Christmas is hectic enough between hosting relatives and wrapping presents without saying anything of cooking a big dinner for a bunch of people who have been arguing about college football or politics or whether Elf is better than Die Hard for the past two days.
Instead of losing your mind in the kitchen, look to these Dallas restaurants for Christmas offerings that probably trump an overcooked turkey or spiral ham and mean way less clean-up.
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The highlights: A three-course dinner with a salad of mixed field greens with pomegranate vinaigrette and toasted almonds; turkey or pork chop with pomegranate citrus sauce, pistachio fig dressing, mashed potatoes and vegetables; and pumpkin or pecan pie. Available Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 5 to 9:30 pm.
Price per person: $30
The highlights: For this Christmas Eve three-course prix fixe holiday dinner, choose from starters such as shrimp and lobster chowder or roasted Brussels sprouts with cranberries in bacon maple vinaigrette; main courses such as savory pumpkin risotto, roasted strip loin with triple-cooked fries or pan-seared sea bass; and desserts such as mint and chocolate Yule log, upside-down pineapple spice cake or New York-style cheesecake. Available from 5 to 9 pm.
Price per person: $50 for adults, $25 for children
The highlights: Cook Hall offers a three-course, fixed-price menu on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Appetizers include deviled eggs with gulf blue crab, chopped salad with grilled shrimp, or butternut squash soup with oyster mushrooms. Entrees are crispy halibut with roasted Brussels sprouts and spiced apple jus; grilled filet with potato confit, Swiss chard and Madeira sauce; or lamb chops with mushroom Bolognese and Pecorino. Desserts options include orange Bundt cake with cranberries or chocolate pudding with glazed kumquats and shortbread cookie.
Price per person: $50
Dee Lincoln Steak & Burger Bar
Christmas Eve dinner is a fixed-price three-course meal with choice of utternut squash bisque or chopped salad; pork chop with sourdough stuffing and white asparagus; and for dessert, a red velvet cupcake with rum-cream cheese icing. Open 11 am to 9 pm, serving regular menu also.
Price per person: $35/ $10 for child's menu
The highlights: Christmas Eve dinner is a fixed three-course holiday menu with a selection of seasonal starters (such as lobster bisque and Hudson Valley foie gras duo) and main courses (such as Peking duck à l'orange or prime rib-eye), followed by a dessert trio and take-home cookies. Dinner seatings are from 5-8:30 pm.
Price per person: $100 for adults, $30 for children
Landmark Dine & Wine (Christmas Eve)
The highlights: A three-course prix fixe menu with three options per course egg nog shooters as an amuse bouche. The first course offers roasted corn chowder with lobster, fall spinach salad or Romaine wedge salad; second course offers pan-seared striped bass, Hereford sirloin steak or pork Osso Buco; dessert offers pumpkin crème brulée or tiramisu cheesecake.
Price per person: $45
Landmark Dine & Wine (Christmas Brunch)
The highlights: Celebrate Christmas day with brunch featuring turkey, pork tenderloin, ham, prime rib, waffles, omelets, Snow crab claws, parmesan chicken tenders, potato-sausage hash, tortilla casserole and plenty more. Runs from 11 am to 2:30 pm.
Price per person: $60 for adults, $24 for children 5-12 and free for under five.
The highlights: MoMo’s offers a three-course Christmas lunch or dinner with a house or Caesar salad, an entrée of Pollo ari Carciofi (chicken breast with mushrooms and artichoke hearts in garlic butter), Veal al Limone (veal with lemon sauce, garlic, parsley and cream) or Salmone alla Toscano (salmon with basil cream sauce) and tiramisu for dessert. Hours are from 11 am to 10 pm.
Price per person: $24.95
Mi Piaci (Christmas Eve)
The highlights: Four-course Christmas Eve dinner with butternut squash soup, leg of lamb with lemon fingerling potatoes and green beans, risotto with mushrooms and Italian sausage, and chocolate flourless cake with fresh raspberries. Hours are from 5 to 10 pm.
Price per person: $49.95
Pyramid Restaurant (brunch)
The highlights: The Fairmont hotel restaurant is doing a Christmas brunch with omelets, carved meats and decadent desserts. Enjoy crab cake eggs Benedict, pecan and toffee sticky buns, roasted turkey, and more. The meal comes with a complimentary mimosa or sparkling wine. Brunch seating times include 10:30 am, 11 am, 1 pm or 1:30 pm.
Price per person: $65 for adults, $55 for seniors, $30 for kids 6-12, free for kids 5 and under
Pyramid Restaurant (Christmas dinner)
The highlights: For this special fixed-price dinner menu on Christmas Day, executive chef Brian Armstrong is doing roasted turkey, roasted Niman Ranch prime rib, seared cobia, spinach and stuffed ricotta agnolotti, and deconstructed eggnog cheesecake. Dinner is available between 6 and 10 pm.
Price per person: $65
The highlights: The Hilton Anatole steakhouse is serving a four-course dinner Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Starters include quail, crab cake, steak tartare or grilled ciabatta panzanella; second course is soup (lobster or squash red curry bisque) or salad (wedge or arugula). For main courses, choose porchetta, beef filet, lamb, salmon or chicken breast. Dessert options include coconut cream pie, Valhrona fondant with “Snickers” cream or pumpkin pie cheesecake. Served 5-9 pm both nights.
Price per person: $70 for adults, $24 for kids 5-12, free for kids 4 and under
The highlights: Chef John Tesar offers a special Feast of the Seven Fishes tasting menu on Christmas Eve. The meal, which is a longstanding Italian tradition, features seven courses of fresh seafood from waters around the globe. The dinner is available from 5 to 10 pm. In addition, Spoon’s also offers its a la carte menu.
Price per person: $125 with optional wine pairings for an additional $75
The highlights: Christmas Eve dinner with regular menu plus specials including duck breast with pumkin ravioli, lamb shank with butternut squash puree and baby beet greens, Alaskan cod and jumbo prawns.
Price per person: A la carte