Christmas Dinners To-Go 2020: Restaurant Specials In Greater LA – Patch.com

LOS ANGELES COUNTY, CA — For those keen on keeping the holidays kitchen-hassle-free, Los Angeles-area restaurants abound with takeout offers for Christmas and New Year’s Eve dinner celebrations.
And for the restaurant industry — battered this year with COVID-19 restrictions and shutdowns — ordering at-home holiday feasts also boosts business for those struggling eateries.
We’ve selected some standout offers throughout Greater L.A. — from traditional to the more exotic — to fit all tastes and budgets. Peruse the list to see what appeals near you.
And wishing all our readers Happy Holidays and a very Happy New Year, from Patch!
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AZULE TAQUERIA: Sweeter than an ugly Christmas sweater are this year’s Ugly Christmas Sweater churros – fried, doughy, cinnamon goodness topped with holiday sprinkles and available for a limited time at Azule Taqueria in Hollywood and Santa Monica. At $5 for six, the churros can be ordered for pick-up and delivery. Azule Taqueria shops are at 1542 N. Cahuenga Blvd. in Los Angeles and 1315 Third St. in Santa Monica. Contact info here.
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BALTAIRE: The Brentwood/Los Angeles-area steakhouse from Chef Travis Strickland is launching carry-out holiday prime rib dinners, serving four to eight, and wine bundles for pick-up through New Year’s Eve with festive additions, including Baltaire’s reserve Tsar Nicoulai caviar. The prime rib packages (for four – $295; for six to eight $495) includes: prime rib roast; au jus and creamy horseradish; lobster bisque; Caesar salad; potatoes; carrots; and a Chocolate Silk Pie. Wine packages start at $99. The holiday package order link is here. Baltaire is at 11647 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles.
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BIRDIE G’S: In Santa Monica, Birdie G’s is featuring a $75 « Winner, Winner, Family Dinner » take-out package that includes a whole chicken, sauces, family-size salad and fries with aioli & Birdie’s ketchup. And for New Year’s Eve, don’t miss Chef Jeremy Fox and team’s heat-and-serve, takeout menu with a « The #@%! You 2020 Dinner Spread » with six courses for $89/person. Included: Laura’s Persimmons wrapped in Liberty Duck ham, Koji-Marinated Bistro Steak and truffled Manischewitz sauce and « Life By Chocolate » in a bowl with whey caramel. A five-course « Vegan Menu » is $79/person and includes The Birdie Bowl with toasted rice, Meiji tofu, pickled/fermented vegetables & more, Wood Grilled Pumpkin with local mushroom, miso & porcini Worcestershire and Mini Vegan Carrot Cupcakes. Follow this link for details. Birdie G’s is at 2421 Michigan Ave.
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BLACK ANGUS STEAKHOUSE: The chain is featuring a « Holiday Family Meal » ($99 for four people) with prime rib, horseradish, au jus, mashed potatoes or rice pilaf, broccoli, eight chocolate chip cookies and molasses bread. This to-go special is available starting Christmas Eve, Dec. 24 through Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve. Individual menu options also available. Orders can be placed herefor take-away or curbside pickup. Click here to find a Black Angus location near you.
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BOA STEAKHOUSE: A take-home, Christmas family meal, serving four for $300, features Caesar salad, Creekstone Prime Rib, broccoli and a flourless chocolate torte for dessert. Guests can order online by 12 p.m. Dec. 21 for pick-up Christmas Eve. Also offered: « Italian Dinner » for two ($32.5 per person) with spaghetti & Kobe meatballs and a « Brooklyn Dinner » for two ($90 per person) with porterhouse steaks. Locations in West Hollywood and Santa Monica.
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BOSTON MARKET: Holiday Heat & Serve meals are on the menu for a hassle-free celebration. Meals feature entrees, appetizers, sides and pies to feed four to 12 and start at $10 per person. Options include: rotisserie prime rib; spiral–sliced ham; whole roasted turkey; or a combination of turkey breast & honey-glazed ham. A la carte entrees, sides and whole pies can be pre-ordered for pick-up through Jan. 1 (excluding Christmas Day). Details here. There are 24 Boston Markets throughout California.
