By Adrian Schramm

There isn’t much open on Christmas Day. But after all the presents have been unwrapped, all the egg nog has been drunk, and all of the family time is out of the way, you’ll probably be craving a good meal. The leftovers in the fridge just won’t cut it. What do you do? Grab a table and belly up for breakfast, lunch, or dinner at one of these local Minnesota restaurants, that’s what. Staying open on Christmas Day to make sure you don’t go hungry (it’s all about giving, right?), you don’t have to end up eating fast food just because it’s a holiday.

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(credit: stellasfishcafe.com)

(credit: stellasfishcafe.com)

Stella’s Fish Cafe
1400 Lake St. W.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 824-8862
www.stellasfishcafe.com

This is more than just looking for a quick bite to eat on a holiday: Stella’s four-course menu ($49.95) is a celebration in and of itself. Whether you’re trying to get away from family or want to bring them along, there is plenty of room for everyone. Not only can you forego the work of cooking and cleaning at home, but you an unwind with a well-made cocktail, or glass of wine or beer, as well. Win-win? That’s what Christmas is all about.

Monello
1115 2nd Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 353-6207
www.lovemonello.com

One of the best Italian restaurants in Minnesota, open for Christmas Day? That’s a gift you can’t unwrap. A special Christmas menu is being created by renowned Head Chef Mike DeCamp, so make sure to get a reservation quick – spots are sure to fill up fast. It’s nice, and sometimes necessary during the holidays, to get away from the Christmas classics and nosh on crudo and pasta, and maybe enjoy a cocktail in the award-winning Constantine in the basement downstairs. There’s no reason to relegate yourself to fast food when places like this are open.

(credit: mickeysdiningcar.com)

(credit: mickeysdiningcar.com)

Mickey’s Diner
36 7th St.
St. Paul,MN,55102
(651) 222-5633
www.mickeysdiningcar.com

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What else can be said about Mickey’s? The classic train car that has been open 24/7 since the 1930s still serves delicious diner classics; thick pancakes, burgers, omelettes, their famous Mulligan stew, and maybe a chocolate malt to top it off. Huddle up in a booth, enjoying the 80 years of history that floats around you like the ghost of Christmas past, and enjoy meal warm and happy. It’s a tradition for some, and should be for others. Either way, it’s a great option open on Christmas Day.

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Quang Restaurant
2719 Nicollet Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 870-4739
www.quang-restaurant.com

Authentic Vietnamese cuisine might not be the first thing you think of when you think of dining on Christmas Day. But it should be. Especially at someplace like Quang. The frigid weather loses its bite in a steaming bowl of Pho (or any of their other awesome noodle soups), and the cozy restaurant is the perfect setting in which to relax and decompress after the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Here, it’s all about the company around you, and the food in front of you. Make sure to try one of their various Bahn Mi sandwiches as well – they’re all incredible, even the vegan option.

Cecil’s Deli
651 Cleveland Ave. S.
St Paul, MN 55116
(651) 698-0334
www.cecilsdeli.com

A St. Paul staple. It’s been described as the fusion between traditional New York Jewish deli and Minnesota diner. That’s a pretty apt description. Enormous, gooey Reuben sandwiches, large bowls of matzo ball soup, breakfast classics and so much more come hot from the small kitchen to satisfy your cravings on Christmas Day. Here, you’ll truly understand that it’s about the peoples and cultures all around you – that a Jewish deli might just be the perfect place to be on a traditionally Christian holiday. It’s a beautiful thing, and it’s sure to leave you both full and happy when you finally push away from the table.

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