Tucson Thanksgiving Picks


November doesn’t bring a winter wonderland in Tucson, but it is the perfect month to blend two of the city’s showstoppers: the great outdoors and fantastic fare. Many Tucson visitors choose to pack a holiday picnic and head to the trails. The weather is cooler, and it’s prime time for a turkey and cranberry sandwich along one of the region’s famed hiking or biking trails. However, a number of restaurants are also dishing up traditional dinners.

Mimi’s Café is a favorite in Tucson, famous for their Thanksgiving spreads. Choose from a dine-in or take-away option at this French-inspired bistro. All ingredients are fresh, organic and seasonally sourced whenever possible. It’s fine dining with an Americana twist, and you’ll see touches of French infusion in even the most traditional of dishes.

Turkey Time

Book a table at Hilton Reid Park’s Thanksgiving buffet (under $40 for adults). The menu includes an omelet and carving station, pancake station, endless appetizers and of course all your favorite holiday sides. The bread station showcases the perfect complement to scratch-made cranberry sauce. Viscount Suites’ brunch is another budget-friendly option.

Brushfire BBQ is a take-away alternative where you can pick up your Thanksgiving dinner the day before, but might be highly tempted to dig into the pit-made pork, turkey and more well before Thanksgiving brunch. Choose from a variety of packages like the traditional Holiday Feast or “smoked turk-duck-en.”

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