Food

Where to eat out this Thanksgiving in Los Angeles

Roundup of turkey day dinners around L.A.

Get out of the kitchen and hit up one of the many choices around town. Traditional and specialty options are available this Thanksgiving in Los Angeles. Check out what the city’s got to offer.

Cafe del Rey

Seaside views accompany chef Daniel Robert‘s menu at Cafe del Rey in Marina Del Rey, $55 per person, + tax and gratuities, and $18 per child, menu available upon request. Thursday, November 24 from 1 PM – 8 PM. Reservations are recommended. Call 310.823.6395 or visit OpenTable. 4451 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292.

Chef Daniel Robert’s Thanksgiving menu:

STARTERS
FRISEE & RED OAK SALAD candied walnut, dried bing cherry, goat cheese crumble, pomegranate vinaigrette
BUTTERNUT SQUASH & BURRATTA AGNOLOTTI pecorino cheese, brown butter sage
CAULIFLOWER & APPLE SOUP pecans, red pepper coulis, tiny greens
HOUSE MADE VEAL & PORK SAUSAGE apple compote, braised red chard
DUNGENESS CRAB CAKE shaved watermelon radish and fennel salad, jerez vinaigrette

ENTREES
FREE RANGE TURKEY BREAST duck sausage stuffing, haricot vert almondine, cranberry sauce, pan gravy
CHATEAU FILET 3 potato gratin layered with mushroom onion compote, grilled asparagus, red wine sauce
PROSCIUTTO WRAPPED PORK TENDERLOIN brown butter brussel sprouts, cippolini onion, truffle mash, brandy gastrique
PAN SEARED MAINE SCALLOPS cauliflower puree, corn succotash, warm pancetta vinaigrette
VEGETARIAN BEET RISOTTO asparagus, grape tomato, artichokes, root vegetable chips

DESSERTS
GINGER BREAD CRÈME BRULEE marble sable cookie
CHOCOLATE HAZELNUT TART pumpkin mousse and boysenberry sauce
SWEET POTATO CHEESECAKE pecan crust, spiced warm caramel, chocolate tuile


Asia de Cuba at Mondrian Los Angeles

Asian-Latin Thanksgiving at Asia de Cuba in the Mondrian Hotel in West Hollywood for $69 per person. Call 323-848-6025. 8440 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069

Asia de Cuba’s Thanksgiving Menu:

Available a la carte or as part of of a classic tasting menu

Appetizers
– Tuna Pica
– Braised Beef Spring Roll
– Calamari Salad ‘Asia de Cuba’
– Cuban Pumpkin Soup

Entrees
– Char Sui Beef Short Ribs
– Miso Cured Alaskan Butterfish

With parties of four of more
– Cuban BBQ Chicken
– Plantain Fried Rice with Avocado Salad

*Turkey Roulade ($36)

Dessert
– Chef’s Selection


Mr. C

How about an Italian Thanksgiving at Mr. C in Beverly Hills for $85 a person. Call 310-227-2800 for reservations. 1224 Beverwill Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90035.

Mr. C Beverly Hills Thanksgiving pre fixe menu:

Welcome Bellini
Carpaccio alla Cipriani
Pumpkin Ravioli with Butter & Sage OR Tortellini Panna Pisellie Prosciutto
Turkey alla Cipriani with Traditional Stuffing OR Roasted Rack of Veal
All served with roasted pearl onions, chestnut puree, Brussels
Sprouts with sweet potato gratin and homemade cranberry sauce
Pumpkin or Vanilla Meringue coffee included


Patina Restaurant Group

Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse‘s traditional meal includes a Hand-Carved Turkey served with Brioche Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Butternut Squash, Cranberry and Quince Relish. Choice of Apple Pie Tatin, Pumpkin Pie with Hazelnut and Butternut Squash Sauce and Pecan Pie with Tahitian Vanilla Bean Mascarpone Ice Cream, Pecan Caramelized Maple Sauce and Cinnamon Tuile for dessert. $39 per person; $19.95 for children under 12. Serving begins at 3 PM. Call 213-680-0330 for reservations. 330 South Hope Street Los Angeles, CA 90071.

