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Christmas 2020: Restaurants with holiday meal take-out around Tacoma, Pierce County

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Once again, Christmas dinner won’t look like it has in the past for any of us.

Who could ever have predicted the most important ingredient during the 2020 holiday dining season would be Webex and Microsoft Teams? 

Big sigh. 

With pandemic guidelines suggesting we all skip big gatherings, diners likely will cook smaller meals. 

Or how about skipping messing up your kitchen and letting somebody else do all that work? 

I’m here to help. Here’s a list of restaurants offering take-out and delivery.

This list is small to start out as of today, but just as with my Thanksgiving 2020 dining story, this will grow, so please keep checking back. 

Looking for Chinese restaurants open for Christmas dining? Read this story for the list in Tacoma and Pierce County!


ASADO 

The Argentinean steakhouse in Tacoma’s Sixth Avenue neighborhood is coming through again with a swell sounding dinner pack. Chef Hudson Slater has two different dinner options – one is a prime rib dinner and the other is a glazed pork loin dinner. Here are details:

The menu: A holiday prime rib meal for four includes herb crusted roasted prime rib, rosemary au jus for re-cooking, horseradish creme fraiche, roasted garlic fingerling potatoes, grilled vegetables, poblano artichoke cheese dip appetizer, citrus fennel salad and dulce de leche bread pudding with cinnamon whipped cream. Comes with Macrina potato baguette with chimichurri butter. 

The holiday pork loin dinner comes in portions of two or four and includes cider-currant glazed pork loin, roasted garlic fingerling potatoes, grilled vegetables, poblano artichoke cheese dip appetizer, citrus fennel salad and dulce de leche bread pudding with cinnamon whipped cream.

Prices: $220 for the prime rib meal for 4; $92 for the pork loin meal for 2; $184 for the pork loin meal for 4; $72 for the bonus add-on pack of three wines. 

Reheat at home: Yes, they are fully cooked and only need to be reheated. 

Pickup info: Pick up is on Wednesday, December 23 

More details here: https://www.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10157988415582909&id=363163267908

Order by: ASAP, most likely will sell out

Order here: https://www.asadotacoma.com/holidaykits

Info: 2810 Sixth Ave., Tacoma; 253-272-7770;  asadotacoma.com


BLACK BEAR DINER PUYALLUP

This South Hill diner with a classic American menu will have ready-to-eat, takeout plated Christmas meals. 

Prices: Start at $17.99 for a single plated meal to $69.99 for a family prime rib dinner. 

Reheat at home: No, dinners will be ready to eat. 

Single-plate menu: Turkey dinner ($17.99), ham dinner ($17.99) and prime rib dinner ($22.99). Individual dinners include mashed potatoes and gravy, side vegetables, soup or salad, plus pumpkin pie. Want stuffing? That comes with the ham and turkey dinners.

Family dinners: Turkey dinner ($39.99), ham dinner ($44.99), prime rib dinner ($69.99), whole pumpkin pie ($19.99).

Hours: 8 a.m.  until 4 p.m. Full menu from 8 a.m.-11a.m., then the limited holiday menu from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Order: Pre-orders highly recommended, and they start December 22. The restaurant expects to sell out of prime rib.

Order here: http://blackbeardiner.com/ and select online ordering, Puyallup location (no phone orders allowed) 

Location info: 10404 156th St E., Puyallup; 253-268-0192.


BRIMSTONE PNW

The Gig Harbor sister restaurant to Brix 25 will have a smoked meat extravaganza for two.

Menu: The dinner for two includes two pounds molasses smoked pork loin, a pound of coffee rubbed prime brisket, two herb-and-garlic smoked chicken legs with persimmon mostarda. Also, creamy poblano and cheddar cornbread gratin, bacon jammed Brussels sprouts, sweet potato and blackeyed peas, Brimstone pickles and stout coffee cake with spiced pecan streusel and caramelized banana pudding. 

Prices: $90, feeds 2

Order by: December 17

Pickup on: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. December 23

Order here: https://www.toasttab.com/brimstone-pnw/v3

Info: 7707 Pioneer Way, Gig Harbor; 253-858-2709; https://www.bbqbrimstone.com/


BRIX 25

This upscale Gig Harbor restaurant has a fancy feast for four that includes prime rib and a seafood boil. And if you’re doing it right, you’ll also order one of their cocktail packs. 

