Resto Roundup: Turkey Day Menus

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For some people, celebrating Thanksgiving at a restaurant is as much a tradition as Pops struggling to carve the turkey. Or maybe after your third pre-Thanksgiving pot luck, you’re not feeling much like cooking a big dinner come Thursday. Almost every restaurant in town offers a Thanksgiving dinner, and knowing the menu ahead of time can help you choose which one to hit. Here’s what a handful of local restaurants are cooking up this Turkey Day. For oodles more spots, check the comprehensive list at Gayot.com

GORDON RAMSAY AT THE LONDON
310-358-7788
$85 Adults, $50 children under 10

Starter:
Pumpkin velouté with roasted porcini, Pèrigord truffle cream
or
Roasted pumpkin risotto, braised ox cheeks, aged parmesan
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First:
Pressed foie gras with smoked duck breast, Pedro Ximénez reduction, toasted brioche
or
Smoked duck with Asian pears and banyuls reduction
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Second:
Steamed sea bass with celeriac puree paddle fish caviar, basil sauce
or
Ravioli of sea bass and roasted tiger prawns, confit tomatoes, lobster bisque
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Third:
Roasted turkey breast with confit leg, braised red cabbage, port wine jus
or
Slow poached turkey breast, wild mushroom ballottine, glazed turnips, bacon and onion jus
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Pre dessert
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Dessert:
Pineapple ravioli with berries and mineral water sorbet
or
Pineapple soufflé with Thai curry ice cream
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Coffee and infusions

 

MÉLISSE
310-395-0881
$89.00 Adults and $42.00 Children (8 and under)

Amuse
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Starter:
Mixed Fall Green Salad
Cooked and Raw Beets, Pistachio Crusted Goat Cheese, Sherry Walnut Vinaigrette
or
Traditional Pumpkin Soup
Mushroom Hash, Almond Butter
or
Maine Lobster Ravioli
Add White Shaved Truffles $48 Supplement
or
Seared Foie Gras
Muscavado Glazed Pear Tart, All Spice-Currant Reduction
or
Maine Diver Scallops
Sweet Corn, Chorizo, Yellow Pepper Emulsion
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Main:
Herb Roasted Free Range Turkey
Chanterelle Mushrooms, Apple and Brioche Stuffing
Pomegranate Gravy
or
Whole Roasted Dry Aged Prime Rib
Yorkshire Pudding, Horseradish Jus
or
Crispy Eastern Bass
Roasted Fall Squash, Confit Tomatoes
Champagne-Truffle Reduction
or
Wild Mushroom and Sweet Corn Torte
Autumn Herb Jus
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Sides:
Creamed Spinach
Praline Pecan Yams
Braised White Mushrooms
Szechwan Green Beans
Yukon Potato Puree
Fresh Cranberry Sauce
Roasted Root Vegetables
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Dessert:
Creme Anglaise, Cinnamon Cider Ice Cream
or
Pecan Pie
or
Chocolate Souffle Cake
or
Chocolate Sorbet, Praline Sauce, Pudwill Berries
or
Spiced Pumpkin Pie
or
Sauce "Terre et Mer," Vanilla Ice Cream

 

SADDLE PEAK LODGE
818-222-3888
$90 Adults, $45 children 12 and under

Starter:
Pumpkin and Parmesan Soup with crouton rustique, pumpkin seed oil and sesame mascarpone
or
Roasted Apple Salad with Belgian endive, baby arugula, cider vinaigrette and St. Agur blue cheese
or
Bibb Lettuce Salad with squash, pumpkin seeds, crispy chestnuts and cranberry vinaigrette.
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First:
Grilled Quail with fricassee of bacon, pearl onions, artichokes and potatoes
or
Seared Diver Scallops with butternut squash, roasted garlic, sherry and maple; or
Warm Laura Chenel Goat Cheese with salad of roasted beets, orange, tarragon and roasted pistachios.
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Second:
Duo of Diestel Farms Turkey, roasted breast, braised leg, sage stuffing, candied yams, sautéed haricot vert, cranberry sauce and gravy
or
Roasted Angus Prime Rib with sautéed baby spinach, potatoes au gratin and truffle jus
or
Pan Roasted Scottish Salmon with pumpkin, bacon, apple hash, tempura squash blossom and zucchini flower butter
or
Seared New Zealand Venison Loin with pommes puree; mushrooms “Bourdelaise,” baby globe carrots and seared baby brussel sprouts
or
Roasted Pumpkin Agnolotti with chanterelle mushrooms, baby carrots, shaved pecorino and truffle essence.
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Dessert:
Apple Cobbler with cinnamon vanilla ice cream and spiced apple cider
or
Saddle Peak Lodge S’more with graham cracker cake, molten chocolate and homemade marshmallow
or
Pumpkin Pie with Tahitian vanilla whipped cream and graham cracker dust.

 

TRACHT’S
562-499-2533
$52 Adults, $26 Children under 12

Starter:
Pumpkin Soup
or
Salad of Fall Lettuces
gala apple, celery root, mustard vinaigrette
or
bloomsdale spinach, shaved baby artichoke, pancetta, meyer lemon.
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Family style mains:
Heritage Turkey
Or
Tracht’s signature Pot Roast.
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Sides:
Chicken sausage cornbread stuffing
Cranberry sauce
Creamed spinach
Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes
Turkey Gravy
Braised Brussel Sprouts
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Dessert platter:
Pumpkin Pie
Pecan Tart
Apple Crumble
Chocolate Pudding

 

JOE’S RESTAURANT
310-399-5811
$58 Adults, $20 Children

Starter:
Sweet potato soup, dried cranberries, foie parfait
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First:
bib lettuce salad, celery and celery leaves,
bosc pears, young pecorino, Sherry honey vinaigrette
or
Crisp pork belly and beans “deconstructed”
Persian beans, onion jam, maple glaze
or
Drunken mushroom soup, Cabra de Vino
Rich mushroom broth made with chicken and turkey
or
Kobacha squash gnocchi, shell fish stew of
Mussels, scallops and razor clams, olive oil emulsion
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Main:
Mustard and bay leaf brined Shelton turkey
Chicken oyster stuffing, candied yams with house made marshmallows, braised autumn greens, mashed potatoes, pan gravy, cranberries, cranberries, cranberries
or
Roasted leg of Millbrook Farms venison
Squash and apple risotto, butternut squash puree,
Grilled swiss chard, dried pear and venison jus
or
Eastern cod “sous vide”, roasted beets, baby turnips
Baby corn and celery root puree, celery sauce
or
Autumn vegetable plate
Farmer’s market vegetable’s and starches
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Dessert:
Sticky toffee cake, lemon caramel, duce del leche ice cream
or
Pumpkin bread pudding, spiced broth,
White chocolate ice cream
or
Pecan tart, chocolate cinnamon ice cream
or
Roasted empire apple, cranberry, date and maple filling
Walnut charmula, cranberry sorbet.

JAR
323-655-6566
$85 Adults, $40 Children 12 and under
Either a salmon or vegetarian meal is available upon request at time of reservation

Starter:
Chestnut chickpea soup
or
Fall apple celery salad with Marcona almonds and fresh Parmesan
or
Oyster stew with Chinese celery, leeks, garlic, and thyme cream
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Main:
Roasted turkey with homemade cranberry relish
or
Cornbread & turkey sausage stuffing
or
Sweet potatoes au gratin
or
Mashed Yukon gold potatoes with gravy
or
Braised brussels sprouts
or
Roasted onions with almond pesto
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Dessert:
Pumpkin pie
or
Fall crisp with vanilla ice cream
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Coffee or tea

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