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Alex Markoff | Photo: Fig Santa Monica | November 6, 2013
As our national day of gratitude nears, five L.A eateries ease the toil. Forget the yams. This Thanksgiving, make reservations.
1. Patina: Gourmands can seek solace at this downtown destination, where exec chef Charles Olalia puts a French twist on the all-American feast. Pumpkin veloutÈ, anyone? Three courses, $55. Four courses, $70. 141 South Grand Ave., L.A., 213.972.3331, patinarestaurant.com
2. Crossroads: What’s a Thanksgiving without poultry? For chef Tal Ronen, whose four-course, vegan-friendly affair supplants traditional holiday cravings, it’s absolutely delicious. $75. 8284 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.782.9245, crossroadskitchen.com
3. Geoffrey’s: Moonlighting as Plymouth Rock, the oceanside icon plates hearty offerings (think roast turkey and grilled filet) so as to placate even the most ravenous culinary pilgrims. $56. 27400 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, 310.457.1519, geoffreysmalibu.com
4. Fig: While your East Coast kin gather ‘round the fire, enjoy the sunnier surrounds of Santa Monica for organic turkey and buttermilk mashed potatoes. $69. 101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.319.3111, figsantamonica.com
5. The Langham: Pasadena is no Herald Square, but The Langham’s Thanksgiving brunch, teeming with Champagne and live music, is a parade for the senses. $95. 1401 South Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena, 626.577.2867, pasadena.langhamhotels.com