Menu: The dinner for four includes slow roasted prime rib with creamed greens, horseradish and  au jus; and a boil of potatoes, corn, onions, seasoning packet, shrimp, scallops, clams, mussels, crab in a seasoned broth. Served with roasted carrot and parsnip salad, pumpkin bisque, sourdough bread with artisan butter. And a  Bûche de Noël for dessert. 

Price: $250, which includes the sparkling wine 

Order by: December 17 (and they will sell out, so order early)

Pickup: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. December 23

Order here: https://www.toasttab.com/brix25/v3

Info:  3315 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor; 253-858-6626; https://www.harborbrix.com/


CARR’S RESTAURANT 

This Lakewood restaurant known for its big portions and menu of American classics is offering mix-and-match meals that serve from two to six. The menu includes: 

Menu: Dinner choices include prime rib, beef medallion or carved ham dinners, each feeding 2-3 or 4-6 eaters. Pick a protein – prime rib, beef medallion, or ham –  for the main course, then choose from a starch (garlic mashed potatoes, au gratin, sweet potato-root veggie blend), bread (dinner rolls, garlic baguette or rosemary-parmesan. Or, add focaccia, w/upcharge), a side dish (asparagus, cold pea and bacon salad, mac and cheese, collard greens, grilled broccolini. Add roasted tri-color carrots w/candied pecans and goat cheese, w/upcharge), plus a dessert (cherry, apple or pecan pie, chocolate peppermint mousse, holiday cookies). Extra a la carte items also available. 

Prices: Ham dinners are $50 (serving 2-3) and $95 (4-6). Beef medallion dinners are $65 (2-3) and $120 (4-6). Prime rib dinners are $90 (2-3) and $175 (4-6). 

Reheat at home: Yes, the dinner is fully cooked. You reheat at home. 

Pickup: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, December 24

Place orders by: 1 p.m. Sunday, December 20

Social post about the dinner: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10158801277202438&id=156011132437

Direct menu link here: https://28a364d3-bc1b-400d-83ec-e9c6d0dfdb83.filesusr.com/ugd/24dd0c_8adba723ba464560a975596da8f3cc4b.pdf

Order here: Email ellie@carrsrestaurant.net or call the restaurant at 253-584-4622. 

Info: 11006 Bridgeport Way SW, Lakewood; 253-584-4622; https://www.carrsrestaurant.net/


COOPER’S FOOD & DRINK

This excellent Westgate neighborhood eatery that opened in July is offering a meal for 5 with mix-and-match options.

Menu: Meals feed up to 5 and include many choices that diners can customize. Choose from ham or turkey, or prime rib for a $20 upcharge. For sides, select 2 from a list that includes Waldorf salad, fruit salad, mashed potatoes and gravy and deviled eggs. Upgraded sides available. Dinners include rolls and fresh-baked cookies. 

Price: $99

Reheat at home: Either – make your request when ordering. Can be hot and ready to eat, or picked up cold and reheated later.

Order by: December 21

Pickup: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. December 24

Direct menu link here: https://www.facebook.com/CoopersTacoma/photos/a.606668639956721/712292619394322

Order: By phone, call 253-503-0329

Info: 5928 N. 26th St., Tacoma; 253-503-0329; https://cooperstacoma.com/


CRISP GREENS

This Sixth Avenue restaurant specializes in gluten-free and low-carb meals and others with dietary restrictions. Be sure to check out the meal service side of their business.

Menu: Three meal choices.

A ham dinner for 8 includes one ham, three pounds mashed potatoes, three pounds stuffing (sausage-cauliflower or wild rice and quinoa), two pounds green bean casserole or roasted Brussels sprouts, an arugula-fennel salad with pomegranate, turkey gravy, cranberry sauce ($169). 

A turkey dinner for 8 includes a 12-to-16 pound roasted turkey, three pounds mashed potatoes, three pounds stuffing (sausage-cauliflower or wild rice and quinoa), two pounds green bean casserole or roasted Brussels sprouts, an arugula-fennel salad with pomegranate, turkey gravy, cranberry sauce ($169). 

