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On Christmas morning, after all the gifts have been opened, all the wrappings put in the recycling pile and you've had enough coffee to keep you going for the day, let some of Santa's helpers do the cooking. You've done too much already.

Here's a list of restaurants that will be open on Christmas Day this year.

Restaurants such as Whitebird at The Edwin, Broad Street Grill at The Chattanoogan, Bridgeman's Chophouse at the Read House and Ruth's Chris require reservations, so make them now for the best chance to get the time you want and best seats in the house.

* Bridgeman's Chophouse in The Read House, 107 W. M.L. King Blvd. Hours: noon-8 p.m. Reservations: 423-643-1240.

* Broad Street Grill at The Chattanoogan, 1201 Broad St. Brunch hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Reservations: 423-424-3700.

* Beast + Barrel, 16 Frazier Ave. Hours: 3-11 p.m. 423-805-4599.

* Big River Grille, 222 Broad St. location only. Hours: 2-10 p.m. 423-267-2739.

* Buffet King, 5230 Highway 153. Hours: 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. 423-877-8816.

* Chef Lin, 5084 South Terrace. Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. 423-510-1998.

* China Rose, 9203 Lee Highway, Ooltewah. Hours: 11 a.m.- 9:30 p.m. 423-238-1268. Cash only.

* City Cafe Diner. Three locations: 901 Carter St., 423-634-9191; 7641 Lee Highway, 423-485-8222; and 919 25th St., Cleveland, Tennessee. Open 24 hours. 423-790-7460.

* Dorato at The Westin, 801 Pine St. Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. 423-531-4653.

* Fuji Steakhouse, 5437 Highway 153. Hours: noon-10 p.m. 423-531-3183.

* Hair of the Dog Pub, 334 Market St. Hours: 6 p.m.-2:30 a.m. (last call). 423-265-4615.

* The Honest Pint, 35 Patten Parkway. Hours: 5 p.m.-2 a.m. 423-468-4192.

* Huddle House, all locations. Open 24 hours.

* IHOP. Two locations: 5814 Brainerd Road, 423-490-0559; 5113 Highway 153, 423-877-4732. Hours: Open at noon, then 24 hours a day.

* New China Buffet and Grill, 3450 Cummings Highway. Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. 423-821-6988.

* New China, 8530 Hixson Pike. Hours: 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. 423-843-0586.

* Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, 2321 Lifestyle Way. Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; dinner menu served all day. Reservations: 423-602-5900.

* Shoney's, 2318 Shallowford Village Drive. Hours to be determined. 423-894-5917.

* Steak 'N' Shake. All area locations. Open at 5 p.m.

* Sweet Basil Thai, 5845 Brainerd Road. Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. 423-485-8836.

* The Big Chill, 103 Cherokee Blvd. Hours: 4 p.m.-3 a.m. 423-267-2445.

* Waffle House. All locations, 24 hours.

* Whitebird at The Edwin, 102 Walnut St. Brunch buffet hours: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Reservations: 423-713-5900.

Email Anne Braly at abraly@timesfreepress.com.

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