As with most of things this year, the holidays look a little different than years past. And these local restaurants are offering holiday meals to enjoy at home so you can sit back, relax and enjoy a chef-prepared feast from the comfort (and safety) of your own home. From dinners and breakfast to sides and cocktails, here's where you can support local while taking some stress out of the season.
Arnold’s Bar & Grill
Serves: 1-100 // Cost: A la carte // Order: Place your order at arnolds.bigcartel.com by 5 p.m. Dec. 19 for pick-up between 3 and 7 p.m. on Dec. 23
This historic downtown eatery is offering holiday feasts for dinner and breakfast, plus cocktails to sip on. Dishes are ordered a la carte and are available for 1 to 100 guests (we suggest you avoid inviting 99 guests over, though). Order the Christmas Dinner, which comes with orange and bourbon brown sugar-glazed ham plus three sides for $20 per person, or build your own meal, with a lamb pot pie ($20), Grippo's mac and cheese ($4 per person), garlic mashed potatoes ($4 per person), sweet potato casserole ($4 per person) and fig balsamic glazed Brussels sprouts with bacon ($4 per person). They have biscuits and gravy Christmas casserole available for $35, which serves 3-4. 210 E. Eighth St., Downtown, arnoldsbarandgrill.com.
Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey
Serves: 2 // Cost: $38, plus option for a la carte // Order: Email [email protected] by 6 p.m. Dec. 20 for pick-up between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Dec. 24.
Cincinnati’s favorite purveyor of Southern-style cuisine is whipping up all your favorites this holiday for an unforgettable build-your-own feast for two. Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey, located in Pendleton, has created a special limited-time menu that comes with your choice of protein (with options including bourbon brown sugar ham, bone-in blackened chicken or blackened cauliflower steaks); two sides (with options including red beans and rice, dirty rice and campfire greens); and half a dozen Christmas cookies (with options including chocolate chip, Santa Whiskers and hot chocolate), all for $38. Folks also have the choice to add a la carte options to their meal like biscuits by the dozen or half-dozen, more cookies, sides and sweets. 1201 Broadway St., Pendleton, boomtownbiscuitsandwhiskey.com.
Serves: 6 // Costs: $85 // Order: Orders must be placed at bouquetrestaurant.bigcartel.com by Dec. 18. Pick-up is available noon-8 p.m. Dec. 22 or Dec. 23
Bouquet has prepared special holiday ham dinners for carry-out. Each meal serves 6 people with a Marksberry Farm Kentucky ham, glazed with brown sugar, and served with sides including creamed greens and slow-cooked garlic potatoes. Go bigger and add options like a green salad, cheddar biscuits and gluten-free cornbread. 519 Main St., Covington, bouquetrestaurant.com.
Crown Republic Gastropub
Serves: 4-8 // Cost: $75-$130, plus option for a la carte // Order: Order online at crownrepublicgastropub.com for pick-up on Dec. 23 or Dec. 24.
Crown Republic Gastropub is offering three different heat-and-eat holiday meal options to enjoy this season: lasagna bolognese ($75) which serves 6-8 and includes wedge or kale Caesar salad and choice of Kentucky butter cake or Mama’s Skillet Cookie; maple ham-style pork loin ($85), which serves four to six and includes a maple mustard glaze, charred onion mashed potatoes, sweet potato gratin, garlic roasted mushrooms, wedge or kale Caesar salad and Kentucky butter cake or Mama’s Skillet Cookie; and the 48-oz. prime rib-style NY Strip ($130), which serves four to six and includes port butter and horseradish cream, charred onion mashed potatoes, sweet potato gratin, garlic roasted mushrooms, truffle mac and cheese, wedge or kale Caesar salad and Kentucky butter cake or Mama’s Skillet Cookie. Each kit comes with instructions for warming. 720 Sycamore St., Downtown, crownrepublicgastropub.com.
Serves: 6-14 // Cost: A ready-to-heat turkey dinner for 6 starts at $79.99 and prices go up to $155.99 for a 5-pound turkey dinner for 12 // Order: Place your order at jungleshop.junglejims.com by Dec. 18 for pick-up Dec. 23 or Dec. 24 at either the Fairfield or Eastgate location
Jungle Jim’s has launched a series of “Chef Created Holiday Meals To-Go.” These ready-to-cook or ready-to-heat options include a brined and seasoned turkey or smoked, spiral sliced ham plus sides and dessert. You can opt for a ready-to-cook, raw turkey, where you do the bird yourself (serves 10 for $89.99); or pre-cooked turkey breast or ham that’s ready to heat and eat. Sides include stuffing, mashed potatoes, candied yams, green bean casserole and carrots with butter. Each option includes a step-by-step guide for how to prepare your meal at home. 4450 Eastgate S. Drive, Eastgate; 5440 Dixie Highway, Fairfield, junglejims.com.
