Reminder: Christmas and New Year’s dining options close to home

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By Lara Alexander

New Year’s Eve is the most exciting stroke of midnight of the year, but can make for a very late night out and a tired drive home. Good thing Edmonds offers numerous ways to celebrate close to home.

Epulo Bistro is hosting a fixe-prixe five course dinner with amuse bouche. Seatings can be reserved at 5-5:30 p.m. for $40 per person, 7-7:30 p.m. for $50 per person or 9-9:30 p.m. for $60 per person. There will be two wine flights available, at either $40 or $75 per person depending on your preference. Reservations by calling 425-678-8680

Highlights of the menu include a first course of Crab & Shrimp Bisque with a sherry crème fraiche or Sweet Potato Raviolis with brown butter & sage. The main course offers four choices, a grilled veal chop, Dungeness crab cakes, port wine braised short rib or mushroom risotto. The meal ends with a Dark Chocolate Pave with fresh berries, Grand Marnier infused cream, raspberry coulis, or a Warm Poached Pear Crisp topped with toasted oats & ginger, cinnamon ice cream and salted caramel sauce.

Demetri’s Woodstone Taverna is hosting a New Years Eve dinner with the option of a three-course menu for $45 per person or five course menu for $75 per person. Reservations are available for a 6:30 or 9:30 p.m. seating. Reserve by calling 425-744-9999

Original creations by Chef Facundo DeFraia include Dungeness crab cakes or Serano ham wrapped asparagus as a first of five courses, grilled filet mignon with a sirrah demi glaze or a bone-in chicken breast with oyster mushrooms and hazelnut cream sauce for the entree, and a choice between two rich desserts and champagne toast to end the night.

Chanterelle is open on Christmas Eve for breakfast and lunch, closing at 3 p.m. and closed on Christmas. They will be open regular Saturday hours on New Year’s Eve, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and then 4 p.m. to 9 pm. They will be serving a special three-course menu for $20 to $25 per person, in addition to their regular dinner menu. Special dishes include pomegranate jeweled scallops, New York Steak with a Guiness-laced cranberry steak sauce, country French cassoulet, lobster macaroni and cheese, and a “show stopping” pork Osso Bucco. New Year’s Day they will be serving a full breakfast menu from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m., then closed for the rest of the day. 425-774-0650

The Loft Cafe & Social Lounge is will be open for Christmas Eve dinner and on New Year’s Eve for a special four-course dinner. There are two seatings available, 6 to 9 p.m. for $55 per person, or 9:30 pm to 2 a.m. for $65 per person. For reservations, call 425-640-5000 or or email info@theloftlounge.com

American Brewing Company will be open on New Year’s Eve with live music from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., featuring Third Train Running, a blues/rock band. They will have hats and noise makers to put you in the celebrating mood and snacks and finger foods will be available for a small cover charge. And of course, there will be beer!Patrons are welcome to bring in their own food as well, or order from the selection of take-out menus available from local eateries that will deliver to your table. Harbor Square Complex, building 180.

Walnut Street Cafe will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, serving up their tasty pastries from Macrina Bakery and espresso drinks. They will also be open on Christmas Eve from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Walnut Street is closed on Christmas Day.

A culinary adventurer, Lara Alexander grows, cooks and writes about food from her home in Edmonds. You can read about her garden and kitchen fun on the blog Food-Soil-Thread.

1 COMMENT

  1. Lara,

    Thank you for writing about all of these options for dining in Edmonds. We are a great town for dining — in or out.

    “fixe-prixe” (I believe it’s “prix fixe.” At least that’s the French form.) I’ll try to reach you via Teresa about some of the French usages and punctuation.

    Looking forward to exploring your blog.

    Happy holidays and a Rewarding New Year!

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