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Roasts, rolls, and sides made easy for Christmas

Smoked duck from Dai Due
Smoked duck from Dai Due
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The holiday season is upon us, and now it’s time to start planning ahead for those at-home meals and celebrations during these COVID-19 pandemic times. Luckily, Austin restaurants are making it easier for those who choose to stay home for the holiday season by offering plenty of takeout meals and dishes.

To help, here’s Eater’s guide to the best restaurants offering preorders for to-go meals for Christmas other such holiday brunches, dinners, and drinks. There’s smoked ducks and brined quails from Cherrywood butcher shop and restaurant Dai Due, wagyu tenderloins and mezcal hams from East Austin butcher shop and restaurant Salt & Time, wines from natural wine shop Saba San’s, and so many rolls.

Everything below is listed alphabetically and is available for pickups (delivery services are noted). There are separate guides for Hanukkah, holiday desserts and tamales. Likewise, check out these holiday cocktail pop-ups offering takeout drinks and specials.

This guide will be updated leading up to Christmas Eve on Thursday, December 24. If there is an Austin restaurant/truck/bar/catering company offering holiday preorders missing below, let Eater know through austin@eater.com.

2 Dine 4 Catering
3008 Gonzales Street, Govalle
The catering branch of Sawyer & Co. is selling a bunch of holiday meals and dishes for the season. There are ready-to-heat dishes such as braised beef short ribs, lump crab cakes, and quiches; appetizer trays like shrimp cocktail and beef tenderloin sliders; pies; and wines by the bottle and pack.
Prices: Dishes range from $80 to $96; appetizer trays from $16 to $25; wines from $21 to $370
Deadline: Friday, December 18
Pickup Dates: Tuesday, December 22 and Wednesday, December 23, deliveries are available
How to Book: Online

24 Diner
600 North Lamar Boulevard, Downtown
The downtown restaurant is offering holiday meal packs, with rib roasts with braised leeks and horseradish cream, plus sides like potato gratin and roasted meats. There are dessert and roll add-ons too.
Prices: $255, rolls are $12.95, pies $35
Deadline: Tuesday, December 22, by 5 p.m.
Pickup Dates: Friday, December 25
How to Book: Online

Aba
1011 South Congress Avenue, Travis Heights
The Chicago-based Mediterranean restaurant is offering Christmas meals to-go available in servings of two, four, and six. On deck are braised short ribs with tamarind jus, grilled chicken kebabs, and wild mushroom hummus, among other dishes.
Prices: $48.95 per serving
Deadline: Tuesday, December 22, 3 p.m.
Pickup Dates: Thursday, December 24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
How to Book: Online

Andiamo
2521 Rutland Drive, North Burnet
The Italian restaurant’s serving up a three-course takeout meal for the holidays, with main entrees such as saffron ravioli with chicken, beef tagliata, or veel osso bucco, plus starters like a bruschetta kit or rolled eggplants; and desserts like tiramisu.
Prices: $45 per person
Deadline: Monday, December 21
Pickup Dates: Tuesday, December 22 through Thursday, December 24, deliveries are available too
How to Book: Email andiamoitaliano@gmail.com or call (512) 719-3377

Buenos Aires Cafe
1201 East Sixth Street, East Austin
The Argentinian restaurant is offering a big Christmas meal to-go, which includes both prime ribeye and roast beef, as well as potato gratin, a blackberry-malbec compote, salads, beets, butter rolls, and tiramisu. There’s also some dessert (a spread and panettone) and cocktail kit options.
Prices: $150 for two to three servings, $270 for four to six servings; cocktail kits are $55 for two servings
Deadline: Monday, December 21
Pickup Dates: Wednesday and Thursday, December 23 and 24, until 2 p.m.
How to Book: Online

Bufalina
1519 East Cesar Chavez Street, East Austin
The pizza-and-wine restaurant is letting people get very indulgent for the holidays with its caviar sale, sourced from sustainable company Black River. There are also holiday wine packs available via its retail wine branch,
Prices: Caviar grams range from $87 to $520 depending on type; wines range from $79 to $149
Deadline: Through Saturday, December 12
Pickup Dates: The week of Tuesday, December 15
How to Book: Caviar: Online; wine: online

A holiday cocktail from Contigo Catering
A holiday cocktail from Contigo Catering
Contigo Catering [Official]

