Tired of baking, cooking, cleaning, and entertaining? Are you dreading the day long event of preparing food? Or perhaps, you aren't even celebrating Christmas and don't want to have to stay home. You're in luck! Because Fort Wayne has a few nice restaurants that are offering Christmas dinners, ready to cater to everyone who doesn't celebrate, or simply wants a great reason to escape from their homes on December 25th.
Fort Wayne Marriott, 305 E. Washington Center Road, 484-0411: A breakfast buffet will be available 7-9:30 a.m., and a holiday buffet will be available 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Christmas Day. On the buffet: prime rib, ham, crab and shrimp-stuffed salmon, chicken, sides, cold seafood station, salads, breads and desserts. Cost: $30 adults; $15.95 children ages 5-12; and free children ages 4 and younger. Reservations are required.
IHOP restaurants will be open part of Christmas Day as follows: 6 a.m.-2 p.m. at 6839 W. Jefferson Blvd. and 4403 Coldwater Road; 7 a.m.-2 p.m. at 1535 W. Washington Center Road.
The Point Family Restaurant, 3039 Goshen Road, near the intersection of Goshen and Coliseum Boulevard, will serve a traditional Christmas dinner starting at 11 a.m. Ham or roast beef, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, green beans almandine, corn, potato salad, cranberry salad, baked beans, bread pudding or cake, and dinner roll are on the menu for $9.99 per person.
Both Great Wall restaurants, at 3824 W. Jefferson Blvd. in Parkwest Plaza (phone: 432-8258) and in Pine Valley shopping center, 10264 Coldwater Road (497-8889) will be open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Christmas Day.
China Palace, 5810 Bluffton Road, will be open 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Phone: 747-0370.
House of Hunan, 5626 Coldwater Road, will be open 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve and 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Phone: 482-9402.
Yen Ching, 6410 W. Jefferson Blvd., in Covington Plaza, will be open 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. for lunch Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and 4:30-9 p.m. for dinner Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Phone: 436-7788. Reservations are being accepted.
Asakusa Japanese Restaurant, 6224 Lima Road, will be open 11:30 a.m.-9:50 p.m. Christmas Eve and 4:30-8:50 p.m. Christmas Day. Phone: 490-6888.
Wu's Fine Chinese Cuisine, 4411 Coldwater Road, will be open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, and 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Phone: 483-0899
Liberty Diner, 2929 Goshen Road, will be open 5:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day. It will be open 5:30 a.m.-10 p.m. New Year's Eve and 7 a.m.-10 p.m. New Year's Day. Phone: 484-9666.
Pullman’s Restaurant 123 W. Louisiana St., will be open 11am-8pm on Christmas Day. Deluxe Salad Bar, Herb Encrusted Prime Rib, Maple Glazed Baked Ham, Candied Sweet Potatoes, Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes, Homemade Macaroni & Cheese, Steamed Green Beans, Baked Butternut Squash, Assorted Dinner Rolls, Assorted Holiday Desserts.
$24.95 + Tax $17.95 + Tax (Seniors 65 & Over) $13.95 = Tax (Children 12 & Over)
Trolley Bar (open Friday) Trolley Bar Steaks and Seafood, 2898 E. Dupont Road, will be open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, Christmas Eve, serving its regular menu. and salad bar. Reservations are encouraged. Call 490-4322.
Casa How about Italian for your Christmas feast? Local Casa restaurants are selling pans of their heat-and-serve lasagna ($44 for a half-pan, and $88 for a full pan) and salad ($24 for a half-pan, and $48 for a full pan). A pan is about 20 servings, and a half-pan is about 10 servings. They can be ordered ahead and picked up Friday between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
So this year, serve yourself a little less stress and let these great restaurants do the cooking for you!