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Go vegan this Christmas with a winter charcuterie pack from The Herbivorous Butcher.
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Where to Order Christmas Meals Around the Twin Cities

From seafood boil kits to heat-and-eat guava rolls, it’s easy to host a festive feast

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Go vegan this Christmas with a winter charcuterie pack from The Herbivorous Butcher.
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With Christmas quickly approaching, it’s time to ditch last-minute trips to the grocery store in favor of preordering a festive meal from a reliable Twin Cities restaurant.

Chefs offer a slew of take-and-make meals to enjoy in the comfort of one’s home, designed to feed parties of one, two, or a quite a few. Whether Christmas cravings call for a meatless charcuterie board, deliciously messy seafood boil, countless cookies, or a gingerbread ice cream pie, here’s a guide to Twin Cities restaurants offering a superior selection of curated holiday spreads.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed in geographically.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Girl With Spoon

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This private chef in the heart of Brooklyn Park offers a holiday menu where Liberian and Cajun cuisine meet in the middle. The flavorful and savory lineup includes roasted Cornish hens or Liberian fried cabbage. Ordering information can be found via Instagram.

Looking to keep things informal, festive, and chill for the holidays? Chef Jose Alarcon has it covered with a take-home nacho kit, and to satisfy a sweet tooth, there’s take-and-bake guava rolls. Additionally, its family-sized taco set features a pound of chosen meat with rice, beans, and tortillas. Visit Centro’s website and click the online ordering button.

Panda Garden Buffet

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Celebrating the holidays as a lone wolf or as a couple? Consider the buffet at Panda Garden off Lexington and Larpenteur in Roseville, where one can load up on some Cantonese and Chinese-American fare with a soft-serve finish.

The Herbivorous Butcher

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The Herbivorous Butcher rolls out a winter charcuterie pack for the holidays, consisting of a bevy of its beloved “meats and cheeses.” Just add crackers, bread, and any other items to make a proper vegan spread at home. Order a winter charcuterie board here.

Bellecour Bakery @ Cooks

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The beloved bakery offers a holiday brunch package built with French toast with crème brûlée batter, spinach and cheese quiche, and salad, Portions feed two to three or four to six. Tack on a French silk crepe cake, which can be ordered separately. Pre-ordering and pickup information here.

Union Hmong Kitchen

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Looking to give an awesome gift or simply spice up your own pantry? Consider chef Yia Vang’s Union Hmong Kitchen pantry essentials kit. This curated box comes with sauces, shroomami salt, and its special Szechuan coffee rub. Order online, or pick up the boxed loot at its flagship location inside Graze Provisions + Librations.

Red Rabbit Minneapolis

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The team at Red Rabbit and Red Cow offer surf-and-turf takeout kits starring a Manhattan loin cut and shrimp scampi ($259 for five to seven). Along with a bevy of appetizers, a charcuterie board, and a chocolate cake with buttercream frosting, Red Rabbit has all the bases covered for a joyous holiday feast. Order here for pickup at Red Cow Uptown.

Trap Haus Sweets & Baking Co.

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Trap Haus Sweets & Baking Co. originally started as a way for chef/owner Sahkeena Mkali to keep connections strong with loved ones during the pandemic. The flourishing business delivers cakes, cookies, and more to keep hearts full and taste buds happy. To celebrate one year in operation, Trap Haus Sweets takes Christmas preorders for DIY cookie kits and three fan favorite pies as a post-holiday splurge. Check out its Instagram for ordering information.

JoJo & Co.

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JoJo & Co., the brainchild of Joanna Beissner and Elsbeth Young-Haug, spruces up the holidays with desserts like chocolate peppermint tarts and hot chocolate bombs. In their words, “‘tis the season to eat dessert first.” Check out their website to stock up on assorted dessert wares to ring in a holly jolly Christmas.

