Don’t Panic! Last-Minute Thanksgiving Dinners to the Rescue (2020)

Thanksgiving dinner at Baltaire in Brentwood. Image courtesy of Baltaire.

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and during a crazy year like 2020, we can use all the help we can get to make it to Turkey Day. Avoid the mobs at the market and keep things simple by ordering your entire Thanksgiving dinner, or just sides or pies, from the eateries below.

Ayara Thai, Westchester

For a Thai spin on Thanksgiving, the cut-above, family-owned Ayara Thai is offering to-go options like Wagyu Prime Rib Roast and Tomahawk Steak (Thai turkey options are already sold out). You can also order unique side dishes like Fish Sauce Caramelized Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Tom Kha Mashed Potatoes, along with Thai Spiced Pumpkin Pie.

Baltaire, Brentwood

Baltaire’s Thanksgiving dinners to-go include Thanksgiving for Four ($285) and Thanksgiving for 6-8 ($495). Each includes a ten-pound Mary’s Free-Range Turkey, Butternut Squash Bisque, Autumn Harvest Salad, Sourdough Stuffing, and much more. If you’re skipping turkey or would rather make your own, just order sides – Baltaire has an Everything But The Turkey for Four option for $155. Optional supplements include Golden Osetra Caviar ($155), Reserve Malossol ($115) with blini, sieved eggs, chives, red onion, and crème fraiche, and Black Truffle Mac and Cheese ($55).  To order, email hello@baltaire.com or call 424.273.1660 and let them know your preferred pick-up time on Wednesday, November 25, as Baltaire will be closed on Thanksgiving.

Image courtesy of Cafe Gratitude.

Cafe Gratitude, various locations

Plant-based sides and pies, all made in house, can be ordered from Cafe Gratitude through Sunday, November 22 for pick up up on Wednesday between 1 and 9 p.m. at the location of your choice. Truffled Porcini Gravy ($15), Cranberry Roasted Butternut Squash and Garnet Yams ($30), French Lentil and Butternut Squash Loaf ($30), and Maple Miso Brussels Sprouts $35 are among the offerings.

Da Michele, Hollywood

Internationally beloved Sicilian eatery Da Michele is offering up an Italian-inspired Thanksgiving feast to go. Options include a whole stuffed turkey, meat or vegetarian lasagna, herbed mashed potatoes and roasted vegetable casserole. You’ll need to order before Monday afternoon. Call 323-366-2408 to place your order for pickup.

Fig, Santa Monica

Fig, the esteemed restaurant at the Fairmont Miramar, is offering take-out Thanksgiving this year. To-go turkeys are already sold out, but you can still order special side dishes like Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Winter-Spiced Marshmallows and Almonds ($22), Madeira Giblet Gravy ($25), and Buttermilk Creme Fraiche and Chive Whipped Potatoes ($24).

Goldbelly

Shoofly pie from Pennsylvania, pecan pie from Texas, and macadamia nut pie flown in from Hawaii are all within reach thanks to Goldbelly. Goldbelly can also bring you pre-cooked turkeys from iconic eateries like Joe’s KC BBQ or Zabar’s in NYC. Not familiar with Goldbelly? It’s a specialty-food delivery service that brings dishes from some of the US’s most popular small eateries to the entire country. Keep in mind that shipping is expensive, but if you have a craving for special dishes from faraway restaurants, you can satiate that desire here. They’re still accepting last-minute orders — some orders can be placed as late as Wednesday for overnight delivery.

Harold & Belle’s, Jefferson Park

Harold & Belle’s has been bringing New Orleans to LA for over 50 years. This  Thanksgiving, they’re offering individual meals with Cajun fried turkey or beef pot roast, along with cornbread dressing, two sides, bread and dessert for $35 per person. Sunday is the last day they’re accepting Thanksgiving orders, and you’ll need to pick up your order no later than Wednesday.

House of An’s Tiato, Santa Monica

Enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with a Vietnamese twist from Tiato. The sister restaurant to Beverly Hills’ iconic Crustacean, Tiato’s Thanksgiving options include free-range herb-brined turkey or turkey breast, two types of stuffing, and a variety of sides. You can also order wine, their house Rose Sangria, and various gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options. Something else to keep in mind: the An family’s deservedly famous Garlic Noddles are only available for takeout at this time of year. Tiato is accepting Thanksgiving orders through Monday, November 23.

Huckleberry Cafe, Santa Monica 

Huckleberry Cafe, beloved for its brunches and exceptional baked goods, will be serving side dishes and baked goods on a first come, first served basis on Wednesday, November 25.

Lido, Manhattan Beach

Lido is accepting Thanksgiving orders with 24-hour notice to be picked up on Wednesday or Thursday. Their Thanksgiving to Go dinner includes turkey, mashed potatoes, and more for $100 and will serve 4 to 6 people. Add a pumpkin pie for $30 or a pecan pie for $38.

Thanksgiving dishes from Tiato. Image courtesy of Tiato.

Lucques Catering

Lucques Catering, with food made by the talented chefs behind the late, lamented Lucques Restaurant, AOC Wine Bar and more, is offering both a Small Gathering Thanksgiving Dinner (suitable for four people) and a Complete Thanksgiving Dinner (for eight to ten people). Sunday is the last day you can order for Thanksgiving. These meals can be ordered through TOCK for curbside pickup or delivered via DoorDash.

Mar Monte Hotel, Santa Barbara

As it’s located in Santa Barbara, and not subject to the L.A. county dining ban, the Mar Monte Hotel is expected to be serving dinner outside on Thanksgiving Day, but as things keep changing, you’ll want to call ahead. On the outdoor patio at the Mar Monte’s Cafe Lido, savor a starter like blini with gravlax, caviar, and quail egg, a main such as turkey or Scottish salmon, and one of three decadent desserts at $89 per person or $39 for kids.

M Cafe

A true stalwart in the LA food world, the famed M Cafe is accepting Thanksgiving orders until 7 p.m. on Monday, November 23. Macrobiotic vegetarian offerings include butternut squash and apple bisque, seitan turkey roast, beet tempeh loaf, roasted stuffed baby pumpkin and more.

Manuela, DTLA Arts District

Manuela, the restaurant located inside Hauser & Wirth gallery, is offering a takeout Thanksgiving Supper for Two for $100. The menu includes Cream Biscuits, Market Lettuces, Yukon Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Cranberry Compote with apples and celery sprouts, Smoked Chicken Sausage Stuffing, Ham Braised Green Beans with puffed wild rice, choice of Turkey or Ham, and dessert. You need to place your order via Tock by Tuesday, November 24 at 5 p.m. and pick it up between 2 and 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

Tam O’Shanter, Atwater Village

One of the oldest restaurants in LA, Tam O’Shanter was one of Walt Disney’s favorite restaurants and is probably most noted for its succulent prime rib. Though they’re already sold out of turkey and stuffing to go, you can still order prime rib family meals with 24 hours notice.

You can also order pies from these local spots.

Karin E. Baker

About Karin E. Baker

Karin E. Baker is a native Angeleno who loves the eateries, history, nature, architecture, and art of her hometown. When not exploring poke shacks in Kona, tascas in Córdoba, and konditoris in Malmö, she writes about food, culture, lifestyle and travel. She obsesses over comma usage and classic films and is always happy to find an excuse to open a bottle of champagne.
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