There’s nothing worse than waking up on Christmas and realizing you’ve forgotten one or more of the essential ingredients to your holiday feast—whether that be a festive brunch, lunch, or dinner. There’s a lot of pressure when it comes to cooking during the holidays, and sometimes the best option is to forgo that pressure altogether and leave the cooking to the professionals.
If you’d rather spend your holidays sipping hot chocolate or—even better—some spiked eggnog and mulled wine instead of slaving away in the kitchen, then ordering a holiday feast to-go from a Houston-area restaurant might be the right option for you. We’ve pulled together some of Houston’s most exciting holiday takeaway options so you can spend the most festive day of the year getting buzzed on holiday spirit instead of crying over a ruined casserole.
Celebrate the holiday season with some of Big Horn BBQ’s mouthwatering to-go meal options that the whole family can enjoy. The meals, available now until Christmas Eve, are available for pickup at the restaurant’s Pearland and Manvel locations. Options include whole turkeys in either original or Cajun seasoning ($60 for 10 to 14 pounds) as well as family meals. Priced at $150 each family meal feeds 8 to 10 people and includes a smoked turkey, a dozen dinner rolls, one quart of cranberry sauce, and a total of two gallons of sides sold at either one-half gallon or one gallon quantities. Sides include dressing and gravy, sweet yams, mashed potatoes, green beans, and mac and cheese. Holiday desserts like pecan pie and pumpkin pie are available for $7 each.
Orders can be placed by calling either 281-741-3289 (for Pearland pickup) or 281-489-5286 (for Manvel pickup).
Bosscat Kitchen & Libations is offering the ultimate takeout feast this year for Christmas. The meal, priced at $195, feeds four to five people and includes a choice of either dry-aged prime rib roast (for an extra $25), brown sugar baked ham, or bourbon cranberry pork loin. Sides include mac and cheese, scalloped potatoes, maple-glazed root vegetables, rolls with butter, and your choice of a vegetable—either garlic sauteed green beans, green bean casserole, or broccoli casserole. For desert, choose either eggnog bread pudding or pecan pie. Bosscat also has several items available a la carte—a perfect option for those who still want to do some cooking on Christmas. A la carte items include brown sugar baked ham ($75), bourbon cranberry pork loin ($75), dry-aged prime rib roast ($125), and winter harvest salad ($20). All sides are also available for $20 each. Bosscat’s Christmas Eve meals are pre-cooked and come with reheating instructions.
Orders can be placed online and will be available for pickup on Christmas Eve.
From December 21 through January 1, the Bastion Collection’s Café Leonelli will be offering a special Christmas entrée option to-go. The special includes a porchetta entrée with roasted Brussels sprouts agro dolce and garlic mashed potatoes. The meal offering, crafted by chef de cuisine Alexandra Garcia, is an ideal dish for those looking for a celebratory meal to-go either on Christmas or leading up to it. From December 17 through December 24, the restaurant will also be offering a variety of holiday confections to-go, including gingerbread cookies, Christmas tree shortbread cookies, holiday truffles, and Christmas danishes topped with cream cheese and cherry filling.
Bulk orders must be placed 48 hours in advance through Café Leonelli’s website.
Spring Branch, Greenway Plaza
Let Feges BBQ do most of the cooking for you this Christmas. The restaurant is offering a to-go menu this holiday season with offerings more numerous than even the largest of angelic hosts. Options, which are chilled and vacuum sealed and come with reheating instructions, include whole turkey breasts ($60 for 2.5 to 3 pounds), sausage links ($18 a pound), whole racks of pork ribs ($40 for 12 to 14 bones), whole brisket ($160 for 6 pounds), and sliced brisket ($60 for 2 pounds). At their Spring Branch location only, Feges BBQ is also offering smoked beef prime rib ($250 for 6 pounds), small whole turkeys ($135 for 8 to 9 pounds), large whole turkeys ($150 for 12 to 14 pounds), and spiral cut bone-in rum-glazed smoked ham ($150 for 8 to 11 pounds)—all cooked ahead of time. Sides, available for $40 each, can feed 10 to 12, and include pimento mac and cheese, Korean braised greens, sweet potato and banana mashers, loaded potato mash, hog fat cornbread (with a side of cinnamon butter), and sweet and spicy sprouts. If you’re going all in this year, you can also order the rum raisin bread pudding with caramel, which is priced at $40 and is also portioned to feed 10 to 12 people.
