Holiday Dining: When cooking for Christmas just doesn’t cut it

Jan 22 • Food Features, GRUB & GUZZLENo Comments on Holiday Dining: When cooking for Christmas just doesn’t cut it

It’s becoming a quintessential holiday tradition for travelers of the season, as well as folks who just want to skip the entire day of cooking to enjoy more quality time with their families: dining out on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Numerous restaurants across the Port City are staying open on December 24 and 25 to allow folks a fill of tasty holiday offerings without lifting a single finger to chop, stir, serve, or clean up afterward.

A SOUTHERN CHRISTMAS: Casey's Buffet will be serving up their Sunday menu this Christmas Eve. Courtesy photo.

A SOUTHERN CHRISTMAS: Casey’s Buffet will be serving up their Sunday menu this Christmas Eve. Courtesy photo.


4540 Fountain Drive • 910-312-2738

The season is all about giving, and Low Tide Pub will be doing just that. From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., they’ll be serving the less fortunate a traditional Christmas dinner of turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, corn, and dinner rolls, with dessert and drinks. Anyone who wishes to help or to donate to the dinner can contact Eleanor Deschamps at  910-312-2738.


7 Wayne Drive • 910-251-9229

Want to relive the famed restaurant scene from “A Christmas Story” because the dog ate your turkey? Though Indochine may not serve up Peking duck, they do have a delicious assortment of Thai and Vietnamese cuisine for you to sink your teeth into! They’re open on Christmas Day from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and will be serving their full menu, which includes items like panang curry, drunken noodles, lettuce wraps, pho bac, and so much more.


4540 Fountain Drive • 910-313-2738

From 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sweet ‘n’ Savory will serve a traditional Christmas dinner for $29.99 an adult and $15.99 for kids 4-11 (all kids under 4, free). Food is served family-style, all-you-can eat and has boundless options, like slow-roasted turkey, cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes, shrimp ‘n’ grits, pork roast, creamed spinach, squash casserole, and desserts galore, from key lime pie to banana pudding. Must make reservations ahead of time and request Christmas dinner seating.


6801-105 Parker Farm Road


On Christmas Eve, Roko will be serving traditional Italian favorites, including handmade pastas from head chef and proprietor Jadran Peros. Plus, they’ll have a feature entrée of osso buco—a crosscut veal shank braised with vegetables and served potato gnocchi. Family-run, the restaurant treats customers like family, too, so it’s a warm and cozy spot to spend the holidays.


920 Town Center Drive • 910-509-0805

Those who prefer to sip and nibble at a bar on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day will have the option to do just that at Fox and Hound in Mayfaire. They’ll be open until 9 p.m. on December 24 and from 4 p.m. until 2 a.m. on December 25. Plus, they’re serving a full menu, offering up burgers and sandwiches, wings and wedges, flatbreads and fish and chips, and so much more!


419 S College Road • 910-799-1426

Szechuan 132 is a Wilmington institution and will be offering lunch and dinner at their University Landing restaurant on Christmas Eve. Open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., they’ll serve their full menu, including new items like Robasil Chicken or Shangri La Shrimp, and older favorites, like Rosemary Lamb.


10 Market Street • 910-815-0810

On Christmas Eve, Chef Thierry Moity will be serving up a three-course, prix-fixe dinner for $39.95. The French bistro always has been known for its consistency in delicious cuisine with eclectic charm. They’ll serve dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and they accept reservations.


122 Market Street • 910-251-9444

After gobbling all the roast beast you possibly can with the fam, head over to Slice of Life’s downtown location for a relaxing brew. They’ll open at 7 p.m. on Christmas and serve through the late-night crowd ‘til 3 a.m. Grab a slice of pizza after unwinding with a few cocktails.


911 S. College Road • 910-793-0991

Aside from its heavy Greek menu and homey fare, along with tons of breakfast items, sandwiches and such, the College Diner will be open Christmas Day. Their full menu will be available, and they’ll have turkey and ham entrées available, too.


8262 Market Street • 910-686-2296

On Christmas Eve, Kornerstone will open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and serve their regular menu of pastas and pizzas. They’re planning to serve seasonal favorites to help celebrate the season in all of its deliciosity!


5559 Oleander Drive • (910) 798-2913

On Christmas Eve, Casey’s Buffet will be serving up a traditional holiday feast from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Their menu will include turkey, ham, roast beef,  BBQ chicken, dressing, ovenbaked cornbread, and homemade biscuits. As well, they will have their daily Southern soulfood buffet choices and dessert. As well, folks can dine on their offerings at home by enlisting their catering services.

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