Thanksgiving Dining specials

For those who enjoy spending free time outside or doing something else other than spending your entire day in a kitchen cooking a Thanksgiving feast, here are 16 dining destinations open on Thanksgiving Day. Check out some spots to pick up a pie to bring to a family or friend’s home.

  1. Merry Thanksgiving at Mari – On Thursday, Nov. 22, enjoy a prix-fixe dinner menu for $55 per person from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Meet family and friends staying at the InterContinental Los Angeles Century City in the lobby’s Copper Lounge for a special cocktail before dinner at Mari. Diners get a choice of either roasted kabocha squash soup or roasted Bosc pear and endive salad. Entrées include slow-roasted turkey with trimmings or herb-crusted, slow-roasted prime rib with horseradish-whipped potatoes, charred broccolini, rosemary demi-glace or salt-baked salmon with beet risotto and a roasted fennel purée. Finish with either a pumpkin tart with pear sorbet or a chocolate hazelnut flourless cake with caramel, orange and praline. 2151 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, (310)284-6536.
  2. Veggie Grill Plant-based Thanksgiving – The healthy, fast-casual brand makes celebrating with family easy by offering festive dishes in store. For a simpler Thanksgiving with all the flavors, the chefs are making a $11.50 Thanksgiving sandwich made with layers of rosemary chicken with cornbread dressing, creamy mushroom gravy, cranberry sauce and Vegenaise, an egg-free mayonnaise, on a hearty roll and served with mashed yams. Veggie Grill is open on Thanksgiving from noon to 11 p.m. 6374 Sunset Blvd., Ste. A, Los Angeles, (323)962-3354, and from noon to 8 p.m. at 110 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, (323)933-3997.
  3.  Hassle-free Turkey Day at Del Frisco’s Grille – Head to the beach to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings on Nov. 22 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. This ocean side restaurant overlooking the Santa Monica Pier is offering a three-course traditional turkey dinner, with no clean up afterward. Family style signature fall items include roasted butternut squash bisque, herb and citrus butter roasted turkey with gravy and cranberry sauce, and pumpkin cheesecake. 1551 Ocean Ave. Suite 105 (310)395-7333.
  4. Thanksgiving at Barton G – This whimsical dining destination is serving a three-course, prix-fixe Thanksgiving dinner. The restaurant’s unique presentations will be prepared with classic Thanksgiving ingredients. A roasted acorn squash salad is served before the herb-roasted turkey breast with confit leg and cranberry-walnut stuffing, maple-roasted root vegetable with crumbled cornbread, whipped celery root and Yukon Gold potatoes, and a brown butter and Frangelico sweet potato casserole. Finish with pumpkin and apple beignets served with  cranberry jam, pumpkin butter and orange anglaise. $75 per person. 861 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, (310)388-1888.
  5.  Hotel Shangri-La Thanksgiving Feast – Join others for the annual Thanksgiving buffet at Hotel Shangri-La. Take the elevator up to The Penthouse for unobstructed ocean views with indoor or outdoor seating. There are over 20 culinary offerings including herb butter slow cooked turkey, spiced boneless rib eye, brown butter poached salmon with root vegetables, cold seafood display, and green beans almondine. Executive Chef Jessica Bedolla will also be serving pumpkin pie, homemade bread pudding, and chocolate cake from 12 to 6 p.m. Following the festive meal, diners are invited to enjoy a digestif across the hall at ONYX, Santa Monica’s first indoor/outdoor rooftop bar. The price is $79 for adults and $45 for children 6 – 12 years old. 1301 Ocean Ave. (310)394-2791.
  6. Thanksgiving at Barton G – This whimsical dining destination is serving a three-course, prix-fixe Thanksgiving dinner. The restaurant’s unique presentations will be prepared with classic Thanksgiving ingredients. A roasted acorn squash salad is served before the herb-roasted turkey breast with confit leg and cranberry-walnut stuffing, maple-roasted root vegetable with crumbled cornbread, whipped celery root and Yukon Gold potatoes, and a brown butter and Frangelico sweet potato casserole. Finish with pumpkin and apple beignets served with  cranberry jam, pumpkin butter and orange anglaise. $75 per person. 861 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, (310)388-1888.
  7. Granville Gives Back To Fire Fighters – Granville is offering free meals for any rescue workers, law enforcement officers and fire fighters now through Friday, Nov. 23. While at Granville be sure to order a Medicina cocktail. Granville is also donating 100% of proceeds of every Medicina ordered to the IAFF (International Association of Fire Fighters) Disaster Relief Fund until Friday, Nov. 23. 8701 Beverly Blvd. (424)522-5161, 12345 Ventura Blvd. (818)506-7050, 807 Americana Way (818)550-0472 and 121 N. San Fernando Blvd. (818)848-4726.
  8. Viviane Beverly Hills’ Thanksgiving – Chef Michael Reed will prepare a poolside Thanksgiving prix-fixe menu for those looking to dine out on the holiday. For $65 per person, guests can enjoy a three-course menu highlighting Thanksgiving classics such as butternut squash soup, garlic mashed potatoes, traditional brioche bread stuffing and roasted Brussels sprouts with dates and pumpkin seeds. For the main course, guests can choose from slow-roasted turkey, roast beef or stuffed portobello mushroom. Dessert options include a mini pumpkin pie or mini Granny Smith apple pie. The menu will be available from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. alongside a limited selection of à la carte dishes from the regular Viviane menu. Guests are encouraged to make reservations in advance. 9400 W. Olympic Blvd., (310)277-5221.
