Shiro, yemisir wat, siga wot, doro wot, and more at Tesfa Ethiopian Cuisine Credit: Mike Sula for Chicago Reader

Al Bawadi Grill — Middle Eastern

Must-have dish: Makdous, aka oil-cured baby eggplants stuffed with crushed walnuts, red pepper, and garlic. 10 AM-11 PM. 7216 W. 87th, Bridgeview, 708-599-1999,, estimated cost per person $25

Andies RestaurantMediterranean

Must-have dish: Grand buffet, which includes traditional holiday dishes and desserts. 11 AM-8 PM. 5253 N. Clark, 773-784-8616, andies­, buffet $27.95 per person, a la carte menu also available

Ba Le Sandwich Shop Vietnamese

Must-have dish: House-special banh mi with paté, ham, headcheese, and pork roll. 7:30 AM-6 PM (may close earlier if it’s slow). 5014 N. Broadway, 773-561-4424, bale­, estimated cost per person $10 or less

Chengdu Impression Chinese

Must-have dishes: Cumin lamb, smoked tea duck. 4-10 PM. 2545 N. Halsted, 773-477-6256,, estimated cost per person $25-$30

City Mouse — American

Must-have dishes: Pork cheek, steak frites. 7 AM-10 PM. 311 N. Morgan, 312-764-1968,, estimated cost per person $60

Daley’s Restaurant — American, Soul food

Must-have dishes: Liver and onions or a classic breakfast. 7 AM-3 PM. 6257 S. Cottage Grove, 773-643-6670,, estimated cost per person $15

Diner Grill — American

Must-have dishes: Gypsy, Mexican, or hobo skillets with hash browns and toast. Open 24 hours. 1635 W. Irving Park, 773-248-2030,, estimated cost per person $15

Dolo Chinese

Must-have dish: Lobster. 9 AM-midnight. 2222 S. Archer, 312-877-5117,, estimated cost per person $24

Eleven City DinerOld-school diner and delicatessen

Must-have dishes: Latke plate, milk shakes. 9 AM-3 PM. 1112 S. Wabash, 312-212-1112, eleven­, estimated cost per person $30

Evergreen RestaurantChinese

Must-have dish: Oysters with black bean sauce. 11 AM-10:30 PM. 2411 S. Wentworth, 312-225-8898,,

estimated cost per person $24

Grand Palace Chinese

Must-have dish: Five Taste Duck. 11 AM-9 PM. 225 W. 26th, 312-225-3888, estimated cost per person $22

Lawry’s the Prime RibSteak house

Must-have dishes: Prime rib carved tableside, Yorkshire pudding. Call to confirm Christmas Day hours. 100 E. Ontario, 312-787-5000,, estimated cost per person $50

Longman & Eagle— Special Chinese Christmas dinner

Must-have dishes: Family-style preorder meals. 5 PM to 10 PM (or until the food runs out). 2657 N. Kedzie, 773-276-7110, longmanand­, estimated cost per person $15 and up

Pearl’s Place Restaurant — Southern comfort food

Must-have dish: Smothered pork chops and biscuits. 8 AM-4 PM (by reservation only). 3901 S. Michigan, 877) 275-5852,, estimated cost per person $25

Sabri Nihari — Pakistani

Must-have dishes: Palak paneer (vegetarian), sabri nihari (carnivorous). 12 PM-11 PM. 2502 W. Devon, 773-465-3272,, estimated cost per person $30

Sun Wah BBQ Chinese

Must-have dish: Peking duck. Call to confirm Christmas Day hours. 5041 N. Broadway, 773-769-1254,, estimated cost per person $8 and up

Tesfa Ethiopian CuisineEthiopian

Must-have dish: Key sir alicha (red beets). 9:30 AM-10 PM. 1023 W. Wilson, 312-698-4481,, estimated cost per person $15

The HopleafBar specializing in Belgian beers

Must-haves: In the winter, the bar’s tap list often includes two inimitable Belgian classics, St. Bernardus Abt 12 and Brasserie Lefebvre Barbãr. 6 PM-2 AM, kitchen closed. 5148 N. Clark, 773-334-9851,, estimated cost per person $12

Uru Swati Indian

Must-have dish: Ras puri with undhiyu, which is yams, potatoes, and mixed vegetables served with mango pulp and puffy fry bread. 11:30 AM-9:30 PM (may close earlier if it’s slow). 2629 W. Devon, 773-262-5280, uruswati­, estimated cost per person $20

Weber Grill Restaurant American, BBQ, steak house

Must-have dish: Tomahawk rib eye for two. 11 AM-9 PM. 539 N. State, 312-467-9696,, estimated cost per person $50

Yassa African RestaurantSengalese, Pan-African

Must-have dish: Yassa lamb. 11 AM-10 PM. 3511 S. King Drive, 773-488-5599,, estimated cost per person $20  v