Chow Bella's Thanksgiving Dining Guide: Where to Dine Out in Metro Phoenix (Make Your Reservations Now!)
Now that it's November and the election is over, one thing is on every American's mind: Thanksgiving. This year it's fairly early -- Thursday, November 22 -- so it'll sneak up before you know it. If thinking about two weeks of planning, stocking up, and preparing to cook for a large group leaves you in a panic, consider opting for a kitchen-free holiday experience at one of the following local restaurants.
Side Order of Sarcasm Quissence's Thanksgiving turkey plate (2011)
The Farm at South Mountain will be hosting Thanksgiving dinner at Quiessence with three seatings available: 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m., and 6 p.m. Chefs Greg LaPrad and Anthony Andiario are planning quite a feast. Guests have several options to create their ideal three-course Thanksgiving meal. The first course is a choice of mushroom and chestnut soup or roasted beet and apple salad. The four entrées -- all accompanied by family-style creamed greens, whipped potatoes, candied carrots, and cornbread stuffing -- are slow-roasted turkey with sage gravy, baked lobster, wild venison, and creamy "coal fire" polenta. For dessert, there will be pumpkin pie with pecan Chantilly cream and warm apple crisp with vanilla bean ice cream. Quiessence's Thanksgiving dinner is $65 per person, $29 for children under 12. Reservations required; call 602-276-0601.
There will be a three-course menu available at T. Cook's on Thanksgiving from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. that includes a variety of options. Starters include tart apple and walnut salad, lobster bisque, and lump crab cake. There are six entrées to pick from: pan roasted duck, brioche-stuffed chicken breast, grilled rack of lamb, seared sea bass, grilled beef tenderloin, and a Thanksgiving feast with turkey, ham, stuffing, sweet potatoes, kale, and cranberries. The desserts, including pumpkin bread pudding with pumpkin seed toffee as well as a black cherry, chocolate, and amaretto torte with pinot caramel, are sure to be out of this world. The three-course meal is $75, $25 for children 12 and under, and free for children under the age of 5. Wine pairings are available at an additional cost.