The 10 Best Christmas Dinners
Avoid a holiday dinner disaster by dining out.
Sometimes it's better to leave the cooking to someone else, and we can't think of a better day to stay out of the kitchen than December 25. It used to be hard to find anywhere open besides the neighborhood Chinese joint, but times have changed. We've compiled a list -- in no particular order -- of the best restaurants offering Christmas lunch or dinner, and some of the offerings are not your standard holiday fare. If you know of any restaurants open on Christmas, please add them in the comment section.
10. Nana at Hilton Anatole (2201 Stemmons Freeway) is offering a four-course brunch for $79 featuring seared Maine lobster, prime beef and roasted rack of lamb. For dessert, there's French toast and spiced chocolate ganache. The best part is the view you'll enjoy with that lobster.
9. For a more affordable option, there's the $17.99 feast at Humperdink's (multiple locations). All branches of the restaurant will open for lunch and dinner, so get your fill of turkey and traditional sides on the cheap. You'll have extra cash for one of those beer towers.
8. We know it's been a while since you had a really good roasted pheasant, so head to Pyramid Restaurant and Bar (1717 North Akard St.) for a $49 four-course dinner that also includes seared scallops and eggnog panna cotta. We love any dessert inspired by our favorite buttery beverage.
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7. If panna cotta's not your thing, you can always have eggnog tres leches at Bolla in The Stoneleigh Hotel (2927 Maple Ave.). The Christmas dinner menu also features Malpeque oysters, honey glazed duck and lemon sole fillet. The four-course dinner is $65 a person.
6. For those spending Christmas up north -- in Plano that is -- check out Mignon (405 Preston Road). The menu has something for everyone -- steaks, seafood, molten chocolate cake -- for $49.95. Don't you deserve an oozing chocolate reward for all your holiday shopping?
5. Cadot (18111 Preston Road) has created a three-course dinner with inventive dishes and French favorites. Start with foie gras and poached pears, then try turbot -- a species of flatfish with texture like halibut -- and finish with a classic dessert, buche de Noel. This meal will set you back $89, so enjoy every bit of that foie gras.
4. Not planning on shelling out almost $100 for dinner? Canary by Gorji (5100 Belt Line Road) has three-course dinner for $30 per person. Choose either a pork chop or roasted turkey for your entrée, both served with pistachio fig dressing and vegetables. The regular menu is also available if you're craving a Mediterranean meal.
3. If you're feeding a large or picky crowd, take them to St. Martin's Wine Bistro (3020 Greenville Ave.) for a $30 three-course dinner. There you'll find chicken fettuccini, braised lamb shank and pork tenderloin on the same menu as a traditional turkey dinner with all the fixings. Even the kiddos won't be disappointed.
2. For a downtown view and interesting entrée choices, go to Charlie Palmer at the Joule (1503 Main St.) for a three-course dinner for $65. You'll have trouble deciding among items like short rib ravioli and grilled venison. Save room for persimmon bread pudding.
1. Ready for the buffet of all buffets? Bring your appetite to the Landmark Restaurant at Melrose Hotel for a $55 Christmas brunch buffet featuring salads, chilled seafood, nine different entrees and dozens of desserts. Action stations will have carved ham and beef tenderloin, plus there's an omelet station. You'll need to loosen the belt after this feast.
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