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5 Favorite Restaurants Open for a Non-Traditional Thanksgiving Meal

Fish rolls at New Hong Kong (Ask for these, they're not on the menu.)
Fish rolls at New Hong Kong (Ask for these, they're not on the menu.)
Laura Hahnefeld

Some folks can't wait to dig into a home-style Thanksgiving Day dinner. Others, well, not so much.

See also: A Very Chow Bella Thanksgiving: Your Guide to Dining Out, Ordering In, What to Cook, What to Drink -- and More -- on the Year's Biggest Food Day.

So if you're sans Turkey Day plans or just want to try something off the traditional path, here's a few tasty and affordable favorites that will be open (and not serving turkey) on Thanksgiving.

New Hong Kong

Turkey with stuffing? How 'bout fish rolls stuffed with Chinese sausage and onion? Chef Jian Yu and his family serve up authentic and flavorful Cantonese fare at this hidden-in-plain-sight gem in Central Phoenix. Ask for the Chinese menu and look for stellar dishes such as tender black pepper beef filet, curry powder covered Singapore rice noodles, or Yu's specialty: the clay pot. Where anything that comes out of it -- from beef brisket and daikon, to mutton and bean curd, to curly strands of pork stomach -- is truly something to be thankful for.

Haemul soon du bu at Café Ga Hyang.
Haemul soon du bu at Café Ga Hyang.
Laura Hahnefeld

Café Ga Hyang

For a Thanksgiving feast with a lot of Seoul (sorry) you could do worse then spend some time at this spot of flavorful Korean cuisine in Glendale. Let owners and chefs Nick Rocha and Sun Johnson serve you and yours traditional favorites such as seafood pancakes, Korean fried chicken, jap chae, or a variety of soups and stews like the spicy and seafood-heavy cham pong, Korean stew with tofu called haemul soon du bu, or the refreshingly cold noodle dish naeng myun.

 

Combo wat platter at Ethiopian Famous Restaurant & Coffee.
Combo wat platter at Ethiopian Famous Restaurant & Coffee.
Laura Hahnefeld

Ethiopian Famous Restaurant & Coffee

Thanksgiving is a shared meal, so why not move the sentiment into Ethiopian cuisine at Abebech Ejersa's new East Phoenix home of enticing scents and bold flavors. Traditional wat platters are the go-to dish, but hot bowls of fragrant yebeg tibs (lamb marinated in garlic and rosemary) and kaywot yesiga (cubed beef with a slightly Southwestern flavor) also are excellent. Java lovers should make sure to call ahead and reserve a spot at Ejersa's must-experience Ethiopian coffee ceremony.

 

Curry Corner
Curry Corner
Jackie Mercandetti

Curry Corner

Nothing says a special meal like home-spun recipes. And at this unpretentious eatery in Tempe, Farah Khalid serves hers up Indo-Pak style. Don't miss traditional favorites such as chapli kebab (spicy ground-beef patty), goat karahi (garlicky and tender goat served on a bed of tomatoes and onions), and palak paneer (creamy, dark green spinach and Indian cottage cheese). Along with the well-seasoned, marinated meat dishes, you'll find more than a few tasty vegetarian options, too.

 

Teriyaki chicken at Sushi Ken.
Teriyaki chicken at Sushi Ken.
Heather S.

Sushi Ken

Who says a Japanese dinner on Thanksgiving Day has to be expensive? Grab the gang and head out to this popular Ahwatukee Foothills restaurant (from the former proprietors of Tucson's Sushi Ten) for affordable sushi and straightforward, family-size meals. Try the uni, mackerel, and chirashi, or "scattered" sushi, as well as savory ramen noodle soup, tempura, and crispy tonkatsu pork. Forget the pumpkin pie. For dessert, you'll want the cold, sweet jelly served with fruit dish called mitsumame.


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New Hong Kong Restaurant

2328 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ 85016

602-954-9118

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Café Ga Hyang

4362 W. Olive Ave.
Glendale, AZ 85302

623-937-8550

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Ethiopian Famous Restaurant & Coffee

4111 E. McDowell Road
Phoenix, AZ 85008

602-275-5663

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Curry Corner

1212 E. Apache Blvd.
Tempe, AZ 85281

480-894-1276

currycornertempe.com

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Sushi Ken

4206 E. Chandler Blvd.
Ahwatukee, AZ 85048

480-706-7060


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