Gobble, gobble! Thanksgiving is upon us. If you want to skip hanging by the stove this holiday, try one of these Valley restaurants (some of which are dishing up divine ready-made to-go options). Be sure to make reservations pronto!
Enjoy handcrafted fall cocktails while catching up with friends and family during the infamous Thanksgiving Eve gathering on El Chorro’s scenic patio in Scottsdale. On Thanksgiving, treat loved ones to a seasonal three-course menus. www.elchorro.com.
The Herb Box in Scottsdale is whipping up a variety of side dishes and desserts, plus roasted turkey. Orders must be placed by 5 p.m. on Nov. 25. A limited selection of items will be available by the pound in The Herb Box Market at Southbridge through Nov. 27. www.theherbbox.com.
Five restaurants at Scottsdale’s Talking Stick Resort (Orange Sky, Ocean Trail, Blue Coyote Cafe, ARENA Poker Room and Wandering Horse Buffet) are all dishing up divine Thanksgiving menus. www.talkingstickresort.com.
Stop by the ZuZu Lounge at Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 27 starting at 5 p.m. Enjoy live entertainment from local artist Jack Young from 7 to 11 p.m., plus giveaways, drink specials and tastings. On Thanksgiving Day, dig into breakfast from 6 a.m. to noon; order off the regular menu or try the special of the day — Maryland Crab Hash. Dinner is served from noon to 9 p.m., including the regular menu and several specials: butternut squash soup, slow-roasted Red Bird Farms turkey and more. www.eatatzuzu.com.
Diners can enjoy a festive locally inspired Thanksgiving menu by Executive Chef Chris Lenza at Café Allegro at the Musical Instrument Museum. Available 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. www.mim.org.
Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse will be open for dinner on Thanksgiving and is serving a special prix fixe menu, including traditional turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and much more. www.benandjackssteakhouse.com.
Tanzy at Scottsdale Quarter will host a holiday prix fixe menu, complete with butternut squash soup, dark and white meat turkey, red velvet bread pudding and much more. www.tanzyrestaurant.com.
Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort and Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort are gearing up for Thanksgiving by offering a variety of styles of dinners, fit for every family, from a casual buffet at Rico’s American Grill to an elegant dinner at Different Pointe of View and The Terrace Room Lounge which will be broadcast the day’s action-packed lineup of NFL games during its Thanksgiving Day dinner buffet. www.hilton.com.
Try something different this Thanksgiving with the new holiday menu served at all three locations of Sandbar Mexican Grill. Savor the Turkey Dinner Tacos, a twist on the traditional Tinga-style tacos where the turkey is slowly simmered in a spicy tomato broth spiked with smoky chipotle peppers, and then paired with cranberry chutney and Mexican stuffing with fire-roasted corn. www.sandbaraz.com.
Get all the ingredients you need for a Thanksgiving meal for a family of four from The Goodie Boxes, a Valley business dedicated to providing quality food to families at reasonable prices. The order deadline is Nov. 20 for pick up on the 23rd at 9299 W. Olive Ave., Ste. 110 in Peoria. Or you can order up until midnight on the 27th for delivery to your home. www.thegoodieboxes.com.
Tryst Cafe in Phoenix offers a Thanksgiving Day menu from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the holiday. The menu includes all-natural brined roasted turkey with Madeira pan gravy, wild mushroom herbed stuffing and asparagus. www.trystcafe.com.
Wicked Six Bar and Grill by MOD in Scottsdale will feature a Thanksgiving buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thanksgiving brunch buffet to include iced shellfish, traditional Thanksgiving fare and desserts. www.wicked6barandgrill.com.
Scottsdale’s Rita’s Kitchen at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn is offering a Thanksgiving brunch with a variety of selections ranging from traditional favorites, including organic “Amish” turkey with sage stuffing and mashed potatoes, to nontraditional alternatives including a selection of sushi rolls and handmade tacos. www.camelbackinn.com.
Spend Thanksgiving in Downtown Phoenix with delicious deals at Province (American faves with a Latin twist) at The Westin Phoenix Downtown and at District American Kitchen and Wine Bar (comfort foods with a classic twist) at Sheraton Phoenix Downtown. phoenix.provincerestaurant.com; www.districtrestaurant.com.
On Thursday, Nov. 28 from 11 a.m. until close, guests will enjoy an authentic western menu of traditional holiday favorites at Chandler’s Rawhide that includes a California mixed green salad, slow-roasted breast of turkey, honey ham with tequila pineapple glaze, sage stuffing with root vegetables and more. www.rawhide.com.
