The holidays don't necessarily mean you're relegated to spending long hours in the kitchen. Instead, take the time to relax with your family and friends and let a local restaurant do all or some of the cooking—from a cozy get together to Christmas dinner with all the trimmings. Many local restaurants offer delicious and festive menus and catering services.
Bon Ami (Maywood Mart, 1220 E. Northside Drive, Suite 230, 601-982-0405, bonamijackson.com) Orders must be placed by Dec. 16 at noon and picked up by Saturday, Dec. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The holiday hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and they open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. No dinner will be served on Sunday. The menu includes a tomato basil, garlic herb beef tenderloin.
Broad Street Baking Company & Café (Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 101, 601-362-2900, broadstbakery.com) Orders must be in by Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 8 p.m. Holiday hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; closed Christmas Day. The menu includes grilled filet, prime ribs, honey-baked ham, cracked pie, iced Hanukkah cookies, Christmas king cake and chocolate cherry bread.
Campbell's Bakery (3013 N. State St., 601-362-4628) Taking orders until full. Open Tuesday through Friday from10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All sweets including cakes, pies, brownies, blondies and the festively decorated teacakes can be ordered.
CHAR Restaurant (Highland Village, 4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 142, 601-956-9562, charrestaurant.com) Place your orders by Dec. 21 and pick them up by Dec. 24 at 3 p.m. Char will only serve sides such as garlic mash potatoes, squash casserole and pecan pie. Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Char will close Christmas Eve at 3 p.m. and Christmas Day.
Chimneyville Smokehouse (970 High St., 601-34-4665, chimneyville.com) Place orders by Dec. 22 and pick them up on Dec. 23. The menu includes fried and smoked turkey and ham, pork butts and pork ribs.
Crazy Cat Bakers (Highland Village, 4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 173, 601-362-7448, crazycatbakers.com) Pick uporders by Dec. 24 from 8 a.m. to noon. Crazy Cat will close at 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The menu includes assorted cakes, Milky Way pound cake andbread pudding.
Fairview Inn and Sofia's Restaurant (734 Fairview St., 601-948-3429) Offering a Christmas Eve dinner with the regular menu and a pre-fixed menu. Open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reservations recommended.
Hickory Pit (1491 Canton Mart, 601-956-7079) and Haute Pig (1856 Main St., Madison, 601-853-8538, hautepig.com) Order must be made two days in advance and picked up by 3 p.m. Dec. 24. Pies and pulled pork are the specialties. Open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Christmas Eve and closedChristmas day.
High Noon Cafe (2807 Old Canton Road, 601-366-1513, rainbowcoop.org/cafe.htm) Place your orders two days in advance. Hours of operations are 11:30 a.m. to2 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Julep Restaurant and Bar (Highland Village, 4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 105, 601-362-1411, juleprestaurant.com) Placeorders by Dec. 22, and pick them up Dec. 23 or 24 before 2:30 p.m. at Julep only. The menu includes turkey, dressing, shrimp toast, salads, yeast rolls, quiche and breakfast rolls.
Lumpkin's BBQ (182 Raymond Road, 601-373-7707) Place orders by Dec. 21 and pick up by Dec. 23 by 3 p.m. Lumpkin's hours are 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Closed Saturday and Monday. On Sunday, they open 11 a.m. to3 p.m. Lumpkin's menu includes turkey, pork roast and brisket. For the holidays, they will be closed Dec. 24 through Dec. 27.
Marriott Jackson (200 E. Amite St., 601-969-5100) Open Christmas Eve from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. with an a la carte menu and no reservations needed.
Mimi's Family and Friends (3139 N. State St., 601-366-6111, mimisfamilyandfriends.com) Place your orders by Wednesday, Dec. 21,and pick them up by noon on Christmas Eve. Mimi's offers a $150 Christmas package that includes a smoked or baked 12-to-14-pound turkey, two pints of giblet gravy, 1/2 gallon of green beans, 1/2 gallon of sweet potatoes, 16 assorted rolls or corn bread, and your choice of two pies. It serves 10.
