Festive Food and Drink About Town

The holiday season is well under way, and while things may look differently than in years past, there are still plenty of ways to experience holiday cheer! Check out the following destinations for your festive fix with specialty food and drink selections.

MARKET Restaurant + Bar: Takeout is available December 16-19 for pickup on Wednesday-Saturday evenings. Orders become available THREE days in advance. Orders must be placed by 11:00 am for same day pickup. NOW accepting pre-orders for the Chef’s Holiday Menu for the week of December 23-26. Please click on MENUS then HOLIDAY MENU for more information. Order Online 



Union Kitchen & Tap Encinitas will feature a Holiday Family Pack, which feeds six or more and includes dishes such as Bourbon Braised Gold Canyon Short Rib, Smoked Scottish Salmon, Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Wild Mushroom Risotto, Roasted Acorn Squash Bisque, Classic Caesar Salad and Roasted Jalapeno Cornbread, plus your choice of either Blackberry-Key Lime Pie or Aunt Dubo’s Peanut Butter Pie, and beverage pairings at an additional cost. Available for pickup or delivery on Christmas Eve, the special feast is priced at $250, excluding add-ons.

Dedicated to making the world a graterplace, one grilled cheese at a time, Grater Grilled Cheese will host the 5 Days of Cheesemas beginning Saturday, December 19 through Wednesday, December 23. The gourmet grilled cheese pros will offer a lineup of themed, daily specials available at the Mission Valley and Otay Ranch locations. Guests can enjoy fun freebies such as free chocolate chip cookies on Sweet Treat Saturday, free soup with the purchase of any entrée on Souper Sunday, BOGO deals on signature sandwiches, and more! Craving a hearty holiday meal? Grater Grilled Cheese will also be open on Christmas Eve from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m., and offer grilled cheese platters for pick-up. Choose from two options including the Basic 5 Grilled Cheese Platter ($55), or the Chef’s Creation Platter ($65). Each platter serves six and includes servings of tomato basil bisque. For every platter purchased, $2 will be donated to the Big Table Foundation. Orders can be placed in-person and online, and are available for to-go services.

CURBSIDE TAKEOUT at The Grill at Torrey Pines

The Grill embraces the nostalgia of cooking over an open fire. Savor the smoky flavors of dishes at home with the restaurant’s custom-built wood-burning rotisserie. Pick up your curbside La Jolla restaurant takeout and enjoy favorites for the whole family for a delicious breakfast, leisurely lunch, or relaxing dinner. For additional information, call (858) 777-6641.

Fuel up for the holidays with vibrant specials from Grater Greens, located in Mission Valley. Head in on December 22 and enjoy the launch of the new Winter Menu selections including Wraps, the Toasty Tahini Power Bowl and the Everyday I’m Brusselin’ Salad, which features a spinach arugula base, roasted brussel sprouts, dried cranberries, sliced almonds, feta, and a lemon basil vinaigrette. Treat the whole family to a nutritious and delicious dining experience with the Family Style Creations! The family style creations serve four individuals and include your choice of a signature menu creation, such as the Southwestern, Kale Caesar, and Apple Cranberry, for $27. For every family style creation purchased, $2 will be donated to the Big Table Foundation. Orders can be placed in-person and online, and are available for to-go services.

Operacaffe in the Gaslamp Quarter is offering an authentic taste of Italy available for delivery this Christmas Day, with two specially-curated, four-course meal options to choose from. Seafood lovers can order their Christmas Seafood Menu, priced at $38.99 per person, and featuring Insalata di Mare, Linguine allo Scoglio, Cod Mediterraneo and Torta al Limone. Also available is their Christmas Meat Menu priced at $38.99 per personal and showcasing dishes such as Crostino de Polenta & Funghi, Caesar Salad, Stinco di Agnello and Torta al Cioccolato. All delivery orders much be placed 48 hours in advance by calling 619-850-4569, and the delivery window on Christmas Day will be between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Fuel up for the holidays with a festive breakfast on the go at Eggies locations in Pacific Beach, Liberty Station and East Village this month. Indulge in their Peppermint Mocha Jarlayered with espresso-mint-chocolate French toast, white chocolate and sweet mascarpone cream, topped with chocolate chips and crushed peppermint candy.

Gaslamp Breakfast Company is welcoming the holiday season with their December food and drink specials, including their hearty Biscuits and Gravy Waffle prepared with gluten-free buttermilk biscuit batter, loaded with sausage gravy and eggs for good measure! Warm up with a cup of Peppermint Mocha infused with espresso, peppermint schnapps, mocha and steamed milk, topped with whipped cream and crushed candy cane.

Fig Tree Café’s outposts in Liberty Station and Pacific Beach are celebrating the holidays all December long with their Chocolate Hazelnut Latte, as well as Cranberry Almond Baked French Toast topped with house-made eggnog glaze – both available for carryout!

Gorge on Breakfast Republic specials in the comfort of your own home all throughout December with their Veggie Breakfast Pot Pie – packed with creamy mushroom and vegetable gravy, cradled by crispy puff pastry topped with plant-based egg and chives – or treat your sweet tooth to Gingerbread Pancakes infused with gingerbread spice and sweet cinnamon swirl, finished with whipped cream and cookie crumble. Rest assured you can still get their Paloma Mimosa on the go – infused with tequila, grapefruit and lime juice with brut and a kosher salt rim. If a boozy brunch isn’t in the cards, perk up with their Cinnamon Roll Latte, featuring a blend of espresso, cinnamon and vanilla syrup with steamed milk and a generous dollop of whipped cream, plus a cinnamon roll pancake cookie garnish!

