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Suggestions for a Christmas Day lunch in NoVa?

kelly5612 Sep 30, 2013 08:17 AM

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. monavano RE: kelly5612 Sep 30, 2013 08:36 AM

    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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      kelly5612 RE: monavano Sep 30, 2013 09:13 AM

      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.

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        monavano RE: kelly5612 Sep 30, 2013 09:21 AM

        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. Dennis S RE: kelly5612 Oct 1, 2013 10:57 AM

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

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        dpan RE: kelly5612 Oct 1, 2013 11:44 AM

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

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          monavano RE: dpan Oct 2, 2013 10:43 AM

          Great suggestion.

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          flavrmeistr RE: kelly5612 Oct 1, 2013 01:05 PM

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

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            Steve RE: flavrmeistr Oct 1, 2013 02:06 PM

            aka The Jewish Christmas. Peking Gourmet Inn.

            Reservations essential.

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

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              flavrmeistr RE: Steve Oct 2, 2013 10:30 AM

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

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                monavano RE: flavrmeistr Oct 2, 2013 10:44 AM

                So "A Christmas Story"!

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                  flavrmeistr RE: monavano Oct 2, 2013 06:30 PM

                  For 15!

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            Just Visiting RE: kelly5612 Oct 3, 2013 03:26 AM

            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.

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