Many people choose to go out to eat at restaurants for the holidays, like Christmas, rather than hosting or having a huge meal at their house. While this sounds like a great idea (no cooking, no cleanup!) there are a few things you should consider first before you pack up the family and head to your favorite chomping grounds.
Call the restaurant(s) ahead of time and make sure they’re even open on the holidays. Many restaurants close early or are closed all day on Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year’s, so you want to call them ahead of time and check their hours and make sure they are even open before you start thinking of going out to eat for the holidays.
Also, if the restaurants are open, check to make sure you don’t need reservations, and make sure you know what your restaurant choices hours are on holiday days. Sometimes restaurants that normally don’t require reservations get super clobbered on holidays, and reservations may be needed. Also, you don’t want to arrive too late to eat if they close a few hours early.
Check around, and see if any of your local restaurants have any holiday specials going on to save some money. Many restaurants have certain meals they serve on holidays or family deals that you can take advantage of, if you know about them ahead of time. Sure, they’ll tell you about them when you get there, but it’s nice to know ahead of time what your great deals really are so you can be prepared before you order.
If you’re ordering in, make sure, once again, that the restaurant you have in mind is open. Even common restaurants, like Pizza Hut, may close their doors or delivery times early due to holiday festivities. So make sure that the restaurant you are ordering from is open before you promise the kids stuffed crust pizza.
You can check your local news and local channels for restaurant updates, or go online and check out the local news stations websites to find out the activities and restaurants that are open for the holidays in advance. That way, come Christmas Eve, you aren’t left thumbing through the yellow pages tearing your hair out because all you get is a phone that rings and rings, and nowhere to eat.