11.10.2005

Thanksgving: Open Restaurants

Why bother cooking all day when so many restaurants will do it for you now? There used to be a time when the only places open on such a big holiday were hotel restaurants (even McDonald's closes!) Now there's Italian, French and German takes on the holiday.

Angeli Caffe
Evan Kleinman's Thursday night family-style dinners are a treat any time of year, and the Thanksgiving feast is no different. Look for turkey and giblet gravy, dried fruit stuffing, baked yams with ginger molasses, "too rich" mashed potatoes, faro salad with braised shallots, and apple pie or espresso chocolate pecan tart for dessert. You'll need reservations for the two seatings (3:30pm and 6:30pm). $40 per person. 7274 Melrose Ave., (323) 936-9086.

Max
Four-course meal in the Valley. Choose what you want for appetizer and main course; items like butternut squash soup; wild mushroom ravioli with truffle sauce; hosue-cured prosciutto and gruyere cheese tart; braised lamb shank with polenta; barbecue salmon with corn-pumpkin succotash. More traditional fare includes roasted sage and shallot Diestel Ranch turkey roulade with apple, raisin, walnut stuffing; caramelized yams; cranberry chutney; mashed potatoes and gravy. $38 per person; $18 for kinds under 12. 12pm-8pm. 13355 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, 818 784 2915

La Boheme
Four-course meal served in this dramatic West Hollywood restaurant (velvet curtains, huge fireplace, cozy nooks). Choose from seasonal oysters on the half shell; maple-glazed turkey with cornbread stuffing, orange-cranberry relish, glazed brussel sprouts; prime rib; succotash-stuffed acorn squash with orecchiette with four cheeses. 4pm-8pm. $38 for adults; $20 for kids. And if you miss leftovers, on Friday, they’re offering an a la carte “Day After Thanksgiving Menu” with a cold turkey sandwich with cranberry sauce and mayo; French dip sandwich with gruyere; “waldorf” salad with chopped turkey; turkey pot pie. 8400 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, (323) 848-2360

Saddle Peak Lodge
The rustic lodge restaurant set in the Santa Monica mountains feels like you’ve gone over the meadow and through the woods… The four-course menu features choices like day-boat scallops with potato and celery root cake; mesquite-grilled venison chops with red Swiss chard and poached pears; winter squash ravioli with Chanterelles mushrooms; and naturally, turkey with country stuffing, mashed garnet yams and green beans. $68 per person; $32 for kids 12 and under.


La Cachette
Chef Jean Francois Meteigner’s holiday menu is four courses, including dessert. Items featured: butternut squash and corn soup; crudités with deviled eggs, beets in cumin dressing; carrots; main course is roasted organic turkey with chestnut and spinach dressing, corn gratin, mashed Yukon gold potatoes, mushrooms in thyme sauce. $58 per person; $25 for kids under 12. 4:30pm-9pm.10506 Little Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310 470 4992

Jar
Traditonal American family favorites served at Suzanne Tracht’s swanky bistro. Items offered include chestnut soup with chickpeas; butter lettuce salad; oyster stew. The roasted turkey dinner is served with six different side dishes, all family style (just like home with no clean up!). $65 per person; $35 for kids under 12. 1pm-7pm. 8225 Beverly Blvd., 323 655 6566

Patina Group Restaurants
All are open on Thanksgiving: Patina, Zucca, Nick & Stef’s downtown; Pinot Provence in South Coast Plaza; and Pinot Bistro in South Coast Plaza. Menus all have prix fixe options.

Rockenwagner
The family-style Thanksgiving dinner features oven-roasted organic turkey, mashed potatoes, spaetzle, caramelized brussel sprouts, braised cabbage, pretzel stuffing, gingerned carrots, cranberry sauce, rapini. $35 pre fixe from 4pm-9pm. 2435 Main St. Santa Monica, (310) 399-6504

Cafe del Rey
All a la carte menu, with everything from lobster ravioli to roast turkey with chestnut stuffing. The view of sailboats bobbing in the water is a perfect backdrop. Plus there’s a fireplace in the bar, and a pianist tickling the ivories to set the scene.
4451 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, 310 823 6395

The Original Pantry
A classic since 1924. The place never closes! Serves a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, usually under $20. Open 24-7.

Locanda del Lago
which spotlights the cuisine of Northern Italy's Lombardy region featuring specialties from Milano and Bellagio on Lake Como. Three or four courses, or a la carte with optional wine pairings. Menu features items like: organic pumpkin soup with parmesan and toasted croutons; housemade chestnut pappardelle tossed with red wine braised lamb ragu; pan-roasted swordfish in aromatic herb crust over tomato-braised cannellini beans; roasted turkey stuffed with mild Italian sausage and chestnuts, finished with porcini mushrooms in white wine reduction served with sautéed green beans, mashed potatoes and house-made cranberry jam. 11:30am-10pm. Three course, $42 per person; Four course $54 per person; wine pairings an extra $18 per person. "Thanksgiving-To-Go" features the same turkey dinner on the restaurant's menu for $19.95 per person. Also available are individual pumpkin pies, whole pumpkin pies, and housemade gelato. "Thanksgiving-To-Go" orders must be placed by noon on November 22, and payment is due upon confirmation of order. Lago's entire menu is also available for take-home orders.231 Arizona Avenue., Santa Monica(310) 451-3525

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