KINGMAN - Everybody loves a Christmas feast with ham and turkey, mashed potatoes and all the trimmings, topped off with apple pie and ice cream - as long as they don't have to do any cooking or cleaning.
Christmas dinner is a family tradition that requires a lot of work. That's why an increasing number of American families are ditching home to dine out.
To lessen holiday stress and relieve the family chef, a number of restaurants in Kingman are staying open on Christmas Day and offering special meals and buffet menus that will satisfy everyone's taste.
"We'll be busy," said Cari Bergman, manager of Golden Corral Buffet in Kingman. "It's a family environment, somewhere people can go and have a good meal. Not everyone has family nearby. They're welcome to spend Christmas with us."
Some restaurants are serving brunch, some dinner and some both. It's advisable to call for reservations.
The Daily Miner compiled the following list of restaurants, hours, menu specials and prices where available:
Denny's Restaurant, 3255 Andy Devine Ave., open all day: Turkey dinner with stuffing, cranberry sauce, two sides and bread; $8.99 ($7.50 seniors).
Canyon 66 Restaurant and Lounge (inside Ramada Inn), 3100 Andy Devine Ave., 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.: Choice of broccoli soup or garden salad; choice of roasted beef, glazed ham or lemon herb grilled chicken; caramelized root vegetables; garlic red potatoes; coconut cream pie or double fudge chocolate cake; $15.99.
JB's Restaurant, 2940 Andy Devine Ave., noon. to 8 p.m.: Christmas buffet with turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, all the fixings and pie; $12.99 ($9.99 seniors).
Country Pride Restaurant and Buffet (Travel Centers of America), 946 W. Beale St., 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.: Christmas special with turkey, ham, potatoes and stuffing; $12.99.
Golden Corral Buffet, 3150 Stockton Hill Road, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Ham, turkey, mashed potatoes, vegetables, dessert; $12.99 ($11.99 seniors).
Cerbat Lanes, 3631 Stockton Hill Road, 4 p.m. to 12 p.m.: Snack bar and grill menu.
ABC Buffet, 2890 Andy Devine Ave., 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.: Chinese buffet, regular menu items; $4.95 to $10.95.
Crazy Fred's Truck Stop, 2770 S. Highway 66, open all day: ham dinner with dessert and drink; $10.99.
Burger King, 3250 Andy Devine Ave., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Carl's Jr., 789 W. Beale St., open until 10 p.m.
McDonald's, 3264 Andy Devine Ave., open all day.
Panda Express, 3370 Stockton Hill Road, open regular hours.