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Your guide to dining out in LA during the Christmas weekend




Public Kitchen and Bar at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel will be hosting a Christmas day brunch .
Public Kitchen and Bar at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel will be hosting a Christmas day brunch .
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While cozying up with dinner and a movie on Christmas day sounds lovely, some of you might be itching to go out and enjoy a holiday away from cooking and cleaning.

Lucky for you there are lots of good restaurant options out there and Kate Wertheimer knows a lot of them.

She's an editor with Time Out Los Angeles and she spoke with Libby Denkmann about some options.

1. Brunch

"In Beverly Hills, Georgie is going to be having an all-day buffet. It actually goes from noon to 9 p.m. and they're going to have traditional Christmas and Hanukkah fare along with rolling champagne cocktail carts and complimentary hot chocolate with D.I.Y. toppings which sounds pretty fun.

Also, Public Kitchen and Bar at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel will be having brunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., they're going to have big prime rib and rack of lamb carving stations and they will also have bottomless mimosas. Lots of bubbly flowing on Christmas morning."

2. Top Dinner picks

"The Front Yard in Studio City is going to be having a great Christmas buffet with dishes like roasted leg of lamb, roasted winter veggies, sage bread and blueberry ricotta cheesecake, just  a really hearty, wintery menu, it sounds great. 

In Westwood, Tuck Room Tavern is offering a four-course meal. They're going to have brown-butter gnocchi, roasted beet and citrus salad, herb-crusted prime rib and your choice of either dark chocolate Buche de Noel or apple tart."

3. Who is serving up the best latkes and other traditional fare?

"In my opinion, you can't go wrong with classic delis, I love Langer's, Nate N Al's is really great. But Joan's on Third also does a really wonderful seasonal latke dish. It's on their catering menu, it's a dozen latkes served with homemade vanilla bean applesauce and sour cream. You need to order it ahead, but it's totally worth it even if you just eat all of them yourself. They're delicious."

4. Best bang for your buck.

"If you're looking for something more traditionally festive, The Pikey in Hollywood is offering a  really reasonable Christmas Day dinner including ham or goose breast with chestnuts, a sausage-stuffed onion, roast potatoes and stuffed cabbage all for just $40 per person. It's a ton of food so it's a great deal...

There's also tons of amazing, affordable ethnic restaurants that should be open on Christmas. My pick  would probably be some dumplings or Chinese food in the San Gabriel Valley..."

5. Best places outside of L.A.

"Watertable in Huntington Beach will have options like roasted goose again, gorgonzola and walnut ravioli and a brie and cranberry relish crostini, which sounds amazing. Also an endless supply of white cheddar and thyme biscuits, so very delicious option there.

Also Mar'sel at Terranea in Ranchos Palos Verdes they're going to be having a five-course dinner with dishes like sunchoke bisque with truffle butter and pappardelle pasta with lobster and burrata, and they'll be serving a dessert of peppermint cheesecake for a little festive touch. And that's a beautiful setting, too, overlooking the ocean..."

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