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Due to a medical situation, our family celebrated Thanksgiving on Sunday. On Thanksgiving Day I won't be in the mood for more turkey or ham. I'd like to make the day special with a nice lamb meal.

I am not a fan of lamb chops, and I can't afford rack of lamb. I'd settle for a nice kabob or stew, but I'd really prefer a salad (I've never had a lamb salad) or a steak.

In 1999 I began working in West Hollywood near Bossa Nova. They had a terrific boneless lamb steak, which was broad and thin like a boneless chicken breast or a cube steak.

Within 6 months the steaks came with "invisible" little bones. Everybody complained, but Bossa Nova couldn't find an alternate supplier, so they dropped it from the menu.

What's available and open on Thanksgiving Day? I live in the San Fernando Valley and I take the bus.

Thanks in advance.

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  1. Check your local Persian restaurant.

    Or cook at home. I'm doing bone in lamb shoulder (Bristol Farms) which I like better than the chops anyways. Also love the neck (Sprouts). Salt, pepper, garlic, rosemary, amd olive oil. Roast 375 until tender and crispy.

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    1. re: Porthos

      I hate cooking, so I don't. If I am trapped inside on Thanksgiving Day because of rain, I'll zap something from Trader Joe's.

      Thanks for the Persian tip. I'll see if Shamshiri and/or Javan are open that day.

      1. re: Dogbite Williams

        Big fan of Shamshiri's lamb shank.

    2. Not in the Valley but Fogo de Chao Beverly Hills and it's AYCE with the cities best salad bar.

      1. If you don't mind a trek, you could head down to Koreatown via Orange -> Red -> Purple to try Feng Mao for their Lamb skewers etc. Back in 2009, Exilekiss did a mouthwatering review which put on my bookmark list. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/587409

        Unfortunately we haven't tried it yet even though we moved closer to Koreatown. It is 3 blocks north of the Wilshire/Western Station. I did call to see if they would be open on Thanksgiving and the young lady said "Yes, We Open."

        If you do go, Id love to hear what you think.

        Take care,

        - P.

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        1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

          Thanks for this suggestion. Korean is one of my favorite cuisines (I could mainline kim chi), but I usually get the spicy pork. Lamb skewers sound enticing.

          1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

            I did take Mattapoisett's suggestion and headed to Koreatown. After a nearly 2 hour trip I arrived at Feng Mao, a small restaurant at 3901 West Olympic Blvd.

            It is nothing fancy with just 7-8 tables with little charcoal grills built in and overhead vents to spare Smog City lungs. It was completely deserted at 3:20 P.M. on Thanksgiving, so it was not too smoky.

            The waitress had free time, so she graciously offered to grill the 10 little lamb skewers. They were very tasty in themselves, but I gobbled up the red-orange powdery spice that come ladled onto a little plate and asked for more. It made the lamb even tastier.

            The waitress said they had a morning rush and as a result they were completely out of kim chi. This was the only time in my entire life that I had neither kim chi nor rice (I never questioned its absence) at a Korean restaurant. I made do with the 3 panchan they brought - some sort of cooked or brined peanuts, a salad with mildly sweet-spicy dressing and broccoli. They were fine, but I certainly missed the kim chi.

            I will probably skip the 2-hour trek next Thanksgiving, but Feng Mao is just 2 buses from my office, and the attentive waitress said there will be kim chi next time.

            I shall return.

          2. I have no idea how to get from "the" Valley to the other valley on public transportation, but if you do, I would suggest Omar's in San Gabriel.