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Have you made holiday plans?

If your idea of celebrating the season is to let someone else cook the food, we have you covered. The following is our list of to-go and dine-in holiday dinner options, plus which restaurants in town are cooking tamales. Happy eating!

(We'll update this piece frequently; if you would like to add your restaurant's information to this, email Timothy Malcolm at [email protected])

To-Go Holiday

The barbecue feast for two from a'Bouzy.

Image: Shawn Virene

a'Bouzy: Takeout customers can order a barbecue feast for two that stars a half rack of ribs, plus Cornish game hen, smoked sausage link, coleslaw, baked beans, and a bottle of pinot noir. $42. Call 713-722-6899.

Bistro 555: Three-course menu offered at $59 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Some preparation may be needed to finish heating your dish. An à la carte menu is also offered for takeout. Order by Dec. 22 and pick up on Dec. 23.

Bloom & Bee: Get a family pack that serves four to six people and includes carved prime rib au jus; family-style sides like mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus; a salad; soup; and dessert (traditional yule log). $260. Order by Dec. 21.

Bread Man Baking Co.: Get parker house rolls, Dutch apple cranberry pie, chocolate pecan pie, and other bready goodies by ordering online through Dec. 18. Pickup is between Dec. 22 and 24. 

Click Virtual Food Hall: Get a three-course, prix fixe meal from the delivery and takeout operation. The menu includes smoked turkey leg, a choice of gravy, two sides, salad, baguette, and banana pretzel bread pudding with caramel sauce. $39 per person.

Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse: Dinner packages start at $350. You can get a half prime rib (serves up to six) or a full prime rib (serves up to 10), plus a feast with salad, potatoes, green beans, and pecan pie. Order by Dec. 23.

Frank's Americana Revival: The restaurant is offering à la carte selections led by herb-roasted whole chicken with mushroom pan gravy (serves six to eight, $45) and whole-roasted Angus beef tenderloin with red wine demo-glace and horseradish cream (serves six to eight, $195). Sides, breads, desserts, and wine pairings available, as well. Order by 9 p.m. Dec. 18 and pick up from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 23 or 24.

Goode Company: Get the Merry Goode Meal, which feeds six to eight people and includes smoked beef tenderloin and a side of horseradish sauce, plus au gratin potatoes, creamed spinach, and dinner rolls with beer-shallot jam butter. $200. You can add more servings of any of the food included for an additional cost, and you can add a Brazos Bottom Pecan Pie for $20 (cardboard box) or $40 (wooden box). Place your order by 5 p.m. Dec. 18 and pick up either Dec. 23 or 24. Delivery also available for some zip codes. 

Jonathan's The Rub BYOB: The Hedwig Village restaurant is taking to-go orders for Christmas headlined by prime rib (serving six to 10, $260) or hickory-smoked ham (serving 8-12, $120). Sides and desserts all available à la carte, as well. Order must be placed at least a day in advance of pickup, which is Dec. 24.

Kenny & Ziggy's New York Delicatessen: For whatever holiday you celebrate this season, K&Z's has you covered. Hanukkah menu packages can feed up to 10 people and run between $128 and $182. You can get a bunch of latkes with Nova lox, or you can go big with a feast that includes chopped liver with bagel chips, a deli tray, potato salad, coleslaw, and more. À la carte items are also available, and the list is extensive. Orders must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Pick up during regular business hours.

Perry's Steakhouse & Grille: Get the Holiday Feast For 4 To-Go, which includes one of five entrées—prime rib, prime New York strip, rack of lamb with truffle merlot, chicken cordon bleu with bourbon sherry cream, and pork lasagna. Choice of soup or salad with each, plus two family style sides. Desserts are an additional $7 each. Pre-order between Dec. 18 and Jan. 3, 2021.  

The Pit Room: Get a whole brined-and-smoked turkey at around 12 pounds ($85), a six-to-eight-pound whole brisket ($100), or a glazed and smoked ham ($60). Call 2871-888-1929, and order by Dec. 21.

Pondicheri: Get the herbivore menu ($195) that serves four and includes beet soup, butter paneer pot pie, smoked eggplant raita, truffle macaroni and cheese, and South Indian potato mash, or the omnivore menu ($230) that serves four and has rogan josh pot pie, lobster truffle mac 'n' cheese, crab samosas, and South Indian potato mash, among other dishes. Order now, and pick up from noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 23.