Trust Restaurant Group’s Chef Brad Wise is serving up a Prime Rib Dinner to-go this Christmas Eve. Available for pick-up at Cardellino in Mission Hills, each dinner is individually prepared and includes a 12 oz slice of prime rib, mixed greens salad, truffled mashed potatoes, green beans almandine, horseradish cream and jus. Sweet add-ons include Pastry Chef Jeremy Harville’s homemade Apple Crisp (feeds two) and festive pints of Mr. Trustee ice cream. Raise a toast with one of TRG’s holiday cocktails to-go or a bottle of perfectly paired wine. Dinner is $45 per person and will be served hot and ready to enjoy at home. Dessert and beverages are available for an additional cost. Place your order by December 21 and pick up on December 24 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Cardellino located at 4033 Goldfinch Street. Preorders can be placed by visiting https://www.exploretock.com/cardellino/

The Surf ‘n Turf package from Rare Society is prepared for two and all you need to do is reheat and grill. The package includes:

  • An array of appetizers to prepare your palate including shrimp cocktail, Caesar salad, and parker house rolls with truffle butter.
  • Choice of 12oz Cedar River Prime Ribeye or 8oz Filet Mignon.
  • Plenty of savory sides including a 4oz butter-poached Maine lobster tail with drawn butter, truffled beef fat smashed potatoes, broccolini, cauliflower and wild mushroom casserole and béarnaise compound butter.
  • Chocolate mousse with berries and pistachio crumble for dessert.

The Surf ‘n Turf package is $150 and feeds two. Items will be served cold, ready to reheat and grill with Chef Brad’s guidance and instructions. Wine and signature cocktails are available to add on and toast to what 2021 will hopefully bring. Place your order by December 28 and pick up on December 31 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Rare Society located at 4130 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92103. Preorders can be placed by visiting exploretock.com/raresociety

For those looking for hot-and-ready to-go fare, Rare Society and Fort Oak will be offering their full menu (Rare Society and Cardellino favorites from Rare Society and Fort Oak and Trust Favorites from Fort Oak) on New Year’s Eve from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Visit https://raresocietysd.com/ or https://fortoaksd.com/ to place your order. Trust’s brunch to-go on New Year’s Day is complete with a collaboration with Cutwater Spirits. Trust brunch will be available Fridays to Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Stay warm and boozy at Break Point, located along Garnet Avenue in Pacific Beach. The entertainment destination has a new holiday cocktail line up with signature selections including the Hot Buttered Rum and the Hot Toddy. Add some extra merriment to your meal with additional libations such as the Fireball Cinnamon Latte and the Candy Cane Cocoa! Break Point is open Friday-Sunday for outdoor dining on their heated outdoor parklet.

Treat yourself to the flavors of Baja this season, with take-out from El Cruce + 241. The Chula Vista taproom, kitchen and wine bar will offer a series of to-go packages, just in time for the holidays! Choose from a variety of options such as the Birria Tacos Family Pack, which features 10 hand pressed tortillas filled with birria, black beans, onion, cilantro, limes and salsas, for $30, or the Crowler Combo, which includes a 32 oz. crowler filled with your choice of Baja beer paired alongside signature bites such as Ceviche for $24! Orders can be placed online via the El Cruce website, and are available for pick up only.

Nestled in the heart of Mission Hills, Farmer’s Bottega is celebrating the season with cocktails that are as merry as they are bright! Warm up with the Spiked Apple Cider, featuring a soothing combination of bourbon, mulled spices, apple juice and sweet caramel, or pair your farm-to-fork dining with a refreshing Cranberry-Mint Mojito, priced at $13. Farmer’s Bottega is currently open for outdoor dining and to-go services.

Give the gift of Grant’s this holiday season with a Goodie Basket from Grant’s Coffee Room. The South Park neighborhood spot will offer a mix of its signature treats for just $39, including a 16 oz. bag of Grant’s Coffee Blend, one bottle of select wine, and a variety of baked goods! Don’t forget to grab a treat for yourself while there, Grant’s is open daily for to-go services and outdoor seating.

Keep your skin glowing this season with the help of Grater Greens’ new December creation, the Winter Glow Salad. This vibrant special features a kale cabbage base, red bell peppers, roasted sweet potatoes, avocado, feta, pumpkin seeds, and is served alongside an apple cider vinaigrette. Opt to add a protein of your choice, such as salmon, and enjoy fresh and nourishing ingredients that promote healthy skin. Grater Greens is currently open for to-go and outdoor dining on their heated patio.

Support small business and enjoy holiday specials at the same time when you visit Chula Vista’s historic Third Avenue! Sip on a seasonal special from Grind House, including the Peppermint Mocha, Iced Horchata Latte, or the S’mores Latte, or, pop in for a deliciously nutritious Christmas Sugar Cookie Shake from The Nutrition Place.

Curbside: George’s Christmas and Christmas Eve Dinner

Take home a memorable Christmas dinner from George’s, includes :
– Choice of Prime Rib with twice-baked potato or Vegetable Pot Pie with squash veloute and fines herbes powder
– Baby Beet Salad, blue cheese, candied walnut, honeycrisp apple, champagne vinaigrette
– Bûche de Noël Dessert

  • Prepaid pickup
  • $50$60 per person