Christmas dinner and brunch restaurant guide 2013

If you don't want to fuss with the kitchen this year, treat yourself at one of these restaurants offering delicious Christmas Eve and Day meals.

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What do you want for Christmas? Love? Family? The new iPhone 5s? We can't give you those other things, but we can give you these restaurants that will be serving up traditional and not-so-traditional Christmas Eve and Day meals.

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Allium 
Christmas Day buffet (12:30–6:30pm)
PRICE: $150, kids 5–12 $55, kids 4 and under free
LOOK FORWARD TO: A seven-station worldly buffet including Asian, Mediterranean, sushi and dessert

Aria 
Christmas Eve three-course dinner (5–10pm)
PRICE: $58
LOOK FORWARD TO: Crab and kabocha squash soup, filet mignon and hazelnut-crusted cobia with Spanish chorizo

Balsan 
Christmas Day four-course prix fixe (2:30–8pm)
PRICE: $78, kids 4-10 $34
LOOK FORWARD TO: Soft-poached duck egg, lamb loin and sea scallops

Bistronomic 
Christmas Eve (5–10pm) and Day (3–10pm) three-course prix fixe
PRICE: $55 (Christmas Day $65), kids $20
LOOK FORWARD TO: Maine diver scallops, sweet potato gnocchi with duck confit, prime beef short ribs and baked Alaska
Brasserie by LM 
Christmas Eve four-course prix fixe (11am–10pm)
PRICE: $35
LOOK FORWARD TO: Lobster bisque, roasted duck breast and beef wellington for $5 more

Cafe des Architectes 
Christmas Eve and Day (2–10pm) three-course prix fixe
PRICE: $65, kids under 12 $19
LOOK FORWARD TO: Black truffle risotto, duck leg confit, New York strip and pumpkin brulee 

deca 
Christmas Day brunch buffet (11:30am–3:30pm)
PRICE: $139, kids 6–12 $45
LOOK FORWARD TO: Fresh and smoked seafood station, carving station, and crepe and omelettes made to order 

Christmas Day dinner buffet (6pm)
PRICE: $65, kids 6–12 $35
LOOK FORWARD TO: Chinese takeout–inspired buffet and dessert

Delish Diner
Christmas Eve breakfast and lunch (8am–3pm)
PRICE: Average entree $8
LOOK FORWARD TO: Sandwiches, omelettes and benedicts

Filini
Christmas Eve seven-course Feast of the Seven Fishes (noon–10pm)
PRICE: $75
LOOK FORWARD TO: Sicilian tuna carpaccio, codfish Vicenza-style and chocolate mousse

Christmas Eve three-course menu served family style (5–9pm)
PRICE: $55 
LOOK FORWARD TO: Octopus carpaccio, roasted whole sea bass, winter citrus tasting

Christmas Day (5–9pm)
PRICE: A la carte
LOOK FORWARD TO: The regular menu, along with seasonal specials like salt cod fritters, gnocchi with black truffles and veal chops with prosciutto

J. Rocco Italian Table & Bar 
Christmas Eve Feast of the Seven Fishes
PRICE: $48
LOOK FORWARD TO: Seven seafood dishes and Italian wines

Kanela Breakfast Club 
(Lakeview and Old Town) Christmas Eve brunch (7:30am–3:30pm)
PRICE: Average main course $10
LOOK FORWARD TO: Tallgrass beef breakfast burger; poppyseed, red velvet, banana nut and orange bread French toast; and bottomless mimosas (Lakeview location only)
Little Market Brasserie
Christmas Eve and Day prix fixe meal (6:30am–8:30pm)
PRICE: $40
LOOK FORWARD TO: Truffle deviled eggs, prime rib and sugar cream pie 

Lockwood
Christmas Day buffet (11am–4pm)
PRICE: $70, seniors $65, kids 6–12 $40, kids 5 and under free
LOOK FORWARD TO: Aged beef tenderloin, maple honey molasses–roasted turkey breast and Alaskan salmon oscar

LM Bistro
Christmas Eve and Day four-course prix fixe
PRICE: $39
LOOK FORWARD TO: Coconut-poached monkfish, roasted duck breast and fig tart

Mercat a la Planxa
Christmas Eve and Day four-course, 13-dish tasting menu (5–9pm)
PRICE: $65, kids $35
LOOK FORWARD TO: Costillas de Ternera, gambas a la planxa and grilled ribeye

Christmas Day three-course, seven-dish tapas brunch (11am–3pm)
PRICE: $25
LOOK FORWARD TO: Tapas, unlimited charcuterie and Spanish desserts

Michael Jordan's Steak House 
Christmas Eve and Day (5–10pm)
PRICE: A la carte
LOOK FORWARD TO: Prime Delmonico, colossal crab cake with meyer lemon oil

NoMI Kitchen
Christmas Day buffet (10:30am–8pm)
PRICE: $125
LOOK FORWARD TO: Carved-to-order roasted prime beef ribeye, truffled risotto and seafood omelette skewer

Osteria Via Stato
Feast of Seven Fishes Christmas Eve dinner (4–9:30pm) 
PRICE: $48.95
LOOK FORWARD TO: Seafood stew with seared scallops; shrimp and market fish; lobster, shrimp and fennel risotto; and butterscotch budino with salted caramel

Shaw’s Crab House
(Schaumburg) Christmas Eve crab buffet (4–9pm)
PRICE: $56, kids 12 and under $19.99
LOOK FORWARD TO: Fresh crab, beef tenderloin and oysters

Signature Room
Christmas Eve lunch (11am–2:30pm) and dinner (5–10pm)
PRICE: A la carte
LOOK FORWARD TO: Lobster bisque, seafood towers, roasted rack of lamb

Sixteen 
Christmas Eve dinner (5:30–10pm) and Christmas dinner (6–10pm)
PRICE: Four courses $115, eight courses $155
LOOK FORWARD TO: Special holiday tasting menu

Christmas Day dinner (5–10pm)
PRICE: $45
LOOK FORWARD TO: Cornish game hen and tuna nicoise

Christmas Day four-course prix-fixe meal (noon–7pm)
PRICE: $80, kids 9 and under $30
LOOK FORWARD TO: New York strip, roasted duck and buche de noel


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