Christmas Eve and Day Dinner: Where To Book Those Reservations in Dallas

Christmas cookies (photo by Carol Shih)

This year, all I want for Christmas is a billionaire husband. Somebody make that happen.

If you’re looking forward to the holidays as much as I am (which is a lot, by the way), the both of us are probably working our squirrel tails off to get everything squared away before so we can turn into couch potatoes. Couch potatoes do not cook. Couch potatoes do not move a finger in the kitchen. Here’s a list of places to wine and dine on Christmas Eve and Day for all you fellow potato people. I’ll keep updating the list, so check back often.

Where to Eat

Canary by Gorji
Central 214
Cook Hall
Ferre Ristorante e Bar
Grand Lux Cafe
The Grape
Highland Park Cafeteria
Hotel ZaZa
Intercontinental Dallas
Mesa Veracruz Coastal Cuisine
Princi Italia
The Pyramid
Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
The Second Floor
Sevy’s Grill
Steel Restaurant
Village Marquee Grill
Warwick Melrose

Where to Pre-Order

Bread Winners
Highland Park Cafeteria*
The Pyramid*

Canary by Gorji

3 courses for $30
Christmas Dinner, Dec 25, 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Please Call for Reservations – 972-503-7080
5100 Belt Line Rd., Ste. 402

Three Course Dinner
$30 plus tax & gratuity

Mixed Field Greens
with Champagne Pomegranate Vinaigrette with toasted almonds

Turkey or Pork Chop
with Pomegranate Citrus Sauce, Pistachio Fig Dressing, Mashed Potatoes &

Pumpkin or Pecan pie

Regular menu also available

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Central 214

Christmas Eve – December 24, 2012 – 5pm – 10pm
Will also offer a holiday children’s menu.
Reservations are available from 5pm-10pm, at 214-443-9339 or online.
5680 N. Central Expwy.

Christmas Eve Menu
Nantucket Bay Scallops, Parsnip Puree + Black Truffle $15
Goat Stew, Brussels, Celery Root + Garlic Toast $10
Sunchoke Bisque, Capers, Almonds + Golden Raisins $6

Dinosaur Kale, Watermelon Radish + Ricotta Salata $9
Tom’s Arugula, Lemon + Parmesan $8
Shaved Celery Root, Fuji Apples + Pine Nuts $8

Red Wattle Duo- Slow Roast Ham + Milk Braised Shoulder, Caramelized Onion Mashed Potatoes
+ Creole Mustard Jus $25
Franconia Braised Short Ribs, Cream Cheese Grits + Baby Collard Greens $25
Slow cooked Lamb Brisket, Jalapeno Cornbread, Sunflower Slaw + Avocado Salsa $26
Handmade Trompetti, Eggplant, Kinda Wild Mushrooms + Piperade $20

Jolly Martha’s Yule Log, Cranberry-Orange Compote $6
Sweet Potato Donuts, Apple Cider Glaze $8
Poudine Chomeur $8

In addition to wine specials, Central 214 will also be offering mixologist Amber West’s
holiday cocktails for $8 each:
– Huck Finn – Waterloo Gin, Cat Daddy Moonshine, Sweet Potato, Lemon & Plum Bitters
– Texas South Nog – Partida Silver, Sherry, Egg, Cream & Cinnamon

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Cook Hall

Christmas Eve the meal will be served 11:30 am – 9pm
Christmas Day 11:30 am – 8 pm.

The meal is $42/ person and kids portion $21/ child.

