Chow Bella's Thanksgiving Dining Guide Pt. 2: Where to Reserve a Table in Metro Phoenix
For Thanksgiving, noca will be offering a four-course dinner with seatings available from 3 to 7 p.m. The first course is a choice of butternut squash soup, seared diver scallop with lentils and uni, and an autumn salad of pecans, figs, malvarosa, shaved fall vegetables, and sherry vinaigrette. The second course is chestnut tagliatelle with porcini ragu. For the entrée, diners can choose heritage turkey with cranberry-pomegranate chutney, slow-roasted prime rib with horseradish crema and au jus, wild Washington coho salmon with citrus emulsion, or a tasting of autumn farm vegetables and grains. There is also a choice of three sides: Brussels sprouts and bacon, roasted root vegetables, Yukon mashed potatoes and gravy, Thanksgiving dressing, or wild rice with squash, apples, and pears. Dessert is either a chocolate pecan pie or pumpkin cheesecake. This menu is $60 for adults, $25 for wine pairings, and $15 for the kids' mini-feast.
There will be a three-course Thanksgiving dinner available at Lon's at the Hermosa Inn from noon to 8 p.m. Starters include roasted pumpkin soup with maple-glazed bacon and spiced pumpkin seeds as well as smoked sockeye salmon with purple mizuna, local pistachios, and pomegranate vinaigrette. There are four entrée options, such as a classic roasted turkey platter with cornbread dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, and fresh cranberries; pan-seared Mediterranean snapper with lentils, squash, and clams; and ancho barbeque rubbed pork loin with polenta, broccoli, and pear jus. For dessert, there will be a chocolate pudding cake, organic apple tart with crisp cheddar cheese and salted caramel, and pumpkin pie with cranberry chutney and cinnamon whipped cream. Dinner is $75 per person; call 602-955-7878 for reservations.
This one can't be had on Thanksgiving Day, but you can stop by to enjoy it for the four days leading up to the holiday (Sunday, November 18, to Wednesday, November 21). An enormous turkey cutlet is seasoned and lightly breaded then fried to create the perfect combo of crispy exterior and fork-tender interior. It's then smothered with slow-cooked savory gravy and paired with mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce. The turkey platter is also served with bread and a simple salad. If you can't wait to eat all your favorites on Turkey Day, pick up this limited-time special for $9 at lunchtime and $13 for dinner.
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