Basting is for the birds, don't you think? Between the cleanup and the obsessive oven checking, there's plenty of hassle that comes with cooking your own turkey at home. Thankfully, some of the best restaurants in Los Angeles are doing it for you (and even throwing an entire Thanksgiving dinner). Hang up your apron, pick up the phone and order one of these Thanksgiving turkeys for the holiday—from heritage and vegan birds to dark meat or white, you'll be able to take home something that's perfect for you and your family.
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Where to find your Thanksgiving turkey
Available at both the Grand Central Market and West Third St locations, Belcampo Meat Co. is offering broadbreasted white turkey (7-18 pounds) and heritage turkey (7-18 pounds).
Price: White turkey, $5.99 per pound; Heritage turkey, $7.99 per pound
Order by: As soon as possible, order online
Pick-up: November 23-24, November 25 by 4pm
From Manhattan Beach to Westlake Village, Bristol Farms is ready for your Thanksgiving order, whether you choose traditional whole roasted turkey (8-17 pounds) or Cajun-style turducken—chicken-stuffed, duck-stuffed turkey.
Price: Roast turkey, $5.99/pound; Turducken, $119
Order by: November 23 by 3pm, order online
Pick-up: November 25-26
Zoe Nathan's Santa Monica café offers organic turkey thighs braised with white wine, mushrooms and thyme, as well as smothered organic turkey and gravy.
Price: Turkey thighs: $21-$78; Turkey and gravy: $33-$126
Order by: November 20, call 310-451-2311
Pick-up: November 26, 9am-Noon
Your one-stop shop for T-day, the ever-popular café and marketplace fills your Thanksgiving table with sides, dessert and turkey, available whole or by the breast. There are two options for turkey: an oven-roasted whole bird (12-14 pounds) or a turkey breast (5 pounds).
Price: $98 for a whole turkey, serves 6-8 people; $65 for turkey breast, serves 4-6 people
Order by: November 20 by Noon, call 323-655-2285 (Third St) or 818-201-3900 (Studio City)
Pick-up: November 25, 9am-5pm
Fake your own Suzanne Goin–style turkey with a roast-at-home bird from the Westside café/bakery Larder at Tavern. The 16-18 pound Diestel Farms bird is brined in Goin's signature Cal-Med flavors and ready for your oven (complete with instructions).
Price: $148 for 10-12 people
Order by: November 22 by 5pm, order online
Pick-up: November 25, 10am-6pm; November 26, 8-11am
Place your order now for a limited number of smoked turkeys at this Downtown barbecue joint. The 12-14 pound birds are spice-rubbed, flavor-injected and hickory smoked.
Price: $65, serves 8-12 people
Order by: Now until last order fills, call 213-626-0535
Pick up: November 24-25
Sherman Oaks has T-day covered with this café and bakery's full turkey dinner featuring roasted turkey, fixings and table and ovenware. You can also order the 4-5 pound Diestel Farms turkey breast à la carte.
Price: $60, serves 4 people
Order by: November 19, call 818-788-8814
Pick-up: November 25, 2-5pm