by Julian Brunt
Putting together that special holiday meal for your family can be trying under any circumstance.
But this year, with gatherings only advisable for members of the same household, it may seem even more difficult than ever.
Luckily, some of Jackson’s most well-known eateries are stepping up and have created holiday menus for takeout that just might be what you are looking for.
Char Restaurant – 4500 I-55 North Frontage Rd
Char is doing their part for the holidays with a catering menu that offers family-style choices to feed four persons per order. Each order includes one meat, two sides and cornbread.
Entrees include chicken tenders, salmon, shrimp and grits, pork tenderloin and beef tenderloin. The side choices are cornbread dressing, creamed spinach, butter beans, grits, garlic mashed potatoes and sweet potato mash.
Char’s hors d’oeuvres selection could easily be used as a smorgasbord that would delight almost anyone, especially if you are interested in a more extensive selection but smaller portions. Options include a charcuterie board, Captain Rodney’s dip, seafood dip, chicken salad, the all-time favorite Southern pimento cheese and the classic coastal gumbo. For dessert, it’s one many Southerners love: pecan pie.
Crazy Cat Eat Up – 1491 Canton Mart Rd
Crazy Cat’s menu includes many holiday classics like smoked turkey, cola glazed spiral ham and even beef tenderloin.
For those that love the Southern tradition of casseroles, you’ll love the seven different dishes on their menu that include yellow squash, Southern cornbread dressing, mac and cheese and green bean casserole. For sides, Crazy Cat Eat Up has cranberry sauce, gravy, butter beans, green beans and turnip greens. There are also several sweets for dessert, like bread pudding, Milky Way pound cake, peanut butter mousse cake and several pies.
Scrooge’s Fine Food & Drinks – 5829 Ridgewood Rd
Scrooge’s is offering Christmas meals to go but will only be open on Christmas day from 5 to 9 p.m., so get your order in early.
Their menu consists of prime rib, oven-roasted turkey and honey glazed ham, all in serving sizes that will feed ten to twelve adults. They come with two quarts of any vegetable choice, 1-pint cranberry sauce, 1-pint giblet gravy and one buttermilk pie.
Scrooge’s offers almost a dozen sides, from green bean casserole to tomato aspic with feta cheese.
Logan Farms – 1220 E Northside Dr #250
Logan Farms has a great selection of catering options, including honey glazed turkey, ham and Cajun roasted turkey. Choices vary in price from $2.50 to $11 per person.
The gumbo and salad are just $8.50 per person.
The Blue Plate gives a choice of meat and two sides, which includes veggies and casseroles and bread. Want a spread? Pick up a sandwich tray, BBQ platter and a build-your-own potato bar with butter, sour cream, shredded cheese, green onions and bacon bits.
Hickory Pit – 1491 Canton Mart Rd
This restaurant stays pretty close to their regular menu for the holidays, but they offer smoked turkeys, which must be preordered. But then again, why not make it a BBQ holiday?
Order an assortment of their famous sandwiches, like smoked ham or turkey, BBQ pork or beef. Hickory Pit also offers BBQ plates and party packs that feed ten adults with ribs, two pounds pork or beef, or two chickens, two pints beans, two pints slaw and six slices of Texas toast or buns.
Don’t let 2020 end in any other way than a celebration of a great Christmas and prospects for a much better 2021. Gather those closest to you around a small table and let one of Jackson’s many delicious restaurants do all the work.