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Christmas dinner in a restaurant with an elderly parent?

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My elderly father would like to go out to dinner on Christmas day. He has mobility issues, and his hearing isn’t great. The ideal place would be easy for him to navigate from the door to the table and the bathroom, have some privacy (or at least not be too loud), and be within a 30 minute drive of Silver Spring, MD.

I don’t live in the area so I’m at a loss finding a place that meets some, if not all, of our needs. Any advice?

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  1. Not sure what would be open on Christmas day. Might want to check on Ruth's Chris Steakhouse or Morton's steakhouse, both in Bethesda. Also check out The Lodge ( Clydes) in Rockville. Another choice is Founding Fathers in Potomac Park off Montrose road.

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    1. re: dining with doc

      Thanks! I'll check them all out.

    2. The Washington Post suggests in Potomac (no idea how far a drive that is from Silver Spring...

      "Founding Farmers eye-catching menu items include the fried chicken and waffles, crispy chicken from an 800 degree oven and an entire section of the menu devoted to hot dogs and seafood rolls. 11 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. 12505 Park Potomac Ave. Potomac. 301-340-8783. www.wearefoundingfarmers.com "

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      1. re: donaldbabb

        Founding farmers is great but doubt you will be able to get a reservation and also doubt they are open Xmas day

      2. Tony Lin's in the Montrose Crossing shopping center is always open on Christmas and has both an Americanized Chinese menu and a more traditional one. Clyde's Tower Oaks Lodge is not open on Christmas.

        But...a quick look at open table shows several other places are open --- Timpano (also in MC center), Daily Grill in Bethesda, Legal Seafood, Brasserie Monte Carlo. And yes, even Founding Farmers. But no res until late...

        1. We ended up having a very early dinner at the Daily Grill. It worked out great. My thanks to everyone for the help.