Carpenter Hotel
400 Josephine Street, Zilker
The hotel’s restaurant — Carpenters Hall — is putting together a takeout holiday feast centered on beef rib roast, plus sides and Parker House rolls.
Prices: $200
Deadline: None noted.
Pickup Dates: Thursday, December 24
How to Book: Online

Contigo Catering
3709 Promontory Point Drive, B201, Southeast Austin
The MLK restaurant’s catering branch is offering all sorts of options for quality at-home Christmas. There are meal packages spanning charcuterie and cheese to full-on meals to cocktails; as well as a la carte cocktails, sides, and desserts.
Prices: Meals range from $120 to $732; drinks are $60; entrees range from $28 to $40; sides from $24 to $26
Deadline: Four days advanced notice
Pickup Dates: None noted; deliveries are available
How to Book: Online

Dai Due
2406 Manor Road, Cherrywood
Of course, the Cherrywood butcher shop offers a variety of meats for holiday meals, including an array of charcuterie from antelope salame cotta to wild boar terrine, whole smoked ducks, smoked wild boar ham, brined quails, wild boar andouille/rabbit gumbo, and a bunch of sides and rolls.
Prices: Ducks are $25 per pound; smoked wild boar ham’s $18 per pound; quails are $6; Parker House rolls are $10 for eight rolls; sides and condiments range from $8 to $25
Deadline: None noted.
Pickup Dates: Tuesday through Wednesday, December 22 to 23, noon to 8 p.m.; Thursday, December 24, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
How to Book: Call (512) 524-0688

Eden West
211 Darden Hill, Driftwood
Formerly known as Eden East, the Texas food truck is offering holiday family meals for the season, centered on a smoked bone-in pork loin. Various sides include smothered greens, glazed root vegetables, focaccia, and, and apple-cheddar pie. Also available are meat and cheese boards, plus gumbo and a spinach and cauliflower dip.
Prices: Meals range from $120 to $200 depending on serving size; boards are $75; dip $16; gumbo $20
Deadline: Friday, December 18
Pickup Dates: Wednesday, December 23, 1 to 4 p.m.; pickups can also be placed from its Bastrop farm at 1910 Main Street that same day from 4 to 7 p.m.
How to Book: Online

El Camaron
502 Thompson Lane, Far Southeast Austin
Catering company La Pera’s taco offshoot has two meal options for the holidays. There’s the larger meal package which comes with the choice of two entrees (hibiscus honey ham, rhubarb pork tenderloin, stuffed acorn squash, etc.), side options such as guajillo-parmesan mashed potatoes and black plum-habanero Brussel sprouts, desserts such as pies or cookies, rounded out by cranberry dressing and rolls. Then there’s the grazing boards with cheeses, charcuterie, sourdough crackers, and more. Plus there’s a sides package and dessert trays.
Prices: The meal packages range from $80 for two servings to $350 for 10; grazing boxes range from $75 to $145; a la carte sides
Deadline: None noted.
Pickup Dates: Delivery dates are from Wednesday, December 16 through Wednesday, December 23
How to Book: Online

Emmer & Rye
51 Rainey Street, Downtown
The upper-scale New American restaurant is offering Christmas dinner meal kits for the holiday. On deck’s beef short rib wellington, potato au gratin, and chocolate tarts. There are vegetarian options (i.e. smoked Lion’s Mane mushrooms), and other treats such as ginger snaps, sugar cookie kits, plus optional wine packs.
Prices: $150 for two servings, win packs range from $90 to $200
Deadline: None noted.
Pickup Dates: Thursday, December 24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
How to Book: Online

Espadas de Brazil
2512 Rio Grande Street, West Campus
The Brazilian truck is getting into the Christmas game with two meal packages. Both come with meats (picanha, grilled chicken breast, sliced turkey, etc.) and sides (jasmine rice, fries, Brazilian bread crumbs), with the Ultimate Feast including more meats and a key lime pie.
Prices: Gaucho is $95; Ultimate is $125
Deadline: None noted
Pickup Dates: Thursday, December 24, noon to 5 p.m.
How to Book: Email espadasdebrazilatx@gmail.com or call (512) 965-3181

Fairweather Cider
10609 Metric Boulevard, North Austin
The cidery put together a three-bottle wine pack meant for the holidays, featuring “fun and funky” wines.
Prices: $90
Deadline: None noted.
Pickup Dates: None noted.
How to Book: Online

