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Pumpkin Pie is the obvious tasty treat eaten on Thanksgiving, but far less predictable desserts are always welcome. Whether you are looking for something to neatly seal the deal on your fabulous dinner at the end of the meal or you are yearning to nibble whenever the mood strikes this holiday weekend, there’s something for everyone. Check out the following list of sweet retreats to consume after the turkey or turkey substitute has piqued your very discerning taste buds.
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Craft LA
10100 Constellation Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90067
(310) 279-4180
www.craftrestaurantsinc.com

Looking to dine in for your desserts? Chef Andrew Gavalla and pastry chef Shannon Swindle will offer a prix fixe feast that blends traditional holiday dishes with classic Craft LA favorites. Diners will start their meal with family-style presentations of wild arugula, pomegranate & delicata squash; a savory Gruyere & Caramelized Onion Tart; and Country Pate & Pickles before selecting an individual entree. An assortment of tasty sides such as sausage & raisin stuffing, yukon gold potato puree, cranberry sauce, brussels sprouts, and assorted mushrooms will be presented for diners to share alongside their main plates. For dessert, the restaurant will offer rustic sweets that include a pumpkin chiffon pie, pecan pie and chocolate hazelnut marjolaine. Or, decide to take a Thanksgiving pie to go!

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(credit: Alena Haurylik/shutterstock)


Love & Salt
317 Manhattan Beach Blvd
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 545-5252
www.loveandsaltla.com

Double-threat chef de cuisine and pastry chef Rebecca Merhej will whip up some great desserts this holiday season with her fresh spin on the bundt cake. Beginning on November 7th, the Cal-Italian restaurant will offer her seasonally-inspired bundt cakes for guests to bring home for holiday shindigs and dinner parties through the end of the year. It will be available until December 31st, 2016. Make sure to order 48 hours in advance. Other offerings include a Spiced Pumpkin Bundt Cake with a mascarpone frosting & toasted pumpkin seeds, a chocolate olive oil Bundt Cake with chocolate chips and chocolate nutella glaze, and a Gluten-Free Almond Hazelnut Bundt Cake with seasonal fruit and vanilla.

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(credit: Danielle K./yelp)


Baby Bea’s Bakeshop
311 Robertson Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
(424) 249-3362
www.babybeasbakeshop.com

Depend on a rarified Beverly Hills outpost to deliver the most outrageous desserts deserving of your Thanksgiving feast. Indeed, this imaginative enterprise’s marble cake pops will top any sweet treat on the table, as will the pumpkin spice, gluten free almond and strawberry mini cupcakes. Don’t see anything special enough on the fixed menu? Special customs orders are welcome. No wonder Beatrice T., the woman behind Baby Bea’s, has been called the best baker in the Southland.

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(credit: Marmar Q./yelp)


The Village Bakery
3119 Los Feliz Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90039
(323) 662-8600
www.thevillagebakeryandcafe.com

Atwater Village is a hot bed of unique places, with this particular bakery being one of the finest. Find some really distinct Thanksgiving treats in the cases of this understated establishment, with cookies big on creativity (try the chocolate chunk macaroons or the melt-in-your-mouth limoncello) or pick the cinnamon biscotti, a good dessert to have on hand on Turkey Day, as is the in-house chocolate red wine cake topped served with chocolate ganache. Talk about memorable.

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(credit: Coco G./yelp)


Proof Bakery
3156 Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90039
(323) 664-8633
www.proofbakery.com

The proof in Proof Bakery is in the tasty goodies you’ll be able to purchase at this exotic outpost where all return customers know full well that their family and friends with whom they share Thanksgiving will definitely be able to satisfy their collective sweet teeth. Among the dozens of options, the sensational lemon pistachio pastry is to die for, as is the exquisite almond jam cake. Yum!

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Café Gratitude
512 Rose Ave.
Venice, CA 90291
(424) 231-8000
www.cafegratitude.com

Going vegan on Thanksgiving? Café Gratitude provides the tastiest vegan and gluten-free pumpkin pie on the planet. Not only that, but this tasty dessert is available as a to-go option for those who want to serve the slices from their own home as part of their feast to remember. Note: Another taste treat to complement the pie is this sterling outpost’s cooked fruit cobbler served with vanilla bean coconut cashew ice cream.

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Salt & Straw
1357 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 310-8429
www.saltandstraw.com

If you’re looking for undeniably unusual desserts for Thanksgiving 2016, take to this Los Angeles eatery in a hurry. From such crazy concoctions as sweet potato casserole with maple pecans (a re-thinking of one of Thanksgiving’s favorite sides made with rich sweet potato ice cream and balanced by a light ribbon of maple syrup marshmallow fluff) to buttered mashed potatoes and gravy (yes, this is a turkey day classic made into a dessert with the main attraction being gravy made of white chocolate), the options are forever clever. No doubt an imaginative dessert chef is behind all the swell dessert selections found at the highly creative, Venice-based Salt & Straw. The great ice creamery will also be offering great Thanksgiving flavors including sweet potato casserole with maple pecans, buttered mashed potatoes and gravy, California acorn and chestnut stuffing, spiced goat cheese and pumpkin pie, and salted caramel Thanksgiving turkey. These flavors will be offered at their Larchmont Village, Venice, Studio City and DTLA locations.

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Sweet Rose Creamery
Multiple Locations
www.sweetrosecreamery.com

Sweet Rose Creamery’s five locations throughout Los Angeles are offering seasonal, artisanal ice cream pies from Chef/Co-Owner Shiho Yoshikawa, including a tasty Apple Pie with caramel walnut crumble, brown sugar ice cream pie, and bite-sized spiced pumpkin bon bons. Their signature farmers’ market-inspired ice creams in to-go pints are available in-store as well as online, too, with shipping available locally and nationwide. The November ice cream flavors include Brown Sugar with Butter Pecan, Apple Pie, Cinnamon, and Dairy-Free Sorbets like Cranberry Orange. Orders must be made by calling the nearest store by Sunday, November 13. Pies are available for pick up in store on November 22 and 23.

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Valerie Confections
3360 W 1st St
Los Angeles, CA 90004
(213) 739-8149
www.valerieconfections.com

Valerie Confections has also rolled out a great Thanksgiving catering menu, so those who love sweets can enjoy chocolatier and baker Valerie Gordon’s autumnal desserts like a tasty pumpkin pie.

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