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BUCA DI BEPPO: A four-course, « Holiday Cake Boss » package can be ordered featuring salad, pasta, an entree and for dessert — a six-inch holiday cake from The Cake Boss, Buddy Valastro & Carlo’s Bakery. While supplies last. Info here. All California locations here.
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CAFE GRATITUDE: Keep it festive with such specials as plant-based, flavor-filled pies and sides as Cranberry Roasted Butternut Squash & Garnet Yams ($30), Maple Miso Brussels Sprouts ($35), Persimmon & Pomegranate Salad ($35), or Executive Chef Dreux Ellis’ gluten-free Maple Pecan Spice Cake, Tuscan Apple Cake and Mocha Cheesecake. Also on the takeout menu: DIY Holiday Cookie Kits, plant-based and gluten-free, free of artificial colorings and shortening, with red frosting colored with beet juice, and green frosting made with matcha powder. Place orders online or in-store by Dec. 20 for pick-up Dec. 23 by 9 p.m. at Café Gratitudes in San Diego, Los Angeles, Newport Beach and Venice.
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CASSIA: Chef Bryant Ng goes pure comfort with this takeout: Cassia Pastrami Hoagie on a garlic-scallion roll with brown mustard, Provolone, Swiss cheese, 1000 dressing coleslaw & curried ground short rib, served with Caesar salad and fries dusted with Vietnamese-Cajun seasoning, for $39. And for New Year’s Eve Dinner: a six-course, heat & serve takeout with butternut squash & sweet potato soup, sticky rice and ham. Dinners for one to six, from $135-405, with party kit, beads, noisemakers & poppers. Four lucky guests get a red envelope with a Cassia gift card, too! To pre-order, call 310-393-6699, or order online by Monday, Dec. 28 at noon. Dinners available for curbside pickup Thursday, Dec. 31. Cassia is at 1314 7th St., Santa Monica.
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CHADO TEA ROOM: Treat tea lovers on your gift list to a show-stopping gift basket ($125) featuring teas, scones with cream and jam, chocolates, assorted cookies and a blooming tea pot & lychee blooming tea, plus two, double-walled glass cups. Chado locations are in Pasadena, downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood and Torrance. Also available for takeout is a $35 Christmas tea service with soup, salad, scones & sandwiches, cookies and, of course, tea. See Chado’s website here.
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CHRONIC TACOS: Celebrate the end of the year the #TacoLife way with $5 burrito combos on Wednesday, Dec. 30 and Thursday, Dec. 31 at Chronic Tacos in California. Get a burrito, chips, salsa and drink for $5. The offer excludes fish, shrimp, steak and Beyond Beef. Available only through online ordering and Chronic Tacos App: website and app. At participating locales, so call your nearest eatery to confirm. Details here. Location finder here.
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DEL TACO: The chain is celebrating « Happy Tamaledays » with a new slate of seasoned, shredded pork tamales and a Tamale Fiesta Pack with 12 tamales for the whole family, Salsa Casera and utensils. Location finder here.
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EATALY L.A.: Kick off the holidays with a curated salumi & formaggi board of cured meats and cheeses and Lasagna alla Bolognese featuring housemade lasagna, ragu, bechamel and Parmigiano Reggiano DOP. For the main event, order a Porcini-Rubbed Prime Rib, alongside such contorni (sides) as pure al tartufo (truffle mashed potatoes), arrosto di zucca (roasted squash with toasted farro), and more, including an artisanal fluffy panettone cake. To order, visit the website here by Dec. 20. Available for pick-up Dec. 23-24. Serves four ($275) or eight ($525). Eataly L.A. is at 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles.
