For those of us who celebrate the holiday, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day usually include several delicious (and large) meals. Your family likely has at least one traditional menu item, if not more. In my house, it’s my mom’s annual Christmas Eve chicken that I anxiously await like a kid at, well, Christmas.
However, if after the stress leading up to the holidays, you can’t muster the strength to whip up another dish, or you simply don’t celebrate Christmas, you might find yourself wanting to dine out. Luckily, the idea of dining out on Christmas is not taboo!
If you plan on heading to a restaurant on Christmas Eve or Day, take your jolly self to one of the following Metro Detroit restaurants:
Edison’s, an American-style restaurant at The Dearborn Inn, 20301 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, will serve both Christmas brunch and dinner.
The holiday brunch includes an omelet station, carving station, waffle station, entrees, side dishes, quiche, appetizers, desserts and a partridge in a pear tree. The all-you-can-eat meal costs $59 for adults, $29.50 for children ages six to 12.
The dinner buffet includes soup, salad, antipasti, a carving station with prime rib, and entrees like boar and cod. There is, of course, a dessert station to finish your meal with crème brûlée, chocolate tarts, and bourbon bread pudding. The buffet costs $30 for adults and $15 for children ages six to 12.
Reservations are required for both the brunch and dinner, so be sure to call ahead!
Brizola, 555 E. Lafayette St., Detroit, is located inside the Greektown Casino Hotel. The restaurant will serve a special Christmas dinner menu from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., which includes a roasted turkey carved tableside. The main course will be served with Rack of Lamb, Tomato-Mint Compote, Traditional Rosemary Stuffing, Cranberry Relish, Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic, and more.
You can’t skip dessert on a holiday, now can you? Apple-Cranberry Bread Pudding will be served after the main course.
The meal costs $45 per person, and keep in mind, each party must have a minimum of four guests. Be sure to reserve your table by the deadline of Sunday, December 22.
5ive Restaurant, 44045 5 Mile Rd., Plymouth, at the Inn at St. John’s will provide a four-course prix-fixe menu on Christmas Eve, beginning with a champagne toast.
The meal will kick off with a small tastes trio starter, including items like Warm Roasted Beets, Beer Candied Bacon and English Pea Mousse. A palate cleanser of apple sorbet with roasted pistachios will be served before the main course. There are eight different choices when it comes to the entrée, including filet mignon, pork chops, chicken breast, risotto, whitefish, a pasta dish, a seafood dish and surf n’ turf.
The dessert course includes Maple Glazed Gingerbread Donuts, Spiced Chocolate Crème Brûlée and Cream Cheese Pecan Tartlet.
The meal costs $60, but didn’t you read all of the above? It sounds worth it, if you ask me.
The Rugby Grille, 100 Townsend St., Birmingham, will be open for Christmas Eve dinner, as well as brunch and dinner on Christmas Day. The four-star restaurant will serve its full menu both nights, which includes Principal Plates like Tirrell Farms Lamb, Michigan Trout and the Rugby Burger. Steaks and chops, soups and salads, and appetizers also round out the menu.
Brunch choices consist of specialties like Eggs Benedict, Corned Beef Hash, Lobster Omelet, and Strip Steak and Eggs. Sandwiches, salads and starters like pancakes and Belgian waffles are also available.
Como’s, 22812 Woodward Ave., Ferndale, will be open on Christmas Eve and Day, and the restaurant is serving a special Christmas Day dinner buffet. For $14.95/person, you and your family can feast on pork tenderloin, turkey, salad, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, stuffing, and more.
A great spread for a reasonable price? Merry Christmas, indeed.
Now, if you want restaurant quality food but aren’t interested in dining out on a holiday, I have the perfect solution for you. Local steak and seafood restaurant Kruse and Muer is offering a family style Christmas dinner to go.
The feast feeds 10 to 12 people and includes a spiral sliced ham, mac n’ cheese, green beans with creamed mushrooms, sweet potato casserole, cranberry sauce, apple cobbler and more. It can all be yours for $175!
The dinner needs to be ordered ahead of time and will be picked up on Christmas Eve at the restaurant’s Lake Orion location. Final preparation instructions are included, so you’ll have your Christmas dinner ready faster than you can say, “deck the halls.”
If you’re dining out for the holidays, you’ve got plenty of options. Don’t forget to make a reservation, and keep any deadlines in mind. Enjoy your holiday meal, and have a Merry Christmas!