It’s belt-loosening season, meaning it’s perfectly okay to be daydreaming about a meal not happening till Thursday, November 23 –Thanksgiving. And if you’re the dining-out type, consider one the many restaurants in town clamoring to keep you out of the kitchen. In fact, here are a slew of Phoenix eateries with special menus, take-out options, and pies queued up for this Turkey Day.
Scramble – A Breakfast & Lunch Joint
For Thanksgiving breakfast, Scramble is serving a Harvest Burrito. The burrito is stuffed with sweet potatoes, zucchini, squash, peppers, onions, eggs, and turkey. It comes with a side of hash browns. The whole meal will run you $9.89. There's also a pumpkin spice latte for $4.89. Thanksgiving hours are 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Days off call for brunch, which is exactly why Hash Kitchen is offering a Thanksgiving brunch menu at both Scottsdale locations. Special menu items include sweet potato pancakes with maple cranberry syrup for $10, a smoked ham plate for $13, and a Thanksgiving waffle – pretty much Thanksgiving dinner over a waffle – for $14. Oh, and the build-your-own Bloody Mary bar will run from 7 a.m. till 3 p.m.
Tomaso's When in Rome
23655 North Scottsdale Road, Suite 120, Scottsdale
This Valley staple will be serving up a meal of soup, salad, choice of one pasta, and choice of one entrée. Pasta options include ricotta and spinach ravioli and the rigatoni, while entrees include a roasted turkey plate, or a gravity-defying Osso Buco. Cost is $55 a head. Thanksgiving day hours are noon to 9:30 p.m. The same menu, hours, and pricing is also available at Tomaso's on Camelback.
Hotel Valley Ho
6850 East Main Street, Scottsdale
Choose from buffet-style or a prix fixe menu at Hotel Valley Ho this Thanksgiving. Sands restaurant is offering a full buffet of turkey, honey ham, stuffing, seafood, a salad bar, and more from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., all for $59 or $19 for children 12 and under. The signature restaurant, ZuZu is hosting dinner from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., with a four-course prix fixe menu with roasted pumpkin soup, turkey with all the sides, and a choice of pie for $45. You can also order the slow-roasted Red Bird Farms turkey with all the trimmings for $32 per person.
1100 North Central Avenue
The FOUND:RE HOTEL offers Thanksgiving dining from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at its onsite restaurant, Match. The menu includes starters like roasted butternut squash soup and candied chestnuts and pepitas, followed by the entre, slow-roasted turkey with cranberry relish, apple-pecan stuffing, mashed potatoes, and charred Brussels sprouts with bacon. Dessert? Spiced pumpkin pie with ginger bread and vanilla whipped cream. Cost is $38, and $28 for kids under 12.
5594 West Wild Horse Pass Boulevard, Chandler
Located in the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass, Ko’Sin restaurant is offering a traditional four-course prix fixe menu for lunch or dinner on Thanksgiving day from noon to 8 p.m. Entrees include roasted turkey with sage stuffing, housemade mushroom cannelloni, and pot roast with whipped Yukon potatoes. Chef Marcos Castro is also preparing dessert, including a pumpkin pie with mesquite grahams. Cost is $69, $60 for seniors, $20 for those 12 and under (for a junior version of the turkey dinner), and free for diners four and under.
If you’d like a break from turkey this year, consider a seafood tower at Mastro’s – open on Thanksgiving from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. You can also look forward to sides like the lobster mashed potatoes, gorgonzola mac and cheese, and Alaskan king crab black truffle gnocchi. You can couple all that with some cocktails and follow with Mastro’s warm Butter Cake.
4949 East Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale
Prado is offering a prix fixe menu on Thanksgiving from 1 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Courses include lobster bisque to kale salad with green goddess dressing. There will also be a choice of roasted turkey or prime filet mignon. Sides include chorizo bread pudding and roasted garlic mashed potato puree. Dessert is choice of pumpkin cheesecake with lemon frosting or a baklava ice cream sandwich. Pricing is $95 per, and $35 for kids 12 and under. Reservations are required.
2 East Jefferson Street
The Blue Hound Thanksgiving Feast is on Thanksgiving day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch, and 3 to 9 p.m. for dinner. The full dinner menu includes butternut squash soup, pumpkin gnocchi, slow-roasted Red Bird Farms turkey, and green-chile-cornbread stuffing. Pumpkin pie and bourbon pecan pie are available for dessert.
6114 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
Head to Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa for a Thanksgiving meal with seatings from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen. The big Thursday’s menu will range from chilled poached shrimp and grilled acorn squash to orders of blue cornbread stuffing and mashed Yukon gold potatoes for the table. Entrees include slow-roasted ribeye, roasted scallops, and mesquite hot-smoked turkey. Cost is $65 per person, $35 for those 12 and under, and free for kids 6 and under. Oh, and there will be Thanksgiving-inspired beverages to boot.
6000 East Camelback Road, Scottsdale
The Phoenician Resort’s onsite steakhouse is offering a gourmet, three-course Thanksgiving meal for $65 per diner. J&G Steakhouse features starters like butternut squash soup, followed by roasted turkey and chestnut stuffing with caramelized Brussels sprouts and cranberry sauce. For dessert: Kabocha squash cheesecake with honey ice cream and ginger sauce. J&G Steakhouse’s usual menu will still be available, including the Raw Bar, roasted Maine lobster, and various steak options.
34522 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
Liberty Station is offering an in-house special menu for Thanksgiving from noon to 4 p.m. ($32 per diner and $16 for kids 12 and under), as well as a to-go package for $25 person. The to-go package includes sliced rotisserie turkey with mac and cheese, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans, cranberry sauce, gravy, house bread, and pumpkin cheesecake for dessert. The same prices, times, menus, and to-go options are also available at Market Street Kitchen in Scottsdale. Place an order with Liberty Station, or call 480-278-7044 for Market Street Kitchen, by 9 p.m. on November 19.
BONUS: Hopdoddy Burger Bar
This isn't for the big day. This is for getting your mind right for the big day. If you want to get in the holiday spirit, try the new Turducken Burger at Hopdoddy Burger Bar from November 8 to 22. This thing is a turducken patty topped with fried green beans and onions, and cranberry sauce with a stuffing bun. By the way, here's our take on this concoction.
ONE MORE BONUS: TEXAZ Grill
6003 North 16th Street
Though TEXAZ will be closed on Thanksgiving you can find chicken-fried turkey at this Texas-themed eatery and bar from November 19 to November 22. The dish comes topped with slow-cooked white cream gravy, and with sides like homemade mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, bread and butter, and salad.