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Thanksgiving takeout and dining options

Many Southern California restaurants will be serving holiday meals, to eat in or take out. Here are some of the choices.

November 19, 2009

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.

In addition to the listings below, check your local grocer for takeout options. And besides many notable hotel dining rooms, restaurants all over the Southland are offering wonderful menus 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, everything priced a la carte, including house-cured salmon with crème fraîche; charcuterie; cheeses; 12- to 14-pound Willie Bird free-range turkeys, cooked ($85) or uncooked and oven-ready ($75); roasted sweet potatoes with spicy maple butter; horseradish mashed potatoes; and whole-grain chestnut and sage stuffing. Among the dessert choices: pumpkin pie with brandied whipped cream. Order by 3 p.m. Sunday for pickup on Nov. 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., with heating instructions. 1155 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles; (323) 871-2666;

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 (gravy, stuffing, sweet and mashed potatoes) 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) or cupcakes ($3.50 each). 4616 Eagle Rock Blvd., Los Angeles; (323) 255-0800;

See Bottega Louie under Dine-in.

See Campanile under Dine-in.

Clay Oven in Irvine is preparing its tandoori Thanksgiving, with a 10- to 12-pound free-range, skinned turkey that is marinated for 48 hours in a blend of fresh spices, then cooked in the mesquite-fired tandoor oven. It comes with basmati rice stuffing and cranberry chutney, and, at $54.95, serves six people comfortably. Orders must be in by Monday, and pickup is Thanksgiving Day, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 15435 Jeffrey Road, Irvine; (949) 552-2851;

See Fiamme Restaurant & Bar under Dine-in.

See Gordon Ramsay at the London West Hollywood under Dine-in.

At Grace, Neal Fraser is deep-frying turkeys ($145 for eight servings) and offering a dozen other dishes, including 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 crème anglaise and sticky toffee pudding with toffee sauce and cranberries (each option is $30 for eight servings). 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;

Guelaguetza is preparing Oaxacan-style turkeys with a deliriously 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, comes with potato salad, bean paste and chiles vinagre, all for $65. Add an order of mole negro for an additional $10. Order before Nov. 25. 3337 1/2 W. 8th St., Los Angeles; (213) 427-0601;

Gus's Barbecue will prepare your holiday meal with all the trimmings: 10- to 12-pound smoked turkey, 1 quart of gravy, 1 quart of corn bread stuffing and 1 quart of cranberry sauce. An oven-safe bag is provided for the turkey as well as reheating instructions. Serves 4 to 6 people, for $60. Place your order by Friday (Nov. 20) and pick it up Nov. 25. 808 Fair Oaks Ave., South Pasadena; (626) 799-3251;

Joan's on Third offers Thanksgiving a la carte, so you can order as much or as little as you'd like. A 12-pound turkey is $65, a quart of gravy is $17, wild mushroom bread pudding for four is $18, and so on. There are numerous sides, salads, breads and desserts from which to choose. Open for walk-ins on Nov. 25 or order by Thursday, Nov. 19. 8350 1/2 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles; (323) 655-2285;

For take-home Thanksgiving trimmings from Josie, you can order from a selection of appetizers, soups, salads, side dishes and desserts. Options include quiche with wild mushrooms and Gruyère (9-inch, $30); butternut squash soup (1 quart, $24); corn bread stuffing with wild sage, baby artichokes and mushrooms (small, $22; large, $44); pumpkin or pecan pie (9-inch, $30); and sticky pecan pumpkin cake ($54). Order by 1 p.m. Nov. 24. Pick up on Nov. 25. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 2420 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica; (310) 581-9888;

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