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EL POLLO LOCO: For the holidays, El Pollo Loco is bringing back three classic favorites: Tamale Bowls; Chicken Pozole Verde; and Mexican Hot Chocolate. Also on the holiday menu: 10- and 14-piece family dinners. Locations here for El Pollo Locos.
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EL TORITO: Pick up a « Holiday Feast To-Go, » for up to 10 people or an individual, three-course meal, through Friday, Dec. 25 with 24-hour notice. The 10-person feast offers: Chile Colorado or carnitas; one dozen tamales; taco bar with fixings; enchiladas; Mexican Caesar salad; and whole pecan pie. Individual meal offers: Mexican Caesar; ham or tri tip; mashed potatoes; green bean casserole; apple-jalapeno stuffing; gravy, cranberry sauce; sweet corn cake and cinnamon crisp cheesecake. Find California locations here.
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ESTERS WINE SHOP & BAR: Esters team is putting together special packages, plus all retail wines are 25% off and available for curbside pickup or free local delivery. And don’t miss Chef Jessica Liu He’s Champagne Truffles ($20/dozen), large-format Mezze Platters for $45 and a variety of Meat & Cheese Platters, including a New Year’s Eve option that comes with a wooden board (a deposit is collected until it’s returned), meats, cheeses and such accoutrements as fruit & berries, honey, chutney, cornichons, mustard and bread for $35/person (two-person minimum, 10-person maximum). See website here. Esters is at 1314 Seventh St., Santa Monica.
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FARMER BOYS: Farmer Boys is serving its seasonal, fan-favorite Boston Clam Chowder and Scratch-Made Chili. Made with potatoes and sea clams, the chowder is simmered in broth and seasoned with herbs and spices, while the chili is made with 100% pure beef, a proprietary blend of spices and topped with cheddar cheese and onion. The duo is available at all locations for a limited time. Location finder here.
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FOGO DE CHAO: New to-go packages on the holiday menu serve up to six people and start at $130. This limited-time, takeout deal includes a choice of roasted turkey, lamb steak, picanha and more – plus Brazilian takes on such classic holiday sides as sweet potato casserole, Brazilian Sausage & Apple Dressing, sautéed asparagus, cranberry relish and Candy Cane Fudge Brownies for dessert. Pre-ordering and 24-hour advance notice is required. For Christmas Eve pick-up or delivery, order by Tuesday, Dec. 22. For Christmas Day, order by Wed., Dec. 23. Delivery where available. See website here. Locations in San Jose, San Francisco, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, San Diego and Irvine.
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FRESH BROTHERS: A new, holiday special running through the end of 2020 is a Lasagna Family Meal, which serves six to eight for $39 and includes a tray of lasagna, 12 Fresh Knots and a Caesar or fresh salad. Also new to the menu is a Wings Bundle, ($49.99) with three new sauces – Nashville Hot, Mango Habanero and Korean BBQ, plus 50 baked wings. Fresh Brothers locales are throughout Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley, Orange County and San Diego.
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FUEGO AT HOTEL MAYA: The Long Beach restaurant is offering « FueGO ToGO » Christmas Eve & Day dinner specials. Executive Chef Juarez’s appetizers include corn chowder, apple and candied-walnut salad, or tamales. Entrées feature: Mary’s Farm Roasted Turkey with potato purée, beans, dressing and orange cranberry compote; Chilean Sea Bass with spinach, potatoes with arugula and lobster garnish; Tenderloin of Beef with Brussels sprouts, potato and carrots; or Sofrito Quinotto – gluten free and vegan. Dessert is Apple Pecan Caramel Cheesecake. For order and pick-up on Thursday, Dec. 24 and Friday, Dec. 25, follow this link or call 562-481-3910. Fuego is at 700 Queensway Drive, Long Beach.
