With Christmas Day falling on a Tuesday and for the many who have to work or travel the next day, preparing a big holiday meal may not be high on the to-do list. If you'd rather leave the cooking and cleanup to Santa's culinary elves, here are some restaurants who can help.
Black Bear Diner (4102 California Ave.): Open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Broken Yolk Cafe (7919 E Brundage Lane, 3300 Buena Vista Road): Both locations open 6 a.m. to noon.
Cafe Med (4809 Stockdale Highway): Open noon to 8 p.m., with a limited menu and live music.
Coco's Bakery Restaurant (7985 Rosedale Highway): Open 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Denny's (multiple locations): Open 24 hours.
Eagle Mountain Casino (681 S. Reservation Road, Porterville): From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., its Forest Buffet will serve a buffet ($16.99) with roasted turkey, honey-baked ham and tri-tip on the carving station along with herb-roasted chicken, smoked ribs and sides including mashed potatoes, turkey gravy, oven-roasted potatoes and Italian sausage, green beans with bacon and onions, mac 'n' cheese and more.
Golden Corral (5001 Ming Ave.): Open from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., serving only dinner options.
Guapo's Tacos (2517 White Lane #C): Open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
HomeTown Buffet (4221 S H St.): Open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
IHOP: All locations are open but hours vary — 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 3252 Riverside Drive, 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. at 9220 Rosedale Highway and 24 hours at 29541 Stockdale Highway.
Marie Callender's (3801 California Ave, 2631 Oswell St.): Bakery open from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. and the dining room will serve dinner options from 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Ming's Cafe (1918 L St.): Open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Padre Hotel (1702 18th St.): Buffet served from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; $39, $15 for children ages 12 and under. Dinner will be served from 5 to 10 p.m. including specials like peppercorn-crusted prime rib, served with horseradish whipped Yukon gold potatoes, grilled asparagus, horseradish cream and beef au jus; and garlic herb lamb leg roulade with almond cranberry quinoa, roasted carrots and herb pan sauce.
RJ's Bar and Grill (9440 Hageman Road Suite C): Open from 2 to 10 p.m.
Romano's Macaroni Grill (8850 Rosedale Highway): Open noon to 8 p.m.
Shake N' Buns (2517 White Lane): Open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sizzler (900 Real Road and 2650 Mount Vernon Ave.): Open 10:30 a.m to 8:30 p.m.
Zaika Indian Cuisine (5123 Ming Ave.): Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
If you know of any local restaurants open for the holiday that are not included here, send them to email@example.com.