Best Toronto restaurants for holiday dinner to go

You’ve still got holiday shopping, wrapping and cleaning up to do. How are you supposed to shop for ingredients, prep and make dinner for a crowd when it’s so busy?Take the pressure off with these fabulous 5 Christmas dinners to go.

The Fairmont Royal York

100 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5J 1E3

It’s not cheap, but if you want to put on an extravagant affair without all the hard work, get Fairmont Royal York’s Festive Dinner To Go (3-5 kg $210/serves 4, 7-9 kg $340/serves 8 – tax not included). Available for pick up on Dec 24 and 25, the meal includes: Natural Ontario Roast Turkey Maple Roasted Parsnip and Pear Veloute Onion Sage Stuffing, Savoury Pan Gravy Royal York Cranberry Sauce Herb Roasted Chateau Potatoes Maple Glazed Root Vegetable Medley Home Style Pumpkin Tarts with Whipped Molasses Cream It comes ready to heat, with a Fairmont pot holder. All you have to do? The dishes. p.s. Fairmont Royal York will be donating turkeys over the Holiday season to support the Daily Bread Food Bank.

The 420 Smokehouse

420 Parliament St, Toronto, ON M5A 3A2

Chances are you’ve always wanted a smoker, but haven’t got around to getting one yet. No worries – 420 Smokehouse is offering Smoked Turkeys for about $5.30 a pound. The turkeys are brined for a couple of days before being smoked. So while everyone is roasting, basting and prepping their birds, go ahead and order yours for pick up. All you need are a few sides and some great company and dinner is ready.

Flock Restaurant

330 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1R4

The Whole Chicken Dinner at FLOCK is just $32 and includes one whole naturally raised without hormones or antibiotics chicken, a full salad and one side. What makes this meal so extraordinary: - The chicken is so succulent, so full of flavour, you’ll either be too stunned to speak, or you’ll just repeat over and over how amazing it is - Healthy sides that taste good - The salads have so many good-for-you ingredients (9-10, plus dressing); you’ll be filled with energy after the meal instead of the usual lethargy that sets in after dinner. - It's all done under the watchful of Chef Cory Vitiello (The Harbord Room, THR & Co.) p.s. To keep colds away this winter, be sure to get their new FLOCKSTOCK ($6) rich herbed chicken broth and pulled rotisserie chicken with slow-cooked vegetables, quinoa, edamame, lentils & pumpkin seeds.

Insomnia Restaurant & Lounge

563 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1Y6

The long-standing Annex restaurant features a number of items to go that will make this year’s dinner memorable, and thankfully, a bit more casual: - It’s always a good time for tacos. Smoked Chicken Taco ($6) with avocado, pico de gallo, marinated cabbage, pea shoots, and chipotle aioli in soft tortilla (gluten-free corn tortilla also available). - Sandwiches can be fun, especially when we’re talking an Avocado Smoked Chicken ($7) with brie, red onion, avocado aioli on a swiss triangle bun’ and Fried Chicken Thigh ($8) accompanied by strip bacon, creamy slaw, Zarkon sauce on a milk bun. - The Fried Chicken ‘n Waffle ($18) is an easy way to bring your usual traditional dinner up-to-date. A boneless thigh gets topped with honey maple butter, Zarkon sauce, and house creamy slaw.

The Fix & Co.

1 Thirtieth St, Etobicoke, ON M8W 3B5

Being vegetarian or vegan doesn’t mean you have to compromise on taste. Especially when it’s done by fabulous new The Fix & Co. in Etobicoke. Choose from nourishing homemade soups and salad bowls. The Roasted Root ($11) was made for the holidays with roasted sweet potato, roasted carrots, roasted butternut squash, beets, avocado, mixed greens, kale, pumpkin seeds, pomegranate, raw hemp hearts, and sweet carrot vinaigrette. Add marinated tofu for $2. This alongside some fresh-pressed juices and you’ll ring in the new year healthier than ever.

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