Valley restaurants have a busy extended weekend coming up on Sunday, December 24, and Monday, December 25 – Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Establishments cooking for the holiday range from the kitsch staple that is Texaz Grill to the Palo Verde Restaurant at The Boulders Resort & Spa in Carefree. If you’ve decided to put Christmas in the hands of professionals, consider one of these 23 holiday options in town.
Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails
Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix is serving dinner Christmas Eve at their onsite Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails. From 5 to 10 p.m., the Kitchen is offering its full menu, plus a special for the night: pork schnitzel with braised cabbage, herbed potatoes, and lemon butter. Call 602-258-0231 for more information, or see the Blue Hound website.
Both locations of the Scottsdale eatery are offering Sunday brunch from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The holiday menu offers turkey-and-cornbread-stuffing hash, and a roasted turkey plate with garlic smashed potatoes, heirloom glazed carrots, and stuffing – all under turkey gravy. Both plates are $16. Call 480-947-3214 for the Scottsdale Road location, 480-361-5228 for Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard spot, or see the Hash Kitchen website.
The seasonal Apple Cider Rum cocktail at J&G Steakhouse.
Located at The Phoenician, J&G Steakhouse is offering a three-course Christmas Eve dinner by chef Jacques Qualin. Choose from the restaurant’s winter menu (featuring a raw bar, tuna tartare, steaks, and seafood), and entrees like sweet and sour pork belly), or a Christmas menu offering soy cured salmon, crunchy halibut, and pumpkin ice cream sundaes. J&G will also be offering a seasonal drink, the Apple Cider Rum cocktail. Dinner will cost $65 a head. The dining room is open from 5 to 10 p.m. Reservations are required at 480-214-8000 or the J&G Steakhouse website.
Brixton Pub & Restaurant
Set at the Radisson Hotel Phoenix North, Brixton Pub & Restaurant is open for dinner on Christmas Eve from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The north Phoenix eatery will be offering baked ham with cherry compote and garlic mashed potatoes, plus other holiday menu items, and chocolate flourless torte or a raspberry coulis for dessert. Cost is $24 per person. Call 602-997-5900 or see the Brixton Pub website.
Try the Feast of the Seven Fishes or one of many other entrees at any Tomaso’s location.
Courtesy of Tomaso’s When in Rome
Tomaso’s Italian Restaurant & Tomaso’s When in Rome
Both Chef Tomaso Maggiore-run eateries are open Christmas Eve from noon to 9 p.m., and is offering the Feast of the Seven Fishes – including baked clams, balsamic-maple-glazed sea scallops, and striped sea bass. Desserts include profiteroles and monterosa cassata. Cost is $78 per person, and will be served on December 23 as well. Their usual menu will also be served. Call 602-956-0836 or 480-404-6085, or see the Tomaso’s Italian Restaurant website.