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Tucson Dining: Thanksgiving Day

Candied yams with cranberry
Candied yams with cranberry (Photo credit: revrev)

It’s that time of the year when everyone’s fancy starts thinking about Thanksgiving which seems later than usual. Here are some Tucson restaurant options instead of doing the cooking:


Brushfire BBQ
2745 N. Campbell Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85719
(520) 624-3223
7080 East 22nd Street
(520) 867-6050

Holiday packages:   Must pre-order by November 23 and all orders must be picked up on Wednesday November 27. All items that require reheating will be in reheat-able containers.

–Holiday Feast (serves 10-12) $75.99: Balsamic Pasta Salad, Rosemary Corn Bread Stuffing, Buttered Sweet Potatoes Topped with Marshmallows, Green Beans with Pearl Onions and Almonds, Fresh Orange Cranberry Relish, Made from Scratch Gravy, Fresh Rolls and Brownie Swirl Bread pudding.

–Smoked “Tur-Duck-Hen” (serves 10-14) $120.99 whole, $65.99 half:
A slow smoked deboned turkey stuffed with a deboned duck, stuffed with a deboned chicken stuffed with sausage corn bread stuffing.

–Smoked Turkey (serves 8) $44.99:
Slow smoked whole turkey, seasoned with fresh rosemary, thyme, sage and kosher salt.

The Restaurants at  Casino del Sol Resort
5655 West Valencia Road
Tucson, AZ 85757
(855) 765-7829

–Festa Buffet:  Thanksgiving Day Buffet being offered on Thanksgiving Day from 10am to 10pm.  $28 per person.

–Moby’s:  11am till 10pm serving Thanksgiving Dinner ( Turkey, Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Fresh Seasonal Vegetables, and Cranberry Sauce) $14.95 per person

–Tequila Factory Thanksgiving day specials: Plated dinners from $12.95-$19.95 per person.

–PY Steakhouse:   Open from 3pm – 8pm and serving a traditional four-course Thanksgiving Meal, the regular menu will not be offered. Cost ranges from $45 – $53/per person and includes A la Cart Choices,

 Lodge on the Desert
306  N. Alvernon Way
Tucson, AZ 85711
(520) 320-2014

Dine Out: On Thanksgiving Day serving an a la carte menu priced from $36 – $46++ per person; children are $16.95++.
Dine in:  Lodge on the Desert has the ideal solution! Invite your guests to savor a traditional Thanksgiving meal  For parties from 6 – 50 – $38++ per person

 Noble Hops Gastropub
1335 W. Lambert Lane
Oro Valley, AZ 85737
(520) 797-4677 (HOPS)      ok as is

Thanksgiving Week Special; November 24, 25, 26 & 27. Thanksgiving Specials are available all day in addition to regular menu. Hours are Sun thru Thurs: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Fri & Sat: 11 a.m. to close . Braised Turkey Drum with Rosemary Demi Sauce and White Truffle Oil accompanied by creamy polenta and sautéed vegetables. $16 Note: Noble Hops will be closed Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28

Pastiche Modern Eatery
3025 N. Campbell Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85719, AZ
(520) 325-3333

Pastiche will be open from 11am-8pm serving a special menu with some classic and some not so classic dishes. Menu items include: Roast Turkey with sage dressing, pan gravy, glazed buttered asparagus, cranberry sauce, carrot and ginger whipped potatoes $19 (children’s plate $13.95) Walnut Thyme Crusted Pork Chop bone-in with chipotle cherry chutney, rice pilaf, and chef’s vegetables $20, and Baked Mac & Cheese with Smoked Gouda, Parmesan, Monterey Jack, Mesquite Smoked Bacon, Spinach, Fat Macaroni $14. Reservations are recommended.



3719 E. Speedway Blvd

Take out only – must order by Nov 24 and pick up Nov 27. Check out the menu.



Cup Café
311 E Congress St.
(520) 798.1618
Cup Café will be open from 7am – 7pm on Thanksgiving, serving the regular menu plus Thanksgiving specials, beginning at 9am.
Features include:

·      Slow roasted turkey with confit leg, house made cranberry sauce, mashed potato, sage dressing, giblet gravy, and green bean casserole     $20

·      Confit Duck Benedict, confit duck leg, English muffin, honey  tarragon béarnaise sauce, and poached eggs served with hotel potatoes and fresh fruit      $14

·      Pork tenderloin roulade. Cider brined pork tenderloin with maple sausage and currents, pan jus sweet potato and marshmallow mashed, green bean casserole      $19

·      Classic trout almondine, herb and lemon rice pilaf, and roasted garlic grilled asparagus      $18

Dessert Features ($5.95 each)

·      Pumpkin Cheesecake
·      Pumpkin Pie
·      Pecan Pie

As usual, breakfast begins at 7am, lunch starts at 11am, and dinner begins at 4pm.  Prices on the regular menu range from $6-$23. Reservations are highly recommended. For reservations call (520) 798-1618. No reservations will be taken online for Thanksgiving.

