Christmas in SoCal 2021: Last-Minute Eating and Drinking Guide

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It’s Christmas in SoCal 2021: with a list of Last-Minute Eating and Drinking Guide

‘Tis The Season to Sip Holiday Cocktails, with These Last Minute Dining & Drinking Options This Christmas Eve from festive feasts to 100% Plant-Based Eats & Sweet Treats, we have everything you need to be joyous and jolly

ARTH BAR + KITCHEN

Sugar and spice make everything nice this Christmas Eve at Arth Bar + Kitchen, Culver City’s newest modern Indian eatery introducing Indian fare in a completely new way. With its contemporary atmosphere, eclectic menu featuring Small Plates, Shared Appetizers, Entrees, Sides, Tandoor Fresh Baked Breads, Rice, and Dessert. Arth Bar + Kitchen will also be offering their full list of Cocktails and their special Spiced Spritz created by Head Bartender Lexi Kim prepared with Smoke Lab Aniseed Vodka, fresh lime, Chambord, St-Germain and topped with champagne making this a perfect Holiday Season sipper!

Arth Bar + Kitchen will be open on Christmas Eve from 11:30 am to 10:00 pm. Arth Bar + Kitchen is open Monday through Sunday from 11:30 am to 10:00 pm. Arth Bar + Kitchen will be closed for Christmas Day, Saturday, December 25th, 2021. For more information, please call Arth Bar + Kitchen at 424.503.4155; Arth Bar + Kitchen 9531 Culver Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90232; 424.503.4155; www.ArthLA.com

DRAGO CENTRO

‘Tis the Season at Drago Centro in Downtown Los Angeles this Christmas Eve as Owner and Executive Chef Celestino Drago prepares a very special Feast of the Seven Fishes Prix-Fixe Menu ($135.00 per person). Chef Celestino Drago aims to please this Christmas Eve as his celebratory menu features Tonno e Caviali, tuna tartare with caviar, Trota Salmonata prepared with olive oil poached artic char, black garlic and celery root purée, Pasta Mista in Brodo di Scampi, mixed cuts of pasta in a langoustine broth, Spaghetti Alla Chitarra, Zucchini, Vongole E Bottarga, basil spaghetti, clams, zucchini and dried tomato roe, and Cioppino made with branzino, mussels, clams, scallops, calamari and fennel pollen. For Dessert guests can choose a special sweet treat directly from the Drago Centro Dessert Menu. For those who are not driving the sleigh, Managing Partner Piero Selvaggio and Wine Director Mark Sadrwill be offering up Specialty Cocktails, Wines by the Glass and Wines by the Bottle from Drago Centro’s award-winning Wine List. So Come, All Ye Faithful and let Drago Centro create a joyful and triumphant Christmas Eve for you!

Drago Centro will be open on Christmas Eve, Friday, December 24th, 2021, from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm; Drago Centro will be closed on Christmas Day, Saturday, December 25th, 2021; 525 South Flower Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071; 213.228.8998; www.DragoCentro.com

EL GRANJERO CANTINA

Feliz Navidad and El Granjero Cantina wants to wish you a Merry Christmas this Christmas Eve as they serve up Executive Chef Jenni Sklar’s innovative Mexican menu showcasing Antojitos (Snacks), Ensaladas (Salad), Quesadillas featuring the HIBISCUS made with sauteed hibiscus flowers, onion and cheese, Tacos, Los Tazones (Bowls), Burritos, Acompanantes (Sides), and Dessert. El Granjero Cantina is also making a list of Holiday Cocktails and checking it twice with something for everyone whether they have been naughty or nice including Tobin Shea’s Down The Hatch Classic Holiday Margarita with a choice of tequila or mezcal, Cointreau, fresh lime and citrus agave, Snowy in Mexico made with Cazadores Blanco tequila, choice of milk or oat milk, and cinnamon, Mrs. Clauses’ Martini prepared with Cazadores Blanco tequila, Tia Maria Coffee Liqueur and pumpkin spice syrup, and Naughty List Punch made of mezcal, cucumber, cilantro, spicy tincture, fresh lime to make this season bright!

