Christmas is Tuesday, and dining options are few, but not nonexistent. The Asian District is always teeming with activity. Grand House China Bistro, 2701 N Classen Blvd., will offer its dim sum, and Golden Phoenix, 2728 N Classen Blvd., will be open for business as will many others in the area. The Super Cao Nguyen and Chinatown markets will also be open.
Other restaurants open on Christmas include both Lumpy's Sports Bar locations from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.; and Custino's Italian Kitchen, 2724 W Britton Rd., from 2 to 8 p.m.
Ludivine will host a party at 5 p.m. Christmas night. Guests are encouraged to bring a gift to be entered into a raffle for something that you really want. All gifts brought in will be donated to the City Rescue Mission. Raffle gifts include Thunder tickets, private cooking lessons, Ludivine gift certificates and merchandise.
The Deep Fork Grill, 5418 N Western Ave., will be open from 4 to 10 p.m., serving a prix fixe, four-course meal for $40. Dinner starts with an amuse bouche of chicken brochettes followed by a first course choice of crab bisque, house salad, butternut bisque, clam chowder or Caesar salad. Entree choices include ham with candied sweet potatoes and spiced pecans, sweet creme fraiche and green beans; grilled rib-eye steak with au gratin potatoes and asparagus; filet mignon with Dauphinoise potatoes and sauteed green beans; cedar-plank salmon with Parmesan risotto and asparagus; or chicken Madeira with whipped potatoes and asparagus. For dessert, choose either molten chocolate cake, strawberry cake, warm pecan pie a la mode or red velvet cake. Reservations are recommended, call 848-7678.
Hotel restaurants like Flint in the Colcord and the Park Avenue Grill in Skirvin will be open Christmas. More times than not, hotel restaurant are open at least in limited service on holidays to accommodate overnight guests.
Nonna's has holiday plans
Nonna's Euro-American Ristorante and Bar, 1 Mickey Mantle Dr., is getting into the holiday spirit with special hours and dinner service.
On New Year's Eve, Nonna's will have a special four-course dinner starting with petite meatballs with Cedar Spring Farms' marinara and creamy Alfredo topped with Parmesan cheese and served with a slice of garlic toast. Next is a Cedar Spring Farms house salad topped with shredded carrots, sliced cucumber and radish, toasted almonds, house-made croutons and Cedar Spring's cherry tomatoes served with your choice of dressing. The main course is a filet and shrimp served with Parmesan chive house potatoes, sauteed haricot vert and cabernet sauce. For dessert, Avis' chocolate cake served with toasted almonds and fresh, real whipped cream.
Cost is $65 plus an optional $10 for wine pairings.
Nonna's, which is usually closed Mondays, also will open for Christmas Eve dinner service. The Christmas Eve service will feature the regular menu.
For more information or reservations, call 235-4410.
Celebrating the ‘end of days'
Yucatan Taco Stand Tequila Bar and Grill, 100 E California Ave., recently opened in Bricktown and is announcing its presence with authority — namely, a Tacopocalypse party.
The Texas-based chain with locations in The Woodlands and Fort Worth opened in Bricktown in mid-November. Known for its grilled and tempura-fried fish tacos, Yucatan was opened in August 2008 by chef Paul Willis, who also founded the Fuzzy's Tacos chain. Yucatan has a more upscale atmosphere, a selection of more than 75 tequilas, and broader menu with dishes from a variety of Latin cuisines like banana leaf-wrapped tenderloin tamales, Latin caterpillar roll, paella de Venezuela, vegetarian mix-Mex grill, roasted tequila lime chicken, and Brazilian shrimp Diablo.
On Friday, in honor of the end of the Mayan calendar, Yucatan Taco Stand will celebrate with a taco-eating contest, food and drink specials, and live music.
Entrants in The Raging Inferno Hot Taco Eating Contest will be served increasingly spicy tacos in succession. The person who can make it furthest down the hot taco line without drinking anything will be declared the champion. The restaurant also will have an evening-long raffle. Ryan Dorman and Kevin Miller of The Clever Guns will play live music from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
For more information, call 886-0413.
The Yucatan Taco Stand isn't the only place celebrating the predicted end of the world. Stella Modern Italian, 1201 N Walker Ave., is hosting an End of the World As We Know It party Friday night, starting at 10:30 p.m. Cost is $25 and includes food and a free cocktail. Reserve your spot by calling 235-2200.
Kitchen 324, 324 N Robinson, opens on Friday in the Braniff Building. The New American concept is the result of a partnership between SandRidge Energy Company and A Good Egg Dining.
This is easily A Good Egg's most ambitious concept, featuring a craft bakery and coffee curator program to support its breakfast and lunch services. The result is an elegant and unpretentious menu to match its bright, crisp interior. You'll find house-made breads, doughnuts and pastries, house-cured bacon, and an inventive mix of sides to pair with cleverly reimagined classics.
I'll have more on Kitchen 324 early next year, but if the preview service is any indicator, A Good Egg — which boasts Iron Starr Urban BBQ, Cheever's Cafe, Republic Gastropub, Red Prime Steak and Tucker's Onion Burgers, has outdone itself. In a word: Brilliant. I can't wait to have a cathead biscuit with chorizo gravy topped with a poached egg for breakfast this weekend.
Hours are 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 763-5911. Find the full menu online at kitchen324.com.