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restaurants open Christmas day?

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restaurants open Christmas day?

I will be in Fort Lauderdale for Christmass. I am looking for restuarant that you can order American food off the menu or I do not mind the turkey dinner if it is not over $30.00 per person. I do not mind driving to a near by city.

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1. Re: restaurants open Christmas day?

All the major hotels around town are open, so those may be your best bet --- in addition Nick's on A1A is open and offering some type of Christmas menu. I don't know of much else however. In Miami / Miami Beach there are plenty of places if you don't mind the drive.

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2. Re: restaurants open Christmas day?

It's a little early for ads to start appearing, but it does appear Himmarshee Bar and Grill will be open, a rather nice restaurant in the Downtown Riverwalk area, so you might take look at their website. Also, the Buffet at the Isle Casino in Pompano Beach will be open, which leads me to think that the other local casinos- Hard Rock , Mardi Gras and Gulfstream will also have at least one restaurant open. As another poster said, hotel dining areas are all usually open- though many tend to have buffets on that day. As I see ads start appearing , I'll try to remember to come back and add to this post and hopefully between all the local posters we will give you many possible choices.

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3. Re: restaurants open Christmas day?

Zuckerello's is also advertising Christmas dinner and their menu choices are on their website , but no turkey- mainly prime rib, veal or pork osso buco and lots of fish choices. They are on Commercial Blvd a little west of the Intracoastal and are well liked by locals and seasonal snowbirds.

I know Sea Watch is closed as I already checked and Ambry, which is German American but makes a nice traditional turkey dinner on holidays, is open Christmas Eve , but not Christmas Day. We will keep looking and listing!

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4. Re: restaurants open Christmas day?

Two or three possibilities for the original poster who wanted a traditional, mid priced place:

The Cove in Deerfield Beach will be open and I know does fairly traditional food- a couple of years ago I would not have recommended it , but they seem to have revamped teh management/chef and I understand things are much improved.

The Wine Cellar- Oakland Park Boulevard. It is German/Austrian but tends to prepare traditional things like turkey or roast pork and has advertised they will be open. Another place that seems to be under new management and doing better.

Riva at the Marriott Harbor Beach. The more well known 3030 Ocean there is open as well, but this one would tend to have more of the traditional menu I think- 30330 is more high end seafood.

Some other hotel dining rooms that will be open are:

Cero ( Ritz Carlton).- very pricey and not worth it in my opinion

China Grill at Hilton Marina -another overpriced place in my mind

da Campo- at the Il Lugano- another high priced pick- a Todd English restaurant and tends toward Italian cuisine

E Spot- at Embassy Suites on 17th St.- I'm sure it's a typical hotel eatery and not all that expensive- not sure how good- recently opened as this concept with a typical American menu- nothing too elaborate

Hollywood Prime- at the Westin Diplomat in Hollywood - also very expensive

North Ocean Grill - at the Pelican Grande- may be a buffet as it was at Thanksgiving

Latitudes- It's in Hollywood- not sure which hotel- Marriott maybe or Crowne Plaza

Trina- at teh Atlantic Hotel- had been on a downhill slide - heard they have new chef- probably on the pricey side too

I'm sure there are other hotels- I'd expect Riverside , and Hyatt Pier 66 to be open , but haven't seen anything official

Among non- hotel places not mentioned yet, Charley's Crab - Oakland Park Blvd at the Bridge- I've never liked my meals or service there and have stopped going - though I can walk there, but others have seemed happy

Mai Kai- both show and non show price options- not my favorite , but I must say the pork tenderloin at happy Hour was very good- they usually prepare turkey for holiday dining

Johnny V- on Las Olas- one of the 'hot chefs" who does TV appearances- again others are more impressed than I am.

I'm sure there area few others- hopefully folks who hear of more will keep adding on. I'm hoping to see an ad for Old Heidelberg down on State Rd 84- they are German but make a good traditional turkey dinner and if I were going out , and they were open I'd probably go there ( since my favorite the Ambry is closed on Christmas day)- I enjoy apple strudel as holiday dessert...

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5. Re: restaurants open Christmas day?

The Sun Sentinel posted a list and here's the website:

sun-sentinel.com/entertainment/restaurants

/fl-open-on-christmas-20091208,0,3637911.story

I wasn't able to put this all on one line, so put it all together in your browser to see the whole story.

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