Christmas doesn’t have to be about slaving over a hot stove and washing dishes. Make it easier and head to a restaurant — just make sure to tip well. Here is a sampling of eateries celebrating the holidays this year.
This holiday season, Casino Arizona is offering an array of dining options. Guests can enjoy a festive meal selection, offered at several price points.
The Eagles Buffet
At Casino Arizona’s The Eagles Buffet, there’s a Christmas champagne brunch from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The meal features a chef’s carving board with herb-crusted prime rib with au jus; citrus-glazed carving ham; and a chef’s omelet station serving eggs benedict, and shrimp eggs benedict biscuits. Also included are waffles; pancakes; French toast; assorted danishes; bagels; croissants; applewood smoked bacon; breakfast sausage links; scrambled eggs; southwest scrambled eggs and seasoned hash browns.
Other entrées and side dishes offered are mango tea roasted chicken with coconut rice; fresh baked salmon; beef raviolis with Puttanesca sauce; buttered corn; whipped potatoes with gravy; deep-fried fantail shrimp; shrimp cocktail; oysters on a half shell; smoked salmon and pickled herring.
In addition, housemade Mexican ceviche and assorted garden salads will be available with chicken noodle soup, menudo, fresh fruit, pastry chef’s assorted desserts; fresh funnel cakes and an ice cream station. The cost is $29.95; children 12 and younger $12.95.
The Eagles Buffet will serve a Christmas dinner from 4 to 8 p.m. Similar to brunch, it will include a chef’s carving board with prime rib au jus and horseradish sauce; applewood smoked boneless ham; steamed crab legs with drawn butter; fresh Atlantic salmon; deep-fried fantail shrimp; smoked seafood platter; Chesapeake Bay oysters on half shells and shrimp cocktail.
The tamale bar will feature bone-in pork chops with sauteed mushrooms; rosemary roasted chicken; sausage ravioli with spinach cream sauce; primavera rice pilaf; haricot verts with toasted almonds; whipped potatoes; and asparagus with pearl onions.
Also on the buffet: assorted garden salads; French onion soup; domestic and imported cheeses; pastry chef’s assorted desserts and an ice cream station. For adults, $39.95 and children 12 and under, $14.95.
Christmas dinner will be offered at the bingo hall from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and features honey glazed ham; French roasted winter vegetables; mashed potatoes; brown gravy and a dinner roll. For dessert, a Blondie Bar, $10.50
Salt River Café
Christmas dinner at Salt River Café from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The menu will offer guests garlic and herb prime rib dinner with au jus, horseradish; parmesan mashed potatoes; sauteed green beans and a dinner roll. In addition, a fountain drink and espresso brownie will be included, $12.95.
The Willows Restaurant
On Christmas Day, The Willows will offer two guest services. The breakfast special is from 6 to 11 a.m. and includes pot roast benedict with slow-cooked housemade pot roast; sourdough muffin topped with poached egg, hollandaise sauce and hash browns, $11.95.
Served from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., the roasted ham Christmas dinner has mashed potatoes, brown gravy, vegetable medley, dinner rolls and a choice of soup or salad, $19.95. Soup and dessert will also be offered a la carte, beef stew, $4.75 and apple crumble, $4.
CAZ Sports Bar
From noon to 10 p.m., the CAZ Sports Bar will include an option of small garden salad or loaded baked potato soup to start. For an entrée, steak and shrimp dinner includes a 6-ounce grilled sirloin, five fried shrimp, cheddar mashed potatoes, roasted baby carrots and chocolate espresso tart, $24.50.
524 N. 92nd Street, Scottsdale
Culinary Dropout’s Bar Blitzen
Located at The Coop within Culinary Dropout Tempe, the limited-time bar features televised fires, over-the-top décor and merry cocktails.
They include Junior & Mrs. Mint with vanilla-infused vodka, creamy white chocolate and peppermint schnapps and the Polar Espresso-Oh martini with espresso-infused vodka, cold brew and Spanish vanilla.
Bar Blitzen goers can also indulge in all their classic Culinary Dropout favorites, including the soft pretzel and provolone fondue or barbecue pork belly nachos. Plus, with yard games just outside The Coop doors, guests can enjoy spirit-filled competition on the cornhole field with their holiday beverages.
