Cooking a holiday meal is an enormous task. There are so many components to worry about from wine selections and appetizers to side dishes, desserts and after-dinner coffee. Ease the burden by allowing a local restaurant to cook part of the meal for you. Snagging a homemade pie or knish takes a task off your to-do list and these Boston area favorites are sure to be crowd pleasers.
Pies from Rosebud Kitchen
The retro-style diner Rosebud American Kitchen and Bar in Somerville is well known for brunch and cocktails, but even more so for their pies. They serve up classics like pecan, pumpkin and apple for the traditionalists and offer flavors like peanut butter fudge and gluten-free pear cranberry for the adventurous. Everything is homemade with fresh ingredients so your culinary reputation will be safe in Rosebud’s hands. You can order pies by phone any time (even in between holidays, let’s be real you deserve it). Online ordering opens a few weeks before Christmas.
5 p.m.–11 p.m. Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m., 5 p.m.–11 p.m. Weekends
381 Summer St., Somerville
Rotisserie Chicken from Branch Line
Branch Line in Watertown specializes in perfectly roasted rotisserie chickens, and they’re more than happy to cook one for your holiday table. Order one chicken (or four if the cousins are crashing) and all you have to do is heat it up in the oven before serving. Branch Line also offers side dishes like black truffle mac and cheese, smoked Brussels sprouts and twice baked brioche so you can put together a whole meal if you want to. You can order online or by phone. Bonus, they offer delivery by Caviar so you don’t even have to pick the meal up.
11:30 a.m.–10 p.m. Monday–Friday, 11 a.m.–11 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Sunday
321 Arsenal St., Watertown
Knishes from Michael’s Deli
Hanukkah may be over, but knish season has no expiration date. Keep the holiday dreidel spinning with the inventive knishes from Michael’s Deli in Brookline. They offer all the classic flavors like potato, spinach, beef and kasha. But they also invent new knish flavors every week ranging from a latkes and apple knish to a brisket knish to a birthday cake knish. Overwhelmed by all the options? You can always go for potato latkes or cheese or blueberry blintzes if those are more your style. Order by phone or online for delivery with Doordash.
9 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday–Saturday
256 Harvard St., Brookline
Everything but the Kitchen Sink from Flour Bakery
Flour Bakery wants to go whole-hog (pun intended) cooking your holiday meal. Hang up that apron; it didn’t go with your outfit anyway. Order an oven-ready dinner entrée that serves 6-8, like spiced braised beef or roasted leg of lamb. Then load up on sides like roasted root vegetables and Yukon gold mashed potatoes. They even have morning treats like brown butter cinnamon rolls for Christmas Day. Order your whole meal or pick and choose what you need to keep things easy. Place orders in person by December 18 at 8 pm or online by December 18 at 12 p.m. for pickup on December 23 and 24.
6:30 a.m.–8 p.m. Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–6 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Sunday
$58-72/whole dinner, $14-16/side, $20-38/dessert
1595 Washington St., Boston (and other locations around Boston)