Not interested in cooking Christmas dinner this year?  That’s okay because here a few local restaurants that will do it for you.  From pasta to seafood to the traditional turkey dinner, whatever you’re in the mood for this holiday you will find it on the menu at one of these local eateries.

All the local Shell Shack locations will be open Christmas Eve and Christmas day and are celebrating the holiday season with seafood.  On December 24 and 25 Shell Shack is offering complimentary dessert with each combo platter purchased and on December 25 they are doing a Onesie and PJ Party. The VIP is $42.99 and includes Snow Crab, Boiled Shrimp, corns, potato sausage and all are served with fries and hushpuppies.  There is also the Date Night option for $84.99 or the Heavyweight for $156.99, this last one feeds up to six people.

At LARK on the Park Chef Ryan Barnett will be preparing special Christmas Eve and Christmas Day suppers from 5 to 10 p.m. featuring traditional holiday specials in addition to the a la carte menu. Offerings include Grilled Venison Loin, Traditional Baked Ham, Roast Goose and Grilled Salmon.

Dakota’s Steakhouse is delivering above and beyond expectations for the holidays.  The iconic steakhouse will be open for dinner service on Christmas Eve from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Menu highlights include Crispy Calamari with roasted tomato aioli and sweet & spicy peppers; Dakota’s Housemade Mozzarella with Texas heirloom tomatoes, fried basil, spicy parmesan chips; Prime Aged Cowboy with 22 oz. dry-aged, bone-in rib eye; and Chilean Sea Bass with saffron poached Yukon potatoes, chorizo, roasted fennel and shrimp coulis.

With a focus on fresh, simple comfort foods curated by executive chef Taylor Kearney, DISH Preston Hollow will be providing a dining experience like no other for the Christmas holiday. Open on Christmas Eve from 4 to 10 p.m., menu highlights include Roasted Beets prepared with candied pecans, chives & goat cheese; Sweet Potato Soup served with crème fraiche, herb oil & cornbread crouton; Shrimp Scampi with polenta, peppercorn butter & dressed greens; and BBQ Short Ribs served with whipped potato, tobacco onion & spinach.  

Located in Dallas’ historic West End, RJ Mexican Cuisine is an upscale Mexican concept where every dish and cocktail is created in-house from scratch. RJ Mexican will be opened from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Christmas Day with a menu focusing on Mexican cuisine where traditional Mexican dishes are combined with a Texas twist to create a wave of unexpected flavors.

Second Floor Regionally Inspired Kitchen will provide patrons with a Christmas three-course prix fixe menu from 3 to 10 p.m. on Christmas Day created by executive chef David Smith.  The prix fixe menu includes a choice of starters, a selection of entrees and desserts – all chosen to celebrate timeless Christmas classics.  Second Floor will also be open on Christmas Eve from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. and will open on Christmas Day at 11 a.m. for regular bites until the 3 p.m., prix fixe begins.

Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek’s Mansion Restaurant will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with guests enjoying a multi-course menu including traditional holiday favorites and an indulgent array of decadent desserts. Seating times include 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.  The Mansion Bar will also be the perfect setting for a holiday drink with a cozy indoor fireplace and live music.  The suggested holiday seasonal drink while visiting is the signature American Toddy featuring Laird & Company’s Apple Jack, honey, apple and special holiday tea.

It’s okay to cheat and have someone cook it for you

While you are making merry and assuring the gifts are under the tree and your guests have just the right blend of egg nog, pick up lunch or dinner for Christmas day at one of the two local Kenny Bowers restaurants.  Kenny’s Smoke House at the Shops at Legacy in Plano and Kenny’s Italian Kitchen at Addison’s Village on the Parkway are both offering family or party sized to-go options, but you do need to order in advance by calling the restaurant directly.

At Kenny’s Smoke House – they’re smoking in large quantities to make holiday dinners smokin’ hot with a choice of a 3.5 or 10-pound whole smoked turkey breast or a 13-pound whole smoked prime rib.

At Kenny’s Italian Kitchen you can pick up a variety of Kenny’s Italian platters.  Each item is available in two sizes, either a half-pan, which feeds approximately 10 people or a full pan, which feeds about 20 people. Choose from options like spaghetti and meatballs, fettucini alfredo, sausage and peppers to cheese ravioli, eggplant parmigiana and gnocchi asiago to name a few tasty Italian choices.

Another holiday to go check out One90 Smoked Meats where an eight-pound whole brisket serving 32 is available, a half brisket, beef tenderloin, five-pound prime rib, jumbo turkey leg  or two-pound turkey breast feeding eight-plus are all available.

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