Hoping not to roast that turkey yourself? Or looking for some tasty treats that don’t involve drumsticks? Melrose Ave. restaurants are ready to make your Thanksgiving holiday both delicious and easy. With options like these you can step away from the stove.
Napoleon & Josephine
At the charmingly Corsican Napoleon and Josephine, the chef eschews turkey in favor of a rich guinea hen thigh, served with crumbled sweet potato and hazelnuts plus hearty mushroom, chestnut, and raisin stuffing. Don’t miss the expansive appetizer platter this cozy restaurant is known for with special dishes featured for Thanksgiving. Enjoy choices such as vegetable beignets and an herb and onion tart among other offerings. For dessert: caramelized pumpkin and apple pie with homemade vanilla ice cream. In addition, a wine pairing can also be added to the feast. Seating begins at 5:45pm.
Napoleon and Josephine
7212 Melrose Ave.
Trendy, rustic-chic Wolf also offers a Thanksgiving dinner, with Chef Marcel providing gourmet meals at seatings from 4pm to 8pm. This menu is a turkey-lovers’ treat. Start with squash soup topped with a dollop of cinnamon creme fraiche, move on to the kale salad tossed with persimmon, pomegranate, pistachio, and ricotta salata. The main course and star of the show is brined turkey with chestnut stuffing, cranberry apple quince chutney and mashed potatoes and gravy. Hearty sides include carrots and Brussels sprouts with thyme glaze, turnip and sweet potato gratin, and ricotta fritters. If you have any room left, go for the pumpkin eggnog ice cream. An elegant, decadent add-on to the meal: black truffles.
7661 Melrose Ave.
Order a delicious and healthy macrobiotic Thanksgiving dinner for home dining at the casual M Café, where starters include Spiced Butternut Bisque and a Winter Field Green Salad with fennel, cranberries, and pear. The main dish? Try roasted seiten or gluten-free tempeh loaf with mushroom gravy. Both come with cranberry ginger relish. And for dessert? Choices include pumpkin cheese cake and chocolate fudge cake. Servings are for two or four, and pre-orders must be in place before November 21, at 5pm.
7119 Melrose Ave.
Viva la France! Delicious catering is also available at Maison Richard. Get your orders in early for pick-up on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. From quiches to cheese puffs to petite fours, you’ll find quintessential Parisian dishes for hors d’oeuvres, starters, and dazzling desserts. This is no time to skimp on the sweets: Maison Richard is renowned for their pastries.
Maison Richard Café
707 N Stanley Ave.
Love Baked Wings
Wing trays are available from Love Baked Wings, the healthy alternative to fried wings. Pick up a full tray of this close-to-perfect appetizer on Wednesday. Half-baked, the trays come with directions to finish the cooking process on Thursday so they’re fresh out of the oven. Vegans have a great alternative here, too: chickpea wings are just as delicious as the meaty variety.
Love Baked Wings
7350 Melrose Ave.
And if you’re dining as a guest and need to bring along the best vino in town, make a stop at Domain LA, a sleek Melrose Ave. wine shop with carefully curated choices, both high end and moderately priced. French and Italian wines or California vintages: you’ll find them all here.
6801 Melrose Ave.