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Season’s Eatings: Where to Dine Around Dallas This Christmas

Time for spiked hot cocoa and festive feasts.
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Rise + Thyme’s Christmas package boasts crispy five spice duck or slow-cooked prime rib.
Courtesy Rise + Thyme
As you load up your schedule with holiday parties, events, and festivities, don’t forget to load up on food. Here are dining options for when you want to dine out on Christmas or snatch up a family-size meal on the go. Put in those preorders! Make those reservations!

Lunch and Dinner

Christmas Eve Only

Curry butter poached lobster, roasted John Dory, and Elysian Fields rack of lamb. The regular a la carte menu also available.

Elm & Good
Tuck into tamales with turkey carnitas or local mushrooms, salsa roja, and salsa verde. Three for $9 for dine-in, or six for $18 to-go. The Christmas enchilada plate includes three turkey breast enchiladas with red chile or Oaxacan cheese with green chile End the meal with a Mexican vanilla flan for dessert, topped with caramel and orange zest. Preorder by 5 p.m. on December 24 or make reservations for dine-in.

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The Crescent Club
The Uptown Dallas hotel will host an upscale buffet, including hot and cold stations, hand-carved meats, plus dessert. Savor lobster ravioli,  bacon-wrapped beef tenderloin, chocolate yule logs, eggnog panna cotta, gingerbread cupcakes, and much more ($135 per person).
Christmas Eve & Day

Commons Club
Prime rib with rosemary horseradish crust and a caviar creme fraiche mousse served with roasted garlic and leek potato ($84). For dessert: Tableside s’mores kit ($46)

Fearing’s Restaurant
Lunch (11:30–2 p.m.) and dinner (4–10 p.m.) on Christmas Eve brings holiday specials and a three-course prix fixe menu, respectively. On Christmas Day, come for the lunch buffet (11:30–2 p.m. $125, $45 for children.

Terra at Eataly Dallas

Using local ingredients with Italian influences, Terra is Eataly Dallas’ third-floor wood-burning grill. Featuring dishes inspired by Italy’s different regions, Terra’s menu changes with the seasons to let the simple, high-quality flavors shine. From botanical cocktails to flame-grilled, locally-sourced meats, Terra’s greenery-filled dining room and centerpiece grill creates the ultimate destination. Reservations are recommended. 8687 N. Central Expy #2172

Meals To-Go

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit
Spiral cut ham, smoked turkey, Cajun fried turkey, peppercorn garlic prime rib or traditional prime rib, sides, gravy, buttery rolls, and dessert.

Dive Coastal Cuisine
Menu is a la carte and includes starters such as smoked trout dip, mini crab cakes, bruschetta, charcuterie boards and shrimp cocktail skewers. Choose from an herb turkey or beef tenderloin as your main. Plus, side and dessert options aplenty. Order by Dec. 20

Christmas Menu Package ($190): butternut squash and sweet onion soup; kale and Asian pear salad; honey and miso glazed carrots,; confit marble potatoes, smoked beef fat, and arugula salsa verde; smoked porchetta (loin and belly with koji, fennel pollen, and coriander); mango bread pudding.

Palmer’s Hot Chicken
The  “Haul it Home” menu consists of tenders, catfish, collard greens, mac and cheese, and much more—like, frozen margs and frosé to go. Order by Dec. 23

Pecan Lodge
Traditional smoked turkey or ham with apricot-molasses glaze, spice crusted beef tenderloin, whole smoked brisket, burnt ends, racks of ribs, handmade smoked sausage links, Southern cornbread stuffing, pulled pork and brisket tamales, cranberry sauce, macaroni and cheese and peach cobbler as well as all of Pecan Lodge’s holiday inspired sides and desserts ($15-$145). Order by Dec. 19

Rise + Thyme
Package options include crispy five spice duck ($130) or slow-cooked prime rib ($275). Both packages come with salad, potatoes, baby carrots and chocolate pot de crème. Add-on a smoked fish platter (feeds four) for $60, a one-ounce Kaluga Caviar for $100, or a cinnamon roll kit (six rolls) for $20. Order by Dec 16 at 6 p.m.

The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas
Truffled mashed potatoes, herb butter crusted prime rib, and warm sticky toffee pudding. Preorder by Dec. 16, pick up on Dec. 23 by 5 p.m.

Ten50 BBQ
The massive Holiday Pitmaster Package ($30 per person, 15 person minimum) includes glazed ham, smoked turkey breast, green beans, mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing, rolls, and fruit cobbler. If you just want a meat main, choose from prime whole brisket, turkey breast, spiral ham, beef tenderloin, whole turkey ($60–$150). Preorder now through Dec. 31

TJ’s Seafood Market
Get some TJ’s favorites—shrimp, oysters, and gumbo—to prepare at home, or get some pre-made party platters. Preorder now, pick up on Dec. 24

Drinks at Electric Shuffle go beyond pints of beer. Grab an espresso martini for a caffeinated kick.


Santa Brunch at Electric Shuffle

Dec. 18 & 19, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
The new Deep Ellum arrival will host a festive brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dress up in holiday attire and go in on a bacon jam breakfast pizza, an Ultimate Brunch Board, and an entire bottle of bubbly for each guest (damn, wow), plus an hour of shuffleboard play for $35 per person.

Jellico’s Brunch Buffet

Christmas Eve, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The brunch buffet includes salads, classic brunch mains, an omelet station,  and prime rib carving station ($75 for adults, $36 for kids up to 12-years-old and free for 4 and under).


Christmas Day, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Lunch buffet ($125 for adults, $45 for children).

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