen, Hop Woo, Ocean Seafood and Phoenix Chinese. Or get a smoked turkey from Spring Street Smokehouse. Go here for prices and more info.

Susan Feniger's Street
You can pick up sides to make the day easier, or plan for the whole meal. Dishes to choose from include the sriracha-spiked angry eggs, pumpkin and poblano tamlaes, chicken and waffle croquettes, pandan and coconut creamed corn, shaved kale and Brussels sprouts, chorizo cornbread stuffing, roast turkey or jackfruit, various gravies and desserts. Go here for the full menu and prices. Three-day notice is needed for all orders; pick up by November 21.

You can pick up braised free-range turkey legs, smothered turkey breast or turkey pot pie, plus comfort foods like sweet potatoes with marshmallow fluff, Niman Ranch sausage stuffing and plenty of desserts on Thanksgiving Day from 9-11 AM. See the full menu here.

The Deli at Little Dom’s
Brandon Boudet does a deep-fried turkey with giblet gravy, roasted Brussels sprouts with wild boar bacon, fennel sausage stuffing and sweet potato gratin, plus Ann Kirk's pumpkin cheesecake with rum-raisin glaze, or rustic apple and pecorino tart. All orders must be placed by Tuesday, November 20, and picked up by noon on Thanksgiving Day.

MB Post
Get all of your sides here, including wild rice and sausage stuffing, cranberry kumquat relish, whipped garlic and olive oil mashed potatoes and turkey gravy. The pièce de résistance - bacon cheddar buttermilk biscuits are available by the dozen ($30). Pre-order by this Sunday and pick up on Wednesday, November 21, between noon and 4 PM.

Let the chefs at Thomas Keller's kitchen do all the prep for you - they'll brine a Diestel Farms free-range turkey and stuff it with vegetables and herbs, and you can pick up a premade kit to make the stuffing. You can also pre-order mac 'n' cheese, green bean casserole and roasted sweet potatoes in addition to pies, cookies and cakes for the dessert table. For the turkey: $80 serves 6; $115 serves 12; $150 serves 18. Sides and sweets are priced from $6 to $28. Pre-order through November 15, and pick up from November 19-21. The bakery will be open on Thanksgiving Day from 7 AM-1 PM.

Larder at Tavern
A complete Thanksgiving dinner for 10 - including the turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes with romesco, mashed potatoes, broccolini with pancetta, roasted root vegetables, gravy, cranberry sauce and the works - is available for $458. All you have to do is set it on the table. Or just pick up various side dishes and breads. Delivery is available for orders of $100 or more.

Auntie Em's
Get it all from this Eagle Rock kitchen: roast turkey or vegetarian savory nut pie, gravy for either, chipotle pumpkin soup, sweet potato casserole, roasted root vegetables, apple or pumpkin pies and cupcakes. $35 per person, including entree selection and sides; desserts and other à la carte items start at $9.95. Pickup or delivery ($25 fee) available from 8 AM-noon on Wednesday, November 21.

Whether it's shopping for cheese, wine and party foods in the marketplace or ordering the entire feast, the Brentwood Country Mart restaurant and shop have you covered. Get anything from smoked-trout deviled eggs to the roast Diestel Family Farms turkey with gravy and giblets, traditional sage stuffing and cranberry sauce with preserved orange. There are many sides and baked goods to choose from as well. Order ahead for pick-up on Tuesday-Thusday (November 20-22).

Cooks County
Dan Mattern and Roxana Jullapat are offering everything but the turkey - from snacks to sides - for pickup. There are spicy bar nuts and marinated olives for cocktail hour, arugula salad with persimmon and pomegranate, Little Gem lettuces with buttermilk blue cheese dressing, roasted squash, Blue Lake beans with hazelnuts, mashed potatoes and rich giblet gravy, and those fantastic buttermilk biscuits. Pies can be traditional or gluten-free. Check out the menu here. Order by November 19; pickup is on Wednesday between 2-6 PM.


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