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Don't feel like making dinner this Christmas? No problem. These Greater Cincinnati restaurants are offering special holiday take-out meals so you can enjoy spending time with your family instead of spending time cooking in the kitchen.
Note: It's better to plan these things in advance, so if you know you want carry-out, place your order ahead of time. Many restaurants have ordering cut-off dates.
Bee's BBQ is offering three different, pre-cooked proteins ready to heat and eat: smoked whole-beef brisket ($175); barbecue-rubbed or traditional-rubbed turkey breast ($75); or a smoked ham with barbecue rub and bourbon and brown sugar glaze ($75). The brisket will feed 10-12 people and the ham and turkey will feed 8-10. They also have housemade sides including mac and cheese, collard greens and cornbread. Select your pick-up date — either Dec. 23 or 24 — when you order online. 5910 Chandler St., Madisonville, beesbarbecue.com.
Dear Restaurant & Butchery
Hyde Park's Dear is offering an a la carte take-home menu with meats, sauces, sides and specialty desserts. Opt for a turkey cushion ($150), porchetta ($30 per pound with a 3-pound minimum), prime rib roast ($108 per pound) or beef tenderloin roast ($99 per pound) as your main. Sides include dressing/stuffing, cider-braised apples and slow-cooked greens. Desserts feed 6-8 people and include elegant options like a yule log or 12-layer kransekake. 2710 Erie Ave., Hyde Park. Call 513-321-2710 to order and view the full menu at dear-restaurant.com.
The restaurant is offering two different dinners: a traditional ham option ($25 per person) or a prime rib dinner ($30 for 10 ounces; $34 for 14 ounces). Pre-order by Dec. 22 for pick-up Dec. 23 and 24 for the heat-at-home ham or after 3 p.m. Dec. 24 for hot-and-ready carry-out for either. Dinners include sides, like macaroni and cheese and redskin mashed potatoes. There are also a la carte add-ons, a kids menu ($12) and dessert. 11320 Montgomery Road, Symmes Township. Call 513-247-9933 to order. View the menu online.
These Christmas meal kits feed 4-6 people and a gluten-free option is available. Select between a pineapple-and-brown-sugar-glazed ham or herb-marinated turkey breast. Sides include mashed potatoes, dinner rolls, macaroni and cheese and more. Add on a breakfast casserole for $30. All items are pre-cooked and ready to reheat. Pick-up between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m on Dec. 23. 5948 Snider Road, Mason, clybornes.com.
Crown Republic Gastropub
Crown Republic is offering both full meal kits and a la carte options. Select either a lasagna bolognese kit ($85), a maple ham-style pork loin ($95) or prime rib-style New York strip ($145). Each combo feeds 4-6 people and comes with sides and a choice of dessert — either a butter cake or mama's cookie. Order dishes like shrimp cocktail, oysters Rockefeller or baked mac and cheese separately. They also offer wine pairings. Pick-up is between 10 a.m. and noon on Dec. 24. 720 Sycamore St., Downtown, exploretock.com/crownrepublicgastropub.
The Ferrari brothers do Christmas. Head to the Fausto website to order a meal kit with "Fausto’s Famous Roasted Gerber Farms Chicken," an green salad, honey-braised carrots and local roasted potatoes. Each meal costs $70 and feeds 2 people but you can up the quantity. There's also an option to add things like Allez bread and brown butter, an entire chocolate tart and cocktails for two. Order by Dec. 20 for pick-up on Dec. 23. 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown, faustoatthecac.com.
Forno and Via Vite
All of Chef Cristian Pietoso's eateries are offering take-and-bake
five-layer lasagna with bolognese sauce and béchamel. The options are small, which serves 4-8 people for $79, or large, which serves 8-12 people for $155. Orders must be placed by 9 p.m. Dec. 22 for pick-up between 2 and 5 p.m. Dec. 24. Via Vite, 520 Vine St., Downtown, order at exploretock.com/viaviterestaurant. Forno (call to order), 3514 Erie Ave., Hyde Park, 513-818-8729; 9415 Montgomery Road, Montgomery, 513-231-5555.
