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Dining Out: Everything's on the Thanksgiving table

Dining out is always an option, but plan ahead. Area restaurants and specialty shops offer residents many a reason to give thanks.

November 18, 2013|By Lisa Dupuy
  • Anthony's Fine Food & Wine in La Cañada Flintridge features a variety of cheeses, wines, and food on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013.
Anthony's Fine Food & Wine in La Cañada… (Tim Berger / Staff…)

There are as many ways to do Thanksgiving dinner as there are things to be thankful for. Some like home-cooked dishes handed down through the generations. Others attempt the latest foodie trend (is that turkey deep fryer gathering dust?). Some order in from the new place around the corner. Others go out to a classic restaurant. Here's a rundown of local purveyors of Thanksgiving foods so you can do it your way.

Appetizers

Anthony's Fine Food & Wine in La Cañada will design a custom-made cheese and meat board based on clients' preferences. Patrons may bring in their own platter or borrow one of Anthony's. A fine selection of imported and domestic wines is also available. (anthonysfoodandwine.com; (818) 790-0440)

Near the Glendale-Burbank border, the Spot Gourmet can always be counted on for creative, well-prepared foods. They've got all your sides and entrees (including Beef Wellington) but their appetizers look particularly interesting: sausage-stuffed mushrooms, crab dip, and perogies with paprika sauce to name a few. (thespotgourmet.com; (818) 861-7335)

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Dinner

Classically trained chefs with a flair for the experimental and a heart devoted to the earth create modern Thanksgiving dishes for pick up or delivery at Heirloom LA. Try a Kurobuta Pork Leg Porchetta with sage apple puree for something different. The pie crust lover (versus filling lover) will appreciate the flaky, buttery caramel-apple hand pies. (heirloomla.com; (855) 456-6652)

Amber Road in Montrose is a brand-new specialty food shop owned by a family that knows its meats, the Gelsingers. Here you can pick up an entire classic Thanksgiving meal to go, as well as a hostess gift. Balsamic vinegars and olive oils from around the world are on tap in stainless jugs, ready for tasting then bottling. (gelsingersamberroad.com; (818) 957-7065)

Looking for a turducken? Who isn't? Bristol Farms in South Pasadena has it Cajun-style for $99. For that Dickensian holiday, try their roast goose with port-currant sauce scented with rosemary and thyme. (bristolfarms.com; (626) 441-5450)

Dessert

Here's a fun new tradition: Dream Dinners in La Crescenta is hosting their annual pie-making day on Nov. 26. All the fixings are laid out for you in their lab-like kitchens. Make up to five different pies at $8 to $10 each. The convenience of pre-made meets the aroma of fresh-baked. (RSVP at (818) 957-1499; dreamdinners.com)

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