Café Pinot‘s three course menu includes Roasted Chestnut Soup with Egg Nog Emulsion and Brussels Sprout Petals as a first course. Main course of Sole Almandine with Cauliflower Ragoût, Raisins, Capers and Mussel Cream; or Filet Mignon with Smoked Potatoes, Honey and Rosemary Glazed Market Vegetables. Three dessert choices of Apple Pie Tatin, Pumpkin Pie Cake or Pecan Cake. $55 for 3 courses; $19.95 for children under 12. Serving begins at 2 PM. Call 213-239-6500. 700 West 5th St., Los Angeles, CA 90071.

Descanso Gardens the three courses include Pumpkin Bisque with Hazelnut Cream, Sage Roasted Turkey, Apple Cranberry Stuffing, Sweet Yam and Yukon Gold Potato Gratin. Apple Cranberry Cobbler and Spiced Pumpkin Pie will be served for dessert. Members $45; Non-members $53; $19 for children under 12. Seating’s at noon and 2 PM. Call 818-790-3663. 1418 Descanso Dr. La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011.

Pinot Bistro‘s three course menu includes Roasted Pumpkin Soup with Spiced Crème Fraîche for the first course. Pan-roasted Cod with Fennel-Onion Soubise, Tomato Confit, and Brandade Croquette for the main. Apple Tart Tatin with Caramel and Vanilla Ice Cream for dessert. $48 for 3 courses; $19.95 for children under 12. Serving begins at 2:00 PM. Call 818-990-0500. 12969 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604.


Locanda del Lago

Santa Monica’s Northern Italian restaurant, Locanda del Lago‘s “beak-to-tail” menu features a sustainable, grain-fed turkey and fixings by Executive Chef Gianfranco Minuz

Three-course meal is $49 (choice of red snapper or turkey), four-course meal is $59, dessert is additional $10, wine pairings are $20. Call 310-451-3525; reserve through OpenTable. Credit card required and 24 hours notice is required for cancellation ($25 fee per person for late notice). Prices do not include tax and gratuity. À la carte dinner menu will also be available. 231 Arizona Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401.

Locanda del Lago’s Thanksgiving menu:

Crema di Mais con Granchio
Purée of Creamed White Corn Soup with warm lump crab
$9 à la carte

Tortelloni di Mele in Salsa di Fegato Grasso
Housemade Apple Tortelloni with foie gras sauce
$22 à la carte

Pagello Selvatico all’Erbe
Wild New Zealand Red Snapper with fine herbs and farro mantecato with pumpkin
$32 à la carte

Tacchino con Noci Tostate
Roasted Turkey Roulade with toasted cashews, cranberry compote, tricolor mashed potatoes,
brown gravy, and sautéed green beans
$28 à la carte

Crostata di Zucca
Housemade Pumpkin Pie with cinnamon gelato
Additional $10


Napa Valley Grille

Napa Valley Grille in Westwood is having an all day, locally sourced, seasonal, 3 course Thanksgiving dinner from 12 – 8 PM for $49 + tax and gratuity. Call 310-824-3322. 1100 Glendon Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024.

Napa Valley Grille’s 2011 Three-Course Thanksgiving menu:

First course

Autumn Squash Bisque with Smoked Blue Cheese and Gingersnap Gremolata
Hearth Oven Flatbread topped with Apple Butter, White Cheddar Cheese, and Truffle Heirloom Apples
Autumn Pear Ravioli with Spaghetti Squash, Walnut Emulsion, and Bourbon Brown Butter Nage