 A ham or turkey for 4 includes half a turkey or ham, 1.5 pounds mashed potatoes, 1.5 pounds stuffing (sausage-cauliflower or wild rice and quinoa), 1 pound  green bean casserole or roasted Brussels sprouts, an arugula-fennel salad with pomegranate, turkey gravy, cranberry sauce ($90). 

Reheat at home: Yes 

Order by: ASAP

Pick up: Evening of December 23 or the morning of December 24 

Order here: https://www.crispmeals.co/collections/thanksgiving

Info: 4312 Sixth Ave., Tacoma; 253-301-3807; https://www.crispmeals.co/


COUNTRY ROSE CAFE

This Spanaway cafe known for its stick-to-your-ribs American food and a long list of gluten-free menu items is doing things differently this year and offering a “giving” meal you can order for yourself or someone else – or both. 

Sizes: 2 person, 4 person or 6 person meals

Menu: Turkey dinner with roasted turkey breast, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, cranberries, green salad ($29.95 for 2; $49.95 for 4; $69.95 for 6). Ham dinner with ham steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, baby carrots with honey and dill and a green salad ($26.95 for 2; $45.95 for 4: $65.95 for 6). 

Also: Meatloaf, fettuccine and spaghetti dinners available.

Menu link here: https://www.facebook.com/CountryRoseCafeTacoma/photos/pcb.3562679477156959/3562671223824451/

Reheat at home: You decide if you want it cold or hot

Ordering: For December 24 pickup, order by December 20 or December 23 (restaurant closed December 21 and 22) 

Pickup: Last order pickup at 3 p.m. December 24 

Order: By phone at 253-539-0127

Info: 15803 Pacific Ave. S., Tacoma; 253-539-0127; https://www.countryroserestauranttacoma.com/main-menu


DOYLE’S PUBLIC HOUSE

This downtown Tacoma eatery will have a ready-to-eat ham steak dinner with a crawfish dip appetizer. 

Menu: A ham steak dinner with green bean casserole, candied yams, mashed potatoes, gravy and a roll, plus chocolate bundt cake. Crawfish dip appetizer included

Prices: Single dinners are $22.95; a family four-pack is $79.99

Add-ons include: Breakfast blueberry pop tarts ($8.99), a mimosa package ($20) and bottles of white and red wine $20

Reheat at home: Everything will be hot and ready to eat, unless requested otherwise

Pickup time: Arrange when ordering

Order by: Monday, December 21. Preorders required. Info: 208 St Helens Ave, Tacoma; 253-272-7468; https://doylespublichouse.com/


ESSENCE LOUNGE

This soul food-Latin restaurant in Tacoma’s Sixth Avenue neighborhood is offering all kinds of proteins and sides meant to accompany a holiday dinner (you’re on your own for the turkey, ham or prime rib)

Menu: Half-tray servings serve 4-5 (see note below) and trays available include pulled pork $25;

catfish nuggets, $30; wingettes, $30; arroz con gandules in coconut milk, $25; white or yellow rice and beans, $25; mac and cheese, $30; collard green w/smoked turkey, $25; hush puppies with special sauce, $12; codito salad/cold pasta salad, $12; green salad, $12; sweet plantains, $15; sweet yams, $15; fried yuca or sautéed w/ onions and garlic, $15; mashed potatoes with gravy on the side, $20; fried corn, $15; fried cabbage with turkey bacon ($15) or without meat ($10). 

Note: Portion sizes are half trays, but full trays can be substituted for an upcharge. Ask when ordering. Half trays feed 4-5

Reheat at home: Yes 

Order by: December 20

Pickup: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. December 24 

Menu link here: https://www.facebook.com/EssenceLoungeTacoma/posts/405855747497729

Info: 3829 Sixth Ave., Tacoma; 253-503-0276; https://www.essenceloungetacoma.com/


GALLUCCI’S CATERING

This Tacoma caterer that operates on the Foss Waterway in the West of the Waterway Events Center is offering two Christmas dinner choices, plus a Christmas breakfast offering. They have sugar cookie decorating kits, too. The menu includes: 

Menu: Prime rib dinner for up to four eaters comes with sliced prime rib with red wine au jus and horseradish, roasted-glazed Brussels sprouts, cavatappi mac and cheese, rosemary red potatoes, holiday salad with pear vinaigrette and rolls with butter. 

