When family comes to town for the holidays, there are only so many times you can cook up a big meal and then serve leftovers. Eventually, you'll need a break from the kitchen and you'll want to plan a great family get-together out on the town. Check out the following restaurants to consider for your holiday night out!
* Buca di Beppo - With locations in Minneapolis and St. Paul, as well as three surrounding suburbs, your family will be able to enjoy a feast of Italian dishes without having to drive a long distance. Meals are served family-style, which is perfect for the holiday family gathering. For a large group, make certain you call ahead to make a reservation.
* Louis Ristorante & Bar (third floor of Cossetta Alimentari) - This Italian restaurant in St. Paul has been a standard for family gatherings for many years. Enjoy pasta dishes, drinks and quality time together around the dinner table this holiday season.
* Q.Cumbers - If a buffet is more your family's style and you're needing some fresh and healthy foods to balance out the rich holiday fare, this restaurant is perfect. Located in Edina on France Ave., the salad bar buffet is extensive, and you can also find hot foods, breads and desserts. Don't miss out on the ice cream buffet, too!
* Mystic Lake - Plan a family adventure with a day spent at Mystic Lake in Prior Lake. Hop on a free shuttle bus or make the drive yourself. With one of the largest buffet offerings in the Twin Cities, everyone in your family will find something they love – even the picky eaters! After the large meal, settle back in the casino or catch a show while digesting your dinner.
Keep in mind that if you're looking for a restaurant on Christmas day, Chinese restaurants may be the only eateries you'll find open for the holiday. Be sure to call ahead, as they may have special hours and limited seating.