Give the gift of not cooking.
Lil Davey Gruttman harkens back his childhood roots and mixes them with adult extravagance this Hanukkah season, offering us what he’s dubbed the “Rolls Royce” of potato latkes as part of his Eight Crazy Nights holiday menu. The potato pancake is tolled with creme fraiche, homemade applesauce, and chives. With an option to add an ounce of Silberian Osetra or Russian Osetra Caviar.
How to order: Make a reservation online. Or order your latkes delivered via UberEats. Latkes are $18 (extra for the caviar). Entrees run $45-65.
Once upon a time, as in less than 10 years ago, finding a place to eat on Christmas was nearly impossible, unless you had a particular holiday affinity for Subway sandwiches. But recently, restaurants have realized many people aren’t so big on cooking after an all-night present-wrapping marathon, and now dozens of places around town serve dinner both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Some offer impressive pre-made meals. Others offer unique dine-in feasts. Some even have Hanukkah menus. So wherever your cooking-averse tastes lie, there’s somewhere in South Florida for you to grab great holiday dinner.
Brimstone Woodfire Grill
The Shops at Pembroke Gardens’ top spot for grilled meats serves up massive portions of both herb roasted turkey and honey glazed ham with pineapple jus, enough for up to ten people. The pre-made dinner also includes cesar and house salads, candied yams, mashed potatoes, key lime pie, bread pudding, and pumpkin pie for dessert.
How to order: Call 954-430-2333 or email [email protected] by December 21. Cost is $100.
Roasting an entire pig for Christmas is quite the undertaking. But if you’re dead set on cochinillo this Christmas hit up Bulla, who’ll have a nine-hour roasted pig that serves 12 to 16, or a half-pig that serves half that many. You can also order it with sangria too, if it’s gonna be that kinda Christmas.
How to order: Call Bulla at least five days in advance. A whole pig is $380; half pig is $199.
There is, literally, never a bad time for tacos. So if you’d rather feed your family tortillas than yams, hit up Caja Caliente who’ll send over an entire build-your-own taco bar including lechon, vaca frita, pulpo and even gator tacos. Plus croquetas by the dozen, because it’s still the holidays.
How to order: Email [email protected] 24 hours in advance. Starters are $12-18 per dozen. Taco bar is $12-14 per person depending on protein.
You ever try making latkes? It destroys your kitchen like no other food on earth, so let MIA Market’s Israeli food stall make your Hannukah dinner, that’ll include basmati dill rice, chicken or brisket, spiced potato parsley latkes, Israeli salad and baklava.
How to order: Email [email protected] at least three days in advance. Cost is $39pp, two person minimum.
Bill Hansen Catering
Chef Dewey Losasso (The Forge, Schnebly Winery) now helms the kitchen at Bill Hansen, and this Christmas Eve he’ll be serving up a full Christmas menu with stuff like roasted leg of lamb, snapper Milanese, and petit filet mignon. It’s all served alongside classic sides like truffled mashed potatoes with egg nog cookies for dessert.
How to Order: Order online here. Cost is $88 per person with a four person minimum. Plus $20 delivery fee.
If you live on a canal you can basically re-create the Shooters Waterfront experience at home, as the canal side perennial offers a five-course menu serving 6-8 people including prime rib, a 15lb turkey, mac & cheese, brussels sprouts, mashed potatoes, caramelized carrots and pecan pie.
How to order: Order online by 2pm on December 22. Cost is $150 plus $17.66 Eventbrite fee.
South Florida’s favorite spot for pre-packaged, all-natural meals goes all out for Christmas, with a heat-and-serve menu for six including with porcini mushroom risotto balls; spanakopita; franks in blankets; Berkshire ham; broccoli; sweet corn and green beans; and three different flavors of gelato.
How to order: Order online. Dinners start at $87, possibly more depending on weight of the ham.
The COVID-era meal delivery breakout hit that is MK Takeaways is, of course, bringing us a massive holiday feast that’ll drive right to your door. The menu includes garlic crusted roasted rack of lamb; free range turkey with cheesy sausage and sage stuffing; standing rib roast with thyme au jus; brown sugar honey glazed ham; and grouper en papillote.
How to order: Call 954-669-1366 or order online before December 18. Entrees range from $36-45.
