Holiday gatherings may be smaller this year. And if that holiday ham or prime rib with all those sides seems too intimidating or just not worth the effort this year, luckily there are plenty of holiday helpers ready to take the reins.
With restaurants closed for dining in the past few weeks, restaurateurs and chefs have had plenty of time to come up with some creative, festive holiday takeout meal packages — generally for pickup at the restaurant a day or so before and then reheating at home later — for your crew.
In the east metro, here are some restaurants offering holiday meal spreads for takeout and what’s being offered. You may want to hurry if you have your heart set on ordering from a particular restaurant. Some of these deadlines are coming up fast and some of the packages are available only until sold out.
We will be updating this list online as more restaurants announce holiday takeout menus, so check back regularly for the latest information.
And if you’re from a restaurant offering take-out Christmas meals and don’t see your establishment here, email [email protected] with your information.
Afton House Inn
Christmas Take Home Dinners to go: Beef Bordelaise, cheddar au gratin potatoes, bacon Brussels sprouts, sage stuffing, holiday salad, dinner rolls and chocolate cream, pecan or apple pie. ($79 for 2, $159 for 4, $239 for 6). A la carte options also available such as honey glazed ham and sliced turkey ($8 a pound), mashed potatoes and gravy. Reheat instructions included. Wine and cocktail kit add-ons available. Order by Dec. 22. Pick-up from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 23.
3291 S. St. Croix Trail, Afton; 651-436-8883; aftonhouseinn.com
Christmas Feasts reservations available for pickup from noon to 7 p.m. Dec. 22, 23 and 24. The multi-course meal comes with a jumbo shrimp cocktail starter, butternut squash and apple soup, smoked ham and roasted turkey with gravy, wild mushroom stuffing and cranberry chutney, sides, desserts (candy cane ice cream, pecan pie, sweet potato pie with bourbon caramel) and beverages (eggnog and wine or cocktail kit). Serves 2, $160; 4, $320; 6, $480. Substitute soup or entree choices such as beef tenderloin or surf and turf to cook at home for an added price. Add-ons also available such as charcuterie boards, beef tenderloin steaks, ham and turkey by the pound as well as meal kits such as Shrimp Scampi, Scallops with Pancetta and Brown Butter and Alaskan Snow Crab. Cocktail and mulled wine kits as well as wines by the bottle also available starting at $16.
Curbside Christmas Eve box includes house-made meatballs, spinach salad, smoked prime rib, stuffed parmesan jumbo shrimp scampi, gruyere mashers with caramelized onions, lobster mac n cheese and peppermint cheesecake or chocolate raspberry cobbler for dessert($150, serves 2; $300, serves 4). There’s also a Holiday Helper menu with a la carte items such as dessert and cocktail kits. Orders taken through Dec. 20. Meal boxes will be available for pickup from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Holiday Helper items are available for pickup from Dec. 20 to 24.
1642 W. County Road B2, Roseville; 651-796-0040; baldamar.com
Black Dog Cafe
Roasted beef tenderloin with horseradish cream ($55, serves 2) or roasted pork tenderloin with apple bourbon demi glace ($40, serves 2) with salad (fennel, apple, celery, blue cheese, walnuts, mustard vinaigrette), roasted carrots and potatoes, dessert. Vegan option ($15 per person) available featuring an Aloo Gobi cauliflower, potato and pea curry. Served with dal and rice. Pick-up between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Dec. 24. Wines by the bottle to compliment your meal available for purchase at time of pick-up.
308 E Prince St., St Paul; 651-228-9274; blackdogstpaul.com
The restaurant has partnered with celebrity baker Buddy Valastro for the Holiday “Cake Boss” package ($95) that comes with choice of salad, pasta (spaghetti marinara, fettuccine alfredo, penne alla vodka, baked ziti), entree (chicken parmigiana, chicken or eggplant parmigiana). And last but not least, it comes with the Buddy V “Cake Boss” Carlos Bakery Holiday Cake, a festive 6-inch red, white, and green layered Christmas cake filled and covered with vanilla Italian buttercream icing. Available at both metro locations for pickup and delivery. Open on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
Five metro locations, including 2728 Gannon Rd., St. Paul; 651-772-4388; bucadibeppo.com
Christmas take and bake offerings include dinner items and sides such as orange glazed ham ($9 per pound), pot pies and lasagna ($13 to $25), brunch items such as egg bake, cheesy hashbrowns and triple berry French toast ($13 to $14) and desserts. Pick-up between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Dec. 23. Individual Christmas Dinner also available of orange glazed ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, roasted carrots, bun and butter and a cranberry white chocolate cheesecake bar ($14). Available until sold out or Dec. 20.
