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Any suggestions on places open Christmas Day? I'm in Canton, so looking for something in the Plymouth/Northville/Novi area. Or possibly downtown. Just about any type of cuisine is good, with the exception of middle eastern. Thanks!

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  1. This is probably much farther than you would want to drive, but the Park Place Hotel in Rochester is open for Christmas dinner. It's a beautiful hotel and if you go late enough you can catch the lights in downtown Rochester.

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    1. re: grouper

      It does sound nice, but I'm hoping to find something closer to home. Thanks, though!

    2. Why don't you give Mitchel's (fish place on Haggerty) a call. I saw on the news this evening that they were going to be open on New Year's day and they might also be open on Christmas. Good luck.
      Bob

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      1. re: SonyBob

        I did try them, and they are closed on Christmas Day. Thanks, though.

      2. We usually find Chinese places open on Christmas. I don' know your area for a specific recommendation, but maybe someone can opine. Probably other Asian cuisine spots are also open.

        1. I'm curious as well, seeing that I'm currently in Canton and might want to go out later...

          1. Yeah, I think your two best options are either Chinese/other Asian or hotel restaurants. However, I just checked 2 hotel restaurants I thought of, Toasted Oak at the Hotel Baronette in Novi, and 5ive at St Johns in Plymouth and neither of them are showing any openings. So, either they're fully booked or closed??

            1. Tomatoes Apizza is open on Christmas Day!!! I believe it's the Middlebelt & 14 Mile location that's open, NOT the Haggerty & Grand River location. Might want to call and check.

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              Tomatoes Apizza
              29275 14 Mile Road, Farmington Hills, MI

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              1. re: jjspw

                Hey jjspw,

                Is there a China Town, or something similar, that we could look for a meal on Christmas Day????? A bunch of us will be coming down from Toronto on the 25th, and staying in Madison Heights. China Towns in Toronto open 365.25 days a year and I assume Chinese in other major US cities do the same. Please let me know so that I can plan where to have our dinner that night after we have arrived. It does not matter if it is a Vietnamese Pho place or a family run Chinese restaurant. I do not mind to try out Tomatoes Apizza at all, if they are open on that day.

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                Tomatoes Apizza
                29275 14 Mile Road, Farmington Hills, MI

                1. re: diehardlasallejai

                  We have no real Chinatown anymore. There's a string of Vietnamese restaurants on John R between 12 and 13 Mile roads and in that general area—not sure of Xmas hours, but they're good. I think Que Huong would even survive in TO.

                  But Pizzeria Biga in Southfield sounds like a good bet! Read the last part—it'll be open on Christmas.

                  http://diningindetroit.blogspot.com/2...

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                  Que Huong Restaurant
                  30820 John R Rd, Madison Heights, MI 48071

                  1. re: diehardlasallejai

                    Can't speak for Madison Heights (I have stpped at Big Boy after a movie at the Cinemark on Chritsmas in years past, but that's it) but I know there are a couple Chinese restaurants open around West Bloomfield, or they have been in the past. Shangri La and Golden Phoenix, on Orchard Lake just North of Maple are open, though Golden Phoenix doesn't open until late afternoon and Shangri La gets very, very busy. On Maple and Welch is a restaurant called China Town, mostly carryout. I have carried out from there on Christmas.
                    One non-ethnic place in that area I have gone to on Christmas is the Rendezvous Cafe, on Orchard Lake North of Thirteen Mile.

                    1. re: Fibber McGee

                      Thanks, Jim M and Fibber McGee,

                      We will try Que Huong first and they are not open this Saturday we will call other places you recommend to see if any of them are open. My wife and I always like to try Pho places around the USA any way, and Cleveland's so far tops our list. If Detroit has one that can compare to TO's, then I will be extremely delighted and astonished. Pho is one of our comfort foods and I really do not mind to have a couple bowls as Christmas dinner with my family and friends. : )

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                      Que Huong Restaurant
                      30820 John R Rd, Madison Heights, MI 48071

                      1. re: diehardlasallejai

                        Jim M is right about our lack of a "Chinatown" area. Que Huong is a good recommendation, but they tend to close on holidays, so definitely call ahead. I know for sure that Pho Hang will be open, but it's piss-poor Viet food that will really disappoint. Thuy Trang is my favorite of the Madison Heights Vietnamese restaurants, but like Que Huong, they tend to close on holidays (so again, call ahead).

                        Thuy Trang Restaurant
                        30491 John R Rd
                        Madison Heights, MI 48071
                        (248) 588-7823

                        Most every Chinese restaurant in the greater metro area remains open for Christmas. But I really can't happily recommend any of them to someone from Toronto. If any, I'd suggest checking out Trizest, for their Sichuan dishes. But again, call ahead to be sure they're open on Christmas.

                        Trizest Restaurant
                        33170 Dequindre Rd
                        Sterling Heights, MI 48310
                        (586) 268-1450

                        Another really good option -- for good pho and/or Chinese food -- is to go back across the border to Windsor. There are quite a few good Viet and Chinese restaurants there, and in my experience, it doesn't seem that Canada shuts everything down on Christmas the way things are in the States. Let me know if you're interested, and I'll post a few Windsor recommendations.

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                        Pho Hang Restaurant
                        30921 Dequindre Rd, Madison Heights, MI 48071

                        Thuy Trang Restaurant
                        30491 John R Rd, Madison Heights, MI 48071

                        Que Huong Restaurant
                        30820 John R Rd, Madison Heights, MI 48071

                        1. re: jjspw

                          Hi jjspw,

                          Thanks for you reply. I will try Que Huong and Thuy Trang first for sure, because I really want to see how good the Pho is in the Greater Detroit Area, and if they are both closed, then I will resort to Tomatoes Apizza. We cannot really return to Windsor for dinner that evening, because we need to be out of Canada for a continuous 48 hours to take advantage of the $400 exemtpion per person, and if we cross the border again Saturday night we will have to stay longer to accumulate the needed 48 hours. Some of us may not be able to stay longer. As for Trizest, it is probably good for me but not for some amongst us, because not every one is like me who can tolerate hot pepper dishes. Thanks any way, and if you suddenly think of a place we can try do let me know before Saturday. : )

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                          Tomatoes Apizza
                          29275 14 Mile Road, Farmington Hills, MI

                          Thuy Trang Restaurant
                          30491 John R Rd, Madison Heights, MI 48071

                          Que Huong Restaurant
                          30820 John R Rd, Madison Heights, MI 48071

                          1. re: jjspw

                            Trizest will supposedly be open today and tomorrow. I was there last week and asked.