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Sep 18, 2009 09:35 AM

Anyone know of Philly places that are usually open Christmas night - in the Chestnut Hill area?

Obviously I have a lot of time to worry about where we'll go for Christmas dinner but I was just thinking about it, so I wonder if anyone knows offhand.
We went to Cresheim Cottage in Mount Airy every year since 2000 but they closed, so last year we made reservations for Cin Cin. When we got there we were told it would be "at least an hour and a half" because they seated everyone without reservations. Needless to say we left very angry and ended up at Yu Hsiang down the street, which made for a good "A Christmas Story" like experience but not what we wanted.

It's been our family tradition since 2000 to have Christmas dinner out, and we'd like to keep it going. It's just hard to find places around stay open on Christmas.

Anyone know of any? Even downtown would work.

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  1. Was happy to have Christmas dinner last year at The Plough & The Stars after Branzino took our reservation when they were closed for the holiday! P&S staff was very gracious to us.

    Festive atmosphere in an historic building at 2nd & Chestnut. Really enjoyed the free-range turkey. They'll post their holiday menu in plenty of time for you to look it over.

    1. I like how you think. Never leave a meal to chance I always say. I wonder if the Valley Green Inn is open for Christmas?

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      1. re: hungry100

        Yes, well we all learned from my father that meals are more important than, well, anything. Valley Green was only open Christmas Eve last year, so I doubt they'd be open. I'd really prefer staying in the area, since my mom lives close by and we like to get a few drinks in her because it's very entertaining, I miss Cresheim Cottage. It wasn't the fanciest meal in the world, but it was a nice place to be during the holidays.

        1. re: charvarose

          Cresheim cottage is reopening with Latin Food. I'm not sure when, though

      2. campbell's might could be open, their food has been excellent since it re-opened.

        1. There are a lot of threads about the c-hill (and mt. airy) restaurants.
          I say, you've got the time - start calling around! I'd start w/ hill tavern, earth, maybe bacio?