Sweet potato gratin: a holiday to-go offering from Backstreet Cafe.

Well, we did it for Thanksgiving, and now we're doing it for Christmas—here's the first of a few updates about restaurants' plans for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day:

Chris Shepherd's crew is doing a lot, of course. Georgia James is hosting a three-course meal on Christmas Eve (like Underbelly did in years past) and featuring (get this) a spaghetti and meatballs plate with salad and garlic bread, a prime rib and horseradish cream plate with scalloped potatoes and cheesy broccoli, and a candy cane plate with coffee cake and hot chocolate pie. (Do you sense a theme there?) Seatings are at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., and the meal is $75; $35 for children. Costumes are welcome. (You know the one you should wear ...)

Underbelly Hospitality is supplying dinner to-go; order by December 18 and pick up December 23 at Hay Merchant. Mains include house-smoked turkey breast, honey-cured ham ribs, smoked prime rib, and cold fried chicken, while sides and appetizers include rum sausages, spicy pork tamales, cinnamon rolls, green beans, cheddar mac, and tater tot casserole. For dessert, there's vinegar pie and ca phe sua da carrot cake, naturally. Visit underbellyhospitality.com to order.

And if you drink a pint of Eureka Heights at Hay Merchant from now until December 16, Underbelly is donating $1 to Toys for Tots.

Over at Agricole Hospitality, you can get a holiday dinner to-go. Just order by 4 p.m. Dec. 18 and pick up between Dec. 22 and 24 at Revival Market. What's on the menu? For proteins, there's whole turkey ($6.50 per pound at 12-15 or 15-18 pounds) that can be smoked or brined (additional fees), ham (bone-in at $11.95 per pound, bone-out at $13.95 per pound), whole duck ($12.95 per pound), pork crown roast ($28.95 per pound), rack of lamb ($32.95 per pound), and more. Plus Agricole is offering stuffing, macaroni and cheese, cranberry sauce, Brussels sprouts, chocolate cream pie, pecan pie, brown sugar pecan bread pudding, breads, and a lot more. Here's where to place your order.

Revival will be open on Christmas Eve from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. And Eight Row Flint will be going from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., serving $5 eggnog, as well. 

Onward, sleigh, to the Berg Hospitality Group. B&B Butchers & Restaurant is featuring a to-go menu for Christmas that includes filet mignon, glazed ham, roasted prime rib, pork crown roast, beef wellington, sides like whipped potatoes and creamed spinach, and desserts like apple crisp and pecan pie. Visit bbbutchers.com to order. As for Christmas service, it's open on Christmas Eve with a few specials and in-restaurant carolers (7:30 to 8:30 p.m).

The Christmas tree is up at B.B. Lemon.

Image: Vic Clark

B.B. Lemon, the newest Berg restaurant, will also be open on Christmas Eve with some specials. The carolers will be there from 8:40 to 9:40 p.m. 

We move on to Backstreet Cafe, which is doing to-go orders that must be placed by December 21. Dishes available include Hugo Ortega's famous wine-poached pears, sides like cornbread and andouille dressing and macaroni and cheese, wild mushroom soup, pies like pumpkin and chocolate pecan, and eggnog cheesecake. Visit backstreetcafe.net for more.

Backstreet is hosting Christmas Eve dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. For $54, get entrées like beef tenderloin, pan-seared snapper, and braised lamb shank; appetizers like stuffed quail with green chorizo, baked oysters, and pear salad with blue cherries and cherries; and desserts like coconut milk chocolate cake mousse and a Christmas sundae.

At Caracol and Hugo's, place an order by December 21 for either the family feast ($225, feeds 10-12) or the couple's feast ($95, feeds 2). Dishes include habanero spiral ham with pineapple, coal-roasted sweet potato, Tamal Azteca tortilla casserole, and tres leches cake and tomatillo marmalade cheesecake. Tamales available a la carte ($24 per dozen). Visit caracol.net or hugosrestaurant.net.

Caracol is going a la carte for Christmas Eve. Reservations are recommended. Hugo's is throwing its Buffet de Noche Buena, which is $45 per adult, $15 per child. Dinner is from 5 to 8 p.m. and reservations are recommended.

Want to eat at Xochi on Christmas Eve? It'll be open for lunch and dinner, and from 5 to 9 p.m., enjoy live music from Media Luna.

Next stop is La Table, which is hosting a Christmas Eve service that includes yellowfin tuna and foie gras with warm apple cider vinaigrette, plus deserts like the bouche de noel. The regular menu also available. Service is from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. in both Marche and Chateau.

