Diners' guide to Thanksgiving in Verde Valley

VERDE VALLEY - Not everyone is a chef. Some people struggle to boil water.

And others don't have a kitchen, must less the resources to prepare a hot meal.

So thankfully, the Verde Valley has more than its share of options for folks who love a big, holiday meal and are not able to prepare it for themselves.

With Thanksgiving coming in a few days, Verde Valley Newspapers has put together a rather extensive - though not complete list of places where a person - or family can say Happy Thanksgiving, and not have to do the dishes.

With options like these, the next step is making sure you have a good exercise plan.


Bread of Life Mission

Bread of Life will serve a hot Thanksgiving dinner - and also give out a free box of food, including a free turkey - at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24 at the Camp Verde Community Center Gymnasium at Main and Hollamon. Dinner includes turkey, stuffing, potatoes, yams, green beans, cranberries and pie. The dedicated non-profit is looking for donations to help feed the community.

Everyone is welcome to come for a free meal. Call (928) 567-6931 for more information.

Mountain Springs Buffet

Roasted turkey, salmon, ham, spicy cranberry meatballs, turkey gravy, caramelized onion mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, herb stuffing, mac and cheese, chicken nuggets, maple glazed Brussels sprouts with bacon, and green beans.

Served 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Cost $19.95; children ages 3-10 eat at 1/2 price; ages 2 and younger eat free. Located at Cliff Castle Casino Hotel, 555 Middle Verde Road. Call (928) 567-7900 for reservation.


Citrus and achiote marinated turkey roulade ($29) or herb crusted salmon with maltaise sauce ($28). Comes with choice of soup - sweet potato and bourbon caramelized onion and apple cider. Sides: brown sugar baby carrots, bleu cheese buttered asparagus or Roasted Garlic and Parsley.

Served from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Located at Cliff Castle Casino Hotel, 555 Middle Verde Road. Call (928) 567-7905 for reservation.


This year, Gabriella's, at the junction at I-17 and SR 260, will be open on Thanksgiving from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. making tamales (beef, sweet corn and green chile) at $2 each and bunelos at $1 each.

Gabriella's is at 1620 W. SR 260, suite D. Call 928-567-2120 for more information.

Verde Brewing Company

From 11 a.m. until 7 p.m., Verde Brewing Company will offer its Thanksgiving buffet for $22 per person, $12 for persons ages 6-12, free for ages 5 and younger.

Dinner includes turkey, sweet potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, turkey gravy, whole roasted New York steak, mashed potatoes, red wine demi and roasted vegetables.

Also salad and pumpkin cheesecake, apple pie, seasonal fruit, caramel sauce, whipped cream and seasonal berries.

Verde Brewing Company is located at 325 S. Main St. in the historic Boler's building. Call 928-567-7033 for more information or to make a reservation.


Nate's Cowboy Café

Beef, pork, turkey and ham, with mashed potatoes and gravy, potato salad, stuffing, yams, cole slaw, assorted casseroles and a full salad bar. Buffet style. Include non-alcoholic drinks. Does not include dessert. Cost is $17.95 for adults, $8.95 for kids 12 and younger. Serving from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Nate's Cowboy Café is located at 1481 Highway 89A. Call (928) 639-3838 to make a reservation or for more information.


Manzanita Restaurant

Manzanita Restaurant, at 11425 E. Cornville Road, will serve not only the tradition Thanksgiving dinner, but also prime rib, red snapper, and balsamic goat cheese chicken dinners. All entries include pumpkin soup, mushroom soup or house salad; sweet potatoes and fresh vegetables.

Dinners start at $21.99. Call 928-634-8851 for more information or to make a reservation.

Vedic Ranch

Now located in Cornville, the Sedona Center of Vedic Culture is looking for 20 pre-paid reservations to offer a vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner from noon until 2 p.m. at the Vedic Ranch, located at 1775 Equestrian Way. All the fixings - and a tofu turkey. Cost is $15 per person.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling 520-331-3108.


Georgie's Café

Offering free Thanksgiving dinners for more than 20 years, Georgie's serves turkey, ham, stuffing, real mashed potatoes with giblet gravy, yams, peas and carrots and pumpkin pie for dessert. Serving from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Georgie's Café is located at 517 N. 12 St., just off Main Street. Call 639-0731 for more information.

Cork and Catch

From 11 a.m. until close, Cork and Catch will serve a variety of Thanksgiving dinner options, such as turkey, duck breast, prime rib, pork loin, fresh catch of the day and pasta.

Dinners include potato, vegetable, cranberries and rolls, and choice of soup or salad.

Prices start at $15.

Cork and Catch is located at 1750 E. Villa Drive. Call 928-649-CORK for more information or to make a reservation.

Old Town Mission

Old Town Mission will serve a free community Thanksgiving brunch from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25. Turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, green bean casserole, rolls, cranberry sauce, with assorted pies and pastries for dessert.

Old Town Mission will also hold a turkey dinner distribution on Tuesday, Nov. 24 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. for families in need of a Thanksgiving meal that they can prepare at home. Please bring ID and proof or address. For more information, call 928-634-7869. Old Town Mission is located at 116 E. Pinal St.

Verde Valley Senior Center

Verde Valley Senior Center will serve its Thanksgiving dinner at noon on Wednesday. Nov. 25. Dinner will include turkey, sage stuffing, potatoes and gravy, cranberry relish, home-baked whole wheat rolls, pumpkin pie, and a holiday jello salad. To drink, coffee, tea, water and holiday punch. All for a $5 donation. Reservations are required.

Verde Valley Senior Center is located at 500 E. Cherry St. Call 634-5450 for more information.

VFW Post 7400

Serving this special dinner on Saturday, Nov. 21, anyone looking for a hot, pre-Thanksgiving dinner can come down to VFW Post 7400 in Cottonwood for turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, sweet potatoes, salad, vegetable, cranberry sauce and dessert. All for an $8 donation.

Dinner served from 5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Located at 705 E Aspen St. For more information, call (928) 634-9769.


Nikki's Grill

From 10 a.m. until about 2 p.m., Nikki's will serve turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole and rolls - for whatever you can afford to pay.

Big parties, please call in advance. For more information, call (928) 567-4225.

Nikki's Grill is located at 2110 E. Beaver Creek Road in McGuireville.

Grace Community Lutheran Church 

At 2 p.m., Grace Community Lutheran Church at 5100 N Stevenson Drive in Rimrock will host a free Thanksgiving Dinner with turkey and all the traditional trimmings. For more information, call Darla Melcher at 928-592-0782.

Vintages Grill

Turkey and ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, candied sweet potatoes, carrots with thyme, baby green beans with almonds, buttered corn, mixed green salad, butternut squash soup, artisan bread rolls and butter, pumpkin, apple and peach pies, maple and pecan apple crisp (cobbler), chocolate bread pudding. Buffet style.

Cost is $20.95 for adults, $11.95 for kids ages 10 and younger. Served from noon to 6 p.m. Located at 5155 N. Dave Wingfield Road in Rimrock. Call (928) 592-9220 for reservations or for more information.

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