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Dec 13, 2005 08:42 PM

Christmas Eve Luncheon (Phoenix metro) - Need Recommendations

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With all the mad rush going on for the holidays (Christmas is mega big for me and my family, plus the fiance will be here), I have been putting my brain on overdrive trying to figure out a place for lunch on Christmas Eve.

It will be three of us (J. the fiance, Dave the roommate, and myself). Looking for something a tad upscale, but nothing over the top. Maybe something leisurely, but with a decent wine list.

Travel is not a problem, so any area of the Valley would be great.

Any suggestions on how to kick off Christmas Eve?

Thanks in advance!


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  1. ThatÂ’s easy.
    Christopher's Fermier Brasserie
    Christopher's is open for lunch 7 days. But do call ahead just in case.
    Lunch is very reasonably priced. It is upscale without being overly formal. And easily one of the best restaurants in the area.
    The veal cheeks are phenomenal (might not be offered at lunch?), the hanger steak in wine reduction with sweet potato russet potato fries, simple preparations of fresh fish in a lemon butter sauce on a bed of fresh spinach and many wines by the glass as well as bottle.
    2584 E. Camelback Rd.
    (Biltmore Fashion)

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    1. re: Cafe'
      JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester)

      The food at Christopher's is quite good, but they earned a spot on my Never Again list by having some of the most uppity staff I have ever encountered.

      Part of my brain is saying Delux would be a nice choice, although it may not be as upscale as you're looking for, and the wine list over there is pretty short. Their beer list is quite extensive, though.


    2. Hi Seth,

      What about one of the resorts? They're all decorated so nicely for Christmas. Elements at the Sanctuary does a great lunch, soups and sandwiches and salads, nice, interesting twists on traditional classics. Not crazy expensive, maybe $20 a head. Same with T. Cooks, they do a great lunch.

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      1. re: Gayle
        Seth Chadwick


        Thank you for the rec. I didn't even think of Elements and that would be just perfect, I think.

      2. How about Zinc Bistro in Kierlands? Good lunch menu, lots to watch while eating and an opportunity to pick up those last minute gifts.