Doris Italian Market & Bakery
Doris’ Coral Springs, Sunrise, Boca Raton, Pembroke Pines and North Palm Beach locations have two different turkey packages to take home, ranging from 12-20 pounds. Or you can opt for the 8-10 pound. ham, or a full Italian lasagne dinner. All come with dinner rolls and either pumpkin or apple pie.
How to order: Call 954-572-5269. Turkey dinners are $120-$180. Other dinners are $120.
Forcing roasted chicken on us during Christmas in the name of “tradition” seems a little outdated, doesn’t it? Coop knows what everyone really wants is the fried stuff, so they’re offering 8-piece and 16-piece Christmas dinners to go, including mac and cheese, mixed greens, sweet potato casserole, fries, and cornbread.
How to order: Email [email protected] by December 21. Cost is $55 for eight pieces; $88 for 16 pieces
Tropical Chinese Restaurant
If you’re gonna go the Chinese-food-on-Christmas route, you may as well do it at Miami’s most classic spot. This Bird Road institution has been the city’s go-to for Chinese, along with a great many Chinese international students from University of Miami. Even if you don’t live nearby, it’s worth the trek on the Palmetto. Traffic will be light on Christmas anyway.
How to order: Call 305-262-7576 for takeout. Most dishes are $18-25, Peking Duck $75.
Naan Indian Eats
Chinese food is a time-honored tradition for those who don’t really do Christmas dinner. But maybe this year switch it up and try Indian food from Taquiza’s pop-up Indian spot Naan. As the name implies, they’ll have plenty of fresh-baked Indian bread, as well as samosas, wings, and platters and bowls filled with chicken tikka, lamb rogan josh, tandoori shrimp, palak paneer, and curried quinoa.
How to order: Order online or stroll up to Taquiza. The menu ranges from $5-16.
In South Dade, you won’t find a better Chinese feast than at Gold China, tucked into a shopping plaza on the corner of US-1 and SW 152nd Street. It’s the homey, lavender-hued Chinese restaurant of Christmas past for many of us, and offers some of the quickest takeout turnaround on one of the cuisine’s busiest days.
How to order: Call 305-233-6501. Appetizers are $5-9, entrees $11-20.
Make it a Michael Beltran Christmas this year and get Noche Buena to go from Ariete, including caja china style pork, mojo yucca, camarones enchilada, black beans, rice, and yucca cheese balls. Or, you can stop into the restaurant on Christmas Day between 5-10pm and enjoy a prix fixe menu including charred cucumber salad, grilled Brussels sprouts, honey chicken, turnip cake with trout roe, spare ribs, pork belly bao, scallion pancakes and miso gingerbread cake.
How to order: Order online or call 305-640-5862. For dine-in make a reservation on OpenTable. Noche Buena ranges from $180 for 4 to $540 for 12. Christmas Day dinner is $75pp
Ask longtime Broward County lifers where to find the best Chinese Food in South Florida, and even those who escaped from Miami will tell you it’s a Gold Marquees. The name comes up more often than any other when talking local Chinese gems, and even if you’re not adventurous enough to try the chicken feet and fries intestines, Gold Marquess still plays the hits beautifully.
How to order: Order delivery or curbside pickup from Grubhub or call 954-388-9010. Starters run $5-15. Entrees $15-20
Brickell’s swankiest Italian spot will be open Christmas Ever, offering a prix fixe menu of brussels sprouts salad, braised short rib and pumpkin tart. Then Christmas Day is all about the truffles, where you’ll find truffle pizza and egg, truffle carbonara, truffle steak and eggs and truffle crispy potatoes highlighting the menu.
How to order: Call 305-239-1330 to order, or make a reservation at OpenTable. Christmas Eve menu is $59pp. Christmas truffle menu starts at $12.
Burlock Coast Seafare & Spirits
The rum specialists on the ground floor of the Ritz-Carlton serve up Christmas Eve with an ocean view, offering a Feast of the Seven Fishes three-course menu from 6-9pm. On Christmas, you can snag a three-course prix-fixe with prime rib. Or, if you’d rather enjoy their food with a view of your backyard, get the to-go feast for 6-8 people, which includes a slow-roasted ham with pineapple, roasted peppers, parsnip potatoes and bread pudding.
How to order: Call 954.302.6430 or email [email protected] before December 23. For dine-in, make reservations on OpenTable. Christmas Eve dinner for two is $179 and includes a bottle of champagne; Christmas dinner is $89 per adult; To-go dinner is $299.