Orders can be submitted by filling out the restaurant’s Christmas order form before December 19.
Goode Company is here to make your holiday season a bit easier this year. The restaurant is offering a full holiday meal to-go this year that feeds six to eight guests. The Merry Goode Meal, as they call it, is priced at $230 and includes smoked beef tenderloin (2.5 pounds); horseradish sauce; au gratin potatoes with crumbled bacon, shredded cheddar, and green onions; creamed spinach; and two dozen dinner rolls with sea salt honey butter. The meal is also available with a whole turkey in lieu of the tenderloin for $140. If you don’t want to order a full meal, the restaurant also has several items available for order a la carte. Good Company’s famous pies are also available to-go this year. Options include the Brazos Bottom Pecan Pie ($22 or $45, depending on if you want it in a cardboard box or a wooden box), chocolate cream pies ($21), and the restaurant’s Damn Goode Eggnog pie ($27). Orders will be available for pickup on December 22 and December 23.
Pre-orders can be placed here until December 16 at 5 p.m.
Your Hanukkah will be in good hands if you order a Hanukkah catering package from Houston Catering Concepts. The Hanukkah Nosh Package, priced at $100, feeds five people and includes two quarts of chicken soup, five matzo balls, and one roasted chicken (cut into eight pieces). Meanwhile, the Hanukkah L’Chaim Package, priced at $165, feeds five people and includes two quarts of butternut squash soup, over two pounds of ginger teriyaki salmon, grilled asparagus, one dozen mini potato latkes with applesauce and sour cream, and more. If you’re looking for a deli spread this Hanukkah, Houston Catering Concepts also offers the Hanukkah Deli Spread package, priced at $225. The package feeds 10 people and includes corned beef, pastrami, turkey, roast beef, and salami on assorted breads. It also comes with potato salad, coleslaw, and a hummus tray with pita bread.
To place an order, call 713-257-9898 or send an email to [email protected].
KP’s Kitchen is offering a stacked Christmas dinner for four this year that includes everything you need in order to make sure your family is both merry and well-fed. The meal includes three pounds of prime rib ($150), cheese and charcuterie ($22), a quart of mashed potatoes ($20), jumbo asparagus or crispy Brussels sprouts ($30), a quart of maple-glazed carrots ($40), mac and cheese from Houston Dairymaids ($40), and dinner rolls from The Bread Man ($18).
Orders can be placed at KP’s Kitchen’s website or by calling 713-677-0921 by December 20.
Downtown, Heights, Bagby Park, Midtown
There’s nothing more Houston than having a taco feast on Christmas Day, and fortunately La Calle Tacos & Tortas is offering taco packs to-go this year. Taco packs at La Calle can be ordered by the pound or by the taco and come in a variety of options. The by-the-taco option offers a variety of traditional “chilango” tacos on red corn tortillas. For this option, choose from either 20 street tacos (with up to four meats) for $35 or 50 street tacos (with up to five meats) for $87.50. The by-the-pound option ($129.99) feeds up to 30 people and comes with five pounds of the meat of your preference and includes red and green sauces, lemons, cilantro, onion, and tortillas. The taqueria requests a 24-hour notice for all orders.
Orders can be placed through GrubHub, DoorDash, UberEats, or Toast, and can be either picked up or delivered.
