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Oct 16, 2007 09:52 AM

Fresh Thanksgiving Turkey

Will be in LA for Thanksgiving this year, first time on the West Coast, and its just me and Hubbie. So...where do I buy my Turkey? I really want a fresh one, at home we had to order these from the butcher in advance. Also thinking about a heritage, free range or something like that. We are bigger white meat people, but the dark meat is great for leftovers. What are your reccomendations- purchase place and type of bird?


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  1. A friend of mine gets his every year from Grass Roots in South Pasadena and raves about it.

    1119 Fair Oaks Ave
    South Pasadena, CA 91030
    (626) 799-0156

    1. Whole Foods carrys a large assortment, including ridiculously expensive heritage birds. They recommend ordering in advance, but I have been able to get the bird I want, free range, organic, 12 - 14 lb. range, with no problem. Last year Trader Joes had fresh, kosher birds for a ridicuously cheap price, but I don't know if they will do it again this year.

      1. There are two poultry places at the Farmers Market on 3rd and Fairfax and they both carry turkeys. One of them carries some cult turkey called Willie Bird or something, but we have had good ones that were not that brand. You should order in advance. Do not go to Maggiano's as a couple for Thanksgiving as they will ignore you for bigger groups.

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        1. re: keaton

          The poulterers at the Farmers Market are Puritan Poultry and Farmers Market Poultry. Both are good but I'd give the edge to Puritan. Not sure which carries the Willie Bird of which you refer.

          Farmers Market
          6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036

          Puritan Poultry
          6333 W 3rd St # 226, Los Angeles, CA

        2. Last year I looked for "heritage" birds and in a crunch, went to Whole Foods and Gelson's. I ended up with buying from Gelson's and paid a lot ($50 maybe) for an 8-10 pound bird.

          I injected it with my own seasonings and deep fried it; maybe it was due to the preparation, but I honestly didn't think the "heritage" bird tasted better than a "normal" bird.

          1. Heritage birds are available via special order at Fish King (yes, Fish King), and it's cheaper than Whole Paycheque.