The ham dinner for up to four eaters comes with maple honey glazed sliced ham, roasted glazed Brussels sprouts, cavatappi mac and cheese, rosemary red potatoes, holiday salad with pear vinaigrette and rolls with butter. 

Christmas breakfast pack for up to four eaters includes breakfast quiche with either bacon, gouda and broccoli OR sauteed veggies and parmesan cheese. Includes cinnamon rolls, homestyle potatoes and biscuits with jam and butter. 

Cookie decorating kits include 10 holiday cookies, sprinkles and frosting in three colors. 

Prices: $60 for ham dinner (feeds up to 4) and $90 for prime rib dinner (feeds up to 4). $35 for Christmas breakfast (feeds up to 4). $20 for cookie decorating kits. 

Reheat at home: Yes, the meal is fully cooked and needs to be reheated at home. 

Pickup: 1-6 p.m. Wednesday, December 23, West of the Waterway Events Center 

Order by: At least 48 hours in advance.

Order here: https://gallucciscatering.square.site/

Info: Gallucci’s operates at the West of the Waterway Events Center, 1901 Dock St., Tacoma; 253-826-1799;  keisha@galluccis.com; https://gallucciscatering.square.site/


GINO’S AT THE POINT 

This Dash Point restaurant will have a carry-out Christmas dinner. 

Menu: Dinner choices include rock salt crusted prime rib with Yukon gold mashed potatoes, au jus and creamy horseradish ($48), lamb osso bucco with saffron risotto with caramelized onions and gremolata ($48), King salmon with fingerling potatoes and a romesco sauce ($38) and sacchetti pasta filled with roasted butternut squash and tossed in an apple cider cream with caramelized onions and amoretti cookies ($28). Starters, soups, salads, desserts sold a la carte. 

Price: $28 to $48 for fully plated meals, plus a la carte starters and desserts. 

Reheat at home: No, fully cooked and ready to eat

Pickup: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. December 25 

Full menu here: https://www.facebook.com/ginosrestaurants/posts/10158732472421250

Order by: Phone by December 23

Info:  6912 Soundview Drive NE, Tacoma; 253-242-7951; https://www.ginosrestaurants.com/gino-s-at-the-point


LITTLE RADIO

The downtown Tacoma restaurant will have a Christmas dinner package it will offer for pickup or delivery within Tacoma on December 24. Details are still being planned, but here are the basics: 

The menu: Beef or vegetarian Wellington, glazed carrots, hasselback Potato, Tunnel Cake 

Price: $75 for the dinner for two with a bottle of wine  

Add on: Christmas Breakfast with Chef Victor’s signature cinnamon rolls, candied bacon and a mimosa kit for a total of $100

Details: More details coming soon, and check the restaurant’s Facebook here – https://www.facebook.com/littleradiotacoma/Info: 728 Pacific Ave., Tacoma; 253-327-1436; https://www.littleradiotacoma.com/


MY 4 SONS

The Midland barbecue restaurant will sell hickory-smoked meats for the holidays

Menu: Hickory smoked whole Turkey Breast, averaging four pounds each at $45; whole brisket, averaging 7 pounds at $120; boneless rib roast, averaging three pounds, starting at $63. Sides include a Texas-style take on creamed corn and smoked mac and cheese, in three-pound servings, $18 each. 

Pickup: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Christmas Day only

Reheat at home: No, the meal will be hot and ready to eat

Ordering link: https://my4sonsbbq.hrpos.heartland.us/ (scroll to the bottom of the online ordering for Christmas dinner items) 

Info: 9823 Portland Ave. E., Tacoma; 253-777-4677; http://my4sonsbbq.com/


NETSHED NO. 9

This Gig Harbor breakfast restaurant will have a fancy pants breakfast pack. 