Go Italian with The Governor's Feast of the Seven Fishes. Each item feeds around 4 people and the menu includes options like smoked whitefish dip ($25), lobster alfredo ($45) and grilled octopus ($40). Order now for pick-up on Dec. 23. 231 Main St., Milford, governordiner.com
. Call 513-239-8298 to order.
Lucius Q has joined forces with Avril-Bleh and Revel OTR for a holiday combo meal. There are offering slow-smoked ham, sides, pie and wine pairings. Grab a whole ham for $159.99 (to serve 30+), a half ham for $89.99 (to serve 15) or a quarter ham for $49.99 (to serve 8). Sides, including mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and corn bread stuffing, are available by the gallon, half gallon or quart. Add on bread, dessert, sides of sauce and wine. Order by noon on Dec. 22 for pick-up between 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 23 or 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Dec. 24. 1131 Broadway St., Pendleton, luciusq.com.
Metropole at 21c
Metropole is offering a Christmas Feast with the option of red-wine braised short ribs, smoked pork loin or roasted turkey. Order a quantity to feed 2-4 people ($135-$140) or 6-10 people ($270-$275). Each pack comes with two sides and dessert, and you can order extras a la carte online, including a cookie-decorating kit. Pre-order by noon Dec. 23 for pick-up Dec. 23 or 24. 609 Walnut St.. Downtown, feastbymetropole.com.
Midwest Best BBQ and Creamery
Select either a family meal or a la carte options. Get a ready-to-bake meal centered around smoked ham or smoked turkey to feed 5 people for $95.95, 10 people for $175.95 or 20 people for $355.95. The meal includes green beans, roasted red potatoes, mac and cheese, apricot-glazed carrots, sweet potato souffle and rolls. A special charcuterie board with a bacon-jalapeno smoked cheese ball, candied bacon, G-Funk and Grippo's wings and other accoutrement is available starting at $94.49. Order by Dec. 19 for pick-up between noon and 4 p.m. on Dec. 24. Order online or call 513-965-9000. 669 Justice Court, Loveland, midwestbestbbq.com.
Oakley Kitchen Food Hall
Why cook your own turkey when Oakley Kitchen Food Hall can do it for your. Get a smoked turkey breast to feed 10-12 people for $60 from the Campfire Foods Group Commissary, with a bottle of Eli's BBQ sauce. Pick-up is available between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Dec. 23. 3715 Madison Road, Oakley, oakley-kitchen.com.
Pickles & Bones BBQ
Head to Pickles & Bones for a meal centered around red-wine-braised pot roast. Sides include mashed potatoes, green bean salad with blue cheese, buttermilk rolls and more, plus your choice of toasted white chocolate cranberry cake or Josh's peanut butter chocolate pie. Serve 4-6 people for $150 or 8-10 for $270. Pick-up Dec. 23. 1149 Ohio 131, Milford, picklesandbones.com. Call 513-317-2214 to order.
Sweets & Meats BBQ
Sweets & Meats family pack feeds 4-6 people for $150. Pick a meat — either smoked bone-in chicken, smoked maple glazed ham or smoked turkey breast — plus three sides and dessert. Sides come in quarts and range from sweet potato casserole to collard greens and macaroni and cheese. For dessert, you can get a Bailey's chocolate cheesecake cake or red velvet cheesecake cake. Additional items are available a la carte. Order by Dec. 17. Pick-up is available between noon and 6 p.m. Dec. 24. 2249 Beechmont Ave., Mt. Washington, sweetsandmeatsbbq.com.
This Eastern European bar and eatery is offering a special Christmas Eve take-out menu featuring a la carte options including bulk pierogi, stuffed cabbage rolls, Polish kielbasa, halushki and even a mini bottle of infused vodka. Order before Dec. 19 and pick-up the items between 1 and 3 p.m. Dec. 23 at the pierogi walk-up window. Reheating instructions included. 1200 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, wodkabarotr.com.
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*A previous typo listed one of Crown Republic's meal kits as costing $850. It doesn't. It costs $85.