Thanksgiving is fast approaching and that means the turkey panic is setting in. Since the bird is the most important part of the holiday meal—even if it’s made of tofu—it has to be perfect. But not everyone has the time or prowess to make a perfect turkey. Cue the helpful restaurants and stores around town that not only sell whole birds, but roast, smoke, rotisserie, and even deep-fry them for you. If you’re looking for something beyond the traditional sage-roasted turkey, head this way.
Maple Block Meat Co.: Culver City’s new barecue joint—called the best in California by a Texas expert, mind you—will have whole wood-smoked turkeys to go. These birds are all-natural, free-range and antibiotic-free, raised on California farms. Turkeys range in size from 12-14 pounds to 20-pounders, with prices that range $217-$292. All turkeys must be pre-ordered by November 17 for a Thanksgiving Day pick-up.
Spring Street Smokehouse: The Chinatown smokehouse has whole smoked turkeys (12-14 pounds) for $65 a piece. The last day to order is on Sunday, November 22.
Smoke City Market: Valley denizens can pick up whole smoked turkeys from the Sherman Oaks Texas bbq spot for the holiday table. The birds range from 12-15 pounds, priced at $6 per pound. The last day to order is Sunday, November 22.
Little Dom’s: Every year chef Brandon Boudet gets his turkey fryer out and offers 12-pound birds for easy pick-up for the holiday. The good news: The hormone-free, all-natural, free-range turkeys are cooked in peanut oil, and come with 32 ounces of giblet gravy for $78. The bad news: There are only 50 turkeys available. Get those orders in while you can.
The Hungry Cat: Chef David Lentz will have deep-fried turkeys available for pick up at both the Hollywood and Santa Monica locations. The turkey alone is $90; the whole spread with all the trimmings for up to eight people is $275. Call the restaurants for more info.
Status Kuo: You know how good a rotisserie chicken tastes, so throwing a turkey on the spit results in one delicious bird. The Mar Vista rotisserie restaurant is offering 10-12 pound whole all-natural turkeys for $60. Final day to order is Tuesday, November 24.
Vin Loi Tofu: There are plenty of places to get tofu or seitan turkey slices as a part of a full Thanksgiving meal, but there is only one place in town that makes a whole tofu turkey in the shape of a turkey, and this Reseda vegan spot specializes in the faux bird every year. There are only 100 available ($45 a piece), so it’s probably best to order well in advance.
Bristol Farms: A chicken stuffed into a duck that’s stuffed into a turkey isn’t just a novelty, it’s actually pretty darn good. While it’s not roasted for you in advance, all Bristol Farms locations have fresh turduckens ready for your oven. Order ahead here.