The Rice Village location of Local Foods is offering a flavorful to-go menu this year for Christmas. Menu option include Texas brisket with horseradish chive cream ($28 a pound—serves two to four); smoked fish dip with trout roe and everything bagel chips ($22—serves four to six); Dijon-crusted organic salmon with dill and blood orange gremolata ($50—serves two to four); charred cauliflower steaks with chimichurri, pomegranate, and tahini ($22—serves two to four); sweet potato and ricotta kugel ($18—serves two to four); roasted broccolini with Meyer Lemon vin, pine nuts, garlic, and chile ($20—serves two to four); baby kale salad with beet and cranberry tabbouleh and maple vinaigrette ($26—serves four to six); apple sticky toffee pudding with coffee mascarpone ($38—serves four to eight); and double layer honey cheesecake ($35—serves four to eight).
To order, call 713-521-7800.
Mexican eatery Maize is decking the halls this holiday season through a special four-course set menu on Christmas Eve that is available for to-go orders. The meal, available for $55, includes appetizer options like roasted gulf oysters, and second course options like lobster seafood bisque or Ensalada de Navidad. For the main course, choose from options like beef tenderloin or shrimp ravioli. Dessert options include chocolate cake, ice cream, or bread pudding.
Orders can be placed here.
Houston Indian staple Pondicheri is ready to take the grunt work out of your Christmas this year with its inspired Christmas to-go meal packages. The Omnivore Holiday Meal (priced at $200) can be made vegan or vegetarian and comes with options like roasted jackfruit samosas, mashed purple potatoes, rosemary olive oil sourdough, and entrée options like Malabar mushroom roast and Christmas lasagna. Meanwhile, the Herbivore Holiday Meal (priced at $240) includes roasted duck samosas, masala white beans, winter green salad, beet raita, seeded herb biscuits, and entrée options like roasted masala beef brisket and Christmas lasagna. Both meals serve up to four people and can come with additional sides, desserts, and drinks from the restaurant’s a la carte menu. Pondicheri is also offering some of its famous pies and cakes for pre-order this holiday season. Options include chai pie, carrot cake, chocolate almond cake, pecan pie, and more. You can pre-order your to-go meal now through December 18. All meals will be available for pickup at 10 a.m. or noon on Christmas Day.
Orders can be placed here.
Memorial, Sugar Land, The Woodlands
Planning an all-star Christmas brunch can be stressful, so why not let the professionals handle gathering together all of the ingredients? State Fare Kitchen & Bar is offering at-home brunch kits this year for $60 that feed between four and six people. The kits, available from December 17 through January 1, come with six biscuits, one pound of applewood smoked bacon, one pound of house-made sausage, one dozen eggs, one quart of white country gravy, two-and-a-half pounds of pancake mix, two four-ounce containers of mixed berry jam, two four-ounce containers of whipped butter, and one pint of maple syrup.
Orders for the epic brunch kits need to be placed online at least 24 hours in advance.
Leave the smoking to the professionals this Christmas and order some choice meats from The Pit Room. The barbecue staple has several to-go options this year, including whole turkeys ($85) that have been brined for 48 hours in brown sugar, sage, and apples, and seasoned with a house poultry rub before being smoked over post oak. Whole briskets are also available for $110, and honey-glazed smoked hams are available for $60. All turkeys, hams, and brisket will be sold cold and unsliced with reheating instructions. For dessert, The Pit Room is also offering cherry pies ($26) and sugar cream pies ($26).
To place an order, call 281-888-1929 by December 17.
Downtown, Bunker Hill
For larger Christmas gatherings this year, you can’t go wrong with Treebeards. The beloved southern eats restaurant is offering customizable to-go packages perfect for all of your large party needs. Menu items include layer cakes ($45), sheet cake options that can feed anywhere from 15 to 50 people ($45 to $82), as well as apple pies ($24 each), lemon chess pie ($15 each), and pecan pie ($26 each). The restaurant’s famous jalapeño cornbread is also being offered unbaked for $35 a pan (one pan feeds 20 to 25 people). Holiday side offerings at Treebeards include black-eyed peas with ham ($11 a quart), broccoli and carrots ($15 a quart), dirty rice ($15 a quart), and squash casserole ($19 a quart). Special entrée offerings include chicken and sausage gumbo ($23 a quart), seafood gumbo ($27 a quart), and shrimp étouffée ($23 a quart).
Orders can be placed online here before December 22.