Holiday dinner: area restaurants offering Christmas, NYE meal options

Let area restaurants serve up your Christmas or New Year’s Eve meal this year, via delivery or curbside pickup of special holiday menu feasts. | stock.adobe.com

The pandemic has put the kibosh on holiday dining out, and large family gatherings. But plenty of Chicago-area restaurants are serving up take-home dinners you can enjoy. Looking to let someone else do the cooking for Christmas or perhaps New Year’s Eve?
Area restaurants are offering special meal packages, boxes or cook-at-home kits for your gatherings. Delivery or curbside pickup are offered. Taxes, gratuity and delivery fee (where applicable) may not be reflected in the prices; check when placing your order.
Here are a few options to consider:

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Avli Taverna’s turkey holiday meal box.

Avli Taverna (1335 W. Wrightwood Ave.) will offer individual meal boxes through Dec. 21 for pick-up or delivery. Options include choice of turkey breast ($34) or oven-roasted lamb shoulder ($36); sides include a quinoa, lentil and chickpea salad with raspberry dressing or whipped potatoes with feta, among others. Customers can also order large trays of spanakopita, homemade spinach, leek, feta, and wild green pie ($35); pastichio, traditional Greek casserole of pasta, ground beef, and béchamel ($45); and Baklava (48 pieces/$50). Pickup by Dec. 24; reserve pick-up or delivery via Tock.

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A savory pie from Chiya Chai.

Chiya Chai (2770 N. Milwaukee Ave.), is offering Boxed Chai and Savory Pies To-Go, both individually priced and as a combo. The Boxed Chai are available in three sizes including a small ($32/12 8 oz. cups of chai); medium ($50/20 8 oz. cups of chai); and large ($110/48 8 oz. cups of chai). The nine-inch Masala Chicken Pie or Kale and Potato Pie are available for $20 each. Combination prices for choice of nine-inch savory pie with boxed chai include $50 (small); $65 (medium); and $120 (large). Place your order up to 48 hours in advance for pick-up. The last day for pick-up at the cafe will be 10 p.m. Dec. 23. Call (773) 360-7541.
Larry’s, In Lobby at The Lawrence House, (1020 W. Lawrence Ave.): At-home celebrations shouldn’t mean sacrificing festive drinks. In addition to made-to-order canned cocktails, Larry’s offers large format hot drinks available for pickup and delivery. The large format bottled cocktails ($70) serve eight and are ready to serve with the addition of boiling water.
Brite (2021 West Fulton): Small batch donuts and baked goods; all are sourced seasonally and locally. Menu features array of sweet and savory packages perfect, plus weekly rotating pies. Some highlights include: Chocolate Peppermint Croissant, Orange Anise Sticky Bun, Chocolate Apple Cinnamon Babka Bun, Eggnog Sugar Cream Pie and Smoked Turkey Pot Pie, among others.

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The Olive Garden stuffed shells bake-at-home family meal.

Olive Garden is offering the convenient Italian favorites with its Bake at Home Family Meals. Choose between two chilled and ready-to-bake family favorites — Giant Cheese Stuffed Shells (serves 5 starting at $39.99) or Classic Lasagna (serves 6 starting at $44.99) — served with a jumbo house salad, bottle of signature Italian dressing and one dozen ready-to-bake breadsticks. Order online; delivered to your car in the parking lot; www.OliveGarden.com.
The Capital Grille is offering a three-course family-style dinner for takeout, featuring roasted whole beef tenderloin with choice of butter poached North Atlantic lobster tails or scampi-style jumbo shrimp, salad, sides and its signature brûlée-style cheesecake for dessert. The restaurant is also offering two takeout options for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve: choose from four-course prepared dinner (serves four to six), or two Holiday Grille Boxes (each box serves four) to cook at home. For more information or to place an order, visit TheCapitalGrille.com

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Lobster thermidor from Maple & Ash.

