It's time to make plans for dining out Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Here's an early list of possibilities. Call for hours and reservations. If you have recommendations, especially for Christmas Day, please e-mail me at msutter@statesman.com. I'll be updating this list on my Forklore restaurant blog at www.austin360.com/forklore.

— Mike Sutter

CHRISTMAS EVE

Blue Star Cafeteria(4800 Burnet Road, C-300, 454-7827, www.bluestarcafeteria.com)

Chez Zee American Bistro(5406 Balcones Drive, 454-2666, www.chez-zee.com)

Ciola's Italian-American Restaurant(Feast of the Seven Fishes at 1310 RM 620 S., 263-9936, www.ciolas.com)

Eddie V's(9400-B Arboretum Blvd., 342-2642; 301 E. Fifth St., 472-1860, www.eddiev.com)

Fortune Chinese Seafood Restaurant(by reservation at 10901 N. Lamar Blvd., 490-1426, www.fortuneaustin.com)

Hudson's on the Bend(3509 RM 620 N., 266-1369, www.hudsonsonthebend.com)

Jack Allen's Kitchen(opening this month at 7720 W. Texas 71, www.jackallenskitchen.com)

Lamberts Downtown Barbecue(401 W. Second St., 494-1500, www.lambertsaustin.com)

Perla's Seafood & Oyster Bar(1400 S. Congress Ave. 291-7300, www.perlasaustin.com)

Restaurant Jezebel(914 Congress Ave., 499-3999, www.restaurantjezebel.com)

Roaring Fork(10850 Stonelake Blvd., 342-2700; 701 Congress Ave., 583-0000, www.eddiev.com )

Santa Rita Tex-Mex Cantina(1206 W. 38th St., 419-7482, www.santaritacantina.com)

Simplicity Wine & Eats(4801 Burnet Road, 553-4844, www.simplicitywinebar.com)

Threadgill's(301 W. Riverside Drive, 472-9304; 6416 N. Lamar Blvd., 451-5440, www.threadgills.com)

III Forks(111 Lavaca St. 474-1776, www.iiiforks.com)

Trio at the Four Seasons Hotel Austin(98 San Jacinto Blvd., 685-8300, www.fourseasons.com)

CHRISTMAS DAY

Threadgill's(see above)

Trio at the Four Seasons Hotel Austin(see above)