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


Vegan

M Café de Chaya

Vegans can have their own faux turkey (aka seitan) that's roasted and sliced and served alongside gravy and cranberry-ginger relish. Order your full T-day dinner complete with soup, salad and two sides ($65 for 2 people, $120 for 4) at either Westside location.

Price: $70 for two people, $130 for four
Order by: November 25 by 5pm
Pick-up: November 28, 11am-9pm

  1. Mid-City West, Beverly Hills
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Deep-fried

Little Dom's

Hurry and order your deep-fried turkey as these Thanksgiving-only birds are offered in limited quantity. The free-range, hormone-free 12-pounders are deep-fried in peanut oil. The result: crispy-skinned turkey—pair with giblet gravy— that's so moist you'll wonder why you haven't gone deep-fried in Thanksgivings past.

Price: $78
Order by: November 26 by 11am
Pick-up: November 28 by noon

  1. Los Feliz
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Bludso's BBQ

Kevin Bludso's Compton barbecue joint is where Angelenos can drop off their birds (limit to 16 pounds) to be seasoned and deep-fried (or smoked). Or opt to have Bludso's do all the work and pick-up your steal-of-a-deal bird.

Price: BYO turkey, $25; before T-day pick-up, $55; T-day pick-up, $75. Note: cash only.
Order by: November 24 for drop-off
Pick-up: November 27 by 8pm or November 28 by 11:30am for $25 extra

  1. Compton
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Supermarket

Gelson's

Feeding a crowd couldn't be easier with Gelson's pretty, whole-roasted birds that feed eight to 20 (count, 20!) dinner guests. Order online and pick-up and pay in-store.

Price: $5.99 per pound
Order by: November 24
Pick-up: November 28, 6am-4pm

  1. Various locations
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Bristol Farms

From Manhattan Beach to Westlake Village, Bristol Farms is ready for your Thanksgiving order from traditional whole roasted turkey (8-17 pounds) to Cajun-style turducken— chicken-stufffed, duck-stuffed turkey.

Price: Roast turkey, $5.69/pound; Turducken, $99.99
Order by: November 22
Pick-up: November 27-28, 7am-11pm (call ahead and specify if you want it hot or if you're planning to reheat it)

  1. Various locations
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Smoked

Spring Street Smokehouse

Place your order now for limited number of smoked turkeys at this Downtown barbecue joint. The 14-16- pound birds are spice-rubbed, flavor-injected and hickory smoked.

Price: $55
Order by: Now until last order fills
Pick up: by November 26-27, 10:30am-9pm

  1. Downtown
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Smoke City Market

Sherman Oaks' barbecue spot offers a full Thanksgiving feast Texas-style or individual smoked turkeys for the big day.

Price: $6 per pound, 12-pound minimum
Order by: November 24
Pick-up: by November 28 at noon

  1. Sherman Oaks
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