CANYON COUNTY ― From festive flapjacks at Nampa's IHOP to take-home feasts available from Brick 29 Bistro, it's easy to see that plenty of local eateries are in the holiday mood.
The Orchard House Restaurant is also celebrating the holiday like a host of other local dining favorites, offering "Christmas at Sunnyslope" events complete with Santa each week.
And if locals find themselves unable to celebrate the holiday in a traditional way, there's plenty of choices available for hearty food on Christmas day.
Here's a look at what some local eateries are offering leading up to, and in some cases on, Christmas day. Some local eateries weren't sure about their holiday plans when contacted by the Idaho Press-Tribune, so if you don't see one of your favorites, be sure to give them a call.
Darby's at the Market, 112 13th Ave. S, Nampa, 461-0113 ,The restaurant will be open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Christmas day. Officials say they plan to have a holiday meal available.,Los Beto's, 2501 Nampa-Caldwell Blvd., Nampa, 468-4996 ,
Restaurant officials say they will be open on Christmas day until about 6 or 7 p.m.
Denny's, 607 Northside Blvd., Nampa, 467-6579 ,
Open 24 hours Christmas day. Available that day will be a turkey dinner with trimmings like stuffing, mashed potato and vegetables, along with a selection of pies.
IHOP, 1420 Nampa-Caldwell Blvd., Nampa, 468-9979 ,
The eatery has a holiday pancake available now, in four different kinds including gingerbread, pumpkin, egg nog and butter pecan. It will be open from 6 a.m. to midnight on Christmas day.
Shari's, 1807 Nampa-Caldwell Blvd., Nampa, 442-9631 ,
On Christmas the restaurant will be open 24 hours, and will offer a turkey dinner with stuffing and yams; sides of cranberry sauce, potatoes and veggies; and complete with a slice of pie.
Brick 29 Bistro , 320 11th Avenue South Extension , 468-0029 ,
In a salute to the holiday, the restaurant has offered brazed Kurobuta pork shank, lamb meatloaf and buffalo tenderloin with crayfish salsa for dinner. They're also presenting holiday dinners to go ― for order and pick up by Christmas ― that include glazed ham, peppercorn crusted prime rib or a combo of both. Call the restaurant for arrangements.
Mr. V's, 407 N 10th Ave, Caldwell, 454-9778 ,
Will be open on Christmas eve from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. with Christmas eve specials available. Closed Christmas day.
Perkins Family Restaurant & Bakery, 909 Specht Ave., Caldwell, 459-2904 ,
Open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Christmas day, with a special available for holiday revelers.
The Orchard House Restaurant, 14949 Sunnyslope Road, 459-8200 ,
On Wednesday and Sunday evenings the eatery holds an event called "Christmas at Sunnyslope" from 5 to 8 p.m., featuring Santa, Mrs. Claus and lights and decorations galore. On Wednesdays until the 23rd Clyde the Camel will be on hand. Closed Christmas day.
Dutch Goose, 2502 Cleveland Boulevard , 459-9363 ,
The Dutch Goose will be open from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Christmas day, with specials, a DJ and a band available for the celebration.