How to Order Holiday Takeout

Why lift a finger to serve your guests delicious fare?

Fried Chicken

For a fresh take on holiday bird, sub in fried chicken from Slow Bone. It’s brined in smoked water, rolled in herbs and spices, and double-fried to a crispy crust. The result is moist and pairs well with traditional sides.

Buttermilk Pie

Swap out your traditional pecan pie—an iconic local dessert, no doubt—for this other star of our regional culinary culture. Emporium Pies makes a tasty, classically Texan rendition.

Cornbread and Local Honey

The moist cornbread at EatZi’s is studded with corn kernels. Serve it with sweet butter or Central Market’s new Co-op Honey, made from the apiary on the Lovers Lane store’s rooftop.


Texans have tucked tamales between turkey and dressing for decades. Serve the pumpkin version from La Popular as a side—or add a dollop of vanilla ice cream and enjoy them for dessert.

Sweet Potato Casserole

Leave the sweet-potato peeling to the folks at Celebration, whose family-style vegetable servings are available for take-out from their Celebration Market. This savory casserole is made with Texas pecans and marshmallows.

Barbecue Brisket

Sometimes a turkey gets lonely on a buffet. Why not introduce it to a barbecued brisket from Pecan Lodge? Keep the sauce mild and the beef will blend in with traditional sides.

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