5 Long Beach restaurants that will do the cooking for you this Thanksgiving

So, you want to cook for Thanksgiving but you don’t have time; you don’t want to make a mess; you’re an awful cook but you don’t want anyone to know. Or maybe you just know someone who you’d like to spend time with on Thanksgiving with a minimum of time spent in the kitchen. Well, here is a list of five restaurants that will do the cooking for you this year (so you can take the credit):

Olives Gourmet Grocer: 3510 E. Broadway 


Feeds four ($150) or eight ($240). All orders must be in by Nov. 20 and will be available for pickup on Nov. 23 or Nov. 24. Call 562-439-7758. Are you looking to enjoy a mess-free Thanksgiving Day filled with relaxation, football, and hors d’oeuvres? Maybe you’ll run in the Turkey Trot along the beach in the morning, or perhaps kick back and watch Planes, Trains & Automobiles for the millionth time. If that sounds like the plan then get your orders into Olives Gourmet Grocer quickly, because when the turkey is gone, it’s gone. The kitchen is already hard at work roasting turkey legs for stock for your thanksgiving feast which will include oven roasted turkey. Leeks, onions, celery and garlic will be sautéed in butter then tossed in fresh sage, thyme, moistened with homemade turkey stock and seasoned before being baked into traditional stuffing! Also, creamy mashed potatoes, and green beans with hazelnuts tossed with olive oil and shallots. A side of homemade turkey gravy will round out the feast, along with a tangerine-pomegranate cranberry compote.  Olives can supply the wine, the cheese and the snacks to nibble while your dinner is warming and your guests are gathering. It’s a one-stop-shop for indulgence! Call or stop in for more details as well as other sides they offer from their deli case.

The Attic: 3441 E. Broadway


$250 Family dinner package serves four to six people. All orders must be in by 3 p.m. Nov. 22.

The package includes organic roasted turkey breast with brown butter and rosemary, baked turkey leg fillet with bread crumbs, mustard seed and thyme, and I can’t leave out the turkey gravy, pommes puree w/ roasted garlic or the country bread stuffing! And if that wasn’t enough, there’ll be Brussels sprouts al forno with guanciale (pork) and baby onions, Japanese sweet potatoes with maple and passionfruit, market lettuces with lemon and parmesan, as well as flaky butter rolls, and top it all off with fresh cranberry sauce. Choice of pies include: pumpkin pie w/ whipped mascarpone, chocolate pecan pie, or wild huckleberry strawberry pie (+$10).

Lacquered:  3632 E. Broadway


$79.99, feeds five adults. All orders must be placed by Nov. 24. Lacquered will be open for pickup on Thanksgiving Day from noon to 8 p.m. Lacquered will be serving hot and ready to eat pomegranate glazed chicken with traditional stuffing inside, chicken gravy made from scratch, scalloped potatoes with parmesan and garlic, and farmers market vegetable medley — and there’s no way they’d leave out their signature mac & cheese. For dessert: persimmon pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting. Extras: By special order, you can request egg rolls and garlic noodles—and fried chicken, of course. Please call 562-881-8105 to order.

The Grain Cafe: 4403 E. Fourth St.


$19.00 each for large single portions. Call 562-881-8105 or walk-in to pre-order (or walk-in up until 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day). Are you the lone vegan showing up to dinner? Have no fear, the Grain Cafe is offering large portion Thanksgiving meals: Turkey (made with soy, wheat and vegetable protein), mashed potatoes with gravy, stuffing, garlicky vegetables and cranberry sauce.

The Carvery: 201 Pine Ave.


$109 – $199—and items can be purchased á la carte—feeds four to six. All orders must be placed by Nov. 19 at The Carvery, 562-881-8105. Family meal packages can be ordered from their website and will offer everything from two turkey legs, if it’s just you and a friend watching football all day, to whole roasted turkeys for a dinner of family and friends. Packaged meals include turkey, traditional stuffing, sour cream mashed potatoes, and green beans almandine. Packages start at $109 and go up to $199.

BONUS: Niya, by Fermentality


Order by Nov. 20 at  fermentalitylab.com for free delivery. (Delivery schedule online.) Are you, or is someone at your Thanksgiving table gluten-free, low-carb, low glycemic, sugar-sugar free, keto, or in need of diabetic friendly options? Gotcha covered! Niya, by Fermentality, a local farmers market bakery focusing on keto baked goods (and whose amazing ferments can also be found at the cheese shop Oh La Vache on Fourth Street) while you’re picking up delicious dinner party cheeses), is offering: 9-inch and 5-inch pumpkin pies, ($13 / $36) pecan pies ($15 / $39), and “korn” bread, that contains no corn (6 pieces / $12) as well as jalapeño “korn” bread. And, they delivery for free! So, that’s one less thing you have to pick up to ensure all are welcome at your table.

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