While some people look forward to a special homecooked meal on the holidays, others want to treat themselves by not having to cook a huge holiday dinner. For those of us looking to kick back, relax, and enjoy a night out at a restaurant on Christmas, here's a list of 29 popular food joints open for the holidays. Thought I give you the full list just in case you are heading to another city that has some of these Restaurants. ~ Lee Stephens

Bakers Square: Locations will be open but closing early on Christmas Eve (at 6 a.m.) and on Christmas Day (at 8 p.m.).

Boston Market: Select locations will be open Christmas Day and serving a special Christmas Day menu.

Buca di Beppo: Locations open at 11 a.m. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, serving lunch and dinner. Be sure to make reservations.

Chart House: Most restaurants (except for Chart House Cincinnati, Atlantic City and San Francisco) will be open Christmas and Christmas Eve, but hours will vary by location. Chart House will be serving its Signature menu.

Chevy’s Fresh Mex: Open noon to 9:00 pm on Christmas Day at most locations.

Country Buffet: Open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Christmas Eve and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Christmas Day and serving a special Christmas menu.

Del Frisco’s: Restaurants will be open 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Christmas Eve and from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Christmas Day.

Denny’s: The Americana staple promises to be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including Christmas.

Dunkin’: Some locations will be open Christmas Day, but many will be closing early (generally 1 p.m.). Many locations will also be closing early on Christmas Eve, as well. So call your store to check the hours.

El Torito: Open and serving a special holiday brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Then, the regular menu will be served from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Fogo De Chao: Hours vary, but Fogo De Chao will be open on Christmas Day and Christmas Eve. Some locations will be open as late as 9 p.m. The menu will be at dinner prices all day during these holidays and reservations are required.

HomeTown Buffet: Open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Christmas Eve and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Christmas Day and serving a special Christmas menu.

Hard Rock Cafe: Most locations are open on Christmas Day, until as late as 11 p.m. Check your location’s hours.

IHOP: Many 24-hour locations will be open on Christmas, but hours vary by location. Check out this year’s seasonal Grinch menu.

Luby’s: On Christmas Day, get an entree and two sides with bread for $15.99 or $13.99, depending on the entree you choose.

Macaroni Grill: Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Christmas Eve and 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Christmas Day.

Marie Callender’s: Most locations will be open Christmas Day (hours vary by location) and serving a special Christmas menu ($22.99 for adults, $8.99 for kids). You can also order carryout meals, available for pickup after 11 a.m. on Christmas Day.

McCormick & Schmick’s: Hours vary by locations, but many will be open Christmas Day. Reservations are recommended.

McDonald’s: Hours (and whether they’re open at all) varies widely by franchise, so call ahead. Expect hours to be reduced for locations that are open. Note that locations inside Walmarts will be closed, as Walmart is closed on Christmas.

Morton’s the Steakhouse: Reservations required for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dining.

Old Country Buffet: Open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Christmas Eve and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Christmas Day and serving a special Christmas menu.

Panda Express: Some — but not all — Panda Express locations will be open on Christmas Day. This varies by restaurant, as many are independently owned. So call ahead.

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse: Open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and serving the full menu. Reservations required.

Ryan’s: Open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Christmas Eve and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Christmas Day and serving a special Christmas menu.

Shoney’s: Being open on Christmas and offering a Christmas Day feast is a Shoney’s tradition. Menu items this year include slow-roasted turkey, hand-breaded fried chicken and sweet potato casserole. You can also order food to go. All orders must be placed by Dec. 21 and picked up 2 p.m. Dec. 24.

Sizzler: Participating locations will be open Christmas Day.

Starbucks: Many locations stay open for limited hours on Christmas, so you can get your pre-Christmas party buzz. But not all locations will be open, so call ahead. Note that Starbucks locations inside Target will be closed, as Target is closed Christmas Day.

Village Inn: Village Inns will be open on Christmas Day, although many locations are opening later and closing earlier.

Waffle House: Known for being open 24/7, 365 a year, Waffle House is also open on Christmas.

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