Two locations, 1340 Grand Ave., St. Paul; 651-414-0543 and 2315 Como Ave., St. Paul, 651-797-4027; colossalcafe.com/take-and-bake
Heat and Serve Holiday Meals: Prime rib dinner ($100, serves 2; $170, serves 4; $359, serves 10). Comes with herb crusted prime rib with au jus and creamy horseradish, spinach cranberry salad with maple dressing, green beans with roasted peppers, asiago roasted potatoes, housemade baguette and chocolate mousse torte. Pre-orders through Dec. 21. Pick-up available through Dec. 24.
211 West 7th St., St. Paul; order by calling 651-224-8419 or visit cossettaeventi.com
D’Amico & Sons
D’Amico & Sons cafés are offering a special holiday menu for pick-up now through New Year’s Eve at the Roseville, Edina, Wayzata and Golden Valley D’Amico & Sons locations. Traditional holiday and Italian favorites lets you build your own gourmet holiday buffet to take home and heat when it’s time for your holiday feast. Order a la carte items such as beef tenderloin, turkey breast, pot roast, bolognese lasagna and four-cheese lasagna (starting at $56, serves six) as well as soups, sides and dessert. A notice of 48 hours is required.
Offer available at several Twin Cities metro D’Amico & Sons locations including 1490 County Road B, Roseville; 651-633-7667; damicoandsons.com/index.php/holiday-menu
Herbie’s On The Park
Holiday To Go dinner offers a choice of one entree, braised beef brisket, stuffed pork loin or rosemary roast chicken. Entrees come with creamy turkey wild rice soup, shrimp cocktail, roasted red potatoes, cauliflower au gratin. Choice of red velvet or double chocolate cake. Prices are $90 (serves 2); $170 (serves 4) or $325 (serves 8). Also available are curated nosh boards ($100, serves four) and wine pairings. Order online or by calling by Dec. 18. Contactless pick up Dec. 23, 24, 30 and 31.
317 Washington St., St. Paul; 651-726-1700; herbiesonthepark.com
Christmas dinners feature glazed ham ($145, serves 4-5) or prime rib roast ($170, serves 4-5), with all the starter, sides and dessert accompaniments: chilled shrimp and crab claws, salad, Brussels sprouts, herb roasted red potatoes, rolls and holiday bread pudding. Pre-order by Dec. 20. Pick-up Dec. 23.
644 Bayfield St., St. Paul; 612-800-5298; holmanstable.com
Lake Elmo Inn
Pre-order prime rib to cook at home meal. Available are half (6 to 7 ½ pounds) and whole (12 to 15 pounds) primes ($18.95 per pound) uncooked with cooking instructions, Lake Elmo Inn seasoning, creamy horseradish and au jus. Pickup 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Christmas Eve. Pre-orders by Dec. 20 by calling the restaurant.
3442 N. Lake Elmo Ave., Lake Elmo; 651-777-8495; facebook.com/LakeElmoInn
Holiday dinner of orchard salad, glazed pit smoked ham, Yukon gold potato mash, cheesy cauliflower, creamed kale, cake doughnut bread pudding and milk buns ($155, serves 4-6). Option of adding beef tenderloin to your order ($80, two pounds). Order online for curbside pick-up from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 24.
1096 Grand Ave., St. Paul; 651-289-4990; thelexmn.com
Lost Spur Golf and Event Center
Christmas family take and bake: Applewood sliced smoked ham with sides including au gratin potatoes, white cheddar mac and cheese, green bean casserole, broccoli salad, ciabatta loaf, peppermint cheesecake and bottle of wine ($100, serves 4). Pick-up noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 24.
2750 Sibley Memorial Highway, Eagan; 651-454-2330, ext 1; lostspurgolf.com
Take-and-bake and ready-to-serve Christmas feasts to go. Choose herb-crusted prime rib with au jus ($120 serves 4-6, $235 serves 8-12); fresh Canadian salmon with lemon beurre blanc ($90 serves 4-6, $175 serves 8-12); or try both with surf and turf ($175 serves 4-6, $345 serves 8-12). Dinners include cheesy au gratin potatoes with shallots, choice of broccolini or seasoned julienned vegetables, a Caesar or garden salad, and dinner rolls with butter. Wine and fresh-baked pies also available. Call the restaurant by 8 p.m. Dec. 22 to order and reserve a pick-up time. Pick-up times are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 23 or 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 24 for take and bake; 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 24 for hot and ready to serve.
