Take a break from nibbling on candy canes and ring in Christmas with a more sumptuous feast, like one of these Valley restaurant and resort holiday dinners or brunches.
Special holiday selections can be ordered a la carte at Bourbon Steak at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess: hearts of romaine with grilled balsamic onions, capers, cornichons and Parmesan, potato-crusted Dover sole and Snake River Farms beef bourguignonne. Dessert is a gingerbread pudding made with cider apples and house-made eggnog.
La Hacienda by Richard Sandoval spices up the holiday with a menu featuring cochinita pibil, achiote-braised suckling pig with citrus adobo, guacamole, habanero and pickled red onion. The price is $32 for adults; $16 for kids 6-12 and free for children 5 and younger with the purchase of an adult entree.
Diners at The Grill at TPC Scottsdalewill enjoy natural-roast turkey with lobster and dill cornbread stuffing, Cognac gravy with baby root vegetables and buttermilk mashed potatoes. The price is $32 for adults, $16 for kids ages 6-12 and complimentary for children 5 and younger with the purchase of an adult entree.
Located near the scenic South Pool, LV Bistro, also at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, will offer a cinnamon-agave nectar glaze ham with sweet potato ravioli and a Singh Farm market vegetable. Dessert is a chestnut frozen parfait with cranberry compote and citrus. http://www.scottsdaleprincess.com/.
The Boulders’ signature Latilla Restaurant celebrates Christmas Eve with a prix fixe, four-course dinner including roasted, free-range rurkey, Virginia Country ham, creamy parsnip soup and more. http://www.theboulders.com/.
Top of the Rock at the Buttes Resort in Tempe hosts a Christmas Brunch featuring chipotle mashed sweet potatoes, pretzel bread stuffing, roasted wild mushrooms with toasted hazelnuts, pumpkin pecan cheesecake and more. www.marriott.com/phxtm.
A special three-course, a la carte menu will be available at ZuZu at Scottsdale’s Hotel Valley Ho. Items include potato-leek soup; slow-roasted, herb-crusted prime rib; and egg nog crème brulee and pumpkin cheesecake. Hamburger sliders are offered for children. http://www.hotelvalleyho.com/.
Orange Sky, the signature restaurant at Scottsdal’s Talking Stick Resort, is offering a luxurious four-course affair, including Muscovy duck with green apple, foie gras and sourdough stuffing and a special holiday dessert spread. $65 per person. http://www.talkingstickresort.com/.
On Christmas Eve, The Melting Pot will be offering a “Limited Holiday Four-Course Menu.” This includes cheese fondue, fresh salad, an entrée and decadent chocolate fondue. http://www.themeltingpot.com/.