If there's any one time businesses are likely to be closed, it is Christmas. And to those businesses, we doff our Santa cap. But for folks not in a position to cook a meal, these restaurants have come to the rescue. We have included restaurants that are open on Christmas Day as well as restaurants offering special events on Christmas Eve. We've also included food purveyors offering meals and other seasonal items to go. Feast away:
On Christmas Eve, a four-course Réveillon feast with East Coast oysters, truffle pudding, lamb breast and duck cassoulet, duck leg a l’orange, baba au rhum, eggnog with Herman Marshall bourbon and more. 4-8 pm, $55 per person (gratuity included). Call 817-332-2473.
Canary by Gorji
Meal events on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, with the regular menu or a special three-course dinner with choice of baby greens or kale Caesar; turkey breast or pork chop, with pomegranate citrus sauce, pistachio fig dressing, mashed potatoes and grilled vegetables; and Baileys Irish cream with ice cream or coffee. $45. Call 972-503-7080.
Christmas Eve dinner features seasonal dishes served family style including potato parsnip soup, kale salad with blood orange, short ribs, mussels with sausage, pork belly with lentils, chestnut and porcini risotto, and jalapeno cheddar biscuits. Desserts include peppermint cheesecake and pineapple upside-down cake. 1-8 pm, $48 per person, $12 per child. Call 214-397-4111.
Fadi's Mediterranean Grill
Open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. All three Dallas-area branches of this Mediterranean-cuisine chain — Knox-Henderson, Preston and Belt Line, and Frisco — will be serving their opulent spread at regular hours on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Choose from the veggie sampler with sample portions of up to 15 dips, salads and vegetables; or get the "ultimate" version with one meat. And you can BYOB. Call 972-712-1600.
Open on Christmas Eve. Dinner is a three-course meal with choices such as chicken-fried quail with sweet potato spoonbread, scallops or rib-eye; desserts include chocolate peppermint ice cream cake with hot chocolate sauce. 5-8:30 pm, $100 for adults, $30 for children 12 and under. Christmas Eve lunch runs from 11:30 am-3:30 pm, with à la carte selections from the regular menu. Call 214-922-4848.
Front Room Tavern
Christmas Day three-course dinner includes choice of chestnut soup with brioche and sage or Waldorf salad; roast beef or striped bass baked in parchment; and, for dessert, eggnog trifle or chocolate peppermint tart. $49 per person. Call 214-219-8282.
Grand Met at the Grand Hyatt DFW
Christmas Day features three-course dinner with mushroom consomme with pork belly, duck breast with butternut squash, figs and chesnuts, and chocolate noel roulade. $52. Plus a la carte menu. 11 am-2pm, 5:30-10:30 pm. Call 972-973-1244.
Roast beast burger has Akaushi beef, smoked yam, green beans, tomato, arugula, steak sauce and black pepper aioli on a wheat bun. $11.
Open Christmas Day with holiday feast including turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, yams, green beans almondine and choice of pecan or pumpkin pie. $19.99 per person, $9.99 for children 6-12, free 5 and under. Open at 10 am.
Richardson Chinese restaurant observes holiday hours on Christmas Day, with dim sum service from 10 am-10 pm. Call 214-575-8888.
Open on Christmas Day with regular menu and hours, from 11:30 am-2 pm at lunch and 5-11 pm at dinner. Call 214-443-9339.
Landmark at the Warwick Melrose Hotel
Open both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Christmas Eve three-course dinner includes amuse bouche of smoked salmon tart; choice of butternut squash soup, Caesar or spinach salad; choice of salmon, filet mignon or pork chop; and, for dessert, strawberry shortcake or pumpkin crème brûlèe. $45 per person. Christmas Day buffet includes turkey and gravy, mahi mahi and pineapple cous cous, seafood ice display and a dessert station. 11 am-2:30 pm. $60 per person, $24 for children 5-12, and free for 5 and under. Call 214-224-3152.
Lark on the Park
Open both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Christmas Eve dinner has the regular menu plus rack of lamb with mint chutney, celery root puree and roasted root vegetables for $40, and a special spiced persimmon cake with whipped cream and candied pecans. 3-9 pm. On Christmas Day, regular menu plus prime rib au poivre with horseradish, pureed potatoes and glazed carrots for $44 and a chocolate pecan pie with vanilla ice cream. Call 214-855-5275.
Open Christmas Day from 11 am-10 pm with regular menu plus three-course dinner with choice of salad, four entrees and two desserts. $28 per person. Call 214-521-3009.
Open Christmas Eve, serving regular menu for dinner as well as some featured specials. Call 215-828-0095.
Open on Christmas Day with a brunch: gingerbread waffles, omelets, crab cake eggs Benedict, pecan and toffee sticky buns, chicken habanera breakfast sausages, herb roasted marble potatoes, honey glazed ham, lobster, rib-eye and more. Special sweets include Christmas pudding, a traditional holiday yule log, caramel chocolate tarts and vanilla bean cheesecake. Guests receive a complimentary welcome mimosa or glass of sparkling wine. Seatings at 11 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm and 2 pm. $69 per person, $59 for seniors, $35 for 6-12 years and under 6 years free. Call 214-720-5249.
R Bar & Grill
Open Christmas Day with two pre-set dinner options: honey-glazed smoked ham, butternut squash soufflé, Broccolini and hazelnut crème brulee, or Shiner short ribs, baked potato, haricot vert and chile peach cobbler. 5 to 11 pm, $24.95 per person. 817-640-4711.
Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
Open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, with a three-course meal that includes choice of starters such as crab soup, salmon gravlax and vichyssoise; entrees such as lamb, pheasant, cod or artichoke risotto; and a dessert buffet. Christmas Eve 5:30-8 pm, Christmas Day five seatings: 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm and 7 pm. $105. Call 214-443-4747.
Open on Christmas Day from 6 pm until midnight, with tamales, tequila, beer specials and all the trimmings. Call 214-730-0596.
Ruth's Chris Steak House
Both Dallas and Fort Worth branches of Ruth's Chris will be open on Christmas Day with regular menus as well as a three-course meal that includes choice of starter such as gumbo or Caesar salad; entrées including scallops, sea bass and rib eye; choice of side such as mashed potato or creamed spinach; and chocolate-turtle cheesecake for dessert. 12-8 pm. $44-$50. Call 972-250-2244 or 817-348-0080.
Second Floor by Scott Gottlich
Christmas Day family-style dinner prepared by chef Andrea Maricich includes shaved Brussels sprouts and baby kale salad, with choice of entrees from salmon, brisket pot roast or pork roast. Sides include mushroom bread pudding, Brussels sprouts with pearl onions, garlic mashed potatoes and five-spice sweet potatoes. Desserts come in minis such as cookies and macaroons, butterscotch pudding and flourless Mexican chocolate cake. 4-10:30 pm. $55 per person, $25 children ages 6-12 and free for children under 6. Call 972-450-2978.
Open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Christmas Eve dinner is regular menu or seasonal holiday-inspired dishes. Christmas Day is a four-course brunch. Starters include scrambled eggs, shrimp cocktail, pancakes, ciabatta panzanella, lobster bisque, arugula or Romaine salad; for entrees, brioche French toast, porchetta, filet of beef Oscar, salmon or rack of lamb. Desserts include Valhrona milk chocolate mousse, pumpkin pie cheesecake or Greek yogurt parfait. Christmas Eve runs 5-10 pm, and Christmas Day is 10 am-6 pm. $75 per person. Call 214-761-7470.
Christmas Eve annual Feast of Seven Fishes features a 10-course tasting menu with many varieties of shellfish and seafood, featuring the finest catches of the season including Arctic char and swordfish. 5-10 pm. $100 per person. Call 214-368-8220.
ITEMS TO GO
Cantina Laredo tamales. All six Cantina Laredo locations will offer chicken or beef tamales to go, with pick-up available every day with at least six hours' notice. $16.95 a dozen. Call 214-265-1610.
Dunkin' Donuts holiday wreath doughnut topped with green icing and red icing drizzle; star doughnut filled with Bavarian creme. New coffees include sugar cookie latte, snickerdoodle cookie latte topped with cinnamon and peppermint mocha latte.
El Ranchito tamales. A secret Sanchez family recipe, El Ranchito's tamales are $15 a dozen, starting December 18. Call 214-946-4238.
Ellen's Southern Kitchen holiday meals to go. Turkey breast, beef tenderloin or glazed ham comes with cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes with marshmallows, cranberry sauce and dinner rolls. $125 to $350. Order must be placed by December 21. Pick up at the restaurant on Christmas Day between 7-10 am. Call 469-206-3339.
FM Smokehouse turkeys. Smoked beer-can 13-pound turkey with quart of gravy, $59. Plus sides such as mashed potatoes, green beans, smoked corn, and mac and cheese, $15 to $25 per pan, serves six to eight. Order by December 22, pick up on December 24, 11 am-6 pm. Call 972-751-6633.
Joe the Baker peppermint bark, with pistachios, almonds, candied orange peel and flaked sea salt. $25 for a box. Available for local pick-up in Irving or at Coppell Farmers Market. Order at Joe-the-Baker.com.
Kitchen LTO Christmas meal to go. Choice of turkey with gravy or brown sugar roasted ham with cinnamon bourbon sauce. Comes with Grand Marnier cranberry jam; eight rolls; and choice of three sides from sage dressing, mashed potato puree, cream corn, bourbon sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, or mac and cheese. Also choice of one dessert from cheesecake, pecan pie or pumpkin pie. Order by December 19. 214-377-0757.
Lockhart Smokehouse meat to go. Six-pound prime ribs for $150; seven-pound ham for $50; and whole brisket, 10-12 pounds, at market price. All orders are fully smoked and vacuum sealed, and they come with heating instructions. Must order by December 17 for pick-up between December 21-23. At Dallas location, call 214-944-5521. For Plano, call 972-516-8900.
Malai Kitchen whole coconut cream pie. With fixings, including tamarind caramel sauce and coconut gelato, for $35. Through January 1, 2015. Malai Kitchen will be closed on Christmas Day. Call at least 24 hours in advance: 214-599-7857.
Paciugo gelato pies, in flavors like spiced pumpkin pie, apple pie, pecan praline, coconut creme or create your own. Call 214-219-2665.
Pecan Lodge smoked meats. Smoked turkey, smoked ham with apricot-molasses glaze, beef tenderloin, whole brisket, racks of ribs and smoked sausage, $27-$179. Order by December 19 at noon. Pick up on December 24, 11 am–4 pm. Call 214-748-8900.
Doug Pickering meat to go. Maple-bourbon smoked ham feeds six to eight, $90. Half smoked brisket feeds six to eight, $80. Whole brisket feeds 10-12, $150. Pre-order and pick up at Front Room Tavern, 214-219-8282.
Reverie Bakeshop gingerbread house kits, with royal icing and vegan sprinkles. Call 972-238-7511.
TJ's Seafood holiday platters, including smoked and poached salmon, oysters, shrimp, crab legs, lobster and caviar, $40-$250. Call 214-691-2369.