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The Essential Guide to Christmas 2020 Dining in Southeast Michigan

Where to order dinner, find festive cocktails, and celebrate with friends (virtually)

Many folks are rightfully bummed about missing out on big family gatherings and holiday celebrations this winter. But there are some ways to brighten spirits and find some joy in what has been a very challenging year, all while supporting local businesses and employees. Why not take it easy this year and have a favorite restaurant cook dinner on Christmas Day or pick up a batch of festive cocktails to enjoy at home? The possibilities are pretty endless in 2020.

Below, Eater has assembled a guide to options for ordering in this holiday season. It’s important to reserve meals sooner, rather than later as many restaurants and bakeries have strict deadlines for reserving items. Eater Detroit will be regularly updating the list as new options become available. Email detroit@eater.com if there’s something we’ve missed.

Is it safe to gather with friends and family?

It’s safest to stay at home with people from your own household this holiday season, no matter how disappointing it may sound. Things like holiday travel, indoor gatherings, and gatherings in large groups without masks all increase the likelihood of someone in your party contracting or passing on COVID-19. The CDC is strongly recommending alternatives to the usual Christmas parties and family meals such as virtual celebrations .

Where can I order sides, mains, meal kits, or full takeout dinner?

Detroit

Marrow (8044 Kercheval Ave.) — Reserve all the necessities for Christmas dinner and maybe even a gift or two for someone on your list Marrow’s online shop. The butcher shop is selling meal kits for two with main course options lobster, truffled lasagna, and lamb, as well as sides like dinner rolls with butter and kielbasa.

Lady of the House (1426 Bagley St.) — This Corktown restaurant is offering heat-and-serve meals for four to six people for $280. There are two options for main dishes: honey ham or roast lamb shoulder. Beer, wine, and cocktails are also available to-go. Place orders online through Tock.

Cork & Gabel (2415 Michigan Ave.) — Corktown restaurant Cork & Gabel is accepting pre-orders for holiday dinners featuring lasagna and meatballs, Italian sausage, antipasto salad, and cannoli for dessert. The meal is designed to feed six but includes enough lasagna for nine people if you like leftovers. The price is $130 plus tax and customers can add on to-go drinks for extra. Email info@corkandgabel.com to reserve a meal by Wednesday, December 16.

Folk (1701 Trumbull St.) — This market-cafe in Corktown is offering holiday meals for up to four people for $130. The menu is vegetarian but customers can add smoked ham from Marrow for an additional $40. Each meal comes with a biscuit tart from Warda Patisserie. Add on options like champagne or bloody marys for a little extra. Wine boxes, charcuterie plates, and cookies are also available as well as extras like gift boxes. Order online.

Pink Flamingo To-Go (17740 Woodward Ave.) — Pink Flamingo is taking pre-orders online for Christmas Eve dinners. The menu includes options like a spinach and mushroom tart dinner or a porchetta dinner. There’s also coffee cake and chocolate tarts available for dessert.

Takoi (2520 Michigan Ave.) — Place orders for a holiday meal kit fit for two to six people. Takoi offers options for omnivores as well as vegans and vegetarians for $35 per person. Reserve a meal online through Tock.

Oak & Reel (2921 E Grand Blvd.) — Place orders for an Italian seafood feast for two from this Milwaukee Junction newcomer. The menu includes white lasagna, seafood salad, grilled artichokes, and more for $130, with wine pairing options, tarts, and white truffles to add on.

Grey Ghost (47 Watson St.) — This Brush Park restaurant is accepting orders for to-go meal kits such as holiday burgers, festive cocktails, and prime rib or maple crusted ham feasts for four people. Prices range from $24 to $100 per kit.

Selden Standard (3921 2nd Ave.) — This Cass Corridor favorite is taking orders for holiday meals ranging from $90 to $120. The options for mains include vegan Spanish chickpeas, salmon, or beef.

Cuisine (670 Lothrop Rd.) — Chef Paul Grosz of Cuisine in New Center is preparing two different styles of Christmas dinner kits for takeout. The prime rib dinner is $60 per person while the feast of the seven fishes dinner is designed for two people at $150. Customers can add on items like a yule log dessert or shrimp cocktail as well as wine. Pre-orders are accepted until Tuesday, December 22. Call 313-872-5110.

The Apparatus Room (250 W Larned St.) — Call 313-800-5600 or email mweirich@detroitfoundationhotel.com to place orders for holiday dinners from the apparatus room. There are three holiday menu options available between $48 and $88 per person as well as a Christmas menu featuring parker house rolls, shaved brussels sprout salad, poached salmon, farro risotto, red wine braised short rib, and a white chocolate and eggnog tart.

San Morello (1400 Woodward Ave.) — San Morello has some outside seatings with reservations and is also offering takeaway meals for Christmas. The menu is $95 per person with options like braised black truffle short ribs, roasted fingerling potatoes, and burrata. Patrons can also add on items like white truffle lasagna for two, sliced Italian meats, lamb meatballs, and tiramisu. Place orders online.

Shewolf (438 Selden St.) — Place orders through Tock for to-go holiday meals from Shewolf. The menu options include a Christmas lasagna, seafood pasta, and panettone bread pudding.

Hamtramck

Polish Village (2990 Yemans St.) — Polish Village Cafe in Hamtramck will be offering holiday meal packages for pickup or delivery soon. Orders can be placed online.

Nosh Pit (2995 Yemans St.) — This vegan restaurant is accepting orders for Christmas meals to-go. Reserve Christmas dinner on the website.

Metro Detroit

Mabel Gray (23825 John R Rd., Hazel Park) — After selling out of Thanksgiving packages in less than 24 hours, Mabel Gray is already offering Christmas dinner meals for pre-order through Tock. Place orders online through Tock. The build-your-own kit features options like chips and caviar, roasted Michigan beet Greek salad, cheesy potato casserole, Caribbean jerk brussels sprouts, milk braised lamb pasta, and more. Larger options are designed to serve three to four people and each dish is priced between $30 and $70.

Woodpile BBQ Shack (303 S Main St., Clawson) — This metro Detroit barbecue restaurant mini chain is taking orders for holiday feasts like smoked turkey and smoked ham. Customize the meal with sides of cornbread, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, and more. Prices range from $65 to $125.

Pumachug (1 East 14 Mile Rd., Clawson) — Place orders for glazed spiral hams, prime rib, smoke turkey, and all the holiday feast fixins at this Clawson newcomer.

Rugby Grille (100 Townsend St, Birmingham) — This Townsend Hotel restaurant is accepting online orders for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinners for two for $150, as well as cocktails, wine, and baked goods. The menu features options like four-cheese macaroni, prime rib, and roasted apple salad.

Hazel, Ravines and Downtown (1 Peabody St., Birmingham) — Place orders online for options like oysters, pot pies, King crab feasts, ham, and more from this Birmingham restaurant. There’s even cakes, pastries, wine, and festive cocktails to take home.

Union Joints (Multiple locations) — Union Joints restaurants including Fenton Fire Hall, Vinsetta Garage, and Gran Castor are taking orders for holiday to-go meals. Prices range fro $125 to $250 depending on the restaurant. Cookies, yule logs, and other festive desserts are also available through Honcho and Union General.

Chive Kitchen (33043 Grand River Ave., Farmington) — Plan a vegan Christmas Eve or Christmas Day meal with options like chicken tikka-stuffed tamales, chili spicy noodles, Peking hen of the woods, scallion pancakes, and more from Chive Kitchen. Other holiday offerings include rum nog cocktails, coconut rum balls, gingerbread cookie parfaits, and more.

Red Crown (15301 Kercheval Ave., Grosse Pointe Park) — This restaurant is accepting orders for a la carte items like smoked racks of lamb, English bread pudding with royal icing, and brisket, as well as meal kits for two ($75) to eight ($300) people. Vegetarian kits are available.

Voyager (600 Vester St., Ferndale) — Place orders for seafood-centered Christmas feasts as well as cocktails, beer, and wine from this Ferndale restaurant. Customers can build a meal from dishes like smoked whitefish rillettes, duck fat baby potatoes, prime rib, whole roasted trout, and more.

