Late night eating Phoenix Christmas night
Site says they are open:
This would be a real easy trip from the airport. Not bad Mexican food either as long as you like americano senoran style. Being a phx native I grew up on it and love it.
Cheese Crisp. If you love spicy get the hatch version.
Pork Chile Verde (Believe it or not its one of the best I've had in the valley) get the jalapenos on the side. You wont want them its to good to ruin it.
Concentrate on the hotel restaurants. They are usually always open.
I would recommend Gallo Blanco at the Clarendon hotel. Upscale(ish) Mexican food that has been getting great reviews. Of course, call to make sure they are open.
Depending on your hotel, you may be able to eat there. Many of the resorts in town have excellent restaurants (and are destinations for local Phonecians).
Gallo Blanco Cafe
401 W Clarendon Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85013
The original location of the 5 & Diner, a retro diner chain, is open 24 hours a day. That might include Christmas, but call to find out.
The food is nothing special, but it's about a 17-minute drive north of Sky Harbor and more likely than a lot of places to be open.
5 & Diner
5220 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016
Oooh, MDill - I feel your pain. If you're coming in at Sky Harbor, I'm afraid Denny's might be it. I'd invite you over, but we missed our tamale connection and by 9:30pm, we'll be in bed.
If you're flying into the Scottsdale Airpark, maybe another 'Hound can chime in, as I'm not familiar with that area. Other than there's a great restaurant in that Airport. Something "Fig" but surely, they'll be closed.
Good luck and best of holiday spirit!