For many, Thanksgiving invokes thoughts of hours (even days) spent in the kitchen, last minute trips to the grocery store and stacks of dirty dishes to wash. If you'd prefer to spend less time preparing your meal and more time watching football, you're in luck. Several local restaurants are ready to do the holiday cooking for you. We've laid out some Tucson's tastiest dine-in and carry-out options.
For fancy dining try McClintock's seven-course dinner for $60 per person. This feast is served with choice of pecan wood-smoked turkey breast, herb marinated prime rib, honey glazed Virginia ham, pan seared halibut or whipped red quinoa-polenta, and a variety of soups, salads, intermezzo and desserts. Reservations are available every half hour from 12 to 8 p.m., and can be made by calling 520.579.2100.
Maynard's Market & Kitchen
Maynard's three-course dinner is $45 per person, and includes choice of smoked turkey roulade stuffed with cranberries, duck a l’orange (pan roasted duck breast with orange) or local pumpkin risotto with currants, herbs, fried sage, parmigiano reggiano and orange. A dessert cart will satisfy your sweet tooth southern pecan pie classic pumpkin pie, chocolate hazelnut cake, carrot cake, pear tart, banana chocolate bourbon bread pudding and more. For reservations, call 520.545.0577.
Loews Ventana Canyon Resort
This resort offers two options for hungry guests. Flying V Bar & Grill will serve a choice of a traditional turkey with sweet potatoes, cranberry compote and cornbread stuffing, or prime rib with garlic scented broccolini and cognac shitake demi for $34. Dessert is available separately for $7.50. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Canyon Cafe will host a Thanksgiving buffet that includes salad nations, brunch items, bbq grill and carving station, sides, kids station, and dessert station. Cost is $45 for adults and $22 for kids. See Loews Vantana Canyon's Web site for a detailed list of buffet items.
Catalina Sports Bar & Grill
Located at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort, Catalina offers a Turkey and Cornish game hen dinner which includes maple roasted turkey, corn bread stuffing, roasted garlic, Yukon mashed potatoes, candied yams, gravy, green beans, pumpkin pie and a bottle of wine. The Turkey dinner is $175 and feeds six to eight, and the Cornish game hen dinner serves two to four for $105. Orders must be placed by Nov. 25, and can be picked up between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.
Feast: Tasteful Takeout
Feast specializes in large, carryout orders. For $26 per person, customers get a turkey breast or leg, gravy, five-spice cranberries, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans, roll and pumpkin pie. À la carte items can also be ordered by the pound, pint and half pint. See Feast's web site for a list of available à la carte items. Orders must be placed by Nov. 22, and will be ready to pickup on Nov. 25, with reheating instructions. Call 520.326.9363 to reserve a meal.
AJ's Fine Food
A six to eight-person feast is available from this upscale market for $129.99, and includes roast turkey, mashed potatoes, herbed dressing, green beans amandine, cranberry relish, dinner rolls, sculptured turkey butter, and choice of apple or pumpkin pie. Orders must be placed by Nov. 21. Dinners take approximately 2 hours to reheat. To contact AJ's Tucson locations, call 520.232.6340.