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sam h Sep 10, 2007 03:19 PM

Does anyone have any recommendations for dining out on Thanksgiving? Anywhere in the general LA (west or eastside) area is fine (Pasadena included).

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    LisaStitch Sep 12, 2007 03:36 PM

    If you want to go really casual...

    When I first moved to LA and was a little hard up for cash, I had the Thanksgiving meal at Dupar's, which was actually really really good. For the $14 meal, I got a (non-alocoholic) drink, roll & butter, salad, turkey with all the trimmings (greens beans, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce), and a slice of pie. It's a great cheap way to have a real, huge, meal.

    I also recommend volunteering at a Thanksgiving meal somewhere, which I've done for several years. You get to help others, and there are often a lot of leftovers you can take home.

    1. CEfromLA Sep 12, 2007 02:07 PM

      We had an amazing Thanksgiving meal at the Saddlepeak Lodge. The only problem is that you have to make reservations REEEAAALLLLYYY early. Totally worth the effort!

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        maxzook Sep 12, 2007 09:52 PM

        Latest links.

        It can be surprising, which places are open for T-day and which aren't. I dimly recall calling the Tam O'Shanter years ago to see if they were open for Thanksgiving, and they weren't. That may have changed.

        I remember an interview with a restauranteur who said he was surprised how many people who go out for T-day don't order traditional meals. His theory was that people who are used to having it at home don't feel right at restaurants having someone else do it the "wrong" way.

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        Saddle Peak Lodge
        419 Cold Canyon Rd., Calabasas, CA 91302

        Baby Blues BBQ
        444 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

        Dinah's
        6521 S Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

        Original Pantry Cafe
        877 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

        Tam O'Shanter Inn
        2980 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Feliz, CA 90039

        Du Par's
        12036 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

        1. re: maxzook
          CEfromLA Sep 13, 2007 09:02 AM

          I don't think it's so much that people don't order turkey because they don't want their turkey done the 'wrong' way, I think it's more of a cost issue.

          If you go to someplace like the Saddlepeak Lodge, granted, turkey and 'the trimmings' are on the menu, but really expensive for turkey. Since most markets give away turkeys at Thanksgiving, there is something annoying about paying $25 (or more) at a 'nice' restaurant for something you can do yourself at home for a lot less money.
          Plus, people don't go out to eat food they can cook for themselves.
          Also, honestly, turkey isn't usually that great.....

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        nick_r Sep 11, 2007 07:22 AM

        Several years ago when my parents visited me for Thanksgiving, we went to the buffet at the Loews Santa Monica. They had all the usual Thanksgiving trappings plus the usual L.A. trappings (sushi, etc.) and the atmosphere was nice, as was the food.

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          Silverlaker Sep 11, 2007 05:22 PM

          Any recs for something a little more homey and not so fancy? We've done "fancy" before (i.e. upscale restaurant like Jar or Rockenwagner when it was still around) and have actually never been blown away by the food (or service).

          Anyone ever been to Tam O'Shanter for Thanksgiving -- assumin' it's open?

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            tatertotsrock Sep 11, 2007 05:26 PM

            Now that could be a hoot...Tam O'Shanter could be like being in some aunt and uncle's home for the holidays...and with all the beers and full bar and relaxed old skool atmosphere, could make for some funny family memories.

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              Emme Sep 12, 2007 01:37 PM

              The Pantry is certainly homey.

              Also, Baby Blues BBQ does one.

              When my grandmother was really ill, we did Dinah's.

          2. Emme Sep 10, 2007 11:05 PM

            La Cachette

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              LMelba Sep 10, 2007 10:34 PM

              For an upscale Thanksgiving dinner I've got to recommend Hotel Bel Air.

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                maxzook Sep 11, 2007 11:21 AM

                Good to know; hotels with good restaurants usually do good Thanksgivings ...

                These don't fit the OP's geographical requirements, but the Ranch House in Ojai and Downey's in Santa Barbara offer excellent Thanksgiving spreads.

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                La Cachette Bistro
                1733 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401

                Hotel Bel-Air
                701 Stone Canyon Road, Los Angeles, CA 90077

                Downey's
                1305 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

                Ranch House
                500 W Lomita Ave, Ojai, CA 93023

                Loews Santa Monica Hotel
                1700 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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                writergirl Sep 10, 2007 07:43 PM

                Second Campanile. We ate there last year and it was good. I like traditional Thanksgiving food on Thanksgiving, and that's what the served, but everything was delicious and with ingredients that were just slightly unusual so you felt you were getting your money worth. It was a bit of a zoo though, it was packed. But we didn't feel service was lacking.

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                  maxzook Sep 10, 2007 09:13 PM

                  Good point about the zoo aspects to T'Giving at Campanile, a problem common to the relatively few upscale restaurants that are open that day.

                  It probably goes without saying that reservations well in advance are a must.

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                    Jesdamala Sep 10, 2007 10:40 PM

                    Am I third or fourth to recommend Campanile? We had a wonderful holiday there two years ago! We were at a somewhat large, round corner table so we didn't get a sense of it being a zoo. If it was, it wasn't noticed through our service, which was not lacking in any respect. They post the Thanksgiving menu on their website. I would suggest reserving well in advance!

                2. maxzook Sep 10, 2007 03:25 PM

                  I have had Thanksgiving dinner several times at Campanile and we have always been very happy with it. Everything is first-rate (as it always is), but they don't try to "reinvent the wheel" menu-wise.

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                  Campanile
                  624 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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