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A Dozen Last-Minute Boston-Area Takeout or Delivery Options for Christmas 2020

It’s not too late to order stockings full of nips, whole porchetta, Australian meat pies, and more

Four tiny bottles of alcohol sit on top of a black and white plaid Christmas stocking
How about a stocking full of nips from the Brassica Kitchen bar?
Brassica Kitchen/Official Site

Christmas is next week, but it’s not too late to place an order for a takeout or delivery feast from a Boston-area restaurant. With a focus on non-traditional options, here are a dozen local recommendations that, as of publication, are still available — but act quickly.

For a Christmas that requires chocolate tahini lava cake

In Somerville, Sarma is serving a Christmas dinner for two ($220) that involves quite a few dishes, from starters like buttermilk biscuits and shrimp cocktail to red wine braised shortrib stifado, hassleback potatoes with bacon, and the aforementioned lava cake. Call (617) 764-4464 to order for pickup on December 24.

For tons of cheese and charcuterie

American Provisions, with locations in South Boston and Dorchester, is offering cheese and charcuterie platters, mixed cases of wine, holiday cookies, and more, including a holiday dinner for four ($140) with glazed short ribs, potato and celery root gratin, winter salad, dinner rolls, and chocolate orange cake. Order online by December 20 for pickup at either location on December 24.

For a festive Spanish meal

Brookline’s Taberna de Haro has reheatable holiday meals available for pickup through December 23, including the “December Festivo Box” for $125, meant to feed two to three people: braised lamb shanks; saffron rice with marcona almonds; red cabbage sauteed with apples and raisins; Iggy’s bread; and chocolate chestnut marquesa. There are also a variety of a la carte sides and appetizers available. Cured Iberian meat and cheese board, anyone? Order online or call (617) 277-8272 or (617) 935-4520 after 4:30 p.m. Loads of wines available, too.

For a Christmas feast with an Australian spin

KO Pies in East Boston is serving a four-person Christmas takeout package for $160 that includes mini sausage rolls; prawns with Thousand Island dill sauce; carved ham with tomato chutney; roasted lamb with rosemary, lemon, garlic, and paprika; cheesy potato bake; green bean and roasted fennel salad with lemon and parsley dressing; and lemon tart. Order by emailing, but be quick, as it’s almost sold out. You can also take a chance at getting KO’s Australian meat pies shipped; orders are due on December 20 for a shipment going out on December 21.

For the best porchetta

Haven’t yet tried a porchetta sandwich from Pennypacker’s? It’s necessary Boston-area dining. But for the holidays, why not dive all the way in and get a half or whole porchetta? Brined and smoked ham, roasted turkey, braised beef short ribs, and a variety of appetizers and sides are also available. Order online by December 21 for pickup at the Somerville shop on December 23.

For a taste of Scotland

Jamaica Plain’s “Scottish headquarters,” the Haven, is offering a “holiday hamper” ($135) of smoked salmon with dill cream sauce and oatcakes; a whole roast chicken with appropriate sides; sticky toffee pudding; and more; with optional whiskey or wine add-ons. Order online by December 19 for pickup on December 23 or 24.

For a suckling pig with a giant side of seafood paella

Cambridge’s Pagu has loads of large-format crowd-pleasers for your small holiday gathering, from a Sichuan peppercorn prime rib for four to a whole branzino, whole suckling pig, or giant seafood or veggie paella. Peruse the options here and order by December 20 for pickup or delivery on December 23, 24, or 25.

For a virtual trip to Peru

In Somerville’s Union Square, Celeste is offering a holiday meal for four ($180), available for takeout and local delivery on December 23; there are a la carte options as well. Think duck with aji amarillo and lime, simmered in beer; black mint stew with squash and potatoes; purple tamales with creamy chicken; and more. Order online by December 20.

For a barbecue Christmas

Winter Hill Brewing’s resident culinary team, the Scott Brothers, is offering a variety of pickup options for Christmas, including brisket by the pound, truffle mac and cheese, and other a la carte treats. There’s also a smoked bone-in prime rib roast dinner for two, $130. Order by December 21 at 8 p.m. for pickup on December 23 or 24.

For a “super awesome” Christmas Eve dinner

In Jamaica Plain, Brassica’s Christmas honey ham is already sold out, but there’s still a package of Christmas Eve sides available — $125 to feed two to four people — fried rice “with all the amazing stuff we put in our fried rice”; pea leaves with crispy garlic and seven-year vinegar; and more. There’s also a charcuterie platter, cookies, stocking full of nips, and more. Order by 5 p.m. on December 18 for pickup on December 24.

For steak fried rice and dumplings

Pop-up Mimi’s Chūka Diner is offering meal kits ($40) that include the prepared mise en place for steak fried rice for two, eight frozen gyoza, and a variety of sides and garnishes, along with cooking instructions. Order via Instagram DM by December 21 for delivery on December 23 within about seven miles of the South End plus all of Quincy.

For the oyster lovers

Duxbury-based Island Creek Oysters ships oysters, caviar, and more nationwide. To get oysters for Christmas Day, Island Creek is recommending that customers choose a delivery date of December 22 or 23 in anticipation of FedEx delays. Shop here.

Plus, don’t forget the wine

Check out funky little Somerville wine bar Rebel Rebel for wine pickup and delivery options; the “holiday staff picks” section of the online shop has some especially good stuff. On the other side of the river, Urban Grape (in Boston’s South End) is the spot. Shop online.

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