Where to Eat on Christmas Day

Your stress-free dining guide to the holidays.

The second spot is Proof Bar + Patio, which recently opened in the space above Reef. In addition to the "custom cocktails" that Proof is shaking up (fresh juices included), you can also order appetizers from Reef downstairs. And when Reef closes at night, reports CultureMap, "Food trucks will drive up the ramp and onto the patio to serve after-hours customers." Both spots should be ideal places to take in the fireworks on December 31 and ring in the New Year.

Meanwhile, two new meat meccas will be opening soon: an upscale steakhouse and a casual burger joint.

That steakhouse comes from none other than Tony Vallone, whose talented team from Tony's is hard at work bringing Vallone's to the new development across the street from Memorial City Mall, Gateway Memorial City on Gessner.

Amazon Grill's fries come with its burger as well as its empanadas and tacos.
Katharine Shilcutt
Amazon Grill's fries come with its burger as well as its empanadas and tacos.

"A partnership among executive chef Grant Gordon of Tony's, general manager Scott Sulma of Tony's and Ciao Bello, and others is opening Vallone's," read a press release. "The new Houston restaurant, scheduled to open Fall 2013, will have a 'technique-driven approach to steak, fish, chops, and housemade pastas.' Tony Vallone is consulting on the venture in collaboration with his two young 'dynamos,' as he likes to call them."

Watch out, Taste of Texas. You may have an attractive block of Cheddar on your salad bar, but Tony Vallone is busting out the big guns...

And just down the street, CityCentre is getting a new tenant of its own: Grub Burger Bar, a College Station import that's opening early next year. Grub bakes its buns fresh each hour and grinds its own burgers — a blend of brisket and chuck — each morning. Vegetarian and/or gluten-free? Don't worry; Grub is also known for its chickpea-and-eggplant burger as well as its GF buns from Taylor Made Gluten Free Bakery in Taylor, Texas.

After being sold to father-and-son team Michael and Chris Shine back in July, the newly revamped Frank's Chop House is ready for action. Now called Frank's Americana Revival & White Star Bar, the restaurant "embraces classic dishes from regions across the country, while lending an eye toward the cuisines of the future," according to its Web site. If you're looking for former owners Frank Crapitto or Frank Butera, they can still be found at Crapitto's and Mancuso's Italian Table respectively.

Finally, the Eatsie Boys Cafe had its soft opening last Thursday, December 13. The cafe's initial hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., and they're serving a full menu of breakfast and lunch. Check out Eating...Our Words for a full First Look at the place and its amazing matzoh ball pho. You heard right. Matzoh. Ball. Pho.

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