by Zoe Aron
Thanksgiving and Christmas time are filled with joy, love, holiday spirit and lots of feasting. While many of us choose to attend gatherings with friends and family, sometimes, as the saying goes, shit happens. For anyone who has ever seen A Christmas Story, you know how bad the simple mistake of burning your Christmas meal can get. If you’re looking to dine out, and want to get away from the usual ‘Chinese restaurant for Christmas dinner’ scenario, check out this list of some of Atlanta’s trendiest spots that all have you covered for the holiday season.
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Atmosphere Bistro: French; $31-$50. Ansley Park, website
BLT Steak: Modern Steakhouse; $50 and up. Downtown, website
Chequers Seafood and Steak: Seafood; $30 and under. East Cobb, website
Fire of Brazil: Brazilian Steakhouse; $50 and up. Downtown, website
Fogo de Chao: Brazilian Steakhouse; $50 and up. Buckhead, website
Legal Sea Foods: Seafood; $31-$50. Downtown, website
McCormick and Schmick’s: Seafood; $30 and under. Downtown/Dunwoody, website
McKendrick’s Steakhouse: Steakhouse; $31-$50. Dunwoody. website
Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse: Steakhouse; $31-$50. Several Locations. website Seasons 52: American; Fresh Grill; $30 and under. Buckhead/Perimeter. website
South City Kitchen: Southern; $31-50. Midtown. website
OPEN FOR CHRISTMAS EVE:
Atmosphere Bistro: French; $31-50. Ansley Park, website
Buca di Beppo*: Italian; $30 and under. Several Locations, website
Einstein’s*: American; $30 and under. Midtown, website
Fogo de Chao*: Brazilian Steakhouse; $50 and up. Buckhead, website
Il Localino: Italian; $30 and under. Inman Park, website
Legal Sea Foods*: Seafood; $31-50. Downtown, website
McCormick and Schmick’s*: Seafood; $30 and under. Downtown/Dunwoody, website
Murphy’s: American; $30 and under. Virginia Highland, website
Poor Calvin’s*: Fusion; $30 and under. Midtown, website
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse*: Steakhouse; $31-50. Several Locations, website
* = open on Christmas Day as well
With menu items ranging from mahi-mahi ceviche and pad thai, to custom-to-order mac and cheese, Bold American Events has probably any and every item you would ever want to have at your holiday party. The food they use is all sustainable, meaning it’s “either local, organic, pesticide free and/or of the lowest carbon footprint possible.” Established in 1996 by Fifth Group Restaurants, Bold American Events will be sure to wow you and your guests with their years of expertise and experience in the market. In addition to their in-house catering team, Bold American Events also has an in-house design team that create holiday table settings, venue décor and more, making it near impossible for your party to not scream perfection.
Bold American Events
Party Execs is a catering and event design company created to meet the needs of today's client. Party Execs mixes fun with traditional when it comes to menu items, with appetizers like Jerk Lobster Crostini, Pinot Grigio Poached Shrimp, and Ravioli in a Brown Butter Sage Sauce being some of their most requested items. They can create a magnetic experience for all occasions. Party Execs accompanies their faire with unique floral decor, and event themes. Calling upon their party professionals is ensuring the success of your next event.
Three Sisters Catering takes care of everything: the setup, linens, china plates and of course, about the food. Find ham, swiss and asparagus cheesecake, panko crusted ginger chicken cake, catfish nuggets and more, as well as many vegetarian options on their extensive menu. The food, which is all fresh, of the highest quality and house made, is all emphasized to be created with love, adding the perfect amount of holiday spirit to your party.
Three Sisters Catering
With a focus on Southern Cuisine, Zest Atlanta will get all your out-of-town friend and family members into the spirit of the South. Southern staples such as stone ground grits and cajun fried turkey with creole gravy are on the menu, as are more creative items such as bacon brittle, jalapeno corn cakes and tiny tacos.