Maple & Ash is serving up the Ultimate Carryout Feast, prepped and ready to cook complete with instructions from Chef Danny Grant. Dine on wood-fired filet mignon (seared and ready to cook), black truffle potato puree, Caesar salad, shrimp cocktail, roasted mushrooms, chestnut stuffing; chocolate bourbon pecan pie from Aya Pastry and more. Prices: $395 (serves 4); $595 (serves 7); $895 (serves 10). A Holiday Feast $240, serves 4) features Fire-roasted filet mignon (seared and ready to bake, black truffle jus, bubbling shrimp, spicy meatballs, cacio e pepe mac & cheese, kale and winter squash salad and more.
Eddie V’s Prime Seafood: A luxe, four-course holiday dinner for takeout, features choice of entree, cilled Gulf shrimp cocktail-style; classic Caesar salad; truffled macaroni and cheese, Ggrilled asparagus, three cheese au gratin potatoes; and a Bananas Foster butter cake. Entrée selections include Chilean sea bass or herb-roasted tenderloin. Dinners serve either two or four to six people.

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The Yard House Tailgate Takeout Pack.

The Yard House (Glenview location only, 1880 Tower Dr.) wants you to celebrate your holiday season game-day viewing with a Tailgate Takeout Pack featuring signature chicken nachos, wings (traditional, boneless or Gardein, with choice of sauce) and a choice of two pizzas for $50. For more information and to order online, visit YardHouse.com.
Seasons 52: The eatery is serving up The Green Box, a complete takeout dining experience perfect for Christmas, News Year’s Eve. Boxes feature choice of either Kona-crusted wood-grilled tenderloin or whole side of cedar plank salmon, salad, sides and six mini indulgence desserts. Dinners serve four to six people and are available for pre-order up to 24 hours in advance, including pickup on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. For more information or to place an order, visit Seasons52.com.
Goddess and Grocer: The Christmas catering menu meal options include “Christmas Dinner for Two” ($75), “Family Matters” (serves six) $195, and a la carte food, wine, cocktail offerings. The menu also offers options for those in need of vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free options. Orders for Christmas Eve must be placed by Dec. 18.
Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen: Enjoy Family Bundles, featuring scratch-made classics such as house-smoked baby back ribs, hand-breaded chicken tenders, grilled salmon or a combination of these guest favorites; all come with two family-sized sides and a half-dozen signature honey butter croissants, starting at $24.99. To order online for curbside pickup, visit Cheddars.com.

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Party pack to-go items from Bahama Breeze.

Bahama Breeze is offering an island-inspired To-Go Party Pack ($50) for four people, featuring choice of two appetizers, coconut shrimp, and beef empanadas, and one Family To-Go Pan with choice of Jerk chicken pasta, grilled chicken with cilantro crema or seafood paella.
Chicago Firehouse (1401 S. Michigan Ave.) is offering dinner for two options: ham, $130; prime rib, $160. Select soup (French onion or lobster bisque), salad goat cheese and pomegranate), sides (Parker House onion rolls, whipped potatoes, roasted Brussels sprouts, cornbread stuffing, dessert (classic apple pie or bourbon pecan pie). Order by noon Dec. 19. Pickup Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.
The Peninsula (108 E. Superior): Dinner to-go options include “Christmas To-Go” featuring a roasted ribeye with red wine sauce and horseradish cream or whole spiral ham with traditional gravy, available at for $88 per person, plus tax. The minimum order is for six guests (each option serves six to eight guests). Both entrée options include a variety of side dishes such as Maine lobster bisque, saffron poached pear salad, butternut squash with pistachios and maple syrup, Brussels sprouts with chestnuts, cheese potato gratin and rolls. Holiday cookies are included for dessert. Individual dinners are available for $75 (ribeye) or $55 (turkey). Order all via TOCK by Dec. 22.

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The lamb osso buco at Kinzie Chophouse.