2440 Victory Park Lane

Cook Hall Christmas Menu 2012

First Course for the table (Family Style)
Deviled Eggs with Gulf Blue Crab
Charcuterie Board
Mixed Green Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette

Main Course – choose one per person
Prime Rib with Au Jus
Roasted Farm Chicken with Natural Jus
Pan Seared Salmon with Truffle Vinaigrette

Sides for the table (Family Style)
Caramelized Cauliflower
Broccolini with Almonds
Roasted Mushrooms and Fingerling Potatoes

Dessert for the table (Family Style)
Assorted Christmas Cookies
Apple pie with spiced cider ice cream
Butterscotch Pudding or Panna Cotta

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December 24th, 2012 | 2:00 pm – close
3 courses, $37 per person
842 Market St., Ste. 100, Allen, TX
For reservations, call 972-908-2532

Tortellini Fonduta- black truffle butter, parmesan
Warm Spinach Salad- comice pear + pomegranate + gorgonzola + champagne vinaigrette
Ahi Tartare- avocado + cucumber + cilantro + vine ripened tomato + citrus olive tapenade
Charred Tomato Basil Bisque- herb goat cheese crostini
Pan Seared Crab Cake- jumbo blue crab + red pepper rémoulade + matchstick potatoes

Filet Mignon- 6oz filet of beef + potato-fennel gratin + haricot vert + maytag blue cheese + rosemary chianti sauce
Pan Roasted Sea Bass- spinach parmesan risotto + golden “marinara”
Roasted Lamb Chops- goat cheese + mint + zucchini + fingerling potatoes + fig demi
Seared “Georges Bank” Sea Scallops- pesto-whipped potatoes + red & yellow tomato saffron sauce

Lemon Curd Tart- pistachio cookie crust + raspberry sauce
Molten Chocolate Lava Cake- raspberry sauce + vanilla cream
Crème Brulee- vanilla bean custard

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Open Christmas Eve, closed Christmas Day
4123 Cedar Springs Rd., Ste. 110

“We will be open on Christmas Eve and will be offering our Happy Hour Specials all night on our patio and bar, from 4pm – 10pm, along with our full dinner menu.”

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Ferre Ristorante e Bar

December 25th, 2012 | 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
3 courses for $45 per person
215 E. Fourth St., Fort Worth
817-332-0033 for reservations


Mixed Baby Greens- sweet black grapes, gorgonzola cheese, aged prosciutto & caramelized shallot sherry vinaigrette
Three Cheese Ravioli- arugula & pistachio pesto, ricotta salata
Pancetta Wrapped Jumbo Asparagus- goat cheese & balsamic syrup
Lump Crab Cakes- wilted baby spinach, caramelized onions & absolute mandarin butter sauce
Bibb Salad- spiced pumpkins seeds, sweet carrots, roasted beets & white balsamic vinaigrette

Pan Seared New York Strip Steak- truffle whipped garlic potatoes, flash fried brussels sprouts with wild mushroom compound butter
Roasted Mascovy Duck Breast- crispy confit leg, orange-cranberry risotto & garlic demi glace
Wild East Coast Scallops- crispy pancetta, sugar snap peas, creamy parmesan angel hair pasta
Short Rib Tortelloni- organic baby carrots, marble potatoes, pearl onions & mushroom broth
Chilean Sea Bass- PEI mussel & lump crab fra diavolo sauce, soft polenta, braised broccoli rabe
Oven Baked Boneless Breast of Chicken- gratin of celery root, potato & swiss chard, natural pan jus, crispy potato strings

Fried Apple Raviolis- cinnamon balsamic syrup & vanilla gelato
Tiramisu- moist chocolate cake, coffee mascarpone cream & leghorn sauce
Blood Orange Pana Cotta- blood orange syrup & supreme’s, fresh mint

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Grand Lux Cafe
Galleria Dallas 13420 N. Dallas Parkway
To make a reservation in our Dallas restaurant, please call (972) 385-3114.

The restaurant will be open on Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Take a look at the menu here.

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The Grape
Open Christmas Eve for dinner
2808 Greenville Ave.

Join in The Grape tradition of Christmas Eve (Monday, December 24) dinner featuring holiday inspired fare in addition to the popular a la carte menu.

Reservations begin early on both evenings at 5pm. For reservations and more information visit the website at <> , or call 214-828-1981. Complimentary valet parking always provided.

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Highland Park Cafeteria

Open Christmas Eve 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
1200 N. Buckner Blvd.

A family tradition since 1925, Highland Park Cafeteria provides a feast to enjoy from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day with delicious food a festive atmosphere and live piano music.

