Thanksgiving Day is this country’s most bountiful holiday, but that does not mean you have to heat up the kitchen in order to eat well. Los Angeles’ top chefs are willing to do the hard work, so all you have to do is lift your fork…and maybe a wine glass too. There’s nothing wrong with resting on your laurels this year. Here are a few restaurants that would love to have you as a guest on Turkey Day. Just don’t forget that it’s a holiday, so many restaurants will have special closing hours–usually one or two hours earlier than normal. There are a lot of eateries open on the holiday, but here is a choice selection.
Delphine Eatery & Bar
6250 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028
Located inside the Hollywood W Hotel, Delphine Eatery & Bar has turned into one of the town’s newer lunch, dinner and late night spots. The restaurant will offer a Thanksgiving menu with all of the fixings, including a raw bar of oysters, prawns and seafood ceviche. Enjoy a meal of Butternut Squash Soup, Kale Salad with Soledad Goat Feta and Creamy Citrus Dressing, Roasted Turkey with Wild Mushrooms, Haricot Verts and Almonds and Country Bread Stuffing, and Chocolate Pecan Pie with Nutmeg Pear Ice Cream. The hours for dinner will be 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
10877 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Chef Verite Mazzola announced a new fall menu for the Westwood Village restaurant that would be available on Thanksgiving Day. Palomino is also known for its all day happy hour offering, which means you can relax in the lounge before dinner and sip on the new Candy Apple Maritini or Washington Apple Cider. The location is a busy spot for UCLA students and residents of Westwood and Brentwood, so be sure to make a reservation. The Thanksgiving menu includes Herb Roasted Turkey with Apple-Sausage Stuffing, Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes and Herb Roasted Vegetables served with Cranberry Relish and Turkey Gravy for $27 or a Rock Salt Roasted Prime Rib with Crushed Baby Red Bliss Potatoes, Crushed Red Chile and Horseradish for $33. Due to the holiday, the restaurant will close at 8:00 pm that evening.
The Malibu Cafe at Calamigos Ranch
327 Latigo Canyon Road
Malibu, CA 90265
With a prix fixe menu priced at $39 for adults and $22 for children, The Malibu Cafe plans to serve from 10:00 am to close. Choose between the Honey and Ginger Glazed ham or Spice Rubbed Turkey with Porcini Stuffing served alongside Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Wilted Kale, Shallots and Andouille Sausage, Blue Lake Beans with Bacon, Pearl Onions and Toasted Garlic or Roasted Parsnips with Brandy, Brown Butter and Herbs, to name a few. Stay warm with the Rum and Apple Cider spiked with Allspice or a glass of Mulled White Wine with Cinnamon, Clove and Nutmeg. If you’d prefer a brunch-style meal, slide over to the Huevos Rancheros and Omelet Station. Traditional holiday meals are nice, but it might not hurt to introduce your plate to something new.
Napa Valley Grille
1100 Glendon Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Napa Valley Grille will focus on a three-course prix fixe offering this year for Thanksgiving. The menu will be available from noon to 9:00 pm for $49 for adults and $20 for children under twelve. With three choices per course, you have a number of ways to create your perfect meal. The Chef has also created a main course option for any vegetarian looking to enjoy a meatless meal. A few of the items include Hearth Oven Flatbread with Apple Butter, White Cheddar Cheese and Truffle Heirloom Apples, Natural Deistel Turkey cooked in Lemon Verbena Brine with Confit Leg Dressing, Sweet Potatoes, and Orange Cranberry Sauce and Roasted Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Spiced Pumpkin Affogato. If all of that food works up a thirst, sip on the Pumpkin Martini rimmed with caramel and a mix of housemade ginger snaps and pink peppercorns.
LA Market by Kerry Simon
900 West Olympic Boulevard, 1st Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Downtown Los Angeles is a brand new place full of entertainment and notable restaurants following the opening of L.A. Live. LA Market Restaurant by Kerry Simon sits in the lobby of the JW Marriott, easily luring customers with its sophisticated, casual environment and California cuisine under the hands of Chef Kerry Simon and Chef Nona Sivley. This year’s Thanksgiving menu is a three-course prix fixe offering priced at $52 for adults and $21 for children under twelve. Dishes include the Red Kuri Squash Soup with Southern Fried Rock Shrimp, Roasted Chestnuts and Fuji Apples, Roasted Turkey Breast and Braised Leg with Garnet Yams and Sausage-Sage Stuffing and Pumpkin Flan with Hazelnut Pralines and Spiced Anglaise. Typically, the restaurant does not open for dinner until 5:00 pm, but for the holiday, service is expected to run from 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
9543 Culver Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232
Chef Akasha Richmond continuously intrigues Culver City diners with her unique and clean combination of flavors and ingredients. This year, her Thanksgiving menu truly brings the experience of family dining to the restaurant setting. For $65 per adult and $35 per child under twelve, you can enjoy dishes such as Roasted Cauliflower Bisque with White Truffle Sea Salt and Celery Leaves, Slow Roasted Mary’s Turkey with Mashed Potatoes, Chestnut Stuffing and Cranberry Chutney and Crab Stuffed Idaho Trout with Stone Ground Cornbread and Turkey Andouille Sausage Stuffing. Each guest has an option of sides to accompany their meal, and the table can order supplemental sides, served family-style, for an extra $10 per plate. There are nine pies offered on the buffet dessert list, so save room for Cranberry-Orange Meringue Pie and Maple Pecan and Chocolate Pie with an olive oil crust. Best of all, Akasha’s holiday menu offerings can satisfy vegetarians, vegans and those looking for gluten free options. Service on Thanksgiving Day will run from noon to 7:00 pm.
141 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Executive Chef Tony Esnault created a high-class four-course menu priced at $68 for adults and $32 for children under twelve. Featured dishes include Maine Lobster and Chestnut Velouté, Albion Parsnip Risotto, Golden Roasted Organic Turkey, Halibut with Caramelized Endives, and Hazelnut Cake with Ovaltine Glacée. Notable cocktails include The Ronceray with Calvados, Dark Rum and Cinnamon Syrup and The Fall with Pear Vodka, Cranberry Liquor and Apple Juice. A sommelier-chosen wine list will be available in addition to an à la carte offering from the restaurant’s caviar and artisan cheese selection. The restaurant is located inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall, which always stuns, especially on a beautiful evening. Dinner service will begin at noon and run until 8:00 pm.
Chrystal Baker is the co-editor of The Duo Dishes and a freelance food and events contributor.