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GELSON’S: The Southern California markets are offering holiday dinner options, plant-based or traditional, for groups as large as 12 or small as two. Choices included roasted turkey, prime rib and brisket, plus plant-based hazelnut cranberry roasts. Featured sides: mashed potatoes; cornbread stuffing; green bean casserole; and butter-flake dinner rolls. Deli & catering, as well as fresh meat and seafood, can be added. All Christmas orders must be placed by Dec. 23. For a list of complete meal and a la carte selections and to place pre-orders, go here. Find your nearest Gelson’s here.
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GRACIAS MADRE: Locations in West Hollywood and Newport Beach are taking orders for Executive Chef Mario Alberto’s vegan, sweet and savory tamales to-go. Orders must be placed by Dec. 20 for pick-up Dec. 23. The Christmas tamales are $48 per dozen. Ordering details here. Gracias Madre locations: 8905 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood; and 1617 Westcliff Drive, Newport Beach.
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HATCHET HALL: Let Hatchet Hall handle your holiday food and drinks with a takeout menu of shareable sides, proteins, make-at-home cornbread kits and wine, Old Fashioneds, spirits and more. Place orders here. Hatchet Hall is at 12517 Washington Blvd., Los Angeles.
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IHOP: The Holiday Family Feast, a four-serving, pancake-party kit with Sweet Milk Mousse, OREO® Cookie Pieces, glazed strawberries and festive sprinkles, comes with with eight buttermilk pancakes, hash browns, scrambled eggs and bacon or sausage, is available for delivery, curbside pick-up and pick-up inside for $27.99. Details here. Location finder here.
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JIMMY JOHN’S: Patrons can enjoy $5 off any order of $20 or more, using promo code « 5OFF20 » through Dec. 20 before placing an order online or via Jimmy John’s App for curbside pickup or contactless delivery. See California locales here.
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KATANA: Katana West Hollywood debuts its new « Sushi Fix » and « Deluxe Sushi Fix » boxes for take out and delivery, making it simple to enjoy at home. Also on the menu: signature family packs that serve four or more. Website here. Katana is at 8439 W. Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood.
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MARIE CALLENDER’S: Select from six, take-home feasts with options for ham, turkey, prime rib or a combo. Dinners include trimmings and such sides as mashed potatoes, creamed corn, salad, cornbread and pie. See info here. Find your nearest Marie Callender’s here.
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MARKET TAVERN: The British-inspired restaurant at Original Farmers Market in Los Angeles has a new takeout menu with such options as: duck liver mousse; fish & chips; bangers and mash; and a Pub Steak, with stuffed mushrooms, roasted tomatoes, creamed spinach. A traditional English Roast, with all the trimmings, is available Sunday afternoons. Market Tavern is at 6333 W. 3rd St., #706.
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MASTRO’S RESTAURANT: A « New Year’s Eve To-Go Package » is available for two people with four options from $295 to $575. All come with party hats, noise makers, blow horns and balloons. Call to order. Info here. The offer is at the following locales only: Beverly Hills; Newport Beach; Malibu; Thousand Oaks; Palm Desert; San Francisco; and Costa Mesa.
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MILO & OLIVE: Don’t miss the holiday bake sale Dec. 23 starting at 10 a.m. until sell-out at Milo & Olive. Director of Bakery Operations Kelsey Brito and team are baking up assorted Holiday Cookie Boxes for $30, along with fresh breads and housemade jam. Stock up on seasonal cocktail mixers, spice sachets for mulled wine, ginger citrus syrup for shandies and cocktails, plus bottles of wine. Restaurant website is here. Milo & Olive is at 2723 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica.
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MORTONS’S THE STEAKHOUSE: A three-course, prix-fixe « Chateaubriand Menu » can be ordered for Christmas Eve and Day for pick-up. $75 per person with a two-person minimum. See details here. Find locations here.
