Many of us have our time-honored Thanksgiving traditions; no matter how adventurous our culinary exploits on the other 364 days of the year, it’s a little harder to tinker with roast turkey and stuffing. But chefs around the country are doing just that—offering original renditions on classic Thanksgiving favorites.
At upscale Hollywood bistro Café Was
, Thanksgiving gets a no-holds-barred French gourmet treatment: a lemon-maple turkey breast sous vide
, with foie gras-brioche stuffing and lavender-scented sweet potatoes. Even more decadent? Capo
in Santa Monica is honoring the season—white truffle season, of course—with white-truffle gravy on the turkey, and pumpkin pie topped with white-truffle honey ice cream.
Out in New York, Bobby Flay’s restaurants adapt the classics to his signature style: Southwestern Mesa Grill
has a smoked chili pumpkin soup, and the sage-roasted turkey is doused in red chile gravy. Meanwhile, Bar Americain
glazes the turkey in maple and horseradish. New American 701
in Washington serves its butter-braised turkey breast with a cranberry-stuffed turkey-leg “lollipop,” while Capitol Hill-trafficked Bistro Bis
prepares a turkey leg confit
Of course, many restaurants adapt the all-American holiday to their own traditions: Manhattan’s Alloro serves up a four-course Italian feast, including turkey meatballs, prune-stuffed turkey with pumpkin sauce, and pumpkin ravioli. Upscale Indian restaurant the Bombay Club
in Washington offers a tandoori-roasted turkey, while Southeast Asian Pranna in New York brushes theirs with a sweet soy and apricot glaze.
And the winners for the most non-traditional Thanksgiving? Garlic-centered restaurant The Stinking Rose
works the magic bulb into everything from the garlic-roasted turkey to the pumpkin pie with garlic ice cream. And Los Angeles vegan outpost Real Food Daily
follows a non-meat “turkey breast” with pumpkin pie… and tofu whipped cream.
All in the spirit of Thanksgiving.