Truth could be harder than a lump of coal – the entire Bay Area is officially closed for the holidays. With indoor and outdoor dining canceled, the whole season looks a little bleak this year. What are the holidays without big dinner reservations, awkward private parties, or drunken Santas roaming downtown bars? Well, we’ll find out in a moment.
For those who make themselves comfortable at home, the restaurants are still open for takeout and delivery. And when we get through this thing, we might as well do it with prime ribs, garlic noodles, and tamales, not to mention stollen and nog. So put some more twinkling lights on, put on your most stretchy pants, and pour a take-away cocktail. How to celebrate Christmas 2020 in San Francisco.
Specific regional lists
Important Note: Similar to the start of the pandemic, in the face of the sudden shutdown, restaurants have made an effort to add takeout and delivery options. In the days leading up to Christmas, many launched special holiday menus that will sell out quickly. This makes it impossible to keep a comprehensive list, but some local publications have specific lists that might help.
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Eater SF top picks
Plus, here are some long-standing and trusted favorites from Eater editors and readers. And it’s also worth checking out your favorite spots in the neighborhood, which may offer smaller menus and would be very happy to receive a big tip at the end of this tough year.
Trust a steakhouse to really treat a roast properly and Izzy’s will wrap it up for smaller parties at home. A prime rib dinner with horseradish cream and roasted vegetables is $ 175 for 4 to 6 people. It’s worth adding in gratinated potatoes and creamed spinach, and they all go on cakes, with seven different types of juicy cakes, including a grandma-style carrot cake soaked in Grand Marnier. And who doesn’t love a naughty grandma?
The boutique grocery store has everything from family dishes to individual trays this Christmas season too. A traditional ham set includes mac and cheese, roasted cauliflower, and a kale and apple salad for $ 150 to $ 4 for 4 to 6 people. And the Turkey TV Dinner is running again, ensuring solo travelers can party in retro style for just $ 16.99.
Fisherman’s Wharf’s 55-year-old fishing institution is a classic this time of year with leather cabins and sparkling boats. Fortunately, the restaurant is offering the Dungeness Crab Cioppino repackaged as a dinner kit that fans can crack at home, where it is admittedly less embarrassing to tie a bib. Scoma’s is closed as usual on Christmas Eve and during the day, but kits can be picked up on Tuesday and Wednesday beforehand.
Little Original Joes
The lasagna landed on time for Christmas. Little Original Joe’s, the new spin-off of the popular Original Joe’s, has just opened on the West Portal. It’s a snappy Italian-American takeaway and retail market, which means pasta fans can shop for frozen noodles for the holidays, including lasagna, stuffed mussels, and ravioli, in addition to meat-laden pizzas and cheese-laden chicken parmesan. as well as tubs with Bolognese and creamed spinach.
Many Chinese restaurants are still open for Christmas, but a fan favorite of Eater SF readers is Chili House, Richmond’s Peking duck legend. The restaurant confirmed that this year they will stay open on both Christmas Eve and during the day, serving the usual menu with chilli strings. They have a limited number of ducks per day so it might be worth calling ahead.
PPQ Dungeness Island
Whales want us to have native Dungeness crabs just in time for Christmas. And as usual, PPQ promises to be open on Christmas Eve and during the day, and the crustaceans are available for takeaway and delivery. There are flexible menu options for two, four, six, or ten people, and a roasted crab meal for two with Imperial buns, garlic noodles, and braised beans for $ 95.
La Palma Mexicatessen
This Mission Mexicatessen is known for their fresh masa, which sells for a pound, is pressed into tortillas, or wrapped in tamales that feel like a festive package this time of year. Shop for a dozen fresh tamales filled with braised pork or sweet corn for $ 32.99.
Star pastry chef Belinda Leong has not one, not two, but three Buche de Noel flavors to celebrate the dull cake season – a mousse made from Mont Blanc, vanilla raspberry and chocolate toffee. These protocols sell out quickly. So pre-order these whimsical forest desserts while you still can.
Obviously everyone is obsessed with Roy’s panettone, the staggering $ 60 bread. (It’s big and ships and holds up well for a month.) But don’t underestimate the sourdough strength of Manresa Bread, which also makes a triple chocolate and orange panettone for just $ 45. In all honesty, either is a master pastry, and maybe this is the year for chocolate for breakfast.
The only dedicated German bakery in San Francisco promises the particularly crispy and spicy biscuits such as vanilla croissants (powdered moons), shortbread cookies (hazelnuts dipped in dark chocolate), rascals (filled with jam) and more fun treats this year. But the mini-stollen is also a small portion of the Christmas spirit that has been made smaller especially for Christmas in quarantine.
Andytown coffee roaster
Sunset’s favorite cafe keeps it mint-fresh this holiday season. The mint mocha swirls in chocolate from Guittard and syrup from Oaktown and makes you buzz like a Christmas elf through the last deadlines of the year.
Pacific Cocktail Haven
The Miracle Pop-up Bar at Pacific Cocktail Haven usually draws a loud crowd, but although al fresco dining is canceled, the festive cocktails are also available to take away. Read the full list of Mulled Wines and Nogs in Novel Mugs. Because what is Christmas without a mug in the shape of a T-Rex wearing a Santa hat?
Iron horse vineyards
Why not shop in bubbles and buy California sparkling wine this year? Iron Horse in Russian River has a special rosé that will benefit the Sonoma County Resilience Fund, and the wine country really deserves it after this forest fire season.
Almanac Beer Co.
The Alameda Brewery has an ugly, hazy IPA with sweater-themed what they call “tropical” and “grateful,” and probably a party to sip in a hot tub. The Bunny Hill IPA is soft and clean by comparison, and has possibly the nicest can of the season. But for those who can’t decide, there is also an advent calendar situation with 12 beers for Christmas.