Maynards Kitchen
400 N. Toole Ave.
(520) 545.0577

Maynards Kitchen will be presenting an incredible spread for Thanksgiving.  Served family style, each party will receive their own Thanksgiving feast, which includes:

·      Slow roasted natural turkey breast crusted with fresh herbs and pan dripping gravy

·      Wild sage, cranberry, and pinenut dressing; cauliflower “gratinee”

·      Porcini mushroom ragout, wild huckleberry brown butter sauce, “crunchy” mustard

·      Smoked maple-whipped yams

·      Haricot vert, bleu cheese and pickled shallot

·      Creamed local braising greens, house-made bacon

·      Pumpkin cheesecake, sea salt caramel, candied pecan whip

Dinner is $45/person (tax and gratuity additional). Service is from 12pm – 7pm on Thanksgiving Day.  Reservations are required; call (520) 545-0577



Thanksgiving at Acacia has become a tradition for many.  The four course dinner (with multiple selections for each course), will be offered from noon through 7pm on Thursday, November 28th,  Thanksgiving Day.  Cost is $45++ per person ; for children ages 5-9 – $14.95++ and age 4 and under are free.  Call 520-232-0101 for reservations.

An assortment of pate, artisan cured meats, cheese, olives, nuts and relishes

(choose from one of the following)
Butternut squash bisque
Salad of organic field greens
with English cucumber, roasted corn, vine ripened tomatoes, carrots,
black olives and toasted pepitas tossed with fresh herb vinaigrette

(choose from one of the following)

Herb roasted tom turkey, giblet pan gravy, cranberry relish
Slow roasted standing rib of beef, jus lie and horseradish cream
Alder planked fresh organic salmon, maple-lemon glaze
Butterflied leg of young lamb, minted bordelaise
Spiral cut, pit smoked Virginia ham

(all entrees are served with steamed green beans, ginger-honey glazed carrots)

(please choose from one of the following)
Pumpkin pie, vanilla Chantilly cream
Dark Chocolate Devil’s Food Cake
Gingerbread sticky toffee pudding

All-Day Thanksgiving Dining at Westward Look
Resort offers breakfast buffet, turkey dinner and Grand Brunch Buffet

–Breakfast Buffet: A relaxed start to a full day, perfect for guests and visiting family, in the newly remodeled GOLD restaurant. Only $18, 6:30-11 a.m.

–Lookout Bar & Grille: Enjoy the views or watch the day’s football games with a simple, classic Thanksgiving plate: Roasted turkey, gravy, savory stuffing, green beans and cranberry sauce for $28, anytime from 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

–Thanksgiving Grand Brunch Buffet: A fuss-free gourmet feast, served in the Sonoran Ballroom with gorgeous mountain and city views. $59 for adults, $25 for children 4-12 years old, free for 3 and younger. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This year’s Grand Brunch Buffet menu reflects the trends of 2013. Roasted turkey comes complete with all the fixings. Meat aficionados will enjoy smoked prime rib and cider-braised pork, among others. Entrée highlights include eggs Benedict, and white Cheddar poblano scalloped potatoes for a Southwestern touch. Seafood lovers can head straight for the gulf shrimp, smoked salmon and scallop ceviche at the cold seafood station – but should definitely save room for roasted sea bass with balsamic beurre blanc. The amazing desserts include the essential pumpkin pie, three kinds of cheesecake and a bourbon-pecan pie. An apple cider station provides the perfect seasonal drink.

See the full menu below. Everyone in the family will find something to love – and to go back to for a second helping.

All events are on Nov. 28 only; prices exclude tax and gratuity. GOLD will be closed for lunch and dinner. For reservations (recommended for the Grand Brunch Buffet), please call (520) 297-1151 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and (520) 917-2930 after 5 p.m.



Lovin’ Spoonfuls

2990 N. Campbell Avenue, 325-7766
Reservations required
Seating is from Noon to 3:45 PM
$25.95 per adult, $14.95 per child 10 and under
Mock turkey
Mashed potatoes and gravy
Candied yams
Savory stuffing
Parslied corn
Green beans almandine
Organic spring mix salad
Homemade cranberry sauce
Oven fresh roll
Old fashioned pumpkin pie
Fountain drink

Please let us know at the time of making your reservation if you have any special dietary requirements, e.g., gluten-free.



The Tucson Tamale Company has lard-free, gluten-free tamales that taste like Thanksgiving dinner with a little bit of masa + spicy pumpkin tamales for dessert. Check it out. The lines will be long soon so buy them early and freeze.

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