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Downtown dining options for a no-cook Thanksgiving

By Hayley Fox
Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012, at 08:30AM
Courtesy of L.A. Market

L.A. Market in the J.W. Marriott is one of the restaurants which will be serving up special Thanksgiving suppers on Thursday.

Thanksgiving's only a few days away so if you don't have plans yet never fear, there is an array of Downtown restaurants offering brunches, buffets and dinners for all the Turkey-day trimmings without the kitchen mess.

THE ORIGINAL PANTRY: This 24-hour a day, never-closed, DTLA institution stays true to its schedule this Thanksgiving. In addition to the menu standards which include steaks, fried chicken, eggs and those incredibly thick slabs of sourdough toast -- The Pantry will offer a roast turkey dinner for $18.95, which includes all the trimmings and dessert. Even on non-holidays there's almost always a line, so be prepared to wait and bring money because it's cash only.

CAFE PINOT: While this restaurant is a bit pricier than The Pantry, it's located right outside the Downtown library and surrounded by gardens and fountains so at the very least, your meal will be picturesque. Cafe Pinot will be serving a special three-course Thanksgiving menu this Thursday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.; $55 per adult and $19.95 for kids. Starters include pumpkin soup, collard greens, butternut squash kale salad or mission figs. Entrees range from hand-carved turkey breast to stripe bass, and options for dessert include pumpkin pie, bread pudding and chocolate mousse cake.

MILLENIUM BILTMORE HOTEL: This massive Downtown fixture located across the street from Pershing Square will be serving a Thanksgiving buffet brunch in their Smeraldi’s restaurant and Rendezvous Court. The food is dished out all day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and costs $59 per adult. Food offerings include turkey-day staples along with crepes, soups and fancy grilled cheese sandwiches.

NICK & STEF'S: Option number two from the Patina Restaurant Group(which also operates Cafe Pinot), this steakhouse will be specializing in Turkey come Thursday when they offer a three course meal with only one entree option; turkey. In addition to the main event, diners can choose from three soup or salad starters and a dessert. Dinner goes from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. and costs $44 per diner (children under 12 can get two courses for $19.95.)

L.A. MARKET RESTAURANT Located in the J.W. Marriott hotel, this "modern American cooking with a California flair" restaurant will be serving a special $62 Thanksgiving. The restaurant will be seating guests from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m., and their menu includes a choice of butternut squash soup or baby gem greens salad, turkey or prime rib chop, and macaroons or pecan pie.


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