The end is near. Of course, we mean the close of the holidays and the year 2010, and hopefully you have plans. If that sentence made you suddenly red-faced, flushed with frustration and fear, then The Grape (2808 Greenville Ave.) has a special for you. Chef and owner Brian C. Luscher features a Christmas Eve menu of "holiday inspired fare," as well as a price-fixed three-course dinner on New Year's Eve ($65) with optional wine pairings. Doors open early (5 p.m.) for those suckers and spots fill up quickly, so hurry to make reservations. For details, call 214-828-1981 or visit thegraperestaurant.com.
You can tuck in to a fancy schmancy dinner before toasting at midnight. That's all well and good. It's also, like, so Central Standard Time. At Plano's Bavarian Grill, 221 W. Parker Road, you can make a reservation now for a 4 p.m. seating. If "Ein frohes Neues Jahr" doesn't mean much to you, that gives you just enough time to chow down and enjoy the music of the The Alpenmusikanten Band before ringing in the New Year when the clock strikes midnight in Munich (5 p.m. local time). You can also enjoy a la carte menu items, and live accordion and tuba music, in the Bier Garten from 4 to 8 p.m., after which the area will turn into a quieter option for dining as space is available until 10 p.m. Ongoing seating is available (with reservation) in the dining room after the first seating disperses. Special menu items include Jaegger Schnitzel, Rinder Rouladen, a Wurstplatte with sausages, Huehnerbrust nach "Gaertnerin Art", poached Lachsfilet and more. Enjoy a complimentary champagne toast after your meal or at midnight. Gulasch soup will be served after midnight in observation of the Bavarian tradition. Call 972-881-0705 or visit bavariangrill.com.
After a few days it seems your liver is finally recovering from Saturday's St. Patrick's Day parade. But then the realization hits you: St. Patrick's Day is actually Wednesday. You thought you were done drinking green beer and listening to bagpipe music? Wahahahahaha--no way are you done drinking green beer and listening to bagpipe music. The Old Monk's celebration begins bright and early at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, with corned beef and cabbage, Guinness beef stew, and fish and chips on the menu till 10 p.m. Considering the line-up of entertainment--Irish dancers at 4 p.m., Homespun Remedies at 5 p.m., a live bagpiper at 7:30 p.m. and the mighty RTB2 at 9 p.m.--you'll also have plenty of time to let that delicious Irish cuisine marinate in a belly full of green beer (or one of the Old Monk's many other fine selections). So head on down to 2847 N. Henderson Ave. and practice your fake cough, 'cause you are definitely calling in sick Thursday. Call 214-821-1880 or visit oldmonkdallas.com.