Why shop spend a lot of money, clean up your house, set the table, heat up the ovens, eat too much food, and then clean up the dining room and kitchen this Thanksgiving? There are some great spots in Los Angeles that are open for Thanksgiving that offer traditional fare for lunch or dinner. A few are even open for breakfast. Check out my list to get inspired:
Canter’s Celebrates Thanksgiving
Come to Canter’s on Fairfax this Nov. 27 for a Thanksgiving dinner that includes an oven roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, yams and peas, gravy, cranberry sauce, Canter’s stuffing and a slice of pumpkin pie for $17.95. The restaurant is open 24 hours. 419 N Fairfax Ave. (323)651-2030.
Mimi’s Café Thanksgiving
Eat at Mimi’s Cafe for Thanksgiving Day for $18.99 per adult and $8.99 for kids. Guests have a choice of soup or Mimi’s House or Caesar salad. The main course is turkey, cornbread stuffing, Bourbon sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberry relish, pumpkin muffins and pumpkin pie with whipped cream or salted caramel pecan pie. For those who want to bring a feast home, order a to-go box to feed 6 to 8 people for $89.99. It comes with a whole turkey basted with rosemary herbs de provence butter or a smoked ham with orange-Dijon glaze served with mashed potatoes, Bourbon sweet potatoes, cornbread stuffing, green bean casserole and turkey gravy, cranberry relish, Dessert includes six pumpkin muffins and pumpkin pie. 2925 Los Feliz Blvd. (323)668-1715.
Open 24 hours a special Thanksgiving meal is being served at kitchen24. The Thanksgiving Goodness Dinner is $15.95. The dinner includes oven roasted turkey, a homemade buttermilk biscuit, chicken gravy, cornbread pecan stuffing, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce. Dessert is $5.95 for warm pumpkin beignets With spiced cream cheese frosting. 1608 N Cahuenga Blvd. Los Angeles, (323) 465-2424
Open on Thanksgiving from 3 to 7 p.m. for a three-course menu for $45. Start with a Fall market salad or Thaitian squash velouté. The entree selection includes a Heritage turkey with wild mushroom stuffing, roasted roots and a thyme jus or Arctic Char with sweet potato and celery root with a black truffle vinaigrette. Dessert is a chocolate hazelnut crisp or slice of pumpkin pie. 6221 Franklin Ave. (323)871-2026.
Mr C Thanksgiving
On Thursday, Nov. 27 the special holiday meal begins with a lobster bisque soup. Guests will also enjoy homemade butternut squash ravioli, oven roasted turkey with delicious side dishes and homemade pumpkin pie for $85 a person. Pair with wine for an additional $35. The chefs at Mr. C are also preparing Thanksgiving to go meals. Orders must be called in advance. 1224 Beverwil Drive (310)277-2800.
BEFORE OR AFTER SEEING AN IPIC MOVIE
Eat in or take out on Thanksgiving from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. by ordering from their regular menu a la carte or enjoy a generous three-course Thanksgiving feast at $40 for adults and $20 for kids. For take-out, please give 12-hour notice before pick up. 10840 Wilshire Blvd. (310)307-7004.
ASIAN INFLUENCED CUISINE
This California Asian fusion restaurant puts a spin on Thanksgiving to-go. The Komodo box offers a choice of two entree items that include braised ox tail with rose’ red wine, Thai spice baked pork tenderloin, or salmon filet with cream of lemongrass and black ear mushrooms. Choose three out of five side dishes that include charred corn on the cob, Mac & Cheese with Vietnamese sweet sausage, and Peking duck stuffing. Dessert is strawberry Horchata with tapioca boba. Komodo makes a house Lychee lemonade ideal for adding Gin or Vodka and topping with fresh mint. This special dinner feeds six to eight people for $350. 8809 Pico Blvd. (310)246-5153.
CAFE del REY
On Thursday, November 27, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., the iconic waterfront dining destination will celebrate Thanksgiving with an exclusive three-course prix-fixe menu for $60 per person. Celebrate the holiday with such favorites as roasted turkey breast served with sausage stuffing, green beans, truffle mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce. Chef Abair is also making lobster ceviche and roasted salmon. Desserts include sweet potato pie, pecan bars or cranberry 4451 Admiralty Way (310)823-6395.
Thanksgiving at Barton G. LA
On Thursday, Nov. 27 from 5 to 10 p.m., Barton G. LA presents Angelenos with a holiday feast featuring turkey, gravy, stuffing, candied yams and many of the classic holiday fixings in a three-course menu for $65 per person. The dishes are plated with an artful twist intended to amuse and entertain diners. Finish with pumpkin donuts with cranberry compote, pumpkin butter, spiced warm chocolate, and cinnamon anglaise. 861 N. La Cienega Blvd. (310)388-1888.
Thanksgiving at Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air
Executive chefs Kaleo Adams and Hugo Bolanos have created menus to reflect the warmth and magic of the holiday season on Nov. 27 from 12 p.m to 8 p.m. This one-of-a-kind Thanksgiving meal is $140 per adult and $65 for children under 12. 701 Stone Canyon Road (310)472-1211.
Bruce Bozzi Jr. recently opened the new Palm Restaurant in Beverly Hills and is offering a festive three-course menu on Thanksgiving Day from 2 to 8 p.m. Guests have a choice of three salads or lobster bisque or roasted butternut squash soup. For the second course, guests receive a plate of slow-roasted hand carved turkey with stuffing, cranberry sauce and giblet gravy with a choice of one seasonal side dish. Finish with a slice of chocolate pecan pie with Bourbon sauce or pumpkin pie with ginger spiced whipped cream. Dinner for adults is $55 per person and $24 for children. An a la carte dinner menu is also available. 267 N. Canon Drive (213)763-4600.