 

El Granjero Cantina will be open on Christmas Eve from 11:30 am to 8:00 pm. El Granjero Cantina is open Monday through Wednesday from 11:30 am to 8:30 pm, Thursday from 11:30 am to 8:30 pm, Saturday from 10:00 am to 9:30 pm, and Sunday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm. El Granjero Cantina will be closed on Christmas Day, Saturday, December 25th, 2021. For more information, please call El Granjero Cantina at 323.879.9324; El Granjero Cantina at The Original Farmers Market Los Angeles is located on the plaza 6333 W. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA  90036; 323.879,9324; www.CantinaLA.com

FIVE 55

Even Santa needs to park his sleigh from time to time, so head over to FIVE 55 this Christmas Eve to get a sneak peek of Santa celebrating by enjoyingExecutive Chef Austin Lee’s new FIVE 55 Menu featuring savory signature Appetizers, Flatbreads, Salads, Entrées, Sides and Desserts, and sip Head Barman Nicholas Jackson’s deliciously festive Naughty Horchata made of whisky, Baileys Irish Cream, Bananas Foster, cream, and egg whites. For holiday revelers with a little extra spirit, FIVE 55 will also be serving up specialty handcrafted Cocktails, savoring their eclectic Japanese Whisky selection, pouring from their Perlick Direct Draw Draft System showcasing California-Style Craft Beer, and much more!

FIVE 55 will be open on Christmas Eve from 4:00 pm to 12:00 Midnight. FIVE 55 is open Tuesday through Thursday from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Friday and Saturday from 4:00 pm to 12:00 Midnight, and Sunday from 12:00 Noon to 8:00 pm. FIVE 55 will be closed on Christmas Day, Saturday, December 25th, 2021.   For more information, please call FIVE 55 at 626.656.4056; FIVE 55 at Courtyard by Marriott Los Angeles Monterey Park 555 N. Atlantic Boulevard, Monterey Park, CA  91754; 626.795.3131; www.FIVE55LA.com

GEORGIA’S RESTAURANT – ANAHEIM PACKING HOUSE & LONG BEACH EXCHANGE:

Christmas is all about spending time with loved ones, so this year let family-owned Georgia’s Restaurant at the Anaheim Packing House or the Long Beach Exchange bring the Best of the South to the Holiday table and Pre-Order Georgia’s Restaurant’s delectably delicious Soulful Sides. Families and friends can prepare the main course and then leave everything else to Nana Gretchen and Nika Shoemaker-Machado as they whip up their festiveSoulful Sides featuring Mac and Cheese ($55 per half-pan), Collard Greens ($50 per half-pan), Yams ($50 per half-pan), and family-favorites Cornbread Stuffing ($50 per half-pan) and Mashed Potatoes & Gravy ($45 per half-pan) to enjoy in the comforts of home. Christmas would also not be complete without Georgia’s Restaurant’s delectable “soul-delicious” Desserts including Nana Gretchen’s Whole Peach Cobbler ($32.95 each) and Sweet Potato Pie ($15.95 each). Ho, Ho, Ho and who wouldn’t go to Georgia’s Restaurant to sip a Holiday Hurricane ($10 per serving) or Santa’s Sangria ($9 per serving) to ensure this Holiday is extra merry and bright!

Georgia’s Restaurant at the Anaheim Packing House will offer their Christmas Soulful Sides for Pre-Order until Thursday, December 23rd, 2021.Georgia’s Restaurant’s Christmas Soulful Sides will be available for Pickup on Friday, December 24th, 2021, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Georgia’s Restaurant will be open on Christmas Eve, Friday, December 24th, 2021, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Georgia’s Restaurant will be closed on Christmas Day, Friday, December 25th, 2020. For more information or to order directly, please call Georgia’s Restaurant at the Anaheim Packing House at 714.906.1900; 440 South Anaheim Boulevard #209A, Anaheim, CA  92805;  www.Georgias-Restaurant.com.

