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Dec 24, 2010 04:35 PM

Xmas Eve Dining - Going Out Seemed Very Popular This Year!

Merry Christmas Chowhounds!

Just wanted to check in, as I got just got back with my (very) small family of 3 from a delicious dinner at the Beach House in Milford. When we arrived shortly after 5, we were one of only 3 parties there - frankly, I thought we might be it. By the time we left after 7:30, the place was easily 3/4 full. A pianist played throughout dinner, everyone present seemed of (very) good cheer, and as mentioned, the food was delish.

On our way home, we passed Jeffrey's and Stonebridge (in Milford) and both were very crowded with cars. In past years, we have had a difficult time even finding spots which were open on Xmas Eve, let alone those that would fill up. I sense a shift in the tide. Perhaps it is just the idea of hosting, or the cleanup, or the travelling, but more folks seem as if they're heading out and letting others do the cooking.

I hope whether you're dining at home with family, or heading out to your favorite eatery, that you all have a safe, happy and DELICIOUS holiday!

Beach House Restaurant
141 Merwin Ave, Milford, CT 06460

Stonebridge Restaurant
50 Daniel Street, Milford, CT 06460

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  1. Well, I'm not in NE - just saw your post and was curious. Here in St. Louis we're also seeing more open on Christmas Eve beyond the usual Chinese. I'm thinking it's the same thing as restaurants doing brunch for Mother's Day that haven't done it in the past, a possibility of making money in what's been this struggling economy. And of course here, today's snowfall of 3-5 inches has probably zapped much of the business that might have been; we have become such ungodly wimps about winter weather here in the past couple of decades. We were going to go out ourselves, but DH called from a good Vietnamese restaurant where he was lunching with some buds and asked if he could bring something home for dinner instead. (Good idea; it was delicious.)

    1. The restaurant where I work (in MA) was slammed.

      1. We've been having an early Christmas Eve dinner out for the last 5 or so years. We used to make an elaborate roast tenderloin but sitting down to a prime strip at Ruth's Chris with a nice red wine beats that in spades. There were quite busy yesterday when we were there around 5. They said the lunch business (there are open in December for lunch) has been good this year. Lunch at J Gilbert's on Thursday was very busy. Merry Christmas all.

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        1. re: sbxstr

          Yes, we tried to get reservations for J Gilbert's for last night (a couple of days ago) and they were already booked except for the bar. Lunch at Luce on Thursday was decently busy, too. Seems times are a changin' in a positive way and I'm very happy to see and hear it. Merry Christmas, everyone! Hope Santa's good to you and 2011 is a better year for us all! CENT'ANNI!

          1. re: kattyeyes

            We tried to get into Paci for last night, called on Tuesday, but they were booked...too bad, menu sounded great!

            Paci Restaurant
            96 Station St, Southport, CT 06890

        2. In Lubbock there were numerous restos open for lunch, but with the exception of a few chains, almost nothing open for Christmas Eve dinner. Those that were open appeared to be doing the bidniss, though.