Thanksgiving in Los Angeles: LA's best take-out turkeys

From whole heritage and vegan centerpieces to the tastiest picks for dark-meat lovers and DIY-ers, here are the best take-out turkeys for Thanksgiving in Los Angeles.

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    Thanksgiving in LA: Turkey at Tavern

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    Thanksgiving in LA: Diestel Farms turkey at Farmshop

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    Thanksgiving in LA: Braised turkey thighs at Huckleberry

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    Thanksgiving in LA: Turkey at Napa Valley Grille

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    Thanksgiving in LA: Roasted whole turkey from Gelson's

     

     

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    Thanksgiving in LA: Roasted vegan seitan at M Café de Chaya

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Thanksgiving in LA: Turkey at Tavern

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Thanksgiving in Los Angeles isn't complete without the centerpiece turkey (though pies and booze don't hurt). Skip the hassle of cooking your own bird and pick up these main staples, from heritage and vegan turkeys to fowls for lovers of dark meat or white and the best birds for DIY-ers.



Heritage

Farmshop

In keeping with the Brentwood restaurant's Northern Californian roots (chef/owner Jeffrey Cerciello and executive chef Joshua Drew are both Ad Hoc alums), Sonoma County-raised, Diestel Farms turkeys are brined (lemon, herbs, garlic, honey) and roasted.

Price: $100. 15-pound, serves 6-8 people.
Order by: November 26
Pick-up: November 26-28 at 8-11am

  1. Brentwood
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Akasha

One of the city's godmothers of seasonal, California cooking, Akasha Richmond offers Mary's organic, heritage turkey (vegetarian-fed and free-range) from Central California that's herb-seasoned, roasted and sliced—no haphazard carving here.

Price: $150, serves 10-12 people
Order by: November 24
Pick-up: November 27, 3-9pm

  1. Culver City
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Dark meat

Huckleberry

Zoe Nathan's Santa Monica cafe offers heritage turkey thighs that are slow-cooked with crimini mushrooms, thyme, onions, garlic and Pinot Gris. Earthy, hearty and flavorful (hello, Fall!), the portioned thighs are fall-off-the-bone tender and perfect for white-meat haters.

Price: $13.50 per person
Order by: November 24 by noon
Pick-up: November 28, 9-11am

  1. Santa Monica
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Napa Valley Grille - Westwood

Many places in town offer whole turkey and breast, but the Westwood Village restaurant's leg option has dark-meat lovers rejoicing "pity the fair-meat fool." 

Price: $65 for eight people
Order by: November 27 by 5pm
Pick-up: November 28, 10am-4pm

  1. Westwood
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White meat

Sweet Butter Kitchen

The Val's once barren culinary wasteland has got T-day covered with the Sherman Oaks cafe/bakery's full turkey dinner from roasted turkey, fixings and table and ovenware. You can also order the four-pound Diestel Farms turkey breast a la carte.

Price: $50, serves 4 people
Order by: November 22
Pick-up: November 27 by 5:30pm

  1. Sherman Oaks
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Joan's on Third

Your one-stop shop for T-day, the ever-popular cafe/marketplace fills your Thanksgiving table with sides, dessert and turkey, available whole or by the breast. The white meat–only option is oven-roasted and ready to serve four.

Price: $40
Order by: November 22 by 4pm
Pick-up: November 27, 10am-6pm

  1. Mid-City West
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DIY

Larder at Tavern

Fake your own Suzanne Goin–style turkey with a roast-at-home bird from the Westside cafe/bakery Larder at Tavern. The 18-20 pound Diestel Farms bird is brined in Goin's signature Cal-Med flavors and ready for your oven (complete with instructions).

Price: $115 for 10-12 people
Order by: November 24 by 5pm
Pick-up: November 27, 9am-7pm (allow approx. 30min for pick-up)

  1. Brentwood
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Bouchon Beverly Hills

Thomas Keller's Beverly Hills outpost offers lemon and herb-brined, oven-ready Diestel Farms turkeys to feed six to 18 guests.

Price: $85 for six people, $130 for 10, $175 for 14
Order by: November 23
Pick-up: November 27

  1. Beverly Hills
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