The Lido Bayside Grill
We are lucky here in South Florida, in that most years we have the option to enjoy Christmas brunch or dinner outside, on the water, with a warm tropical breeze. Perhaps the best spot for it will be at The Standard, where Lido’s got a Christmas special of short rib, baby root veggies, and sauteed Tuscan kale starting at noon both days.
How to order: Call 786-245-0880 or make a reservation on OpenTable. Short rib is $38.
Though we can’t promise Little Drummer Boy with a salsa beat, we can promise you a Christmas dinner filled with live Latin music set al fresco on Calle Ocho. Sala’o’s sidewalk tables will be filled with all its signature classics like confit smoked pork belly, swordfish carpaccio, and Spanish octopus. With plenty of gin and tonics crafted tableside for a Christmas like you won’t find elsewhere in America.
How to order: Call 305-642-8989.
1 Hotel South Beach
For a less-traditional-but-still-outstanding Christmas dinner, hit Habitat on the ground floor of the 1 Hotel. Here you’ll find a four-course feast filled with delicacies like cold tortilla soup, morita charred octopus, tamal vegano, wood grilled Meyers ribeye, and crab stuffed snapper. With a white chocolate tres leches or chocolate cinnamon tart for dessert
How to order: Make reservations via OpenTable. Cost is $95pp
Dine like a Yankee at the Hard Rock Casino in Coconut Creek, where the special Christmas dinner runs from 3-11 pm. You’ll find a special menu with butternut squash bisque, dry-aged prime rib, Peking duck, Spanish turbot, and gingerbread ice cream cookie sandwiches for dessert.
How to order: Make reservations via OpenTable. Starters are $12-20. Mains are $35-60.
The Deck at Island Gardens
The oh-so-trendy Deck offers up its own take on the Feast of Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve, where the five course feast will include chilled calamari, fusilli with red wine octopus ragout, roasted whole branzino, and other seafood delicacies. Each course is also served with its own specially-paired wine.
How to order: Reserve a table online or call 786-627-4949. Cost is $130pp.
Though it won’t be Greek Christmas, exactly, you’ll at least get the food part of the celebration at Michael Mina’s new seafood spot. The five-course prix fixe menu will include stuff like seafood dolmades, Maine lobster and citrus salad, and filet mignon kebab. All capped off with a warm, cozy plate of Greek Christmas cookies.
How to order: Make reservations via OpenTable. Dinner is $75pp.
Dine under the watchful gaze of Shepard Fairey’s Propaganda Eye mural on Christmas Eve, where the romantic Sicilian spot will be offering a special five-course menu, complete with a free glass of prosecco.
How to order: Make a reservation here. Dinner is $120pp.
If your idea of an ideal Christmas is enjoying steaks by the sea, head to Stephen Starr’s Lauderdale steakhouse, where it may be too dark to see the ocean, but you can still hear it as you enjoy a special prime rib dinner from 3-9 pm.
How to order: Reservations via OpenTable. Dinner is $55 pp.
Taste your way around the boot this Christmas at Brickell’s Italian staple, where the special menu boasts risotto alla Milanese, Iranian saffron-braised beef, lamb chops with braised cabbage, herb-crusted king salmon, and a poached pear dessert from noon to 11 pm.
How to order: Reservations required; book via OpenTable. Cost is $70pp.
Four Seasons Hotel Miami
If you’ve somehow got cash to burn in 2020 and want to make an epic Christmas, book a room at the Four Seasons in Surfside and just get all your meals downstairs at the Champagne Bar. Christmas Ever brings an Italian-inspired menu with loads of fresh seafood. Then Christmas Brunch has a family-style feast served out on the bar’s patio. Then dine on the a la carte Mediterranean menu for Christmas dinner that night.
How to order: Reservations via OpenTable. Christmas Eve dinner is $220 person; Christmas brunch $145 per person; Christmas Dinner a la carte menu ranges from $45-65.
Michael Mina’s steakhouse at the JW Marriott Turnberry will have a three-course prix-fixe Christmas dinner for you gluttonous enjoyment this year. You’ll choose from a 16oz Delmonico ribeye, a 14oz NY strip, rack of lamb, and veal chops. As well as enjoy other courses with spicy beef lettuce cups and a molten chocolate lava cake.
How to order: Reservations via OpenTable. Price is $110pp.