If you tried roasting your chestnuts over an open fire, and they burned, this is for you:
Chefs in Dallas-Fort Worth have created special Christmas Eve and Christmas Day menus so your holidays feel like home. At Fearing’s, for instance, you’ll leave Christmas Eve dinner with cookies for Santa. The Dallas Arboretum offers a special tea that would make for a spirited ladies' lunch. And Spoon Bar & Kitchen is hosting a feast of the seven fishes that will surely thrill gourmands.
Start your own family tradition by letting someone else do the cooking.
Buca di Beppo: Four area locations of Buca di Beppo will serve their full menu Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Christmas Eve; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Christmas Day. 7843 Park Lane in Dallas (214-361-8462); 8580 State Highway 121 in Frisco (972-668-3287); 1104 Town East Mall in Mesquite (972-279-2822); and 2701 E. State Highway 114 in Southlake (817-749-6262). bucadibeppo.com.
Canary by Gorji: This Addison-area restaurant serves a three-course dinner on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The dinner starts with mixed field greens with pomegranate vinaigrette. The entree is turkey or pork chop served with pistachio fig dressing, mashed potatoes and vegetables. Dessert is pumpkin or pecan pie. The regular menu is also available. 5 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 24 and 25. $30 per person. 5100 Belt Line Road, Dallas. 972-503-7080. chefgorji.com.
Cane Rosso: With Dallas locations in Deep Ellum and near White Rock Lake, Cane Rosso has a private event menu for larger Christmas parties. Three menu options are available, priced at $20, $25 or $30 per person. The largest package comes with a cured meat platter, garlic knots and pizza rolls, salad, assorted Neapolitan pizza and dessert. Add-ons such as Caprese skewers and mini meatballs are available for an additional $3 per person. Private rooms are available at both locations, with Deep Ellum seating as many as 55 people and White Rock seating as many as 42. For details, email or call Karen Pond at email@example.com or 214-647-1667. Deep Ellum: 2612 Commerce St. in Dallas (214-741-1188). White Rock: 7328 Gaston Ave. in Dallas (214-660-3644). Cane Rosso is open Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day. ilcanerosso.com.
Central 214: The restaurant inside the Hotel Palomar Dallas is open on Christmas Eve. The three-course, prix fixe dinner begins with starters of shrimp and lobster chowder, a harvest salad or roasted Brussels sprouts. The main courses are a choice of pumpkin risotto, duck breast with roasted chestnuts and cherries, strip loin with fries, or seared sea bass. The meal ends with upside-down pineapple spice cake, New York style cheesecake or a mint and chocolate Yule log. 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 24. $50 for adults or $25 for children. 5680 N. Central Expressway, Dallas. 214-443-9339. central214.com.
Cru Food and Wine Bar: Three locations of Cru host a three-course, prix fixe menu on Christmas Eve. Appetizers include choice of pumpkin mascarpone ravioli, baby spinach salad, ahi tartare, lobster bisque or crab cake. Entrees are a choice of filet mignon, short ribs, scallops or sea bass. Desserts include lemon curd tart, molten chocolate lava cake or crème brûlée. Noon to midnight Dec. 24. Closed Christmas Day. $40 per person, or order from the regular menu a la carte. 3699 McKinney Ave. in Dallas (214-526-9463); 7201 Bishop Road in Plano (972-312-9463); and 842 Market St. in Allen (972-908-2532). cruawinebar.com.
Dallas Arboretum: The DeGolyer Estate – decked out in an angel theme this year – serves holiday tea on Christmas Eve. The experience includes courses of tomato basil soup, tea sandwiches, and desserts such as almond short bread, chocolate espresso bars and iced holiday sugar cookies. Seasonal teas are matched with each of three courses. Open daily 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. until Dec. 31; closed Christmas Day. For ages 12 and older only. Reservations required at least 26 hours in advance. $47 for tea; $57 for tea and sparkling wine. Prices include parking, admission to the garden and the angel display. 8252 Garland Road, Dallas. 214-515-6615. dallasarboretum.org/dining/seated-teas.
Dee Lincoln Steak and Burger Bar: In addition to serving a limited regular menu on Christmas Eve at this new Uptown Dallas restaurant, Dee Lincoln is offering a three-course meal for adults plus a special kids menu. The adult meal for $35 starts with butternut squash bisque or a BLT chopped salad. The entrée is a double bone pork chop. Dessert is a red velvet cupcake. Kids get a hamburger, chicken strips or grilled cheese with vanilla ice cream for dessert for $10. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 24. 2626 Howell St., Dallas. 214-754-4949. deelincolnsteak.com.
