Best Places For Take-Out Thanksgiving Dinner In Los Angeles

Best Places For Take-Out Thanksgiving Dinner In Los Angeles
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When life gets harried at home, people don’t think twice about picking up the phone to call favorite restaurants with dinner orders. So why would it be any different during the holiday season? It’s a time of year when schedules are even more hectic. There are several Los Angeles restaurants that want to make your Thanksgiving hosting stress-free by offering take-out menus. Time to be grateful; and these five spots are ready for you to phone it in.

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1014 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 451-2311

This year, Chef Zoe Nathan of Huckleberry is preparing a Thanksgiving catering menu to satisfy the needs of even the pickiest. Featuring traditional Thanksgiving fare, expect delicious take out items like their braised free-range turkey thighs which comes with sweet potatoes and marshmallows, cranberry sauce, and green beans. Other items include their roasted sweet potatoes, roasted Brussels sprouts, raw kale salad, cornbread and much more. For dessert, try pumpkin pie, old fashioned apple cheddar pie, maple walnut pie or their ginger bundt cake. For the full menu, visit Huckleberry Cafe.

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(credit: Joan’s On Third)

Joans On Third
8350 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 655-2285

Joans on Third never disappoints. And their Thanksgiving fare this year is no exception. The popular eatery is offering some truly delicious staples including maple-brown sugar yams, Joan’s turkey gravy, classic creamy mashed potatoes, harvest bread stuffing with dried fruits, nuts and mushrooms as well as sautéed green beans, creamed spinach and more. Their oven roasted whole Thanksgiving turkey is a must. Also on the menu is butternut squash soup along with a wild arugula salad to start. For dessert, try their rustic apple pie, pecan pie or pumpkin pie.

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Salt & Straw
240 N. Larchmont Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90004
(323) 466-0471

Salt & Straw, the small batch ice cream company that partners with local artisans, producers and farmers to create gourmet flavors, is ready for pick-up this Thanksgiving. The ice cream shop’s holiday menu features handmade packed pints with seasonal flavors and ingredients: sweet potato casserole with maple pecans; walnut cranberry stuffing, honey bourbon corn pudding – one of Salt & Straw’s oldest family recipes using Downtown LA-distilled honey bourbon; salted caramel Thanksgiving turkey – a rush of sweet and salty and speckled with handmade fried turkey skin brittle; and spiced chevre pumpkin pie.

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Compañía de Café's empanadas (Courtesy of Compañía de Café)

Compañía de Café
110 N. Maclay Ave.
San Fernando, CA 91340
(747) 500-7102

When America celebrates the coming together of diverse cultures and nations, what better way to celebrate the holiday than with a Mexican-American feast from Compañía de Café? Tamales and empanadas will be available for take-out with a 48-hour pre-order. Served as an appetizer or dessert, these treats are sold by the dozen. For the savory starter palate, try the empanada de queso poblano made with a creamy goat cheese, charred rajas and a robust salsa ranchera or empanada de mole created with a rich almond mole, rajas, sautéed onions and shredded chicken. Dessert buffets featuring sweet tamales including tamal de arroz con leche (a horchata-based tamale encased with cinnamon and sweet sticky rice) and tamal de Abuelita (filled with an Abuelita spiced chipotle covered in a dark chocolate coffee ganache) will wow guests. Tamales and empanadas are gluten-free.

Related: Best Places To Buy Tamales In Los Angeles

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(credit: Café Gratitude)

Café Gratitude
512 Rose Ave.
Venice, CA 90291
(424) 231-8000

Sometimes it’s all in the name. Chef Dreux Ellis and Café Gratitude will be offering vegan pies to-go for Thanksgiving. Supporting local farmers and sustainable agriculture, Café Gratitude honors the finest organic ingredients creating pure vegan cuisine. For the holiday, the restaurant will be making three pies for take-out – flavors include chocolate coconut, pumpkin and pecan. Each pie is priced at $55 and serves 12. Orders need to be placed by Monday, November 24, and can be picked up from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26.

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Joan’s on Third's pumpkin pie (Courtesy of Joan’s on Third)

Joan’s on Third
12059 Ventura Place
Studio City, CA 91604
(818) 201-3900

The popular LA eatery and gourmet marketplace will be helping Angelenos serve yummy take-home Thanksgiving feasts. Owner Joan McNamara loves nothing more than taking care of her customers like family, ensuring that everyone enjoys their meals. Joan’s offers classic favorites such as oven-roasted whole Thanksgiving turkey, maple brown sugar yams, grandma’s old fashioned stuffing and classic creamy mashed potatoes. Additional seasonal offerings include zucchini fritters with chili aioli, butternut squash and pear soup and wild arugula salad. Joan’s pumpkin pie and chocolate dream cookies ensure each meal has a sweet ending. Get orders in by Friday, November 21. There is a $100 minimum order.

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983 W Compton Blvd
Compton, CA 90220
(310) 537-7612
“All turkey, all the time” could be the motto of this unassuming little gem in a Compton strip mall that boasts a turkey-centric menu year round. Powerful of word of mouth has their phone ringing off the hook around the holidays — Chef and part owner Joe deep fries a Cajun spice-rubbed whole turkey and offers a mouth-watering selection of sides including country greens, mac and cheese, sweet potato pie and the best gravy in town. “Nothing from a can here!” Craving something specific that’s not on the menu? Joe aims to please – he’ll accommodate special requests with fair notice. Sides are $25 a piece and feed 15 to 20 people and a 15-16 lb turkey runs $70 even. But don’t delay…you need to call now to get on “the list”.

Sheryl Craig is a writer with a passion for interesting finds and treasures in Los Angeles. She has a background in journalism and public relations. A mother of two daughters, Sheryl integrates her healthy lifestyle into raising her children. Her work can be found at