Christmas is just around the corner and while most restaurants will be closed, there are a few that will be open for those who want to dine out. And for those who do not want to cook, you can order a specialty to-go meal at a variety of local restaurants and stores to make your holiday feast just a bit more special.
From turkey to lobster and shrimp, spiral-sliced ham, pasta, BBQ, Chinese food staples, and all the holiday sides and desserts, there's something for everyone this year. Here are more than a dozen restaurants either open on Christmas Day in Louisville or offering to-go options.
Restaurants open in Louisville on Christmas Day
WHAT: Authentic Chinese staples with American fried wings, seafood and more.
WHERE: Southland Terrace Shopping Center, 3967 7th St. Road
WHEN: Dec. 25, noon to 8 p.m.
MORE INFORMATION: 502-448-0588, firstwoklouisvilleky.com.
WHAT: Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Includes the new Holiday Menu with thick n’ fluffy French toast, gingersnap apple French toast, strawberry banana French toast, lemon ricotta mixed berry French toast, red passion fruit splasher, gingersnap milkshake and the gingersnap hot chocolate. And for those who want carry out, the Holiday Celebrations Family Feast IHOP 'N Go. Includes four servings each of scrambled eggs and golden hash browns, eight hickory-smoked bacon strips, eight pork sausage links, and a choice of eight buttermilk pancakes, 12 Belgian waffles or four slices of thick ‘n fluffy original French toast.
WHERE: 1401 S. Hurstbourne Parkway, 502-618-2250; 1220 Veterans Parkway, Clarksville, Indiana, 812-285-1772
MORE INFORMATION: Family Feast serves four and to go only. Call for hours. Dine-in and curbside pickup. ihop.com.
WHAT: Steam pots, crab buckets, clams, mussels, shrimp, snow crab, salmon, lobster, chicken tenders, New York Strip and top sirloin steaks, grilled herb chicken, pasta Alfredo, crab cake sandwich, po’boys, burgers, gluten-friendly items and more.
WHERE: 131 River Road
WHEN: Dec. 25, 1-9 p.m.
MORE INFORMATION: 502-568-1171, joescrabshack.com.
WHAT: Mitchell's is your local destination for the freshest seafood. The menu is updated daily to feature today’s market catch, and it offers a variety of seafood options grilled or broiled, blackened, cooked Shanghai style, or prepared to your taste. Want to dine at home? Try a family meal to go including fish and chips, shrimp scampi pasta, chicken parmesan and cedar-roasted salmon.
WHERE: 4031 Summit Plaza Dr.
WHEN: Dec. 25, noon to 8 p.m.
MORE INFORMATION: 502-412-1818; mitchellsfishmarket.com.
WHAT: Serving breakfast (all day) also lunch and dinner that includes waffles (of course), burgers, Texas melts, lunch/dinner hash brown bowls and pork chop, chicken, ham or steak dinners.,
WHERE: 4150 Cane Run Road, 502-447-7203; 4706 Preston Highway, 502-968-7697; 2805 Fern Valley Road, 502-968-8090; 10563 Dixie Highway, 502-995-5644; 4320 Bishop Lane, 502-458-6434; 325 W Spring St, New Albany, Indiana, 812-944-3141.
WHEN: Christmas Eve and Day
MORE INFORMATION: Dine-in or carry out. For more locations: wafflehouse.com.
WHAT: Wayside Christian Mission will serve free take-out meals to the public. Donations of unwrapped new toys, mittens, scarves, socks and personal hygiene items are needed.
WHERE: Hotel Louisville, 120 W. Broadway
WHEN: Dec. 25. Lunch, noon-2 p.m.; dinner, 5-6:30 p.m.
MORE INFORMATION: 502-584-3711. waysidechristianmission.org.
Christmas Day meals-to-go in Louisville
WHAT: Order various dishes and desserts to make up your festive feast including chateaubriand with Henry Baines and horseradish sauce, rack of lamb with mint jelly, braised beef short ribs, apple cider glazed roasted salmon; also, hors d'oeuvres, sides and desserts.
WHERE: 4864 Brownsboro Center
WHEN: Orders are needed 48 hours prior to desire pick up.
MORE INFORMATION: Place your order by calling 502-690-6585 or email email@example.com and schedule the pickup time that works best for you. anooshbistro.com.
WHAT: These bundles let you bring homemade home for the holiday. Enjoy large-party portions of your favorite hand-prepared dishes including a selection of pasta specialties, chicken, side dishes, desserts and more. Perfect Bundles lets you build your own meal with a choice of one side, one side salad, one dessert and baked focaccia bread brushed with oil and herb mix. Serves 10 people. Additional entrée selections are available in increments of five.
WHERE: 617 S. Hurstbourne Parkway
WHEN: Pre-order for Christmas
MORE INFORMATION: Starting at $125.99, family bundles include but are not limited to lasagna, chicken parmesan, salmon Capperi. Order and pay online, have it delivered, or pick up meals at the restaurant. For more information, visit carrabbas.com.