Fearing’s: They’re closed Christmas Day, but Fearing’s offers special Christmas Eve lunch and dinner menus. The $60 lunch includes choice of first and second course, ending with a trio of desserts: cinnamon apple open-faced pie; eggnog gingerbread ice cream sandwich; and chocolate peppermint crème brulee. A three-course dinner is $100 per person, $30 for children. Choices for the first course include lobster bisque with bourbon eggnog cream or a foie gras duo; for second course choose Peking duck a l’orange on chestnut brioche pan stuffing or prime ribeye with potatoes and cheddar and spinach casserole. After dessert, families also get take-home cookies for Santa. Lunch is 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 24, and the regular menu is also available. Dinner is 5 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 24. 2121 McKinney Ave., Dallas. 214-922-4848. fearingsrestaurant.com.
Ferre: This Fort Worth restaurant is closed Christmas Eve but open from 3 to 8 p.m. Christmas Day. The three-course meal begins with choice of appetizer: mixed greens, beet salad, short rib and spinach ravioli, shrimp scampi, or creamy chicken soup. Entrees are pork loin, filet, bone-in chicken, salmon, surf and turf linguine, or pistachio trout. Desserts are a choice of Key lime tart, peppermint bark tiramisu or caramel crusted bread pudding. $40 per person. 215 E. Fourth St., Fort Worth. 817-332-0033. ferrerestaurant.com.
The Grape: Chef Danyele McPherson is making a prix fixe, three-course holiday meal for $65. Diners can add wine pairings for $20. The regular menu will also be available. Reservations begin at 5 p.m. 2808 Greenville Ave., Dallas. 214-828-1981. thegraperestaurant.com.
Highland Park Cafeteria: Expect homey food and live piano at Highland Park Cafeteria on Christmas Eve. Holiday food includes prime rib, ham, pork loin and turkey with dressing, two sides and a roll. Cowboy Santa will also make a visit from noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 24. Meals cost $11.99 to $16.99. Open 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Christmas Eve. Highland Park Cafeteria is closed Christmas Day. 1200 North Buckner Blvd., Dallas. 214-324-5000. highlandparkcafeteria.com.
Hilton Park Cities: Grain, the restaurant inside the Hilton Park Cities, hosts brunch on Christmas Day. The buffet includes breakfast items like made-to-order omelets, eggs Benedict, grits and French toast; plus holiday food like prime rib, turkey, smoked salmon, Texas redfish and more. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 25. $55 for adults; $27.50 for children 6-12; free for children under 6. Grain is also open with a regular menu on Dec. 24. 5954 Luther Lane, Dallas. 469-232-4962. grainrestaurantandbar.com.
InterContinental Dallas: The all-you-can-eat buffet on Christmas Day takes place in the Crystal Ballroom. Food includes salad, fruit, crudites, shrimp and crab claws, country honey glazed ham, turkey, roasted salmon, lobster and chive mashed potatoes and more. Breakfast is also available, as are bread and desserts. Kids get a separate buffet, with mini burgers, maca and cheese, chicken tenders and more. 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 25. $71 for adults, $29 for children 6 to 12; free for children 5 and under. 15201 Dallas Parkway, Addison. 972-386-6000. icdallas.com.
Humperdinks: Four area locations are open on Christmas Day. Family-style food includes turkey, stuffing and gravy, mashed potatoes, and pecan or pumpkin pie. $19.99 for adults, $9.99 for kids 6-12, free for kids 5 and under. 10 a.m. until 1:30 a.m. 6050 Greenville Ave. in Dallas (214-368-6597); 2208 W. Northwest Highway in Dallas (214-358-4159); 3820 Belt Line Road in Addison (972-484-3051); or 700 Six Flags Drive in Arlington (817-640-8553). humperdinks.com.
Princi Italia: Christmas Eve dinner is a three-course menu at Princi Italia. The first course is a choice of chili crab salad or cheese tortellini. Next is a choice of scallops, clams and shrimp, or braised short ribs. Dolci (dessert) is tiramisu or chocolate molten lava cake. The fixed menu is available 4 to 9 p.m. Dec. 24. $36 per person. The regular menu is also available a la carte 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Princi Italia is closed Dec. 25. 5959 Royal Lane, Suite 707, Dallas. 214-739-5959. princiitalia.com.
