Let Us Do Thanksgiving For You

Ok, the title may be a little deceiving. We here at New Times will not be cooking your Thanksgiving feast for you. (Trust us, that's a good thing.) We are, however, ready to point you in the direction of some traditional -- and not so traditional -- Thanksgiving sit-down meals around town. Reservations are generally required.

Sushi for Thanksgiving? Well, at least you won't be sleepy afterwards.
Sushi for Thanksgiving? Well, at least you won't be sleepy afterwards.

If you're feeling adventurous this holiday:

  • From noon-8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Trader Vic's at the Hotel Valley Ho, 6850 E. Main St. in Scottsdale, is serving a Polynesian ala carte menu plus an oven-roasted Chinese turkey special served with chorizo cornbread stuffing. Call 480-248-2000 for info and pricing.
  • Look for Corona-brined pork loin jalapeno on the Latin-inspired Turkey Day menu at The Mission, 3815 N. Brown Ave. in Scottsdale. 
  • Owner/chef Steve Freidkin created a special Chicken-Fried Turkey dish served with a savory house-made gravy and sweet potato mash for Texaz Grill at 6003 N. 16th St. in Phoenix. The dish will only be offered November 22-25 (closed on Thanksgiving Day). Cost is $8.50 for the lunch portion and $12 for dinner (includes rolls).
  • Sushi Roku at 7277 E. Camelback Rd. in Scottsdale is serving a three-course Thanksgiving feast for $40 per person, in addition to their regular sushi and sashimi offerings.  

Traditional Thanksgiving meals after the jump...

You love turkey and traditions. Or you look forward to the annual Tryptophan coma so you don't have to listen to Uncle Dave talk about his bunions. Perhaps Grandma would keel over at the mere thought of a sushi Thanksgiving ("Raw fish? Fire was invented so we didn't have to eat that," one crotchety octogenarian we know always says.).

Sushi on Thanksgiving? No way! Give us turkey or give us death.
Sushi on Thanksgiving? No way! Give us turkey or give us death.

Whatever the reason, here are a few traditional dinners available in the Phoenix Metro on Thursday, November 26:

  • Chef de Cuisine Claudio Urciuoli of Prado, 4949 E. Lincoln Dr. at the Intercontinental Montelucia in Paradise Valley will prepare a traditional turkey dinner with European accents from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Cost is $65 per person.
  • Valley locations of Bill Johnson's Big Apple will host an All-You-Can-Eat Value Feast for just $12.99, which includes turkey and ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans and pumpkin pie. Cost is $19.99 for the endless prime rib version.
  • Quiessence at The Farm at South Mountain, 6106 S. 32nd St. in Phoenix, is serving a three-course dinner with selections including mushroom and roasted chestnut soup, heritage turkey with sage gravy (plus traditional sides) and warm apple crisp. Cost is $59 per person or $29 for kids under 12. Call for seating info. 
  • From 10 a.m.-3 p.m., enjoy a buffet of turkey four ways (fried, roasted, smoked and grilled) plus sides and desserts at The Wrigley Mansion, 2501 E. Telewa Trail in Phoenix. Cost is $65.
  • Comfort food, with a side of romance, is on the menu at Red's Steakhouse at The Wigwam Resort, 300 E. Wigwam Blvd. in Litchfield Park. For $45 per adult ($20 children 5-12), enjoy a homestyle dinner of Virginia ham and spiced turkey followed by a carriage ride under the stars.
  • Garden Court Restaurant at 7200 North Scottsdale Rd. in Scottsdale will host a buffet from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. with Tom Turkey, smoked sea salt rubbed prime rib of beef and country ham with lavender honey-apricot glaze. There will also be standard brunch offerings, traditional sides and a chef's selection of Thanksgiving pies, chocolate torte and bread pudding. Cost is $39 for adults; $14 children 6-12. 



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