Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Sidestep Christmas closings with local restaurants’ fab feasts
No need to eat beans from a can. These hotspots have options for everybody.
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While Christmas may evoke images of families gathered around the table for festive feasts, not every Dallasite celebrates the holiday, and others who do may prefer less-traditional ways to spend the days surrounding December 25. A number of restaurants are not only open on Christmas Eve and Day, but are also offering incredible holiday deals for locals of every faith, schedule, and budget. Here's a rundown of some of the best offerings from Dallas' finest establishments.
Reservations may be required or recommended at some locations below.
Arthur's Prime Steaks and Seafood: Enjoy a Christmas Eve three-course dinner with dancing to live music, or Christmas Day lunch or dinner featuring live guitar music. The three-course menu features soup or salads, entrées (such as pork tenderloin, rainbow trout, Norwegian salmon, filet mignon and New York strip) and a choice of desserts. Dec. 24 from 5 to 10 p.m. and Dec. 25 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 15175 Quorum Drive, Addison. Christmas Eve: $45 per person; $15 for children under 12. Christmas Day: $35 per person; $15 for children under 12. 972-385-0800.
Canary by Gorji: Chef Mansour Gorji will serve a three-course dinner on Christmas night that includes mixed field greens salad, turkey or pork chops with pomegranate citrus sauce, pistachio fig dressing, mashed potatoes, vegetables, and pumpkin or pecan pie. A regular menu will also be available. Dec. 25 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. at 5100 Belt Line Road, Dallas. $30. 972-503-7080.
Cru Wine Bar: The three-course Christmas Eve dinner includes an appetizer, entrée and dessert. Highlights from the menu include tortellini fonduta, ahi tartare, soup or salad to start; entrees such as filet mignon, sea bass, lamb chops or sea scallops; and a choice of lemon curd tart, molten chocolate lava cake or crème brûlée for dessert. Dec. 24 from 2 p.m. to close at Cru West Village, 3699 McKinney Ave., Dallas (214-526-9463); Cru Legacy, the Shops at Legacy, 7201 Bishop Road, Plano (972-312-9463); Cru Allen Watters Creek, 842 Market St., Allen (972-908-2532). $37 per person.
Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak Houses: Simplify Christmas preparations by ordering to-go side dishes. Chateau potatoes, potatoes au gratin, spinach supreme, maque choux corn and lobster mac and cheese are available for purchase in three sizes that can serve from one to eight people, ranging in price from $11 to $46. Available for pickup between Dec. 21 and Dec. 24 from 5 to 10 p.m. at 5251 Spring Valley Road, Dallas. 972-490-9000.
Del Frisco's Grille: Roasted garlic mashed potatoes, creamed spinach and chipotle three-cheese mac and cheese are available to go in three sizes that can serve from one to eight people. Available for pick up from Dec. 21 through 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. at 3232 McKinney Ave., Dallas. Prices range from $7 to $22. 972-807-6152.
Del Frisco’s Grille’s Naughty and Nice Holiday Party will feature two custom $8 cocktails for the evening: the Naughty “Other Mrs. Claus” or the Nice “Santa’s Little Helper”; $8 VIPs, $5 Honey Badgers, and $6 cheesesteak eggrolls. Guests are encouraged to wear holiday attire and to pose in photo booths (festive props provided). Proceeds from raffles and a silent and live auction will benefit Bryan’s House. Dec. 21 from 6 to 11 p.m. No charge to attend.
DFW Airport Marriott: A Christmas Champagne brunch will be served in the Grand Ballroom and feature a variety of food stations with breakfast items, an omelet and waffle station, appetizers, salads, carving stations, entrees and desserts. Dec. 25 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at DFW Airport Marriott Irving, 8440 Freeport Parkway, Irving. $39 adults, $33 seniors ages 55 and older, $16 children from 7-12 years old, free for children 6 and under. Seating will take place on the hour and half-hour. 972-871-4959.
Ferre Ristorante: The three-course Italian dinner includes a choice of salads, ravioli, jumbo asparagus or crab cakes; followed by New York strip steak, duck breast, wild East Coast scallops, short rib tortelloni, Chilean sea bass or oven-baked chicken breast. Dessert options include fried apple ravioli, tiramisu or blood orange panna cotta. Dec. 25 from 4 to 8 p.m. at 215 E. Fourth St., Fort Worth. $45; $22.50 for children 12 and under. 817-332-0033.
The Gin Mill: Celebrate Boxing Day with a special brunch that includes mimosa and Bloody Mary drink specials, eggs Norwegian, potato pancakes with smoked salmon, brioche French toast, buttermilk griddle pancakes and house-made crepes. Dec. 26 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1921 N. Henderson St., Dallas. (The restaurant will also be open on Christmas Day with its regular menu from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.) 214-669-3355.
Grain at the Hilton Park Cities: Christmas Day Champagne Brunch includes made-to-order omelets, eggs Benedict and other breakfast fare, in addition to prime rib, turkey breast, glazed ham, salmon, stuffed chicken breast, shrimp, salads, fruit, cheese, vegetables, cakes, pies and petit fours. Sparkling wine, coffee and juice will also be served. Dec. 25 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hilton Dallas/Park Cities, 5954 Luther Lane, Dallas. $55 adults, $27.50 children ages 6-12, free for children under 6. 469-232-4962.