WHAT: Choose from turkey breast, beef tenderloin, Henry Bains and horseradish sauce, yeast rolls, green beans with almonds, sweet potato casserole, old-fashioned dressing, cornbread dressing, green beans cooked with country ham, gravy, and pies. Also dips and spreads.
WHERE: 3909 Chenoweth Square
WHEN: Orders must be placed 48 hours in advance and picked up on Dec. 24.
MORE INFORMATION: 502-893-2324; thecheddarbox.com.
WHAT: Holiday Heat n' Serve Feast and Family Dinners. The feast serves eight to 10 and the Family Dinner serves four to six. Both go from oven to table in about three hours. The menu includes a sugar-cured ham, dressing, gravy, cranberry relish, macaroni n' cheese, choice of two sides, yeast rolls, apple streusel and pecan pies (feast, $159). Sugar-cured ham, dressing, gravy, cranberry relish, macaroni n' cheese, one side, yeast rolls (dinner, $109.99). Prime rib, au jus, and horseradish, mashed potatoes and gravy, two sides, and yeast rolls (dinner, $124.99).
WHERE: 2701 Crittenden Drive, 10150 Brookridge Village Blvd.; 275 Brenton Way, Shepherdsville; 11000 Dixie Highway and 1401 Kentucky Mills Dr.
WHEN: Pick up between Dec. 21-28
MORE INFORMATION: Receive a $10 bonus card for the feast and $5 for dinner when you schedule your pickup for Dec. 22 or 23. Orders are needed 24 hours in advance. Payment is required at the time of order. crackerbarrel.com.
WHAT: Prepared holiday meals that serve 12 to 14, eight to 10, and three to five. The menu includes ham, turkey, turkey breast, prime rib, white cheddar scalloped potatoes, butternut squash with pecans and cranberries, green bean medley, cranberry relish, stuffing, whipped potatoes, dinner rolls, turkey gravy, and apple pie.
WHERE: 1805 Rudy Lane
WHEN: Orders are needed by 2 p.m. Dec. 21 and can be picked up in the store or curbside service Dec. 21-24.
MORE INFORMATION: Order online. Meals start at $49.99. thefreshmarket.com.
WHAT: Prepared ala carte Christmas Dinner. Order as much or as little as you want. The menu includes beef bourguignon (serves six to eight), $175; Tuscan style holiday chicken with pasta (serves six to eight), $165; San Francisco seafood cioppino (seafood stew, serves six to eight), $185; Groganica Farms lettuce salad (serves six to eight), $40; old fashioned bourbon pecan pie (serves six to eight), $35; chocolate almond torte (serves six to eight), $45; Christmas yeast dinner rolls (one dozen), $8.
WHERE: 309 R Wallace Ave.
WHEN: Orders are needed by Dec. 16.
MORE INFORMATION: Meals will be delivered or available for pickup on Dec. 22. Order by phone or online. 502-896-0666; homecuisineonline.com.
WHAT: Let Kroger prepare your Christmas meal. The store has six different meal bundles. Prime rib, Butterball bone-in turkey or smoked turkey, bone-in ham dinner, Home Chef boneless ham, Boar’s Head sweet slice ham. Each bundle comes with green bean casserole, sweet potato soufflé, old-fashioned bread stuffing, mashed potatoes, turkey gravy, Kings Hawaiian Rolls (12), and a pumpkin pie. Also available a la carte proteins and sides.
WHEN: Orders must be made in advance.
MORE INFORMATION: Pickup and pay in-store through Dec. 24. Meals start at $65. Order meals at the deli; by phone, at 877-894-3707 or online. kroger.com.
WHAT: Heat and Serve Holiday at Home Feast featuring baked ham or roasted turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy or roasted street corn, cornbread stuffing or macaroni and cheese, cranberry sauce, potato mash, steamed green beans or green bean casserole, cornbread stuffing or macaroni and cheese, cranberry sauce, Hawaiian Dinner Rolls (serves one, four, or eight). Apple cinnamon bread pudding, additional sides, and beverages are available.
WHERE: 4901 Outer Loop, #100
WHEN: Pre-orders now through 5 p.m. Dec. 22.
MORE INFORMATION: Pickup Dec. 22-23, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Dec. 24, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 502-357-0767; metrodiner.com/holiday-feast.
WHAT: Family bundles: lasagna (serves 4-6 or up to 12) and includes house salad, and a dozen breadsticks. Family-size pans allow you to mix-and-match Italian classics to create the perfect meal. Choose from multiple entrée (each tray serves four to six), chicken Alfredo, chicken parmigiana, fettuccine Alfredo, shrimp Alfredo, five cheese ziti, spaghetti with meat sauce, spaghetti with marinara sauce, asiago tortellini Alfredo with grilled chicken, lasagna and chicken or shrimp scampi. Add a salad and bread sticks. b
WHERE: 4811 R, Outer Loop; 1320 S Hurstbourne Parkway; 1230 Veterans Pkwy, Clarksville; 9730 Von Allmen Court.
