Wondering what to eat on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? Here are six restaurants where you can have yourself a merry little Christmas.
B&B Butchers offers their stellar menu to go this year. Stop by The Butcher Shop next to the restaurant (or call with 48 hours lead time) and grab items from their Holiday menu to-go. The menu includes B&B’s semi-legendary Beef Wellington and a pork crown roast ready to bake, along with all the sides. The restaurant is also open Christmas Eve for lunch and dinner. There’s no prix-fixe menu, so you can enjoy all the B&B favorites.
Bird Café is open both Christmas Eve from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Christmas night from 5-10 p.m. The $80 prix-fixe menu includes a crab toast starter, choice of soup or salad, a surf or turf entrée, and a selection of four desserts. Come see what Executive Chef Brian Olenjack has added to the already stellar menu, and enjoy Sundance Square decked out in holiday lights.
At the Omni Hotel, Christmas brunch takes over the second floor foyer from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. The meal features traditional holiday foods, complete with a visit with Santa. The holiday menu runs $70 for adults, $40 for children 6-12, and children under 12 dine for free with their adults.
Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse is open from 3-8 p.m. on Christmas Day if you’re looking for an indulgent dining experience that starts with a shellfish plateau and ends with a salted caramel chocolate mousse. If you’d like all the elegance of the steakhouse with lighter fare and a nice view of Sundance Square, Del Frisco’s Grille also opens at 3 p.m.
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse
Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse is open Christmas Eve from 2-9 p.m. and on Christmas Day from 12-8 p.m. Enjoy the Holiday Classics menu (with your choice of three salads or a soup for starters, steak, shrimp or chicken with sides and pecan praline bread pudding for dessert) or the Surf and Turf menu, which pairs two cold water lobster tails with your choice of filet. Both menus start at $49.95 per person.
Toro Toro, the newest restaurant in the Worthington Hotel, offers a $65 prix-fixe menu that’s served family style from 10 a.m to 11 p.m. on Christmas Day. You’ll get kale salad, jalapeno-stuffed beef tenderloin, crispy brussel sprouts and potatoes served three ways, along with a cinnamon sopapilla with housemade lemongrass vanilla ice cream. Or you can opt for selections from the standing menu –– the sweet corn empanadas are well worth sampling!
As an aside, it’s no secret that tamales are kind of a big deal at Christmastime. The Mexican celebration of Los Posadas (a retelling of the Nativity story) begins on December 16, and it’s inextricably linked with the wonderfulness of tamales.
Benito’s will sell you pork tamales to go until Christmas Eve (and again when they open back up on December 26). At Enchiladas Olé, tamale season opened December 1, so there’s no excuse for you to be without some goodness this year. Esperanza’s pork tamales come with green salsa, red ancho chile sauce or queso. You can order the family recipes at either the Northside or Park Place location. If you can’t make it to the storefront on Magnolia Avenue, Hot Damn Tamales will ship their traditional, vegan, or vegetarian versions right to your door.
Ibarra’s Tortilleria becomes the Christmas Tamale Command Center this time of year. The masa’s house-made and you can order just the masa if you want to make your abuelita’s recipe in your own kitchen. Mariposa’s Latin Kitchen has possibly the largest tamale menu in town. From the seasonal pork tenderloin and turkey and dressing tamales (only available from Thanksgiving through Christmas), to the traditional chicken and pork, to the veggie black bean, carrot and mushroom version, there’s a little something for everyone here. Ol’Gringo Tamale Company gives Mariposa’s a run for their money with options offered. You’ll find everything from dessert to traditional to vegan tamales, and they’re all gluten- and lard-free.