Maybe you’re not celebrating Christmas but still want to celebrate. Perhaps the turducken house fire from Thanksgiving is still fresh in your mind. Or maybe you’re just looking to get drunk, eat some good food and escape your family’s particular brand of crazy. Whatever your reason, here are a few joints that’ll be open Christmas Day.
Divan Turkish Kitchen
Head to the Graduate Hospital area for traditional Turkish fare such as falafel with hummus and tahini, stuffed grape leaves and lamb kabobs. Feeling adventurous? Try the fried calves livers. Plus, you’ll get a 10 percent discount if you pay with that cash you didn’t use to buy presents, Scrooge.
918 S. 22nd St., 215.545.5790. divanturkishkitchen.com
Down a pint of Guinness and order some fish ‘n’ chips, or go all out with the pub’s $25 four-course Christmas menu with Irish Potato Soup, Stuffed Salmon with Crab Meat, Boneless Duck and Wexford Strip Steak—to name a few standouts.
526 Front St. 215.625.9500. downeysrestaurant.com
This modern Indian restaurant and bar got rave reviews from our own Brian Freedman, and lucky for you they’ll be open Dec. 25. Though it’s a Sunday, their brunch menu won’t leave you missing Egg’s Benedict. Our pick is their Naryali Ghaawan: aniseed-flavored rice and wheat-flour pancake with a sweet coconut-cardamom center.
777 S. Broad St. 267.687.2170. mytashan.com
This South Street staple serves up some fancified bar food such as Korean BBQ Duck Tacos and Cadillac Meatloaf (with bacon, mac ‘n’ cheese and crimini gravy) or the new PLT (that’s pork belly, lettuce and tomato on toasted brioche.) They’ve also got a Sunday brunch menu and an extensive cocktail list (jalapeno infused Bloody Marys, please!)
200 South St. 215.922.1813. bridgetfoys.com
Head to Bella Vista with a six-pack of Tecate or a bottle of tequila (they supply the margarita mix) and visit this charming, affordable Mexican BYO. Their traditional pork and pineapple tacos, chorizo burritos and fresh guac will keep you coming back throughout the new year.
744 Christian St. 267.239.2358. thejalapenos.com
Customized burgers, Chili Cheese Dogs and alcohol-laden milkshakes = win. Even the kiddies won’t mind being here. Order them an old-fashioned Banana Split and say it’s from Santa. Bonus: The hipsters will have retreated from the Piazza to their parents’ suburban homes for the holiday, leaving you to dine in un-ironic peace.
1050 N. Hancock St., 215.964.9009. pytphilly.com
Skip your regular Chinatown haunt and check out Yakitori Boy. I know you hate karaoke, but don’t worry, no one is going to sign you up without you knowing. That never happens. Get your sashimi and saki on and forget about that thing you did at the office Christmas party. I bet no one even remembers!
211 N 11th St. 215.923.8088. yakitoriboy-japas.com
S&H Kabab House
Feast on authentic Middle Eastern, Turkish and Mediterranean bites at this cozy BYO. Start with some Babaganush, go veggie with the Falafel Dinner or try the Musakka just because it’s fun to say. Don’t forget to gift yourself some Baklava for dessert: it is the season of giving, after all.
611 E. Passyunk Ave. 267.639.3214. kebabphilly.com
PW's Taste of Philly 2014