The gifts are purchased and wrapped, the tree is lit and decorated, and Christmas cards and packages are in the mail. But what about the holiday feast? If you still don't know what to eat for your celebration, here are six more restaurants in metro Phoenix that are serving Christmastime specialties on December 23rd, 24th, and 25th.
Restaurants at both Pointe Hilton Resorts in north Phoenix will be open on Christmas Day. At Squaw Peak, Hole-in-the-Wall Smokehouse BBQ is offering an affordable family feast for $28 for adults and $12 for children. American home-cooked classics like cornbread, basted roast chicken, corn on the cob, baby back ribs, and pumpkin pie will be on the menu from noon to 10 p.m. Tapatio Cliffs will offer two elegant holiday buffets. Traditional meats like maple-glazed ham and herb-crusted prime rib will be served at Pointe in Tyme. Available from noon to 6 p.m., it costs $47.95 for adults, $38.95 for seniors, and $19.95 per child. A decadent meal of cherrywood smoked pork loin, whipped mascarpone potatoes, snow crab claws, and other specialty delights will be served at Different Pointe of View from noon to 7 p.m. Dinner is $59.95 per adult, $29.95 per child.
Gourmet Southwestern cuisine will be served on Christmas Eve starting at 4:30 p.m. The à la carte menu will be available in addition to the regular menu. The featured holiday entrée is all-natural Iowa Berkshire pork tenderloin stuffed with organic baby spinach, boursin, and wild mushrooms and served with sides of Christmas pear stuffing, roasted butternut squash puree, and Brussels sprouts with applewood smoked bacon for $27. Roasted sweet potato soup ($6 to $8) and a special dessert, cranberry raisin panettone with eggnog cream ($11), will also be available. Call 480-488-0698 for reservations.
Located in Scottsdale's Hotel Valley Ho, Café ZuZu will be open on Christmas Day. In addition to the regular menu, holiday specials like herb-crusted prime rib, lobster bisque, and egg nog crème brûlée with raspberry-brandy coulis will be served. Breakfast items including a three-cheese egg sandwich with bacon and butternut squash pancakes with maple sage butter will be available from 6 to 9 a.m., brunch will be from 9 to 3 p.m., and dinner will be served from 4 to 9 p.m. To book a table, call 480-421-7997.
The Wigwam Resort will have two dinner offerings on Christmas. A three-course prix fixe menu will be available at Litchfield's for $38. Diners get a choice of several options including butternut squash soup, oven roasted pork loin, cast iron sea bass, Cedar River prime rib, chestnut crème brûlée, organic carrot cake, and Christmas fudge. Litchfield's will also have a children's menu. The Wigwam Ballroom will serve a buffet from noon to 6 p.m. with options such as roasted corn and shrimp chowder, smoked salmon platter, roasted sirloin of beef, pineapple and honey glazed ham, roasted turkey, and holiday desserts. There will also be live entertainment and children's activities. The buffet is $38 per adult, $19 for children ages 4 to 12. For reservations at Litchfield's, call 623-856-1053; for the buffet, call 623-935-3811.
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Kick off Christmas a couple days early with brunch at the Wrigley Mansion. Dishes will include lobster Waldorf salad, smoked salmon and bagels, thyme and garlic crusted leg of lamb, sage crusted turkey breast, cornbread dressing, and an abundance of desserts. The prices have been lowered this year to $60 per adult, $30 for children ages 6 to 12, and free for kids 5 and under. There are three seatings: 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 3 p.m. Reservations are required; call 602-955-4079.
Of course there's always Chinese food available on Christmas, but Scrooges can mix it up this year with a different type of Asian cuisine at RA Sushi. All five locations in the Phoenix metro area will be open on Christmas Eve, and only the Mesa restaurant is closed on Christmas Day. And, they'll all be offering all-day happy hour with select sushi, appetizers, and tapas plates priced from $2.25 to $7.25. If you're missing traditional tastes, try a Ginger Blossom cocktail. A lively concoction with mild juniper flavors, it's made with Hendrick's gin, St. Germain, muddled strawberry, pink grapefruit, lime juice, and a splash of ginger ale. Finish your meal with lightly battered and fried cinnamon tempura gelato.