Cafe Cortina (30715 W 10 Mile Rd., Farmington Hills) — Choose from options like prime rib, vegetarian lasagna, lobster tails, and tiramisu with this fine-dining restaurant’s to-go holiday menu. The meals feed four to six people and start at $500.

Frame x Bunny Bunny (23839 John R Rd #2, Hazel Park) — Chefs Jennifer Jackson and Justin Tootla of Bunny Bunny in Detroit are working with Frame to offer a Christmas Eve dime sum meal at home. The kit is designed to feed two and comes with steamer baskets, chopsticks, and, of course, dim sum. The cost is $95.

Ann Arbor

Cornman Farms (8540 Island Lake Rd.) — Zingerman’s Cornman Farms is offering a mix-and-match menu of holiday meal items and gifts to-go such as figgy pudding, holiday ham, mulling spices, cookies, and more. Place orders online.

Gandy Dancer (401 Depot St.) — Gandy Dancer is serving three holiday meal options to-go: filet mignon, steak and crab cakes, or salmon. The meals are available from Monday, December 21 through Friday, January 1, 2021. Call 734-769-0592.

Where can I order cookies, breads, pastries, and other baked goods?

Sister Pie (8066 Kercheval St.) — Pre-orders for Sister Pie’s holiday goodies typically sell out fast. This year’s orders open online. Choose from options like small and large pfeffernusse pie, cranberry crumble pie, and holiday cookie boxes.

Where can I order everything else?

The Oakland (201 W. 9 Mile Rd.) — In addition to whiskey tastings and wine by the bottle, fans of the Oakland can get in the holiday spirit with Miracle To-Go offerings like Christmapolitans, Fruitcake Flips, and Jingle Balls Nog. There’s also glassware and other festive cocktail gifts available for sale. Place orders online for pickup or delivery.

The Skip (The Belt Alley) — Downtown Detroit alley bar the Skip is serving its Sippin’ Santa menu to-go this year. Sip tropical holiday-themed drinks at home like the the Parrot in a Pear Tree or the Runaway Sleigh. The Skip offers drinks for pick-up or in-house delivery and is also selling holiday themed merch for those in need of a stocking stuffer or a December pick-me-up. Place orders online.

Green Dot Stables (2200 W Lafayette Blvd.) — Head to Green Dot for holiday food and cocktail specials now through New Year’s Eve. Choose from options like ham sliders and ginger-lemon toddys.

What are some other ways to celebrate?

Cafe Muse (418 S Washington Ave.) — This Royal Oak restaurant has added a holiday-themed virtual wine and dinner pairing for Saturday, December 12. Customers may pickup their meal and beverages curbside and then head home to join the festive Zoom celebration. The menu features options like oyster and roasted shallot stew, beet and spinach salad, spiced ginger creme brulee, and more. The cost is $38 per person plus $49 for three bottles of wine. Call 248-544-4749 to reserve and pre-pay or email CafeMuseRoyalOak@gmail.com.

Gandy Dancer (401 Depot St.) — Gandy Dancer is offering to-go meals and holiday party packs to-go with options like seafood boils and boxed lunches. Call 734-769-0592 or order delivery.

Marrow (8044 Kercheval Ave.) — In addition to taking orders for holiday meals and mains, Marrow is offering a holiday happy hour alternative to the tradition end-of-year staff party. For $100 per person, companies can send gift boxes with charcuterie, crackers, cocktails, or wine to a staff member. Place orders by phone at 313-652-02000or email info@marrowdetroit.com.

Rose’s Fine Food (10551 E. Jefferson Ave.) — Illustrator Maxine McCrann designed a Christmas Extravaganza tote bag, which comes stuffed with items from Rose’s Fine Food ranging from marinated artichokes to chocolate bars to chestnuts. It’s the perfect catchall gift for the holidays. Have it delivered somewhere in Detroit or the metro area on Wednesday, December 23, or arrange to pick up at the shop.

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