Cooking a full Thanksgiving dinner isn’t for the faint of heart. The dedication to brine and roast a turkey, or prime rib, then prepare all the sides, is something that even seasoned cooks know will take most of the entire day. With the difficulty of the past year-plus, it might be better to just let talented cooks in restaurants handle Thanksgiving. The best part is that a lot of restaurants have access to the hard-to-find heritage and organic turkeys, and are generally more mindful of dietary restrictions that should cater to your family and friends. Here now, the best places to get Thanksgiving takeout in Los Angeles, a city that was built on the ancestral lands of the Tongva and Chumash tribes. For the most part, these meals must be ordered in advance, so plan ahead.Read More
The Best Places to Get Thanksgiving Takeout in LA, 2021 Edition
Where to get ready-to-heat Thanksgiving dinner with turkey, all the good sides, and maybe even some cocktails to-go
1. Angelini Alimentari
Angelini Alimentary in Beverly Grove has generously portioned pasta, appetizer, and main entree trays that can be selected a la carte to feed big groups. Choices include brasato al barolo and beef tenderloin roast (interestingly, there’s no turkey). See the selections right here.
Suzanne Tracht’s refined Beverly Boulevard restaurant has a comforting Thanksgiving dinner for $400 for four people and up to eight people for $775. The meal comes with roasted breast of turkey with confit legs and thighs, cornbread and turkey sausage stuffing, and tuscan kale with porcini broth. Order on Tock.
3. Yardbird Table and Bar
Popular Southern restaurant Yardbird has handy takeout packages priced for the number of people (the $225 one serves up to four, while the $635 feast can handle up to 12), and it comes with mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry relish, bourbon brown butter glazed yams, and of course, herb-roasted turkey. There’s even the restaurant’s signature fried chicken to add on if that’s not enough.
Beverly Hills’ modern Mexican restaurant has a $450 take-home Thanksgiving dinner that feeds up to eight people and comes with smoked turkey ballotine, esquites, caesar salad, roasted beets, mayacoba charros, and pine nut bread pudding, plus pumpkin pie with masa crust. Order here.
5. Mastro's Steakhouse
Mastro’s in Beverly Hills and Malibu has takeout family dinners that comes with raw steaks to finish at home, plus sides like salad, ready-to-bake dishes, and pecan butter cake. There’s also a three-bone prime rib version that can be finished in your home oven and comes with garlic mashed potatoes, creamed corn, and more. This is for the families that don’t like turkey.
6. STK Steakhouse
Westwood steakhouse STK has roasted free range turkey, cornbread and sage stuffing, and sautéed green beans, plus other sides, for $119 that’ll feed two people, and comes with spiced pumpkin pie. A very solid deal for the amount of food you get.
7. Holy Basil DTLA
Tired of turkey and other predictable Thanksgiving day dinner? Here’s a handy Thai-inspired meal from Holy Basil that costs $244 that feeds up to six people, and comes with gra pow sausage, whole Jidori chicken, branzino, crispy pork belly slab, and all the relevant sides. Order the meal here.
This modern Mexican restaurant in Santa Monica has a reheatable Thanksgiving option in case it’s unclear when you’ll be having the meal at home. The “kit” comes with roasted turkey roulade, sautéed kale, honey lime yams, and smashed fingerling potatoes with chimichurri. Pick up or delivery is on November 23 or 24 between 1 and 6 p.m., and costs $55 for two, and up to $165 for six people.
9. Huckleberry Cafe
Rustic Canyon sister restaurant Huckleberry has everything from Mary’s Organic whole turkeys or turkey breasts brined for 48 hours, plus sides like smashed potatoes and biscuits. And since this is a bakery, expect everything from ginger cookies to bourbon pecan pie to help finish the meal. Order all the items a la carte here via Tock.
Akasha Richmond’s Culver City restaurant has a Thanksgiving takeout that includes a ready-to-roast brined turkey, plus other easy to heat dishes like vegan yukon gold mashed potatoes, mac and cheese with paprika breadcrumbs, and vegan green bean casserole. Everything is a la carte, so pick the meal you want, and add some cocktails or wine to make it more festive. Order the dishes here.
11. Maple Block Meat Co.
Smoked turkey is just better than simple roasted turkey. That’s what Maple Block Meat Co. would argue, which has house-smoked turkeys galore during Thanksgiving. Prices for meals start at 182 for a smaller bird that’s just turkey, all the way up to $315 that’ll serve up to 17 people and comes with an 18 pound bird.
Dave Beran’s Michelin-starred French restaurant has a $100 per person Thanksgiving day takeout menu with turkey breast, black truffle gravy, duck leg confit, herbes de provence stuffing, and hericot vert casserole. The feast is available for pickup Wednesday, November 24 and comes with instructions on how to heat everything just before serving. Cocktails and wine bottles are available as well to pair with the meal.
Matthew Kenney’s vegan pasta-focused restaurant has a number of a la carte Thanksgiving items, including a “turkey” dinner, roasted veggies, stuffing, and pumpkin cheesecake. Call the restaurant to order ahead.