Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Ho, Ho, Holiday Happenings at These Atlanta Restaurants

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Emily Connolly or Morgan Lanier
Melissa Libby & Associates

Food and Drink Specials Abound for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Holiday cheer has spread through the Atlanta air, giving residents a reason to celebrate. Skip the stress of planning your holiday meal this year. Here are some of Atlanta’s best restaurants and nightspots that will be open Christmas Eve or Christmas Day and have you covered with holly jolly specials, events and takeout options:

Enjoy an elegant Christmas Eve dinner at Aria in Buckhead before heading out to a candlelight service or to view Christmas lights. Gerry Klaskala’s acclaimed restaurant opens at 5 p.m. Dec. 24.

Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland stays open late Christmas Eve night for those waiting up for Santa (or frustrated by DIY assembly directions). Coals glowing in the Big Green Egg will rival the lights on your big green tree when the neighborhood gathering spot opens at 4 p.m. on Christmas Day. The special prix fix dinner menu stars BGE smoked turkey breast with caramelized apple and sage stuffing and cider gravy; bourbon glazed ham and roasted root vegetables; a crispy onion and roasted mushroom-decked green bean casserole; roasted garlic mashed potatoes; cranberry Grand Marnier compote; sweet potato biscuits; and sugarplum choices of peppermint cheesecake or Southern pecan pie for dessert. Reservations recommended, call 404-876-7249. Priced at $28 for adults, $18 for young adults and $10 for the under 10 set.

Down the street in Poncey-Highland, Rize Artisan Pizza + Salads will be open Christmas Eve and serving from its regular menu of artisan pizzas, healthy salads and global American fare from 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

5Church Atlanta in Midtown will be open Christmas Eve and serving from their regular menu. Closing time will be determined by the amount of merriment filling its dining room and bar.

Your Christmas cheer headquarters is Ormsby’s. The Westside restaurant will be open on Christmas Eve and serving as usual, although closing time is flexible. Ormsby’s will be closed on Christmas Day. 

Opt for brunch in Midtown before you finish your last minute holiday shopping. The Federal will be open for brunch only on Christmas Eve from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

After a Christmas Eve stroll in Piedmont Park or taking in Garden Lights Holiday Nights at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, stop by HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern in Midtown and warm up with favorite dishes and drinks from the regular menu. Park the sleigh at HOBNOB on Christmas Day to celebrate the holiday from 3-9 p.m.

Order your Christmas meal to-go! Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails has Applewood-smoked turkeys with Madeira gravy and spiral hams with bourbon-orange glaze available for purchase for $85 each plus tax. Both options comes with one side and feeds 6-8 people. Additional sides are available upon request for $18 a quart. Order by Dec. 19 and pick up Dec. 23 and Dec. 24. Place your order here or call 770-817-0161. Visit Milton’s on Christmas Eve for holiday specials in addition to their regular menu.

Marc Taft’s Chicken and the Egg is clucking up a special Christmas Eve menu available Dec. 23 from 5-10 p.m. and Christmas Eve from 5-9 p.m. Before supper, grab pork croquettes or creamy mushroom bisque before you dive into salt and herb-crusted prime rib (while it lasts!) or C+E famous buttermilk fried chicken. Pro tip: bring Santa your leftover spiced apple cake and you’re sure to be on his good list!

Relax after all of that last minute holiday shopping and enjoy Christmas Eve dinner with friends and family at Gypsy Kitchen at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta. Gypsy Kitchen will serve dinner from 5-9 pm and the bar will remain open until 10 pm. The menu features executive chef Matthew Ridgway’s signature Spanish cuisine that includes a variety of shareable snacks (pinchos), small plates (tapas), entrées (raciónes) and larger sharing plates (platos largos) for communal-style meals. Make reservations online or by calling (404) 939-9840. 

Across the Chattahoochee River in East Cobb, sister restaurants Seed Kitchen & Bar and Stem Wine Bar on Johnson Ferry Road and Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar at The Avenue Marietta will all be open as usual and offering their regular menus on Christmas Eve. 

During Christmas Week Dec. 18-24, enjoy a special three-course holiday dinner at Aqua blue.  The $39 per person prix fixe menu includes seafood gumbo or house salad; grilled ahi tuna with scallops and shrimp or grilled New York strip with coconut shrimp; and warm chocolate cake or New York-style chocolate cheesecake. Call 770-643-8886 for reservations.

Secreto Southern Kitchen & Bar in Alpharetta will be open and featuring a prix fix menu on Dec. 24. The staff is taking Christmas Day off and hopes you’ll be enjoying the day with friends and family as well.


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