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Nov 13, 2008 07:13 PM

Thanksgiving dinner - Patina or Campanile?

Trying to decide if we should go to Patina or Campanile for Thanksgiving dinner. Has anyone been to either? Campanile seems a bit more traditional; their dinner is $65, and Patina's is $55. The Campanile website is down but below is the Patina menu. I've been to Patina for regular dining, but never been to Campanile... Thanks!

Smoked Stripe Bass
whipped potato caviar cream and parslene

Second Course Selection

Endive and Beets salad
chestnut vinaigrette, goat cheese ,pecan nuts, baby mustard, red oak

Moroccan Pumpkin and Heirloom Apple Veloute peppercress agnolotti

Diver scallops
sweet potato mousseline, caramelized mussel jus

Grilled Quail and Frisée Salad
poached egg, shitake and pomegranate vinaigrette

Third Course Selection

American Heritage Bronze Turkey Breast
with traditional and non-traditional garnishes

Pacific Opaka Filet
toasted almond, polenta “fries,” carrot jus, king trumpet and oro blanco grapefruit

Prime Beef Tenderloin, Braised Short Rib and Stuffed Marrow Bone
garlic kale and cabbage, potato galette “du Mendian”

“Pot Roast” Country Ham, garlic masked potato, tomato-squash gratin

Dessert Selection

Pumpkin Pie, Crème Fraîche, cinnamon pearls, cream cheese sorbet

Chocolate tarte, white chocolate mousse and cranberry sorbet

Black currant and chesnut Rissole, honey ice cream and Pollen croustillant

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  1. My gut feeling points you towards Campanile... Why, you ask?

    I had a very below average food experience at Patina last night (business dinner). It was my 10th time there. I don't get the hype around Patina. I've yet to have a good meal there.

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    1. re: J.L.

      I second the vote for Campanile - it's one of my favorite restaurants in town. Patina - not so much.

      1. re: prainer

        I agree with the vote for Campanile. If the Patina group could drop the attitude I may enjoy the food more...gag.

    2. No question about it. Go to Patina.

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        Yup, I'm with you ipsedixit. I just don't think that Campanile has held up. The last time I was there was very disappointing. But I've always found Patina to be very solid--in food and service.

      2. I have had Thanksgiving dinner at Campanile for seven of the last ten years, and it has never been anything less than wonderful.

        It is indeed a more traditional menu than the one listed above for Patina. I believe they usually offer a vegetarian entree and possibly a fish as well, I'm not sure because I've only had the turkey. The main courses are served individually but the side dishes are served family-style.

        It's a shame the Campanile website is down, the menu varies slightly from year to year. You might call them at (323) 938-1447.

        1. I'm not a big fan of Patina Group or Campanile, however I finally did have one good meal at Campanile recently so would go with them. Service at Patina Group restaurants is horrible and at Patina specifically, laughably stiff and haughty

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          1. re: Ernie

            Well, let's face it, there are many restaurants in LA that are simply 'Emporer's New Clothes''...Patina being one.

          2. Campanile's website is back up, and here's their Thanksgiving menu:

            Butternut Squash Soup with herbed croutons

            Bibb Lettuce with lemon vinaigrette and fleur de sel
            Beet Salad with arugula, frisée, goat cheese and pomegranate
            Wild Mushroom Polenta with parmesan cheese and parsley pesto

            Rosemary Charred Breast of Organic Willybird Turkey
            Braised Turkey Leg and Thigh with giblet and wholegrain mustard gravy
            Savory Bread Pudding
            Sweet Corn Succotash
            Bluelake Beans with cipollini onions and toasted almonds
            Mashed Potatoes
            Creamed Spinach
            Cranberry Chutney

            Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie with chocolate glaze and crème fraîche
            Apple Cranberry Bundle with caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream
            Chocolate Chip Pecan Tart with crème fraîche ice cream

            This is pretty close to their standard turkey-day menu, I've had almost everything on this list and it has always been superb.