10 Best Thanksgiving Restaurants in Los Angeles
Don't let anyone call you slacker for not cooking on Thanksgiving. Instead, Thanksgiving, our super-food-obsessed American holiday, is the perfect opportunity to explore a new restaurant and cuisine, or perhaps indulge in an old favorite. (Added bonus: No traffic!) With cuisines ranging from Mediterranean to Italian and Chinese to Polish, this town offers a cornucopia of delights. Maybe one of the ten restaurants we've selected -- all serving special Thanksgiving dinners, and located around Los Angeles -- will strike your fancy. Turn the page for our list, and be sure to call for reservations.
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10. Canter's Deli
LA Weekly Canter's
Cuisine: Jewish delicatessen. Vibe: At 80-years-old, Canter's is a dependable deli and classic L.A. landmark -- ideal for an un-fussy Thanksgiving. Menu: Canter's keeps it traditional -- "just what you'd have at home," says a staffer. That means turkey, potatoes, peas, yams, cranberry sauce, stuffing, and pumpkin pie. (If you'd like, the vast regular menu is available as well -- Matzah ball soup, multi-layer sandwiches, corned beef, brisket, baked goods...) Price: $15.95. Hours: 12 a.m.-12 a.m. No reservation necessary. Info: 419 N. Fairfax Ave., Fairfax District, (323) 651-2030.
Cuisine: Eastern Mediterranean. Vibe: Hip and boisterous with stylistic nods not to Egypt but to Old Hollywood -- like the bigger-than-life image of silent film actress Thedra Bara as a tantalizing Cleopatra. Menu: A pomegranate champagne cocktail paves the way for a six course "Cleopatra's Feast." First, the mezze, including harissa-buttered popcorn, couscous croquette, and stuffed grape leaves. Then the Thanksgiving staples -- stuffing, mashed potatoes, carrots, green beans and salad -- but with foreign twists such as cumin, Moroccan spice, and more harissa. The turkey is roasted with preserved lemon and za'atar, a spice blend, then served in apple-cider gravy. (Or choose leg of lamb with pomegranate and rosemary jus.) You could end with pumpkin cake, but why not choose baklava? Price: $65; $32 for children; free for ages under 5. Hours: Three seatings at 3, 5 and 7 p.m. Info: 1717 Vine St., Hollywood; (323) 962-1711.
LA Weekly Gladstone's
Cuisine: American. Vibe: Yacht club-esque, including the sea views. (Gladstone's has glamorized since a recent change in owners. No more peanut shelled-floor!) Menu: Highlights from the four course menu include butternut squash bisque topped with crème fraiche, turkey with jalapeno cornbread stuffing, mushroom risotto, sweet-potato soufflé, and cauliflower puree. On the sweet side, options include chocolate panna cotta and cognac-roasted apples with salted caramel ice cream. If you're hankering for seafood, the regular menu will be available as well -- oysters, crab cakes, mussels, and more. Price: $45; $25 for children under 12. Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Info: 17300 Pacific Coast Hwy, Pacific Palisades; (310) 454-3474.
7. Hop Woo
Valentino Herrera, Trippy Food roasted turkey with brown turkey sauce and rice at Hop Woo
Cuisine: Chinese. Vibe: The pastel colors and curtains of crystal-like beads make Hop Woo a touch classier than other local standbys such as Master Chef and Full House. You'll find comfortable booths and large tables, tanks of live seafood, and TVs playing Chinese music videos. Menu: A special menu designed for ten people will offer seven turkey-centric courses from nuggets to moo shu. The star is Hop Woo's much admired roast turkey -- prepared like Peking roast duck, and filled with rice instead of stuffing. Price: $138. Hours: 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Info: 845 N. Broadway Blvd, Chinatown; (213) 617-3038.
LA Weekly Joe's
Cuisine: French-Californian. Vibe: White-tablecloth dining in a converted storefront that retains a homey ambience. Menu: Chef Joe Miller's creative, produce-driven Thanksgiving is prix fixe, but after starting with butternut squash bisque, you can choose among four options for each course. Like duck liver mousse with bacon served with fig jam and purple mustard. Or seared scallops with sunchokes and Brussels sprouts. You can order turkey for the entree, of course, or heritage pork with sweet potatoes, monkfish with pumpkin gnocchi, or mushroom and vegetable strudel. A pumpkin bar with chocolate sorbet is just one way to end the feast. Price: $54; $20 for children. Hours: 1-9 p.m. Info: 1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice; (310) 399-5811.
419 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA