The Peninsula Grill
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By Travel + Leisure
December 22, 2014

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By Kate Parham Kordsmeier, Travel + Leisure

Twenty-two million turkeys appear on Christmas tables every year, washed down by 122 pounds of eggnog and made possible by umpteen hours in the kitchen. No doubt about it, hosting Christmas dinner is a lot of work.

Let’s be honest: sometimes the reality of hosting a festive feast is enough to turn the cheeriest person into a Grinch. If your favorite thing to make for dinner is reservations, we’ve got you—and your loved ones—covered this holiday.

There are dozens of restaurants just waiting to host you for a meaningful meal on Christmas Day—no preheating or dish duty required (though, in the spirit of the season, consider leaving a generous tip for those who are working).

For a truly one-of-a-kind Christmas away from home, snag a seat on the open sleigh ride that brings diners through the Colorado woods to Uley’s Cabin for an intimate, mountain-inspired feast including venison chop and roasted chestnut soup. Or get dolled up in your Sunday best for a spread of figgy pudding beignets and eggnog crème brûlée at the Grille at Morrison House in Alexandria, VA.

Chef Tim Graham’s Chicago hot spot Travelle puts a more playful spin on the season, offering a choice of entrées dubbed “Naughty” or “Nice”—served, we hope, without judgment.

Going out for Chinese food is its own sort of Christmas tradition, and one of the finest places to partake is at San Francisco’s Yank Sing, where roast beef is swapped for Shanghai dumplings and other dim sum.

In short, whatever you’re craving at Christmas, one of these restaurants will satisfy.


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