Relish: The River Oaks restaurant is offering a la carte items like grilled beef tenderloin ($199), roasted leg of lamb ($165), Parmesan cauliflower ($25 for half pan), three-cheese macaroni and cheese ($25 for half pan), and roasted butternut squash soup ($15 for quart). Desserts, as well. Order by 10 p.m. Dec. 20 and pick up between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Dec. 24.

Snooze, A.M. Eatery: The popular chain breakfast spot is offering holiday brunch kits (egg casserole, cranberry French toast, or holiday pancakes). Each comes with recipes for hot cocoa, greeting cards, and a link to a curated jazz playlist. Kits run from $25 to $50 and are available Dec. 14 to Jan. 2. 

Taco Cabana: The taqueria chain is offering a 24-pack enchilada casserole, topped with your choice of two sauces. $89.99. Order by Dec. 18 and receive 15-percent off your order.

The antipasto board from Tony's.

Tony's: Christmas Eve dinner for takeout includes à la carte selections, like an antipasto board, braised lamb shank with mint jus, whole prime tenderloin, Italian sausage and peppers, baked ziti al Telefono, tiramisu, cheesecake with praline topping, and more. Pre-order open.

UB Preserv: The Underbelly Hospitality restaurant is serving a two-person meal with lots of duck. There's half-roast duck with scallion pancakes, hoisin, cucumbers, and lettuce; duck matzo ball soup; duck confit fried rice; and sesame pandan cookies. $75 for two people. Order by Dec. 20 and pick up between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Dec. 24 at UB Preserv.

Underbelly Hospitality: Chris Shepherd's restaurant group is offering a la carte items for takeout including hash brown casserole, braised collard greens with bacon sausage, Shepherd family rum sausages, and salted caramel morning buns. Items cost anywhere from $12 to $30 and generally serve four to six people. Order by Dec. 19 and pick up on Dec. 22 at the Hay Merchant.

There's also the How the Grinch Stole 2020 dinner. It's composed of a Whoville Christmas Feast with roast beast (44 Farms herb-roasted prime rib), "max" and cheese gratin, and bacon sausage creamed greens; plus, snacks like a triple-decker sauerkraut sandwich, Waldorf-ish salad, brisket Who-Hash, and plenty of sweets. It's $225 for two people. Order by Dec. 18 and pick up between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Dec. 23.

The Union Kitchen Memorial: Get items like honey-glazed ham ($5 per pound), herb-roasted prime rib ($21.50 per pound), macaroni and cheese, potatoes au gratin, desserts, bloody mary mix, and more. Plus, 20% off all cocktails, beer, and wine on takeout orders Wednesday and Thursdays before Christmas. Order by Dec. 19 by calling 713-360-2000.

Weights + Measures: To-go dinner of spiced pork tenderloin filled with crimini mushrooms, plus roasted carrots, brussels sprouts with bacon, red potato and celery root mash, pork jus, and a daily loaf. $125. Call 713-654-1970 to order through Dec. 22. Pickup on Dec. 24.

Dine-In Holiday

Backstreet Cafe: A three-course dinner is served from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Christmas Eve. Featured items include beef tenderloin with potato puree, seared grouper with couscous, pan-seared scallops with butternut squash risotto, and orecchiette pasta. Complimentary eggnog, plus live jazz. $49 per adult, $15 per child (beverages, tax, gratuity extra).

Brasserie du ParcOpen on Christmas Eve with lunch (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and dinner (5 p.m. to 9 p.m.) service. Three-course prix fixe menu served with entrees that include Parisian honey-thyme ham, scallops with polenta, and New York roast with mashed potatoes. $58 per adult, $22 ages 9 and younger (beverages, tax, gratuity extra).

Bistro 555: A special menu will be offered for Christmas Eve with seating at between 6 and 6:30 p.m. and between 8 and 8:30 p.m. $69 per person, plus tax and gratuity; $40 deposit for table confirms reservation.

Bloom & Bee: Dine inside the Post Oak Hotel with a three course, prix fixe menu that includes entrées like pan-seared duck breast, carved prime rib au jus, and fennel-dusted pan-seared scallops. $85 per person. 

