November 18, 2020

Celebrating Thanksgiving: Dinners, Desserts, Giving Back and More

Here at 1133 Hope, we’re thankful we finally opened the doors and had our first tenants move in to their new homes. We’re grateful that the South Park neighborhood and DTLA are both still growing, even if it’s at a slightly more relaxed pace than prior years. And we’re thankful for you. Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate what you have, a time to share with others (even if it’s a smaller group than usual), and to help those in need. Here are ways to get the most out the holiday in Downtown LA.

Where to Dine Out for Thanksgiving

Manuela Arts District Downtown Los Angeles
Photo courtesy Manuela/Sim Canetty-Clarke

Manuela: Open for both dine-in on the Arts District patio and terrace, or pickup meals for two, the Southern-influenced menu includes family-style side dishes, smoked turkey, ham, scallops or a vegetarian pot pie for main courses, and lots of dessert. $68 per person; $38 for kids 10 and under. The restaurant is open from 2:30-8pm. Turkey dinner to go is $100, and orders must be placed by Tuesday, November 24. Get all the details here.

Spire 73: Dine high above the city on the 73rd floor of Downtown’s InterContinental Hotel. A special four-course menu starts at $60 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. Reservations are encouraged.

Fleming’s: The L.A. Live steakhouse and wine bar welcomes your entire family for a three-course menu including turkey (or steak) and all the fixings. There’s a kid’s menu, and it’s all available for pickup, too. Starts at $53 per person. 

Photo courtesy Nick & Stef’s

Nick + Stef’s: Get the full spread — roast turkey or dry-aged steaks, all the favorite side dishes (including addictive Brussels sprouts), desserts, excellent wines and cocktails — served on the patio from 1-6pm.

Best Girl: The Ace hotel in the Fashion District has Thanksgiving staples available for dining on the patio or to-go. Not a turkey fan? Think about lobster pot pie. $65 per person for dine in; $130 for takeout (feeds two). If you just need snacks and drinks, the bar Upstairs will be open.

Pick Up the Whole Dinner (or Just the Sides)

Photo courtesy Grand Central Market

Grand Central Market: Get the whole dinner and then some in one fell swoop at the historic market. There’s cheese and jam at DTLA Cheese; turkeys at Belcampo; sweet potato casserole and potato salad at Horse Thief BBQ; mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing and more at Lucky Bird; and of course pies and more desserts at Fat & Flour. A full package is $190, or choose a la carte items to round out your holiday table. Order via this form by November 20

Bar Ama: If you’re thinking Tex-Mex turkey — and really, who isn’t — Josef Centeno’s Historic Core spot has turkey, stuffing with hoja santa, cornbread johnnycakes, and more sides. $75 per person; pie not included (but available). Order by November 22 for pickup on November 25. Get more details here. 

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Cafe Gratitude: Vegans rejoice for having the option of a fully plant-based Thanksgiving from this reliable standard in the Arts District. Get everything from a lentil loaf to butternut squash side dishes and vegan pumpkin pie. Check out the offerings here. Orders must be placed by November 22 for pickup on November 25. 

Redbird: The full spread as only Neal Fraser can do it. The menu features Parker House rolls,, pumpkin quince soup, sage-rubbed turkey roulade, stuffing, plus add-ons like prime rib, pecan or apple pie, wine and cocktails. Order online here, pickup on November 25. Whole Foods: When all else fails, Whole Foods to the rescue. If you forget to pre-order your fully-cooked meal, stop in for side dishes and desserts galore. And wine. And beer. And snacks.

Give to the Community While Giving Thanks

Photo courtesy Los Angeles Regional Food Bank

Sharing with others, especially those in need, is what Thanksgiving is all about. You can give your time by volunteering, serving meals, passing out blankets, or making a food or monetary donation to organizations who need it most. Consider helping the Los Angeles Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, the Los Angeles Mission, Union Mission and Midnight Mission this (or any) time of year.

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