Menu: A sparkling wine fizz kit, scratch hot chocolate, breakfast strata casserole with chorizo, tomato jam, chimichurri, cinnamon roll skillet with icing 

Price: $95 for breakfast for 6

Reheat at home: Yes, reheat in oven 

Order by: December 18

Pickup: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. December 23

Order here: https://www.toasttab.com/netshed-no-9-3313-harborview-drive/v3

Info:  3313 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor; 253-858-7175; https://www.netshed9.com/


ODDFELLAS PUB & EATERY

This Westgate neighborhood pub will have a family roast beast feast. 

Menu: Boneless Angus beef short ribs, roasted herbed red potatoes, vegetable medley, French bread. Add on a Caesar salad for $10.99 

Price: $89.99 for a family portioned meal

Ordering information: Check with the restaurant for information on ordering, pick-up and heating instructions 

Info: 5741 N. 26th St., Tacoma; 253-300-8966; https://www.oddfellaspubtacoma.com/


THE OPAL LOUNGE 

This South Tacoma barbecue spot is offering prime rib and slow-smoked brisket by-the-pound. 

Menu: Prime rib is priced $25 a pound with a $50 non refundable deposit applied toward the total cost of the meal. Available in ¼, ½ or full portions, weighing 3 to 12 pounds, post-smoked weight.  

Smoked brisket is $17 a pound, post-cooked weight. 

Add-ons: Get a small horsey sauce or au jus for $3; large for $5. The restaurant’s side dish menu is also available for ordering. 

Online menu: https://www.facebook.com/opallounge253/photos/635979397067238

Fully cooked: The meat is fully cooked and ready to eat. 

Pickup: Monday December 21 to Wednesday December 23 

More details here: https://www.facebook.com/opallounge253/posts/664814937517017

Order by: ASAP, only available until sold out, or December 19, whichever comes first.

Order here: Call the restaurant at 253-302-5650 from 2-7 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, and prepay your deposit over the phoneInfo: 5226 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma; 253-302-5650; https://www.facebook.com/opallounge253/


STEAMER’S SEAFOOD CAFE

This dinner is for seafood lovers. And of course a take-out dinner from Steamer’s Seafood Cafe starts with clam chowder. 

Menu: Dinner includes a choice of two crab cakes or baked salmon, a cup of chowder, mixed green salad with hazelnuts and blue cheese crumbles and vinaigrette and marionberry cobbler with vanilla ice cream for dessert.

Prices: $35 per person 

Reheat at home: Yes

Order by: December 22

Pickup: December 23 and 24 

Call: 253-565-4532 or email clarsen@e3restaurantgroup.com

Full menu here: https://steamersseafoodcafe.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Holiday-Meal-Kit-Menu.pdf

Info: 8802 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253-565-4532; https://steamersseafoodcafe.com/location/


VAULT CATERING

This downtown Tacoma catering company will have prime rib dinners it will delivery straight to your door.

Menu: Dinner feeds 4-6 and includes prime rib with horseradish and chive creme fraiche, plus red wine au jus, three-cheese au gratin, maple glazed Brussels sprouts with pancetta, savory chestnut and roasted apple bread pudding, rolls with rosemary and sea salt butter and red velvet cake. 

Price: $149 

Reheat at home: Yes 

Order by: ASAP

Delivery: Free delivery in Pierce County from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. December 23 

Order here: https://vaultcatering.com/holidaydinner/

Info: events@vaultcatering.com, 253-468-2980; https://vaultcatering.com/


WILDFIN AMERICAN GRILL

This Point Ruston restaurant is offering a prime rib dinner. 

Menu: Herb-roasted prime rib with horseradish and herb au jus, creamy mashed potatoes, bacon-herb Brussels sprouts, potato-rosemary bread with fig butter and harvest salad with baby greens, maple roasted sweet potato and a raspberry champagne vinaigrette. 

Prices: Serves up to 4 for $149. 

Reheat at home: Yes, with instructions given 

See full menu here: facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=4187237564637371&substory_index=0&id=249698145058019

Pickup: December 23 and 24 

Order here: https://wildfin.alohaorderonline.com/Menus.aspxInfo: 5115 Grand Loop, Tacoma; 253-267-1772; https://www.wildfinamericangrill.com/tacoma/


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