Almost everyone looks forward to Thanksgiving Day dinner, but not many enjoy the hours of preparation and post-meal cleanup. Fortunately, a number of East Valley restaurants will be open on the holiday. All you have to do is show up and eat. (Take note: Reservations are strongly recommended.)
Cork: This south Chandler fine-dining gem (pictured above) is offering a four-course feast with three entrée choices (turkey, hanger steak or wild sturgeon) and two dessert options (pumpkin pie or pear-cranberry crisp). There are three seatings between noon and 5:30 p.m. Cost is $55 or adults and $15 for children. 4991 S. Alma School Road, Chandler, (480) 883-3773.
Ko’Sin: Almost every East Valley resort serves Thanksgiving dinner. At the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass, American Indian-themed Ko’Sin is doing a three-course meal with three entrée choices (turkey, New York steak or salmon) from noon to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Cost is $55 for adults and $30 for children. 5594 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler, (602) 385-5726.
Bill Johnson’s Big Apple: This local chain, which also has four restaurants in Phoenix, dishes up a traditional Thanksgiving dinner of turkey, ham and all the fixings from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for just $12.99. If turkey’s not your thing, you can strain your belt by partaking in an all-you-can-eat prime rib feast for $19.99. 950 E. Main St., Mesa, (480) 969-6504.
Rawhide: New chefs Jon Andersen and Micheal Cairns recently updated this Western town and steakhouse’s menu, and their T-Day spread, available 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., will include turkey, ham, roasted sweet potatoes, corn bread stuffing and pumpkin and apple pie. Cost is $24 for adults and $12 for children. 5700 W. North Loop Road, Chandler, (480) 502-5600.
Monti’s la Casa Vieja: Who says Thanksgiving has to be about turkey? This East Valley institution instead is offering a special surf-and-turf special featuring herb-crusted prime rib and jumbo shrimp. The mega-meal, which costs $22.95, also includes two sides plus a basket of Monti’s signature Roman bread. 100 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, (480) 967-7594.