Turkey Day Eats, Cocktail Treats & Sensational Sweets
In the mood for seasonal food? Check out these holiday-ready restaurants and bars:
Ring in Thanksgiving at the bar that everyone is thankful for, as Bar Mattachine, Downtown L.A.’s welcoming gay craft cocktail bar, is celebrating Turkey Day with lavish libations! Owner Garrett McKechnie is shaking up the Cape Coddah cocktail, an ode to the first Thanksgiving in Massachusetts, with vodka, fresh muddled cranberries and homemade lime cordial poured over crushed ice, a sure-fire crimson cocktail that may just taste even better than your Grandmother’s cranberry sauce. In Southern California, one can never predict whether or not we will have the unexpected (or expected) heatwave on Thanksgiving, which is why Bar Mattachine will also be serving up the Indian Summer, an icy mixture of Olmeca Los Altos tequila, agave, fresh watermelon, lime juice, jalapeño and cilantro. Kick back on the outdoor patio, cozy up in the upstairs lounge or dance underneath the shimmering disco ball this holiday. The motto at Mattachine is “Come with us, whether you are or not. Or do whatever you would like.” Now that is something to be thankful for!
Bar Mattachine will be open for Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 26th from 5:00 pm to 2:00 am; 221 West 7th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014; 213.278.0471; facebook.com/BarMattachine
Take a break from shopping this Black Friday at HACHÉ LA! The new age burger joint on Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake is cooking up tasty Thanksgiving specials. Bite into the Roaring Forties burger, topped with blue cheese, Portobello mushrooms and horseradish; the perfect hearty pick-me-up after a full day of Christmas shopping. After a succulent made-to-order chopped steak burger, sweet tooth shopaholics are bound to find a new addiction in one of their creamy Frozen Custards! Nibble on the special Pumpkin Spice Custard topped with Biscoff cookies ($6.00) or indulge in a velvety Spiced Chocolate Chip ‘N’ Fig Bear Republic Stout Float. This mixture of Bear Republic black stout poured over creamy spiced chocolate chip and fig frozen custard is a delightful indulgence to toast to the kick-off of the holiday season!
HACHÉ LA will be closed for Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 26th, but will be open and offering holiday specials Wednesday through Sunday from 12:00 pm to 10:00 am and Black Friday through Saturday from 12:00 pm to 12:00 am; 3319 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90026; 323.928.2963; www.hachela.com
solita Tacos & Margaritas Valencia
Enjoy a little turkey, Mexican-style at solita Tacos & Margaritas Valencia! From Thursday, November 19th to Wednesday, November 25th, the street-style Baja Mexican restaurant will be serving Turkey Mole Tacos to benefit The Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry. Partner and Executive Chef Deborah Schneider will be cooking up tasty $3.00 Turkey Mole Tacos topped with roasted butternut squash, melted cheese, Mole Poblano, lettuce and dried cranberries, served with a side of fresh pico de gallo. One hundred percent of the proceeds will be donated to The Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry, an organization which has been providing supplemental food to local residents in need since 1986. After contributing, tip back a cocktail or two from Mixologist Colin Pflugradt. Stop by for WeekendBrunch and enjoy solita’s vibrant red Michelada mixed up with Clamato juice, fresh lime, seasonings and hot sauce served over rocks in a chili-rimmed glass with an ice-cold beer of your choosing or pair your turkey (taco) dinner with a smoky El Hombre. This spicy libation is shaken up with Agavales blanco tequila infused with dried chipotle peppers, fresh lime juice and a touch of agave nectar is the perfect complement to the fall season. Eat, drink and be charitable with solita Tacos & Margaritas Valencia!
solita Tacos & Margaritas Valencia will be closed for Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 26th, but they will be serving their Turkey Mole Tacos from Thursday, November 19th to Wednesday, November 25th, 2015. Solita Tacos & Margaritas Valencia is open Sunday through Thursday from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm and Friday through Saturday from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm, with the bar remaining open until 12:00 Midnight daily; 24201 Valencia Boulevard Suite 3470, Valencia, CA 91355; 661.291.1399; www.solitatacos.com
Spare Tire Kitchen & Tavern
Tired of turkey this November? Head to mid-city hotspot Spare Tire Kitchen & Tavern for tasty plates and cocktails and a sunny Sunday Brunch which officially starts Thanksgiving Weekend. Eggs anyone? Executive Chef Isaias Peña is serving up delectable breakfast dishes like the Soft Shell Crab Benedict; two toasted English muffins topped with tomato, sautéed spinach and chive Hollandaise sauce that is served with a side of fresh fruit. Indulge in sweeter options like the Banana Nut French Toast with Grand Marnier butter, caramel sauce and maple syrup or pair that L.A. sunshine with a California Omelet, mixed up with egg whites, chicken, spinach and tomato that is served with a side of crispy potatoes and fresh fruit. Afternoon noon and evening appetites can be appeased by a little Southern-style cooking! Enjoy a BBQ Fixe served with Ribs, Pulled Pork, Brisket, Southern Greens, Garlic Mash and Street Corn paired with your choice of a Boozy Milkshake or Any Draft Beer. For a sweet ending to this tasty feast, dive into the Shared Dessert Fondue (serves 2 to 8 guests), which comes with three warm dipping sauces; salted caramel, milk chocolate and white chocolate and a side of tasty dippers like seasonal fruits, graham crackers, marshmallows and chopped nuts. Those who prefer to sip their sweets, can indulge in craft cocktails like the Writer’s Mistress with Jack Daniels whiskey, honey syrup, lemon and basil or go for a glass of Red, White or Sparkling Wine to toast with. Get to this marvelous mid-town tavern before or after Thanksgiving to try these festive offerings soon!