Thanksgiving at the Polo Lounge at The Beverly Hills Hotel
Enjoy brunch from 11a.m. to 3 p.m. for $90 per adult and $55 for children 12 and under. Chefs are also preparing a special dinner from 4 to 10 p.m. This special holiday meal is $135 per adult; $55 for children 12 and under. 9641 Sunset Blvd. (310)909-1663.
Thanksgiving at The Peninsula Beverly Hills
Executive Chef David Codney’s provides an exquisite take on traditional holiday dishes. Appetizers include roasted D’Anjou pears with endive, Maytag blue cheese and pecan brittle. Main courses include Long Valley Ranch short ribs with Brussels Sprouts, pomegranate and sweet potato brulée. Entrees include a “Willie Bird” free range Sonoma turkey with sage stuffing, Farmers’ Market carrots, buttermilk potatoes, Pinot cranberry chutney and traditional gravy. A bountiful dessert buffet will also be featured. The festive meal includes champagne for $130 per person. Children under 12 are $60. 9882 S Santa Monica Blvd. (310)551-2888.
M Café Thanksgiving Feast
Bring home a choice of entrée, holiday soup, salad, salad and your choice of 2 additional healthy accompaniments. Order a holiday Seitan roast or a gluten-free tempeh loaf. A selection of sides include sourdough bread stuffing with almonds and raisins, mashed pumpkin with couscous and raisins, whipped potato and rutabaga. For two it’s $75 and for four it’s $135. Orders must be placed by Nov. 24. 7119 Melrose Ave. Contact Sarah at (617)291-3847.
Overlook the Pacific at Thanksgiving
One Pico offers a casual, yet elegant Thanksgiving meal prepared by Executive Chef Isaac Gamboa. He uses classic Thanksgiving flavors and market-fresh ingredients, seasonal seafood, and a touch of coastal whimsy. The $90 three-course menu includes a range of options from which guests can choose including a traditional free range Diestel turkey and butternut squash soup. 1 Pico Blvd. (310)587-1717.
Coast at Shutters on the Beach
This coastal casual restaurant offers a $42 three-course prix-fixe Thanksgiving menu that consists of butternut squash soup with Madagascar vanilla crème fraiche, free range Diestel turkey with a Yukon gold mash, cranberries, roasted market vegetables, and smoked bacon stuffing. Finish with a pecan pie with salted caramel and bourbon whipped cream. 1 Pico Blvd.
CIRCA 55 at The Beverly Hilton
The Thanksgiving menu includes both brunch and dinner options. The brunch buffet is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for $79 for adults and $29 for children. A couple of the delicious four-course dinner selections include lobster bisque with sherry cream and chives or pumpkin bisque with toasted pepitas. Entrees include citrus brined turkey with roasted garlic mash, Marilyn Monroe’s stuffing, gravy, apple cranberry chutney or dry aged Prime Rib with Haricot Vert, Beech mushrooms, crispy shallots, rosemary jus and horseradish. Dinner starts with a amuse bouche and ends with a trio of Thanksgiving pies: pumpkin, apple crumble and golden pecan for $69 per person. 9876 Wilshire Blvd. (310)887-6055.
Nick + Stef’s Specials
For Thanksgiving day Nick + Stef’s Steakhouse offers a prix-fixe menu with roasted root vegetables with aged goat cheese, pomegranate, and chimichurri, hand carved Diestel turkey with brioche and chestnut stuffing, mashed potatoes, candied butternut squash, creamed Swiss Chard, pickled cranberry relish,and turkey gravy. The three-course meal is $52 for adults and $19 for children 10 and under. 330 S. Hope St. (213)680-0330.
Enjoy a prix fixe holiday meal starting with roasted pumpkin soup with coffee cream, Bourbon gastrique,and pumpkin seed. Entrees include veal sweetbreads with chestnut agnolotti or braised pork shoulder with savoy cabbage and apple fondue. The dessert is a chocolate Namelaka with financier, roasted Griottes, pistachio Chantilly and basil. The adult portion is $55 for three- courses and $19 for children under 10. 700 W 5th St. (213)239-6500.
BRING HOME A FEAST
Patina Catering Thanksgiving To-Go
Now through November 25 order by phone or online your holiday meal at Patina Catering. They are offering an array of traditional sides to pair with either a bone-in turkey breast or a whole roasted turkey. Highlights include classic brioche stuffing with roasted squash, charred Cinderella pumpkin soup, and roasted root vegetable salad with Tuscan kale, faro and pumpkin seeds. To complete the Thanksgiving feast, Patina Catering offers four signature pies including the classic pumpkin pie with roasted pumpkin, maple Chantilly, and leaf butter crust. There is also a winter S’mores pie with graham cracker crumble, milk chocolate pudding, and roasted marshmallow fluff. The bone-in turkey breast dinner serves 6 to 8 people with all the trimmings, two sides and one pie at $145.Call (213)814-3263 or email email@example.com. Pick up locations will be given when order is placed.
Thanksgiving Dessert at Bo Nuage
The Parisian-inspired pastry shop on Melrose offers 15 different flavors of “nuage” cakes. It’s two layers of meringue, filled with flavored whipped cream, covered in that same cream, and topped with shaved chocolate. For a Thanksgiving feast serve or bring one or both of their new seasonal flavors – Pumpkin-Ginger and Apple Cobbler. They are available in the small nuage size or full size cakes. From now until Thanksgiving buy four small nuage cakes (any flavor) and get 2 free. Or buy a 9″ inch cake for $45 and get a box of 6 mini cakes for free. The cakes are around 200 calories and available in gluten-free and dairy free options. 8010 Melrose Ave.(310)880-2065.