These Boston Restaurants Are Open For Takeout This Holiday Season
Give yourself the gift of not cooking.
’Twas the end of 2020, and all through the land,
People were tired of making meals so bland.
“Why bother cooking at all?” They thought.
“Far better to feast on dishes pre-bought.”
Amen. Put us in the camp of being burnt out on cooking. Also put us in the camp of wanting to support our beloved indie dining spots—those that haven’t begun hibernating for the winter, that is—by supporting them one last time in the Year of Neverending BS. So whether you’re celebrating Hanukkah or attempting to pull together a semi-normal-feeling Christmas, we’ve got you covered with some of the best takeout options available to you this holiday season. And tune back in, because we’ll add to it as more menus unfurl.
This South End stalwart isn’t about to let you down now. It’s a menu chock full of classics: caramelized onion and apple tartlet, roasted turkey breast, pomegranate braised lamb shanks, whipped potatoes, brioche dinner rolls. Add on some shrimp cocktail, a charcuterie and cheese plate, and their dark chocolate yule log, and you have a spread that surpasses anything you’d feel like whipping up at home.
How to order: $140 for two, $280 for four, $420 for six; order by December 20 for pickup on December 24
Alden & Harlow
You think “Alden & Harlow” and you think “small plates,” but for the holiday they’re going with big, stick-to-your-ribs fare. Think prime rib roast accompanied by mashed potatoes, creamed spinach, roasted squash, mushroom and gorgonzola stuffing, and Parker House rolls—all of it available a la carte or as a full meal package designed to serve three to five people.
How to order: $250 for full meal; order online or call by December 21 for pickup on December 23
Maybe you’ve already indulged more than you wanted to this season. In that case we have the antidote: a gorgeous, plant-based spread of butternut squash soup, arugula & shaved apple salad, tahini hummus, and an entree of porcini-crusted whole roasted cauliflower accompanied by caramelized onion whipped Yukon Gold potatoes, charred broccoli, and coriander and red chili-roasted carrots. The dessert is both healthful and indulgent: a cinnamon apple turnover with maple caramel sauce, toasted almonds, and vanilla bean ice cream (there’s also pistachio halva).
How to order: $120 for two, $230 for four; order ASAP for pickup on December 24
Craigie on Main
Chef Tony Maws does not want you stressing during an already stressful season. His Hanukkah takeout menu for two is a cornucopia of classics, from latkes to salmon gravlax to chopped liver with traditional accompaniments. Just pay attention, because the menu changes somewhat each night, with a smoked and slow-roasted brisket on Thursday, Moroccan-braised lamb shanks on Friday and duck two ways on Saturday. Us, we have our eyes on the Saturday menu and the carrot cake that wraps up the meal.
How to order: $130 for package; order takeout via Toast
Chef Sarah Wade loves toying with the Hanukkah classics. She’s whipping up an entire menu of latke variances: Cacio e pepe latkes with roasted tomato sauce, latke grilled cheese with tomato bisque, roasted beet dill latkes with green apple sauce, and feta olive latkes with roasted garlic aioli. She’s also keeping it traditional with a limited-time sufganiyot—aka the best-ever jelly donut.
How to order: A la carte; order online
It’s not like you need an excuse to order takeout from Sarma. But their Christmas Eve/Christmas Day takeout menu will leave you rethinking all your traditional dishes. Think buttermilk biscuits, hot crab and artichoke dip, short rib stifado, caramelized onion polenta, and chocolate tahini lava cake with halva ice cream. And if you want to add on the eggnog bread on an a la carte basis, why not?
How to order: $220 for two people; order via Toast for pickup on December 24
Season To Go
Sit back, relax, and let Chef Jason Lord whip up the classics in your stead. You’re choosing between bone-in rib roast au jus or sliced ham with bourbon maple mustard glaze, each accompanied by mashed Yukon gold potatoes, roasted winter root vegetables, Yorkshire pudding, and haricots verts & roasted shallots with black truffle vinaigrette. And beautifully, almost all of it is also available a la carte.
How to order: $165 for four-person meal package; order via Toast by December 18 for pickup on December 23 or 24
Here’s a little secret about us: growing up, we routinely ate Peking duck on Christmas Eve--and it was fabulous. If you want to duplicate that awesomeness, you might as well go with the Peking duck that Julia Child used to eat. It actually comes in three different courses: the crispy skin with scallion brushes, hoisin sauce, and homemade flour pancakes; shredded duck meat with hand-pulled noodles; and duck soup with tofu and vermicelli. It’s all delicious, but you’re obviously fighting your brethren for the crispy skin.
How to order: $70 for Peking duck; order online by 3:30 pm the day before
Chef owner DOuglass Williams is going classic, with a twist. His Feast of the Seven Pastas is a play on the Feast of the Seven Fishes, the traditional Italian-American Christmas Eve spread. Here it’s a smorgasbord of seven full pasta dishes--restaurant favorites as well as a few new creations--plus salad, bread, and pizzelle cookies. Add in two bottles of wine and make a true
How to order: Order ASAP online for pickup on December 23
The Capital Grille
If you’re going to indulge, you might as well indulge. The steakhouse’s four-course, family-style holiday meal (available for both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve) features either a whole rack of bone-in filet or kona-crusted bone-in prime rib, plus New England clam chowder, salad, sides and dessert. You can also augment the package with additional sides like lobster mac ‘n’ cheese and hoisin-glazed Brussels sprouts. And if you’re looking for gift ideas: the restaurant’s Holiday Grille Boxes include hand-cut steaks ready to grill at home, with the option to throw in some lobster tails as well.
How to order: Order online
You know what? Classic French sounds pretty great right about now. Kick it off with a truffled mushroom tartlet, move onto a beef tenderloin au poivre or maybe duck a l’orange, and finish it up with a pumpkin chiffon pie, stuffing yourself with brie and French dinner rolls along the way.
How to order: $140 for two, $280 for four, $420 for six; call 617-424-8577 to order by December 20 for pickup on December 24