Open on Christmas & New Year’s Day- Where to Eat

Holiday Dinner didn’t turn out the way you expected? It’s happened to all of us at some point or another, maybe the oven breaks or the dog gets into the turkey. Or perhaps you just don’t want to cook this year. Well you’re in luck I have compiled a list of restaurants open on Christmas.

Tokyo Steak House

  • Experience the excitement of Teppanyaki tableside grilling if you have never been you’re in for a real treat.


Tavern on the Square

  • Seasonal offerings, fresh local fares and kid friendly.

Ruth Chris Steakhouse

  • Super formal and a great tradition to start, just make sure that you have a reservation.


McCormick & Schmick’s

  • Great for seafood and steaks, this is another upscale place to spend the day, but you’ll probably want a reservation. 

Fogo de Chao

  • One of my personal favorites, a fun fine dining experience and all you can eat. My kids love going.



  • Absolutely perfect for Christmas morning pancakes after the presents have been opened!


  • Christmas Day is one of the busiest days of the year for Denny’s.

Buca Di Beppo

  • Such a fun family tradition! Be sure to make a reservation and bring the kids for this family-style Italian dinner!


Buffalo Wild Wings

  • Select locations will be open, but operating with reduced hours. Check their website before heading out.

Scott’s Bar and Grill in Edmonds

  • A favorite of the locals Scott’s is the perfect place to gather for a family dinner. Try the pea salad!


  • Who doesn’t need coffee? Select locations will be open.


  • Not all locations will be open.

Panda Express

  • Asian food is a tradition for many on Christmas Day. It’s cheeky, fun, and nearly all Chinese locations will be open.

Five Guys Burgers and Fries

  • Because hey – the New Year’s diet doesn’t start for another week, right?


  • Not all locations will be open. But some will!


  • You’ll find a couple classic Sonic drive-ins in the area. And good news- they’re slated to be open.

Another situation? You partied too hard on NYE and there is no way you’re cooking on New Year’s Day. If that happens, here’s a look at what’s open in addition to the list above which are open both Christmas and New Year’s Day.

  • Applebees
  • Burger King
  • KFC
  • Olive Garden
  • Papa Johns
  • Pizza Hut

You’ll find that most retail places are open on New Year’s Day as well.

Posted on December 19, 2018 at 10:00 am
Denise Perkins | Category: Denise Perkins, Eastside, Holidays, Kids, North Kirkland, Redmond, Resaurants, Things to Do, Uncategorized, Woodinville | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Favorite Fall OUTSIDE activites

It’s here we can’t deny it —  fall has settled in. The beautiful, sunny, and warm days are coming have come to an end. But don’t you go downing fall on me just yet! It’s actually my favorite time of year! That nice little nip in the air in the morning, the lazy evenings, and the smell of fresh textbooks. It’s a wonderful time! Here are three great ways to enjoy September around the Eastside!

High School Football 
Living in Seattle, for most of us, means a love of Seahawk football. Attending games is more than a way to pass a day, it’s an experience. And, like most major experiences, it costs a pretty penny. So why not enjoy a some Friday Night Lights and watch a more affordable game of gridiron? So many of our local High School teams are contenders on a statewide level that attending a high school game not only means you’re out enjoying the fall evening weather, it also means you’re seeing some legitimate talent. Plus there are affordable concessions, marching bands, and all kinds of school spirit!

Take a Hike
Head over to Bridle Trails State Park in Kirkland for a nice family hike. The park itself isn’t huge, which makes it perfect for exploring on a weekday evening after school. Walk through the dense trees seeking out unique shadows cast through the branches and onto the dirt pathways. The enchantment of this urban park is turned up to eleven when a horse comes striding by you. Bridle Trails was designed as a horse walking park, which means that the unexpected rider can pass you by. I love this quiet oasis right in the middle of the densely populated Eastside! I also have to give an honorable mention to Juanita Bay Nature Preserve, where you can spot bald eagles fairly regularly.

Surf’s Up!
Have you ever tried to go stand-up-paddle boarding on Lake Washington? SUP for short, I actually prefer early fall for this activity to summer. The crowds are gone, the water is still warm, and the sunsets are something else entirely. Perfect Wave is my go-to spot. Located right at Houghton Beach in Kirkland, there is nothing more refreshing than an evening paddle, followed by happy hour at The Beach House, which is well worth a visit. Just remember, hours start to narrow as summer closes, so check ahead before showing up.

What are your favorite fall activities!!??

Posted on October 9, 2018 at 7:10 pm
Denise Perkins | Category: Eastside, Kids, North Kirkland, Redmond, Things to Do, Uncategorized, Woodinville | Tagged , , , , , ,