Fowler’s Smokin’ Soul Food
5811 Manor Road, Pecan Springs-Springdale
The barbecue restaurant is putting together Christmas meal packs for the holidays, including Cajun or original turkeys available smoked, roasted, or fried; sides such as yams and collard greens, rolls, sauces, and even pound cake and peach cobbler; larger family meals centered on beef tenderloin or honey-garlic pork tenderloin
Prices: Family meals range $100 to $150; two-serving meals $23.95; turkeys from $60 to $70; hams $60; side sizes from $9 to $45; and desserts from $6 to $40
Deadline: Saturday, December 19
Pickup Dates: Wednesday, December 23 and Thursday, December 24
How to Book: Orders can be placed over the phone at (512) 300-0226 or via social media messaging

Garbo’s
12709 North MoPac Expressway, Parmer Point
The New England seafood restaurant is bringing in Maine lobsters for the holiday. Five one-and-a-half pound lobsters can come either live or steamed/chilled, along with lemon and drawn butter. Plus there are add-ons like crackers, lobster roll bread, clam chowder, and pies.
Prices: Lobsters are $195, add-ons range from $1 to 35
Deadline: Friday, December 18
Pickup Dates: Wednesday, December 23
How to Book: Online or call (512) 350-9814

Hoover’s Cooking
2002 Manor Road, Cherrywood
For the holidays, the Southern restaurant is teaming up with Austin venue Sterling Event Center in offering holiday six-pack meals. There’s the classic with either a roasted turkey or ham steaks; or the Sugar ‘N’ Spice with either a ham paired with a praline sauce or the Cajun pork roast, both with plenty of sides and sweet potato biscuits. There are also a la carte turkeys (roasted, smoked, fried, boneless smoked), turkey and dressing plates, sides, and desserts.
Prices: The classic meal is $129.33 and the sugar is $143.19; turkeys are $70.20 (boneless is $57.27); plates are $15.99; sides range from $6 to $28;
Deadline: For the meal packs, it’s Sunday, December 20; deadlines for other items not noted.
Pickup Dates: Pickups for family packs take place at Sterling Event Center at 6134 East Highway 290 on Wednesday, December 23 and Thursday, December 24
How to Book: Call (512) 478-EATS for the family packs, online for the rest

Intero
2612 East Cesar Chavez Street, Holly
The Italian restaurant in Holly is putting together what it refers to as zero-food-waste holiday dishes, such as legs of lamb, slow-roasted porchetta, creamy mashed potatoes, and cauliflower gratin.
Prices: Lamb legs are $70; porchetta’s $60; sides range from $15 to 20
Deadline: None noted.
Pickup Date: Thursday, December 24, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
How to Book: Online

Jacoby’s
3235 East Cesar Chavez Street, Govalle
The Texan restaurant is taking care of sides and desserts for the holidays. Preorders include deviled eggs, pimento cheese, mac and cheese, and more.
Prices: $16 to $36
Deadline: 36-hour advance notice
Pickup Dates: None noted.
How to Book: Online

LeRoy & Lewis
121 Pickle Road, South Congress
The new-school barbecue truck has a large holiday menu that includes tamales, meats (barbacoa, brisket, whole hog), sides (mac and cheese, pork hash and rice), and desserts (cheddar cheesecake).
Prices: Tamales are $30 for a dozen and $16 for half-dozen; whole brisket is $180; barbacoa by the pound is $26; hog by the pound is $28; sides are $20 per quart; desserts range from $35 to $40
Deadline: None noted.
Pickup Dates: Wednesday and Thursday, December 23 and 24, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
How to Book: Online

L’Oca d’Oro
1900 Simond Avenue, Mueller
The Italian restaurant is still closed for 2020, but, as part of its whole recent meal-kit subscription service, it’ll offer a Christmas option. The kit will come with several dishes pegged for the Feast of the Seven Fishes and an Italian Christmas dinner, including house-made bucatini and whipped salt cod.
Prices: None noted.
Deadline: Friday, December 18 by midnight
Pickup Date: Wednesday, December 23
How to Book: Email info@locadoroaustin.com

LoLo
1504 East Sixth Street, East Austin
The East Austin natural wine shop put together several holiday-pegged wine packages for the season. Packs are organized by theme and/or source with cutesy names, i.e. the Whole Family from the Austrian-based Gut Oggau, and the Santa Claus from winemaker Claus Preisinger.
Prices: Ranges from $93 to $575
Deadline: None noted.
Pickup Dates: None noted.
How to Book: Online

