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Outsource your holiday: Where to eat, drink and be merry in Dallas this Christmas

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Cook Hall at W Hotel in Dallas
Cook Hall at the W Dallas Victory is serving a family-style dinner Christmas Eve and Christmas Day beginning at 11:30 am. Cook Hall/Facebook
Potato pancakes with smoked salmon from Gin Mill
We're not sure what Boxing Day is and we refuse to look it up, but the Gin Mill is serving brunch items like these potato pancakes with smoked salmon the day after Christmas, beginning at 11 am.  Photo courtesy of The Gin Mill
Toulouse Cafe & Bar on Knox Street in Dallas
Enjoy French extravagance at Toulouse on Knox where they will be serving their "White Christmas Truffle Dinner" throughout the day on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  Toulouse Cafe & Bar/Facebook
Blue Goose Cantina, tamales
Blue Goose Cantina makes it easy on you with tamales for $20 per dozen. Photo courtesy of Blue Goose Cantina
T/X Restaurant & Bar at the Luxe Stoneleigh Hotel & Spa in Dallas
T/X Restaurant & Bar is doing a three-course Christmas Day lunch. T/X Restaurant & Bar/Facebook
Cook Hall at W Hotel in Dallas
Potato pancakes with smoked salmon from Gin Mill
Toulouse Cafe & Bar on Knox Street in Dallas
Blue Goose Cantina, tamales
T/X Restaurant & Bar at the Luxe Stoneleigh Hotel & Spa in Dallas
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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.

Tamales are an easy option for a big holiday dinner. And senior editor Teresa Gubbins did all the tamale to-go research for you (and me). Feast on the fruit of her labor. 

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 reservations@marqueegrill.com.

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.

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