Generally speaking, the streets of Connecticut empty out for the Christmas holiday, with most restaurants and shops staying closed for the day, but in case you're looking for a home cooked meal alternative or just an excuse to get out of the house for a few hours (did I say that?), we've rounded up some of our favorite Christmas Day meals.
You'll want to make reservations soon, particularly if you have a large group, and take note that not all prix fixe menus offer a lower priced children's alternative. And maybe after check out the Christmas lights in one of these areas.
275 Old Post Road, 203-307-4222
This gorgeous restaurant in the Delmar Hotel is known for its lovely holiday feasts, which are best for older children. Their prix fixe Christmas meal is a three course affair that will be served from 12:00-7:00pm and is priced at $65 for adults and $35 for "young adults." Reservations are essential.
BJ Ryan's Pub—Norwalk
57 Main Street, 203-866-7926
Holidays can be overwhelming for young kids, which is why we're glad for places like BJ Ryan's, proudly advertising a kitchen open 365 days a year and serving all the classics: burgers, pizzas, and (my personal favorite) pulled pork nachos. Open Christmas Day from 11:30am-12pm.
101 Old Ridgefield Road, 203-761-8998
In the mood for dumplings? Try Wilton's Hunan Cafe, where you will find delicious Chinese specialities. The egg rolls are delicious, and the atmosphere is inviting. Open Christmas Day from 12pm-11pm.
Long Ridge Tavern—Stamford
2635 Long Ridge Road, 203-329-7818
This unique setting feels like an escape to the country with a dining room surrounded by antiques and charming decorations. They are open on Christmas Day from 12-6:00pm with a special menu (and a children's menu for kids age 10 and under priced at $15). Reservations required.
Roger Sherman Inn—New Canaan
195 Oenoke Ridge, 203-966-4541
This classic New England inn offers an extravagant prix fixe menu that is $85 per person and includes Christmas delicacies such as lobster bisque and venison medallions. Not recommended for young children. Reservations required.
1800 East Putnam Avenue, 203-637-1234
Located in the Hyatt Regency, Winfield's offers a traditional holiday brunch on Christmas Day with seatings from noon to 4:00pm. The price is $79 for adults and $37.50 for children 12 and under. Reservations are recommended.
Originally published 12/4/2011.