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Christmas Brunch Tablescape

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Christmas Brunch Tablescape


The best places to eat an unconventional dinner for Christmas

Christmas dinner is the perfect time to bring together family and friends around a table of delicious food. But that table doesn’t have to be in your home. It’s okay to break with tradition and celebrate Christmas dinner in a restaurant.

Southern restaurants are catching on to this growing trend and creating memorable dinner menus you’ll be happy to enjoy without the stress during this busy time of year. Head to these Southern restaurants if you want to do Christmas dinner a little differently this year. 

Atlanta, Georgia
Hampton + Hudson will be transforming into “A Christmas Story” inspired pop-up restaurant on Christmas day. Inspired by the restaurant featured in the Christmas classic, the Bo’Ling Chop Suey Palace pop-up will be serving a special Chinese menu that you can enjoy in the restaurant or take it home to eat next to the Christmas tree. Catch “A Christmas Story” and some football playing on tv throughout the restaurant. 

Houston, Texas
At FM Kitchen & Bar in Houston, Christmas Eve brunch is an all-day event. The yummy holiday spread includes egg nog pancakes, christmas pork and eggs, bagel and lox, and a Snickerdoodle shake, reported the Houston Press.

New Orleans, Louisiana
In New Orleans, the holidays are a time to awaken the senses, and a Reveillon dinner is the perfect place to do just that. According to the French Quarter, the dinners "began as a family tradition enjoyed in the home [and are] now an extravaganza of good food and festive spirits.” Menus at modern Reveillon dinners include everything from Creole dishes to contemporary American food. At Tujague’s Restaurant, Reveillon is a tradition that has been a part of the restaurant's fabric since it was established in 1856. Some of “its traditional specialties include shrimp and goat cheese crepes with a chardonnay Creole cream; grilled center-cut double pork chops with roasted sweet potatoes, swiss chard, and Steen’s apple glaze; and white chocolate bread pudding with bourbon caramel sauce.” Yum.

Miami, Florida
Using the best Floridian ingredients, the menu at the Nautilus Cabana club marries “the cuisine of Southern France with a Miami palate.” And it will be pulling out all of the stops for Christmas. The holiday feast will include Champagne, seafood ceviche, a whole-pig carving station, prime rib and delicious desserts like tres leches and blueberry tarts, reported Eater Miami.  

The Southern Kitchen Guide to Christmas Brunch

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Rachel Taylor is a staff writer at Southern Kitchen. She moved to Atlanta earlier this year after graduating college in Maryland, and has been a digital audience specialist at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Politically Georgia, as well as a freelance writer for publications such as USA Today and the Delmarva Daily Times on Maryland's Eastern Shore. She has lived in France and Italy, and loves to travel.