Face it. Cooking a Thanksgiving spread isn’t always doable or enjoyable, while going out to eat on the holiday doesn’t feel quite right either. The obvious (but not employed nearly enough) solution? Pick up a turkey, sides, and desserts from some of the city’s most beloved restaurants. Get your order in early at the places below, so you can have your pie—and eat it, too.
Avoid burning down your house and let chef Brandon Boudet cook your turkey ($80 for a 10-to-12-pound bird) and sides ($40 to $45 for six to eight servings). “On Thanksgiving morning our team sets up about a dozen deep fryers on the sidewalk outside the deli,” explains Boudet of the popular Los Feliz spot’s 11-year-old tradition. “Neighbors stop in for an Irish coffee or mimosa and hang out while we cook their turkeys.” 2128 Hillhurst Ave., Los Feliz.
The modern Jewish eatery is whipping up a full meal ($230, serves four to eight) with a roasted bird, pan gravy, challah bread stuffing, the traditional Passover sweet potato-and-fruit casserole known as tzimmes, savory rugelach, pommes purée, and chicory salad. If turkey isn’t your thing, opt for the brisket ($165, serves four). 2619 Sunset Blvd., Echo Park.
If you want that roasting-turkey smell wafting through your house (and tricking your guests), turn to Suzanne Goin. The James Beard Award winner is offering a 16-pound turkey that’s been brined, buttered, and slathered in herbs. Just pop it in the oven and pour yourself a glass of wine. Gravy and various sides, like sweet potatoes with romesco, round out the eight-person meal ($600). 11648 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood.
The Beverly Hills institution offers a turkey breast dinner (below, $295, serves eight to 10) for the holidays. It includes classic sides—no nouveau riffs here—like creamed corn, creamed spinach, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and Lawry’s Famous Spinning Bowl Salad. The ice and coordination required to spin the salad are not included. Prime rib dinners ($525 for 12 to 15 people) are also available to go. 100 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills.
“After a year around meat, on Thanksgiving I actually eat salmon,” admits pit master Burt Bakman. Handily, those who do want to eat turkey can order one of his birds. The 16-pounders ($135) are smoked for four and a half hours, giving them a unique savory taste that might make you swear off your oven. 8136 W. 3rd St., Beverly Grove.
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