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6 Austin restaurants offering meals to go this holiday season

The holiday season is officially here. With Christmas only two weeks away, we want to make sure you have your plans in order.

Since the pandemic began, holidays have been a bit different. With busy grocery stores, social distancing in place and the unimaginable stress of having to make another holiday meal at home, holiday meal kits are the way to go.

Here are some Austin restaurants offering Christmas and Hanukah menus to help make your holiday a little merrier:

Stella San Jac, 5th St. & San Jacinto

Stella San Jac is offering a ready-to-heat meal kit filled with delicious goodies: oven-roasted beef tenderloin, half roasted chicken, potatoes au gratin, mashed sweet potatoes with brûléed marshmallow, Boursin-creamed green beans and a special curated salad with cider vinaigrette. You can finish off your meal with pumpkin or pecan pie and add a bottle of Chardonnay,or Merlot, among other options, for $30.

The Stella San Jac meal kit serves four guests and is $149. The meals come in oven-safe containers so you can heat it up in the comfort of your own home and enjoy your holiday with a little less work. Pickup for Stella San Jac's Christmas meal is available Dec. 22 and 23 between 11 a.m. and 9 pm. You can find more information on the Christmas menu package here.

Ruth's Chris Steak House, 107 W. 6th St.

A celebration feast is in order after the year we've all had, and that's exactly what Ruth's Chris Steak House is offering. Their "Celebration Feast" includes roasted beef tenderloin, salad, garlic mashed potatoes, creamed spinach and personal cheesecakes. This holiday meal is $180 and serves four.

For anyone planning on having a small holiday dinner, the restaurant is also offering a Christmas Eve dinner for two. This meal package excludes the roasted beef tenderloin in favor of your choice of entrée with a side and a shareable dessert for $99. Orders must be placed 24 hours ahead of pickup time.

The celebration feast is available for pickup every day from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. through Dec. 31, and the Christmas Eve dinner for two is available for pickup from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Dec. 24. You can find more information on the Christmas menu packages here.

Aba, 1011 S. Congress Ave.

Craving some Mediterranean food this holiday season? Order your Christmas menu from Aba. The new restaurant is offering a unique holiday meal featuring wild mushroom hummus, grilled chicken kebabs with lemon dill rice, braised short ribs, crispy Brussels sprouts, and roasted carrots with labneh. The restaurant meal also includes dessert: Stracciatella with persimmons and a double chocolate cake.

This Christmas feast costs $48.95 per person and is available for groups of two, four or six. Orders must be placed by Dec. 22 at 3 p.m. and pickup is on Dec. 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can place an order for Abas Christmas Eve meal package here.

Along with this Christmas dinner menu, Aba is also offering a special Hanukkah meal for pickup through Dec. 18.

Contigo Catering, 3709 Promontory Point Dr.

This year, Contigo Catering is offering a festive menu that will put all past holiday dinners to shame. It is $628 and serves 10 people. It features charcuterie and cheese to help start off your dinner, four different dips and spreads, four appetizers and three desserts.

Contigo Catering is also offering other packages this year, including a dinner party-themed one for $785, which includes port-braised brisket with fennel and a cinnamon-rubbed whole chicken, and a holiday cocktail menu for $732, which comes with a grazing station as well as tarts and turnovers. Both menus feed 10.

Orders must be placed four days ahead and are available for pickup or delivery. You can place an order for your holiday meal here.

Sala & Betty, 5201 Airport Blvd.

Although Christmastime is beloved for its traditions, switching up your menu might be the right call this year. Sala & Betty is offering three different types of Christmas menus: "The Feast of 7 Fishes" features scalloped oysters; salmon rillettes; citrus shrimp; tomato-poached cod; bay scallops; mussels; crawfish; tomato broth; an orange, beet and kale salad; and a goat cheese pasta. It is $240.

The restaurant is also offering two individual plate offerings: one with short ribs for $35 or the other with turkey for $30; both includes sides and dessert.

Lastly, Sala & Betty is offering a Christmas Eve turkey meal with mashed potatoes, green beans, sweet potatoes, citrus salad, cranberry compote, rolls and dessert. The small order serves four to six people and is $225, while the large meal serves six to eight people and is $325.

Orders must be placed by Dec. 21 and picked up on Dec. 24 between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can place an order for these holiday meals here.

Walton's Fancy & Staple, 609 W. 6th St.

Walton's Fancy & Staple is offering pre-made dishes to make your Christmas dinner a little easier. The deli is offering a thyme-rubbed turkey breast with gravy, mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing, and macaroni and cheese, as well as pies and cheesecakes to help finish off your dinner. The turkey meal is available for $10 for one serving or $50 for 10. Sides range from $6 to $28.

Orders must be placed by Dec. 18 and picked up between Dec. 21 and Dec. 24. You can place your order with Walton's Fancy & Staple by emailing or calling 512-391-9966.

You can find the full menu options here.


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