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Where to find Thanksgiving dinner to-go

Snag your Thanksgiving dinner to-go this year from some of the best restaurants in Los Angeles—no cleanup required

Belcampo's "Luxegiving" is all this and a bottle of champagne.
Photograph: Courtesy Belcampo Meat Co./Jake Ahles Photography Belcampo's "Luxegiving" is all this and a bottle of champagne.
By Erin Kuschner and Stephanie Breijo |
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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, with Thanksgiving dinner reservations and some 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

Front cafe at Akasha.
Photograph courtesy Akasha
Restaurants, Contemporary American

Akasha

icon-location-pin Culver City

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 to 10 people. There are a few Italian touches, such as pecorino on that broccoli and ciabatta as the bread in the stuffing, but more classic sides sides include candied yams, macaroni and cheese, stuffed squash and Akasha’s cranberry chutney.

Price: $10 per pound (12-20 lbs), includes turkey stock
Order by: November 19, 2pm
Pick-up: November 21, 3-9pm

Photograph: Courtesy Belcampo Meat Co./Jake Ahles Photography
Restaurants, Hamburgers

Belcampo

icon-location-pin Santa Monica

Leave it to a restaurant with its heart in the butcher shop to do Thanksgiving right. Belcampo’s Luxegiving is one of this year’s most complete—and expensive—options, with a full spread for up to 14 people. The centerpiece is the brined, organic, roasted Turkey (of around 20 pounds), which gets surrounded by sweet potato gratin with crème fraîche; green beans with roasted mushroom and lemon; mashed potatoes; sage, chestnut and house-sausage stuffing; cranberry sauce, gravy and dinner rolls, and it all even comes complete with both a pumpkin pie and a pecan pie. All that’s missing is you.

Price: $759.95
Order by: November 15
Pick-up: November 16-22; Thanksgiving Day in-store pick-up by around noon at the Santa Monica location, delivery by 3pm is available and included, if preferred.

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The Gables in Santa Monica
Photograph: Courtesy the Gables
Restaurants, Cafés

The Gables

icon-location-pin Santa Monica

Santa Monica’s cheery new café is celebrating its first Thanksgiving with all the Thanksgiving classics, sans turkey. Each side serves 8 to 10, so if you just want a ton of mac and cheese, mushroom-and-squash stuffing, sausage-and-chestnut stuffing, maple-glazed sweet potatoes or simply some cranberry cobber or a fruit-and-nut loaf, this is your spot.

Price: sides $15–$42, desserts $8–$48
Order by: November 16, 5pm
Pick-up: November 20, 4–7pm; November 21, 9am–8pm

Mixed berry cobbler at Huckleberry
Photograph: Ed Rudolph
Restaurants, Sandwich shops

Huckleberry Bakery & Café

icon-location-pin Santa Monica

If you’re looking for a hearty, traditional feast with a few unconventional options to boot, head to Huckleberry. This year’s menu provides everything from turkey smothered in crimini mushrooms, caramelized onions, thyme and white wine to sliced brisket with red wine, stewed tomatoes, carrots, onions and herbs. The stalwart sides receive culinary flare (see also: skin-on Yukon mashed potatoes with clover cream or a wild-rice and grain salad) while the desserts are dead-on classics: pumpkin pie, apple pie, pecan tarts and more. See the full menu here

Price: Turkey leg and thigh for 3–4, $60; turkey breast for 4–6, $75; turkey breast for 8–10, $140; brisket for 4–6, $75; brisket for 8–10, $145; sides $12–$65; whole pies $50–$60
Order by: November 15, 5pm
Pick-up: November 22, 9am–noon

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Order Thanksgiving dinner from Jame Enoteca in El Segundo
Photograph: Courtesy Jame Enoteca
Restaurants, Italian

Jame Enoteca

icon-location-pin El Segundo

El Segundo's new Italian spot may focus on hand-rolled pasta, but it offers much more. Case in point: Their take-home Thanksgiving menu features a number of items near and dear to the restaurant, namely locally-sourced vegetables—of course there's turkey, too, which comes brined, herb-buttered and ready to roast at home in either whole or double-breast format. Sides range from Italian-influenced (pancetta biscuits or umami-butter ciabatta) to downright traditional, such as chicken-sausage stuffing or sweet potato purée with cinnamon.  

