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Who's Open Thanksgiving Day?

So a few plans got scuttled and as it turns out I've got nowhere to go for Thanksgiving. Normally I'd use this as an opportunity to cook myself, but a 14-lb bird seems like a big waste, and additionally I have to hit the road early Friday morning anyway. Looks like I'm going to have to go out, but who's open? It'd be a bonus if they're also serving Thanksgiving faire, but to be honest, I really don't care. Any other last minute ideas for a solo diner?

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  1. Opentable lists quite a few with availability. In your neck of the woods there's Amarone, Jar, La Terza, Mark's, Murano, Simon LA and many more. If you get really desperate, your nemesis Charcoal is open too!

    1. Out of this list I noticed that Joe's on Abbot Kinney is serving a 4 course prix fixe for $58.

      http://www.opentable.com/promo.aspx?m...

      1. CRAFT is doing a prix fixe, too.

        1. Well, every Chinese restaurant in the San Gabriel Valley will be open (and crowded). I think the buffets serve turkey.

          1. Thanks guys, I totally didn't think to check Opentable. I see Lawry's is open, and I'm kind of tempted to go there just so I can finally order something *other* than prime rib. After all, it's all about the creamed spinach anyway.

            I made my dinner reservations for Joe's (why not have a Michelin-starred Thanksgiving?), though if I were really gluttonous, I'd also have lunch at Off Vine.

            1. Looks like you're taken care of, but I just saw this on Eater LA:

              http://la.eater.com/archives/2007/11/...

                1. Sorry to hear that you are by yourself on Thanksgiving. If you don't want Thanksgiving faire, I would probably go sit at the bar at Mozza and pig out on their appetizers, pizza, and some good wine (if it's open).

                  1. Krua Thai's open regular hours (until 3am.)

                     
                    1. Thanksgiving Dinner at Joe's was great. I think I'm lucky that I only asked for a two-top, because the restaurant was packed (and EaterLA later reported that it was totally sold out). We arrived ten minutes before our res, enjoyed a bottle of Duvel (love those Belgian ales!) at the bar and then were seated.

                      The 4-course prix-fixe menu gave us quite a few options. The opening soup was the butternut squash bisque. I commented to my brother that get style points for using spoon that can't spill into the bowl. Hey, if they pile up enough of these style points, they might get a star or something!

                      Second course, my brother opts for the ravioli with brown butter sauce. I go for the seafood stew. Both of these were deconstructed, though his ravioli were closer to actually being ravioli. My stew, on the other hand, completely surprised me as it had all the elements of a stew, but no soup. My only minor complaint was that one of my mussels were DOA, but I was saving room for turkey anyway.

                      I'm sure the other prix-fixe options for the mains were delicious, but we just couldn't shy away from the turkey. The bird was cooked perfectly, and the skin and dark meat all had great flavor. The spinach was also served with grated horseradish, which was something I wish were on more Thanksgiving platters. All in all, my only complaint was that I wish we had more gravy... and a big pot of rice.

                      For dessert, he went for the pecan tart and I got the pumpkin muffin with pumpkin ice cream. The pumpkin muffin was also topped with what tasted like pumpkin cheese-cake. Everything was great, though I definitely preferred his pecan tart. All in all, a great dinner. The atmosphere was cozy but vibrant, and everyone in the room seemed to be having a good time. And you can't beat the price: $58/pp. Hey, this procrastination thing isn't so bad after all, when you've got a place like Joe's to bail you out!

                      1. Sauce, Just read your post. If I would have know I would have invited you over. We Fried a Turkey.. Sounds like your dinner at Joes turned out just fine.. I have been for a while and will go there to dine in the not too distant future..