Capitol Christmas Tree
courtesy of kimberlyfaye
It seems like we’re all still working off those pounds from Thanksgiving. If you want a more hassle-free holiday this Christmas Day, how about you keep the pots and pans in the kitchen and head out to one of your favorite DC restaurants open on the holiday.
After the jump are my top five choices of where to go. Keep in mind some are a bit pricey, but special menus can be worth it if you chose wisely.
Une Tranche de Paradis
courtesy of LaTur
Located in the St. Regis Hotel, Adour is offering a four-course Christmas menu “featuring American holiday favorites with an international twist.” You definitely have to be ready to splurge here, with the cost coming to $95 dollars a person, but the choices look great.
For the appetizer, the two top choices look like the Maine Lobser Salad or the Foie Gras “Au Torchon.” The second course winner is definitely the Day Boat Scallop Tian. The third course dishes all sound simple and tasty: Venison Medallions, Mucovy Duck Breast or the Beef Tenderloin.
If you even make it to dessert, you have three choices there too.
Children pay $45 per person. For reservations, call 202-509-8000.
Who doesn’t love brunch and an open kitchen? On Christmas Day from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm, Chef de Cuisine John Melfi will prepare a farm-fresh Christmas menu.
Menu hightlights include: baked eggs with pipperade, petit salad, and creme fraiche; muscovy duck breast with duck leg ragout & roasted quince; slow roasted rib eye of beef, au jus & horseradish; creamy stone ground grits with red eye gravy and smoked gouda.
Oh, and the pastries sound to die for.
Brunch is priced at $90 per person and $42 for children between six and 12 years of age; under six are complimentary. For reservations, call 202-419-6755.
tequila! @ El Centro D.F., Washington DC
courtesy of Plantains & Kimchi
Haven’t tried out this taqueria and tequileria on 14th St. yet? This could be the right time. There’s no special menu here. Instead, El Centro will be offering its regular full menu on Christmas Day–so think tostadas, tacos, plantains, tamales and more. You will also find 200 tequilas & mezcals, of course.
El Centro’s last seating will be at 9 pm. Call 202-328-3131 for more information.
Celebrate Christmas at Corduroy with a special 3 course prix fix dinner for $55. The menu will have five choices per course and feature holiday dishes and local produce. The actual dishes will be announced next week, but Corduroy is always a good choice, and the price point is perfect.
“When Life Gives You Lemons” cocktail
courtesy of Jenn Larsen
It might be a bit off the beaten path, but Sou’Wester is located in the beautiful Mandarin Oriental in Southwest. It’s offering a three course family-style dinner for Christmas Day at $65 per guest. Children up to 12 years old are $35 each.
Call 202-787-6140 with any questions.
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