Price: Ready-to-roast Mary's Organic turkey whole,14-16 pounds, $125, or double-breast, $85; à la carte sides $4-$30; whole pies $38-$42
Order by: November 16, 5pm 
Pick-up: November 21, 5-7pm, and November 22, 8-10:30am

Restaurants, Californian

The Larder at Burton Way & The Larder at Tavern

icon-location-pin Beverly Grove

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 (at $75 per person). But if you’re looking for a more à la carte experience, you can find everything from turkey to roasted vegetables to spiced pumpkin pie. 

Price: Brined organic Diestel turkey, 16–18 pounds, $148; à la carte sides $12–$26; breads $3.95–$18; desserts $2.75–$45; wine three-packs $90–$160
Order by: November 18, 5pm 
Pick-up: November 21, 10am–6pm, and November 22, 8–11am

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Credit: Photograph: Courtesy Lawry's The Prime Rib/Danielle Adams
Restaurants, Steakhouse

Lawry’s the Prime Rib

icon-location-pin Beverly Hills

This year, why limit yourself to turkey? Prime rib and spice institution Lawry’s is giving you the best of both worlds with full Thanksgiving feasts that have a little something for all. Opt for turkey or prime rib, whether you’re buying your mains à la carte or as part of a family-style meal. Then add your sides, including the options of Yorkshire pudding batter, extra jus, creamed spinach, mashed potatoes, whipped horseradish, creamed corn, cranberry sauce and cornbread stuffing.

Price: Family-style turkey dinner, 10–12, $255; family-style prime rib dinner, 6–8, $300; family-style prime rib dinner, 12–15, $495; sides $3–$20; whole pie, $25
Order by: November 19 by noon
Pick-up: November 22, 11am–4pm

Restaurants, Italian

Little Dom’s

icon-location-pin Los Feliz

We’re sorry, did someone say “deep-fried turkey”? Little Dom’s is almost out of these, but if you miss that item, that’s not all this neighborhood spot is offering for pick-up: You can also find fennel-sausage and mushroom stuffing; heirloom carrots with saba glaze; shaved Brussels sprouts salad; brown-butter pumpkin pie; apple crumble pie; and bourbon pecan pie.

Price: deep-fried turkey, 12 pounds, $80; sides $40–$45; desserts $10–$48
Order by: November 18
Pick-up: November 22, 9–11am

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Photograph: Courtesy Maple Block Meat Co.
Restaurants, Barbecue

Maple Block Meat Co.

icon-location-pin Culver City

The Culver City BBQ spot will be offering whole wood-smoked, all-natural, free-range, antibiotic-free turkeys in three sizes, so you’re covered no matter your party size. And hey, if you order the largerst—a 17-to-18-pound bird—you’ll probably have some for Thanksgiving leftover sandwiches the next day. Score. Don’t neglect the bevy of sides. Think: cornbread-and-sausage stuffing; buttermilk biscuits with whipped honey butter; roasted Brussels sprouts; braised greens; pimento cheese; and of course the dessert, chocolate bread pudding.

Price: turkey, 12–14 pounds, $228; turkey, 15–16 pounds, $264; turkey, 17–18 pounds, $276; sides, $9.25–$65, or an all-sides package for $200; dessert, $45
Order by: November 16
Pick-up: November 22, 11:30am–3pm

Superba Food + Bread
Photograph: Courtesy Superba Food + Bread
Restaurants, American

Superba Food + Bread

icon-location-pin Venice

Both Venice and El Segundo locations of Superba Food + Bread are offering an impressive Turkey Day spread, which includes turkey and a whole slew of sides—many of which can be made vegetarian or dairy free upon request. Mix and match your way to Thanksgiving bliss with pecan pie with a bourbon-chocolate filling; roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon lardons and more.

Price: Mary’s Organic young turkey: honey- and rosemary-brined ($120). Sides: $16–$42. Stuffing: sausage at $42, (vegan) mushroom at $43. Pies: $35–$36. Breads: $6–$15.
Order by: November 18 at 4pm, order online
Pick-up: November 22 by 10am

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Wexler's Deli
Photograph: Courtesy Wexler's Deli
Restaurants, Delis

Wexler’s Deli

icon-location-pin Downtown Historic Core

Wexler’s Deli usually serves hefty pastrami sandwiches and bagels with lox, be it in Grand Central Market, Santa Monica or Century City, but this Thanksgiving, they’re offering an entire 10-to-12-person dinner that includes an entire smoked Mary’s Organic turkey, challah stuffing, gravy, roasted carrots, salad, squash soup and cheesy pull-apart rolls. 

Price: Smoked bird Thanksgiving Dinner, $350; whole-pie add-on, $40
Order by: November 19, 5pm
Pick-up: Available for delivery or pickup in Santa Monica on November 22

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