JoJo & Co.’s cookie spread.
The Cookie Exchange Package from JoJo & Co.
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Monello

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The Downtown Minneapolis mainstay carries on with business as usual on Christmas Eve, with a Christmas Day breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. followed by dinner from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The three-course Christmas Day feast kicks off with a selection of smoked ham with pineapple chutney, followed by roast beef tenderloin with glazed parsnips. An array of sides complement the main course and choose between a cheesecake with lingonberry sauce or a decadent chocolate buche de Noel  for dessert. Click here to book a reservation.

P.S. Steak

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Chef Ryan Thompson gets into the holiday spirit with a takeout dinner for four ($130), featuring butternut squash soup with pepitas, prime rib with sauce au poivre, cheesy au gratin potatoes and dulce de leches bread pudding. Order here.

Cornelius Pasta Company

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Chef/owner Rachael Cornelius McLeod creates pasta from scratch with vibrant and dazzling seasonal ingredients, enough to serve as an excellent accompaniment or a main entree no matter the size of the gathering. Visit their website to order directly from their webstore for pickup on Sundays, and don’t forget to stock up on their popular sauces.

Milkjam Creamery

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Chef/owner Sameh Wadi brings dessert goods to the masses, and holiday pies from Milkjam Creamery are an excellent way to sweeten any family gathering. Choose from a French silk pie featuring a milk chocolate ice cream base, topped with whipped cream and dark chocolate, or a gingerbread pie made with Milkjam’s chai gingerbread ice cream, and topped with cranberry. Visit Milkjam’s website to order one for pickup on December 22 or 23.

Two pies for the holidays at Milkjam Creamery.
Milkjam Creamery makes French Silk and Gingerbread Ice Cream pies for the holidays, both with a graham cracker crust.
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Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Woodbury

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Spending the holidays alone because family, friends, or others can’t make it? Not to worry. Alamo Drafthouse has awesome appetizers, beverages, and pizzas to enjoy while catching a showing of Eyes Wide Shut or Spider Man: No Way Home on the evening of Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Stroll by during the afternoon of Christmas Day to enjoy a special brunch menu and view the 2015 Cate Blanchett flick “Carol.”

Grand Catch

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Looking to switch up the centerpiece? Sameh Wadi offers take-home boil kits perfect for one or the whole squad. Choose from three different boil kits, and take advantage of add-on options to get more adventurous with the gloriously messy seafood spread. Don’t forget the bibs and gloves. Lock in an order here.

A seafood spread by Grand Catch
A take-home boil kit from Grand Catch
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Petite León

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The 2021 Eater Awards winner from chef Jorge Guzmán and mixologist Travis Serbus offers an array of takeaway meals and rave-worthy starters for the holiday. Options include an appetizing smoked pork shoulder with cider mustard gravy, and a bread pudding collab with Patisserie 46 spiked with Kentucky bourbon, plus Venezuelan chocolate for dessert. Ordering details here.

El Burrito Mercado

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El Burrito Mercado has some of the top Mexican food in town and is ready to cater to any holiday gathering. Visit their location in West Saint Paul, or place an order online for pickup. For a stocking stuffer idea, pick up some of its imported goods or gift cards.

Looking for a more traditional way to ring in the holidays? Tilia is offering an assortment of holiday cookies prepared by the staff. Call dibs on a $45 cookie package through December 23.

Patisserie 46

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While dessert options are endless this time of year, confectionary king John Kraus has introduced something to rival the breakable Valentine hearts on Valentine’s Day. Say hello to the Chocolate Santa Hat, filled with a ton of holiday goodies. Visit Patisserie 46’s website to pre-order for pickup between December 22 to 24.

Cheesecake Funk

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Cheesecake Funk based out of the Minneapolis Marriott Southwest in Minnetonka is known for its fantastic varieties of cheesecakes that even impressed the late purple majesty Prince. Its cult cheesecakes come in both small and large sizes. Order online.

Mason Jar Kitchen

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Mason Jar Kitchen in Eagan has both heat-and-serve and ready-to-eat options to round out Christmas dinner this year, with options like Canadian salmon with lemon beurre blanc, prime rib with au jus, or go the surf-and-turf route and order both. Dinners for four to six comes with a load of sides, salad options, and dinner rolls with butter. Ordering, add-ons, and pickup information here.

