Tis the season... to be eating your own weight in green bean casserole, turkey and pumpkin pie and regretting it in the morning (but not really). Not a fan of typical turkey or want something more high-end? Or perhaps you're sick of being stuck in the kitchen rather than participating in the super fun familial political arguments. In Phoenix, there's something for everyone this Thanksgiving.
FOR THE GREEN BEAN GOURMAND
Mastro's Restaurants – November 23
According to historians, turkey was likely not served at the first Thanksgiving in the 1600s. Instead, the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Native Americans feasted on venison, water fowl and shellfish like lobster and clams. Go (ultra) traditional this year at Mastro's, which is offering a maritime take on the holiday, serving a seafood tower with sides like lobster mashed potatoes and gorgonzola mac and cheese. Try their butter cake to complete your meal — if you have enough belly space by then. Mastro's Restaurants, 3 locations, mastrosrestaurants.com.
Omni Montelucia – November 22-23
Munch on tacos and tapas at Prado's excellent new tapas bar on Thanksgiving Eve to prep for the four-course meal to come the day after. Prado at Omni Montelucia offers all the works for the holiday, including pumpkin soup, slow roasted turkey and a baklava ice cream sandwich. $15-$95. Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia, 4949 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale, 480-627-3200, omnihotels.com.
Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa – November 23
Food Network celebrity chef Beau MacMillan prepares this four-course meal with some savory goodies: a turkey dinner, duck ravioli, cinnamon cheesecake and more. Sanctuary offers a buffet as well, for those who want a few more feasting options. Reservations are required. Ages 5 and under dine free. $85-$95/person. Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa, 5700 E McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley, 480-607-2300, sanctuaryaz.com.
Tomaso's – November 23
Thanksgiving is all about celebrating the melding of different cultures. This holiday, embrace America's diversity through food with an Italian-American feast at Tomaso's. They're serving a full four course meal where you can pair ricotta and spinach ravioli with traditional roasted turkey. Or have osso buco (braised veal) instead, if big birds aren't your taste.12 p.m.-9:30 p.m. $55/person. 2 locations, tomasos.com.
FOR THE INTREPID EXPLORER
Hopdoddy Burger Bar's Turducken Burger – Through November 22
No, that's not the name of some piece of furniture in IKEA. A portmanteau for turkey-duck-chicken, the Turducken — only heard of in 19th century mythos — has arrived like a knight in shining armor to rescue bored gluttons everywhere. This burger joint offers all the key Thanksgiving flavors in one plate: fried green beans, turkey gravy and cranberry sauce. Side note: It’s pretty good. $10. Hopdoddy Burger Bar, 2 locations, hopdoddy.com.
FOR THE WINOS
Night Before Thanksgiving at Sorso Wine Room – November 22
Take a step away from the oven for an evening and treat yourself to an all-day happy hour at Sorso Wine Room. Indulge in 2-for-1 deals on wine and draft beers and pig out just a little on their $8 food deals. Sorso Wine Room, 15323 N Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, 480-951-4344, sorsowineroom.com.
Thanksgiving Eve on the Rooftop at Lustre Rooftop Bar – November 22
Sample Wild Turkey… the bourbon, not the bird. Enjoy the party before the mother-in-law comes to visit and perhaps win some giveaways and prizes and the night progresses. No cover charge. 21+. 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Lustre Rooftop Bar, 2 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, 602-258-0231, lustrerooftopbar.com.
FOR THOSE ON A BUDGET
Hash Kitchen – November 23
What's a Thanksgiving dinner without a Thanksgiving brunch? Try Hash Kitchen's brunch menu, starring sweet potato pancakes ($10) and their smoked spiral ham plate, with ham, eggs and cornbread hash ($13). Make your own Bloody Mary to wash it all down, too. 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Hash Kitchen, 2 locations, hashkitchen.com.
Thanksgiving Deals at Miracle Mile Deli, Chompie’s, Luci’s Healthy Marketplace and Luci’s at the Orchard
Not a chef? These restaurants are offering a pre-ordered holiday dinner in bulk: pick up pounds of dill pickles, quarts of turkey gravy and pecan pies to satisfy everyone at the dinner table. Orders must made by November 20-21.
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