Where to Eat Christmas Dinner in Miami
If you're not into eating A Christmas Story-style Chinese dinner on Jesus' birthday, not to worry, there are plenty of other places to get good grub.
Although if you are into Chinese, we've got a list for that, too. But for the rest of y'all, here's a rundown of where you can get a good meal on Christmas Day. Cooked by someone else, natch.
This downtown eatery is serving up a family-style dinner from 6 to 11 p.m. For $50 per person, you'll get edibles like their signature chopped salad -- chayote, edamame, queso fresco, crispy pork belly, roasted corn, crispy tortilla and sherry vinaigrette; ground lamb anticucho skewers with garlic-yogurt sauce, pickled cucumbers and mint; parmesan crusted sea scallops with toasted bread crumbs and lemon butter sauce; honey chipotle ham; adobo turkey, braised short rib and sides such as arroz congri and roasted sweet potatoes. For dessert, traditional tres leches and churros. The restaurant will also feature a signature Christmas cocktail, the Ponche Navidendo ($8) -- blanco tequila, red apple, mango, raisins, cranberries, pineapple, brown sugar, and cinnamon. For reservations, call (305) 372-4710 or visit ToroToroMiami.com.
If Asian eats sound like an appealing alternative, you can score a la carte specials on Christmas eve and Christmas day. These include the Holiday Flip cocktail ($13) -- Pisco Portón, 10-year aged port, maple syrup, chocolate bitters and an egg, dusted with fresh black pepper. To eat: roasted cauliflower with charred scallion, Fuji-apple glaze and lemongrass air; duck confit salad with pickled pear, candied cashew, baby watercress and wasabi-fig dressing; and robata lamb shank with parsnip purée, grilled scallion and Japanese parsley. For sweet stuff, an eggnog tres leite -- pisco, coconut, cranberry gelée, gingerbread tuile, and vanilla bean ice cream. Call 305-673-5337 for reservations at the Miami Beach location, 305-448-4900 for Coral Gables.
In addition to their regular lineup, this Italian outpost will have a menu of truffle-infused offerings on Christmas eve and Christmas day. First, antipasti: Fontina cheese fondue with poached egg yolk and toasted Biova croutons; and filet mignon tartare with parmigiano reggiano. As a first course: "Langhe" tagliolini in Italian butter sauce and risotto with Piemontese toma cheese. Second: thinly-sliced beef tenderloin with porcini mushrooms and veal scaloppini with truffle butter sauce and truffle fries. Holiday hours will be noon - midnight. Call (305) 531-4833 or visit Quattromiami.com for reservations.
Midtown's mod tapas spot will be serving up a Christmas Cocktail ($13) made with pressed apple cider, spiced rum, cinnamon, hibiscus tea, and anise. For dinner, there'll be á la carte selections including boudin blanc with mustard seeds, black truffles and smoked apple chutney; roasted suckling pig with braised Swiss chard, potato purée and garlic mojo; and pan seared striped sea bass with watercress purée, Florida sturgeon caviar and roasted eggplant. For dessert, a unique take on a classic treat -- the Christmas ice cream sandwich, made with gingerbread cookies, eggnog ice cream and winter spiced caramel. For reservations, please call (786) 369-0353 or visit Sugarcanerawbargrill.com.
For a European twist on Christmas, this Gables cafe will be serving up a $35 prix-fixe dinner including options like garbanzo frito with baby spinach and garlic in a light tomato and red pepper sauce; steak au poivre with peppercorn sauce and truffle fries; grilled Scottish salmon topped with herb butter and served over sauteed chickpeas and capers -- among others. A selection of sweets for dessert. Call 305-529-9922 for reservations or visit AngeliqueEuroCafe.com.
For Christmas on top of the world, there's Brickell's culinary high-rise. Dig into their Christmas day buffet from 1 to 8 p.m. They'll have garlic spiked prime rib, miso-glazed ham and a saged turkey carving station, ceviches and more. The buffet runs $75 for adults (includes unlimited bubbles, chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon); and $35 for children under 12. Call for reservations at 305-424-5234.
This swanky spot is hosting a special three-course, $85 per person Christmas eve dinner including lavender-scented Grouper, 28-day aged ribeye and festive desserts. On Christmas day, you can cozy up for brunch. There'll be stations of artisanal cheeses and charcuterie, fresh seafood and sushi, traditional breakfast items and desserts -- plus specialty items including Colorado lamb saddle, truffle risotto and Australian filet mignon. It runs $95 per person, $35 for kids 6 to 12. $25 extra for bottomless mimosas. Reservations are available for 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Call (305) 913 8358 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you want to get your eats on earlier in the day, Edge is offering a Christmas day brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for $99 per person. It'll feature a raw bar, a taco shack, la caja china, a BBQ grill and seasonal fare including butter-basted turkey, bacon-roasted brussels sprouts, sage and pork stuffing and more. They'll also offer a dinner from 6 to 11 p.m. For $45 per person, you'll get celery root soup, foie gras, a traditional turkey dinner and a seasonal dessert. The full a la carte menu will also be available. They're also offering a four-course Christmas eve pre-fixe at $85 per person featuring beef carpaccio, duck confit, swordfish, lamb osso buco and lots of other options. Call 305-381-3190 or email email@example.com for reservations.
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