Christmas Day has arrived in Indy and you're hungry -- but you don't want to cook. Celebrate Christmas at a restaurant and alleviate your holiday stress. If you decide to take this option, this list of open eateries will come in handy.
The New Embraces the Old
- Try the 1913 Restaurant, which offers farm-fresh, modern ingredients paired with the menu of yesteryear. Named after the year the hotel was built, 1913 offers a locally and regionally sourced menu -- prepared from archived recipes that were popular in the Midwest in the early 1900s but with a modern twist, according to the eatery's website. Signature dishes include Miller Farms half chicken, root beer-cured pork chop, sugar cream pie and, of course, Indiana onion pie.
Turn to Japanese Cuisine for Christmas
- At Benihana, you and your group will be seated at communal tables in groups, where your personal chef will perform the ancient art of "teppanyaki," a style of Japanese cuisine that uses an iron griddle to cook food. You and your guests will watch as a knife-wielding chef slices and dices -- and jokes -- preparing a meal that will "dazzle your eyes as well taste buds," says the restaurant's website, adding that you can choose steak, chicken or seafood. You can also enjoy sushi prepared by a sushi chef paired with a specialty cocktail.
- If you prefer a smaller chain -- and you don't mind driving about 30 minutes out of Indianapolis to Plainville -- try Akira Japanese Hibachi Steakhouse, where you can eat sushi spider rolls with soft-shell crab or even volcano sushi rolls -- a tasty alternative for your Christmas meal.
Go Italian for the Holiday
- You have three ways to go Italian on Christmas at Bucca di Bepo - Downtown, Bucca di Bepo - Castleton Square or Bucca di Bepo - Greenwood. The restaurant chain " celebrates recipes handed down from generation to generation by Italian immigrants," according to the eatery's website. "Our dishes are served family-style, meant to be shared by the entire table. ... So feed your inner Italian and join the celebrazione."
Stake Your Claim to a Christmas Steak
- The Capital Grille serves dry, aged steaks, seafood and international wines in the heart of downtown Indianapolis. If you prefer seafood, order jumbo shrimp cocktails, prosciutto-wrapped mozzarella, lobster and crab cakes, fresh oysters on the half shell and panfried calamari.
Grab Dinner and Drinks in Downtown Indy
- Circle City Bar & Grille, at the Marriott Indianapolis Downtown, offers a chic atmosphere and a contemporary American cuisine appropriate for friends, family or business associates -- and it's open on Christmas. The eatery makes its meals with local ingredients. You can also sample the restaurant's new lite bites menu in the lounge along with a classic cocktail or your favorite martini at this trendy downtown Indy bar.
Get a Yuletide Burger and Shake
- There are nearly 30 Steak n' Shake restaurants in Indianapolis and the surrounding area -- all open on Christmas. Choosing this option will be easy on your budget, too; the eatery boasts 24 meals under $4, including steakburger, footlong and specialty meals.
Try the Old Standby
- Denny's has 10 locations in Indianapolis and the surrounding area. So, for your Christmas meal, you can have breakfast, lunch or dinner; build your own Grand Slam for your morning meal, with sausage, eggs and pancakes; have a superbird -- turkey -- sandwich for lunch; or try a skillet steak skewer, fish and chips or pot roast for dinner, among the many choices at the popular coffee shop.
Make It a Sports Day
- High Velocity, a sports bar in downtown Indianapolis, says that it "provides sports fans from all around Indianapolis and the country a home away from home." According to the restaurant's website, the eatery features a state-of-the-art audio system and access to hundreds of premium channels on its plasma and flat-screen HDTVs. The establishment serves such sports-bar standards as jumbo chicken wings, spinach artichoke dip, chicken quesadillas, loaded fries and fish tacos.
Fish Out Some Christmas Fare
Speaking of fish, Mitchell's Fish Market in Carmel, about 16 miles from Indianapolis, offers such fish fare as its ultimate shellfish combo, "served smokin’ hot on our sizzle stand with king crab, clams, mussels, shrimp, grilled bread and sweet chili miso butter," according to Mitchell's website. Some of the restaurant's special holiday dishes include lobster and shrimp stuffed bass and holiday surf and turf.
As you see, Indy has plenty of great eateries open on Christmas Day to unshackle you from kitchen and cleanup duties. Just be sure to call ahead -- some of the restaurants require reservations and other eateries suggest that you check before you come to dine.