Smoked duck from Micklethwait Craft Meats
Smoked duck from Micklethwait Craft Meats
Micklethwait Craft Meats/Facebook

Micklethwait Craft Meats
1309 Rosewood Avenue, Central East Austin
The barbecue trailer’s holiday specials are very meat-centric: whole briskets, turkeys, legs of lamb, and even smoked ducks. For a sweet addition, there’s cheesecakes.
Prices: Brisket with accourtement is $130; turkey with gravy is $65; leg of lamb with rosemary gremolata $65; smoked duck with spiced cherry compote $45
Deadline: None noted.
Pickup Dates: Tuesday, December 22 through Thursday, December 24
How to Book: Email catering@craftmeatsaustin.com

Mr Natural
Two locations
The vegetarian Tex-Mex restaurant’s holiday meal packages range from seitan turkey to glazed seitan ham to seitan barbecue, all with loads of sides and desserts. Many of the dishes are available a la carte, including a vegan menudo.
Prices: Meals are $120, a la carte dishes and sides range from $6 to $18
Deadline: None noted.
Pickup Dates: None noted.
How to Book: Online

Old Thousand
4805 Burnet Road, Brentwood
The Chinese-American restaurant is offering holiday family meal packs, one with meats (General Tso’s chicken, brisket fried rice, char siu pork belly, etc.), the other vegetarian (Kung Pao cauliflower, salt and pepper tofu, vegetable fried rice), and both with various sides.
Prices: $120
Deadline: None noted.
Pickup Dates: Friday, December 25
How to Book: Call (737) 222-6637, extension 2

Parkside
301 East Sixth Street, Downtown
The New American restaurant is offering seafood platters for the holidays. There’s the East Coast oyster platter; the Grand platter with oysters, crab legs, ceviche, and shrimp remoulade; and then there’s the simple cheese and charcuterie board. Plus there’s a bunch of bubbles, from brut to champagne.
Prices: Oyster platter is $32; Grand is $80; cheese and charcuterie is $25; sparkling wines and champagne range from $31 to $82
Deadline: None noted.
Pickup Dates: Thursday, December 24, from 2 to 4 p.m.
How to Book: Online

Rosedale Kitchen
3800 North Lamar Boulevard, Rosedale
The American restaurant is teaming up with Tinney Barbecue’s pitmaster Jay Tinney for meaty holiday meals. Options include hickory-smoked beef tenderloin or prime ribs, plus sides like rosemary-garlic mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, and creamed spinach, and sweets like cherry and dark chocolate bread pudding. There are also a la carte meats and sides available too.
Prices: Meals range from $230 to $490; meats range from $180 to $405; sides range from $15 to 32
Deadline: Friday, December 18, midnight
Pickup Dates: Tuesday, December 22 and Wednesday, December 23 from 2 to 6 p.m.; Thursday, December 24, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
How to Book: Online

The holiday meal from Rosedale Kitchen
The holiday meal from Rosedale Kitchen
Rosedale Kitchen [Official]

Saba San’s
2600 East Cesar Chavez Street, Holly
Bento Picnic’s wine bar and shop is offering two holiday wine packs, one with three reds, and the other with natural wines.
Prices: $85
Deadline: None noted.
Pickup Dates: None noted.
How to Book: Online

Sala & Betty
5201 Airport Boulevard, North Loop
The fast-casual New American restaurant is offering takeout Christmas meals. First, there’s the Feast of Seven Fishes kit, featuring salmon rillette; tomato-poached cod with scallops, mussels, and crawfish; and bouche noel. Then there’s the turkey-centric Christmas meals with sides such as gravy, glazed sweet potatoes, and rolls. Then there are two smaller plate options, one with turkey and the other with short ribs, plus sides. Finally, there are several holiday wine packs too.
Prices: The Feast of Seven Dishes meal is $240; turkey meals are $225 or $325, depending on serving size; plates are $30 for turkey, $35 for short ribs; wine packs are $70
Deadline: Monday, December 21
Pickup Dates: Thursday, December 24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
How to Book: Online or call (512) 645-0214 or (512)645-0215

Salt & Time
1912 East Seventh Street, Blackshear-Prospect Hill
The butcher shop/restaurant’s offering all sorts of meats for the holidays, from dry-aed Agnus roasts and steaks, wagyu tenderloins, brined chickens, mezcal hams, miniature porchetta, to racks of lamb, alongside sides, condiments, and rolls.
Prices: Meats range from $4.99 to $52 per pound; sides range from $8 to $16
Deadline: None noted.
Pickup Dates: Monday through Wednesday, December 21 to 23, noon to 8 p.m.
How to Book: Online

