As great a day as Christmas can be, it also tends to be stressful, particularly for anyone hosting three times as many people as a house is made for. And if you’re not an especially adept cook, a Christmas meal can bring on panic attacks as you attempt to juggle five dishes like a Top Chef.
We’ve rounded up some restaurants that are serving meals — pretty nice ones, in fact — for December 24 and 25. Now the only thing you need to worry about is a carpool arrangement.
The Grape is having its traditional Christmas Eve dinner with holiday-inspired food to complement the normal à la carte menu. Reservations highly recommended beginning at 5 pm. Visit the website or call 214-828-1981.
Our readers recently named Spoon the hottest opening in 2012, so it might be worth checking out for its Feast of the Seven Fishes tasting menu from 5-10 pm on Christmas Eve. Price is $125 per person with optional wine pairings for $75. For reservations, call 214-368-8220.
Highland Park Cafeteria is keeping things festive with your choice of prime rib, carved ham, pork loin or roast turkey and dressing, plus two holiday sides and a zucchini roll for $10.99-$15.99. The restaurant is open December 24, 11 am -3 pm, and closed Christmas Day.
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Fearing's at the Ritz-Carlton is serving Christmas Eve dinner from 5-10 pm. The three-course holiday menu is $100 for adults and $35 for children 12 and under. Chef Fearing's recipes call back to his grandmother's cooking. Call 214-922-4848 for reservations.
If you’re in the mood for French, Toulouse Cafe and Bar is open for lunch and dinner both days from 11 am-11 pm. You can go with the normal menu, or try the three-course “White Christmas Truffle Dinner” with creamy mushroom risotto, halved white truffles and filet mignon a la perigourdin for $75. They can also be ordered à la carte. Call 214-520-8999 for reservations.
If you just want to go nuts, the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek is serving three-course dinners both days, plus Christmas Day brunch. All three meals are $105. That might seem a bit steep for brunch, but look at this menu. For reservations call 214-443-4747.
Nothing too out of the ordinary here, but Village Marquee is open and taking reservations until 9 pm on Christmas Eve. It’s the normal dinner menu, but that’s generally a good thing. Call 214-522-6035 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The W’s Cook Hall is serving a family-style dinner both days beginning at 11:30 am. For $42 per person and $21 per child, diners get a family-style first course of deviled eggs with Gulf blue crab, charcuterie board and mixed green salad. For the main course, choose from prime rib, roasted farm chicken or pan-seared salmon. Family-style desserts if you’ve still got room. The restaurant is open until 9 pm Christmas Eve and until 8 pm Christmas Day. Call 214-397-4111 or visit the website for reservations.
The InterContinental Hotel is going all out with a Christmas Day brunch menu that’s wayyy too long to list here, but for $65 per adult and $25 per kid ages 6-12, you get a salad and seafood station, a carving station and hot entrees, a risotto station, and omelet station. Oh, and desserts, of course. Open 10:30 am-2 pm. Call 972-386-6000 for reservations.
There aren’t many Boxing Day events, but The Gin Mill opens early on December 26 for brunch from 11 am-3 pm. Feast on potato pancakes with smoked salmon, brioche French toast, house-made crepes and eggs Norwegian. Wash it down with plenty of mimosas and Bloody Marys. The restaurant/bar also opens at 8 pm Christmas Day.
The Stoneleigh’s T/X Restaurant is hosting Christmas Day lunch for $70 per adult and $25 per kid ages 6-12. The three-course meal includes plates like slow-roasted beef brisket and sweet potato pancake, molasses braised pork belly, and golden barbecue grilled corvine. Call 214-871-7111 for reservations.
There’s that old stereotype about Chinese restaurants and Jewish people on Christmas, but anyone can get Asian fusion at Steel with its $45 holiday prix fixe from 5-9 pm on December 25.
This last one is a doozy, but The Pyramid Restaurant & Bar is serving seasonal favorites for Christmas brunch and Christmas dinner, plus complete to-go meals for entertaining at home. Christmas brunch includes an abundance of seasonally inspired breakfast items, carved meats, soups and salads, seafood, and a decadent dessert display. Brunch is for $61.95 for adults, $53.95 for seniors, $27.95 for 8-12 years old and no charge for kids up to 7 years old.
With four courses, Christmas dinner is a robust culinary experience, with a main course of lamb loin with roasted winter vegetables. Dinner is $49.95 per person, including complimentary valet parking and a glass of Champagne.
To-go meals — for four, eight or 12 — can be pre-ordered. Meals include soup, salad, sides, entrée and dessert; turkey and stuffing may be ordered separately. Pricing varies according to order size. For more information or to view Christmas dining menus, please visit the website. For reservations, call 214-720-5249.