All Christmas week, choose from Prime Rib, Carved Ham, Pork Loin or Roast Turkey and dressing, with two holiday inspired sides and a zucchini roll, $10.99 – $15.99.

Bring the kids and grandkids for eggnog, mulled cider, lucky black-eye peas, mincemeat pie, vintage sodas and more…

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Hotel ZaZa

Christmas Day Brunch: 11AM – 8PM
$70 per person
2332 Leonard Street
For reservations, please contact 214-550-9500

LOBSTER BISQUE- Lobster Fritter
– OR –
BABY LOLA ROSA & HERB SALAD= Goat Milk Ricotta | Pomegranate & Zucchini Bread Crouton
– OR –

PORK OSSO BUCCO- Butternut Squash Grits | Pancetta Braised Collard Greens
– OR –
GRILLED BEEF TENDERLOIN- Celeriac Puree | Crab Butter Sauce
– OR –
ROASTED MAPLE LEAF FARMS DUCK BREAST- Sage & Brown Butter Spaetzle | Braised Apples | Red Cabbage

WARM CENTER CHOCOLATE CAKE- Hazelnut-Mocha Crème Anglaise
– OR –

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Intercontinental Dallas

Tuesday, Dec 25, 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
$65 per guest, $25 children ages 6-12, children 5 and under FREE, 50% discount to Active Military with ID; complimentary valet parking, champagne, pictures with Santa and live music
Reservations are required by calling 972-386-6000
15201 Dallas Pkwy.

Salads and Seafood
• Romaine Hearts with Caesar Dressing
• Spring Salad Mix with Assorted Dressings
• Green Bean, Pecans, Goat Cheese & Chicory Salad with Tarragon Dressing
• Apple, Cranberry & Walnut Chicken Salad
• Sweet Balsamic Marinated Mushroom Salad
• Exotic Fruit display
• Sweet Potato Ravioli and Arugula Salad
• Roasted Corn & Chicken Salad
• House Smoked Salmon & Pepper Crust Salmon Condiments
• Colorful Garden Crudités with Assorted Dips
• Imported Cheese Display & Artisan Antipasti
• Upscale Deli Display
• Seafood Salad
• Large Shrimp and Crab claws on Ice, Cocktail Sauce
• Assorted Sushi Display

Hot Entrees and Carving Station
• Black Pepper Crusted Beef Tenderloin with Red Wine Demi
• Ginger Glazed Country Ham
• Oven Roasted Thyme Rubbed Whole Turkey
• Ginger Orange Cranberry Chutney & Country Gravy
• Apricot & Roasted Pistachio Stuffed Pork Loin with Pomegranate Burre Blanc
• Roasted Salmon with Champagne Caviar Sauce
• Blacked Breast of Chicken with Crawfish Creole Sauce
• Sage Corn Bread Dressing
• Chive Yukon Mashed Potatoes
• Cranberry Wild Rice Pilaf
• Winter Vegetable Medley

Risotto Station
• Creamy Parmesan Risotto with White Truffle Oil

Omelet Station with Condiments
• Vanilla French toast
• Cheese Blintzes
• Smoked Pork Tender Eggs Benedict with Hollandaise Sauce
• Bacon & Sausage Links
• Sautéed Lyonnais Potato with Caramelized Onions

Bread and Dessert Station
• Assorted Breakfast Pastries, Hot Cross Buns, Assorted Rolls & Corn Bread
• Egg Nog Cake, Traditional Fruit Cake, Cranberry Cheesecake, Chocolate Rum Cake, Walnut Tart,
• Bourbon Pecan Pie, Pumpkin Pie, Yule Log, Mini Holiday Pastries, Chocolate Fountain, Bialy’s Bread Pudding,
• Action Dessert Station Banana Foster

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Mesa Veracruz Coastal Cuisine

Monday, December 24, 5:00pm – 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 25, 5:00pm – 10:00 pm
Monday, December 31, 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Prix fixe menu of three courses, two people for $85 dollars (includes a free wine bottle)
118 W. Jefferson Dallas TX 75208
To reserve a spot, call 214-941-4246