Olivia's Food Emporium (820 Highway 51, Madison, 601-898-8333, oliviasfoodemporium.com) Order by Dec. 19 and pick up by noon on Christmas Eve. Hours are 10 a.m. to6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday. Their menu includes fried turkey, green bean and squash casserole, pork tenderloin and prime ribs.
Parlor Market (115 W. Capitol St.,601-360-0090, parlormarket.com) Credit card number required to hold your order. Alan Benton's Holiday Ham orders must be in by Dec. 12. Christmas goose orders must be in by Dec. 17. Orders for the dessert, house-made pantone and eggnog bread pudding, and sides such as Sneaky Beans sweet potato, oyster and corn bread dressing and Lindsey's pineapple and cheddar bake must be in by Dec. 21.
Paul Anthony's Butcher Market (Highland Village, 4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 100, 601-981-7559, paulanthonysmarket.com) Place orders until Dec. 17. The market closes at noon on Christmas Eve. Regular hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Petra Café (2741 Old Canton Rd., 601-366-0161, petracafe.net) Petra will be open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, offering home-cooked Mediterranean and Lebanese cuisine and barbecue. Hours are 11 a.m.to midnight.
Primos Café (2323 Lakeland Drive, Flowood, 601-936-3398, or 515 Lake Harbour Drive, Ridgeland, 601-898-3600, primoscafe.com) Place orders a day in advance and pick up food orders from Dec. 22 to Dec. 24. The menu includes a variety of sides, corn bread dressing, cakes and pies. They offer a dinner package of turkey or ham, dressing and gravy, large vegetable, cranberry sauce, 12 dinner rolls and a pie of choice for $145. They will be open Christmas Eve from 6:30 to 11 a.m. for breakfast only and closed Christmas Day.
Ro'Chez (204 W. Jackson St., 601-503-8244, rochezdining.com) Order by Dec. 22, including the Creole Christmas that includes three to four meal courses. Must pick the orders up by 4 p.m. on Dec. 24. The holiday hours are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
Strawberry Café (107 Depot Drive, Madison, 601-856-3822, strawberrycafemadison.com) Place your orders by Thursday, Dec. 22 and pick up your meals on Christmas Eve morning beginning at 9 a.m. Strawberry Café's menu includes apple and Vidalia onion soup, green-bean casserole, smothered chicken, pork shanks, caramel pie and other varieties of desserts. Open to serve through lunch on Christmas Eve; closed Christmas day.
Sugar's Place Downtown (168 W. Griffith St., 601-352-2364, sugarsdowntown.com) Food orders must be placed by Dec. 21 and picked up Dec. 22 and 23. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Taste of the Island Caribbean Takeout (436 E. Capitol St., 601-360-5900, tasteoftheisland.net) Orders must be placed two days in advance and picked up on Dec. 23. The restaurant will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
T'Beaux's (369 W. Northside Drive, 601-364-5000) T'beaux's will closed Christmas Eve at 8 p.m. and will be closed Christmas Day. The menu includes boiled shrimp, crawfish, seafood gumbo, and red beans and rice.
Two Sisters' Kitchen (707 N. Congress St., 601-353-1180) Place orders at least two days in advance and pick them up by 2 p.m. Dec. 23. The menu includes corn bread dressing, rolls, chicken, sweet potatoes and varieties of desserts. Two Sister's Kitchen will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Wellington's at the Hilton (1001 E. County Line Road, 601-957-2800) Order at least 24 hours in advance. Open for business 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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Don't fall for this fellows. Make your old lady get in the kitchen and fix you some Christmas and holiday food. If she doesn't then leave her. She doesn't want to be alone for the holidays. Furthermore, she is blessed to have you, so the least she can do is slave for you during the holidays. If she doesn't do it don't buy her a Xmas present. And don't get her nothing for Valentines. Hold your places men before you wound up doing the cooking and cleaning yourself. A man gotta be a man! Let her know what time it is. Happy Holidays.