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Nov 23, 2010 10:20 PM

Thanksgiving in Santa Monica/LA

My wife and I are on a west coast vacation trip and will be driving to Santa Monica/LA from San Francisco the night before thanksgiving. Looking for advise from the locals on what we could do on Thanksgiving, including any good places to visit and/or to eat that might be open? For what it's worth, we both enjoy authentic food that we normally wouldn't find in the NY/NJ area.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Fig Santa Monica
    101 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica,
    (310) 319-3111 ‎

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    1. re: NumeroUnoEat

      Thanks! I'll definitely give it a try.

      1. re: NumeroUnoEat

        My family and I went to Fig last night for Thanksgiving Dinner and it was wonderful. Two of us had the traditional organic turkey dinner and it was some of the best turkey i've had, moist and and tender. My sons ordered from the special leftover style menu, they had the turkey tacos, croquettes in a great mustard sauce and a gigantic serving of the turkey schnitzel with a pomegranate topping. And what was really nice for everyone, no mater what you ordered, they packed up and sent home a turkey to go dinner and sides and gravy for leftovers at no extra charge. A great evening.

        1. re: wienermobile

          Wow, sounds great. I so wish we had gone there instead of Akasha. We had cold food and weak service.

          9543 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

        1. Open Table is what I used to figure out what's open.

          We'll be at Stefan's LA Farm (Santa Monica) for the Thanksgiving Buffet. The other one that looked good was Tavern in Brentwood.

          1. You should also consider whist at the viceroy hotel. they are having a great buffet, turkey, ham, a risotto station, all the fixins!!!!

            1. Thanks for the replies! Here are suggestion from others on other posts that I'm trying to consolidate into this:

              Saddle Peak Lodge
              Akasha in Culver City
              Any Chinese restaurant in the SGV will be open
              Josie (to-go)
              Tavern in Brentwood (to-go)

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              1. re: rukna

                Tavern is open for in-restaurant dining. The menu looks fantastic. (Not just to go)


                1. re: rukna

                  I believe that Josie is closed today (Thanksgiving day). The did a lot of "side dish" business yesterday that had been previously ordered, but all those dishes had to be picked up yesterday.

                  1. re: rukna

                    Go to Saddle Peak Lodge if you don't mind driving!

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

                    1. re: rukna

                      Where did you end up? We went to Akasha and were very disappointed (I've had good experiences there in the past).

                      9543 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

                      1. re: Snoopy

                        At LA Live :) We had a big brunch at Omelette Parlor in Santa Monica (lot of food, taste was average IMO) and got to the Staples Center at 6. We had a few hours to kill before dinner, so decided to checkout Unstoppable at the movies (great movie, BTW!). Filled up with overpriced large popcorn, pizza and nachos. Sad, I know :)

                        Sorry to hear about your experience.

                        Omelette Parlor
                        2732 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405