The gist: A family-friendly indoor-outdoor space serving coastal Texan fare and over 30 beers on tap, TLC is all the Southern comforts rolled into one restaurant. Expect large portions, great prices, sports on the screens, and patrons clad in smiles and flip-flops.
The food: Bring your party to TLC’s boil experience, where you’ll choose a crack of a catch like Texas Gulf Shrimp or Littleneck Clams, customize it with your choice of flavoring and sauce, and devour it alongside Texas corn and red potatoes. Other menu highlights include Candied Bacon Deviled Eggs, Mac & Cheese, Redfish & Crab, and of course, a Cowboy Ribeye. As for dessert, sweet spots go to the Giant Milkshakes or the Season Fruit Cobbler. They're big enough to share, but you’ll still need elastic waistbands… things will be expanding.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating or order takeout via Toast.
If the thought of ten family members simultaneously preparing dishes in your small apartment kitchen makes you break out in anxiety-driven hives, let the folks behind South Austin’s TLC sweat it out this year. Their Christmas Family Meal, which feeds eight to ten, is tailor-made for large gatherings. Savory selections include Nueske's Applewood-smoked bone-in Ham, Rosemary Fingerling Potatoes, Country Green Beans, and Honey-glazed Carrots. And, when it comes to sweets, pair Chocolate Pecan Pie and White Chocolate Peppermint Bark with a DIY cookie-decorating kit, so you can still get in some family baking time—with a little help, of course.
Cost: Packages run $299 each
How to book: Order pick-up via Toast.