It’s closed Christmas Day, but it’ll still get visitors in the mood for the holidays through Monday, January 2.
149 S. Farmer Avenue, Tempe
Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch’s Christmas Dining Experiences
Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa’s culinary team will provide multiple dining options this holiday season, including an indulgent Christmas brunch buffet and a prix fixe dinner, both available at the Southwest Bistro.
On Christmas Day, a holiday brunch — costing $125 for adults or $145 with an unlimited mimosa and bloody mary bar — will be available 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The menu will include holiday favorites such as brown sugar and bourbon glazed ham, whipped potatoes, and pork crown roast with spiced fruit chutney. Additional selections include chilled Alaskan crab legs, prime rib of beef with au jus and horseradish cream, chicken and cheese quesadillas and roasted carnitas tacos, roasted salmon and a sushi station. The meal will also include breakfast selections such as made-to-order omelets, a “Green Eggs and Ham” Benedict with herb hollandaise and Canadian bacon, chocolate chip pancakes and cinnamon swirl French toast. The holiday brunch will also feature special selections for kids including cheese and pepperoni pizzas,
chicken tenders, and macaroni and cheese, as well as a “Candyland” dessert station with various house-made cakes and pastries.
Then, from 6 to 9 p.m., there will be a prix fixe Christmas dinner consisting of two courses of carefully crafted entrees and decadent desserts. The prix fixe dinner is $65 per person plus tax and gratuity. The menu will include a first-course selection of either a lobster bisque or a Brussels sprouts salad. The second course will include a 10 oz. prime rib dinner plate with roasted garlic mashed potatoes, vegetable medley, au jus and horseradish cream, followed by a dessert of Eggnog cheesecake with white chocolate mousse, torched meringue and dulce de leche sauce, or a chocolate ornament, consisting of Devil Food cake with passion fruit curd, milk chocolate mousse and chocolate sauce. A vegetarian version of the menu is also available upon request.
Reservations are required for both the brunch and dinner.
Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch
7500 E. Doubletree Ranch Road, Scottsdale
The Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix and Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails’ Blue Blitzen Holiday Cocktail Pop-Up Bar
The Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix and Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails are hosting their fifth annual Blue Blitzen Holiday Cocktail Pop-up Bar.
To ring in the season, Blue Blitzen is serving up festive cocktails and décor as well as holiday-inspired bites through Monday, December 26. For a more intimate experience, snow-globe winter igloos will be available to rent for up to six guests. Vinyl records, game and blankets are included in the fee, which start at $50.
Menu highlights include Cousin Eddie’s White Loafers, featuring homemade eggnog, bourbon, cognac and rum; orange pomegranate butter board served with Arizona citrus whipped butter, pickled pomegranates, thyme, mandarins and toasted bread; Christmas in Killarney, made with Irish whisky and spiced pear liqueur; chimney potatoes, smoked potato croquettes topped with goat and manchego cheeses and cured tomato aioli.
Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix
2 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix
Morning Squeeze is offering a holiday take-away box with everything needed for a fresh, hot breakfast on Christmas morning. The Holiday Breakfast Box includes a full breakfast and juice for 10 people for $140.
The package includes one meat quiche; one vegetable quiche; potatoes; fruit; French toast casserole and orange juice. It can be preordered from December 1 to December 20. It will be ready to pick up from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. December 23 and December 24 at Morning Squeeze Catering, 1725 W. University Drive, Tempe. Heating instructions included.
Morning Squeeze Catering
1725 W. University Drive, Tempe
Rusconi’s American Kitchen
In celebration of Christmas, Rusconi’s American Kitchen has unveiled its Christmas Eve dinner menu. Served at 5 p.m. Saturday, December 24, the three-course prix-fixe menu includes these options:
First course, choice of one: lobster bisque with gulf shrimp and lobster ravioli; baby field greens and Danish bleu cheese fritters with apple-pears, spice pecans and sherry vinaigrette; Sonoma goat cheese and arugula salad with watermelon radish, crispy chickpeas, prosciutto, Nixon Square Meyer lemon dressing, pan-roasted shrimp and linguica sausage with vanilla-scented sweet potato, crustacean jus and chive.
