It’s beginning to taste a lot like Christmas.
And because it’s easy to work up an appetite while shopping for the holidays, Eddie Merlot’s in Jefferson Pointe has opened its doors for lunch through Dec. 24.
The menu includes filet mignon, sushi, crab cakes, shrimp tacos, salmon, scallops with pasta, beef stroganoff, Meyer lemon chicken, salads and burgers.
Entrée and sandwich prices range from $12.95 to $29.95. Salads are $9.50 to $16.95.
Lunch is available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays.
For reservations, call 459-2222.
And if you buy $100 in restaurant gift cards, you’ll receive a $25 gift card for yourself that must be redeemed between Jan. 2 and Feb. 28.
Have a party at the Lucky Moose
Celebrate Your Company Christmas Party at the Lucky Moose on Saturday.
Enjoy free appetizers from 8 to 11 p.m.
Admission is also free, but donations will be accepted for a local women’s shelter.
Reservations are encouraged; call 490-5765.
And if you buy a $25 gift card, you’ll get a $10 one for free.
The Lucky Moose, 622 E. Dupont Road, and Moosewood BBQ, 5755 St. Joe Road, will be open until 6 p.m. Dec. 24.
White Dove offers Irish Christmas cake
If you’re going to eat fruitcake, it might as well be one that’s laced with whiskey.
Get this Irish-style treat, called Christmas Cake, at the White Dove Cafe in Monroeville. The homemade cake is layered with currant jelly, almond paste and icing.
Meanwhile, kids of all ages can have breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday.
Enjoy a pancake and sausage buffet or anything off the regular menu. No reservations are needed.
The buffet is $5.50 for adults, $4.50 for ages 6 to 10; and $2.50 for those ages 3 to 5; kids 2 and younger eat for free.
The café also will have a Christmas breakfast tea from 8 to 11 a.m. Dec. 24.
It features a buffet of coffee cake, scones, breads and tea or Higher Grounds coffee. The event is $5; no reservations are needed.
Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays to Thursdays and 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. It’s closed Sundays and Mondays.
The café is at 108 E. South St.
For information, call 260-623-6000.
Dicky’s treating customers to deals
Dicky’s Wild Hare celebrates Customer Appreciation Week today through Christmas Eve with several specials.
The specials include $5.99 rib baskets and some $5 appetizers such as wings and Shaggy snacks. Drink specials are $2 domestic drafts, and $3 Bloody Marys and Long Island ice teas.
On Friday, the restaurant unveils its new soup and salad bar, which includes spinach, romaine and smoked chicken.
And Saturday, Mike Conley will take the stage at 9 p.m. for the annual Christmas party.
Your gift? No cover charge.
Dicky’s, 2910 Maplecrest Road, will be open until 7 p.m. Dec. 24.
Christmas breakfast buffet at Red River
Fort Wayne Marriott’s Red River Steakhouse will have a breakfast buffet from 7 to 9:30 a.m. Christmas Day.
It’s $12.95 and includes omelets, waffles, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, fruit and pastries.
Reservations are encouraged; call 484-0411.
The restaurant is also taking reservations for New Year’s Eve, when it will offer the full menu and some specials.
Meanwhile, there is this weekly lunch special on Thursdays: Order the salad bar (which features soup and pasta) and get a free prime rib sandwich.
Lunch is available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays.
Billy’s decked with lights, food specials
Billy’s Downtown Zulu is having a December dinner for two special that includes a 6-ounce sirloin and 6-ounce haddock fillet with your choice of two sides. It’s $10.95.
The restaurant also is decorated with 2,000 lights and four Christmas trees that hang upside-down from the ceiling.
Billy’s, at 18399 Lincoln Highway E. in Monroeville, is open at 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
For information, call 260-623-3583 or go to www.billysdowntownzulu.com.
Amish Acres has carry-out feast
Let someone else do the cooking by ordering an Amish Acres carry-out dinner for Christmas.
The old-fashioned dinner that features smoked ham and tender beef roast is available in two sizes (serving five or 10 people). The dinner includes cabbage salad, corn, potatoes, dressing, gravy, bread, apple butter and pie.
The smaller size is $59.95; the larger one is $99.95.
To order with a credit card, call the Nappanee restaurant at 1-800-800-4942, ext. 213.
Pickup times are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 23 or 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 24.
Brevin’s adds pizza, sausage rolls
Brevin’s Downtown Eatery & Lounge in Churubusco has added pizza and sausage rolls to its menu.
The pizza menu is available from 4 to 8 p.m. Sundays to Thursday for dine-in or carry-out, and 4 to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays for carry-out only.
Brevin’s, at 200 S. Main St., also has daily lunch and dinner specials, plus its popular prime rib, ribs, fried fish, breaded tenderloin and burgers. Breakfast is available on weekends.
Hours are from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays.
For information, call 260-693-9340.
The next music night will be Jan. 8, when Hubie & Sunny perform at 8 p.m.
If your restaurant has special menus or hours for Christmas or New Year’s, let me know by Monday. I’ll run lists in future columns.
Several Don Hall’s restaurants are offering a $1.99 shrimp cocktail with the purchase of an entrée, through Dec. 24. For every shrimp cocktail sold, Hall’s will donate $1 to the WOWO Penny Pitch, sponsored by WOWO-AM 1190. Participating locations are the Factory, Gas House, Guesthouse Grill, Tavern at Coventry and Triangle Park.
Purple Mountain Cheesecakes has two special flavors this month: peppermint and eggnog. Each 9-inch cake is $35 (and weighs about 5 pounds). To order, call 760-7194. For pickup on Dec. 24, orders must be placed by Tuesday.
Waynedale Bakery has plenty of holiday treats, including gingerbread men and springerle cookies ($7 a dozen), Mexican wedding rings and Starlites ($3.50 for a half-pound), stollen ($5 a loaf), cream cheese balls ($8 a pound) and Swiss or pumpkin rolls ($10). To order, call 747-2992.