You say Thanksgiving burned you out on the whole turkey-and-all-the-homemade-fixings-not-to-mention-the-monster-cleanup-afterward thing? Relax. Book reservations at one of these restaurants, among those open Christmas Day. If you discover others, let me know on my blog (blogs.newsobserver.com/epicurean). I'll post a list there.
The Carolina Inn, 211 Pittsboro St., Chapel Hill, 918-2777
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4500 Crabtree Drive, in the Marriott Crabtree Valley, Raleigh, 781-7000
The Washington Duke Inn, 3001 Cameron Blvd., Durham, 490-0999
8411-105 Brier Creek Pkwy., in Brier Creek Commons, Raleigh, 806-2888
The Grove Café
421 S. Salisbury St., in the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel, Raleigh, 834-9900
901 W. Morgan St., Raleigh, 833-8898
431 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, 933-2288
Posta Tuscan Grille
500 Fayetteville St., in the Marriott City Center, Raleigh, 227-3370