Forget spending your entire holiday cooking (or even worse, doing dishes!). These Houston restaurants are doing the work for you, from latkes and tamales by the dozen to desserts and full-on holiday feasts.
Arnaldo Richards’ Picos, 3601 Kirby, 832-831-9940
Arnaldo Richards’ Picos’ drive-by tamale stand will be open in the restaurant’s parking lot on the corner of Kirby and Richmond every day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. through January 6, excluding Christmas Day. This year, chef Arnaldo Richards will be creating specialty off-the-menu items to be announced via social media on a weekly basis.
B&B Butchers & Restaurant, 1814 Washington, 713-862-1814
The Butcher Shop at B&B Butchers & Restaurant is offering a festive holiday take-out menu, featuring items that are available with 24-hour notice (except the filet mignon, as that is always in stock). Offerings include glazed ham, pineapple-glazed crown roast, whole tenderloin beef Wellington, roasted prime rib, sides like whipped potatoes and creamed spinach, and holiday pies. While you are in the Butcher Shop, check out B&B's holiday gifts for meat lovers, including chef Tommy’s bacon kit ($22), cow creamers ($35), German steel steak knives ($110 for a set of four), ten-inch and 12-inch carving sets ($105, $135) and B&B wood cutting boards ($95).
Backstreet Café, 1103 South Shepherd 713-521-2239
Take home your favorite holiday dishes, including wild mushroom soup, cornbread and andouille dressing, cauliflower au gratin, stuffed acorn squash, mac and cheese, chocolate pecan pie and butterscotch bread pudding. Orders must be placed by Tuesday, December 20, with pick-up (along with reheating instructions) available on Christmas Eve.
Berryhill Baja Grill
For seasonal celebrations, tamales can be ordered by the dozen or tens of dozens. Guests can go all out for a savings and pay $14.99 for a dozen or $9.99 for a half dozen (note: This price applies to all of Berryhill’s tamales, and you can get a variety of all of them). For more information, find your nearest Berryhill location or visit berryhillbajagrill.com.
Bistro Provence, 13616 Memorial, 713-827-8008
The bistro is selling housemade Christmas bûches de Noël (known in the United States as Yule log cakes) prepared Provence-style as well as boxes of luscious calissons. The bûches de Noël are offered in two varieties and sizes, the bûche au chocolat et mousse à l’orange (chocolate génoise filled with orange mousse) and the bûche chocolat et mousse café (chocolate génoise filled with coffee mousse). Each log can be ordered in a six-inch size for $33 to serve six to eight, or the ten-inch size for $49 to serve ten to 12. Orders must be placed by Wednesday, December 21. Each box of calissons contains a dozen treats, three almond-orange, three almond-lemon, three almond and three almond and honey. All are handmade and have a shelf life of one month. The cost is $18 per box, with a limited number available.
Brennan’s, 3300 Smith, 713-522-9711
Brennan’s offers to-go pralines, pies, bread puddings, soups and sides for pickup. Large orders should be placed 48 hours in advance. Orders can be placed online or by calling 713-522-9711.
D’Amico’s Italian Market Café, 5510 Morningside, 713-526-3400
D’Amico’s isn’t just a restaurant; the market side offers shelves filled with housemade Italian must-haves for the holidays like giugiuleni, the famed Italian seed cookies made at D’Amico’s, or fresh-made cucidati cookies and biscotti. There are also imported authentic loaves of panettone, traditional or chocolate.
Dish Society, 5740 San Felipe, 832-538-1060, 23501 Cinco Ranch, 281-394-7555
Get holiday salads and sides, including balsamic bacon brussels sprouts, truffled mac 'n' cheese, mashed sweet potatoes, smoked gouda grits, super brussels sprout salad and wine-poached apple pecan salad. Orders can be placed for pickup at either the San Felipe or Cinco Ranch locations.
Holley's Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar, 3201 Louisiana, 713-491-2222
The Holley’s Holiday To-Go Menu features dishes such as truffle macaroni and cheese, sweet potato soufflé, kimchi greens, chicory-crusted whole beef tenderloin, apple cider bourbon-glazed ham and praline cheesecake. An all-inclusive package is also available. All orders must be placed by Sunday, December 18 at noon. Pickup dates are Wednesday, December 21 through Saturday, December 24 from 2 to 5 p.m.
Hugo’s, 1600 Westheimer, 713-524-7744
Enjoy take-home platters of holiday favorites, including red snapper ceviche, chiles rellenos with carne guisada, enchiladas suizas, and a variety of tamales, from seafood to wild mushroom, plus a ton of sides and desserts. Orders must be placed by Tuesday, December 20, with pick-up (along with reheating instructions) available on Christmas Eve.
