Los Angeles Restaurants Serving Up Gourmet Thanksgiving Feasts Slideshow
November 16, 2011
Chef Akasha Richman, namesake of this Culver City dining destination, offers both a takeout and dine-in menu for Thanksgiving. If you need your feast to go, start with the roasted cauliflower bisque with white truffle sea salt and celery leaves or a persimmon-pomegranate salad with arugula, Humboldt Fog goat cheese, maple- and sea salt-candied pumpkin seeds, and pomegranate vinaigrette. The turkey comes from Sonoma, is slow-roasted and is accompanied by chestnut stuffing, mashed potatoes, pan gravy, and cranberry chutney — though you can also get a pomegranate-jalapeño jelly-glazed Niman Ranch ham. There are nearly a dozen sides like the Cheddar-Gruyère macaroni and cheese, plus desserts including a Bartlett pear and cranberry streusel pie, and a pavlova with lemon curd and berry compote. All the options (and more we didn’t have space to mention like a pie buffet!) are available on the dine-in menu, which will be served from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.
9543 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, (310) 845-1700; AkashaRestaurant.com
Chef Suzanne Tracht has become famous for the gourmet yet understated Thanksgiving dinners she throws every year at this Beverly Boulevard classic. This year, the starters will include a choice of chestnut-chickpea soup, fall apple and celery salad, or oyster stew with Chinese celery, leeks, garlic, and thyme cream. Among the turkey trimmings will be a roasted cranberry relish, and cornbread and turkey-sausage stuffing, as well as kabocha squash with sage brown butter. For dessert, there’s pumpkin pie or chocolate pudding with crème fraîche. Why stay in and cook when you can have all this for $85 per adult or $40 per child under 12?
8225 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048, (323) 655-6566; TheJar.com
Even hip Eastsiders like to celebrate a traditional Turkey Day from time to time. That’s why the Thanksgiving takeout menu at this Los Feliz haunt is so popular (and why you should get your order in plenty in advance!). The takeout choices include a whole deep-fried organic turkey with giblet gravy, roasted Brussels sprouts with wild boar bacon, homemade fennel sausage and mushroom stuffing, gingerbread cupcakes and apple pecorino cheese crostata for dessert (and yes, there’s a pumpkin cake with rum raisin glaze).
2128 Hillhurst Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027, (323) 661-0055; LittleDoms.com
mar’sel at Terranea
Check into the fine dining restaurant at this Palos Verdes luxury resort for a fancy four-course Thanksgiving extravaganza. The starters include a warm salad of roasted autumn vegetables with triple cream goat cheese, torn croutons, and 20-year-old balsamic. It’s just-roasted organic turkey for a main course accompanied by cranberry sauce, green beans almandine, and chorizo-cornbread stuffing, of course; plus sides like roasted Brussels sprouts with pancetta and Fuji apple and mashed garnet yams with orange zest, rum, and vanilla. Try the salted caramel pecan pie with spiced chocolate pot du crème and espresso anglaise for dessert if you’re looking for a break from pumpkin pie, though the one here is made with fresh pumpkin from the Santa Monica Farmers Market, whipped crème fraîche, and single batch bourbon ice cream. All dishes are available à la carte.
100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275, (310) 265-2836; Terranea.com
With two Michelin stars, Mélisse is one of Los Angeles’s most lauded restaurants, and Thanksgiving gives chef Josiah Citrin a chance to show off the skills that have gotten him where he is today. The three-course tasting menu includes a choice of five starters like a traditional pumpkin soup with black trumpet mushrooms, cinnamon toast and chestnut mousse, and seared foie gras with Banyuls-poached figs and ginger spice. For a main course you can opt for the herb-roasted free range turkey with chanterelles, apple-brioche stuffing, and pomegranate gravy. There’s also a whole-roasted dry-aged prime rib, crispy eastern bass with roasted fall squash, and confit tomatoes in a champagne-truffle reduction, or a vegetarian wild mushroom and sweet onion burrata torte. The fixings all come courtesy of chef Citrin’s mother’s recipes, as does his apple pie with crème anglaise and cinnamon-cider ice cream. The menu is $89 for adults and $42 for children under eight.
1104 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401, (310) 395-0881; Melisse.com
Chef Tony Esnault is preparing a whole Thanksgiving feast at Patina this year, including a four-course prix-fixe menu with dishes like classic slow-roasted organic turkey and wild mushroom stuffing. If you can’t make it in for dinner, you can always call Patina catering, and they’ll have a full feast for six guests prepared for you for pick up on that Wednesday or Thursday that includes a 14-pound turkey, all the trimmings, three sides, and a pie.
141 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012, (213) 972-3331; PatinaGroup.com
Spend your Thanksgiving by the beach with a meal at Shutters this year. Among other dishes, the hotel’s upscale One Pico restaurant will be serving winter squash risotto with savoy cabbage, shaved chestnuts, and Reggiano cheese; salt-roasted turkey with wild rice stuffing, maple-braised butternut squash, and Brussels sprouts; and a pumpkin s’more tart with a graham cracker crust, brûlée marshmallows, and chocolate.
1 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405, (310) 587-1717; ShuttersOnTheBeach.com
Tavern and the Larder
Suzanne Goin is preparing both a complete Thanksgiving takeout dinner as well as à la carte options at her Brentwood brasserie this year. The full dinner for eight people costs $399 and includes turkey, all the traditional sides and fixings (along with a few extras like sweet potatoes with sherry and roasted shallots, as well as Italian broccoli with garlic and chile), plus a pumpkin pie and a pecan tart. We might opt for the individual options instead, though, so we can taste the deviled crab dip with crostini, the curried sweet potato soup with yogurt and coriander peanuts, and sides like chestnut-prune-cavolo nero stuffing and baked torchio with winter squash, roasted radicchio, taleggio, and pecans. Just be sure to place your order by Sunday, November 20. You can also dine in at the Tavern on Thanksgiving for $65 per adult and $35 for children 12 and under.
11648 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049, (310) 806-6464; TavernLA.com