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 options 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
Akasha is offering a dine-in Thanksgiving dinner for the holiday from 1 to 8pm, but if you’d rather pick up a complete meal, there’s plenty to take away, too—including an oven-ready brined turkey with herbed butter and turkey stock that’ll feed 8 to 10 people. Sides and salads lean classic, with options such as mac and cheese, candied sweet potatoes, green bean casserole and Akasha’s cranberry chutney.
Price: $10 per pound (12–20 lbs), includes turkey stock
Order by: November 21, 6pm
Pick-up: November 27, 3-9pm
Why risk ruining your bird when you could let an award-winning pitmaster cook it for you? Adam Perry Lang’s Hollywood restaurant, APL, is offering its first Thanksgiving package, and it’s a good one: Each 10-to-12–person meal involves a whole turkey breast, two turkey legs, dressing, mashed potatoes, collard greens, gravy, and a house-made sweet potato pie, to end on a festive note. If you’re just worried about screwing up the meat and don’t need the whole shebang, you can also order the turkey à la carte, or mix and match with individual sides. Want to go full-on BBQ? You can even snag brisket, pulled pork and all the accoutrements such as baked beans and slaw. Who says your dinner has to be traditional?
Price: Thanksgiving dinner, 10–12 people, $250; bone-in turkey breast, 14–16 pounds, $130; turkey legs, $14 apiece; sides $6–$36; pie $25, or $5 per slice
Order by: November 26, 5pm
Pick-up: November 19–27, 11:30am–3pm
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 sides receive culinary flair (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, chocolate 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 $55–$75
Order by: November 21, 5pm
Pick-up: November 28, 9am–noon
El Segundo’s primo 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 the locally sourced vegetables. Of course there’s turkey, too, which comes brined, herb-buttered and ready to roast at home, or as double-breast format in either raw or cooked. 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; double-breast raw, $85, or double-breast cooked, $95; à la carte sides $4–$30; whole pies $56–$64
Order by: November 22
Pick-up: November 27, 5–7:30pm, and November 28, 8–11am
The Larder is offering some killer take-away menu items this year, including a complete Thanksgiving dinner that serves eight (at $75 per person), and if it’s more convenient for you, you can even pick it up at sister spot Lucques. The full meal involves roasted root vegetables; cranberry sauce with orange and mint, a few parker house rolls and an entire heirloom-pumpkin pie, but if you’re looking for a more à la carte experience, you can find everything from turkey to roasted vegetables to brown-butter pecan tarts.
Price: Brined organic Diestel turkey, 16–18 pounds, $148; à la carte sides $12–$75; breads $3.95–$18; desserts $2.75–$45; wine three-packs $90 or $160
Order by: November 24, 5pm
Pick-up: Tavern and Lucques November 27, 10am–6pm; Tavern November 28, 8–11am; delivery for orders of $150 or more is available from Hollywood to Santa Monica for a $35 fee
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 feast on sides such as Yorkshire pudding batter, extra jus, creamed spinach, mashed potatoes, whipped horseradish, creamed corn, cranberry sauce and cornbread stuffing.
Price: Family-style turkey dinner for 10–12, $295; family-style prime rib dinner for 6–8, $325; family-style prime rib dinner for 12-15, $525; sides $6–$45; whole pie $20
Order by: November 26 by noon
Pick-up: November 28, 12:30–4pm
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; coconut cream pie; brown-butter pumpkin pie; apple crumble pie and a few other festive treats.
Price: deep-fried turkey, 12 pounds, $80; sides $40–$45; desserts $10–$48
Order by: November 25
Pick-up: November 27
This BBQ spot will be offering whole wood-smoked, all-natural, free-range, antibiotic-free turkeys in four sizes, so you’re covered no matter your party size. And hey, if you order the largest—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; braised greens; mac and cheese; and, of course the dessert, chocolate bread pudding).
Price: turkey, 12–14 pounds, $247; turkey, 15–16 pounds, $285; turkey, 17–18 pounds, $316; boneless turkey breast, 7–8 pounds, $178; sides, $9.25–$45, or an all-sides package for $200; dessert $45
Order by: November 22
Pick-up: November 28 11:30am–3pm
The beachy, breezy Venice location of Superba Food + Bread is offering yet another impressive Turkey Day spread this year, 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 the likes of roasted Brussels sprouts with lardons and sherry; mushroom-and-leek stuffing; green beans amandine; pecan pie with a bourbon-chocolate filling; mac and cheese shells and more.
Price: Whole roasted Mary’s Organic young turkey, honey- and rosemary-brined for 10–12 people, $125; sides $17–$45; pies $35–$37; breads $7–$16
Order by: November 24
Pick-up: November 28, 8–10am
Give your Thanksgiving the An treatment with Vietnamese spins from the family who brought us Tiato and Crustacean. (And yes, this means you can order Helene An’s phenomenal garlic noodles for the holiday.) Go all-in with a full feast
(available in either small or large sizes)—which includes turkey breast and sides such as those noodles or some mac and cheese with cauliflower gratin, not to mention a five-spice pumpkin pie—or go à la carte. Whichever way you deside to order, you’d be a fool not to opt for the garlic noodles. (Have we mentioned the garlic noodles?)
Price: Thanksgiving dinner, 4–6 people, $145; Thanksgiving dinner, 8–12 people, $319; turkey breast $66; whole turkey $145; sides $28–$45; pie $36
Order by: TBD
Pick-up: November 27, 3–7pm, or November 28, 9am–noon
Wexler’s Deli usually serves hefty pastrami sandwiches and bagels with lox, but this Thanksgiving, they’re offering an entire 8-to-12-person feast that includes an entire smoked turkey, challah stuffing, drippings gravy, roasted heirloom carrots, mashed potatoes, salad, squash soup and sourdough rolls. Don’t forget to add a pie (hello, pecan or pumpkin), and go big by adding caviar to the spread. Because you’re classy.
Price: Thanksgiving dinner, $450; à la carte smoked turkey, $170; à la carte sides $25–$65; whole pie, $25; caviar $25–$300; caviar blinis $12
Order by: TBD
Pick-up: November 26 and 27