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NOBLE BIRD ROTISSERIE: In Long Beach, Noble Bird has added family-takeout specials making it simple for holiday, at-home dining. A large Rotisserie Chicken Pot Pie (with a buttery take & bake pie crust that’s made with vegan butter) with Farmer’s Salad (with apples, roasted tomatoes + shallot vinaigrette) for $65 — is available through Dec. 22. And follow this link to see the Christmas Eve dinner menu offering with prime rib special. Pre-orders can be placed (at least 6 hours in advance) by calling 562-431-0445. Noble Bird Rotisserie is at 6460 E. Pacific Coast Hwy. in Long Beach.
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NORMS: A deal running through Jan. 9 offers patrons, who spend $25 or more, a free individual take-home comfort meal — either Fettucine Alfredo, Roasted Turkey or NORMS’ iconic meatloaf. The $25 can be in the form of any purchase whether it’s $25 worth of gift cards, family meals, coffee, etc. It all counts! Those who spend $50 or more will receive two, free take-home comfort meals, $75 gets three and so forth. Also at the diner chain: family meals to-go, including steak, burger and breakfast packages. See website here. Find NORMS locations and store phone numbers here.
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PATXI’S PIZZA: On New Year’s Eve throughout California, Patxi’s Pizza is offering 20% off all takeout orders and any 14-inch, thin-crust specialty pizza for $20. Both offers will be available Dec. 31 only and can be redeemed in-person or via phone, app or online with code BYE2020, and no minimum purchase is required. Follow this link for details. Patxi’s Pizza shops are located here.
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PIEOLOGY PIZZERIA: Celebrate the season with daily specials using Pie Life Rewards App. Running through Christmas Eve, Pieology offers: Dec. 20: crust upgrade; Dec. 21: A surprise & delight; Dec. 22: $2 off custom pizza; Dec. 23: $5 off $25 purchase; Dec. 24: BOGO. Customers who order ahead for pick-up get 10% off when using promo code « 10OFF » at checkout. Also guests who purchase $25 in gift cards by Dec. 31 receive free Pizza Bonus Card to use through Jan. 31. Find California shops here.
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PIZZA HUT: Pizza Hut is delivering the Triple Treat Box for the holidays, with three courses in one festively wrapped box. Each Triple Treat Box features a three-in-one meal, with two medium one-topping pizzas, five breadsticks and 10 Cinnabon® Mini Rolls. The meal is for a limited time at traditional Pizza Hut locations nationwide, starting at $20.99. Find your nearest Pizza Hut here.
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RASSELBOCK KITCHEN & BEER GARDEN: The Bavarian eatery in Long Beach is open for holiday shopping with German sweets, treats, chocolate, beers, and a Christmas tree lot on the property’s outdoor patio. Lunch or dinner orders also may be placed online for pick-up or delivery. All restaurant industry workers, with proof of employment/recent employment, can take 25% off orders upon pick-up. Rasselbock is at 4020 Atlantic Ave. in Long Beach.
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RED LOBSTER: Party platters galore are on the menu for to-go or delivery and sure to appeal to seafood lovers. Don’t miss this year’s Limited-Edition Cheddar Bay Biscuit Holiday Gift Boxes. Or select the « Give a Gift, Get a Gift » holiday gift-card promo through December with every $50 spent on Red Lobster gift cards purchased in-restaurant or online, including two bonus coupons to be used in January and February. Details here.
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RUBIO’S COASTAL GRILL: The long-time holiday tradition, Langostino Lobster, is back on Rubio’s menus through Jan. 5. Drizzled in warm, garlic-herb butter, Langostino Lobster this year is featured in the new Puerto Nuevo Burrito, the Langostino Lobster Bowl and a new Puerto Nuevo two-taco plate that includes a Langostino Lobster Taco and Original Fish Taco®. Rubio’s locations here.
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RUTH’S CHRIS STEAKHOUSE: « Chef’s favorite » prix-fixe meals feature a starter, entrée & a personal side and can be ordered for pick-up or delivery. Options include a « Celebration Surf & Turf, » with two lobster tails and choice of filet. See promo details here. Locations here.
