RESTAURANTS Hotel Dining for the Holidays

While many restaurants close for the holidays, hotels keep the lights on for you.

ON MAJOR HOLIDAYS, MOST HOTELS honor their long tradition of making every wayfarer feel welcome and warmly at home. Their pedigreed culinary teams pull out all the stops to create truly remarkable feasts. One hundred choices await you at Reflections in the Worthington Hotel, including lobster-stuffed ravioli with saffron cream sauce and cherry wood-roasted pheasant. Intricate ice sculptures are featured at five buffet stations stretching 250 feet in length. Santa puts in an appearance, too. December 25, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 200 Main Street, Fort Worth.

Cradle yourself in a wingback chair and feast on roast turkey with candied chestnut stuffing and sun-dried cherry glaze, whole wheat angel hair pasta tossed with shrimp and wild mushrooms in brandy cream sauce, and Christmas bread pudding with bourbon sauce, all designed by the Westin’s award-winning chef, Chris Lalonde, at Hunt-ington’s, Christmas Day dining begins at 11 a.m. 13340 Dallas Parkway.

Chef John Edwards creates a warm welcome Christmas Day at The Pyramid Room at the Fairmont Hotel with roast Texas turkey with blue corn pecan dressing, mesquite smoked sirloin, wild walleyed pike, barbecued jumbo shrimp with ginger pear relish, lobster thermidor en croute with Cognac mustard sauce, raspberry souffle, and double chocolate mousse cake. In the Regency Ballroom executive chef Roger Hyde presents a champagne buffet starring a turkey with all the trimmings, crown roast of pork, steamship round of beef, salmon, Texas venison, and Bourbon chocolate totte. Children’s buffet offers foods kids love; they can also design their own tree ornaments. A photographer will be on hand for family portraits. Pyramid brunch 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Regency Ballroom buffet 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 1717 North Akard Street.

A 20-foot natural tree fills the lobby of the Four Seasons Resort & Club with the fragrance of pine, and poinsettia abound. Grownups and children alike come to see pastry chef Randy Gehman’s creation, a Swiss chocolate village set against a candy sugar mountain peopled by marzipan townsfolk and forested with chocolate trees. Cafe on the Green is a sunny setting for Christmas Day. The luncheon buffet features traditional roasts, pasta dishes, salads, and a spectacle of desserts, including macadamia nut bread pudding. December 25, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 4150 MacArthur Boulevard, Irving.

Overlooking the canal courtyard in Las Colinas, Cafe D’Or at the Omni Manda-lay Hotel is open all day with full service plus brunch buffet and special Christmas dinner menu. Brunch offers omelets made to order, Eggs Benedict, fabulous cold smoked fish {swordfish, trout, and scallops), carved ham with Bourbon sauce, prime rib, stuffed veal, and an incredible dessert assortment. For dinner, begin with smoked pheasant enchiladas and jicama relish or chilled peppered salmon pastrami, then baked leg of pork with dried cranberry relish or filet of beef with pecan molasses glaze. Finish with baked Christmas pudding or traditional pecan sweet potato pie. December 25, open 10:30a.m. to 11 p.m. 221 East Los Colinas Boulevard, Irving.

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