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Sep 30, 2013 08:17 AM

Suggestions for a Christmas Day lunch in NoVa?

We need someplace that can handle a group of 15, too. Anything between Arlington and Fairfax, Tysons and Annandale, would work. Would prefer American but open to Chinese.

I checked with Ruth's Chris, PF Changs, Cheesecake Factory...all closed on the holiday.

(Or should we just order from Whole Foods?)


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  1. I'd check to see if any of the Great American Restaurant Group places are open. Also try the Neighborhood Restaurant Group.

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    1. re: monavano

      Thanks. I left a message at Great American. Unfortunately for NRG, their website is (still?) under construction, so I'll have to call those individually.

      1. re: kelly5612

        I think just calling one will give you the answer to all their restaurants. They're a good bet for a group. Good luck!
        If you're willing to drive into DC, you could try Old Ebbitt. It's really close in and an easy drive.
        Fun for out of town guests, too.

    2. El Manantial in Reston might be an option - but a call is suggested.

      1. Shouldn't all of the big hotel restaurants be open?

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        1. Mark's Duck House, Duck Chang's, Peking Gourmet. There's a theme working here.

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          1. re: flavrmeistr

            aka The Jewish Christmas. Peking Gourmet Inn.

            Reservations essential.

            I recommend the Szechuian Beef Proper, the Garlic Sprouts with Chicken, and a whole fish.

            1. re: Steve

              ...and 3-4 whole Peking ducks. Nothing says "Merry Christmas" like Peking duck, carved tableside.

          2. Go to Open Table and search for restaurants open Christmas day.

            For NoVA, there are 14 restaurants listed (and it is early, so there may be more added later).

            They are mostly ethnic, and oddly, Ruth's Chris is among them not that I'd ever spend a dime on that lousy food.