Main course selections

Beer Braised Short Rib with local Baby Bermuda Onions, Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes, and Melted Leeks
Olive Oil Natural Poached Salmon with Fennel Puree and paired with a Roasted Beet Salad
Natural Deistel Turkey cooked in Lemon Verbena Brine with Confit Leg Dressing, Sweet Potatoes, and Orange Cranberry Sauce (See image above)
Toasted Farro Risotto with Wilted Chard, Caramelized Brussels Sprouts, Root vegetables, and American Parmesan

Desserts

Roasted Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Spiced Pumpkin Affogato
Upside Down Cranberry Cake with Crčme Fraîche Ice Cream (See image above)
Napa Wine Braised Winter Fruit “Pot Pie” with Brown Sugar Cream


Terranea Resort

Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes has three Thanksgiving options at mar’sel, Catalina Kitchen, and in the Catalina Ballrooom. Call 310-265-2836. 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275.

mar’sel 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Catalina Kitchen Family Style Thanksgiving 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Catalina Ballroom Thanksgiving Buffet 12:00 PM, 12:30 PM and 3:00 PM, 3:30 PM

Thanksgiving menus:

mar’sel

Starters
Housemade Charcuterie
Venison Terrine, Chicken Liver Pate, Pork Rillete,
Homemade Fruit Jams, English muffins
$18

Slow-Roasted Kabocha Squash Soup
Maple-glazed Berkshire Pork Belly, Brussels Sprouts, Caramelized Fuji Apple, Crispy Hobb’s Bacon
$13

Warm Salad of Roasted Autumn Vegetables
Coach Farms Triple Cream Goat Cheese, Torn Croutons,
20-Year-Old Balsamic Vinegar
$14

Entreé

Roasted Organic California Heritage Turkey
Cranberry Sauce, Green Beans Almandine, Chorizo-Cornbread Stuffing
$36

Sides

Mashed Garnet Yams
Orange Zest, Rum, Vanilla
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Pancetta, Fuji Apple
Homemade Cornbread Stuffing
Chorizo, Sage
$7 Each

Desserts

Salted Caramel Pecan Pie
Spiced Chocolate Pot du Crème, Espresso Anglaise
Santa Monica Farmers Market “Pumpkin Patch Pie”
Whipped Crème Fraiche, Single Batch Bourbon Ice Cream
$12 Each

Catalina Kitchen Family Style Thanksgiving

Autumn Bread basket
Baguette, Cranberry Muffins, Cornbread,
Parkerhouse Rolls, Sweet Butter

Choice of
Butternut Squash Bisque
Nutmeg Scented Crème Fraiche
Or
Organic Autumn Lettuce
California Figs, Local Goat Cheese, Candied Walnuts, Balsamic Vinaigrette

Family Style Served on Platters

Tangerine Maple Brined Roasted Free Range Turkey
Giblet Gravy, Cranberry Compote

Family style presentation of

Roasted Apple, Chestnut & Sage Brioche Stuffing
Creamy Country Mashed Potatoes
Yams Gratin with Marshmallow & Pecans
Braised Brussels Sprouts with Sweet Mustard & Peppery Bacon, Roasted Parsnips, Kohl Rabi, Carrots, Baked Acorn Squash

From the buffet table:

Pumpkin Spiced Pot De Crème
Ice Cream Bar with Pumpkin Ice Cream,
Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, Chocolate Ice Cream, and Condiments
Pumpkin Pie, Deep-dish Apple Pie, Whisky Pecan Pie
Sweet Potato Cheesecake, Chocolate, Chocolate Torte,
Caramel Cheesecake Crème Custard, Creamy Éclairs,
Polenta Panna Cotta with Berry Compote

Adults: $65 + tax and gratuity
Children: $25

Catalina Ballroom Buffet

Autumn Bread Table
Artisan Breads, Cranberry Muffins, Cornbread,
Parkerhouse Rolls, Sweet Butter

Soup
Butternut Squash Bisque

Chilled Salads
Autumn Garden Lettuce
8 Condiments, California Olive Oils & Vinegars,
Selection of 3 Dressings
Cranberry Coleslaw
Roasted Corn and Tomato Salad
Glazed Carrot, Orange & Dried Cherry salad