Georgia’s Restaurant at the Long Beach Exchange will offer their Christmas Soulful Sides for Pre-Order until Thursday, December 23rd, 2021. Georgia’s Restaurant’s Christmas Soulful Sides will be available for Pickup on Friday, December 24th, 2021, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Georgia’s Restaurant will be open on Christmas Eve, Friday, December 24th, 2021, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Georgia’s Restaurant will be closed on Christmas Day, Friday, December 25th, 2020. For more information or to order directly, please call Georgia’s Restaurant at the Long Beach Exchange at 562.420.5637; 4101 McGowen Street, Suite 155, Long Beach, CA 92630; www.Georgias-Restaurant.com

KNOX & DOBSON

If you are looking for the perfect last-minute gift or you’ll be home for Christmas, Santa can secretly order Knox & Dobson’s new Superior BottledCocktail Gift Box featuring a premium Gin Martini, classic Old Fashioned, Improved Whiskey Cocktail made with Maraska Maraschino, and authentic Rye Manhattan ($70 per Gift Box2 Servings per each Bottled Cocktail) to sip all night and make spirits bright!

Knox & Dobson can be purchased or ordered directly at www.KnoxandDobson.com or from Gerlach’s in Pasadena. For more information, please visit www.KnoxandDobson.com  or call or visit Gerlach’s directly at 626.799.1166; 1075 S. Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91105

Mi Piace

Celebrate Christmas Eve with a big Italian family feast at Mi Piace. Executive Chef Gil Saulnier is preparing a special Christmas Specials Menu this Christmas Eve featuring Italian treats and seasonal specials to satisfy everyone. Begin this year’s feast with an Oyster Platter accompanied with shallots, ginger, tarragon, sake soy mignonette and creamy horseradish, French Onion Soup with caramelized Maui onions, balsamic reduction, vegetarian broth,gruyere, Truffle Pecorino and brioche croutons, Roasted Bone Marrow made with Cowboy bacon shallot jam, toasted butter brushed country bread, and Italian parsley salad, Crispy Potato Galette & Smoked Salmon presented with Cambridge House Royal Smoked Salmon, dill crème fraiche and guests can also add Osetra Caviar (1 ounce $45), or share the Seafood Platter comprised of a half lobster tail, Alaskan King Crab Leg, jumbo prawns, oysters and ginger soy mignonette homemade cocktail sauce. For the Entrées, guests can kick-off the holiday while indulging on the Slow Braised Colorado Lamb Shank prepared with a red wine reduction, braised Japanese eggplant, rutabaga, turnips, and saffron risotto, Chilean Sea Bass served with a Bordeaux demi-glace, diced asparagus, braised white button mushrooms and Nueske’s bacon, Mi Piace’s Seafood Spaghetti made with a whole fresh Maine lobster, New Zealand green-lipped mussels, a San Marzano tomato Espelette sauce, lemon and orange zest, or the Bone in Prime Delmonico New Yorkprepared with Ancho chiles and a coffee dry rub, shiitake mushroom balsamic glaze and Chef’s special country potatoes.

