Thanksgiving is this week and if you’re like me you have done zero in the planning department. Luckily there is still time to make reservations at some of the best establishments across Los Angeles. If you’re still looking (and I know many of you are) for a place to wine and dine take a peek below at my top last minute Thanksgiving ideas.
On that note, here’s hoping everyone has a happy (and delicious) holiday, whether you’re planning to prepare all the fixings at home or taking one of the recommendations below.
As always, enjoy the rundown of all the tasty news bites below, along with the best food events happening this week.
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Last Minute Thanksgiving Ideas
1. The Mar Vista (Mar Vista)
Eclectic neighborhood restaurant The Mar Vista will offer a three-course menu featuring Thanksgiving dishes with a twist. Highlights include wild rice pistachio turkey roulade, turkey leg confit and a cranberry raspberry crumble. The meal will be offered over two dinner seatings; at 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. –> More information
2. Gracias Madre x Guelaguetza Thanksgiving Benefit (West Hollywood)
Plant based Mexican restaurant Gracias Madre combine forces with Oaxacan power house Guelaguetza for a Thanksgiving fundraiser benefiting Por Oaxaca, who’s mission is to aid indigenous communities in Oaxaca affected by the 8.2 earthquake in Mexico on September 7, 2017. Head over to Gracias Madre on Thanksgiving from 1-5pm and donate a suggested $25 to the cause and dine on seasonal eats like Butternut Squash Tamales, Pumpkin Cheesecake and Cranberry Margaritas. –> More information
3. Clifton’s Republic (Downtown Los Angeles)
Spend Thanksgiving at a legendary venue. From 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Executive Chef Andrew Pastore will host a buffet with “all you care to enjoy” options for $55 per person. Highlights include classic trimmings like mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, roasted vegetables and mac n’ cheese. There’s also a special value menu for $12 featuring your choice of turkey or chicken pot pie with a slice of pumpkin pie and a soft drink. Those not interested in Thanksgiving fare can head to the Pizza Station! Cocktail Ambassador Beau du Bois will be serving a cider sparkling punch cocktail called Turkey Day Punch made of apple cider, Prosecco, Brandy, orange, cranberry, cinnamon and apricot. –> More information
4. The Raymond 1886 (Pasadena)
One of Pasadena’s oldest establishments opens it’s historical cottage up for a traditional family-style feast this Thanksgiving. Highlights include Oven Roasted Turkey, Garlic & Black Pepper Encrusted Prime Rib, Candied Weiser Farms Yams with Toasted Homemade Marshmallows, Italian Sausage & Grilled Apple Stuffing, Green Bean Casserole and more. Save room for dessert, they’ll be serving a decadent Caramalized Apple with Almond Bread Pudding and Pumpkin Mousse. The meal cost $76.00 per person and is available from noon to 7 p.m. –> More information
5. Craft LA (Century City)
Chef de cuisine Denis Crutchfield will host a seasonally-driven family-style feast. Guests will start with succulent pork belly with butternut squash, an endive and pear salad and octopus with celery root before selecting an individual entree. Options for entrees include roasted organic turkey, diver scallops and a wagyu sirloin. in addition an assortment of sides will be presented to go with entrees. Pastry chef Shannon Swindle will help end the night on a sweet note with a pumpkin & cranberry “bombe” and a quince brown betty to share with the table. Thanksgiving dinner is served between 1-8 p.m. and cost $140 per person. –> More information
6. Spring (Downtown Los Angeles)
Michelin Starred Chef Tony Esnault will offer a special three- course meal this Thanksgiving. On the menu diners will find, Roasted Mary’s Free-Range Turkey with Gravy, a Slowly Cooked Prime Rib with herb crust and chimichurri, Pan Seared Branzino with capers and Meunièr and a Farmer’s Market Root Vegetable Gratin. Each entrée will be accompanied with traditional Thanksgiving sides. There will also be an Old-Fashioned Pecan Pie with bourbon caramel sauce and Pumpkin Pie served with spiced Tahitian vanilla chantilly for dessert. The meal cost $65 per person and is available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. –> More information
7. Crossroads Kitchen (Beverly Grove)