Highland Park Cafeteria: The annual, traditional feast available from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day includes prime rib, carved ham, pork loin, roast turkey and dressing with two holiday-inspired sides and a zucchini roll. There’ll also be eggnog, mulled cider, black-eyed peas for the coming year, mincemeat pie and more. Dec. 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., closed Dec. 25, Dec. 26-30 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1200 N. Buckner Blvd., Dallas. Meals are $10.99-$15.99. 214-324-5000.
Humperdinks: The Christmas Feast features turkey with stuffing and gravy, mashed potatoes, sweet yams, green beans amandine, cranberry sauce, and pecan or pumpkin pie. A modified regular menu is also available. Pre-order a full feast to go that includes a whole turkey and sides; early pickup is available. Dec. 25 at 10 a.m. at 6050 Greenville Ave., Dallas; 2208 W. Northwest Highway, Dallas; 700 Six Flags Drive, Arlington; 3820 Belt Line Road, Addison; 1601 North Central Expressway, Richardson. $17.99 for adults; $7.99 for children ages 6 to 12, free for children 5 and under.
Keith & Margo's Ultimate Murder Mystery Dinner Presents Naughty and Nice: This holiday-themed dinner includes a reception and three-course meal, a cash bar and prizes. Guests participate with interactive incognito suspects. Dec. 21 from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Old Mill Inn Restaurant, 3611 Grand Ave., Dallas, and Dec. 22 from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Hotel InterContinental Dallas, 15201 Dallas Parkway, Addison. $69; $10 discount available online. 972-263-5178. murdermysterytexas.com
Mesa Veracruz Coastal Cuisine: This family-owned restaurant will serve special holiday three-course, prix fixe menu for two that includes a salad, ceviche mixto, Mesa’s filet mignon, duck confit, bay scallops, pasta, a stuffed baked potato, and a chocolate mousse peppermint shooter and shortbread with raspberries for dessert. Dec. 24 from 5 to 8 p.m. and Dec. 25 from 5 to 10 p.m. at 118 W. Jefferson St., Dallas. $85 for two; includes a bottle of wine; prix fixe menu also available to individual diners a la carte. 214-941-4246.
Princi Italia: Diners can enjoy the three-course dinner or order off the menu on Christmas Eve throughout the day. Menu items include chile crab salad or tortellini fonduta to start; scallop and chanterelle mushroom risotto, cioppino or filet mignon; and peppermint-mocha cheesecake or chocolate molten lava cake. Dec. 24 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at 5959 Royal Lane, Dallas. 214-739-5959.
The Pyramid Restaurant & Bar: Brunch includes traditional breakfast items, carved meats, seafood and sushi, salads, soups, desserts, complimentary mimosas and more. Christmas dinner features a four-course menu that includes lamb loin, nutmeg roasted acorn squash bisque, bittersweet chocolate pave, a complimentary glass of sparkling wine for each adult and more. To-go options are also available. Dec. 25 at 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. at Pyramid Restaurant and Bar, 1717 N. Akard St., Dallas. Brunch is $61.95 for adults, $53.95 for seniors, $27.95 for 8-12 years old; free for 7 years old and under. Dinner is $49.95 per person. 214-720-5249.
St. Martin's Wine Bistro: The three-course holiday dinner features a choice of salads or soups; entrée selections including a traditional Christmas turkey dinner, salmon filet, seafood pasta, roasted pork tenderloin and more; and dessert. Guests can listen to live piano music as they dine. Dec. 25 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 3020 Greenville Ave., Dallas. $35 adults, $15.95 for children under 12. 214-826-0940. stmartinswinebistro.com.
Six10 Grill at the Ashton Hotel: Chef Chris Belanger’s four-course menu includes cream of wild mushroom soup; a spinach salad with poached pear; a choice of spiced sugar ham, prime rib of beef or baked sole served with potatoes and carrots; and dessert. Dec. 25 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 610 Main St., Fort Worth. Seating times are 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. $40 adults; $16 for children ages 6-12 (special menu available); free for children ages 5 and under. 817-332-0100.
The Second Floor Bistro: Featured appetizers are fire-roasted blue crab bisque, endive salad with duck confit, steamed littleneck clams and more. Entrees include bay scallop and sweet shrimp risotto, roasted ham, grilled red grouper and dry-aged New York strip. Dec. 24 and 25 from 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. at the Westin Galleria Dallas 13340 Dallas Parkway, Dallas. 972-450-2978.
Steel Restaurant & Lounge: Dine from the regular lunch menu on Christmas Eve Day or enjoy selections from the specialty three-course menu in addition to the regular menu, available for dinner on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Starters include salmon, potstickers or soft shell crab; entrees include sea scallops, Muscovy duck or a grilled double-cut pork chop; and complete your meal with bread pudding or chocolate ganache cake. Dec. 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and from 5 to 10 p.m. and Dec. 25 from 5 to 10 p.m. at 3180 Welborn St., Dallas. 214-219-9908.
Twisted Root Burger: Chef Jason Boso has created a special holiday burger available throughout December called “Wreck the Halls.” It’s made with an all-beef patty, Swiss and cheddar cheeses, chipotle ranch dressing, a fried egg, jalapenos and two strips of bacon on a sesame-seed bun. Wash it down with an eggnog milkshake, which is also available throughout the month. $9.99 for the burger; $4.99 for the eggnog milkshake. Throughout December at 2615 Commerce St., Dallas; 5609 SMU Boulevard, Dallas; 730 East Campbell Road, Richardson; 314 East Abram Street, Arlington; 7300 Lone Star Drive, Plano; 232 Town Place, Fairview; and 101 South Oak Street, Roanoke.
Ann Pinson contributed to this story.