All I Want for Christmas Is an Open Restaurant

There are plenty of reasons to not cook at Christmastime. Dishes are a pain, turkey takes all day to cook, cooking for one is depressing as hell ... the list goes on and on. This year consider dining out for your big meal. From mulligan stew to gigantic buffets, here's a rundown of some of the cities' best X-mas dining. 

Jewbilee at Grumpy's: Jews and non-Jews alike can take a break from holiday hustle and bustle at Grumpy's with DJs, a raffle, and all the Chinese food you can stuff yourself with. Christmas Eve 21+. Free. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. 1111 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.340.9738.

Chez Colette's Christmas brunch and dinner: Class it up this year by heading over to Bloomington's Hotel Sofitel's renowned dining establishment. With an extensive menu for both brunch and dinner, it most likely will satisfy everybody in your family from your vegetarian sister-in-law your pickiest nephew. Sofitel Hotel, 5601 W. 78th St., Bloomington; 952.835.1900.

Christmas dinner at Mickey's Diner:Even if you're alone this Christmas, chances are you won't feel lonely at St. Paul's most famous eatery. An odd cast of diners is sure to assemble, which might make for better conversations than the ones you would have with your family and friends. 24 hours. 36 W. Seventh St., St. Paul; 651.698.0259.

Nicollet Island Inn Christmas Dinner: Another classy joint for Christmas Eve of Day. $60. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. 95 Merriam St., Minneapolis; 612.331.1800.

All I Want for Christmas Is an Open Restaurant

Cosmos Christmas Dinner: Chic, ultramodern dinning for the posh urbanite crowd. $45 per person. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Graves 601 Hotel, 601 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.312.1168.

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