La Navideña Green Salad with cranberries, pecans, goat cheese and pomegranate vinaigrette. (V)
Ceviche Mixto – Choice of Robalo (snook) or gulf shrimp. Cured in lime juice mixed with tomato, onions, cilantro, avocado and homemade chips. (G)

Mesa’s Filet Mignon Bacon wrapped filet mignon, sauteed mushrooms, basil mashed potatoes and asparagus. (G)
Duck Confit Tender duck leg served with mashed potatoes and beets, complemented with Chef Olga’s secret sauce. (G)
Bay Scallops Executive Chef Raul Reyes Dish (G)
Gajar Pasta Angel hair pasta covered in a white cream sauce and vegetables. (V)
Superior Baked Potato Baked potato stuffed with zucchini, chile morron, and onions, served with fried yucca, and sautéed brussel sprouts. (V)

El Postre -Chocolate Mouse peppermint shooter’
Shortbread, fresh raspberries and mint. Chocolate Pavlova with Raspberry Glaze
V-Vegetarian – G-Gluten Free

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Princi Italia

Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Three-course dinner menu is $35 per person.
A la carte dishes available as well.
Price does not include alcohol, gratuity or tax.
5959 Royal Lane, Suite 707
(214) 739-5959

What better way to celebrate Christmas Eve by getting out of the kitchen and heading to Princi Italia for a savory Italian feast? Princi Italia is open for lunch and dinner this Christmas Eve, and Executive Chef Kevin Ascolese has created a special three-course menu in addition to their regular daily menu.

The special Christmas Eve menu includes a starter, entrée and dessert for just $35 per person! Guests will begin with their choice of Chili Crab Salad with yellow tomatoes, avocado, cucumber and basil lime-dressing or Tortellini Fonduta with shaved white truffles from Alba, Italy. The entrée options include: Scallop and Chanterelle Mushroom Risotto with shaved Italian white truffles, fennel and parmesan cheese; Ciopino, a seafood dish with jumbo shrimp, diver scallops, baby octopus, manila clams and Mussels in a tomato-shrimp sauce; and a six ounce Filet Mignon served with potato-fennel gratin, white asparagus and a rosemary Chianti sauce. End your meal with one of our decadent desserts—Peppermint Mocha Cheesecake with toffee crumbles and a walnut crust or Chocolate Molten Lava Cake with a hazelnut gelato.

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The Pyramid

Open for Christmas Brunch & Christmas Dinner
1717 N. Akard St.
To reserve a spot, call 214-720-5249

Christmas Brunch will offer an abundance of seasonally-inspired breakfast items, carved meats, soups and salads, seafood and a decadent dessert display. Brunch will be offered for $61.95 for adults, $53.95 for seniors, $27.95 for 8-12 years old, no charge for 0-7 years old, including complimentary valet parking and mimosas.

With four courses, Christmas Dinner provides a robust culinary experience with nutmeg roasted acorn squash bisque, lamb loin with roasted winter vegetables, baby spinach and beet salad, and bittersweet chocolate pave and peppermint ice cream. Dinner will be offered for $49.95 per person, including complimentary valet parking and glass of champagne.

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Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek

Monday, Dec. 24
CHRISTMAS EVE; $105 per person, $45 for children
Three-course dinner 6-9 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 25
CHRISTMAS DAY; $105 per person, $45 for children
Three-course brunch 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Three-course dinner 5:30-9 p.m.

baby greens “waldorf”, walnut-yogurt dressing, apple, grapes
roasted chestnut bisque, fig marmalade, duck confit
seared foie gras, date-lemon purée, quince, crispy quinoa
maine lobster risotto, kabocha squash, candied pepitas
jonah crab and avocado “cannoli”, curry, piquilo pepper, apple vinaigrette

seared atlantic cod, veal blanquette, snap peas, foraged mushrooms, caviar
roasted day boat scallops, cauliflower composition, dates, capers, lemon-brown butter
prime beef tenderloin au poivre, goat cheese cannelloni, mustard greens, house steak sauce
roasted lamb loin, smoked hummus, cumin carrots, mint yogurt
roasted pheasant, eggplant-miso purée, matsutake mushroom, foie gras jus

carrot cake christmas ball – white chocolate shell, cream cheese icing
poached pear- ginger bread, hazelnut ice cream
chocolate lover- dark chocolate cake, emulsion and ice cream