Spare Tire Kitchen & Tavern will be closed for Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 26th, but will be open and offering holiday specials Black Friday through Saturday from 11:30 am to 1:00 am, Sunday Brunch from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday Dinner from 4:00 pm to 12:00 Midnight; 5370 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036; 323.525.2618; www.sparetirepub.com
The Raymond 1886
Head to sunny Pasadena and enjoy A Traditional Family Style Thanksgiving Dinner with The Raymond 1886. The cozy craftsman cottage has all of your Turkey Day needs this holiday, as Executive Chef Tim Guiltinan is cooking up a Family Style Thanksgiving Dinner ($75.00 per person). Indulge in three courses with your loved ones! Start off with the Pecorino & Autumn Fruit Salad with arugula and walnut-honey dressing before choosing your entrée of Garlic & Black Pepper Prime Rib served with horseradish and au jus or the Organic Free Range Oven Roasted Turkey (white and dark meat). These delicious dishes are accompanied by Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Candied Weiser Farm’s Yams with toasted marshmallows, Italian Sausage & Grilled Apple Stuffing, “The Classic” Bean Casserole, Traditional Rosemary Gravy and Cranberry & Cardamom Sauce. Those who are not quite as carnivorous can substitute creamy Pumpkin Ravioli or Grilled Salmon upon request. As for sweets, Pastry Chef Elliot Pardo is serving up two tasty creations to choose from, including the American Apple Cobbler with cinnamon streusel and vanilla bean ice cream and the Pumpkin Mousse with ginger snap crust, Chantilly cream and frosted cranberries. Toast to Turkey Day with luscious libations from 1886 Bar Manager Peter Lloyd Jones! Get in the autumn-spirit with the Knott’s Berry Smash, a crafty cocktail mixed up with Wild Turkey rye, fresh lemon and raspberries, house-made simple syrup, brown sugar and mint ($10.00). Book your reservations with The Raymond 1886 soon before you miss out on this feast of treats!
The Raymond 1886 will be open for Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 26th from 12:00 Noon to 7:00 pm; 1886 Bar will be open from 4:00 pm to 2:00 am; 1250 South Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91105; 626.441.3136; www.theraymond.com
Take the Thanksgiving celebration beachside and dine in at the Venice Whaler. The seaside eatery, situated where Washington Boulevard meets the sand, has everything you need to ring in a gobble of a good time. Executive Chef Nick Liberato is cooking up a delicious Cider Glazed Turkey Plate with lager gravy, roasted Brussels sprouts with capers and walnuts, cranberry sauce with rosemary and apple brioche stuffing ($18.00). A limited menu with Venice Whaler favorite dishes will be on offer all day as well, featuring Beach Mussels, Cedar Plank Salmon, Artisan Pizzas, Small Bites and more. As for a little holiday liquid, Bar Director Anthony Settecase is pouring out the Fall Cider Cocktail crafted with bourbon, St. Elizabeth Allspice dram, lemon and Curaçao ($8.00). Relax in the Crab Shell Lounge or take in the sunshine on the rooftop balcony. Swap out the sweater for a little sunscreen this Thanksgiving to celebrate with the Venice Whaler.
The Venice Whaler will be open for Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 26th from 9:00 am to 2:00; 10 West Washington Boulevard, Venice, CA 90292; 310.821.8737; www.venicewhaler.com
Venice Whaler Takeaway Window
For those who need to detox after getting stuffed from stuffing, turkey, gravy and all of the Thanksgiving fixings, swing by the Venice Whaler Takeaway Window. Executive Chef Nick Liberato is juicing it up with farm fresh ingredients and pouring out the vitamin-packed ice-cold elixirs! Enjoy fresh squeezed vegetables and fruits in Juices like the Venice Queen with rose water and cantaloupe and the Strawberry Fields with strawberry, apple and pear. Stir It Up with this mixture of kale, carrot, beet, apple, turmeric and lemon or pick any five ingredients from the menu and have it served over ice (called the You Can’t Always Get What You Want). The Venice Whaler Takeaway Window will have you feeling like a new person in no time!
The Venice Whaler Takeaway Window will be open for Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 26th from 7:00 am to 2:30 am, Venice, CA 90292; 310.821.8737; www.venicewhaler.com
(Left) Venice Whaler – Cider Glazed Turkey Plate
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(Middle) Hache LA – Pumpkin Pie Frozen Custard
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(Right) Bar Mattachine – Indian Summer
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(Home page) solita Tacos & Margaritas Valencia – Turkey Mole Tacos
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