Fa la la la la la la la–yum! Tis the season for decadent meals, especially ones that you don’t have to prepare yourself. Here is a look at several Valley restaurants that are offering special Christmas menus this holiday season. Be sure to reserve your spot now! (Note most prices do not include tax and gratuity; special prices may be available for children and seniors.) Check back on Monday for even more local holiday dining destinations.
Hotel Valley Ho Cafe ZuZu is dishing up a prix fixe menu including either potato leek soup or bibb lettuce, radicchio and haricot vert salad for the first course; slow-roasted Red Bird Farms turkey for the second course; and either egg nog cheesecake or apple cobbler for the third course. On Christmas Day, Trader Vic’s is hosting a special menu that includes lamb Thai curry and butternut squash bisque. Prices vary per restaurant. www.hotelvalleyho.com.
NOCA The Phoenix restaurant will celebrate the holiday with The Feast of the Seven Fishes menu, taking its cue from the festa dei sette pesci. The Italian-American feast that typically consists of seven different seafood dishes is celebrated on Christmas Eve. Courses include seared stone bass and fluke crudo. $50 per adults, with an additional $20 for wine pairings. http://restaurantnoca.com/.
Ko’Sin The Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa restaurant is hosting a special prix-fixe, four-course Christmas meal on the evening of Saturday, Dec. 25. Expect turkey breast marinated in sage and wild mint pesto, pan-seared Arctic char, poached mussels and much more. $60 per adult. http://www.wildhorsepassresort.com/dining-wild-horse-pass.html.
BLT Steak On Christmas Day, the Scottsdale restaurant at Camelback Inn will spotlight a special Blackboard menu that includes Nantucket Bay scallops and roasted Christmas goose with a sage-mushroom bread pudding and cranberry relish. There is also a festive slew of desserts to choose from. Our pick: chocolate fritters with peppermint pot du crème. Prices vary per menu items. http://www.bltscottsdale.com/.
Arizona Biltmore Frank & Albert’s and Wright’s at The Biltmore are both offering special holiday menus on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Frank & Albert’s three-course menu will highlight spiced leg of lamb and white chocolate-cranberry bread pudding while brown sugar-pork loin and Colorado lamb are on the five-course Wright’s lineup. Prices vary per restaurant. http://arizonabiltmore.com/.
bistro 24 The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix signature restaurant will be serving a full Christmas Day buffet brunch from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., including action stations. $55 per adult. www.ritzcarlton.com/phoenix.
Lon’s at The Hermosa Inn Smoked Cedar River prime rib, prosciutto-wrapped veal loin, cardamom-crusted Colorado lamb chops or roasted organic Irish salmon will all be on the holiday menu at the Paradise Valley resort restaurant. For dessert, the espresso-almond Yule log makes for a festive finish. $65 per adult. www.hermosainn.com.
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