BY Victoria Stibrik
Every Thanksgiving it’s the same thing: turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, a family dispute of some sort. It’s tradition. But this year can be different—and we’re not talking about family fights. Whether it’s Sanctuary’s “elevated” Thanksgiving or Chompie’s traditional goods, the holiday dinner can be anything you want and more.
This year, Beckett’s Table will offer the same sides it did last year: bacon cheddar biscuit stuffing ($29), mashed potatoes ($28), Brussels sprouts ($32), gravy ($18), cranberry sauce ($18), fig and pecan pie ($31) and citrus zest cream cheese ice cream ($10). Each can feed six people. It has also added something else to the menu this year: a six-pack of wine ($99). The deadline to order is November 21, and pickup is November 25 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Beckett’s Table, 3717 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, 602-954-1700, beckettstable.com
Bourbon and Bones
Want to get out of the house and make a mess at someone else’s place without feeling bad about it? Bourbon and Bones is offering a three-course dine-in special ($49.95) this Thanksgiving. Customers get a choice of French onion soup or house salad as the starter. The entrée includes turkey, mashed sweet potatoes, country stuffing and traditional cranberry compote, with pumpkin spice Bundt cake for dessert. Reservations must be made for this special, and customers can go online to do so.
Bourbon and Bones, 4200 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 480-629-4922,
If the turkey is all that is needed, customers can purchase a whole, 20- to 22-pound oven-roasted turkey ($129.99) complete with lifesaving, reheating instructions. But if you want it all, it has that, too, with either the traditional or the basic Chompie’s Thanksgiving dinner options. Both come with two 9-inch pies, apple and pumpkin, and can serve between 12 and 15 people. The basic ($219.99) comes with the turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberry relish and dinner rolls. The traditional ($249.99) has everything the basic has, with the addition of mashed potatoes, candied yams and green beans. Besides these two full meals, Chompie’s is also offering several a la carte items: sliced turkey breast ($8.50 per half pound), stuffing ($6.99 per pound), gravy ($3.99 per pound), matzo ball soup ($9.99 per quart), mashed potatoes ($5.99 per pound), cranberry relish ($5.99 per pound), green beans ($7.99 per pound), candied yams ($7.99 per pound), large potato pancakes ($2.99 each), rolls ($4.99 per dozen), 9-inch apple or pumpkin pie ($12.99 each), pumpkin pie crème brulée ($5.99 each), and 9-inch deluxe pies ($14.99 each) that include pecan, banana cream, chocolate cream or coconut cream. Or customers can order a 20- to 22-pound turkey ($129.99). Orders can be made online, in the store or by phone by November 23. Chompie’s is also serving a dine-in Thanksgiving dinner from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. ($20.99 per person, $9.99 children 10 and under).
Chompie’s, 4550 E. Cactus Road, Phoenix, 602-710-2910, chompies.com, see website for other locations and phone numbers
But what about breakfast for the entire month of November? Hash Kitchen has that covered with Thanksgiving-inspired brunch specials that last the entire month. Try its carved turkey and cornbread stuffing hash ($17) with sweet potatoes, hand-carved turkey, cornbread hash, two poached eggs, and gravy drizzle. In need of something much sweeter? Go for the sweet potato pancakes with maple cranberry syrup ($13). It also has leg of lamb hash ($18), carved turkey and stuffing waffle ($16) and carved turkey eggs benedict ($15).
Hash Kitchen, 4315 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, 602-612-5580, hashkitchen.com, see website for other locations and phone numbers
Besides offering its seasonal menu, Hearth ’61 will serve holiday specials from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. Stop in for a full turkey dinner with all the sides ($46), butternut squash soup ($10), pumpkin pie ($10) or butterscotch pecan pie ($10). Or get the turkey dinner to go ($46) along with an entire pumpkin ($26) or butterscotch pecan pie ($32). Call 480-624-5458 to make dinner reservations and 480-524-5431 for to-go orders. Reservations are to be made no later than 5 p.m. November 24.
Hearth ’61, 5445 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley, 480-624-5400, mountainshadows.com/dining/hearth
Miracle Mile Deli
Miracle Mile Deli is here to help with everything but the turkey this Thanksgiving. The sides are offered a la carte, and most can feed three to four people. Mashed potatoes, gravy, potato salad, coleslaw, pasta salad, homemade soup (serves two) each come in 1 quart ($9.50 each), 1 quart of stuffing ($8), 1 pound of cranberry sauce ($5), one dozen Kaiser or onion rolls ($15), a big loaf of rye bread ($9, 24 slices), a regular loaf of rye bread ($5, 12 slices), a pint of horseradish ($7), 1 pound of dill pickles ($4, 10 spears), a whole pie—pumpkin, cherry, pecan, apple, lemon meringue, coconut meringue, Boston cream or blueberry ($16). Miracle Mile Deli will close at 7 p.m. November 25. Customers are urged to call as soon as possible with their orders.
Miracle Mile Deli, 4433 N. 16th Street, Phoenix, 602-776-0992, miraclemiledeli.com
So often people are caught up in planning the big Thanksgiving feast that they forget about the most important meal of the day—breakfast. Well, not this year, because Morning Squeeze has a Thanksgiving breakfast special with the launch of its holiday breakfast meals, which serve six to eight people. Customers can get a vegetable quiche, a meat quiche, breakfast potatoes, French toast casserole and fruit ($120). But it gets better. Customers can add a bloody mary kit ($15) to the meal, which has two bloody marys complete with all the garnishes: bacon, olives, lemon, lime and the seasoned salt for the rim. But wait! There’s more! There’s also a To-Go-Sa kit ($15) with a bottle of champagne, orange juice and simple syrups. Orders can be made online and must be placed by November 23. (There’s even more good news: The same special will be available for Christmas.)
