MAYBE YOU DIDN'T defrost the turkey properly, or maybe you just don't like making plans—either way you're looking for a delicious last-minute Christmas Day dinner. Here are some solid options—just remember to call ahead to check availability.
Forget turkey and stuffing and all that nonsense. For a nontraditional Christmas meal, let's go dim sum.
14125 SW Walker, Beaverton, 641-4153
Sky-high dining where you can enjoy your dinner with a spectacular view of the rest of Portland on Christmas Day. It's their regular menu of steaks and fancy seafoods.
5700 SW Terwilliger, 246-6963, chart-house.com
This is the comfort-food version of Christmas. Set inside the Westin hotel, the restaurant is offering a special menu (at the precise price point of $38.75) with entrées including Tuscan brick chicken, blackberry pork chop, and filet Wellington. Round it off with chocolate bread pudding, and then find a place to take a nap.
750 SW Alder, 294-7001, dailygrill.com
Share a laidback Christmas with guests from the Jupiter Hotel and local hipsters who can't stay away; open from breakfast to dinner.
830 E Burnside, 231-9663, dougfirlounge.com
Sophisticated hotel dining with special menus on Christmas Eve and Day, including roast turkey with all the trimmings ($29) and a distinctly British-sounding roast beef with mash and Yorkshire pudding ($37).
In the Hotel deLuxe, 729 SW 15th, 219-2094, hoteldeluxeportland.com
The Christmas buffet is a blowout at $55, but guaranteed to stuff you silly with appetizers, meat and seafood displays, a carving station, entrées, and dessert. Wear your buffet pants.
1001 SW Broadway, 790-7752, heathmanrestaurantandbar.com
Just want some pub grub, a few beers, and to grouch about the commercialization of a religious holiday that most people don't believe in anyway? Henry's is the place.
10 NW 12th, 227-5320, henrystavern.com
Located in the Sentinel Hotel, Jake's offers a solid, traditional American grill experience of steak and fish. Expect plenty of dads in their new Brooks Brothers polo shirts.
611 SW 10th, 220-1850, mccormickandschmicks.com
Jake's Famous Crawfish
Jake's seafood version is also open if the sea's harvest is more to your preference.
401 SW 12th, 226-1419, mccormickandschmicks.com
Casual and unfussy fare, where you can pull together a Christmas meal from their comfort-food menu.
300 SW 6th, 546-2666, originaldinerant.com
Portland City Grill
Downtown's best viewpoint offers up its extensive and varied menu (which ranges from rice rolls to rib-eye steaks). Plus, it has a comfy bar and one of the city's best wine lists.
115 SW 5th (30th floor), 450-0030, portlandcitygrill.com
RR is offering a festive brunch menu (9 am-3 pm) and special dinner menu (3:30-9 pm), followed by a late-night happy hour.
1101 NE Alberta, 287-2346, radioroompdx.com
Indulge in upscale Chinese cuisine and forget about your crappy family and all the damn holidays (open 4-9 pm for dinner).
1105 NW Lovejoy, 971-222-7327, seresrestaurant.com
Alpine Christmas? Along with their excellent authentic Swiss menu, they're offering roast goose with red cabbage and stuffing ($22.50), and beef tenderloin with morel cream sauce ($23.50). Seatings at 5:30 and 7:30 pm.
4950 NE 14th, 477-9224, swisshibiscus.com
The in-house restaurant of the Nines hotel offers a festive prix fixe dinner, featuring pork schnitzel with honey mustard pretzels and Branston pickle, a caramelized onion soup (with braised beef croutons), and a tasty-looking banana soufflé with Woodblock chocolate. $53 per person.
525 SW Morrison, 222-4900, urbanfarmerportland.com