Most will undoubtedly hit some of the restaurants around town this Christmas. Mostly families that have traveled in to spend the holiday with loved ones in our position.
TLDR: Every place will be packed with people.
As more and more people are corralled into the few open eateries, the staff are going to turnover as many tables as possible.
While that may sound like quick food and efficient service, it really translates into wrong orders and a pushy wait staff. You can't blame them though, it's what they're paid to do.
Instead, pick yourself up a prime cut of beef. Cook it at home on an actual grill. Trust me when I say, nobody cooks a steak as well as you do.
While some prefer the NY Strip or T-Bone cut, you might as well pay a few dollars more and pick out a thick-cut ribeye.
Look for deep thin marbling, especially in the filet (center) part of the steak. If you're afraid of fatty steak, it's time to man up... It's not gristle, it's flavor. It'll melt away into the meat when you cook it.
You might be thinking 'It's too cold to get my grill going' and you'd almost be right. Gas grills don't fair so well in cooler temps, that's why gas grills aren't actual grills. They're yard accessories like any other garden gnome.
Get yourself some natural charcoal, pile it up, stick some paper, and light it up.
You should prep your steak hours before you're ready to cook it. Let it sit out on the counter in this super secret manly seasoning recipe... Sea salt and cracked pepper. There are no other spices allowed on steak. Marinades are for communists. And steak sauce is strictly prohibited.
*Pro-Tip - Once a coal starts to glow that manly color of translucent orange, hit it with a hair dryer. Them coals will heat up and be ready for raw food in minutes.
Also, you're only allowed to flip that steak once. You're not allowed to squish it, that just wastes tasty juices, and your steak will end up dry. And you're not allowed to cut into it to see how 'done' it is. Steak can be eaten raw... No matter how long you cook it, it's edible until you pass the Medium-Well spectrum. If you burn it, then it's ok to dab a little A-1 on it.
Aim for a warm pink center. Let it sit and rest for at least ten minutes before you chow.