It’s turkey time and whether you are an at-home chef or you prefer to have someone else do your cooking, there are several great restaurants and markets prepared for you this Thanksgiving. So, whether you’re looking to buy a pre-seasoned raw turkey that you’ll cook yourself or a turkey that has been slow roasted, seasoned and ready to eat, we’ve put together the best places to buy a turkey in Los Angeles.
2030 Montana Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90402
Located in the Brentwood Country Mart, Farm Shop by Jeff Cerciello (ex Yountville’s French Laundry) has the right stuff at this Californian gem. This Thanksgiving, Farmshop offers up Sonoma County raised Dietsel Farms turkeys which are seasoned with lemon, herbs, garlic and honey. Order by November 20th.
9039 Beverly Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90048
This high end grocery store is ready for your Thanksgiving order. This holiday season, Bristol Farms offers options from turkeys, prime rib, honey spiral ham and more. Their naturally raised slow roasted whole turkey is cooked to perfection and will allow you to spend more time with friends and family and less time in the kitchen. It is simply seasoned with a little salt, pepper and fresh thyme and is delicious. Sides include old fashioned traditional stuffing, sun-dried cherry pistachio stuffing, cornbread stuffing, butternut squash risotto, mashed potatoes, honey glazed carrots, green bean casserole, cranberry relish and more. And, if you have a sweet tooth, they have you covered. Serving up Apple Cobler and Pumpkin Crumb Pie, Bristol Farms has you covered.
Joan’s On Third
8350 West Third Street
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Joan’s On Third is your one stop shop for Thanksgiving offering everything from the turkey to side dishes. This delicious eatery/marketplace will fill your Thanksgiving table with their tasty sides along with dessert and of course a turkey. The turkey is available whole or by the brest and they offer a white meat only option which is oven roasted and will serve four.
235 N Canon Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Bouchon offers a Do It Yourself option this Thanksgiving. Thomas Keller’s Beverly Hills famous eatery provides an oven-ready Diestel Farms turkey that will feed between 6 to 18 guests. The turkey is lemon and herb-brined and is absolutely delicious.
9543 Culver Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
Order your thanksgiving from opne of the city’s best restaurants for seasonal California cooking. Akasha offers Mary’s organic heritage turkey (free range and vegetarian fed) from Central California this holiday season which is roasted and seasoned with herbs. The turkey comes sliced as well. Order by November 18th at 6pm.
1014 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
This Thanksgiving, Santa Monica’s Huckleberry Cafe offers heritage turkey thighs that are cooked slow with mushrooms, onions, thyme, garlic and Pinot Grigio. Although its dark meat, the meat will literally fall off the bone and is delicious. Order by November 18th.
Gelson’s (Century City Mall)
10250 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Gelson’s is a favorite go-to market for Angelenos. Its made-to-order and service deli departments have everything you need for Thanksgiving, including cooked whole turkeys and all of the traditional fixings. The California-based Zacky Farm turkey ($5.99 per pound) is available in three sizes serving eight to 10, 12 to 16 or 16 to 20 dinner guests. This year Gelson’s is also expecting to sell low-sodium, salt-prepared turkeys. Oven roasted in savory barbecue flavors, turkeys come whole and cold with reheating instructions.
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Trader Joe’s West Los Angeles
11755 Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Hosts and hostesses rely on Trader Joe’s for fabulous ingredients as they prep for any holiday party. This year Trader Joe’s will be featuring frozen turkeys that are all natural from California, Minnesota and Pennsylvania. All-natural means that these turkeys were raised on 100-percent vegetarian feed, do not have artificial ingredients and have never received growth hormones or antibiotics. Trader Joe’s brings ease to the Thanksgiving table with its pre-brined turkeys by offering all natural, brined fresh young turkeys ($1.99 per pound/12- to 22-pound birds), and Glatt kosher (kosher salt is used) all natural, fresh young turkeys ($2.49 per pound/12- to 16-pound birds). Birds start hitting the freezer bins in November – purchase early as it’s first come, first served.
2128 Hillhurst Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Want a different option this Thanksgiving? Little Dom’s offers up a deep-fried turkey. The free-range, hormone-free 12 pound turkey is deep-fried in peanut oil and the result is a delicious crispy skinned turkey paired with giblet gravy that is so moist that you’ll think to yourself why haven’t gotten one every year. Quantities are limited so if you’re interested, make sure to jump on it fast!
2030 Montana Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90402
The Farms in Santa Monica is everyone’s favorite neighborhood grocery store, and it’s got your back this year if you are hosting Thanksgiving. It will prepare a rotisserie cooked turkey up to 16 pounds featuring the meat department’s special secret rub of garlic, white pepper, paprika and salt. Prepared turkeys are available first come, first served. The kitchen crew starts cooking at 4 a.m. Thanksgiving morning to get prepared and customers may select a Frenso-based Zacky Farms all-natural, 100-percent turkey or a free-range Diestel Turkey Ranch bird from Northern California. The Farms also adds $30 per order for each cooked turkey. They will even carve the bird for you.
983 W. Compton Blvd.
Compton, CA 90220
Cooking a deep-fried turkey takes serious preparations as well as risks. Skip all of that planning and call Loretos, a family run café that has been deep frying holiday birds for the last nine years. Chef Joe Loreto and his son and daughter cook a deep-fried whole turkey that is perfectly juicy for your Thanksgiving meal. The crisp, golden-skinned bird is fried in 100-percent peanut oil, and available at 15 to 16 pounds each ($4.65 per pound). Orders are being taken now through the Thursday before Thanksgiving. Loreto personally deep fries the bird, wraps it in foil to seal the juices and refrigerates the turkey for customers to pick up before the holiday. He gives his customers simple at-home reheating instructions. Popular for Christmas, New Years and the Super Bowl, the deep-fried turkeys are also available to take home all year long.
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Marconda’s Meats in the Los Angeles Farmers Market
6333 W. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Specializing in Willie Bird turkeys, which are free-range, all-natural or organic, Marconda’s Meats and Puritan Poultry is a premium butcher and meat market in the original Los Angeles Farmers Market. Since 1941, the family owned meat market is a No. 1 source for poultry and a wide variety of meats and sausages. For holiday cooking, these broad-breasted birds are perfect for a crowd that loves white meat. Willie Bird turkeys are raised on a vegetarian diet in Sonoma County. Marconda’s suggests ordering your bird early for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Frozen turkeys are available all year round.
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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 Examiner.com.