This Thanksgiving Do it in Style and Let the Pros Cook

If you don’t have a bunch of relatives insisting on your famous green bean casserole this year, why not just make a reservation? Not only are you guaranteed a delicious meal, but they even do the dishes!

Delphine at the W is presenting a four-course prix-fixe menu Executive Chef Sascha Lyon will guide the palate “one if by land, two if by sea,” through four-courses.  Diners can enjoy a raw bar featuring fresh oysters, seafood ceviche, and prawns. “Hors d’oeuvre options include Butternut Squash Soup followed by Organic Kale Salad; Main Entrée selections embrace holiday classics such as Roasted Turkey, Wild Mushrooms, Sweet Potato Pureé, Country Bread Stuffing, Haricot Vert and Almonds; Dessert tops off the harvest fête with Pumpkin Pie and Brown Sugar Bourbon Ice Cream or Chocolate Pecan Pie with Nutmeg Pear Ice Cream.” ($55).

At LA Market Restaurant by Kerry Simon you can order a three-course, prix fixe holiday menu  featuring “the restaurant’s signature contemporary comfort cuisine with a spin on classic holiday dishes” including Red Kuri Squash Soup with Southern fried rock shrimp, roasted chestnut, and Fuji apple; and Pumpkin Flan with autumn fruit compote, hazelnut praline, and spiced Anglaise. ($52) 

Another favorite local spot, Joe’s, is cooking up a Thanksgiving feast from 1PM-9PM. The first course will be Late Autumn’s Butternut Squash Soup, draped with Lobster. In addition, the menu willinclude Carlsbad’s Best Mussels, met in the bowl with Fennel, Parsley, Espilette Aioli, Grilled Baguette Gold and Crimson Beets, paired with Buffula Mozzarella, dusted with Lemoned Pistachio Gremolata, Millbrook NY’s Venison molded into Pate and accompanied by Asian Pear Mustarda, Scarborough Farmed Frisee, and Cider Pickled Shallot, Cider Glazed Turkeys from Mary’s Farm, with chicken Oyster Stuffing, and Jamboree of Rutabaga Puree, Windrose grown, Roasted Young Turnips, Braised Fennel, Chanterelle Mushrooms plucked from Santa Cruz. Come on, when is the last time you ate a Jamboree? Call for reservations  (310) 399-5811. ($44 and $56)

Asia de Cuba at the Mondrian on the Sunset Strip puts an Asian-Latin spin on Thanksgiving. The menu is available a la carte or as part of a tasting menu. Appetizers include Tuna Pica and Cuban Pumpkin Soup, with thei classic entrees of Char Sui Beef Short Ribs an Miso Cured Alaskan Butterfish and Turkey Roulade. With parties of four of more Cuban BBQ Chicken. With six you get egg roll.  ($36 and $69)

Public Kitchen & Bar in the Historic Hollywood Roosevelt is offering a three course prix fixe menu. Diners may choose from a traditional Thanksgiving feast of Kabocha Squash Soup, Turkey, and pumpkin pie or take a walk on the wild side. Guests with special dietary needs are cheerfully accomodated. We can personally vouch for their pumpkin pie. ($49 per adult $25 per child)  Free valet parking with validation. Reservations 323.769.8888 

CAFE del REY—Marina del Rey’s iconic seaside dining destination—features a three-course, prix-fixe holiday menu ($55 per person). Emphasis is placed on housemade products, such as Housemade Veal & Pork Sausage with apple compote and braised red chard. Attention parents: cafe del rey offers a special kid-friendly menu with traditonal roats turkey, cheese pizza or penne pasta ($18). Reservations can be made by calling the restaurant at 310.823.6395

Locanda del Lago on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica cooks with a Northern Italian twist as evidenced by a la carte items such as Tortelloni di Mele in Salsa di Fegato Grasso (Housemade Apple Tortelloni with foie gras sauce) on their  a seasonal, multi-course menu. The e prix-fixe meal features an all-natural, free-range Diestel Family Turkey Ranch turkey ($49 three courses, $59 four courses, $20 optional wine pairings) Reservations can be made by calling 310.451.3525  

Westwood Village’s Napa Valley Grille presents a festive three-course menu ($49 per person) following their ethic of using locally-grown ingredients from Southern California’s family farms and all-natural proteins from artisanal purveyors. Plus they offer a Kid’s Menu with Turkey for $12.50 (for children ages 12 and under). ‘To enjoy a taste of Napa Valley Grille at home, diners on-the-go can place orders for Thanksgiving dinner to-go with takeaway menu options for a rustic holiday feast to serve 8 – 12 people. Ranging in price from $9-75 (serves 8 – 12), diners can give thanks whilst savoring Chef Joseph’s signature housemade Cranberry Orange Sauce, Natural Diestel Turkey Breast or Leg, Turkey Gravy, Roasted Yams, and Focaccia Dressing, among others. Time-crunched Angelenos can reserve their Thanksgiving meal by emailing by 1 p.m. on Wednesday, November 23, 2011 and can pick up their order at the restaurant on Thanksgiving Day (November 24) between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.”

Susan Feniger’s Street is also offering Thanksgiving to-go with three days notice and a pick-up deadline of November 23. Order Tandoori Turkey Breast, Brisket or Vegan Jackfruit. as always, sides are exciting and exotic — Pandan and coconut creamed corn, Pumpkin and poblano tamales, Stir-fried greens with miso tofu, among many others. Check out the full menu here.

Elise Thompson

About Elise Thompson

Born and raised in the great city of Los Angeles, this food, culture and music-loving punk rock angeleno wants to turn you on to all that is funky, delicious and weird in the city. While Elise holds down the fort, her adventurous alter ego Kiki Maraschino is known to roam the country in search of catfish.
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