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ANNUAL THANKSGIVING HANDBOOK : No Truss, No Muss : Want Thanksgiving in All Its Glory, nut Can't Take the Heat? Leave the Basting to Someone Else

November 19, 1995|CINDY DORN

Feeling pressured? Need a little extra time to get grateful? Here is a sampling of places that do Thanksgiving meals to go. We've listed deadlines for ordering, because in most cases, it's first come, first served. The early bird . . . well, you know.

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Torrance's Aioli restaurant offers a 20-pound turkey with rosemary, thyme and tarragon rub; rosemary and garlic baste or apricot and thyme glaze for $40. There is also a large range of fixings (stuffings, mashed potatoes, vegetables and relishes) for $4 per 6-ounce portion with a minimum of four items per order. Desserts (pumpkin and pecan pie, cheesecake and tiramisu) will feed six and cost between $15 and $28 each. Dinners must be ordered 72 hours in advance and picked up no later than 3 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. Aioli also delivers in the South Bay.

Aioli Restaurant, 1261 Cabrillo Ave., Torrance, (310) 320-9200.

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The Bristol Farms turkey dinner includes corn bread, herbed or traditional dressing, giblet gravy, choice of vegetables from an extensive list and cranberry chutney. Cost is $23 per person and there is a 10-person minimum. Also available: turkey only for $7 per person with a 10-person minimum. Order by Monday and pick up by Nov. 23 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Bristol Farms, 606 Fair Oaks Ave., South Pasadena, (818) 441-5450. Other locations: Manhattan Beach, Woodland Hills and Palos Verdes.

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Homer Burnett says he's on a mission from God . . . "with the talent he bestowed upon me." That talent is cooking. Burnett's Barbeque offers 12-pound smoked turkeys for $36 and 20-pound smoked turkeys for $45. Corn bread stuffing is $1.75 a serving; gravy is $3 a pint. Pecan pies are $9 and sweet potato pies are $8, serving 6 to 8 people. An apple or peach cobbler is $16.50 and will feed 10 to 12. Order by Monday, with a 50% deposit, and pick up between 2 and 6 p.m on Wednesday.

Burnett's Barbeque, 761 E. Altadena Drive, Altadena, (818) 794-5131.

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The Clay Oven is an Indian restaurant that's offering an 8- to 10-pound tandoori turkey, skinned and stuffed with basmati rice, vegetables and nuts. Cranberry chutney also. Serves four to six for $30. Order by Tuesday and pick up Wednesday between 11:30 a.m. and 10 p.m.

Clay Oven, 15435 Jeffrey Road, Irvine, (714) 552-2851.

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At the Daily Grill, roasted turkey comes with stuffing with seasoning and herbs, mashed potatoes and gravy, baked praline yams, creamed spinach, applesauce, cranberry sauce and fresh fruit cobbler or bread pudding with whiskey sauce. The dinners are $22 per person with a four-person minimum. Dinners must be ordered 72 hours in advance and picked up between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

Daily Grill, 11677 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, (310) 442-0044; 16101 Ventura Blvd., Encino., (818) 986-4111; 12050 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, (818) 769-6336. Other locations: Newport Beach and Palm Dessert.

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Eastern Meats and Deli sells roasted turkey for $2.39 a pound; gravy, stuffing and sweet potatoes for $2.19 a pint; mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce for $1.89 a pint. Order by Tuesday and pick up Wednesday, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Eastern Meats and Deli, 8320 Alondra Blvd., Paramount, (310) 630-2802.

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Engine Co. No. 28 offers a roasted fresh free-range turkey, corn bread stuffing, roasted root vegetables, blue lake beans, candied yams, mashed potatoes, gravy and pumpkin or pecan pie, pumpkin cheesecake or persimmon pudding. This will feed six to eight people for $135. Must be ordered 24 hours in advance and picked up on Wednesday between 11:30 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Engine Co. No. 28, 644 S. Figueroa Ave., Los Angeles, (213) 624-6996.

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Farmers Market stores are selling a roasted free-range turkey, gravy, cranberry relish, corn bread stuffing, mashed potatoes, vegetable medley, apple-crumb or pumpkin pie and a bottle of Martinelli's sparkling cider. Serves six to seven people for $90, or 12 to 14 people for $170. Order 72 hours in advance, pick up on Thanksgiving Day between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Farmers Market, 31109 Rancho Viejo, San Juan Capistrano, (714) 248-0838; and 401 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, (714) 760-0403.

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Gelson's offers a 10- to 12-pound roasted turkey, herb stuffing, yam souffle, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetable medley and pumpkin-nut bread. Serves eight adults and costs $70. It also has ham, goose and prime rib dinners and holiday meals for two. There is also an extensive holiday a la carte menu. Food must be ordered 72 hours in advance and picked up by Wednesday evening.

Gelson's Market, 5500 Reseda Blvd., Tarzana, (818) 996-6048. Other locations: Century City, Encino, Marina del Rey, Newport Beach, North Hollywood, Pacific Palisades and Westlake Village.

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All Hughes Markets sell a fully cooked 10- to 12-pound turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, yams, green beans, stuffing and cranberry sauce that will feed 8 to 10 people for $38. Order 24 hours in advance and pick up Thanksgiving Day between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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