WHEN: Order in advance
MORE INFORMATION: olivegarden.com.
WHAT: Family Feast includes one pound of house-smoked pulled pork, one whole BBQ chicken, two pints of sides, garlic bread, and BBQ sauce ($29). BBQ party pack includes your choice of three types of meat, two pounds each, and two quarts of sides ($99.99). Colossal Rib Fest for two includes a rack of ribs, four sides and garlic toast ($39.99).
WHERE: 2525 Hurstbourne Gem Lane
WHEN: Order in advance.
MORE INFORMATION: Curbside pick-up and carry-out. 502-491-7570; smokeybones.com.
WHAT: Let Varanese prepare the Turducken dinner and side dishes for Christmas. Turducken is a partially de-boned turkey stuffed with a de-boned duck that has been stuffed with a de-boned chicken. The Turducken is then filled with cornbread, sage, and sausage stuffing, and then roasted in the oven until golden brown. A variety of fresh sides are also available, including mashed sweet potatoes, sweet potato casserole, green beans, mashed potatoes, turducken gravy, and cranberry chutney.
WHERE: 2106 Frankfort Ave.
WHEN: Orders must be placed by Dec. 19.
MORE INFORMATION: To reserve your feast call, 502-899-9904; varanese.com.
WHAT: Pre-order your Christmas desserts and breads. The menu includes Buche de Noel (serves eight to 10), Baklava cheesecake, holiday confections box (24 count), holiday French Macaron box (six), gingerbread eggnog sugar pie, Craquelin Santa cream puff, tropical panettone, stollen, double crust cranberry pear pie, holiday pastry box (eight), gingerbread cinnamon rolls (four), Brioche cinnamon rolls (four), French toast croissant bread pudding, Challah braid crescent, yeast rolls, cranberry pecan sourdough Boule, garlic Rosemary sourdough Boule, Jewish honey apple cake and Hanukkah cookie box (24).
WHERE: 901 Barret Ave.
WHEN: Orders must be placed by 5 p.m. Dec. 19.
MORE INFORMATION: Orders can be picked up from 8 a.m. to noon on Dec. 24. 502-581-8561; wiltshirepantry.com.
WHAT: A variety of meals:
Holiday Extravaganza (serves 12): salt and pepper prime rib roast with red wine jus, maple bourbon ham with brown sugar citrus glaze, green beans with roasted shallots; creamed spinach, roasted butternut squash with cranberries and sage; mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, shrimp trio platter, antipasti platter, empanada platter, spinach artichoke parmesan dip, vegetable crudités with hummus, aromatic butternut squash soup and brioche rolls, $599.99.
Surf and Turf (serves four, eight and 12): beef wellington with red wine jus; ready-to-cook lobster tails with prosecco butter sauce, cider-roasted brussels sprouts with pepitas, creamed spinach, truffled parmesan mashed potatoes, $199.99, $379.99 and $549.99
Holiday feast (serves 12): salt and pepper prime rib roast with red wine jus, maple bourbon ham with brown sugar citrus glaze, green beans with roasted shallots; creamed spinach, roasted butternut squash with cranberries and sage; mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, and brioche rolls, $429.99.
Classic roast turkey (serves four, eight or 12): green beans with roasted shallots, creamy mashed potatoes, herb stuffing, turkey gravy and cranberry-orange sauce, $109.99, $179.99, $249.99.
Prime rib (serves eight): salt and pepper prime rib roast with red wine jus, cider-roasted brussels sprouts with pepitas, creamed spinach, truffled parmesan mashed potatoes, 259.99.
Beef tenderloin (serves eight): roasted beef tenderloin with red wine jus, cider-roasted brussels sprouts with pepitas, creamed spinach, truffled parmesan mashed potatoes, $299.99.
Beef Wellington (serves four): beef wellington with red wine jus, cider-roasted brussels sprouts with pepitas, creamed spinach, truffled parmesan mashed potatoes, $159.99.
Braised lamb shank (serves four): herb and red wine – braised lamb shanks, cider-roasted brussels sprouts with pepitas, creamed spinach, truffled parmesan mashed potatoes, $119.99.
Poached lobster tail (serves four): ready-to-cook lobster tails with prosecco butter sauce, lemon asparagus with pine nuts, creamed spinach, truffled parmesan mashed potatoes, $129.
WHERE: 4944 Shelbyville Road
WHEN: Meals must be ordered a minimum of 48 hours ahead of the pickup date and time.
MORE INFORMATION: Call 502-899-5545 or shop.wfm.com.
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This article originally appeared on Louisville Courier Journal: What Louisville restaurants are open Christmas Day? 16 spots to get food