The Governor Diner
Serves: 4-6 // Cost: A la carte // Order: Call 513-239-8298 to pre-order by Dec. 21 for pick-up Dec. 23
This upscale Milford diner is offering the classic Italian-American Feast of the Seven Fishes...to-go. Each dish on their menu feeds four to six people and can be purchased a la carte. And all come with heating/serving info. The seven selections include smoked trout dip ($25), peel-and-eat pickled shrimp ($30), lobster bisque by the quart ($30), oyster Rockefeller ($25), six lump crab cakes ($40), pastrami smoked salmon ($40) and lobster mac and cheese ($40). Desserts and cocktails are also available for carry-out. 231 Main St., Milford, governordiner.com.
Serves: 4-6 // Cost: $225 // Order: Pre-orders start Dec. 14 at khorarestaurant.menu/deliveryorpickup
Khora, the new restaurant inside downtown’s boutique Kinley Hotel, is offering “Festive Family-Style Meals” to go throughout December, with a special Christmas dinner for four to six people. The standard “festive” packs include a pasta, salad, focaccia and shareable dessert and are available for pre-order and pick-up Thursday through Saturday. The Family Christmas Dinner includes appetizers (charcuterie, cheeseball and crackers, shrimp cocktail); a main course of beef tenderloin, glazed ham or Peking duck; plus sides. For dessert, there’s cookies for Santa, your choice of Yule Log ($25 extra) or chocolate mousse with gingerbread crunch, and Chef Edward Lee’s famous egg nog. 37 W. Seventh St., Downtown, khorarestaurant.com.
Serves: 4-12 // Cost: A la carte // Order: Submit order on luciusq.com/holidaymeals by noon on Dec. 20.
This barbecue joint is pulling out all the stops for your holiday meal at home. The Pendleton eatery is teaming up with Avril-Bleh Meat Market and Revel OTR Urban Winery to offer some delicious smoked meats and sides and local wines to wash it all down. The ready-to-eat meals are customizable, and range in price. Choose from either a smoked half ham (which feeds 10-12 with leftovers) for $85 or a smoked quarter ham (which feeds 4-6 with leftovers) for $45. You can bundle sides with your ham, including mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, cornbread stuffing or honey-glazed carrots. Need some additional carbs and sweets? There’s also an option to add cheddar corn muffins, apple or pecan pie and banana pudding to your order. Finish off your meal with one of three different wines from the Over-the-Rhine winery including a rose, blanc and a rouge, all priced at $19.99. 1131 Broadway St., Pendleton, luciusq.com.
Serves: 1 // Cost: $40 per person for Hanukkah; $45 per person for Christmas // Order: Head to salazarcincinnati.com/store/event/holiday to order both. Place your Christmas order by Dec. 19 for pickup on Dec. 23 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Salazar is offering both a Hanukkah and a Christmas carry-out meal option. Each multi-course meal is for one person, so you can order however many you need (up to 12 per ticket). The Hanukkah meal features roasted white meat and confit dark meat chicken in chicken jus; latkes with sour cream and applesauce; beet-horseradish salad with carrots and mustard vinaigrette; schmaltz-roasted Brussels sprouts with walnuts and balsamic; and apple-raisin challah. The Christmas combo features your choice of main — roasted heritage ham or spinach and mushroom potato gratin — with sides including a simple salad, brioche roll, sweet potatoes, apple-cranberry stuffing and cauliflower. Dessert and wine pairings can be added. Reheating info will be included. 1401 Republic St., Over-the-Rhine, salazarcincinnati.com.
S.W. Clyborne Co.
Serves: 4-6 // Cost: $129.99 // Order: Online by Dec. 21 for pick-up Dec. 24
This Mason restaurant is offering a special Christmas Meal Kit for curbside pick-up. Place your order online at clybornes.com/christmas, pick “ASAP” as your pick-up time and they’ll call you to arrange one. Everything in the kit just needs to be reheated on the stovetop or in the oven; instructions are included. The menu includes pineapple and brown sugar glazed ham; white cheddar and potato casserole; green beans; macaroni and cheese; a mixed salad, dinner rolls; apple crisp and the option to add on a breakfast casserole. 5948 Snider Road, Mason, clybornes.com.
Serves: 4 // Cost: $120 // Order: Place your order by Dec. 21 at wodkabarotr.com/christmas-eve-dinner for pick-up between noon and 3 p.m. Dec. 22 or Dec. 23
Wodka Bar is offering a special Christmas dinner with Eastern European flair. Each order includes your choice of Borscht (meat or vegetarian), halushki, crostini (meat or vegetarian), 12 pierogi, stuffed cabbage rolls (meat or veggie) and an order of kolachi — walnut or poppy seed. You can also purchase cocktails for two, wine, a mini bottle of infused vodka and additional eats including Avril-Bleh smoked Polish sausage, sauerkraut and garlic mashed potatoes. 1200 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, wodkabarotr.com.