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Thanksgiving Meals for the Unwilling Home Chef

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Given L.A. County’s surging COVID-19 case rate and how adept I’ve become at baking muffins and cooking casseroles, I will 100% be cooking at home this Thanksgiving, just like nearly every day since March.

But let’s say you’d rather have someone else cook you a nice turkey dinner or maybe even whip up a unique spin on some Thanksgiving classics. In that case, check out these local restaurants offering outdoor dining and prepared meals you can bake at home, as well as pickup and delivery options. Several of our selections also offer multiple plates for larger families, or — while abiding by the public health department’s robust holiday pandemic guidelines — if you want to gather outside with one or two other households for no more than two hours while remaining 6 feet apart and wearing masks.

Black Angus Steakhouse (Multiple Locations)

Black Angus Steakhouse locations in L.A. and Orange County will be open on Thanksgiving, offering patrons dine-in options for dinner, as well as meal packages and whole desserts to-go.

Dine-in dinners include a choice of soup or salad, bread, turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potatoes, broccoli, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie and cost $23.99 for adults and $10.99 for kids. Reservations are required in advance. The to-go meals serve between four to 12 people, coming in at $95.95-$287.95, and their whole desserts include pies, cakes and a flourless chocolate torte. Order online.

Nick + Stef’s Steakhouse (DTLA)

Nick + Stef’s is open on Thanksgiving Day for outdoor dining (they have firepits!), takeout and delivery. Dinner for one features organic turkey, potatoes, stuffing, candied yams, pickled cranberry compote and turkey gravy for $57. You can also order turkey dinners for two ($114) or four ($228) as well as a la carte sides and dessert. Takeout and delivery pre-orders are open now on Tock. Reserve dine-in seating on the restaurant’s website.

El Torito (Multiple Locations)

El Torito has a pretty affordable Thanksgiving diner package you can heat and serve at home. It includes a whole roasted turkey, gravy, a green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, apple-jalapeno stuffing, chipotle-honey sweet potatoes, sweet corn cake, Hawaiian rolls and a whole pumpkin pie. This feast serves six to eight people and costs $119. Preorder at one of their SoCal locations now to pick it up Nov. 25-26.

Manuela (DTLA)

Manuela is serving up both dine-in and takeout offerings for Thanksgiving. Their to-go option, the Thanksgiving Supper for Two, includes a choice of turkey or ham, green beans and rice, chicken sausage stuffing, cream biscuits, a shaved fennel salad, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry compote and desert for $100. Order on Tock by 5 p.m. on Nov. 24 to pick up your meal on Thanksgiving Day between 2-5 p.m.

The restaurant will be open for dine-in on Thanksgiving Day between 2:30-8 p.m. The meal includes your choice of turkey, ham, duck, scallops or a vegetarian pot pie, alongside mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry compote, stuffing, green beans, sweet potatoes and dessert. It’s $68 for adults, $35 for kids 12 and under; reserve seating on Tock.

Urban Plates (Multiple Locations)

L.A. and Orange County Urban Plates locations will open on Thanksgiving Day from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Turkey plates include stuffing, gravy, cranberry relish, bread and a choice of a side for $17.95. Takeout options include a family meal you can warm up at home, serving six to eight people for $129, as well as individually packaged sides serving three to four people for $13 per quart. They’ve also got several desserts for sale. Order online.

St. Nic’s turkey sandwich. Credit: Strings of Life.

Strings of Life (West Hollywood)

The Australian cafe is offering up several seasonal items available for patio dining on Thanksgiving Day from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. They include a Turkey Gobbler Sausage Roll for $10 — turkey, stuffing, green beans, and potatoes wrapped in a puff pastry and served with cranberry dipping sauce — in addition to the St. Nic turkey sandwich for $13.50, caramel pecan cream pie and a pumpkin spice almond cake.

Bar Amá (DTLA)

Bar Amá’s Tex-Mex Thanksgiving dinner to-go includes turkey with gravy, stuffing, grapefruit-cranberry sauce, cornbread Johnny cakes and Brussels sprouts with chicken chorizo and cotija. The complete package costs $374.50 and is ideal for four guests. Add on a whole pumpkin pie for $30. Pre-orders are open now on Tock.

Kitchen Mouse (Highland Park)

Kitchen Mouse in Highland Park has everything you need for a vegan Thanksgiving, including tofu turkey, cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes, mushroom gravy, several casseroles, salads, shepherd’s pie, pumpkin cheesecake and more. The Thanksgiving Package, which serves four to six people, includes tofu turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, a green bean casserole and a yam casserole for $142. Order on Toast for pickup on Nov. 25.

The Abbey (West Hollywood)

The Abbey’s $35 Thanksgiving meal includes lobster bisque, hickory-smoked turkey breast, truffled mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, brioche stuffing, cranberry sauce, turkey gravy, buttermilk biscuits and a slice of pie. It’s available for dine-in, takeout and delivery. Four-person family meal packages are also an option.

A Thanksgiving spread from Baltaire in Brentwood. Credit: Baltaire.

Baltaire (Brentwood)

Baltaire in Brentwood has two Thanksgiving packages to serve either four people for $285 or six to eight for $495. Both feature a 10-pound turkey, butternut squash bisque, autumn salad, sourdough stuffing, gravy, cranberry-blood orange compote, whipped potatoes, roasted carrots, a baguette, Vermont cultured butter and pumpkin pie. You can also get all of that minus the turkey for $155. The packages include all the instructions and equipment you’ll need to cook your turkey and prepare the sides at home. Pre-order by emailing [email protected] or calling (424) 273-1660. Pickup is scheduled for Nov. 25.

All Day Baby (Silver Lake)

Pre-order All Day Baby’s Thanksgiving takeout by Nov. 20 for pickup on Nov. 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Options include a whole smoked turkey for $130, as well as smoked turkey legs and sides including candied yams, brioche stuffing, green bean casserole, creamed corn, and dinner rolls. Whole pies are also available for $50, as are cocktails.

Harole & Belle’s (Jefferson)

Harold & Belle’s is dishing out Southern-style holiday meals for individuals and families. You’ll get your choice of Cajun-fried turkey or beef pot roast and sides like candied yams or steamed spinach, bread and dessert. Prices start at $35 for one person. Order on ChowNow for pickup on Nov. 23-25.

Orsa & Winston (DTLA)

Orsa & Winston’s Italian/Japanese Thanksgiving meal is available for two, four or eight guests. The meal includes a pear, endive and walnut salad, roasted sweet potato, baked cauliflower risotto, duck with jus, sage and chestnut stuffing and an apple-kumquat crostata with mascarpone whipped cream. Pre-order by Nov. 22 for pickup on Nov. 25 between noon and 4 p.m. $100-$137.50 per person.

Du-par’s (La Brea)

Du-par’s has you covered whether you need a whole feast or just a pie. Get a turkey dinner with all the fixings for $29.95, or get a whole feast for four to six people for $185, or eight to ten for $255. Sides include stuffing, sweet potatoes, green beans and one or two whole pies, depending on the package you select. If you just want a pie, they’re available starting at $14.95 each.

Market Tavern (La Brea)

Market Tavern‘s three-course Thanksgiving meal includes a salad and a broccoli cheddar soup, a choice of roast turkey, beef, or salmon and pie with vanilla ice cream. Sides for the table include Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, marshmallow carrots, green beans and Brussels sprouts for $65 per guest. Available for outdoor dining only.

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