From The Carving Board
Tangerine Maple Roasted Free Range Turkey,
Giblet Gravy, Cranberry Cassis Compote
Roasted Honey Baked Ham, Pineapple-Sweet Raisin Chutney
Rosemary-Salt-Crusted Prime Rib, Jus Lie

Hot Display

Roasted Apple, Chestnut & Sage Brioche Stuffing
Creamy Country Style Mashed Potatoes
Yams Gratin with Marshmallow & Pecans
Roasted Root Vegetables, Brussels Sprouts, Carrots, Cauliflower Gratin
Acorn Squash Gratin

Desserts

Pumpkin Spiced Pot De Crème
Pumpkin Ice Cream
Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
Pumpkin Pie
Deep-dish Apple Pie
Pecan Pie
Sweet Potato Cheesecake
Chocolate, Chocolate Torte
Caramel Cheesecake Crème Custard
Cream-filled Éclairs
Parfait de Chocolate

Beverages

Apple Cider
Coffee Service

Adults: $75 inclusive
Children: $35 inclusive


Cecconi’s

Cecconi’s in West Hollywood offering a Traditional Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner and other specials from 2 PM to close (typically 1 AM on Thursdays). Adults are $45 and children 10 and under are $25. Call 310-432-2000. 8764 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90069.

Chef Andrea Cavaliere Thanksgiving menu:

Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner
Turkey, gravy, seasonal vegetables and mashed potatoes, garnished with truffles.

Additional Thanksgiving Day Specials
Butternut squash tortelli, amaretti crumble, Parmigiano, butter & sage – $16 (half) $22 (full)
Cauliflower, butternut squash & gorgonzola pizza, shaved black truffle – $38
Ricotta & pumpkin cake – $9


Public Kitchen & Bar

Public Kitchen & Bar at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel will present a 3 course prix fixe menu devised by Executive Chef Tim Goodell. Traditional Turkey Dinner and Pumpkin Pie will also be available for patrons wishing for more classic offerings. From 2 PM – 8 PM. $49 per adult $25 per child and free valet parking with validation. Call 323-769-8888. 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028.

First Course

Kabocha Squash Soup/ crème fraiche and cardamom
Fall Greens/ pink lady apples, pistachio and goat cheese
Raviolo/ sweet potato, foie gras and brown butter

Main Course
Traditional Turkey Dinner/ giblet gravy
Swordfish/ baby artichokes and mushroom jus
Filet Mignon/ ham hock risotto and roasted grape jus

Dessert
Pumpkin Pie/ spiced pecans, whipped cream and caramel
Chocolate Tart/ coffee creameux and luxardo cherries
Apple Crostata/ cream fraiche sorbet


Delphine

Executive Chef Sascha Lyon of Delphine is offering a four-course holiday prix-fixe menu featuring fresh Raw Bar selections and traditional Thanksgiving fare. Serving from 5 PM – 10:30 PM for $55 a person. Call 323-798-1355. 6250 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028.

The Thanksgiving menu will feature a Raw Bar menu selection of Oysters, Prawns and Seafood Ceviche; Hors d’oeuvre options include Butternut Squash Soup followed by Organic Kale Salad with Crisp Pita, Jalapeño, Soledad Goat Feta and Creamy Citrus Dressing.

Main Entrée selections of Roasted Turkey, Wild Mushrooms, Sweet Potato Pureé, Country Bread Stuffing, Haricot Vert and Almonds.

Dessert choices include Pumpkin Pie and Brown Sugar Bourbon Ice Cream or Chocolate Pecan Pie with Nutmeg Pear Ice Cream.

Delphine offers a French and American wine list for pairing with turkey including Riesling, Schlumberger, “Prince Abbes,” Alsace 2006; Viognier, Consilience Santa Barbara County, 2007; and Syrah, Novy “Amber Ridge Vineyard,” Russian River Valley.

Photography provided by Patina Restaurant Group

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