1565 Cliff Road, Eagan; 651-340-7809; masonjar.kitchen
Morgan’s Farm to Table
Morgan’s Farm to Table Holiday special features a wide selection of both cold ready-to-eat and heat and serve, family-style dishes. Meal options ($50, serves 4 to 8) include herb Roasted Chicken, Minnesota Wild Rice Meatloaf, Chicken Risotto Milanese and Grilled Vegetable Risotto and come with sides. A la carte starters, salads and sweets also available. Individual entree options of Rosemary and Balsamic Marinated Rack of Lamb, Veal Wellington with Foie Gras, Chicken Giselle ($24 to $35) also available. While supplies last. To order, call 952-435-1855. Pick-up Dec. 22, 23, 30 and 31.
14201 Nicollet Ave. S Burnsville; 952-435-1855; morgansfarmtotable.com
Holiday meals for take home available through the restaurant’s Christmas Store. Entrees include Swedish meatballs (pre-cooked meatballs, 20 with gravy) with potato sausage ($48) or ready-to-roast Wild Acres duck (4 1/2 lbs on average, dressed and ready to cook with chestnut stuffing and instructions) ($65). Sides, charcuterie, egg bake, desserts, eggnog, mulled wine also available. Pick-up Dec. 23 from 3 to 6 p.m.
470 S. Cleveland Ave., St. Paul; 651-340-3568; myrielmn.com/store
Old Southern BBQ
Choose between the double smoked Christmas ham ($65, 8-10 people) or the Christmas dinner ($90). Hams will come with sweet potatoes with cinnamon honey butter, creamed corn and honey glazed cornbread muffin tops. Comes with reheating instructions. Pick-up Dec. 22 and 23.
Locations include 2421 Hanley Road, Hudson, Wis.; 715-245-8900 or 3845 N. Lexington Ave., Arden Hills; 651-358-3920; oldsouthernbbq.com
Pier 500 Christmas meal to go: Rotisserie roasted turkey breast with poultry and fresh herb jus, sliced smoked ham with turbinado sugar-cranberry glaze, oven-baked, herbed hash browns, grilled asparagus with lemon garlic oil, fire roasted creamed corn, cranberry and toasted walnut greens salad, parmesan-crusted ciabatta bread with whipped butter. ($150, serves 4-6). For dessert, choose between brandied Fuji apple streusel with toasted hazelnuts and pure vanilla whipped cream or chocolate fig bread pudding. Or, add $20.00 for both desserts. All orders will be packaged with heating instructions. Pick-up from 9 a.m. to noon and 2 to 5 p.m. Dec. 23;9 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Dec. 24.
500 1st St., Hudson, Wis.; 715-386-5504; pierfivehundred.com
The Pillbox Tavern
While the downtown St. Paul restaurant recently announced it is closed for takeout and delivery until the state reopens for indoor dining, the spot is taking orders for a Christmas dinner takeaway (and a gift card sale). The holiday menu comes with short rib roast braised in red wine, potatoes au gratin, green beans almondine, brown sugar glazed baby carrots, caramel apple streusel pie ($200, serves 4-6). The dinner is a heat and serve meal and comes with instructions. Pickup noon to 8 p.m. Dec. 23 or noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 24. Visit the Shop page on the website to place an order.
400 Wabasha St. N., St. Paul; 651-756-7566; pillboxtav.com
Holiday take-and-bake kits comes with choice of ham or two chickens and the following sides and desserts: bourbon carrots, squash salad, mashed potatoes with gravy, mac and cheese, biscuits as well as a banana and sweet potato pie. A la Carte options are also available, as well as our cocktail kits. There’s even a leftover sandwich kit too so you don’t have to cook the next day. Available until sold out or through Dec. 19.
525 Selby Ave., St. Paul; 651-340-2355; revivalrestaurants.com
Cheeses, meats, pate, oh my. Christmas staycation packages not only feature holiday beverage kits and cocktail mixes, but also the Stocking for Two ($70) for pre-grazing or that ideal holiday gift. Includes chicken liver mousse, smoked whitefish rillette, chef’s selection of cheeses, baguette, crackers, herb-roasted nuts, olives, cornichons, orange marmalade and flapjack mix with chomeur. pre-order for pick-up Christmas week.
261 E. 5th St., St. Paul; 651-800-1415; saintdinette.com
Ready to reheat Christmas Dinner for 4. Choose between turkey, pot roast or prime rib with sides ($60 to $100). Comes with instructions. Pick-up Dec. 23.
396 21st St., Newport; 651-459-3211; tinuccis.com
Holiday meals to go offers two choices: a turkey dinner, ($135, serves 4-5) or Manhattan strip roast ($250, serves 4-5) (5 pound average) with mashed potatoes, gravy, asparagus, Caesar salad, baguette, butter and bread pudding with bourbon anglaise. Cooking/heating instructions included. Surf-and-turf cook-at-home kits also available.
5959 Centerville Road, North Oaks; 651-426-9222; triarestaurant.com
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