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Where to Eat on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day!

It's almost Christmas, which means lots of you will be heading home for some home-cooked holiday goodness. Staying in on Christmas definitely has it's perks: everybody loves a low-key family evening. But what about those of us who'd prefer to hit the town? Well, we're in luck: a wide variety of restaurants have recently started offering Christmas meals that celebrate the holiday in top culinary form. Whether you're taking out family, friends, or just yourself, eating out on Christmas has been revolutionized: it's not just Chinese takeout anymore! Here are our top picks for places where you can enjoy yourself this Christmas.

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Where to Eat This Christmas

For some reason, it seems as if time really flew between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, which means that most of us have been scrambling to get our greeting cards and presents in order, as well as trying to keep track of the various holiday functions we feel obliged to attend. When your main preoccupation is trying to find just one good gift for your mom and realizing that you haven’t sent anything to your in-laws while they sent you a box of presents, the last thing on your mind is planning a Christmas (or Noche Buena) feast. Sure, you can do what I do and round up a selection of charcuterie and cheeses from Graziano’s and Epicure to nibble at throughout the holiday - or visit a Blue Sky for your lechón - but with so many fabulous restaurants offering such wonderful Christmas and Christmas Eve dinners, it’s hard not to take the easy way out and leave the preparations to the gourmet chefs. If you’re finding yourself in Miami without dinner plans this Christmas, let Joonbug outline a few suggestions for you:

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Where to Feast on Christmas Eve

Cooking for the holidays can be stressful, especially on Christmas Eve. The best bet is to throw in that apron and have someone else do the work for you. Take the pressure off with one of these amazing prix fixe deals in the city.

Spice Market is offering two prix fixe menus for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Both menus are priced at $55, with dishes such as shrimp tod mon pla, soy cured salmon and lobster tail and pineapple sticky buns. Colicchio & Sons is offering a four course ($135) and seven course ($225) prix fixe dinner in the main dining room, as well as the Tap Room. Highpoint Bistro & Bar offers guests a festive three course menu for just $44 ($19 for children) from 4-9pm.

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Last Minute Christmas Dinner?
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Christmas Feasts Fit for a King

Christmas is right around the corner and there are quite a few restaurants that want to bring you some good ol' Christmas cheer. Don't spend your holiday slaving over a stove when you could be relaxing at some of the city's best food joints instead. Check out some awesome deals going on over the holidays!

Sushisamba will be offering a delectable Christmas menu that will be available on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 12pm-12am. Their menu draws inspiration from Japan, Brazil, and Peru. Tempt your taste buds with Japanese Beer Steamed Mussels, Sansho Pepper-Seared Steak, and more, along with their Floco de Neve Cocktail ($11, leblon cachaca, fresh coconut milk, lychee syrup, simple syrup).