Holiday favorites and under-the-radar options

Christmas in Washington is a blissfully quiet time for people who don’t observe the holiday. Even for many practicing Christians, the day has become a secular celebration of take-out and big-ticket movie releases. Many people are busy hosting elaborate meals, the city is devoid of traffic, and those in the know can navigate the streets with ease.

With many restaurants taking a break, Christmas Day becomes prime time for Chinese joints and hotel kitchens. In Washington, customers can make a stress-free drive to Rockville for soup dumplings at Bob’s Shanghai 66, have a power meal at Joe’s Stone Crab, enjoy an Italian seafood feast, and even sample bottomless Mexican small plates and drinks.

Here’s our curated list of 15 places to eat on Christmas Day in D.C.

11. Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

A classic power dining room downtown, Joe’s is open from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Christmas Day, plating up specials of beef Wellington and John Dory, a sweet and delicate fish. The classics will be there too, whether it’s Alaskan King crab, a hearty steak, or a slice of key lime pie.