Kenny & Ziggy's New York Delicatessen, 2327 Post Oak, 713-871-8883; 5172 Buffalo Speedway, 832-767-1136
Celebrate Hanukkah with a plethora of Kenny & Ziggy’s deli classics. Offerings include mini latkes by the dozen, sweet noodle kugel, fried kreplach, stuffed cabbage, apricot-glazed chicken, deli platters, family dinners, rugelach and Russian chocolate babka. Orders must be placed 48 hours in advance.
Killen’s Steakhouse, 6425 West Broadway, 281-485-0844
Killen's offers to-go options of its signature sides and desserts, from creamed corn and mac 'n' cheese to creme brûlée bread pudding and carrot cake. Call the restaurant to place orders.
L'Olivier Restaurant & Bar, 240 Westheimer, 713-360-6313
L'Olivier is offering a "full service made easy" holiday menu, with family meals for pickup, delivery or a full-service catering menu and bar service. Enjoy offerings such as smoked salmon and charcuterie plates, oven-roasted organic chicken, honey baked ham, beef tenderloin with peppercorn sauce and rolls, sides and pies. Orders must be placed two days prior to the event, with orders available now through Christmas Eve.
Molina’s Cantina, 7901 Westheimer, 4720 Washington, 3801 Bellaire
Get Molina’s Cantina tamale or a whole fajita party. For a limited time during the holiday season, Molina’s iconic traditional pork tamales are just $10.95 a dozen ($2 off regular price). Guests can also throw a Thanksgiving fiesta—fajitas, enchiladas, Jose’s Dip, taquitos, complete with all the fixings… Molina’s will even bring the margaritas.
Ooh La La Dessert Boutique, 770 West Sam Houston Pkwy North, 20155 Park Row, 23920 Westheimer
Pick up holiday sweets, including pumpkim pecan and bourbon bread pudding pies, egg nog and reindeer cupcakes, santa hat macarons, sparkly and striped cake truffles,Yule Log cake rolls, holiday-themed cookies and a variety of cheesecakes. Pro tip: The Cinco Ranch location has a drive-thru!
Punk’s Simple Southern Food, 5212 Morningside, 713-524-7865
Punk’s Simple Southern Food has set up a holiday pie and biscuit campaign, which offers an assortment of six pies ranging from peppermint chocolate chess to sweet potato pie to bourbon chocolate pecan, plus biscuits by the dozen, available for pickup this holiday season.
Rainbow Lodge, 2011 Ella, 713-861-8666
The Lodge is offering holiday feasts to go, which will be available through Sunday, January 1, with 48-hour advance notice. Get grilled and roasted meats, from braised beef short rib and whole roasted suckling pig (three days notice required) to venison tenderloin and whole roasted duck, plus all the proper trimmings and desserts. To order, call 713-861-8666 or email email@example.com.
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Revival Market, 550 Heights, 713-880-8463
Get Holiday Provisions from Revival Market, with offerings including a selection of meats (turkey, ham, duck, lamb), sides, bread, cooking aids (stocks, lard, pie shells) and desserts. Orders must be placed by Monday, December 19 at 4 p.m. See the full menu, pricing and ordering options online.
Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen, 6401 Woodway, 713-334-7295; 12637 Westheimer, 281-679-8300; 1140 Eldridge Parkway, 832-230-3842
Give your holiday celebrations a Tex-Mex twist with tamales by the dozen, available in pork or chicken varieties for $18 per dozen (with 10 percent off all orders of $50 or more). Sylvia’s can also provide everything to make holiday gatherings a festive feast, including chile con queso, chips and salsa and fajitas. All orders should be placed at least three days in advance. The special offer is valid through Saturday, December 31.
Triniti, 2815 South Shepherd, 713-527-9090
Triniti is offering take-home holiday treats from pasty chef Caroline Ramirez — a delectable Yule log ($75) and the Triniti Holiday Treat Box, which contains assorted chocolate bark and cookies ($30). Orders can be placed by calling Triniti at 713-527-9090.
Underbelly, 1100 Westheimer, 713-528-9800
Underbelly is preparing your Christmas meals — breakfast items such as cinnamon rolls and breakfast casserole, sides and appetizers, including Shepherd family rum sausage and Redneck Cheddar mac and cheese, desserts and even smoked 44 Farms prime rib — so you don't have to. Orders must be placed by Wednesday, December 21, and pick up on Christmas Eve from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Underbelly is closed on Christmas Day.