Whether you'd rather beast it up in the kitchen or leave it to the pros, L.A. restaurants and caterers have got this whole turkey day thing down pat.
'Eat to The Beat' Thanksgiving Food and Music Happening at Grand Central Market — 11/23
Grub and grind on over to Grand Central Market this weekend for a pre-Giving celebration benefiting dublab, a non-profit radio collective dedicated to promoting music and culture. Events include an "Around the World in 360 Minutes" potluck and a community record fair, with seasonal eats served up by Lupita's, Egg Slut, G&B Coffee, and others. Admission is free. More information.
Thanksgivukkah At The Pikey — 11/28
From 3:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., Hollywood's acclaimed English pub The Pikey is throwing a Thanksgiving party perfect for millennials. Gut-busting deep fried turkey legs and mac and cheese take their place alongside classier herb stuffing, delicata squash, and roasted potatoes, just $25 per person. Matzo ball soup and latkes can be tacked on for an additional cost. More information.
Thanksgiving Cocktails and Leftovers at Tart — 11/28
Eating out for Thanksgiving can sometimes leave you with a hankering for home. Luckily, the hearty food and free-flowing libations are in no short supply this year at Tart. For just $35, the sage-chestnut stuffing and Pilgrim Pear cocktails (citrus vodka, citrus and vanilla liquor, pear, cream soda, and ginger ale) should leave you feeling warm and fuzzy. Best of all, everyone is encouraged to go home with a bag of leftovers. No, really, we insist. More information.
The Sexiest Thanksgiving Party in Town at Petit Ermitage — 11/28
Everything's sexier when booze is involved, even turkey. This Thanksgiving, dodge grandma's awkwardly raunchy tall tales and head to Petit Ermitage for fresh juice cocktails, free range birds, and a hot, 90-degree saltwater pool at their Orphan's Thanksgiving. It's not all lawless debauchery, though. This hoedown's for hotel guests only. More information.
Pints for Cans and Next Day Thanksgiving Turkey Sandwich at 33 Taps — 11/28
In partnership with the Los Angeles Food Bank, 33 Taps is offering folks a free pint of beer for every two non-perishable food items donated to its Pints for Cans holiday food drive. It's also selling a Next Day Thanksgiving turkey burger covered with mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and mayonnaise — yum-my. More information.
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A Very Hollywood Thanksgiving at Delphine's Eatery + Bar — 11/28
Leave it to Los Angeles to trade the pumpkin pie for kabocha squash and the carb-heavy stuffing for ceviche. WeHo's Delphine Eatery + Bar is giving the holiday the full California treatment with a surf and turf menu featuring raw oysters, Brussels sprouts, and roasted Diesel turkey. Dinner is $55 a person and reservations are strongly recommended. More information.
Thanksgiving Dinner at FIG — 11/28
Sure, you could brine your own turkey in piloncillo and chipotle and fold your own apple pie filing into flaky baklavas, but why, when a professional chef can do it for you? FIG's Thanksgiving dinner features a range of dressed-up holiday favorites, including creamed spinach with egg and chicharron and roasted beef with peppercorn sauce.The full family-style menu is $69 for adults and $35 for kids. More information.
Cleopatra's Feast at Cleo — 11/28
Go Greek for Thanksgiving at The Redbury. For $65 a person, Cleo guests will chow down on spiced pita chips, mint and vegetable dolmades, and roasted lamb tapenades, as well as a complementary glass of pomegranate champagne. More information.
Thanksgiving Dinner and Black Friday Drinks at Bouchon — 11/28 - 29
Bakery and bistro lovers are invited to Bouchon's first ever Thanksgiving brunch and dinner service, featuring turkey or prime rib, $38 - $48 a person depending on which. The next day, take a much-needed break from Black Friday shopping with buy one-get one cocktails. Just hope the line isn't crazy. More information.