Roka Akor is hosting Christmas Eve dinner (also on December 23) with five courses. You'll get wagyu beef, sashimi, marinated black cod, and a truffle hot pot, plus a coffee pot de crème with caramelized hazelnut. Pay $95 for the experience. Visit rokaakor.com/houston for more.

Want a Kenny & Ziggy's holiday? Order 48 hours in advance of pickup at kennyandziggys.com. The $275 meal that feeds 10-12 includes a whole turkey, stuffing, mile-high apple pie, and side options (potato pancakes, smashed potatoes, corn pudding, etc.). You can also go a la carte with a lot of items, including mini onion and potato knishes, stuffed profiteroles, lox and cream cheese, challah knot dinner rolls, that whole turkey, corned beef, asparagus ... the list goes on. And we didn't even get to desserts. On Christmas Eve, K&Z will be open until 8 p.m.

Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse, is serving its regular menu from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m on Christmas Eve. Christmas Day includes prime rib ($45, $55) among other steak dishes. It'll be open 3 to 8 p.m.on Christmas.

Etoile Cuisine et Bar in Uptown Park is hosting a three-course meal on Christmas Eve. Dishes include duck foie gras, Maine lobster bisque, yellowfin tuna tartare, roasted duck breast, beef tenderloin, and a raspberry and chocolate Christmas log. $68 for adults, $25 for children.

Want to do a pig roast this Christmas? Rainbow Lodge has a suckling pig you can pick up for $500. Just order by December 24. Whole turkeys are $89 for about 16 pounds and $120 for about 20 pounds. Other meats include buffalo tenderloin ($250), game like whole roasted quail ($12 each) and goose ($175 for 8-10 pounds). Sides include potatoes, squash, carrots, and more, while for dessert, order croissant bread pudding with bourbon sauce. Visit rainbow-lodge.com.

Christmas Eve at Rainbow Lodge is dinner only with an a la carte menu, served from 5 to 9 p.m.

Lucienne has a $65 Christmas Day brunch served from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The three-course meal includes options like salmon gravlax with caviar and king crab Benedict eggs. A kids' menu also available.

Want a Luby's feast? Christmas service includes entrée with two sides and bread—prime rib is $15.99 and blackened chicken breast with bacon-wrapped shrimp is $13.99. You can also get a to-go Luby's feast, which includes prime rib, turkey breast, or spiral sliced ham, depending on which option you take. Plenty of sides are available, and pies can be added on. Visit lubys.com for more.

A la carte menus will be available at ARA Restaurant and Axis Lounge at Royal Sonesta this Christmas Eve (5:30 p.m. to close) and Christmas Day (11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to close). The $29 deal includes prime rib with mashed potatoes and glazed vegetables. 

CRU is hosting a three-course meal on Christmas Eve. Entrées include braised short rib, pan-roasted Scottish salmon, and filet mignon; appetizers include ahi tartare, tomato and burrata, and pumpkin marscapone ravioli; and desserts include egg nog crème brûlée and a lava cake. The meal is $42 (kids younger than 12 are $21), and service is from 4 to 10 p.m. 

Bistro Provence is offering a three-course menu on Christmas Eve, with seatings at 6 to 6:30 p.m. and 8 to 8:30 p.m. It's $65 per person. The menu includes beef wellington, seared duck breast, or wild red snapper; plus foie gras, onion soup, or smoked salmon; and dessert of Christmas log with Grand Marnier and chocolate mousse or poached pear with cinnamon ice cream.

Over at Hotel Granduca, Christmas brunch includes a buffet with traditional dishes like turkey, beef, ham, and seafood selections. It's $85, $40 for ages 5-12. Call 713-418-1104.

Perry's Steakhouse & Grille and Bar79 will be open from 4 to 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

Spend Christmas Eve at Ouisie's Table and get a feast that includes holiday specials via an a la carte menu. It'll be open 5 to 10 p.m.

Need a smoked turkey via Goode Co.? It's offering the traditional bird (along with Brazos Bottom Pecan Pie), and you can order now at goodecompany.com. Drive-thru pickup will be humming from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 22.

You can order a holiday pie from Treebeards. Options include pumpkin, apple, pecan, Italian cream cake, and more. But wait ... there's more! Sides to order include mashed potatoes, green beans with mushrooms and onions, black-eyed peas, corn pudding, and a few other tasty treats. Visit treebeards.com to get the lowdown and to order. The deadline is December 20 at most locations. 

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