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    2 Dine 4 Holiday Dinner

    The talented chefs at Austin's 2 Dine 4 catering have you covered for the holidays, with a variety of delicious meals to delight the senses and sate those holiday appetites. Think: Andouille-and-apple-stuffed chicken with brie cream; boneless braised beef short ribs; cherry-and-walnut-stuffed pork tenderloin; and more – accompanied by the likes of duck-fat-fried heirloom potatoes, maple butternut squash, cranberry wld rice pilaf, creamy boursin cheese polenta, and other amazing sides. Order now, and pick 'em up on Tue.-Thu., Dec. 21-23.
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    Aba's Mediterranean Christmas Dinner Carry-Out

    Aba’s Christmas carry-out is available for groups of two, four or six guests. This year's feast from the excellent epicenter of all noms Bosporus-adjacent features wild mushroom hummus, whipped feta with persimmon, thyme-roasted carrots with labneh, grilled chicken kebab, braised short rib, crispy brussels sprouts, and honey pie. Ooooh, honey pie, you're making us crazy. Note: Order by Tue., Dec. 21 at 9am for pickup on Fri., Dec. 24, 10am-4pm.
    $56.95 per person.  
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    Bakery Lorraine Christmas Specials

    This fine bakery in the Domain NORTHSIDE has added new items – a hazelnut tart and a rum cake(!) – to their popular holiday offerings of classic gingerbread men, buche de noel, sacher torte cake, red velvet cake, Dutch apple pie, and – oh, there's so much delicious festivity to choose among here. Note: Specialty desserts require at least a 72-hour advance notice, so get those orders in while you can.
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    Christmas Day Brunch at the Hotel Granduca

    Gather with your loved ones to experience delectable cuisine and a unique Christmas experience this year with the Hotel Granduca’s Christmas day brunch. Nestled among trees on the edge of the hill country, warm in the Salon Ducale Ballroom and courtyard, you'll enjoy a buffet-style array of delicacies like slow-roasted turkey breast, candied yam hash, green beans almondine, a vast cheese station, a Bloody Mary bar, wine pairings, the most scrumptious pastries this side of the Tiber river, and more.
    Sat., Dec. 25, 11am-3pm  
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    El Alma: Holi-Date Night Kits

    El Alma's holiday dinner kit includes a handmade tamale dinner for two and plenty of goodies to keep your spirits warm and bright: Six chicken mole tamales, wrapped in banana leaves and served with queso fresco and an extra side of mole; white rice; refritos; peppermint-chocolate flan (mmmmm, yes!); a handmade Mexican blanket; a holiday El Alma candle;: chef Alma's tamale recipe; and a $10 gift card for any El Chile Group restaurant.
    Through Dec. 23, while supplies last. $55.  
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    Fareground: The Ginger Festival

    The thing about Fareground is that it's like the fanciest food court in the city, featuring outposts of some of our finest restaurants, all gathered in a stylish Downtown setting: Little Wu (from Wu Chow), Henbit (from Emmer & Rye), Austin Rotisserie, TLV, Taco Pegaso, and more, and they're celebrating with a venue-wide showcase of ginger- and turmeric-focused specials. YMMV, foodie, but your reporter's main reco: TLV's Chicken Hawaiej Hummus, with chicken thighs marinated in Yemenite spice blend served over hummus. Follow that with a Ginger Island negroni at Ellis, and it's already the happiest of holidays, even mid-week.
    Through Jan. 3. Daily, 11am-9pm
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    Fierce Whiskers: Holiday Tipples

    The tasting room's open at this new local whiskey distillery, and chief cocktail wrangler Lisa Husberg and her mixological cohorts are serving up powerful holiday beverages for one and all. Tell St. Nick to cool those reindeer jets of his and stop on by for a Hot Toddy, a Figgy Pudding, an Espresso Martini, and more.
    Thu. & Sun., 4-10pm; Fri., 4pm-12mid; Sat., noon-12mid
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    Fresa's: Holiday Tamales

    From those excellent culinaristas at Fresa's comes an array of tamale meals (served with charro beans, Mexican rice, salsas, queso and guacamole), tamales-by-the-dozen, and special desserts to supercharge your holidays in a delicious Tex-Mex fashion. (E.g., Chicken tinga tamales, $26 per dozen; and black bean and cheese tamales, $24 per dozen.) Fresa's is taking pre-orders until Dec. 23, with a 5pm cutoff for following-day orders. Pickups will be available Dec. 22-24.
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    Hotel Van Zandt's South Pole Winterscape

    That style-forward boutique hotel Downtown brings back its fourth-floor South Pole, a reimagined rooftop deck featuring outdoor igloos for private dining, with holiday-themed cocktails and dishes courtesy of Geraldine’s restaurant. Note: That last part means delicious noms from chef Chris Schaefer and pastry chef Yolanda Diaz, which might even surpass the awesomeness of the new seasonal drinks (and those continuing Friends-inspired tipples, too).
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    Maybe a Satellite's the Perfect Gift?

    No, not an actual orbiting chunk of hi-tech metal and plastic – you're not Elon, after all, right? – but a giftcard to the South Austin bastion of fine dining that's run by those Kamburis Brothers of Flipnotics fame: Satellite! Stick one of these cards in a loved one's stocking and let them decide among the elevated dishes on the eatery's diverse menu. Texas redfish tacos, bourbon-glazed meatloaf, Greek fireside saganaki (pictured, and don't it look awesome?), chophouse meatballs, traditional pad thai, ah, this place is as eclectic as it is delicious. Bonus: Yes, they will cater your parties.
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    Museum of Ice Cream: Pinkmas

    This eminently Instagrammable bastion of ice cream celebration in the Domain plunges elf-first into the holiday spirit, with drink specials (a gingerbread milkshake, a Pinktini, a Sprinkle Pool sundae) and a "winter-fied" game of I Spy, singalongs to holiday favorites, candy cane hunts, educational information about holiday celebrations from around the world, and more. Bonus: Bring a toy for Toys for Tots and you'll get a complimentary ice cream scoop at the cafe.
    11506 Century Oaks Terrace #128
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    TLC Austin

    Austin's flavor-forward TLC is feeding your entire family this year, with a hamtastic Christmas dinner that can serve 8-10 people. Yes, we did say hamtastic: This holiday feast includes a Nueskes applewood smoked bone-in ham (6-7 pounds, no less), rosemary fingerling potatoes, green beans, honey-glazed carrots, chocolate pecan pie, white chocolate-peppermint bark, a hot cocoa kit. Also: Cookies for Santa (with decorating kit – they bake the cookies, you decorate) and some carrots (for, they suggest, Santa's reindeer). Note: Preorder online now and pickup on Thu., Dec. 23, at noon.
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    Walton’s Fancy and Staple Holiday Menu

    Walton’s has curated up a special holiday menu that we reckon will knock your favorite elf's socks right off, complete with maple bourbon-glazed ham, white cheddar & gruyere mac-n-cheese, balsamic brussels sprouts with crispy prosciutto, brown butter and rosemary carrots, handmade apple streusel, pecan and buttermilk pies, vanilla cherry cheesecake, and more. Suggestion: Whether you order these goodies separately or conjure yourself an entire feast, best contact Walton's soon – because they'll sell out like hotcakes. (You want actual hotcakes, though? We recommend the Magnolia Cafe.)

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