Christmas meals 2012

Restaurants serving Christmas classics—and then some—on Dec 24 and 25.
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Photograph: Martha Williams Allium at the Four Seasons Chicago
By Julia Kramer |
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Allium (120 E Delaware Pl, 312-799-4900)

What’s the deal?
Christmas Eve four-course dinner
How much?

$65, kids 5–12 $25
It’s not Christmas without…
Eggnog “sundae” with warm gingerbread cookies
And in the “why not” category
Warm goat cheese and hickory nut strudel
Bonus points
If you’re dieting (?), à la carte is also available.

What’s the deal?
Christmas Day buffet (noon–6:30pm)
How much?

$140, kids 5–12 $55
It’s not Christmas without…
A carving-board station
And in the “why not” category
A dim-sum station
Bonus points

Kids (and their germs) have a separate buffet


Ann Sather (909 W Belmont Ave, 773-348-2378)

What’s the deal?
Christmas Eve and Day holiday “dinners” (11am–7pm)
How much?

$19.95, kids 12 and under $10.95
It’s not Christmas without…

Baked bone-in ham with fruit glaze
And in the “why not” category

A Swedish take on Christmas: roasted duck breast with lingonberry glaze
Bonus points

You can also get an enormous cinnamon roll, beginning at 7am.


Balsan (11 E Walton St, 312-646-1400)

What’s the deal?
Christmas Eve (5–10pm) and Day (2:30–8pm) four-course prix fixe
How much?

$75, kids 4–10 $30
It’s not Christmas without…

Poussin with winter truffle salsify, black trumpet mushroom and foie gras
And in the “why not” category

Maine diver scallops with osetra caviar (don’t hold back, Balsan!)
Bonus points

Report back to us on the Waldorf Astoria’s new chef, Herve Cuyeu.


Big Jones (5347 N Clark St, 773-275-5725)

What’s the deal?
Traditional Creole Reveillon Christmas Eve four-course dinner
How much?

$48, kids under 12 $20
It’s not Christmas without…

Heritage American buff goose gumbo with housemade chaurice meatballs
And in the “why not” category

Coconut and calf’s-foot soup (?!)
Bonus points

Recipes from the meal come from old cookbooks, such as Creole Cookery.


Bistronomic (840 N Wabash Ave, 312-944-8400)

What’s the deal?
Christmas Eve three-course prix fixe (5–10pm)
How much?

$49, kids $20 ($10 if they’re under 5)
It’s not Christmas without…

Braised venison tournedos with persimmons (see page 29)
And in the “why not” category

Baked Alaska
Bonus points

Vegetarians: Expect to eat winter-squash ravioli.


Brasserie by LM (800 S Michigan Ave, 312-431-1788)

What’s the deal?
Christmas Eve and Day three-course prix fixe
How much?

$32
It’s not Christmas without…

Roasted chestnut-and-potato soup with truffle essence
And in the “why not” category

Teurgoule, the rice pudding of Normandy
Bonus points

For $5 more, you can have beef Wellington.


Cafe des Architectes (20 E Chestnut St, 312-324-4063)

What’s the deal?
Christmas Eve and Day three-course prix-fixe dinner (2–11pm)
How much?

$65, kids $19
It’s not Christmas without…

Roasted quail with chestnut stuffing and cranberry gastrique
And in the “why not” category

Hamachi
with togarashi and radishes
Bonus points

The restaurant’s also serving à la carte brunch both days.


Chez Moi (2100 N Halsted St, 773-871-2100)

What’s the deal?
Christmas Eve dinner (4–9pm)
How much?

Average main course $34, kids under 10 half-price
It’s not Christmas without…

Bûche de noël
with warm chocolate sauce
And in the “why not” category

Pan-seared sweetbreads with fava beans
Bonus points

Start things right with a Kir royal paired with canapés ($12)


Deca (160 E Pearson St, 312-573-5160)

What’s the deal?
Christmas Day brunch buffet (noon–3pm)
How much?

$135, kids 6–12 $45
It’s not Christmas without…

Roasted Christmas goose
And in the “why not” category

Red velvet pancakes
Bonus points

Live music from the Myles Hayes Jazz Trio

What’s the deal?
Christmas Day dinner buffet (6pm)
How much?

$65, kids 6–12 $25
It’s not Christmas without…

A meal inspired by A Christmas Story
And in the “why not” category

That meal is a Chinese-takeout buffet.
Bonus points

It’s like you’re Jewish.


Filini (221 N Columbus Dr, 312-477-0234)

What’s the deal?
Feast of the Seven Fishes menu, Christmas Eve and Day (5–10pm)
How much?

$60
It’s not Christmas without…

Seven courses of seafood, including codfish beignets!
And in the “why not” category

Struffoli
, Neapolitan beignets (motif?) with honey glaze
Bonus points

If you can’t make it on Christmas, the meal’s served through Dec 30.


Lockwood (17 E Monroe St, 312-917-3404)

What’s the deal?
Christmas Day brunch buffet (11am–4pm)
How much?

$65, seniors $55, kids under 12 $30
It’s not Christmas without…

Peppered prime aged rib of beef with Yorkshire pudding
And in the “why not” category

Alaskan smoked salmon with crab and hollandaise sauce
Bonus points

The hotel’s also serving an à la carte Christmas Eve dinner.


Restaurant Michael (64 Green Bay Rd, Winnetka, 847-441-3100)

What’s the deal?
Christmas Eve three-course prix fixe (4–8pm)
How much?

$58, kids under 10 half-price
It’s not Christmas without…

Roast chateaubriand of beef tenderloin
And in the “why not” category

Butter-poached lobster
Bonus points

Ask Chef what he thinks of Groupon (it won’t be merry).

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