Now more than ever, it’s important to support all our beloved Austin restaurants during the holiday season. Eateries around the city have put together holiday meal specials for you, your friends, and your family to enjoy together. We encourage you to show some local love this season and order your holiday feast from a small business. We’ve found some traditional options if that’s your style, or something new and unique to try if you want to switch things up this year. Either way—stay safe, eat up, and shop small!
TLC Austin is rolling out a cozy and comforting Christmas meal kit that comes with a hot cocoa kit, cookie decorating kit, and carrots for Santa’s reindeer! Their Christmas package includes Nueskes applewood smoked bone-in ham (6-7 lb), rosemary fingerling potatoes, country green beans, honey glazed carrots, chocolate pecan pie, white chocolate-peppermint bark, and fun kits for the kids. It costs $285 and serves 8-10 people. Additional add-ons like lobster mac and cheese and Alaskan Red King crab are available as well. Preorder online and pick up on Dec. 23rd or 24th.
Andiamo is offering a three course Christmas Eve At Home meal for pre-order and pick-up or delivery. It’s $45 per person and includes starters, mains, wine pairings, and desserts including a bruschetta kit, house made saffron ravioli, potato gnocchi, beef tagliatell, and tiramisu. A $65 five course prix fixe Andiamo At Home menu is also available all during December. Call 512-719-3377 to order or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Both Old Thousand locations are doing Smoked Pork Char Siu (dine-in and to-go at East 11th and to-go at Burnet Rd. every Friday-Sunday) and the Super Dope Family Pack that serves 4-6 people for $120 and includes egg rolls, hot and sour soup, green beans, Xiao Mian, General Tso’s, Brisket Fried Rice, Mongolian Beer, and Char Siu Pork Belly Bao. A vegetarian Super Dope Family Pack is also available. The 11th St. location is open on Christmas Eve and the Burnet location is open for takeout on Christmas Day. Pre-order online here.
Buenos Aires Café has come out with their Christmas Feast consisting of a 3-lb roast beef, prime ribeye, potatoes gratin, blackberry-malbec compote, organic mixed green salad, roasted tri-color beets, miñones (butter rolls), and tiramisu. The feast costs $270 and serves 4–6 people. They are also offering cocktail kit and dessert table add-ons for an additional charge. Get your orders in by December 21st, and pick up at their E. 6th St. location on the 23rd or 24th until 2 p.m.
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Chicken Salad Shoppe has Party Sandwich Platters and Monster Mountain cookie platters available for the holidays. Choose from any chicken salad sandwich options and 1/2 lb Monster Cookies. The sandwich platters come in sizes small ($37.50, serves 5), medium ($72, serves 10), and large ($105, serves 15). The Sixer, six 1/2 pound cookies delivered with holiday lights in a clear acrylic box, is available to order. Place orders online or email email@example.com or call/text 512-790-7790.
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Contigo Catering & Dispatch is offering holiday dinner parties for 10 people during December, starting at $550 per 10 guests. Choose from a variety of Contigo Catering’s seasonal charcuterie and cheese, dips and spreads, appetizers, including Charred Baba Ganoush dip, house Pimento Cheese, Black Pepper Cream Cheese and Pumpkin Turnovers, Pulled Chicken Sliders, Peach and Eggnog loaf, and seasonal batch cocktails by the half gallon like Cranberry Old Fashioneds, Negroni, Red Sangria, and Spiked Horchata. Available for pick-up or delivery, four days notice needed for all orders.
Easy Tiger is keeping things sweet this year with their cookie tins ($45) full of handmade cookies, inspired by European tradition: Lebkuchen (dipped in chocolate), Pfeffernusse (ginger cookies), Butter Cookies and Pistachio-Raspberry Thumbprints. They’re also offering their handmade Stollen ($18) – the delicious middle ground between cake and bread. This shareable loaf is studded with Texas pecans and candied orange peel. Both of their sweet offerings ship nationwide!
MezzeMe is offering three separate family meal packs for the holidays. Choose from the Salmon Dinner Feast ($64.99), Kebap Family Feast ($56.99), and the Falafel Family Feast ($54.99). All of their family packs serve about 6 people, and come with salads, pita and hummus, your choice of sides or soups, and sauces. MezzeMe’s meal kits are available now and will also be available to pick up on Christmas Eve.
24 Diner is keeping things traditional with their Christmas spread this year. It serves 4-6 people and costs $225. Their Christmas Family Dinner comes with a standing rib roast—44 Farms Pasture Raised Beef, braised leeks, horseradish cream, natural jus—and includes your choice of three sides: potatoes au gratin, mashed potatoes, roasted beets, hakurei turnips, or roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon. It’s available for preorder only, and you can pick it up on Christmas Day. The last day to get your order in is December 22nd by 5 p.m.
Eat good while feeling good about reducing food waste this season with a zero food-waste holiday dinner from Intero. The Italian restaurant is offering an exclusive holiday menu featuring mouth-watering dishes like Roasted Leg of Lamb ($70), Slow Roasted Porchetta ($60), Roasted Butternut Squash ($20) and Glazed Brussels ($20). All their offerings on their Holiday Menu serve about 4-6 people. And for dessert (or stocking stuffers), try Intero’s beautiful and tasty seasonal chocolates! You can find their whole holiday menu and pre-order here.
For the first time ever, Suerte will offer two varieties of to-go tamales, Red Pork ($36/dozen) and Mushroom y Mole ($34/dozen), by the “Suerte dozen” (12 tamales + one extra for buena suerte). Tamales are available Dec. 12th through Dec. 23rd, with pre-order beginning Dec. 10th. This is in addition to Suerte’s family-style Pachanga Party menu. The menu includes Suerte’s staple tacos, apps and sides as well as a few newcomer dishes designed specifically for family-style dining. There is a $250 minimum for the Pachanga Party and most items feed 4-6 people.
Juliet’s expansive catering menu features all of your favorite traditional Italian dishes like chicken piccata and spaghetti bolognese. Most items are designed to serve 6, making it the perfect option for larger households or smaller households where everyone saves room for seconds. Orders can be delivered or picked up at the restaurant on December 23rd. Juliet requires a 48-hour notice for all catering orders.
Fresa’s is offering their Holiday Tamale Meals with either Chicken Tinga Tamales ($32) or Black Beans and Cheese ($30). Their tamales are available in meal form served with Charro Beans, Mexican Rice, Salsas, Queso or Guacamole or they’re available on their own ($20-22). Pre-Order now and pick up on December 22nd through 24th at Fresa’s South First location.
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