17 L.A. Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving That Are Better Than Mom's Cooking
Photo Credit: Jakob N. LaymanA Tavern Thanksgiving
Arguably the most important meal of the year, the traditional Thanksgiving feast can be a trial to prepare. Cooks have to spend hours -- and hours and days -- brining the bird, making stuffing and putting together any number of potato and vegetable side dishes, not to mention baking all that pie. Thankfully, some pretty great restaurants all over Los Angeles are providing their own twist on the Thanksgiving feast. Think about it: If you had a choice between spending days buying and prepping and cooking, and don't forget about cleaning all this stuff up, and having Suzanne Goin or Jose Andres or Ray Garcia or Joe Miller doing all that work for you, what would you do?
The Bazaar: At The Bazaar, Jose Andres puts a Thanksgiving twist on his signature tapas with a traditional prix fixe menu. Get a choice of organic "family style" turkey or salt-roasted New Zealand snapper for $65 a person. 465 S. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills; (310) 246-5555; thebazaar.com.
Bouchon Bistro: Bouchon offers its first-ever Thanksgiving dinner this year, which will consist of turkey and all of the trimmings: green bean casserole, corn bread and cranberry relish. The restaurant will also celebrate Black Friday with a two-for-one drink deal. 235 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills; 310-271-9910; bouchonbistro.com/beverlyhills.
Craft: Craft chef Ray England and pastry chef Shannon Swindle collaborate on a generous family-style feast that includes dishes such as diver sea scallops, lobster fritter with celery root remoulade, chestnut agnolloti and of course, turkey. $115 per person. 10100 Constellation Blvd., Beverly Hills; 310-279-4180; craftrestaurantsinc.com.
Mr. C Beverly Hills: At $80 a person, The Restaurant at Mr. C is doling out holiday favorites like Maine lobster bisque, pumpkin ravioli, chestnut stuffing and turkey. An a la carte menu will also be offered. 1224 Beverwil Drive, Beverly Hills; 877-334- 5623; mrchotels.com
Scarpetta: Scarpetta is offering a lavish all-day buffet. Some of the Italian-influenced dishes will include baked cicotta cavatelli with butternut squash, cornbread with prosciutto and thyme, and three different types of turkey. $95 for adults and $35 for children (4-12). 225 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills; 877-723-9910; montagebeverlyhills.com.
Tres: For $52 per person, Tres is hosting a lunch buffet that promises carving stations and caviar, but after 5 p.m. they will revert to their traditional dinner menu. 465 S. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills; 310-246-5551; sbe.com/tres.
Café Pinot: Café Pinot is serving a Thanksgiving-inspired three-course menu from 2 to 8 p.m. Guests can choose between five appetizers, main courses like turkey breast and duck and black forest cake or pumpkin "pie" for dessert. $55 per person. Children 12 and under can order a kid's meal for $19. 700 West Fifth St., Los Angeles; 213-239-6500; patinagroup.com.
La Boheme: For $46, enjoy a three-course dinner served from 2-8 p.m. The main course is a choice between Diestel free-range turkey with traditional sides and a vegetarian gratin made with butternut squash, leeks and celery root. 8400 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles; 323-848-2360; globaldiningca.com/laboheme.
Patina: Celebrate Thanksgiving with a three or four-course feast at the famed Walt Disney Concert Hall. Beyond turkey, the Patina menu has offerings like Alaskan halibut, beef tenderloin with smoked bone marrow and even a selection of caviar (at an extra price). Three courses cost $55 while four cost $70. Children 12 and under can order a kid's meal for $19. 141 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles; 213-972-3331; patinarestaurant.com.
Trader Vic's: The classic tikki lounge is serving a hearty prix fixe starting at 4 p.m. The fixed choices include butternut squash soup, Trader Vic's traditional turkey dinner and the choice of pumpkin or pecan pie. 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles; 213-785-3330; tradervicsla.com.
The Pikey: The Pikey's Thanksgiving feast is all about turkey. Guests may choose from a "cruelty free" organic fried turkey leg or breast, each served with "all the traditional fixings" for $25. 7617 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles; 323-850-5400; thepikeyla.com.
Public Kitchen and Bar: The restaurant at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel will be open on Thanksgiving Day, featuring an as yet unreleased festive menu. 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles; 323-769-8888; thompsonhotels.com.
FIG: Chef Ray Garcia is serving up Thanksgiving family-style with dishes like piloncillo and chipotle brined Mary's turkey. Meals begin at 12, 3 and 6 p.m. and cost $69 per person. 101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica; 310-319-3111; figsantamonica.com.
The Hungry Cat: In addition to a deep-fried turkey dinner, the seafood restaurant will feature a raw bar a la carte and cups of Big Dave's special eggnog recipe. The feast is $65 per person and $32.50 for kids 10 and under. Kids two and under eat free. 100 W. Channel Rd., Santa Monica; 310-459-3337; thehungrycat.com.
JiRaffe: At $72 per person, JiRaffe will serve a three-course prix fixe that includes dishes like pancetta-wrapped sea scallops, Dungeness crab cakes, bouillabaisse and roast turkey. Supplemental sides and an amuse-bouche are offered for an extra charge. 502 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica; 310-917-6671; jirafferestaurant.com.
Joe's Restaurant: Joe's is serving a $60 Thanksgiving prix fixe with a country twist. Try their venison roast, black grouper, duck sausage and apple stuffing or their turkey, which comes glazed in mustard and rye bourbon. 1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice; 310-399-5811; joesrestaurant.com.
Tavern: Join chef-owner Suzanne Goin for a Thanksgiving prix fixe dinner, with a choice between a classic turkey breast-and-leg combo and the Vegan and Vegetarian Thanksgiving Extravaganza. $65 per adult, while children 12 and under eat for $35. 11648 San Vincente Blvd., Brentwood; 310-806-6466; tavernla.com.
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