Pyramid Restaurant in the Fairmont Dallas hotel: The newly-renovated Fairmont Dallas will serve Christmas brunch and dinner on Christmas Day. Brunch includes breakfast items like omelets and crab cake eggs Benedict, plus holiday food like roasted turkey and cranberry sauce. Christmas dinner includes prime rib, seared cobia, ricotta agnolotti and eggnog cheesecake. Brunch is $65 for adults, $55 for seniors, $30 for children 6 to 12 years old; and free for children 5 and under. Brunch includes a mimosa or glass of sparkling wine. Seatings are at 10:30 or 11 a.m., or 1 or 1:30 p.m. Dec. 25. Dinner is $65 per person and runs from 6 to 10 p.m. Dec 25. Valet parking is free for either meal. 1717 N. Akard St., Dallas. 214-720-5249. pyramidrestaurant.com.
SER: The steakhouse at the top of the Hilton Anatole is open Dec. 24, 25, and 26 for a four-course dinner. Meals start with an appetizer choice of quail, crab cake, steak tar tar or grilled ciabatta panzanella. The soup/salad course is lobster bisque or squash red curry bisque, or salads like a wedge or arugula. The main courses are porchetta, beef filet, lamb, salmon or chicken breast. Dessert finishes with choice of coconut cream pie, Valhrona fondant with “Snickers” cream or pumpkin pie cheesecake. 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 24; noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 25. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. Dec. 26. $70 for adults; $24 for children 5-12; free for children 4 and under. 2201 N. Stemmons Freeway, Dallas. 214-761-7470. sersteak.com.
Spoon Bar & Kitchen: Chef John Tesar hosts a Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve. The meal features seven courses of seafood in addition to a separate a la carte menu available. 5 to 10 p.m. Christmas Eve. $125 per person for adults. Wine pairings cost an additional $75. 8220 Westchester Drive, Dallas. 214-368-8220. spoonbarandkitchen.com.
Steel: In addition to offering the regular menu a la carte, a special three-course dinner at Steel starts with choice of coconut curry squash soup, chili crab and shrimp cakes, or pork belly steamed buns. Entrees are mahi mahi, lamb chops or roasted duck. The meal finishes with your choice of poached pear, mango-and-ginger pudding, or pumpkin cheesecake. Steel is open 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. or 5 to 10 p.m. Dec. 24; and 5 to 10 p.m. Dec. 25. $45 per person. 3180 Welborn, Dallas. 214.219.9908. steelsushi.com.
Trevi’s at the Omni Mandalay Hotel at Las Colinas: Restaurants inside the Omni at Las Colinas are serving breakfast, lunch and dinner on Christmas Day. Breakfast, from 7 a.m. to noon, is the full breakfast menu at Trevi’s, a la carte, with no buffet. The luncheon at Trevi’s from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. has a carving station, roasted veggies, and desserts. $36 for adults, $16 for children. Trevi’s regular menu is available for dinner at the M Bar inside the hotel from 2 to 11 p.m. on Christmas Day. 221 East Las Colinas Blvd., Irving. 972-556-0800. www.omnihotels.com/FindAHotel/DallasMandalay/.
Urbano Cafe: Open on Christmas Eve, Urbano Cafe is serving their regular menu plus some special additions like seared duck breast with pumpkin ravioli, braised lamb shank over butternut squash puree, and sauteed Alaskan cod over winter vegetables. Prices a la carte. Open 5 to 10 p.m. Dec. 24. 1410 North Fitzhugh Ave., Dallas. 214-823-8550. urbanodallas.com.
**BONUS: The Gin Mill is open Dec. 26 for Boxing Day. They are serving eggs Norwegian, potato pancakes with smoked salmon, brioche French toast and more. The Gin Mill will have mimosa and bloody Mary drink specials. The restaurant and bar is closed Dec. 23, 24 and 25. Open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 26. Meals cost $7-$14. 1921 North Henderson Ave., Dallas. 214-824-3343. www.ginmilldallas.com.
If you’d rather take your cooked dinner back home, check out a few places offering take-out. Buca di Beppo will even deliver.
Buca di Beppo: This family-style Italian restaurant with four DFW locations offers to-go and delivery on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Items include turkey and gravy, sausage stuffing, garlic mashed potatoes and more. At least 48 hours notice is required. $150 for 10 people. Same menu and pricing available through Dec. 31. 7843 Park Lane in Dallas (214-361-8462); 8580 State Highway 121 in Frisco (972-668-3287); 1104 Town East Mall in Mesquite (972-279-2822); and 2701 E. State Highway 114 in Southlake (817-749-6262). bucadibeppo.com.