Scholz Garten
1607 San Jacinto Boulevard, Downtown
The downtown beer garden is putting together a takeout holiday meal with smoked turkey breast, baked hams, mashed potatoes, dinner rolls, and more, for four people.
Prices: $80
Deadline: Saturday, December 19
Pickup Dates: None noted.
How to Book: Email order@scholz1866.com

Second Bar & Kitchen
3121 Palm Way #101, Domain Northside
The New American restaurant’s takeout Christmas includes braised bone-in beef short ribs, buttermilk-sage-cheddar biscuits, black truffle grits, and sticky toffee pudding.There are optional add-ons, including ham, eggnog snickerdoodle ice cream, and cocktails kits.
Prices: $115
Deadline: Sunday, December 20, 2 p.m.
Pickup Dates: Thursday, December 24, between 2 to 4 p.m.
How to Book: Online

Sugar Mama’s
1905 South First Street, Bouldin Creek
The bakery’s take-and-bake mac and cheese is still available for holiday preorders.
Prices: $20
Deadline: None noted.
Pickup Dates: None noted.
How to Book: Online

The Backspace
1745 West Anderson Lane, Crestview
The northern location of the pizza restaurant is offering a holiday takeout meal centered on osso bucco.
Prices: $75
Deadline: None noted
Pickup Dates: Tuesday, December 22 and Wednesday, December 23
How to Book: Online

The osso bucco at the Backspace
The osso bucco at the Backspace
The Backspace [Official]

The Fairmont
101 Red River Street, Downtown
The fancy downtown hotel has Christmas dinner to-go, with honey-and-clove-glazed ham, oven-roasted young turkey breast with pan gravy and cranberry mostarda, candied yams with marshmallows and pecan streusel, and choice of desserts such as a caramelized apple tart.
Prices: $199 for four servings, $379 for eight, both with enough for leftovers
Deadline: Sunday, December 20
Pickup Dates: Thursday, December 24, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
How to Book: Online

TLC
1100 South Lamar Boulevard, Suite #1150, Zilker
The Texas coastal seafood restaurant is offering an applewood smoked bone-in ham-based holiday meal package, with plentiful sides (country green beans, honey-glazed carrots, etc.) and desserts (chocolate pecan pie, cookie decorating kit, etc.). Dishes can be added on, too, like the garlic-roasted tenderloin, Alaskan red king crab, and lobster mac and cheese.
Prices: Meal is $285; add-ons rang from $80 to market-price
Deadline: None noted.
Pickup Dates: Wednesday, December 23 and Thursday, December 24
How to Book: Online

Trace
200 Lavaca Street, Downtown
The W Hotel restaurant is putting together a prix fixe takeout Christmas menu with mains such as lamb shanks or salmon, desserts like yule logs, and a la carte sides like truffled mashed potato puree and braised chard.
Prices: $70 per person; wine pairings are $35 per course, sides are $6 for small servings and $10 for large
Deadline: None noted.
Pickup Dates: None noted.
How to Book: Call (512) 542-3660

Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ
11500 Menchaca Road, South Austin
The South Austin Tex-Mex barbecue truck is offering a bunch of meats, dishes, sides, and desserts for the holidays, from mesquite-smoked brisket to enchilada casseroles to banana pudding.
Prices: $8.50 to $200. There’s a minimum of $100 required
Deadline: None noted.
Pickup Dates: Thursday, December 24
How to Book: Online

Walton’s Fancy & Staple
609 West Sixth Street, Downtown
The deli is offering premade dishes for the holidays. The main is a thyme-rubbed turkey breast with gravy; sides include mashed potatoes with horseradish and garlic, cornbread stuffing, and mac and cheese with white cheddar, gruyere, and sage, plus pies and cheesecakes. Everything is available in single or servings of 10.
Prices: A single-serving of turkey is $10 and 10-serving is $50; sides range from $6 to $28
Deadline: Friday, December 18, with a 48-hour-advance notice
Pickup Dates: Monday, December 21 through Thursday, December 24
How to Book: Email catering@waltonsfancyandstaple.com or (512) 391-9966

Update, December 22, 5:19 p.m.: This guide, originally published on December 1, has been updated to include additional holiday takeout meals, dishes, and the such.

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