If ever there was a Christmas to hunker down and embrace your inner introvert, 2020 is, indisputably, it. ‘Tis the season to stay home, away from the masses, and to embrace the subtle comfort of the days. It won’t be business as usual this year but that doesn’t mean you can’t change out of your sweats, order one of the best to-go Christmas dinners in the city, and feast with your COVID cohort as you toast the season.
Whether you crave traditional dishes or prefer to indulge in something different, these menus offer enough range to satisfy. Here, you’ll find everything from roast turkey dinners to vegan taco fiestas that are sure to bring a smile to young and old.
We all miss dining out. The next best thing is the takeout of your dreams and an afternoon spent enjoying Christmas however you prefer. Set the table, dim the lights and serve a celebratory dinner from a local restaurant that everyone will remember. After the hardships of the last year, it’s time to focus on cheerier things. It won’t be the Christmas we’re used to but it can still be one to remember.
Price: $175 for two
Order: December 17-19, and 23 for pick up December 17-19 and 24
Any dinner from Auberge is one to remember and their elegant, three-course Christmas Dinner is no exception. Each festive dinner for two includes roasted chestnut soup, crown-roasted Auberge duck and spiced honey cake for dessert. Feeding a bigger group? Add up to two more guests for $25 per person.
Price: $180 for four to six
Order: By December 19 for pick up December 22 and 23
Known for serving up some of the city’s best steaks, come Christmas, the people at Black Angus turn their attention to expertly-roasted birds. Order a Family Style Turkey Dinner and enjoy a whole roasted free-range turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, acorn squash, cranberry sauce and roasted veg. With dinner sorted, all you’ll need to do is whip up something decadent for dessert.
Price: $75 per person
Order: December 21 to 26 for pick up
Just because travel is off the table doesn’t mean you can’t toast Christmas the European way. Boulud’s three-course Christmas Take Home Menu, with options for celeriac velouté, pumpkin gnocchi, turkey roulade, Santa macaron, and more, is the chicest way to celebrate the season. Turn fa la la into ooh la la, with an optional wine pairing.
Price: From $250 for four
Order: By noon on December 22 for pick up on December 24 and 25
A Festive Meal To Go from Reign at the Fairmont Royal York includes everything you need to for a memorable holiday meal. Choose between turkey or ham, for a group of 4 or 8, and marvel at the spread. Along with your protein of choice, each dinner includes squash and apple bisque, sage and onion stuffing, herb-roasted potatoes, your choice of pumpkin or mincemeat pie and more.
Price: $200 for two
Order: Call 647-347-8640 to pre-order for pick up December 22 to 24
This Christmas, treat yourself and your bubble-buddy to a gorgeous dinner from Leslieville boîte Greta Solomon’s. The French-inspired six-course meal includes chicken liver mousse, escargot with mushrooms, turkey tourtière and other luxurious treats.
Price: From $325 for six
Order: Now for pick up from December 19 to 27
A night at the swank St. Regis Hotel might not currently be on the agenda but that doesn’t mean that a sophisticated meal from its restaurant, Louix Louis, can’t be. Sup in style with a Holiday Festive Feast at Home from one of the city’s ritziest spots. Opt for turkey or AAA prime rib roast served with sunchoke and truffle soup, two salads, roasted vegetables, apricot and chestnut stuffing, a chocolate praline yule log, and more.
Price: $160 for four
Order: Now for pick up or delivery throughout December
Forgo the turkey this year in lieu of a tempting Holiday Dinner Bundle from Momofuku Kōjin. Choose between an herb-roasted chicken with sticky rice and gravy, sweet honey soy-braised boneless short rib, or maple and bourbon-glazed pork and foie meatloaf. Each comes with roasted Brussels sprouts, garlic mash and brioche stuffing.
Price: $140 for four, $35 each additional guest
Order: Now through December 24
With three plant-based meals on offer, Planta is the place for vegan dinners fit for feasting. Order The Classic if you crave traditional dishes, from savoury stuffing, scalloped potatoes, and pecan pie, with a vegan spin. With seven courses, from 5-layer dip and tortilla soup to a taco platter, The Fiesta is a celebration in a box. The Queen comes with steamed dumplings, truffle and mushroom fried rice, udon noodles, a vanilla and chocolate yule log and more.
Price: $400 for whole turkey dinners, $75 for pre-portioned turkey dinners for one
Order: By December 18 for whole turkey dinners for pick up between December 19 to 26. Portioned meals available, with 48-hours notice, for pick up or delivery on Uber Eats and DoorDash from December 19 to 20 and December 23 to 26
The Shangri-La Hotel’s Turkey To Go is an easy, luxe way to celebrate this Christmas. Though meals rely on tradition, with roast turkey at their centre, accompanied by stuffing, gravy et al., you can bet the chefs will put their unique, elevated spin on each and every course.
Price: From $125 for two
Order: Now through December 18 for pick up from December 20 to 23
Though The Black Hoof is technically no more, it’s been resurrected for the season to offer Hoof Holiday Feasts. Available for two or four, each menu includes a choice of sous-vide turkey breast with stuffing or glazed pork hock. Proteins come with chicken liver mousse, mashed potatoes, gravy, roasted carrots, Brussels sprouts, cranberry sauce and the gooiest of butter tarts.
Price: $24.99 for one, $90 for four or $180 for six to eight
Order: Now for pre-pre-order pick-up or delivery from December 21 to 26
If you don’t usually celebrate Christmas with a deep-fried turkey, this may just be the year to start. Whether you’re a party of one or more, take part in The Lakeview Restaurant’s Holiday Deep-Fried Turkey Marathon and you may never look back. Each meal includes deep-fried turkey, mashed potatoes, roasted veg, peas, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and gravy with the option to add apple pie to your order. Though it’s not deep-fried, the Lakeview is also offering tofurkey dinners with mushroom gravy for vegetarian diners.