Holiday Guide

Where to Order Takeout for the Holidays

Lamprais, lovecake, lasagna, and latkes.

By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Pork shank and charcuterie from Montelupo ought to fill your table with holiday cheer.

As 2020 draws to a close, we’re guessing you might be getting really sick of your own cooking by now. Here’s your excuse to step away from the kitchen for the holidays this year. Order your holiday meals from a local restaurant—less work for you, and valuable support for restaurants at a time when they need it most.


Chicken pot pie is a classic comfort food, but how about this chicken and smoked pork pot pie from Icelandic-inspired restaurant Dóttir? Holiday dinners, priced at $60 for two people and $100 for four, also come with roasted delicata and kabocha squash, and a spicy green salad with seed brittle. A vegan version is also available. Add on an assortment of a dozen cookies for $18, which includes financiers, shortbread bars, chocolate whoopie pies, and iced Christmas cookies. Throw in some jolaglogg ($40), an Icelandic mulled wine, holiday punch ($42), or a bottle of natural wine. Order online for pickup December 23 and 24.


Cassoulet is one of those dishes that screams winter coziness. Higgins’s Cassoulet Holiday Feast Box comes with a starter of smoked salmon or herbed chevre dip; garlic soup, and seasonal green salad. Cassoulet, the main attraction, is made with Champoeg Farm goose with confit, cured and roasted breast, Toulouse-style sausages that are baked in roast goose stock, and Ayers Creek Farm Tarbais beans. There’s also a vegan version. Dessert comes from Bella’s Italian Bakery: a chocolate Bûche de Noël (yup, that’s a Yule log) or ricotta cheesecake with gingered cranberry compote. The box, which feeds four, costs $300; see the online menu here, and call 503-222-9070 for pickup on December 23 and 24.



Kachka’s got you covered for Hanukkah and Christmas this year. For Hanukkah, grab a latke party for two ($60), with the option to add on smoked/cured fish, caviar, brisket, an apple donut kit, challah, or bottles of wine. The latke party is available from now until December 18. For Christmas dinner, how about a three-course meal ($90 for two) of porcini mushroom soup, a duck a l’orange-inspired pie with kumquat duck jus, glazed radishes, and for dessert, a wheat berry, dried fruit and poppyseed pudding with buckwheat custard and burnt honey mousse topping? Choose from various holiday hors d'oeuvres (bacon horseradish cheeseballs, anyone?), holiday cocktail kits, and holiday cookie platters to round out your feast. All holiday items can be ordered online here

Le Pigeon

Grab one of Gabriel Rucker’s Holiday Bird Boxes for four ($250) before they sell out. The box comes with a sear-at-home duck breast, duck leg confit, black truffle and maple-glazed yams, chestnuts and mushrooms, radicchio salad, wild rice gratin, duck liver parfait, and to finish the meal, a chocolate cherry Bûche de Noël. Order online for pickup on December 23.

Magna Kusina

This ribeye with calamansi-onion jam and tamarind butter is one of the options for Magna's Noche Buena meal kit.


A proper Filipino Christmas isn't complete without a huge feast. Chef Carlo Lamagna's got you covered with the Noche Buena Meal Kit, which feeds four people for $150. For mains, choose from ribeye with calamansi-onion jam and tamarind butter, or lechon liempo (roast pork belly) stuffed with scallion and lemongrass and served with liver sauce. Dinner comes with sides of coconut-turmeric sticky rice, baked crab, shrimp, and mussels, and fish sauce-glazed roasted kabocha. Dessert options ($27) include a brown butter sweet potato pie with ube meringue for dessert, or a Filipino treat box with ube cookies, date-walnut cake, chocolate polvoron, and kalamay (a sticky rice treat similar to mochi). Bonus: this is a rare opportunity to feast on Lamagna's food, since Magna is temporarily closed for regular service (including takeout) until spring 2021. To order, email for pick up on December 23 between 10 am - 5 pm. 



There’s nothing else in town like this vegan Sri Lankan holiday dinner. Vegan, BIPOC and collectively-owned restaurant Mirisata, which we've been big fans of since it started as a pop-up earlier this year, is offering lamprais (one for $28, or four for $99), a dish that combines Sri Lankan spices with the Dutch colonizer influence of meat-heavy cuisine—though here, of course, the meat is replaced with plant-based substitutes. This lamprais consists of lamprey curry (chick’n and beef in coconut milk curry), ash plantain curry (fried ash plantains in coconut milk, onions, turmeric, and curry leaves), frikkadel (Dutch meatballs made with Impossible meat), eggplant moju (sweet and spicy pickled eggplant curry), belachan sambol (made with dried, plant-based prawns, fried yuba, dried shiitake mushrooms, roasted coconut, and chili), and seeni sambol (caramelized onions with tamarind). It’s all plated atop a banana leaf and drizzled with coconut milk, with keeri samba rice (cooked with garlic, ginger, “beef” broth, rampe, and coconut oil) at the center of the dish. For dessert, grab slices of lovecake, which Mirisata describes as a “buttery, tropical rendition of fruitcake.” Order online for pickup on December 24.


How about an Italian-inspired holiday spread from Montelupo?

Pasta palace Montelupo is serving up an Italian-inspired holiday feast with antipasti, salads, entrees, and desserts. Tempting offerings include a charcuterie board, lasagna bolognese, butternut squash and roasted mushroom lasagna, braised pork shanks in arrabbiata sauce with polenta and citrus gremolata, a holiday cookie platter, gingerbread cake, tiramisu, and olive oil cake. Each dish feeds 4-6. Order online until December 20 for pickup December 23 and 24.

Papa Haydn

Get all this for your holiday table, plus a ton of dessert options to choose from.

Dinner, cocktails, and desserts are all covered with Papa Haydn. Dinner options include prime rib marinated in vodka, garlic, and herbs, plus sides like chicken liver pate with cranberry apple chutney and pear-parsnip soup. Sip on hot buttered rum mix or house-mulled apple (just add your own liquor). Choose from a massive array of desserts, with whole cakes like eggnog Bûche de Noël, cookies like chocolate-dipped toffee or peppermint meringues, and miniature desserts like panna cotta shooters or gingerbread whiskey bombs. Order online for pickup on December 23 and 24.


Make empanadas a holiday tradition with Tropicale, which is offering savory and sweet empanadas this year. The savory empanadas are stuffed with beef and pomegranate and accompanied by en nogada sauce, while the sweet empanadas are full of pineapple. They’re priced at $8 each, or ten for $70. You can also take home a 32 oz bottle of Tropicale’s famous piña colada mix for $15—drink the nonalcoholic version as is, or add your choice of rum at home. (But if you find yourself stopping by the patio, take a seat and try the tepache, made with fermented pineapple rind and served warm for the season.) Order online or call (503) 894-9484.

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