Basting is for the birds, don't you think? Between the cleanup and the obsessive oven checking, there's plenty of stress that comes with cooking your own turkey at home. Thankfully, some of the best restaurants in Los Angeles are doing it for you, offering an entire Thanksgiving dinner to go. Hang up your apron, pick up the phone and order one of these Thanksgiving turkeys (and sides) for the holiday—from heritage and vegan birds to dark meat or white (and even fried!), 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 to go
The Culver City barbecue restaurant will be offering whole wood-smoked, all-natural turkeys in three sizes; a bevy of sides (cornbread sausage stuffing, buttermilk biscuits, chocolate bread pudding and more) are also available.
Order by: November 16, call 310-313-6328
Pick-up: November 26
Both Superba Food + Bread locations (Venice and El Segundo) are offering an impressive turkey day spread this year that includes turkey and a whole slew of sides (all the sides can be made vegetarian or dairy free upon request)
Price: Mary's young turkey, serves 12 ($112)
Order by: November 22, order online
Pick-up: November 26
Stop by Gwen's butcher shop for BN Ranch turkeys available for take away. If you order before November 10, your turkey will come with a four-ounce jar of Gwen's housemade cranberry sauce.
Price: BN Ranch broad breasted turkey, $6 per pound; BN Ranch heritage turkey; $8 per pound
Order by: November 23, call 323-946-7512
Pick-up: November 26
Akasha is offering a dine-in Thanksgiving dinner for the holiday, but if you'd rather pick up a complete meal, there's plenty to take away, too—including an oven-ready brined turkey that feeds 8-10 people. Other mains and sides include candied yams, macaroni and cheese, stuffed squash and Akasha's cranberry chutney.
Price: $120 (12-16 lbs), includes turkey stock
Order by: November 20, call 310-845-1700
Pick-up: November 23, 3-9pm
The global marketplace is offering a range of Thanksgiving take away items, including various turkey options, prime rib, roast salmon and plenty of sides. Desserts include a pecan or pumpkin pie, cheesecake and chocolate mousse cake.
Price: Garlic and sage turkey breast, serves 4-6 ($50) or Mary's free range whole turkey with gravy ($100-$125) or Mary's free range whole organic turkey ($150).
Order by: November 22, call 323-645-2569
Pick-up: November 23 or until 4pm on Thanksgiving Day
The Santa Monica bakery and cafe is offering its annual Thanksgiving carry-out menu, including turkey legs, cornbread pudding, beef brisket and, of course, plenty of Zoe Nathan's coveted desserts.
Price: Braised whole turkey legs ($26-$95), smothered organic turkey ($32-$120), turkey meatballs ($18-$66)
Order by: November 19, call 310-451-2311
Pick-up: November 24, 9am-Noon
Wexler's Deli usually serves hefty pastrami sandwiches and bagels with lox in Grand Central Market, but this Thanksgiving they're offering an entire 10-person dinner that includes turkey, stuffing, gravy, salad, matzo ball soup and kaiser rolls.
Price: Smoked bird Thanksgiving dinner (including a 12-14 lb Mary's California smoked turkey, $350
Order by: November 20, call 424-744-8671
Pick-up: November 23
The Arthur J is offering a take-out turkey for the first time this year, ready to roast with vegetables, stock, a thermometer and cooking instructions. Sides are available as well.
Price: Whole herb brined Diestel turkey $90 (15-17 lbs) or $120 (20-22 lbs)
Order by: November 19, call 310-545-5405
Pick-up: Pick-up at M.B. Post on November 23, 10am-2pm
Both the Larder at Burton Way and the Larder at Tavern are offering take-away menu items this year, including a complete Thanksgiving dinner that serves eight ($68 per person). But if you're looking for a more à la carte experience, you can find everything from turkey to roasted vegetables to apple crumb pie.
Price: Brined organic Diestel turkey, $148 (serves 10-12)
Order by: November 20, call 310-278-8060
Pick-up: Begin on November 23 at 10am
Both the Studio City and W Third St locations are offering Thanksgiving take-out this year, complete with appetizers, turkey and all the fixings.
Price: Oven roasted whole turkey ($98, serves 6-8), oven roasted turkey breast ($65, serves 4-6)
Order by: November 18, call 323-655-2285 (W Third St) or 8181-201-3900 (Studio City)
Pick-up: November 23, 9am-5pm
This Sherman Oaks cafe has been offering a stellar Thanksgiving takeout menu for years, and 2016 is no different. Opt for the entire turkey dinner ($150 for four people, $280 for eight), or mix and match with Sweet Butter's à la carte items.
Price: Diestel free range 4-5 lb roasted turkey breast, $80
Order by: November 17, call 818-788-2832
Pick-up: November 23, 2-5pm