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Top 5: Twin Cities restaurants open on Christmas

Did you make it out in time to get enough holiday supplies to carry you through the storm? Just having a little post-presents cabin fever? Wanting to work off those cinnamon rolls and coffee cake? Plenty of places, yes including Chinese restaurants for those of you salivating to relive "A Christmas Story," are open for business today. It may take some snowshoes to get you there but we Minnesotans are hardy people. There are quite a few places open today. Here's our take on which might be your best bets.

Top 5: Twin Cities restaurants open on Christmas

1. Manny's. Nothing like a big, bloody steak to add an appropriate gluttonous sheen on your holiday cheer. No need to feel guilty about it on a day like today. Manny's is open regular hours today: breakfast, lunch and dinner. 6:30 a.m. - 11 p.m.

 

2. Common Roots. The Lyndale Ave. cafe hasn't closed a day since it opened in 2007, though a Kemps truck recently came close to changing that. Head over to Common Roots for breakfast, lunch, or brunch today. They're open from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

 

3. Monte Carlo. The Monte Carlo somehow just always feels festive, and today should be no exception. Belly up to the bar for a fancy drink -- Sidecar? Pink Squirrel? -- after a long, hard day of sugar cookies and chocolate Santas. Open regular hours today: 11 a.m. - 11:45 p.m.

 

Top 5: Twin Cities restaurants open on Christmas

4. Hong Kong Noodles. Don't go for the atmosphere, but if you need your holiday Chinese fix, Hong Kong Noodles is a sweet bet. Check out the specials on the wall and take your pick. We also recommend the congee. Bonus: Hong Kong Noodles keeps late hours so if you're the rock-out-on-Christmas-night type, you can head there post-bar pre-home. Open 11 a.m. - 2 a.m.

 

Top 5: Twin Cities restaurants open on Christmas

5. Moscow on the Hill. Winter gives Minnesotans an opportunity for an extra special kinship with our fellow hardy, cold climate dwellers. Celebrate the brutal cold, Russian-style, this Christmas with vodka drinks, borscht, and caviar from Moscow on the Hill. Open for dinner today: 4 p.m. - 1 a.m.


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