If you haven’t made dining plans for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, don’t fret. My latest article for Creative Loafing is a dining guide of where to eat in Tampa on Christmas. There are several restaurants taking the stress away so there’s one less thing to do.
Make plans on where to eat at some local restaurants. This is just a sampling of places:
Birch & Vine Brunch starts off the Christmas Eve merriment, followed by prix-fixe and limited menus till close. Dec. 24, 11 a.m. The Birchwood, 340 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. 727-896-1080, thebirchwood.com.
Bizou Brasserie The stylish eatery showcases a mix of jolly specials (think honey clove roasted ham) and everyday dishes. Call for reservations, which are highly recommended. $6-$35. Dec. 24 & 25, 4-9 p.m. Le Méridien, 601 N. Florida Ave., Tampa. 813-227-9555, bizoutampa.com.
Boca Why do the cooking when you can preorder to-go meals from Boca’s Tampa and Brandon locations, then pick them up on Christmas Eve? A $25 gift card is yours for every $100 spent before Dec. 15. $20-$85. Through Dec. 18. Various locations, Tampa Bay. bocakbm.com.
Bon Appétit Restaurant The casual waterfront spot’s sophisticated digs present dinneron Christmas Eve, alongside a Christmas Day buffet and dinner. $65. Dec. 24, 4-8:30 p.m.; Dec. 25, noon-8:30 p.m.148 Marina Plaza, Dunedin. 727-733-2151, bonappetitrestaurant.com.
Caretta on the Gulf No need to stress about the cooking when this seasonally inspired haunt specializes in a generous brunch on the water. Sandpearl Resort, 500 Mandalay Ave., Clearwater Beach. 727-441-2425, sandpearl.com.
To read the rest of the list, click here. What are you doing for Christmas this year?