Surf and turf options at Mason Jar Kitchen
Mason Jar Kitchen’s Christmas feast spread. 
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Girl With Spoon

This private chef in the heart of Brooklyn Park offers a holiday menu where Liberian and Cajun cuisine meet in the middle. The flavorful and savory lineup includes roasted Cornish hens or Liberian fried cabbage. Ordering information can be found via Instagram.

Centro

Looking to keep things informal, festive, and chill for the holidays? Chef Jose Alarcon has it covered with a take-home nacho kit, and to satisfy a sweet tooth, there’s take-and-bake guava rolls. Additionally, its family-sized taco set features a pound of chosen meat with rice, beans, and tortillas. Visit Centro’s website and click the online ordering button.

Panda Garden Buffet

Celebrating the holidays as a lone wolf or as a couple? Consider the buffet at Panda Garden off Lexington and Larpenteur in Roseville, where one can load up on some Cantonese and Chinese-American fare with a soft-serve finish.

The Herbivorous Butcher

The Herbivorous Butcher rolls out a winter charcuterie pack for the holidays, consisting of a bevy of its beloved “meats and cheeses.” Just add crackers, bread, and any other items to make a proper vegan spread at home. Order a winter charcuterie board here.

Bellecour Bakery @ Cooks

The beloved bakery offers a holiday brunch package built with French toast with crème brûlée batter, spinach and cheese quiche, and salad, Portions feed two to three or four to six. Tack on a French silk crepe cake, which can be ordered separately. Pre-ordering and pickup information here.

Union Hmong Kitchen

Looking to give an awesome gift or simply spice up your own pantry? Consider chef Yia Vang’s Union Hmong Kitchen pantry essentials kit. This curated box comes with sauces, shroomami salt, and its special Szechuan coffee rub. Order online, or pick up the boxed loot at its flagship location inside Graze Provisions + Librations.

Red Rabbit Minneapolis

The team at Red Rabbit and Red Cow offer surf-and-turf takeout kits starring a Manhattan loin cut and shrimp scampi ($259 for five to seven). Along with a bevy of appetizers, a charcuterie board, and a chocolate cake with buttercream frosting, Red Rabbit has all the bases covered for a joyous holiday feast. Order here for pickup at Red Cow Uptown.

Trap Haus Sweets & Baking Co.

Trap Haus Sweets & Baking Co. originally started as a way for chef/owner Sahkeena Mkali to keep connections strong with loved ones during the pandemic. The flourishing business delivers cakes, cookies, and more to keep hearts full and taste buds happy. To celebrate one year in operation, Trap Haus Sweets takes Christmas preorders for DIY cookie kits and three fan favorite pies as a post-holiday splurge. Check out its Instagram for ordering information.

JoJo & Co.

JoJo & Co.’s cookie spread.
The Cookie Exchange Package from JoJo & Co.
JoJo & Co./official

JoJo & Co., the brainchild of Joanna Beissner and Elsbeth Young-Haug, spruces up the holidays with desserts like chocolate peppermint tarts and hot chocolate bombs. In their words, “‘tis the season to eat dessert first.” Check out their website to stock up on assorted dessert wares to ring in a holly jolly Christmas.

JoJo & Co.’s cookie spread.
The Cookie Exchange Package from JoJo & Co.
JoJo & Co./official

Monello

The Downtown Minneapolis mainstay carries on with business as usual on Christmas Eve, with a Christmas Day breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. followed by dinner from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The three-course Christmas Day feast kicks off with a selection of smoked ham with pineapple chutney, followed by roast beef tenderloin with glazed parsnips. An array of sides complement the main course and choose between a cheesecake with lingonberry sauce or a decadent chocolate buche de Noel  for dessert. Click here to book a reservation.

P.S. Steak

Chef Ryan Thompson gets into the holiday spirit with a takeout dinner for four ($130), featuring butternut squash soup with pepitas, prime rib with sauce au poivre, cheesy au gratin potatoes and dulce de leches bread pudding. Order here.

