Love the company but could do without the days of prep and clean-up? Pick up one of these tasty meals and transfer to your own serving platters, we won't tell.
Little Dom's - Los Feliz
Craving deep-fried turkey? The Deli at Little Dom's still has some available to order. Other to-go items include roasted Brussels sprouts with wild-boar bacon; fennel and sausage stuffing; sweet potato gratin; wood-oven roasted carrots with saba; and a slew of desserts. . 2128 Hillhurst Ave., Los Feliz; (323) 661-0055; www.littledoms.com.
Auntie Em's – Eagle Rock
Auntie Em's Kitchen in Eagle Rock, in addition to pickup orders, is offering delivery for $25 extra. The meal centers on either a turkey breast or a vegetarian savory nut pie, with all the basic fixings (gravy, stuffing, sweet and mashed potatoes) for $35 per person, plus a variety of sides, $9.95 to $12.95 for servings for four. Finish with an assortment of pies ($18.95) or cupcakes ($3.50 each). 4616 Eagle Rock Blvd., Los Angeles; (323) 255-0800;www.auntieemskitchen.com.
Gus's Barbecue – Pasadena
Gus's Barbecue will prepare your holiday meal with all the trimmings: 10- to 12-pound smoked turkey, 1 quart of gravy, 1 quart of corn bread stuffing and 1 quart of cranberry sauce. An oven-safe bag is provided for the turkey as well as reheating instructions. Serves 4 to 6 people, for $60. Place your order by Friday (Nov. 20) and pick it up Nov. 25. 808 Fair Oaks Ave., South Pasadena; (626) 799-3251; www.gussbbq.com
Hungry Cat – Hollywood
The Hungry Cats in Hollywood will be deep-frying Thanksgiving this year, with deep-fried turkey and gravy as the highlight of the feast. As this is chef-owner David Lentz's seafood restaurant, there will also be a raw bar and lots of great cocktails, including Big Dave's Egg Nog. Among the dishes: roasted persimmons with candied walnuts, chorizo and oyster stuffing, Brussels sprouts with wild mushroom and pancetta, and spiced cranberry sauce and a Thanksgiving dessert and full bar. If you're a vegetarian, there's ricotta gnocchi with chanterelle. $65 per guest; $32.50 children 10 and younger; no charge for children younger than 2. 1535 N. Vine St., Hollywood, (323) 462-2155; , www.thehungrycat.com
Gourmet Markets – Various Locations
We are lucky on the eastside to be surrounded by grocery stores that create delicious ready-made meals year round and do an exceptional job during the holiday season. Click the links to the individual stores below to peruse their offerings. Be sure you are ordering from the location most convenient to you.
Whole Foods https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/shop/GLN