Innovative plant based eatery Crossroads will serve a four course prix fixe menu on Thanksgiving from noon to 5 p.m. Guests will start with a Butternut Squash Bisque and Autumn salad and move onto a Holiday Spices Chickpea Cake served with seasonal trimmings such as mash potatoes, stuffing, brussle sprouts and sweet potato biscuits. –> More information
8. Wolf (Melrose)
Chef Marcel Vigneron will host a Thanksgiving prix fixe featuring a five-course tasting. On the menu guests will find brined and spatchcocked turkey, ora king salmon and roasted roots of carrot, turnip and sunchoke. The meal cost $75 per person and will be available from 4-9 p.m. –> More information
9. Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse (Downtown Los Angeles)
Enjoy a traditional turkey dinner with all the delicous trimmings during Nick & Stef’s Thanksgiving dinner. The meal includes Diestel Farms Turkey, chestnut stuffing, potato purée, candied butternut squash, pickled cranberry compote and turkey gravy for $49. Guests can pair their meal with a spiced hot toddy made with Bulleit bourbon and end with a Pumpkin Crème Brûlée or Chocolate Spiced Cremeux. Dinner is served from 3-9 p.m.–> More information
10. by CHLOE. (Silver Lake)
The fast-casual, plant-based eatery by CHLOE. will be open on Thanksgiving Day. This year they’ll bring back their famous, vegan, Thanksgiving burger. Deemed as The Gobble Gobble the burger comes with a lemon-caper seitan, sautéed kale, rosemary gravy, harvest stuffing, and fresh cranberry sauce, served on a potato bun for $11.95. End your meal on a sweet note with a Pumpkin Cupcake topped with toasted marshmallow and a Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate. The specials are available all month. –> More information
11. Upstairs 2 (Sawtelle)
If pairing the perfect wine with your Thanksgiving meal is a top priority, head to Upstairs 2 this Thanksgiving. They’ll be serving a three course turkey dinner with family sides from 2-7 p.m. Menu highlights include a grilled elk chop with whole grain mustard sauce, pan roasted wild salmon with coriander yogurt sauce and a traditional roast turkey with giblet gravy and cranberry sauce. The meal cost $55 for Adults and children 12 and under will be served their own turkey dinner for $25. Wine pairing with each course cost an additional $25. –> More information
Food Events for this Week in L.A.
Tuesday November 21st, 2017
Mr. C Beverly Hills closes out their popular Poolside Cinema series this Tuesday with a screening of The Breakfast Club.
Down some tacos, drink some locally brewed beers and test your trivia skills this Tuesday during Tacos & Trivia night at Angel City Brewery in DTLA.
Wednesday November 22nd, 2017
Horse Thief BBQ, located at Grand Central Market, will screen Christmas Vacation on their patio this Wednesday.
Thursday November 23rd, 2017
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! (see list above for ideas on where to eat)
Friday November 24th, 2017
Take a break during Black Friday shopping at Bourbon Steak located in The Americana at Brand. They’ll be offering guests an American Angus Petit 8oz at 50% off which comes out to just $24.
Saturday November 25th, 2017
Celebrate Small Business Saturday with Wine, Walk & Shop at CRAFTED in Long Beach this Saturday. This unique marketplace featuring 75+ businesses will host unlimited tastings from dozens of local wineries and craft breweries courtesy of Off the Vine.
Sunday November 26th, 2017
Smorgasburg launches their Holiday Market this Sunday transforming from a foodie hang out to a magical holiday shopping experience. Expect food and shopping vendors to offer holiday treats and gifts. The holiday market will occur every Sunday from December 3-17, the official launch on November 26 will feature flash sales and specials from 10 to 11 a.m. so go early.
Drunken Devil presents Deviled Eggs a Christmas-inspired burlesque brunch at at Brack Shop Tavern in Downtown Los Angeles. Enjoy bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys as a theatrical experience unfolds before you with interactive characters and more. The brunch menu will feature modern takes on midcentury recipes. There are two tiers of tickets: $50 includes admission, brunch and performances while the $65 VIP option, which is sold in groups of six, provides reserved seating, personal table service, and Christmas gifts provided by the Drunken Devil.
Sushi Roku Pasadena celebrates IDG’s 20th Anniversary with 50% off all dinner items from November 26-30. Fall menu items include Avocado “Hanabi” a truffle and soy-seasoned avocado over toasted crispy rice, Bamboo Rice Risotto, Toro Carpaccio, Blue Crab Cocktail and a Nova Scotia Lobster Tail in yuzu citrus butter.