Looking for some help with your holiday meal? Consider letting a local restaurant, food distributor or grocery store help out.
Bon Ami (Maywood Mart, 1220 E. Northside Drive #230, 601-982-0405) Catering menu includes seafood gumbo, corn and crab bisque, Grand Marnier ambrosia, herb-roasted turkey, apple-pecan stuffed pork loin, Aunt Mabel's cornbread dressing, sweet potato crunch, hot curry fruit, spinach Madeline and banana pudding. Order by Dec. 18.
Broad Street Cafe (4465 Interstate 55 N. Suite 101, 601-362-2900) Full menu of meats, specialty bread, sides, salads and even dessert. Items include prime rib, grilled beef filet, smoked chicken and andouille sausage gumbo, spinach and goat cheese salad, butternut squash gratin, pumpkin cheesecake, bread pudding, pear almond tart, whole cakes and tarts, and mini dessert trays. They also offer brunch items including biscuits and quiche and cheese grits. Order by Dec. 18.
Campbell's Bakery (3013 N. State St., 601-362-4628) Christmas cookies in six different shapes, cobblers (peach, apple, blueberry and cherry) and pies (peach, apple and sweet potato). Order by Dec. 19.
Char Restaurant (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 142, 601-956-9562) Sides and vegetables available: cornbread stuffing, creamed spinach, mashed sweet potatoes, cranberry almond wild rice and whole pecan pies. Sides come in sizes to serve 5 or ten people. Order by Dec. 18.
Crazy Cat Bakers (Highland Village, 4500 Interstate 55 N. Suite 173, 601-362-7448) Desserts only. Choose from 10 different options, including Delta fudge mint pie, cream cheese pound cake, spiced apple cake with caramel glaze, apple or chocolate chip bourbon pie, and bread pudding. One savory dish available: sausage and grits casserole. They will continue to take orders until they can't take anymore.
Foodies (Deville Plaza, 5050 Interstate 55 N., Suite F, 601-978-7999) Turkey, ham, green beans and gravy. Foodies will package the foods you order for family-size servings or for single servings depending on your needs. Order by Dec. 18.
Hickory Pit (1491 Canton Mart, 601-956-7079) and Haute Pig (1856 Main St., 601-853-8538) Offer barbecue pork, beef, ribs, chicken, ham and turkey by the pound and party packs.
Julep Restaurant and Bar (Highland Village, 4500 Interstate 55 N. Suite 105, 601-362-1411) Offering a wide variety of meats, dressing, soups, salads, sides, bread, dips, spreads and desserts. Includes turkey, herb-crusted tenderloin, strawberry pecan salad, crawfish and corn bisque, Cajun caramelized carrots, chocolate gouache cake, Bailey's Irish cream cake, strawberry cake, key lime pie, derby pie and Banana's Foster bread pudding. They also offer items like breakfast casserole, quiche, smoked gouda grits and banana nut bread for a holiday brunch. Orders must be made in advance.
Lumpkin's BBQ (182 Raymond Road, 601-373-7707 or 601-373-7743) Meats only: fried or smoked turkey, smoked beef brisket and smoked pork roast. Order by Dec. 18.
McDade's (Multiple locations, Woodland Hills, 653 Duling Ave., 601-366-5273) Offering a variety of party and meat trays with two cheeses, cakes, pies, cookies, cornbread dressing and vegetables like collards, turnips, green beans, lima beans and peas. Orders require 24- to 48-hour advance notice.
Paul Anthony's Butcher Market (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 100, 601-981-7559) For a different approach to the holidays, they provide an array of steaks and seafood. Order as soon as possible for meats, but at least one week in advance.
Primos Cafe (2323 Lakeland Drive, 601-936-3398, or 515 Lake Harbour Drive, Ridgeland, 601-898-3600) A variety of traditional southern casseroles, including squash, creamed corn, cheesy potatoes and broccoli gratin, and desserts like lemon ice box, apple or blueberry sugar-free pie, cakes including red velvet and pineapple coconut, and holiday cookie trays. Don't forget the cheese straws, giblet gravy, cranberry sauce, bread and breakfast items. Orders must be made in advance.
Que Sera (2801 N. State St., 601-981-2520) Order red beans and rice, gumbo and other menu items by the gallon. Some special items by request. Order by Dec. 21.
Rainbow Whole Foods Co-operative Grocery (2807 Old Canton Road, 601-366-1602). Organic, vegan and vegetarian options, including Tofurky. You can special order items, including turkey and bread, through customer service.
Rib Shack (932 J.R. Lynch St., 601-665-4952) Smoked turkey, smoked ham and ribs. Orders must be made in advance.
Strawberry Cafe (107 Depot Drive, Madison, 601-856-3822) Offers appetizers, including baked brie, strawberries, salami, spinach and artichoke dip, and hummus. They also have soup, butternut squash and apple, and Vidalia onion. Cafe sides, entrees and desserts include sweet potato smash, baked apples, cafe relish, pork tenderloin, smothered chicken, beef tenderloin, glazed boneless ham, pork shanks, key lime and caramel pie, strawberry mascarpone, German chocolate cake and bread pudding. Bread selections include pumpkin, Mississippi spice and cinnamon. Order by 9 p.m. Dec. 21.
Sugar's Place (168 W. Griffith St., 601-352-2364) Create your meal from their regular menu items, including meats, vegetables, sandwiches, burgers, poboys, sandwiches, salads and desserts. Don't see what you want, request a special order. Order must be made 24 hours in advance.
Taste of the Island (436 E. Capitol St., 601-360-5900) Jerk chicken only. Orders must be placed 24 hours in advance.
T'Beaux's (369 W. Northside Drive, 601-364-5000) Fried turkey. Order by Dec. 18.
VIP Grand Events (Highland Village, 4500 Interstate 55 N., 601-713-4040) Menu includes your choice of entree, vegetable and dessert. All menus come with Ms. Bernice's famous cornbread dressing, southern style gravy, cranberry sauce and homemade yeast rolls. They will deliver and/or serve for you. Order by Dec. 21.
Restaurants Open for the Holidays
Alumni House Sports Grill (Gas Lamp Village, 574 Highway 51, Ridgeland, 601-605-9903) Open Christmas Eve, closed Christmas day; open both New Year's Eve and New Year's day.
Hal & Mal's (200 S. Commerce St., 601-948-0888) Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas day. For New Year's, tickets must be purchased for the Crystal Ball.
Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road, 601-957-2800, ext. 1003) Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Reserve a room for New Year's Eve that includes a meal, champagne toast and snacks at midnight, and live music in the ballroom. Open New Year's Day.
Petra Cafe (104 W. Leake St., Clinton, 601-925-0016) Home-cooked Mediterranean and Lebanese cuisine. Open every day over the holidays. 11 a.m. to midnight.