Free Thanksgiving Supper at Cafe Gratitude Venice — 11/28
For the 10th year in a row, Cafe Gratitude is inviting Angelenos over to its Venice Beach location for a completely free, completely vegan Thanksgiving supper. From 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (or while supplies last), Gratitude staff and volunteers will be serving up all sorts of heart-warming eats, including garlic mashed potatoes, persimmon salad, and vegan pumpkin pie. Want to volunteer? Two hour shifts start as early as 9:00 a.m. Thursday morning. More information.
Thanksgiving Tour de Force at Terranea Resort — 11/28
Elegant or casual? Fusion or traditional? At Terranea, you don't have to — ahem — turkey hole yourself to just one cuisine. Find Asian-inspired trimmings at bashi, family style turkey and bisque at Catalina Kitchen, and football and a beer garden at Nelson's. Check the events page for pricing. More information.
French-Inspired Thanksgiving Treats at Little Next Door
Every Thanksgiving table needs turkey-shaped French bread. Find this, along with cinnamon marshmallow-topped pumpkin pies and earl grey pecan tarts, at 3rd street's Little Next Door. Available through November. More information.
The Thanksgiving Table by Whoa Nelly
Not a planning person? No problem. From wine pairings to sweet potato gratin, Whoa Nelly's full-service Thanksgiving Table has got all your bases covered, so you can just sit back and loosen some belt loops. Orders must be submitted by Friday, November 22, though, so get yours in. More information.
Turkey, Sides, and Pie from Short Order
Short Order wants to be your one-stop shop for turkey day. In partnership with Marconda's Puritan Poultry, they're offering stuffing kits, turkey stock, giblet gravy, cranberry relish, brioche rolls, roasted Brussels sprouts, roasted squash, and pies from between $6 to to $30 a la carte, or in larger packages for 6 - 8, 12 - 16, and 18 - 22, for all you really popular kids. Pre-orders available until Monday. More information.
Thanksgiving Feast from The Larder
Invite chefs Suzane Goin and Caroline Styne over to your house for Thanksgiving (kind of) via their ready-made dinner packages from The Larder. Bacon-wrapped dates, salmon and rye crostinis, and organic turkeys are all on the menu, the whole spread for ten people ($448), or a la carte. More information.
Pick-Up Dinner at Tam O'Shanter
It's no corned beef, but Tam O'Shanter's special holiday menu does feature roasted turkey, prime rib, creamed horseradish, and more. Orders can be placed until Tuesday with pick up Thursday between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. More information.
Vegan Sides and Pies at Cafe Gratitude
The folks at Cafe Gratitude are pouring out a flurry of vegan sides and desserts for Thanksgiving dinner, including miso maple Brussels sprouts and vegan pecan pie. Still, conscientious potluckers better get going: orders must be placed by Sunday, November 24 and picked up between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. next Wednesday. More information.
Thanksgiving To-Go at M Cafe
Skip the tofurkey and go straight for the tempeh, with M Cafe's Thanksgiving To-Go. $70 buys dinner for two and your choice of seitan roast or tempeh loaf, as well as spiced butternut bisque, winter green salad, and two additional sides. $130 feeds four. Orders due by 5:00 p.m. next Monday. More information.
At Four Seasons Westlake — 11/28
Want spaghetti squash latkes and pumpkin crème brulee? Find both at the Thanksgivukkah buffet at the Four Seasons in Westlake. Seatings are $109 for adults, $54 for kids 4 - 12. The Hampton's waterfall lawn provides a sumptuous backdrop. More information.
At Hyatt Regency — 11/28
Ring in the first Thanksgivukkah in 125 years with a complementary glass of champagne at the Hyatt Regency Thanksgivukkah buffet. Chef Felix Nappoly will prepare a multi-course amalgamation of the two holidays (think pumpkin pie sufganiyot donuts and red velvet cake pop dreidels), as well as a few paleo options for good measure. Nab your spot soon. It's $70 per adult and $25 per child. More information.