  9. ‘Season to Soar’ at the InterContinental – Enjoy a Dekkadance buffet and bottomless sparkling rosé or mimosas on Thanksgiving from noon to 6 p.m. The meal is $95 for adults and $45 for children ages 5 to 12. Afterwards, an à la carte menu will be offered from 6 to 10 p.m. Additionally, “Season to Soar” is back at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown with hotel-wide specials on select menu items. Enjoy s’mores with homemade marshmallows, graham crackers and milk chocolate bars at Spire 73, and a portion of the $18 dessert will be donated to support Alzheimer’s Association Southland Chapter throughout November and December. The November “Season to Soar” cocktail, Winter is Coming, is made with Eagle Rare bourbon, Amaro Montenegro, apple juice, cinnamon syrup and lemon juice, garnished with nutmeg and dried apple. It’s available at Spire 73, La Boucherie, Lobby Lounge, Dekkadance and Sora. Pick up pre-ordered, house-made pumpkin or pecan pie, assorted truffles and macarons now through Dec. 30. Two-day advanced notice are required for truffles and macarons, and three-day advanced notice are required for pies. 900 Wilshire Blvd., (213)688-7777.
  10.  Family-style holiday prix-fixe at Craft – Craft Los Angeles will offer a prix-fixe feast from chef de cuisine Denis Crutchfield who will blend traditional holiday plates with Craft favorites. Guests begin with seasonally driven starters, such as pork belly with celery root, and then can choose from roasted organic free-range turkey, Angus beef short ribs, seafood or pasta dishes. An assortment of sides such as sausage and raisin stuffing, and Brussels sprouts will also be available. Pastry chef Shannon Swindle is baking classic and reimagined fall desserts, including a pumpkin pecan cheesecake and apple sticky pudding. The cost is $145 per person with an additional $65 for an optional wine pairing. Reservations will be available for 1 to 8 p.m. 10100 Constellation Blvd., Los Angeles, (310)279-4180.
  11.  Lawry’s The Prime Rib to-go – This Thanksgiving, bring Lawry’s traditional prime rib and turkey dinners home. The turkey holiday feast includes classic Lawry’s sides such as creamed corn, creamed spinach and mashed potatoes, along with stuffing and cranberry sauce. Prime rib dinners to-go will also be available with signature side offerings and Yorkshire pudding batter to bake fresh at home. Desserts available à la carte include apple and pumpkin pies, as well as C.C. Brown’s hot fudge sauce so diners can recreate the famous sundae at home. To place an order, visit bit.ly/2zISzoE. 100 La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, (310)652-2827.
  12. NoMad Thanksgiving – NoMad Los Angeles in downtown will offer a $59 holiday prix-fixe menu alongside its regular à la carte menu for dine-in guests only. The set menu begins with the choice of butternut squash soup or puntarelle salad, followed by roasted turkey breast or the famous NoMad whole-roasted chicken with black truffle. Family-style sides, including stuffing, potato purée, crispy Brussels sprouts and cranberry sauce will be offered as well. An apple cobbler with brown sugar crumble and vanilla ice cream brings the meal to a sweet close. For reservations, visit bit.ly/2z3C5YH. 649 S. Olive St., Los Angeles, (213)358-0000.
  13. Thanksgiving with all the trimmings from Du-par’s – Sit back and spend time with your family instead of cooking on Thanksgiving. Order an individual meal with turkey and trimmings or a feast for up to 10 people. For those who prefer to cook their own turkey, pick up the trimmings, sides and a pie or two for dessert. 6333 W. Third St., Los Angeles, (323)933-8446.
  14.  Huckleberry Bakery & Café is having a Pop-up on Nov. 22 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Pick up your catering order and Esters will be there with a sidewalk sale selling some wine for your Thanksgiving table. There will be Champagne, Riesling, Beaujolais and more to pair perfectly with turkey and the fixings. Esters Wine Shop & Bar will have pre-packaged boxes for last-minute host gifts. On Black Friday until Cyber Monday, enjoy 20% off all Esters Wine Club Memberships. From Savvy Sipper to Adventurer to Collector, there’s a club for any budget. 1014 Wilshire Blvd. 
  15. Winston Pies for Thanksgiving – Special holiday pie flavors at Winston Pies include harvest apple, fall pumpkin, classic southern pecan, Twix and a very original cranberry orange chess pie. They also offer gluten-free and vegan options. The pies are 11 inches, perfect for larger gatherings. The shop also makes five-inch mini pies, and small PieBites are available for $20 a dozen. Place your order online and pick it up at the West Hollywood location by Wednesday, Nov. 21, or the Brentwood location by noon on Thursday, Nov. 22. 8366 W. Third St., Los Angeles, (323)925-4743. 11678 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, (310)207-5743.
  16. Homeboy Bakery pies – Enjoy handmade, nine-inch pies made by the dedicated homeboys and homegirls of the Homeboy Industries Bakery for your Thanksgiving feast. Choose from pumpkin, apple or pecan. The pies are made to order and baked in a small-batch kitchen in downtown Los Angeles with an all-butter crust and high-quality ingredients. To place an order, visit bit.ly/2DBdL4m. Pickup at Homegirl Cafe by Nov. 21. The social programs by Homeboy Industries help provide jobs to people wishing to change their lives. 130 Bruno St., (888)341-1422.This was also featured in the Beverly Press on Nov. 15, 2018

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