14 Favorite Restaurants of Valley Chefs for an Unconventional Christmas Dinner

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Chinese restaurant from "A Christmas Story."
For non-celebrants or those interested in an unconventional Christmas meal (turkey burners included), several restaurants throughout the Valley -- those serving up dishes like rice and noodles, sushi, and pizza -- are happy to accommodate.

Here, Valley chefs share their 14 favorite spots in town for a decidedly different take on Christmas dinner.

See also: Does Time Magazine's Male-Centric "Gods of Food" Issue Reflect the Reality of Women in the Restaurant Industry?

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Chef Matt Taylor,
Market Street Kitchen

Royal Thai Grill (Mesa) or Texaz Grill (Phoenix) for some liver and onions or chicken fried steak.

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Steve Freidkin
Owner, Texaz Grill

Super Dragon (Phoenix) on Christmas Day. It's a little-known ancient Jewish tradition.

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Sadhana Raj,
Chef and Owner, 24 Carrots Natural Café & Urban Juicery

Los Taquitos (Phoenix): Vegan vegetable bombero burrito, griddled crisp with a side of guac. I love my food spicy, and these guys get it right. And you can sneak it into that holiday movie -- not that I would ever do such a thing.

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Josh Hebert
Chef and Owner, Posh

Four Peaks (Tempe, Scottsdale) because everybody needs a beer and a plate of nachos.



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Dona Levy
Dona Levy

Can you update us on Chinese Open on Christmas day?

Tony Morales
Tony Morales

I wonder if Rick knows Wahsun is closed....

P Joseph Rooney
P Joseph Rooney

Ive always done Jack in the Box. Maybe I'll try something new this year.

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