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9 Thanksgiving-Ready Alternatives to Cooking It All Yourself

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Some people love to cook the whole Thanksgiving spread from start to finish. Others like to pick up a bunch of prepared food to make it look like they slaved for hours. This is for you, noncooks. There’s still time to order the bird and all the fixings, from cranberry sauce to pumpkin pie, and pick it up for the holiday. We’ve got you covered, too, vegans, no-glutens, and more.

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Brite Spot Diner
The Echo Park hipster haven has everything you need, including turkey and sides or its vegan alternatives for $125. That means maple-glazed roast turkey or an agave-glazed watermelon “honey ham,” plus mashed potatoes, brioche stuffing, roasted carrots, green beans, and gravy. Feeds four people. Need dessert? Add a pie for $35. Order online and pick up on Wednesday, November 27, after 3 p.m. up until 1 p.m. on Thursday, November 28. 1918 Sunset Boulevard

Manhattan Beach Post
Those bacon buttermilk biscuits from Manhattan Beach are almost mandatory for the holiday table. Order by the dozen ($36) to pick up. If you want the full spread, there’s whole herb-brined turkeys ready to roast with veggies, stock and cooking instructions, along with prepared sides from some of David LeFevre’s other restaurants, including chilled shrimp cocktail from Fishing With Dynamite and Arthur J’s mashed potatoes. Don’t forget the bevvies: Bring home excellent wines priced well below the restaurants’ lists. Order everything by Saturday, November 23, at 5 p.m. Pickup is Wednesday, November 27,  9 a.m.–3 p.m. 1142 Manhattan Avenue, Manhattan Beach

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Wexler’s Deli
The deli known for pastrami sandwiches and smoked fish platters—which, to be fair, would also taste great on Thanksgiving—has a smoked turkey feast with challah stuffing, pan drippings gravy, “the big salad,” matzo ball soup, and mini baked kaiser rolls. The entire meal should feed eight to 12 people, and the cost is $450 (you can also order individual turkeys and/or pie). Order it all online, with pickup at the Santa Monica location on Tuesday, November 26, and Wednesday, November 27. 616 Santa Monica Boulevard, Santa Monica

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Superba Food + Bread
Pick up everything you need for the holiday table here, from rosemary-honey brined roast turkey and prime rib to two different kinds of stuffing and myriad sides, gravy, pies, and breads. Order à la carte for as many people as you need to feed. Deadline to order is Sunday, November 24, and pickup at the Venice location (only) is Thursday, November 28, 8–10 a.m. 1900 South Lincoln Boulevard, Venice

The Bellwether
Studio City locals can pick up a turkey, side dishes, or all of the above. The full family dinner for 10 to 12 people includes a whole roasted turkey, a dozen honey biscuits, two quarts of gravy, and four pounds of stuffing for $185. Extra sides include roasted brussels sprouts, whipped mashed potatoes with sour cream and chives, and heirloom carrots with brown butter. Order online or call by Friday, November 22, and pick up on Wednesday, November 27. Bonus: For every $225 spent, you’ll get a $20 gift card for future use at the restaurant. 13251 Ventura Boulevard, Suite A

Little Dom’s
Chef Brandon Boudet’s deep-fried turkeys are a hit every year—he fries only about 50 of them—and they’re already sold out. But it’s a one-stop shop for everything else: brussels sprouts with wild boar bacon (gluten-free); fennel sausage and mushroom stuffing; sweet potato gratin; and pies galore. Orders must be placed by Sunday, November 24, and picked up by Thursday, November 28. 2128 Hillhurst Avenue

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APL
Adam Perry Lang’s Hollywood restaurant will have everything to feed 10 to 12 people, including roast turkey, side dishes, and sweet potato pie. Think outside of the bird box and get brisket, pulled pork, and things like baked beans and slaw. Full dinner is $250, but à la carte options are also available. Order by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, November 26, and pick up November 19–27. 1680 Vine Street

Lawry’s the Prime Rib
It’s always a family-style affair at the Beverly Hills staple, and Thanksgiving is no different. Only now you can pick up everything you need for home, including turkey and prime rib, Yorkshire pudding, creamed spinach, mashed potatoes, and more. Dinners for 10 to 12 people range from $295 to $525; à la carte sides are also available. Order by noon on Tuesday, November 26, and pick up on Thursday, November 28, 12:30–4 p.m. 100 La Cienega Boulevard, Beverly Hills

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Tavern
Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne’s larder is always home base for a proper holiday table. Order full meals that feed eight people ($75 per person), including turkey, stuffing, gravy, sweet potatoes, roasted root vegetables, and so much more. This year you can pick it up at either Tavern or Lucques, making it that much easier. Order by Sunday, November 24; pickup is on Wednesday, November 27, and Thursday, November 28. There’s a delivery option for Hollywood to Santa Monica for orders over $150. 11648 San Vicente Boulevard