Cornelius Pasta Company

Chef/owner Rachael Cornelius McLeod creates pasta from scratch with vibrant and dazzling seasonal ingredients, enough to serve as an excellent accompaniment or a main entree no matter the size of the gathering. Visit their website to order directly from their webstore for pickup on Sundays, and don’t forget to stock up on their popular sauces.

Milkjam Creamery

Two pies for the holidays at Milkjam Creamery.
Milkjam Creamery makes French Silk and Gingerbread Ice Cream pies for the holidays, both with a graham cracker crust.
Milkjam Creamery/official

Chef/owner Sameh Wadi brings dessert goods to the masses, and holiday pies from Milkjam Creamery are an excellent way to sweeten any family gathering. Choose from a French silk pie featuring a milk chocolate ice cream base, topped with whipped cream and dark chocolate, or a gingerbread pie made with Milkjam’s chai gingerbread ice cream, and topped with cranberry. Visit Milkjam’s website to order one for pickup on December 22 or 23.

Two pies for the holidays at Milkjam Creamery.
Milkjam Creamery makes French Silk and Gingerbread Ice Cream pies for the holidays, both with a graham cracker crust.
Milkjam Creamery/official

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Woodbury

Spending the holidays alone because family, friends, or others can’t make it? Not to worry. Alamo Drafthouse has awesome appetizers, beverages, and pizzas to enjoy while catching a showing of Eyes Wide Shut or Spider Man: No Way Home on the evening of Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Stroll by during the afternoon of Christmas Day to enjoy a special brunch menu and view the 2015 Cate Blanchett flick “Carol.”

Grand Catch

A seafood spread by Grand Catch
A take-home boil kit from Grand Catch
Grand Catch/official photo

Looking to switch up the centerpiece? Sameh Wadi offers take-home boil kits perfect for one or the whole squad. Choose from three different boil kits, and take advantage of add-on options to get more adventurous with the gloriously messy seafood spread. Don’t forget the bibs and gloves. Lock in an order here.

A seafood spread by Grand Catch
A take-home boil kit from Grand Catch
Grand Catch/official photo

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Petite León

The 2021 Eater Awards winner from chef Jorge Guzmán and mixologist Travis Serbus offers an array of takeaway meals and rave-worthy starters for the holiday. Options include an appetizing smoked pork shoulder with cider mustard gravy, and a bread pudding collab with Patisserie 46 spiked with Kentucky bourbon, plus Venezuelan chocolate for dessert. Ordering details here.

El Burrito Mercado

El Burrito Mercado has some of the top Mexican food in town and is ready to cater to any holiday gathering. Visit their location in West Saint Paul, or place an order online for pickup. For a stocking stuffer idea, pick up some of its imported goods or gift cards.

Tilia

Looking for a more traditional way to ring in the holidays? Tilia is offering an assortment of holiday cookies prepared by the staff. Call dibs on a $45 cookie package through December 23.

Patisserie 46

While dessert options are endless this time of year, confectionary king John Kraus has introduced something to rival the breakable Valentine hearts on Valentine’s Day. Say hello to the Chocolate Santa Hat, filled with a ton of holiday goodies. Visit Patisserie 46’s website to pre-order for pickup between December 22 to 24.

Cheesecake Funk

Cheesecake Funk based out of the Minneapolis Marriott Southwest in Minnetonka is known for its fantastic varieties of cheesecakes that even impressed the late purple majesty Prince. Its cult cheesecakes come in both small and large sizes. Order online.

Mason Jar Kitchen

Surf and turf options at Mason Jar Kitchen
Mason Jar Kitchen’s Christmas feast spread. 
Mason Jar Kitchen/official

Mason Jar Kitchen in Eagan has both heat-and-serve and ready-to-eat options to round out Christmas dinner this year, with options like Canadian salmon with lemon beurre blanc, prime rib with au jus, or go the surf-and-turf route and order both. Dinners for four to six comes with a load of sides, salad options, and dinner rolls with butter. Ordering, add-ons, and pickup information here.

Surf and turf options at Mason Jar Kitchen
Mason Jar Kitchen’s Christmas feast spread. 
Mason Jar Kitchen/official

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