Nigh on perfect for anyone craving easy, last-minute meals to enjoy this Christmas, LORO's takeout package combines traditional Texas barbecue with Asian influences with a smoked beef prime rib (with coffee-and-beef jus) and delicious sides. Sides? Like only Loro can do 'em: butternut squash & sweet onion soup with brown-buttered apples; kale & Asian pear salad; honey & miso-glazed carrots; confit marble potatoes. All of this will serve 4-6 people. Note: Order now through Dec. 20, for pick up on Dec. 23 & 24.
This holiday season, the folks behind Olamaie and Little Ola’s want to ease your meal planning with the Family Breakfast Box. This packaged bounty of goodness includes six biscuits (with honey butter and apple butter), six cinnamon rolls, Southern breakfast casserole, and hot chocolate (or, if you prefer, virgin eggnog). This will feed about ten people and, tell you what, they'll love it. Note: Use the Toast Tab platform at either website and pick up the pack on 12/23 or 12/24.
Go ahead, mix it up this holiday season with a stuffed lamb shoulder (with dates & pistachios) from these acclaimed magisters of meat. The festive dish makes an impressive center to any celebration – and the stuffing is gluten-free. Note: This is just one of many options available for pre-order, to be picked up on Dec. 21, 22, 23, 30, or 31.
We recently dined at Aba – thanks to the generosity of the bourbon masters at Garrison Brothers – and were, yeah, pretty much blown away by the excellence of the food there. No wonder people are ordering in advance to get this Christmas Eve Package for two that features wild mushroom hummus (pictured), whipped feta with persimmon, village salad, grilled chicken kebab, braised short rib, crispy brussels sprouts, and sticky date cake. ($118.) And, if you're dining in from Dec. 18-26, you can feast on such Hanukkah specials as parmesan and potato brussels sprout latkes, shawarma spiced brisket confit with sesame pumpkin puree currant gremolata, and more.
This lovely restaurant's got a special holiday feast available (on Christmas day and the previous evening) as a prix-fixe menu by reservation or even some walk-ups. How does butternut squash bisque, oysters Rockefeller, Natchitoches meat pies, carved New York strip roast, garlic mashed potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, and more sound to you? Yeah – it's music to our ears as well. And – you can take home full orders of that Bûche de Noël dessert (with cream cheese buttercream, garnished with espresso powder, dark chocolate, sugared cranberry, and toasted coconut) and make all the sweet teeth in your family smile in gustatory pleasure. (Order ASAP, this primo confection goes fast!)
Looking for a seafood-based feast that's wonderful enough for the holidays? Listen, you can totally book a private dining room at Garbo's Fresh Maine Lobster for gathering with friends or family. Or bring the bounty to where you are, with Garbo's pick-up or drop-off platter-style catering for your office or home party needs. You could even have their Lobster Food Truck show up, if you wanted. Or, hell, put your cheffing chops on display with one of Garbo's DIY Maine Lobster Food Kits. Many choice, much crustacean. Also? OMG, key lime pies to go!
Josh Brownfield and team take over the bar with lively decorations and a special menu with Hanukkah-inspired cocktails, including Latke Punch, a play on the traditional dish made with potato vodka, apple cider, ginger liqueur, and lemon. Bonus: chef Amanda Rockman collabs for the eight days of Hanukkah (Dec. 18-26) with special treats, including rugelach with walnut, currant, and cinnamon sugar – and Jewboy Burgers pops up on Mon., Dec. 19, to serve sliders and latkes.
Hotel Viata used to be known as Hotel Granduca – it was a fine place then and it's a fine place now – and their Laurel restaurant, still the province of executive chef Tommy Suddeth, is hosting a New Year's Eve prix-fixe five-course dinner. The feast, in that elegant venue on the near edge of the Texas Hill Country, includes paella arancini, striped bass, Linz Heritage Angus beef tenderloin, a morello cherry dessert, and (of course!) two glasses of bubbly. Reservations can be made on OpenTable.
Mmmm, yeah, we've definitely been recommending tamales that you should try. And now here's chef Davis Turner's acclaimed seafood outpost at Still Austin, cooking up those delicious shrimp & mushroom tamales, available by the half dozen. Note: Order weekly before Thursday, pick up every Sunday; last date to order is Dec. 20, to pick up on the 23rd.
L'Oca d'Oro presents this traditional Italian Christmas Eve dinner, celebrated in chef Fiore Tedesco's family since he was a kid, with a varied menu of fish primarily from the Adriatic Sea in Sicily. The multicourse dinner features seven fishes along with sides and desserts. The whole thing, a feast of flavor and festivity.
Made with products from nearby farms and milk from happy cows, Lick’s seasonal flavors include Candied Pecan & Bourbon, Red Velvet, Iced Sugar Cookie, Gingerbread, Peppermint Bark, and two vegan flavors – Plum Rum Ball and No-Egg Nog. (Enjoy 'em at any of the local scoop shops or buy by-the-pint to take home and pair with your own holiday family recipes.) And those cocoa kits? Mmmm, they include speckled ceramic mugs with a “But First, Ice Cream” slogan and glass jars of specialty hot cocoa mix made with local favorite SRSLY chocolate, homemade candied Pecans, handmade vanilla marshmallows, and ice cream scoops.
Meanwhile, back at the North Pole … this local powerhouse of fermentation's got a fine lineup of special holiday brews for your Texas-sized thirst: Cranberry Sour, a 4.2% ABV fruited Berliner weisse; Fireside, a collab with Guerilla Suit that's resulted in an 11% ABV winter ale aged in Balcones Whiskey barrels; Jolly, made with a Vienna lager base and spruce tips; and Tip of the Hat, a 7.5% ABV West Coast IPA.
Yes, the Eleanor is featuring a drink menu filled with festive holiday-themed libations, thanks to Master Miracle cocktail connoisseur, Joann Spiegel. Choose from options like Snowball Old Fashioned, Christmapolitan, Jingle Balls Nog, SanTaRex, and many more. Of course the main and mezzanine bar will be serving their full menus but you can also avail yourself of the Ski Lodge with Miracle's signature shots served on a Shot Ski. It's a refreshing and wintery wonderland, and note: 10% of all to-go proceeds will be donated to the Austin Children’s Shelter, Austin Pets Alive!, and the James Beard Foundation Open for Good campaign.
Old Thousand and JewBoy Burgers are teaming up to offer a mashup menu including traditional Jewish-American and Chinese-American dishes for one night only. If you're dining out on Christmas Eve, bubeleh, nu, this is the place to be for a meal worth kvelling over. Note: Call for reservations.
Walton’s talented kitchen has curated a special holiday menu complete with maple orange glazed ham, white cheddar-herb mac and cheese, brown sugar and rosemary carrots, garlic mashed potatoes, brown gravy, handmade apple crumble, and more. Note: All of these are available as individual or family-style portions; preorder through Dec. 20 for picking up on the 23rd or 24th.