Kinzie Chophouse (400 N. Wells): The legendary eatery recently announced a new ownership team and menu re-fresh just in time for holiday take-out for Christmas and/or New Year’s Eve. The menu options ($70 per person) include choice of prime rib roast with apple cider, brandy and mustard crust; or seared halibut fillet served with prosecco beurre blanc and salmon brick; or lamb osso buco braised with porcini mushrooms, Marsala wine and sage. Appetizer, soup and side dish of Christmas ratatouille with baby potatoes, Brussel sprouts, baby carrots, asparagus, sweet potatoes, pears and green beans are also included, as well as Brioche bread pudding with Fuji apples, pecans and bourbon caramel sauce. Order by Dec. 23 for pickup Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
Somerset by Viceroy Hotel Chicago (1118 North State): Enjoy a Christmas feast prepared by Chef Stephen Gillanders. Entree choices include prime rib, cedar roasted salmon, or truffled chicken; sides include garlic-herb wild mushrooms, creamy mashed potatoes, truffled mac and cheese, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower gratin, buttermilk biscuits, a selection of pies, and more. Dinners can be ordered for pick up through Tock.
Little Goat and Girl & the Goat: Stephanie Izard is offering easy-to-prepare meal kits for Christmas and New Year’s Day brunch with favorites such as sourdough pancakes (with toppings), smoked salmon crepes and cinnamon buns. Pick-up Dec. 23, 30, & 31 via Tock. Also: Meal Kits by Stephanie Izard feature smoked taco kit or roasted pork shank kit, Duck Duck Goat favorites like dumplings and slap noodles. Order for local pick-up or national delivery through Goldbelly.
Uvae: (5553 N. Clark): Perfect for small holiday gatherings at home, Holiday Appetizer Platters are available throughout December. Choose from a variety of holiday appetizer platters that serve four to six guests like Cheese and Charcuterie, Duck Pâté, or a Burrata and Marinated Tomato platter for $35 each. A deluxe version for $70 featuring all three platter options will also be available. Delivery or curbside pickup.
Honey Butter Fried Chicken: The holiday menu is all about take and bake, with classic dishes like fried chicken with corn muffins and honey butter or pimento mac ‘n’ cheese; whipped sweet potatoes with marshmallow fluff, Bang! Bang! Pie and Biscuit’s Honey Pie for dessert. Each dish comes in a variety of portions depending on the size of the dinner, and guests will receive simple instructions to reheat their meal in the oven. Order for pickup or delivery on Dec 23.
Sunday Dinner Club: The Christmas menu ($50 per person) includes an apple and chicory salad with a black truffle vinaigrette and Tallegio, all-day Christmas ragu featuring meatballs, Italian sausage, and fusilli pasta, plus a tiramisu for dessert. Each multi-course meal comes with easy assembly and reheating instructions. Pick up Dec. 23.

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The 8-ounce bacon-wrapped filet is among the “Perry Merry” entree choices at Perry’s.

Perry’s Steakhouse: The “Perry Merry” 3-course meal ($45, excluding Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve) features soup or salad, entree (choose from bacon-wrapped filet, roasted lemon chicken, grilled salmon, cedar plank redfish, crispy skin wild red snapper, prime ribeye, prime New York Strip), and dessert or side. View menu details.
Yūgen (652 W. Randolph): Chef Mari Katsumura’s Christmas Eve tasting menu to-go ($200 per person) boasts a Michelin-starred meal at home featuring seaweed salad with lotus root, littleneck clams, and leek; truffle pasta made with Okara gnocchi, pickled chanterelle, parmigiano, house togarashi, bonito, and Burgundy truffle; Lobster Motoyaki with Royale caviar and crispy potatoes; steak au poivre made with Miyazaki A5 Wagyu, twice-baked potato, alliums, au poivre sauce, and wasabi; with a choice of sticky toffee pudding with bruleed honey crisp apples or moltenchocolate cake with kasu glaze and vanilla Chantilly for dessert. Pickup Dec. 24. Orders must be placed by Dec. 22 at (312) 265-1008 or email admin@yugenchicago.com.

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