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A Last-Minute Thanksgiving Alternative: Peking Duck and Other Delicacies in Chinatown

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Say you have a turkey emergency today, e.g., the turkey's burned, frozen or you just never bothered picking one up because you weren't in the Thanksgiving mood. But now you're feeling a little more festive and need ideas...quick. LAist already posted a a more traditional restaurant list, but if you're not craving the turkey and trimmings this year, we offer you this alternative: a Chinese-themed Thanksgiving with Peking (or the more politically correct, Beijing) duck.

It's like turducken—just hold the turkey or chicken.

We were fortunate enough to attend a multi-course Thanksgiving dinner in Chinatown a few weeks back, and sampled everything from the Beijing duck (crispy on the outside and so juicy on the inside) to Lion's Head (a beef meatball and cabbage dish) to shrimp and seafood offerings, as seen in the photo gallery above.

There are quite a few places open in Chinatown today serving duck—either as take out or dining in. Here's a short list to get you started:

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Lucky Deli (Wol Deli)
706 N. Broadway, 213-625-7847
Place an order for Peking Duck pickup two hours in advance.

Ocean Seafood Restaurant
750 N. Hill Street, 213-687-3088
Reservations are still available for today. Alternative poultry selections include Deep Fried Crispy Chicken, Peking Duck and Roasted Duck.

Lien-Hoa Deli
721 N. Broadway, 213-625-5001
Roast Duck - call in advance to make sure it's available for when you want to pick up.

Master Chef Restaurant
937 N. Hill St., 213-687-3638
Specials include Peking Duck, Roast Duck, Fried Chicken, House Special Fried Chicken. All dine-in customers will receive a free turkey dish with a meal.