Brennan's of Houston: The famed restaurant will celebrate Christmas Eve with a special dinner menu and seatings from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Menu to be determined. 

Caracol: A three-course dinner is served from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Christmas Eve. Featured items include parmesan-herb-crusted lamb ribs, citrus-glazed hen, pineapple over pistachio cake, and a catch of the day. $49 per adult (beverages, tax, gratuity extra).

Cleburne Cafeteria: Open for both dine-in and takeout on Christmas Eve (11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) and Christmas Day (11 a.m. to 8 p.m.) with the standard menu.

Dario's Steakhouse & Seafood: A three-course prix-fixe dinner will be served on Christmas Eve featuring dishes like prime rib and Norwegian salmon with crabmeat. Seatings at 5 p.m., 7 p.m., and 9 p.m. Takeout also available. Call 281-304-1825 to reserve. 

Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse: Get a 16-ounce or 20-ounce prime rib with horseradish cream, plus sides and more. Starting at $48 per person. 

Etoile Cuisine et Bar: The Uptown Park restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch and from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. for dinner on Christmas Eve. A three-course prix fixe meal will be served headlined by seared striped sea bass, venison medallions, beef tenderloin and braised beef short ribs, and winter vegetable risotto. $68 per adult, $25 ages 9 and younger (beverages, tax, gratuity extra).

Hugo's: The celebrated restaurant is serving up a three-course prix fixe menu with entrées like bacon-wrapped quail, chile relleno, grouper wrapped in banana leaf with achiote, ribeye, and short rib with mole Poblano. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Christmas Eve. $49 per person (beverages, tax, gratuity extra).

Jonathan's The Rub BYOB: Special à la carte menu for Christmas Eve, served from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. At Jonathan's The Rub Memorial Green, the full menu will be served with specials on Christmas Eve. That location will be open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

La Table: From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve, the French restaurant will serve selections à la carte. Reservations recommended.

Marvino's Italian Steakhouse: A three-course menu will be served on Christmas Eve featuring dishes like angelotti and slow-braised lamb shank. Service starts at 4 p.m. Takeout also available. Call 832-220-7200 to reserve. 

Morton's The Steakhouse: Open from 4 to 10 p.m. Christmas Eve and noon to 9 p.m. Christmas Day. The three-course menu is highlighted by chateaubriand for two and also includes winter salad, black truffle mashed cauliflower, creamed spinach, and sour cream mashed potatoes. For dessert, there's la bête noir. $75 per person, minimum two people. À la carte also available; plus, takeout available for both prix fixe and à la carte. Order by 6 p.m. Dec. 23, and pick up between noon and 4 p.m. Dec. 24 or between 10 a.m. and noon Dec. 25.

One Fifth Southern Comfort: Head to the recently converted-for-December restaurant for a Christmas Eve brunch (seatings at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.) inspired by New Orleans institution Galatoire's at its Lexus Patio. No menu, dishes will just come out. $55 per person, $25 for ages 3-10, free for ages 2 and younger.

Ouisie's Table: À la carte menu available from 5 to 10 p.m. Christmas Eve. Take-home also available; must be ordered well in advance.

Perry's Steakhouse & Grille: Open for dinner from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Christmas Eve. To-go also available.

Prego: Open from noon to 9 p.m. Christmas Eve with a regular menu and specials. Reservations recommended.

The Palm: A 26-ounce prime rib is available with two sides and a dessert. $75 per person and available Dec. 24 and 25. Also available to-go.

Rainbow Lodge: Open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Christmas Eve with à la carte offerings. Reservations recommended.

Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen: Open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Christmas Eve. Reservations recommended.

Traveler's Table: The Montrose restaurant is serving a prix fixe menu from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve.  Entrees include Moroccan lamb tagine, seafood risotto, Jamaican jerk chicken, New York strip steak, or South Indian pumpkin curry. Starter and dessert also served with a choice of one each. $60 per person. Takeout available. 

Xochi: Open for lunch and dinner on Christmas Eve. À la carte menu. Live music. Reservations recommended.


For a full list of tamale offerings in the Houston area this year, click this link!

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