Main course, choice of one: pomegranate glazed breast of duck with parsnip puree, roasted brussels and baby carrots and five-spice gastrique; parmesan and herb risotto with roasted mushrooms, baby carrots, broccolini and mild pepper jus; 21-day aged wood-grilled filet of beef tenderloin with truffle-scented potato puree, charred broccolini and red wine sauce; garlic- and herb-crusted rack of lamb with herbed yellow corn polenta, garlic confit, braised fennel, cured tomatoes and tarragon jus; pan-roasted striped sea bass with cured tomato, confit garlic, Schreiner’s Fine sausage, Ramona Farms’ tepary bean ragout and citrus emulsion.
Dessert course, choice of one: blueberry and white chocolate bread pudding with strawberries, vanilla and chocolate sauces; pumpkin cheesecake with caramel and vanilla sauce with bananas Foster crème brûlée with winter berries.
Cost is $69, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations can be made by calling 480-483-0009 or via rusconiskitchen.com.
Rusconi’s American Kitchen
10637 N. Tatum Boulevard, Phoenix
STK has specials for dine-in and take-out customers. Pre-order begins Thursday, December 15. The meals are available Friday, December 23, to Sunday, December 25.
For guests dining at STK, the $79 roasted prime rib dinner includes confit fingerling potatoes, green beans, port wine shallots and black truffle madeira sauce.
Take-out customers will pay $154 for two; $74 for an additional serving or $79 for a single serving of the same items.
7134 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale
Talking Stick Resort
Like its sister venue, Casino Arizona, Talking Stick Resort has something for every price point.
Celebrate Christmas with a sunset view of Scottsdale. Located on the 15th floor, Orange Sky will offer dinner from 4 to 9 p.m. Festive creations include roasted butternut squash soup with Beeler’s bacon lardons; crème fraiche; bourbon maple syrup, $16. Guests can choose between main entrées, pistachio crusted Chilean sea bass with Meyer lemon sauce balsamic glazed cipollini, and Carolina gold rice, $44; or an all-natural veal chop achiote glazed with three sisters roasted vegetables, sikil pak puree, $53. For dessert, spiced apple and blackberry crumble and caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream, $14.
From 4 to 9 p.m., Tash will serve a flavorful twist on the traditional Christmas meal. To start, guests can enjoy a kale and spinach pomegranate salad, topped with pomegranate molasses dressing, cinnamon honey walnuts, pomegranate seeds with bleu cheese crumbles, $11. Tash will offer two main entree choices, including seared king salmon in creamy pesto sauce and sauteed asparagus, overdried tomatoes, including seared king salmon in creamy pesto sauce with sauteed asparagus, oven-dried tomatoes, orange-basil gremolata, $37; or porchetta with crispy skin includes pork belly filled with rosemary, thyme, garlic-herbed applesauce, roasted fingerling potatoes and cipollini onions, $44. Lastly, a panettone bread pudding with spiced orange sauce served for dessert, $9.
Ocean Trail is the spot for seafood lovers. From 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., guests can start off with a strawberry salad with field greens, chopped strawberries, red onions, walnuts, bleu cheese crumbles with raspberry vinaigrette, $14, followed by seafood ravioli stuffed with shrimp and crab, topped with andouille sausage, wilted greens in a Cajun cream sauce, $32. For dessert, guests will enjoy an orange-infused cheesecake with cranberry glaze, $9.
Blue Coyote Cantina
Located just below the main gaming floor, Blue Coyote Cantina will serve Christmas dinner. Starting at 4 p.m., the main entrée will include adobo marinated and seared jumbo scallops, pineapple salsa al ajillo, jalapeno, zucchini fritters and fried plantains. For dessert, individual tres leches topped with strawberry and kiwi garnish, $39.
Blue Coyote Cafe
Starting at 11 a.m., guests can enjoy pistachio-crusted rack of lamb with cannellini bean puree, mint sauce and roasted baby carrots. Dessert will feature a flourless chocolate espresso cake with mocha crème Anglaise, $38.
The Arena Poker Room
The Arena Poker Room will host Christmas dinner from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Start off with an iceberg lettuce wedge topped with bleu cheese dressing, bacon crumbles, diced tomatoes and chives for an appetizer.
For the main dish, a herb roasted prime rib with au jus, mashed potatoes, gravy and steamed broccoli. For dessert, old-fashioned gingerbread cake with spiced whipped cream, $40.
Talking Stick Resort
9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale