11 Holiday Meal Options in Charlotte

These 11 eateries offer take and bake and dine-in options for the holidays
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Whole Smoked Turkey from Midwood Smokehouse. Courtesy, Midwood Smokehouse.

‘Tis the season for hectic days and restless nights. Save yourself some added stress and pick up a heat-and-serve holiday meal. Order desserts and sides to accompany your homemade entrees, or go for the whole shebang with a full meal. If you’d rather get out of the house, enjoy your Christmas feast at a restaurant and leave the clean-up to someone else.

Midwood Smokehouse

Head to Midwood Smokehouse for turkey breast, boneless ham, prime beef brisket, Carolina chopped barbecue, and more. Most serve two to three people per pound, and homemade sides are also available. All orders must be placed by Sunday, December 19 for pickup on Thursday, December 23 or Friday, December 24. Indicate pick up time and location with your order. Multiple locations

McCormick & Schmick’s

Take your Christmas feast to the next level with prime rib, salad, mashed potatoes, green beans, sourdough bread and butter, au jus, and horseradish sauce for $155 (feeds four). Order deadline is Monday, December 20 for pickup on December 24 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. or December 25 from 10 a.m. to noon. The restaurant also offers a holiday prix fixe menu on December 24 and 25 starting at $50 with center cut filet mignon and West Australian lobster tail. Reservations are highly recommended. 4335 Barclay Downs Dr.,  704-442-5522

Mert’s Heart and Soul

Each 10- to 13-pound turkey feeds up to 10 guests and comes with 8 oz. of gravy (additional gravy can be purchased for $3). Place orders by December 18 for pickup on December 22 and 23. Complete your turkey dinner with 14-ounce sides for $12 each. Choose from yams, red beans, mashed potatoes, potato salad, green beans, cranberry sauce, macaroni and cheese, and other favorites. 214 N College St., 704-342-4222


This uptown standby is open on Christmas Day, so you can treat yourself to a no-mess holiday and fill up on house-made pastas, wood-fired pizzas, and other small plates. Breakfast is served from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and dinner from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., with the last seating at 5:15 p.m. 303 S Church St., 704-445-2540

Whole Foods Market

Hosting a guest with dietary restrictions? Find vegan, gluten-free, and keto-friendly options at Whole Foods. Place orders for all holiday selections at least 24 hours ahead of pickup time; everyday selections must be ordered 48 hours in advance. Feast on a Pâté & Charcuterie Platter (small or large) starting at $49.99, a London Broil Platter for 8 starting at $49.99, or a Classic Antipasti Platter for 8 for $34.99. Multiple locations

BOCADO Bar & Diner

Choose from two hearty meal packages. Holiday Dinner Option 1 is $39 per person and includes beef tenderloin, wedge salad, roasted herb fingerling potatoes, cheese fondue and broccoli, house-made bread, and apple pie with caramel and whipped cream. Option 2 is $33 per person and includes roasted chicken with mushroom gravy, Brussels and kale salad, roasted herb fingerling potatoes, cheese fondue and broccoli, house-made bread, and apple pie with caramel and whipped cream. Place all orders by December 22 for pickup on December 24 from noon to 3:30 p.m. 2000 South Blvd., Ste. 530, 704- 248-4848

Leah & Louise

Let Chef Gerald Hawkins Jr. make your holiday dessert spread even sweeter. Choose from Arthur Lou Tart (feeds eight, $44), Cranberry-Ginger Layer Cake (feeds 10-12, $50), Peppermint Swirl Cheesecake (feeds 12, $48), or a dozen malted milk chocolate chip or sorghum gingersnap cookies ($48). Place orders by December 16 for pickup on Thursday, December 23. 301 Camp Rd., 980-309-0690

Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen

Order seared N.C. flank steak with balsamic reduction sauce (serves four to six, $49), wild bass filet with lemon-cilantro chili butter (two-pack for $20 or four-pack for $38), arugula and basil pesto lamb rack (two racks, serves four, $48), maple mashed sweet potatoes ($12 a quart), glazed carrots with orange and ginger glaze ($11 a quart), and chocolate cake with white chocolate-peppermint mousse and winter strawberry sauce ($6 per slice). Order deadline is December 19 for pickup or delivery on Friday, December 24 from 11 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. 4001 Yancey Rd., 704-817-7568

Table & Twine

Choose from sliced brown sugar ham ($209.99 for six, $299.99 for 10) or whole roasted tenderloin of beef ($349.99 for six, $519.99 for 10). Both dinners come with macaroni and cheese, garlic mashed potatoes, glazed green top carrots, broccoli cheddar casserole, asparagus, rolls and butter, and sticky toffee pudding cake. Place all orders by 1 p.m. on Sunday, December 19 for pickup or delivery on Wednesday, December 22 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. or Thursday, December 23 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 2600 Youngblood St., 704-697-1392

Buca de Beppo

Choose from four holiday meal options ranging from $109.90 for a half pan (serves 10) or $219.80 for a full pan (serves 20). Each comes with bread and your choice of salad or pasta. For an even bigger feast, have your choice of salad, two pastas, an entree, bread, and dessert for $249.90 for a half pan or $497.80 for a full pan. Call the store for pickup information. 10915 Carolina Place Pkwy., Pineville, 704-542-5146

Brazz Carvery & Brazilian Steakhouse

Treat the family to a Brazilian dinner experience on Christmas Eve (4 p.m. to 8 p.m.) or Christmas Day (3 p.m. to 8 p.m.). Dinner includes four roasted meats, four sides, and dessert. The cost is $39 for adults and $19 for children (half portion). 500 S College St., 704-315-5704