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Thanksgiving Survival Guide

Thanksgiving Pick-Me-Up

November 18, 1998|ANDY BRODER

You can play holiday host without spending hours in the kitchen. There is an ever-growing range of Thanksgiving to-go options that allow you to cook everything but the bird, to cook only a turkey and pick up the rest of the sides or to let someone else do all the cooking. Choose a favorite restaurant, a respected hotel or your neighborhood grocery store.

Remember, if you pick up the meal the night before Thanksgiving, you may need to cook the turkey for a couple of hours, and you will probably need to warm things up.

* Bristol Farms offers an a la carte menu. Whole cooked turkeys are $3.99 a pound and range from 9 to 18 pounds. Spiral sliced ham is $6.29 a pound and leg of lamb is $9.99 a pound. Three types of stuffing are available, priced from $4.49 to $4.99 a pound. Three potato options are available ranging from $3.99 to $4.49 a pound. There is an assortment of vegetables from which to choose, priced from $3.99 to $7.99 a pound. Two kinds of cranberry sauce, applesauce and gravy are also available, priced from $3.99 to $4.99 a pound.

Order by Sunday. Pick up next Wednesday before 9 p.m. Locations in Long Beach, Westlake Village, Newport Beach, Manhattan Beach, South Pasadena, Rolling Hills Estates and Mission Viejo. To order, or to find the location nearest you, call (888) 726-7271.

* Century Plaza Hotel and Tower offers "Turkey to Go." Dinner includes an 18- to 20-pound turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes, garden vegetables, cranberry relish and gravy. This feeds eight to 10 people and costs $80. Apple, pumpkin and pecan pies and pumpkin cheesecakes are available for $12 each.

Orders by next Wednesday and pick up on Thanksgiving Day between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. 2025 Ave. of the Stars, Century City. (310) 551-3334.

* Engine Company No. 28's Thanksgiving starts with roasted butternut squash soup. Next are roasted fresh free-range turkey, corn bread stuffing, cranberry sauce, roasted root vegetables, sauteed blue lake beans, candied yams and your choice of pumpkin pie, pecan pie, pumpkin cheesecake or steamed persimmon pudding. This serves six to eight and costs $145.

Order by Tuesday and pick up next Wednesday before 8 p.m. 644 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles. (213) 624-6996.

* Gelson's Markets offers both complete meals and a la carte selections. A complete dinner for eight is $79.99 and includes turkey, baked mashed potatoes, gravy, gingered yam souffle, cranberry corn bread stuffing, vegetables, cranberry sauce and rolls. The same meal for 12 is $99.99. Prime rib dinners and goose dinners are also available. Whole roasted turkeys are $3.79 a pound, and side dishes range from $3.99 to $6.99 a pound.

Order by Monday and pick up on Thanksgiving Day between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Available at all Gelson's locations.

* Granita, Wolfgang Puck's Malibu restaurant, offers Thanksgiving trimmings--but not the bird--to go. For $16 per person, the trimmings include wild mushroom stuffing, roasted vegetables, potato puree with roasted garlic, maple-glazed sweet potato puree, cranberry "agrodolce," horseradish apple sauce and assorted breads and muffins. Pumpkin squash soup is $24 per quart, fresh herb gravy is $16 per quart and pumpkin pie and other desserts are $28 each.

Order by 6 p.m Monday and pick up next Wednesday between 3 and 6 p.m. Delivery available Wednesday for an additional $25. 23725 W. Malibu Road, Malibu. (310) 456-0488.

* Gustaf Anders offers several menu choices. For $39 per person you get your choice of appetizers (including oysters, smoked wild boar ham and gravlax), celery root soup, Caesar salad and either traditional roast turkey, venison or poached salmon. Ask about dessert choices when you call. Order by next Wednesday and pick up on Thanksgiving Day between 11:30 a.m. and 9 p.m. by arrangement at time of ordering.

Gustaf Anders, 3851 Bear St., South Coast Plaza Village, Santa Ana. (714) 668-1737.

* Joan's on Third has an a la carte menu to take home. Two soups are available for $12 a quart. Whole turkeys are $4 per pound. Vegetable and side dishes range from $7 to $10 a pound and gravy is $12 a quart. Assorted pies that serve eight cost $22 to $30, pear and apple cobbler that serves 12 is $35 and individual chocolate-walnut tarts are $5.

Order by noon Monday and pick up next Wednesday during regular business hours or by 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day. 8350 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles. (323) 655-2285.

* Johnny Rebs' offers smoked turkey feasts in two sizes. Each comes with a smoked turkey, sage and mushroom dressing, gravy, cranberry relish, mashed potatoes and dinner rolls. The smaller feast is $49.95, serves four to eight and comes with one pie. The larger is $69.95, serves 10 to 12 and comes with two pies. For $27.95, you can get just the bird.

Order by Monday and pick up next Wednesday between 2 and 8 p.m. 4633 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach. (562) 423-7327. 16639 Bellflower Blvd., Bellflower, (562) 866-6455.

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