Posted on November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving at The Pikey

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Thanksgiving with my family has traditionally been a very small affair.  My mother lives out of the country which leaves my father, stepmother, and girlfriend to celebrate the holiday.  We do have many relatives that reside in the Los Angeles area, but we have preferred to keep the dinner experience to a minimum (less headaches if you know what I mean).  In addition, this dining event has transitioned over the years from home cooking, to going to a restaurant to avoid the stressful prep and cleanup. Our go to restaurant had been the now defunct Waterloo & City in Culver City. It was a restaurant and bar that served the most incredible Thanksgiving spread anyone has ever seen (all you can eat oysters being just the tip of the iceberg), but since its closing earlier this year (at the height of their success), we had to find a new spot.  Luckily, our local watering hole, The Pikey, a wonderful British Pub with amazing food and craft cocktails, was serving Thanksgiving dinner.  The Pikey is the focus of today’s review.

Ever since my first visit to The Pikey a few years ago, I felt immediately at home.  There’s no fuss and pretentiousness.  The British pub decor is inviting and the bartenders are always delightful.  I have always been a huge fan of their Fish & Chips and hamburger, so I knew I was going to eat well this thanksgiving.

TURKEY NECK RAGU

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We started by sharing a few items on their Large Plates menu. The turkey leg ragu, with homemade spelt tagliatelle was delicious; a magnificent way to utilize an under utilized part of the animal. The pasta was wonderfully cooked al dente, which can be quite the challenge with homemade pasta. The combination of the turkey neck with wild mushrooms provided deep, rich, meaty flavor and was a big winner at the table.

TURKEY BREAST DINNER

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The turkey dinner came next with two beautifully sliced breasts, turkey sausage, pumpkin stuffing, green bean casserole, homemade cranberry sauce, and a homemade buttermilk biscuit with gravy.  The turkey was moist and delicious, as was the sausage, and the sides contributed perfectly.  Although it was more of a safe, traditional take on thanksgiving dinner, it was very, very enjoyable.

DEEP FRIED TURKEY LEG

We then ordered the deep fried turkey leg which was outstanding.  Sorry, my dad dug into this one so quickly I didn’t have time to take a picture.  I never tried deep fried turkey and always heard amazing things.  The texture and taste was so good, that I’m not sure I can eat turkey conventionally baked anymore.  It was also moist and I felt like I was almost eating a slow cooked pork shoulder. The crisp on the outside was perfect, as was the seasoning.  It was served on top of home cooked cornbread and a delicious take on mac n’ cheese.

MARY’S VINEGAR CHICKEN

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Next, up was Mary’s Vinegar Chicken, which has always been a favorite of mine at The Pikey.  Since my parents had never tried it, I had to put in the order.  The half chicken is always perfectly cooked with a nice crisp on the skin, and the vinegar flavors are savory. It is such a nice and unexpected complement.  The bird is served with thrice cooked fries placed on top, which is a great touch for soaking up the remaining vinegar juices. This dish is a regular item on their menu and if you happen to crave a hearty chicken meal for just $20, then this is your winner!

THE SIDES

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As for additional sides, we ordered sweet potatoes with date butter and crispy sage, the sauteed kale with smoked tomatoes and mushrooms, and two orders of the cheesy mash potatoes.  All items were delicious. The mash potatoes are traditional with the cheese providing a extra level of flavor.  For the kale side, we actually wish we had more of their smoked tomatoes because they were a sweet addition.

The dessert menu looked appetizing, but we didn’t order anything.  I made a cranberry tart early that day. We all wanted to save room and go back to my place to enjoy it without exploding.


The Pikey should defiantly be on your radar if you are looking for a place to spend thanksgiving next year. In the meantime, If you’re in the Hollywood area and are craving a pub that has the perfect blend of good comfort food, craft cocktails, and a nice bar scene without the LA fuss, then The Pikey is where you want to be.

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