Eating your way through the holidays

Published: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 02:52 PM.

Whether you are looking forward to another round of turkey and ham, or plan on changing up the menu, the holidays often involve indulging — no matter where you are.

At House of Chan, customers can celebrate with Santa from 4-7 p.m. Christmas Eve, while eating Chinese cuisine that consistently has won Best of Bay. The restaurant also is open Christmas Day. The deliciously popular Mongolian Barbecue is even filled with healthy ingredients, a bonus.

You can stop in at Buffalo Wild Wings in Pier Park on Christmas Eve and order wings to-go, perfect for late-night snacking after wrapping presents, or to go with Christmas hors ’doeuvres. The Honey BBQ wings are the most popular at the Panama City Beach location.

If you are visiting or just think not cooking would be a great gift, Boars Head and Breakers each are serving a traditional Christmas Buffet for lunch and dinner.

Boars Head Restaurant & Tavern, which is reopening Dec. 21, will serve a buffet on Christmas Day with roasted pork loin with peach and mustard glaze, roasted breast of turkey, grilled leg of lamb and roast prime rib of beef au jus. If you are craving seafood at the beach, you will have plenty to choose from with grilled salmon in dill sauce, boom boom shrimp, fried blue crab cakes with hollandaise, fried or grilled whitefish and cocktail shrimp. Traditional sides include Waldorf Salad, stuffings and cranberry sauce, garlic mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, squash casserole and green beans almandine. And don’t forget to save room for dessert.

Breakers’ menu includes roast turkey with cranberry sauce, gravy and dressing, baked ham, roast baron of beef, baked fish, popcorn shrimp, cocktail shrimp, sweet potato casserole, steamed vegetables, salad, rolls, and pecan pie and pumpkin pie for dessert. With multi-leveled seating and walls of windows, every table has a view of the Gulf. When you are finished, you can walk down the back steps to the beach, a perfect place to capture a picture on Christmas Day.

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