Morning Squeeze, 690 S. Mill Avenue, Suite 110, Tempe, 480-264-4688, morningsqueeze.com, see website for other location and phone number
Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa
Leave the turkey in the freezer, because Elements at Sanctuary is here with the goods—roasted vegetable Wellington, grilled filet of beef, pecan-crusted swordfish, Moroccan spiced lamb shank, or butternut squash raviolis. This is Thanksgiving, and you know the rules—leave room for dessert! Choose (if you can) between brownie pecan pie, pumpkin spice crème brulée, quince cranberry strudel or butterscotch cheesecake. But if tradition is everything and turkey is what you want, customers can get a four-course, prix-fixe menu at Elements, or they can enjoy a private feast during their stay at the Villas at Sanctuary. The meal is $105 each from noon to 1:45 p.m. and $125 from 2 to 8 p.m. Children ages 6 to 12 are $45, and 5 and younger are free. Drinks, tax and gratuity are additional. Customers can make their reservations online or by calling, and there’s no formal deadline.
Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa, 5700 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley, 1-855-245-2051, sanctuaryoncamelback.com
Beckett’s Table’s sister restaurant, Southern Rail, is having the same Thanksgiving special with the same deadlines and pickup details.
Southern Rail, 300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix, 602-200-0085, southernrailaz.com
Stratta Kitchen is offering a meal ($75) that serves four people, and it comes with options. That’s right. Stratta Kitchen is letting you choose. Customers get a choice between two salads—roasted beet and apple or quinoa and winter green—and a choice of three sides: caramelized pear and candied chestnut stuffing, sauté of green beans and black kale, roasted Brussels sprouts, roasted sweet potatoes, and butter-whipped Yukon potatoes. The main course is 2 1/2 pounds of slow-roasted buttermilk turkey with housemade giblet gravy and cranberry, orange and ginger sauce. And for dessert (the best part), there’s either pumpkin pie with vanilla bean cream or bourbon caramel pecan pie with quark caramel sauce. Orders can be made online or by calling throught November 19. Orders are to be picked up November 26 from 9 a.m. until noon.
Stratta Kitchen, 8260 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale, 480-597-9195, strattakitchen.com
In keeping with this “elevated” theme, Tomaso’s has a Thanksgiving special that’s sure to please. Start off with a butternut squash bisque ($9) and then dive straight into eggplant torte and butternut squash ravioli ($28) with layers and layers of eggplant, basil, tomato and cheese fondue. Tomaso’s is also offering a prix-fixe five-course Thanksgiving dinner ($52). This includes the butternut squash bisque, Tomaso’s salad, and handcrafted truffle and egg ravioli. The main course features a roasted turkey dinner with sausage and fennel stuffing, olive oil mashed potatoes with pancetta and scallions, Brussels sprouts agro dolce and cauliflower pistachio cake with gruyere. And if there’s still room after all that—of course there is!—the meal is finished off with pumpkin cheesecake. The special is available for dine-in and takeout options, and reservations are encouraged.
Tomaso’s, 3225 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, 602-956-0836, tomasos.com
Trapp Haus BBQ
Maybe this year calls for something traditional, but with a twist. In that case, Trapp Haus BBQ is offering 10- to 12-pound smoked turkeys or Cajun fried turkeys ($85 each). Or if customers want something a little different this Turkey Day, they also have prime beef brisket ($145) available. But that’s not all. Customers can add any of Trapp Haus BBQ’s sides upon request: half trays of macaroni and cheese, collard greens, baked beans, coleslaw or potato salad ($35 each). But don’t forget about dessert! There’s pumpkin caramel cheesecake ($35). Preorders can be made online or by calling the store until November 22. Trapp Haus BBQ also has other Thanksgiving-inspired specials for the whole month of November. Stop in to try one of its Thanksgiving rolls ($8.99), a Thanksgiving Sammitch ($11.99) or “A Piece of the Pie” cocktail ($10).
Trapp Haus BBQ, 511 E. Roosevelt Street, Phoenix, 602-466-5462, trapphausbbq.com
Loaves and pies and breads—oh my! Wildflower, formerly Wildflower Bread Company, has just that this year for Thanksgiving. Order one of its pies—pumpkin, apple crumb or roasted nut ($17 to $20)—or some of its pull-apart rolls—potato dill, sourdough or nine grain ($4.75 to $5.75 per half dozen)—or maybe some of its stuffing loaf ($12.99). Preordering is available from November 1 to November 22. Orders to be picked up on November 24 must be made by November 21, and orders for November 25 must be made by November 22.
Wildflower, 4290 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, 602-850-8585, wildflowerbread.com, see website for other locations and phone numbers
ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho will serve Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. ($54 to $79). It will have a chef-attended starter buffet and entrées that range from turkey to osso bucco and roasted pumpkin risotto. And for dessert, there’s apple piecaken or sweet potato spice cake. Takeout is also available in individually portioned meals ($42) or as a half-turkey family meal ($199) or a whole turkey family meal ($269). Family meal orders must be made by November 19 and individual meal orders by 5 p.m. November 22. Call 480-421-7997 to make dinner reservations and 480-248-2039 for to-go orders.
ZuZu, 6850 E. Main Street,