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SAN PEDRO FISH MARKET: Dec. 20 is the last day of San Pedro Fish Market’s « 12 Days of Shrimp » contest. Fans can enter the #SPFMContestEntry Instagram contest and compete for a World Famous Shrimp Tray for eight-10 family members with a special video appearance from the Kings of Fi$h family. Foodies are invited to post an Instagram photo, video or reel describing their fondest memories celebrated over food. Users who tag @SanPedroFish and #SPFMContestEntry will be entered to win a catered World Famous Shrimp Tray celebration meal Complete Official Rules available here. All San Pedro Fish Market and Grille locations are open daily for to-go orders, third party delivery and catering. For more info and to order, visit the website.
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SLAB BBQ: Order up « Christmas Family Meals To-Go » from Slab BBQ in Los Angeles: $260 with a four-person serving of smoked prime rib with horseradish cream, mac ‘n’ cheese, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn bread, honey butter and roasted Brussels sprouts with red onion, bacon and toasted almonds. Place orders by Dec. 20 for a Dec. 24 pick-up. Slab BBQ is at 8136 West 3rd St., Los Angeles.
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SLATER’S 50/50: The annual 24 Karat Burger and a new Peppermint Milkshake are on tap all December at Slater’s 50/50 restaurants in Fresno, Pasadena, Valencia and Huntington Beach. The 24 Karat Burger is made with a half-pound, Wagyu beef patty topped with 24-karat gold-dusted « billionaire » bacon, truffle cheese, arugula and bacon jam on a 24-karat gold-dusted brioche bun. New this year, the milkshake starts with a peppermint mocha shake, topped with whipped cream and crushed candy canes, and garnished with a fudge brownie and peppermint bark candy. See here for restaurant addresses.
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SUSHI ROKU: Just in time for the holidays, Sushi Roku, with locations in Newport Beach, Pasadena and Santa Monica, is rolling out all-new sushi boxes for takeout. The Sushi Fix ($28 and $26 at Pasadena and Newport Beach) includes five-piece nigiri, spicy tuna cut roll or baked crab hand roll, sunomono & edamame; The Deluxe Sushi Fix ($42 – all three sites) offers seven-piece nigiri, toro jalapeno cut roll, baked crab hand roll & edamame; and the Allstar Specialty Roll Pack ($95 and feeds 4 at Pasadena and Santa Monica) features Katana Roll, Gensai Roll, Senshi Roll, White Lotus Roll, Tuna Jalapeno Roll and Baked Crab Roll. Restaurant’s website here.
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TALLULA’S: It’s tamale time at Tallula’s in Santa Monica! A half-dozen tamales for $28 is available in Organic Chicken Guajillo or Frijol Negro made with black bean purée poblano & queso Oaxaca. To guarantee tamales for the holidays, call 310-526-0027 by Monday, Dec. 21 at 5 p.m. for pick-up on Wednesday, Dec. 23 from 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Tallula’s is at 118 Entrada Drive in Santa Monica.
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UPLIFTERS KITCHEN: For a vegetarian or vegan-friendly holiday celebration, Santa Monica’s new cafe created an « Everything But The Turkey » Holiday Menu, with such a la carte, plant-based dishes as roasted beets with whipped feta, mashed sweet potatoes and farro stuffed acorn squash with tahini dressing. Guests can preorder online or by calling the cafe at (424) 268-4904 by Dec. 20 for Dec. 24 pick-up between 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Uplifters Kitchen is at 2819 Ocean Park Blvd.
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WOOD & SALT TAVERN: The recently opened eatery in Long Beach is selling holiday gift baskets with salami, homemade pastas, sauces, olives, cheeses & even date mostarda. Lunch and dinner menus also offered for take-out and delivery. All restaurant industry workers, with proof of employment/recent employment, can take 25% off orders upon pick-up. Wood & Salt is at 4262 Atlantic Ave. in Long Beach.
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If you know of other standout, restaurant holidays specials, share with Patch readers in the comments sections.
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