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Christmas Eve in Birmingham?

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Greetings. I'm in Birmingham at a hotel near UAB this week and will be lookiing for something on Christmas Eve. Anyone know of anything that might be open, even with early close? I'll go for anything decent or close to it. Southside would be a plus.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

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  1. Gianmarco's was open on Christmas eve last year.

    1. Gianmarco's is not in Southside, and they've been booked through to the end of the year for weeks now anyhow.

      I don't know if these places are all open, but Chez Fonfon, Bottega, 26, Ocean, Hot and Hot Fish Club and The Veranda are some of the better dining locales in Southside. The first four I can recommend personally, the others I haven't been to but have listed if one of the first four doesn't work out. There's of course also Highlands, but I'm assuming they're booked (Chez Fonfon is the casual side of Highlands and doesn't take reservations, earlier you go the better, but I don't know if that applies to Christmas Eve).

      I imagine Southside as a whole will be pretty quiet on Christmas Eve, but those would all be nice choices. Blue Monkey (if you are a martini person) or J Clyde (beer person) would be nice stops afterwards. (Again, check hours before going).

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      1. re: flyerguybham

        GianMarco's is only a short cab ride away, and you can always eat at the bar. If you decide to do that, I would get there by around 5:30, as there will likely be a lot of the regulars arriving there early that evening.

        Highlands and Bottega will both be closed. I am not sure about Fonfon, Hot and Hot, Ocean/26 or Veranda.

      2. Ruth's Chris will probably be open...we are going to the Knoxville location.