Steve (my fabulously wonderful husband) and I find ourselves in the middle of a move this Christmas, with our belongings going to not one, or two, but three different places. This inadvertently pushed our holiday onto the back burner and we went with it, deciding not to make plans and see where the day takes us. At the moment, it’s taking me to seeking out restaurants open on Christmas day.
Having lived in Central America for the last decade, Christmas has become much more of a celebration of life and joy, friends and family, beauty and reflection, than one of chilly weather, Christmas trees, pretty lights and fancy packages – remember it’s 95 in the shade, humid as the south, blue skied and beachy where I lived: Not exactly typical sleigh-ride conditions. So Steve and I find it easy to modify our holiday to our needs, which today is food. In a serious way, as all we have left in the fridge is some eggs, arugula and apple juice. Which, if we still had pans, plates, silverwear and glasses, might make a tasty meal. But we don’t, they’re now safely tucked in a garage three miles away.
Hence, I’m looking for cozy, comfy, non-traditional and traditional Christmas-fare restaurants open on Christmas day here in the Bay Area. I figured my hard work ought to be shared and make your day all that much more festive. So grab your egg nog and see what’s being served today in someone else’s dining room:
1. The Duck Club at the Stanford Park Hotel in Menlo Park. Serving a special Holiday menu and accommodating parties without reservations. 650-322-1234.
2. Ibera in Menlo Park, open for a special Christmas menu from 3p.m. to 7p.m. 650-325-8981
3. Madera Restaurant at Rosewood Resort Sand Hill. They are serving a prix fixe four-course dinner for $90 per person. A downloadable menu is available online. At the time of this writing, they had 1p.m. time slots and 8:15 availability. 650.561.1500.
4. Ming’s Palo Alto. Serving their normal menu, open all day. 650.844.9479.
5. Buca di Beppo, Palo Alto. Open until 8pm. Serving their regular menu. 650.329.0665
Happy eating, Merry Christmas and Peace, Joy and Love to all.