Seven Restaurants Open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in Greater Phoenix
|The Bakery Café at el Pedregal|
|Traditional Bûche de Noël|
Latilla at The Boulders Resort
The Latilla Room will have two special four-course prix fixe dinners, one on Christmas Eve ($68) and one on Christmas Day ($75). Menu items on December 24 include organic field greens with poached shrimp, cranberry cornbread croutons, oven-dried tomato, and champagne vinaigrette; risotto croquettes with wilted watercress, bacon tomato jam, and Riesling beurre blanc; poached lobster over mascarpone polenta with English peas and garlic roullie; rosemary pheasant breast with quinoa and legume sooctash; wild boar bacon-wrapped filet with fingerling potatoes and wild mushroom compote; and Bûche de Noël with candied cranberries. On Christmas Day, pick from a selection of Dungeness crab soup with a corn emulsion and crab meat profiterole; baby beet salad with Point Reyes bleu cheese soufflé, watercress, and candied walnut vinaigrette; roasted free range turkey with sage-giblet gravy, buttermilk mashed potatoes, cornbread chestnut stuffing, and Grand Marnier cranberry relish; filet of sole stuffed with lobster and served with polenta, creamed leeks and artichokes, and chervil beurre fondue; and strawberry-basil gorgonzola cheesecake with chocolate cardamom sauce. For reservations, call 480-488-9009 x 1117.
The dining room and bar at Carefree Station will be open from noon to 8 p.m. on Christmas Day. The bar will be serving specialty holiday cocktails including the VeeV a la Holiday, Mistletoe, and Apple Pie Margarita. There will be a limited lunch menu available until 3 p.m., after which a full dinner service will be offered. Appetizers include fried calamari with jalapeno cream sauce, mussels Tampico with a white wine chipotle broth, and cowboy sushi with lightly seared beef tenderloin atop crispy potato croquettes. For the main course, diners can choose from countless dishes like chargrilled Scottish salmon, lobster pasta provencale, buffalo meatloaf, Berkshire pork chop with sweet potato-carrot mash, and steak tampiquena with blue corn crusted shrimp and chorizo grits. There are also 11 desserts to choose from. Call 480-488-8182 to book a table in advance.
New chef Todd Sicolo, who will be debuting his full menu next month, has helped to plan two very special à la carte menus for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. On December 24, dishes include a lobster truffle cocktail with black caviar, shaved speck prosciutto with brûléed figs, butter-poached sea scallops with truffled creamed corn and candied carrots, crispy wild salmon with succotash potatoes and lemon-scented asparagus, and peppermint crunch crème brûlée with eggnog-filled raspberries. On Christmas Day, diners can enjoy basil shrimp and smoked corn chowder, ginger and butternut squash bisque, balsamic charred rack of lamb with duck fat poached potatoes, walnut and root vegetable stuffed acorn squash with candied ginger cracklings, and cranberry and white chocolate crème brûlée.
5532 N. Palo Cristi Road, Paradise Valley, AZ