FM Smoke House: This Irving comfort food joint is serving up “no-fuss” Christmas food in the form of smoked beer can turkeys. (An added, local bonus: The beer inside the turkey is a Franconia Dunkel, brewed in McKinney.) The 12-pound turkeys are packaged so they can be reheated. $59 for a turkey and one quart of brown spice gravy. Additional sides like mashed potatoes, green beans, smoked corn and white cheddar macaroni and cheese cost $15 to $25 each and serve six to eight people. Orders must be placed by Dec. 21 and can be picked up 11 a.m. to midnight Dec. 23 or 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 24. 660 Walnut Ridge Drive, Irving. 972-751-6633. fmsmokehouse.com.
Highland Park Cafeteria: Although it’s also serving food on-site on Christmas Eve, HPC is selling traditional Christmas meals to go. Items include turkey, spiral ham, cornbread dressing, giblet gravy, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and more. Meals cost $49.99 for two to four people; $99.99 for eight to 10 people; or $154.99 for 10 to 12 people. Order by Dec. 19. Pick up is 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 23 or 8 to 11 a.m. Dec. 24. Pies are also available for $13.99 to $18.99. 1200 North Buckner Blvd., Dallas. 214-324-5000. highlandparkcafeteria.com.
Green Grocer: Leave the cooking to Green Grocer on Greenville Avenue in Dallas. The shop specializing in Paleo, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan food is selling five- and eight-side meals in addition to a la carte menu items. Sides include creamed kale, Brussels sprouts with bacon, sweet potatoes and more. Packages can come with turkey breast or ham. Pies, bread, desserts and wine and beer are also available. Prices for a la carte sides are $6.99 to $24.99. A five-side meal with turkey or ham is $169.99 Eight-side meals are $229.99. Place orders by Dec. 18. Pick up is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 24. 3614 Greenville Ave., Dallas. 214-643-6209. greengrocerdallas.com.
Humperdinks: Christmas turkeys and sides are available for to-go, as is the full menu. Food can be picked up Dec. 23 or Christmas morning. Humperdinks is closed Christmas Eve. 6050 Greenville Ave. in Dallas (214-368-6597); 2208 W. Northwest Highway in Dallas (214-358-4159); 3820 Belt Line Road in Addison (972-484-3051); or 700 Six Flags Drive in Arlington (817-640-8553). humperdinks.com.
Malai Kitchen: You may not immediately think of a Thai restaurant when ordering Christmas food to go, but Malai Kitchen in Uptown is selling whole coconut cream pies with sides of tamarind caramel sauce and coconut gelato. $35 per pie. Orders should be made by 10 p.m. Dec. 23, and pick-up is at or before 3 p.m. on Dec. 24. Malai is closed Christmas Day. Pies are available through January 1. 3699 McKinney Avenue, #319, Dallas. 214-599-7857. malaikitchen.com.
Rathbun catering: The owner of Abacus, KB's, Jasper's and Rathbun's Blue Plate Kitchen is offering food to go with a Texas twist. Items include roasted turkey with green chile red-eye gravy, beef tenderloin with Marsala mushroom sauce, and spiral ham with molasses black-pepper glaze. Sides are potatoes, Texas sweet corn pudding and fancy green bean casserole. Desserts are available, too. Rathbun partnered with the Wine Poste to offer bottles of wine in bundles of four. Packages range from $99.99 to $249.99. Food orders must be placed by December 20 and are available for pick-up from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 24 at KB's, 8100 N. Dallas Parkway in Plano, or Rathbun's Blue Plate Kitchen, 6130 Luther Lane in Dallas. Order at kentrathbun.com.
Riscky's BBQ: This Fort Worth restaurant is selling an "easy meal deal" to-go, feeding six to eight people. It comes with holiday favorites like a choice of half a ham or half a turkey with sides like cornbread dressing, coleslaw, creamed spinach, sweet potato casserole and more. It comes with rolls, gravy and barbecue sauce. $59.99. Orders are offered through Jan. 2. For orders ready by Christmas, call by Dec. 23. Pick-up times are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Six locations: 2314 Azle Ave. in Fort Worth; 300 Main St. in Sundance Square; 6701 Camp Bowie Blvd. in Fort Worth; 140 E. Exchange Ave. in the Stockyards; 9000 Benbrook Blvd. in Benbrook; and 8100 Boulevard 26 in North Richland Hills. Call 817-624-8662 to order. risckys.com.