Not everyone is keen on a Christmas ham with the family for Christmas Day. But for those unfortunate few looking to dine out on December 25, the options can be fairly limited. However, several Valley restaurants are open this Christmas — some predictably so — while others provide some special culinary experiences for those looking to break the holiday routine.
Scottsdale's Zinc Bistro always does an excellent job offering French bistro fare in a setting that will transport you right to the City of Lights. And this shouldn't be any different on Christmas. Zinc is open from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. this Christmas, providing a few specials as well as its standard French bistro-inspired menu.
One of the sole outposts of East Coast-style delicatessen fare in the Valley, Chompie's will offer turkey breast, beef brisket, chicken and more for under $20 a meal on Christmas Day. Chompie's Tempe will be open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., while the other locations will be open until 9 p.m. Reservations are not required, although it is not unheard of for these dinners to attract a fairly large crowd, so making one couldn't hurt. For more information check the Chompie's website.
From 4 to 11 p.m. on Christmas Day you can get your fill of sushi and sake at all five Valley locations of Ra Sushi. The restaurant will be serving all usual fare including Viva Las Vegas Rolls, salmon nigiri, and more.
Luci's Healthy Marketplace
Luci's, a health focused cafe and market located on the corner of 16th Street and Bethany Home Road, will be open on Christmas, somewhat ironically offering its suspiciously unhealthy (but intriguing) sounding seasonally appropriate candy cane pancakes. The market will also be open for those looking to make some last-minute culinary purchases. Diners can pay a visit to Luci's from 6:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Christmas.
No apologies will be offered for featuring two Broken Plate restaurants in the same list. Those searching for a more refined Mexican dining experience this Christmas than their neighborhood Filiberto's can offer need look no farther than Scottsdale's The Mission. Chefs Matt Carter and Brian Raab will be offering a few items special for the occasion, and the standard menu will be available as well. The Mission will be open from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Bucca di Beppo
Looking to share a giant Italian feast instead of the usual Christmas ham this year? Well, Bucca di Beppo — which has locations in Chandler, Mesa, and Scottsdale — has got you covered. The chain of Italian restaurants known for serving family-style meals will be open at 11 a.m. on Christmas Day.
SanTan Brewing Company
Are you more partial to a locally crafted ale than you are to a pint of eggnog you probably picked up at a gas station? Or do you need a tall beer to help forget the last month's incessant stream of Christmas music? Well, you're in luck, as SanTan Brewing Company's Chandler brewpub is open from 5 p.m. to midnight this Christmas, with full menu service until 10 p.m. Some special holiday offerings will be on the table as well.
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The Hash Kitchen
Those with a fondness for life's (guilty) pleasures will be satisfied by Scottsdale's Hash Kitchen's Christmas menu. Executive Chef Joey Maggiore will be offering, among other items, eggnog donuts (fried to order), gingerbread pancakes, turkey, and a sweet-and-savory Christmas waffle, featuring turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, and fried leaks. The Hash will be open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This trendy Scottsdale bar and restaurant, located at the W Hotel, will be serving sushi and other Japanese fare on Christmas Day. Skip the stuffing and opt for Sushi Roku's menu of hot and cold appetizers, noodles, sushi, and more. Not only can you get your fill on non-traditional holiday eats, but you can also enjoy a full menu of cocktails, beer, and wine in a super swanky atmosphere.
And finally, in case you forgot, Denny's — all 1,700 franchised locations — will be open on Christmas Day, all day. The country's largest restaurant chain actually counts Christmas as its busiest day of the entire year and served more than a million people on Christmas last year. Because nothing's more American, after all, than a Grand Slam breakfast and a stack of pancakes.