Thanksgiving is next week, and if that takes you by surprise, there are at least a couple of ways to deal with the fact that you have yet to plan Thanksgiving dinner: reservations at any of the dozens of restaurants that will be celebrating the holiday, or takeout. Check your local grocer for takeout options. And in addition to the many notable dining rooms at hotels such as the Viceroy in Santa Monica or Montage Laguna Beach, restaurants all over the Southland are offering wonderful options for Thanksgiving dinner. You've got choices from the traditional to the not-so-traditional to the vegan. Oh, and there's sushi.
Ammo is offering Thanksgiving takeout, priced a la carte, including house-cured salmon with creme fraiche; charcuterie; roasted sweet potatoes with spicy maple butter; and 12- to 14-pound Willie Bird free-range turkeys, cooked ($85) or uncooked and oven-ready ($75). Order by 3 p.m. Sunday for pickup on Nov. 25, 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., with heating instructions. 1155 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles; (323) 871-2666; www.ammocafe.com.
Auntie Em's Kitchen in Eagle Rock, in addition to pickup orders, is offering delivery for $25 extra. The meal centers on either a turkey breast or a vegetarian savory nut pie, with all the basic fixings for $35 per person, plus a variety of sides, $9.95 to $12.95 for servings for four. Finish with an assortment of pies ($18.95). 4616 Eagle Rock Blvd., Los Angeles; (323) 255-0800; www.auntieemskitchen.com.
For The Record
Los Angeles Times Friday, November 20, 2009 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 4 National Desk 1 inches; 40 words Type of Material: Correction
Eating out on Thanksgiving: In Wednesday's Food section, an article about Thanksgiving takeout and dining-out options said that all four Katsuya locations would be open Thanksgiving Day. Only the Katsuya in Brentwood will be open, from 4 to 9 p.m.
For The Record
Los Angeles Times Wednesday, November 25, 2009 Home Edition Food Part E Page 2 Features Desk 1 inches; 38 words Type of Material: Correction
Eating out on Thanksgiving: A Nov. 18 article about Thanksgiving takeout and dining-out options said that all four Katsuya locations would be open Thanksgiving Day. Only the Katsuya in Brentwood will be open, from 4 to 9 p.m.
See Campanile under Dine-in.
Clay Oven in Irvine is preparing its 10- to 12-pound tandoori turkeys, which come with basmati rice stuffing and cranberry chutney, and, at $54.95, serves six. Order by Monday, and pickup is Thanksgiving Day, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 15435 Jeffrey Road, Irvine; (949) 552-2851; www.clayoven irvine.com.
See Gordon Ramsay at the London West Hollywood under Dine-in.
At Grace, deep-fried turkeys are $145 (eight servings), and side dishes include thyme and black truffle turkey gravy, braised baby vegetables and cream cheese and chive biscuits. Desserts include a sweet potato pecan pie with toasted bourbon marshmallow and orange creme anglaise ($30). Orders must be placed by 5 p.m. Nov. 24 and picked up 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 25. 7360 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles; (323) 934-4400; www.gracerestaurant.com.
Guelaguetza is preparing Oaxacan-style turkeys with a rich stuffing of prunes, raisins, olives, capers, ground beef and potatoes. The turkey is marinated (and injected) with a spicy wine sauce. The meal serves six to eight and comes with potato salad, bean paste and chiles vinagre, for $65. Add an order of mole negro for $10. Order before Nov. 25. 3337 1/2 W. 8th St., Los Angeles; (213) 427-0601; www.guelaguetza restaurante.com.
Joan's on Third offers Thanksgiving a la carte. A 12-pound turkey is $65, a quart of gravy is $17, wild mushroom bread pudding for four is $18, and so on. Order by Thursday; open for walk-ins on Nov. 25. 8350 1/2 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles; (323) 655-2285; www.joansonthird.com.
Little Dom's has a family-style takeout menu for six to eight people. There's a 12-pound organic free-range deep-fried turkey (fried in peanut oil) with giblet gravy for $68. Sides are priced a la carte: for example, roasted Brussels sprouts with wild boar bacon or fennel sausage and mushroom stuffing. 2128 Hillhurst Ave., Los Angeles; (323) 661-0055; www.littledoms.com.
M Cafe is offering an organic macrobiotic Thanksgiving menu, with soup, salad and your choice of entree. Savory sliced seitan with herbed bread stuffing, pan gravy and cranberry relish is $60 for two, $110 for four. Stuffed filet of sole with seafood stuffing, soy hollandaise and wild rice pilaf is $75 for two, $135 for four. Orders must be placed by Nov. 24. Multiple locations in Culver City, Beverly Hills and Hollywood; www.mcafedechaya.com. For Thanksgiving orders, call (310) 410-0381, Ext. 30.
At Olives Gourmet Grocer, a Diestel turkey for eight (10 to 12 pounds) comes with the works -- potatoes, yams, vegetables, stuffing -- and pumpkin pie for $130. Or for couples, there's turkey breast, the same dinner and a small pie for $40. The cutoff for orders is Saturday, but the store will continue taking orders until sold out. 3510 E. Broadway, Long Beach; (562) 439-7758; www.olivesgourmetgrocer.com.
Real Food Daily (both locations) provides vegetarian organic dinners with tofu and tempeh faux turkey breast. Corn-sage stuffing, yams, mashed potatoes and parsnips are among the sides. Dinners include a slice of pumpkin pie with tofu whip. $38.95 per person. Orders must be placed by noon Nov. 24 and picked up Nov. 25, 2 to 9 p.m. 414 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood; (310) 289-9910; also, 514 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica; (310) 451-7544; www.realfood.com.