Photo courtesy Flemings Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Arguably the best scene in A Christmas Story
is when the burnt turkey comes out of the oven and the Old Man gathers the fam: "Everyone get dressed! We're going out to eat!
" They end up at the neighborhood Chinese restaurant in front of a Peking duck instead of a turkey and the trimmings.
We wouldn't fault you one bit for dining at Peter's Kitchen
, Ming's Bistro
or Tasty Wok
on Christmas Day (I will, TBH), but if you're looking for something a little more traditional (read: $$$), make reservations at one of these local restaurants serving gorgeous goodies on Dec. 24 and 25.
1921 Mount Dora
Mount Dora's charming-est eatery will serve a Christmas Feast from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Dec. 24. The menu features dishes like Cheerwine-glazed pork spareribs, braised lamb with dates, and lemon cheesecake.
Canvas Restaurant & Market
Menu specials for Christmas Eve include Chilean sea bass with roasted fennel and herb puree ($40), and a 28-ounce Porterhouse steak with confit mushrooms, cippolini onions and roasted garlic ($60).
Chroma Modern Bar + Kitchen
Menu specials for Christmas include roasted duck breast and confit duck leg with cherries, parsnip mousse, bourbon and crispy parsnips ($27), Wagyu N.Y. Strip with Grana Pandano, roasted red potatoes, charred trumpet mushrooms and demi-glace ($39).
The Ravenous Pig
The Winter Park hog heaven will serve a traditional Christmas Eve Pig Roast from 11:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Dec. 24. The $18 plate includes sliced pork, candied collards, black-eyed peas, cornbread and a seasonal dessert. A limited menu will also be available. Some chef specials will be available when the restaurant opens for dinner at 5:00 p.m.
The Dr. Phillips boite will offer Christmas Eve specials including creamy chestnut soup, pan-roasted branzino, and Buche de Noel for dessert.
Flemings Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar (Sand Lake)
No need to abstain — Flemings is offering 20 percent off your Uber ride home from the restaurant (just ask your server for the voucher code when you're ready to call your car). The holiday prix fixe menu includes filet mignon, lobster tail, Cabernet demi-glace and sauteed mushrooms. Christmas Day service starts at 4 p.m.
Morton's The Steakhouse
Open from 4 to 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve, and 2 to 9 p.m. on Christmas Day, Morton's is serving signature steakhouse fare with specials like Côte de Boeuf and Filet & Lobster Oscar.
American Kitchen Bar & Grill
Located inside the B Resort at Disney Springs, the holiday menu includes roasted turkey with sage brown gravy (what's more American, truly?), and prime rib, as well as all the traditional holiday fixings, plus chocolate-peppermint ice cream and pecan pie for dessert.
Dive into Disney Springs' swankiest address with the a la carte menu, as well as Prime Rib and several other holiday specials from the kitchen. A kids' menu is also available.
Pig Floyd's Urban Barbacoa
Both Mills 50 and Lake Nona locations will be open from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Christmas day, offering their particular brand of BBQ, including those fan-fave butter chicken tacos.
Reel Fish Coastal Kitchen
The Winter Park seafood spot is hosting its annual Feast of the Seven Fishes dinner on Dec. 24 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The menu includes a reception with clams Casino, champagne and other heavy apps, family-style sharing platters of fried hogfish and seafood nachos (super tradish), and individual dishes like cioppino and seafood linguine. Tickets are $69 and can be reserved by calling 407-543-3474.
The Kitchen at Hard Rock Hotel
After all the presents are opened, forget busting out that nonstick flapjack skillet. Head to the Hard Rock hotel at Universal Orlando resort and choose from a gigantic buffet, including carving stations, omelet and griddle station, and seafood bar. Make reservations by calling 407-503-3463.
Rosen Centre Hotel
Swill complimentary champagne and mimosas and get free valet parking at the Rosen Centre. The holiday buffet includes roasted turkey, a seafood station, traditional Yule Logs for dessert, as well as eggnog cheesecake.
Highball & Harvest
Expect to be pampered at the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes' signature gastropub, where tickets are $120 for adults and $50 for kids 12 and under. The menu is available here
, and you can expect perfectly prepared farm-to-fork buffet-style dishes and a bountiful raw bar.
Next door to the Ritz, the JW Marriott Grande Lakes's restaurant, PRIMO, is also staging a Christmas Day dinner to remember. Instead of a buffet, chef Melissa Kelly's place will have a special a la carte menu gleaning inspiration from traditional Italian holiday favorites from the restaurant's organic garden. Dinner is from 5 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 25. Make reservations at 407-393-4683.
The Kissimmee resort will serve a traditional Christmas Day buffet, including carving stations, salads, sides and desserts. Live entertainment and activities for the kids also on deck. Tickets are $55 for adults, $22 for kids 4 to 12.