Proof at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North makes the holiday easy-peasy with its “Pies and Sides.” Available items include classic favorites like buttermilk mashed potatoes dotted with butter, homemade gravy and assorted pies. Every order requires 48 hours advance notice. To order, guests can call 480.513.5088 beginning Nov. 1, or visit Proof in person to receive a check list and place an order. Items are available for pick up Nov. 20 to Dec. 1, and Dec. 21 to Jan. 5. www.fourseasons.com/scottsdale.
The Latilla restaurant at the Boulders Resort offers a four-course, prix fixe menu on Thanksgiving, by Executive Chef Michel Pieton from 1:30 to 8 p.m. www.theboulders.com.
The Bakery Café at el Pedregal offers a selection of Thanksgiving desserts to go during the week of Nov. 25 including pumpkin pie, sweet potato pecan pie, apple walnut upside down cake and more. www.elpedregal.com.
Chef Massimo De Francesca is offering a Thanksgiving feast at Taggia at Firesky Resort in Scottsdale. On the menu is butternut squash bisque, smoked ham, herb-garlic roast turkey breast and more. www.taggiascottsdale.com.
Celebrate Thanksgiving in the historic setting of the Arizona Biltmore with either a gourmet feast in Wright’s, a three-course Holiday Menu in Frank & Albert’s, or an extravagant buffet with all your favorite Thanksgiving foods in the Gold Room. Or, for the first time, the Arizona Biltmore is offering a Thanksgiving Take-Out Menu with a choice of complete dinners or a la carte selections. www.arizonabiltmore.com.
Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa invites guests to dig into a feast in their chosen setting with two tempting options created by the resort’s award-winning chefs. Enjoy a holiday tradition with the exclusive, farm-to-table package with a full meal serving six to eight people. Reservations for your farm-to-table meal will be taken up to seven days in advance of Thanksgiving and must be paid in full by Friday, November 22. To place your order call 602.385.5726 and reference the “farm-to-table” menu. The resort will also offer a traditional four-course prix fixe Thanksgiving menu for lunch and dinner in Ko’Sin restaurant which will be served from 12 to 8 p.m. www.wildhorsepassresort.com.
Beckett’s Table in Phoenix is currently accepting orders for its award-winning fig and pecan pies as well as pints of house-made citrus ice cream that will be available for pickup on Nov. 27 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Make sure to place your order by November 23. www.beckettstable.com.
Bobby Q adds a special seasonal item to its award-winning menu of smokehouse classics: smoked turkeys, serving two to four people. It can be purchased a la carte for or packed with a quart of mashed potatoes, a quart of fire-roasted corn, a pint of gravy and eight cornbreads. Also available by special order only will be smoked walnut stuffing and smoked turkey gravy (stuffing and gravy only available on Wednesday, Nov. 27). Turkey orders need to be placed a minimum of 72 hours in advance of the pick up date and re-heating instructions are provided. www.bobbyq.net.
J&G Steakhouse at The Phoenician dishes up a three-course Thanksgiving feast. The main course is roasted turkey with mushroom-and-chestnut stuffing, caramelized Brussels sprouts and cranberry sauce. www.jgsteakhousescottsdale.com.
The Wrigley Mansion is offering a special Thanksgiving version of its iconic Sunday Brunch, with three distinct seatings at 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. Guests can experience a delicious buffet of more than 50 food items, including a seafood station, an omelets-to-order station, salads, fruits, fresh rolls, and a carved-to-order meat station serving prime beef, lamb and of course, perfectly moist and tender roasted turkey. www.wrigleymansionclub.com.
CORE Kitchen & Wine Bar at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain presents its famous holiday brunch on Thanksgiving Day, complete with added holiday selections including turkey and all the trimmings. www.ritzcarlton.com.
Hand-crafted cocktails (with “bird”-theme spirits like Wild Turkey Whiskey, Black Grouse Scotch and Aylesbury Duck Vodka) and bird-centric dishes like pastrami-style chicken wings with mustard vin will be dished up Thanksgiving Eve at Crudo. Thanksgiving Eve festivities begin in Bar Crudo at 9pm www.crudoaz.com.
Hi Fi Kitchen & Cocktails in Old Town hosts a Harvest Hoedown sponsored by Ole Smoky Moonshine. Join the crowd at Hi Fi’s western-themed fall festival for a two-story dance floor that extends right into the street, turning outside into a block party. Enjoy $4 Ole Smoky cocktails and shots, as well as extended happy hour from 2 to 7 p.m. and live music all day from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. www.hifibars.com.
Check out Sanctuary on Camelback’s Thanksgiving options here.