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Some of those haunts are keeping their kitchens open. Open for regular Saturday service on Christmas Eve are Regi's (1002 Light St., 410-539-7344, regisamericanbistro.com) and Ryleigh's Oyster (36 E. Cross St., 410-539-2093, ryleighs.com) in
Restaurants serving a traditional Feast of the Seven Fishes menu, along with their regular menus, on Christmas Eve include Aldo's (306 S. High St., 410-727-0700, aldositaly.com) and Caesar's Den (223 S. High St., 410-547-0820, caesarsden.com) in Little Italy and Aida Cafe & Wine Bar (6741 Columbia Gateway Drive, 410-953-0500, aidabistro.com) in Columbia, which will be serving the special menu on Dec. 23 as well.
One of the most intriguing holiday options this year is Towson's Havana Road (8 W. Pennsylvania Ave., 410-494-8222, havanaroad.com), which will be serving a traditional Cuban Christmas Eve feast, including a whole roasted pig. Other non-traditional options are at the Ambassador Dining Room (3811
Probably because Christmas Eve falls on a Saturday night this year, restaurants that might ordinarily close are staying open. Restaurants offering fixed-price menus, usually along with regular menu options, include
Good places for gatherings of friends include Henninger's (1812 Bank St., 410-342-2172, henningerstavern.com) in Upper Fells Point, Vino Rosina (507 S Exeter St., 410-528-8600, vinorosina.com), Cinghiale (822 Lancaster St., 410-547-8282, cgeno.com) and Pazo (1425 Aliceanna St., 410-534-7296, pazorestaurant.com) in Harbor East and 13.5 Wine Bar (1117 W. 36th St., 410-889-1064, 5winebar.com) in Hampden.
Finally, Victoria Gastro Pub (8201 Snowden River Parkway, 410-750-1880 victoriagastropub.com) in Columbia is holding an Ugly Sweater Christmas party until 10 p.m., and Wit & Wisdom (200
The long Christmas dinner Dec. 25 is still a quiet dining day. Eichenkranz (611 Fagley St., 410-563-7577) will be open again on Christmas Day, from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. The German restaurant in
Regi's in Federal Hill is serving a Christmas Day brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sotto Sopra is open on Christmas Day from noon to 10 p.m. Wit & Wisdom is serving a $105 fixed-price, three-course menu from noon to 8 p.m., and Bistro 300 (300 Light St., 410-528-1234) at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore is serving a lunch buffet from noon to 6 p.m.
Area Rams Head restaurants are opening at 6 p.m.
For old-times' sake, Wing Wah (509 Reisterstown Road, 410-653-0606) in