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The Essential Guide to Christmas 2021 Dining in Southeast Michigan

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

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‘Tis the season for intimate reservations, smaller holiday gatherings, and to celebrate the season by supporting local businesses! As metro-Detroit restaurant service shifts to pre-fixe menus (reservations required) many are also offering holiday boxes, at-home meal kits, and a variety of experiences that are bound to make the season bright.

Below, Eater has assembled a guide to options for ordering in and where to make reservations this holiday season. It’s important to reserve 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.

Where can I make reservations, order catering trays, and curbside holiday spreads?

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 also hosting A Feast of Seven Fishes Dinner. This seven-course feast is taking place on Dec 22nd and 23rd and reservations can be made on Resy.

Folk (1701 Trumbull St.) — This market cafe in Corktown is partnering with Amanda Saab on holiday treats and sweets packages. Intended to feed up to ten guests, the boxes are great for smaller parties, with plenty of leftovers for next-day indulgence. The $150 package includes an array of cheeses, charcuterie, crackers, and accouterments from Folk and your choice of sweets from Amanda: ranging from baklava cheesecake, salted caramel fig cheesecake, or brown butter chocolate chip cookies. Options to add on a bottle of champagne or sparkling is available. Order online.

The Apparatus Room (250 W Larned St.) — Reservations are available for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day’s four-course pre-fixe menu. The menu is $85 per person and features parker house rolls, shaved brussels sprout salad, and entree options of roast chicken, salmon, and slow-cooked short rib.

BARDA (4842 Grand River St.) — The wood-fired Argentinian restaurant in Core City has opened reservations for their chef’s holiday tasting menu on December 22nd & 23rd. The six-course menu offers plancha-seared diver scallops or tofu, grilled herb-crusted lamb loin, oven-roasted butternut squash, and a flourless chocolate cake. Reservations encouraged.

Detroit Soul (2900 E 8Mile) The soul food institution is offering 10% off dinner entrees and free pound cake with entrees. Entrees include fried chicken, pork chops, meatloaf, catfish, and turkey wings.

Pietrzyk Pierogi (1429 Gratiot Ave) Holiday baskets stuffed with the Polish classics of pierogi, kielbasa, soup, golabki, kraut, and sour cream and onion are available for local delivery and Eastern Market pickup beginning on December 15th. Basket serving sizes range from two, four, and six guests. Wigilia Dinner, a Christmas Eve tradition, is available for curbside pickup on December 24th and showcases the best recipes from Babcia’s kitchen. Oplatek (a thin wafer made from flour and water, similar to those that are used for communion during mass) is included to break amongst the family and share good wishes for the new year.

Saffron De Twah (7636 Gratiot Ave) — The modern Moroccan halal bistro is offering personalized catering menus for the holidays. Fill out the form online or call 586-359-6138 to create a one-of-a-kind menu.

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.

Metro Detroit

Matt & Mo’s (24110 John R Rd., Hazel Park) — Located inside Dough’s Delight ice cream shop, Matt & Mo’s Italian Beef is offering holiday trays of Holiday Balls, Italian beef and sausage, toasted ravioli, Chicago dog tray, fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies, and Guernsey ice cream by the quart.

Woodpile BBQ Shack (303 S Main St., Clawson) — This metro Detroit barbecue restaurant mini-chain is taking orders for holiday feasts like smoked turkey, ham, and briskets. Customize the meal with sides of cornbread, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, and more. Prices range from $65 to $165. Order cutoff is December 18th.

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 are even cakes, pastries, wine, and festive cocktails to take home.

Chive Kitchen (33043 Grand River Ave., Farmington) — A fully vegan Christmas Eve Chickie Dinner includes 10 piece fried chickie tenders, a quart of mashed potatoes, pints of sides, caesar salad, cups of sauce, and cornbread.

Red Crown (15301 Kercheval Ave., Grosse Pointe Park) — This restaurant is accepting orders for Christmas Complete Meal Kits feeding two ($115) to eight ($460) guests. Begin the night with charcuterie and mulled wine, smoked Angus prime rib along with garlic mash and many additional sides, and finish the meal with cranberry orange cheesecake.

Voyager (600 Vester St., Ferndale) — The Ferndale seafood spot and oyster bar have a few ways to experience the holidays. Their 5th Annual “Feast of Many Fishes” is a three-night menu takeover from December 21st to the 23rd, celebrating Christmas Eve’s seafood-heavy tradition. Christmas pre-orders for an a la carte holiday feast details are soon to be announced on social media.

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 Christmas Eve pre-fixe menu.

Ann Arbor

Cornman Farms (8540 Island Lake Rd.) — Zingerman’s Cornman Farms is offering a mix-and-match menu for a farm-fresh holiday feast with to-go items of bacon-wrapped beef tenderloin, butter-braised leeks, jam roly poly with custard, figgy pudding, and more. Place orders online.

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.

Anita’s Kitchen (22651 Woodward Ave, Ferndale) — A 36 piece assortment of housemade desserts. Each Holiday Dessert Tray is $48, and is decorated and ready for gifting. Order by phone, email, or in-person. 48-hour advance notice is required.

Rugby Grille (100 Townsend St, Birmingham) — This Townsend Hotel restaurant is accepting online reservations for a $125 pre-fixe dinner featuring a variety of holiday classics and an early morning brunch on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Rose’s Fine Food (10551 E. Jefferson Ave.) — Bread, wine, custom cakes, and a Roses’s party platter make you the perfect host (or guest with a gift) during the holidays. A delicious mix of fine cheeses, meats, homemade sourdough crackers, jams and pickles. Order online four days in advance.

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 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.

Bellflower (209 Pearl St., Ypsilanti) — From three to twelve bottles, there’s a wine experience for everyone! Bellflower sommelier Jennifer Lucier has put together four very special holiday packages with tasting notes.

Frame (23839 John R Rd #2, Hazel Park) — The revolving creative hub tucked in Hazel Park has a large offering of holiday themed food related events including Winter’s Little Italy an Italian Christmas, a holiday chocolate lab, and an entire holiday gift guide filled with local goodies and featuring local chefs.

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