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The Second Floor

Monday, December 24 from 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Tuesday, December 25 from 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
13340 Dallas Parkway
To reserve, call (972) 450 – 2978

Executive Chef Joel A. Harloff and his culinary team have created an exciting holiday menu for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day this year. Start with Fire-Roasted Blue Crab Bisque, Endive Salad with Duck Confit, Steamed Littleneck Clams and Tartar of Lamb Loin with Fried Egg Quail. Move on to the entrees with Bay Scallop and Sweet Shrimp Risotto, Slow Roasted Ham with Pecan Wild Rice and Braised Cabbage, Grilled Red Grouper with White Cheddar Polenta Cake and Sautéed Greens and Dry-Aged New York Strip with Reggiano Whipped Potatoes, Artichokes and Organic Mushrooms. Let Executive Chef Joel A. Harloff take care of you and your family this holiday season!

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Open Christmas Eve full hours, closed Christmas Day
Located inside the Hilton Anatole
For more information, call 214-761-7479 or go to

*This menu is offered throughout December ($89 for 2 people), excluding Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

LOBSTER BISQUE old bay crème fraiche, tempura lobster
MUSHROOM BISQUE “cappuccino foam,” chive oil
WEDGE apple wood bacon, regina blu, tomato-oregano dressing
LOCAL ARUGULA marcona almonds, preserved lemon vinaigrette
BABY SPINACH manchego, pine nuts, warm sherry vinaigrette
BABY ROMAINE garlic croutons, “caesar” vinaigrette
HEIRLOOM TOMATO mozzarella, ghost chili oil, gin “fizz”

DRY AGED PRIME NY STRIP, 14oz shallots, balsamic reduction
WAGYU “SPINALIS,” 7oz fingerling potato, SĒR steak sauce
CHILEAN TURBOT, papas arrugada, mojo picon

VALRHONA TRUFFLE CAKE vanilla cream, seasonal berries
“LEMON MERINGUE PIE” toasted meringue, graham cracker crust
BEIGNETS café au lait syrup, chocolate sauce
PISTACHIO LAYER CAKE morello cherry compote. milk crumb

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Sevy’s Grill

8201 Preston Road
(214) 265-7389

Monday, December 24th is a perfect time to get together with family and friends whether lunch or dinner. Shopping is done, presents are wrapped, so take a break and let us pamper you. Our regular menu will be served along with special offerings of appetizers and entrees. It’s a busy night, so make your reservations soon and keep that tradition going.

Sevy’s Grill will be closed on December 25th, to allow our staff to enjoy the day with their families. Merry Christmas!

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Feast of Seven Fishes for $125 per person
Monday, December 24, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
For reservations, please call 214.368.8220.
8220-B Westchester Dr.

On Christmas Eve, Chef John Tesar will offer a special Feast of the Seven Fishes tasting menu at his new Preston Center restaurant, Spoon Bar & Kitchen. The meal, which is a longstanding Italian tradition, will feature seven courses of fresh seafood from waters around the globe.

The Feast of the Seven Fishes menu will be available for $125 per person (tax and gratuity not included), with optional wine pairings for $75. In addition, Spoon’s a la carte menu will be offered.

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Steel Restaurant

Christmas Eve Lunch, Monday, December 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Christmas Eve Dinner, Monday, December 24 from 5 to 10 p.m.
Christmas Day Dinner, Tuesday, December 25 from 5 to 10 p.m.

$45 per person
3102 Oak Lawn Ave., Ste. 100
Call 214-219-9908 for reservations.

Red Curry Chicken Soup- thai spices, coconut, straw mushrooms
Gravlox- scottish salmon house cured, sake & shiso leaf
Asia Garden Potstickers- napa cabbage, edamame, shiitake mushrooms, water chestnut, chinese red vinegar-soy dipping sauce
Crispy Soft Shell Crab- thai spices, citrus wedges

Sea Scallops- seared jumbo scallops, thai basil beurre blanc, steamed jasmine rice, roasted asparagus
Muscovy Duck Breast- seared asian five-spice duck, port-cranberry jam kabocha purée
Beef Tenderloin- grilled filet, rosemary roasted potatoes, stir-fried Asian vegetables
Grilled Double Cut Pork Chop- marinated with sweet soy and served with
grilled pineapple, vegetable fried rice

Holiday Bread Pudding- white chocolate & candied fruit, crème anglaise
Chocolate Ganache Cake- cinnamon ice cream & strawberry coulis

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December 24, 2012 | 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
December 25, 2012 | 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
3314 Knox Street
Special Menu: al a carte or $75 for three courses
Full Menu: Regular Pricing

Frisee, Bacon, Fingerling Potato & Shaved White Truffle Salad $14
Bouchard Aine et Fils, Pommard, 2009

Choice of
Creamy Mushroom Risotto and Shaved White Truffles $18
Vincent Girardin “Emotion”, Pinot Noir, 2009
Filet Mignon a la Perigourdine, Sautéed Spinach, Roasted Fingerlings White Truffles, Foie Gras and Port Reduction $32 Chateau Hachot Monot, Cotes de Nuit Village, 2012

Pear Tart and Vinilla Ice Cream $8

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Village Marquee Grill

Full menu available on Christmas Eve
Last reservation at 9 p.m.
33 Highland Park Village
To reserve, please call 214-522-6035.

View the menu here.

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Warwick Melrose

Open for Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas Day brunch
Reservations can be made at 214-224-3152.
3015 Oak Lawn Avenue

Christmas Eve dinner will consist of a Prix Fixe menu, with three courses (soup or salad, dinner and dessert) offering three choices per course. Sample selections include:

• Butternut Squash Soup
• Brown Sugar- Cumin Glazed Pork Chop
• Pan Seared Halibut with Cauliflower Panna Cotta
• Pumpkin Crème Brûlèe.

The Christmas brunch at the Warwick Melrose Hotel is legendary, and this year doesn’t disappoint, with more than 50 menu items to choose from. Just a few items are:
• Herb Roasted Pork Loin with Country Harvest Wild Rice
• Pennette pasta “arrabiata” with rock shrimp & bay scallops
• White chocolate bread pudding with eggnog cream anglaise

Plus there will be action stations that will include baked honey glazed ham and brunch items such as made-to-order omelets and a Belgium waffle station.

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Bread Winners

Holiday menu available here.
Call 214.754.0099 for catering.

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Highland Park Cafeteria*

Tis’ the season for families and friends to celebrate. Take time to enjoy your holiday and let Highland Park Cafeteria make your day special.

Roast turkey, carved spiral ham, cornbread dressing, giblet gravy, cranberry sauce, baked squash casserole, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, candied yams and many other favorites are made fresh daily.

The Highland Park Cafeteria bakes holiday pies to order ($13.99-$18.99) and includes seasonal favorites such as pecan, apple, rhubarb, mincemeat, sweet potato, buttermilk and more.

A traditional meal to serve at your home is $55.99 for 2-4 or $95.99 for 8-10 people. Please place order by Saturday, December 22. Highland Park Cafeteria will close at 3 p.m. on December 24 and be closed December 25.

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The Pyramid*

For those entertaining at home, complete to-go meals will also be available for pre-order for 4, 8 and 12 people. Savory winter favorites and high-quality, locally-sourced ingredients are showcased throughout The Pyramid Restaurant & Bar’s Christmas dining menus.

Complete Christmas to-go meals including soup, salad, sides, entrée and dessert will be available for pre-order; turkey and stuffing may be ordered separately. Christmas To-Go meal pricing varies according to order size.

For more information or to view Christmas dining menus, please visit For reservations, please call The Pyramid Restaurant & Bar at 214.720.5249.

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