Guests can also enjoy Mi Piace’s Signature Menu with items such as the Ravioli con Salsiccia with sautéed mild Italian sausage, wilted broccolini, sundried tomatoes, sliced garlic and white wine finished with Pecorino cheese; Grilled Double Lamb Chops prepared with a Port wine demi-glace and roasted Yukon potatoes, or the decadent Spaghetti Aragosta comprised of sautéed diced lobster tail tossed with spaghetti in a San Marzano smokey chipotle cream sauce. Even those on Santa’s naughty list can indulge in Mi Piace’s decadent Desserts which are a big part of Mi Piace’s Christmas Evecelebration, so do not miss any delectable delights such as the Midnight Fantasy, a chocolate cake with Swiss bittersweet chocolate fudge and raspberrypurée, Tiramisu, or New York Cheesecake with a creamy graham cracker crust and fresh strawberries and whipped cream. Accompany your Christmas Eve gathering by pairing these delicious dishes with any one of Mi Piace’s award-winning wines or try Cocktail Consultant Josh Suchan’s Ciao Bello cocktail comprised of Borghetti Espresso Liqueur, Galliano Liqueur, almond milk, and espresso.

Mi Piace will be open on Christmas Eve from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm. Mi Piace is open Monday through Sunday from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm. For more information, please call Mi Piace at 626.795.3131; Mi Piace 25 East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91105; 626.795.3131; www.MiPiace.com

THE RAYMOND 1886

O Christmas Eve, O Christmas Eve, The Raymond 1886 prepares Christmas Eve Dinner for you! This special holiday calls for a very special meal and The Raymond 1886 will be offering a Christmas Eve Three-Course Prix-Fixe Dinner ($135.00 per person) that would leave even Santa speechless. This festive feast begins with a First Course featuring a choice of Potato Soup with Parmesan, fingerling chips, and truffle, or a Pickled Beet Salad made with mizuna, pistachio, Pecorino, and honeycomb vinaigrette. The savorous Second Course offers a choice between Cornish Hen, Roasted Whole with roasted vegetables and sauce creole, Pan Seared Striped Bass with polenta, spinach, romesco and a pan sauce, or the 8oz Filet Mignon served with scalloped potatoes, haricot vert, pomegranate, and a bordelaise sauce. The Third Course features a Pumpkin Panna Cotta made with apple coulis, ginger snap cookies and a cinnamon Chantilly. This Christmas Eve Three-Course Prix-Fixe Menu is meant to pair perfectly with a bottle of wine from The Raymond 1886’s Wine List, full Cocktail List, or a special handcrafted holiday cocktail such as 1886 Head Barman Jesus Gomez’s Christmas Tree Lane comprised of Bols Barrel Aged Genever, sweet vermouth, Braulio Amaro, and Becherovka. The Raymond 1886’s Christmas Eve Prix-Fixe Menu is sure to become a special new tradition for the entire family!

The Raymond 1886 will be open for Christmas Eve Dinner from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The Raymond 1886 is open Tuesday through Sunday for 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm, and for Weekend Brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm. The Raymond 1886 will be closed on Christmas Day, Saturday, December 25th, 2021, and Sunday, December 26th, 2021. For more information, please call The Raymond 1886 directly at 626.441.3136; The Raymond 1886 1250 South Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91105; 626.441.3136; www.TheRaymond.com

VEGAN SUNDAY SUPPER

Are you dreaming of a plant-forward Christmas? Whether you have been naughty or nice, celebrate this Christmas by ordering Vegan Sunday Supper’salternative delectably delicious 100% Plant-Based Lasagna to share with loved ones. Vegan Sunday Supper’s Six-Layer Lasagna (2-4 Servings $28.95 / 6-8 Servings $44.95) is a completely new take on the traditional sausage recipe made with sweet peppers and vegan cheeses, but there is a very special secret ingredient, Future Farms Sausage, which makes this Lasagna just as satisfying and delicious as a traditional meat Lasagna, without the meat! Vegan Sunday Supper is also the gift that keeps giving back as 25% of all profits from Vegan Sunday Supper go directly toward benefitting and funding Support + Feed, a non-profit organization created during the pandemic by Maggie Baird (Actress, Voice Artist, Screenwriter), while fighting climate change one plant-based meal at a time.

Support + Feed’s focus is to have a footprint in cities across the country that are the most impacted by food insecurity and climate change. Support + Feed works tirelessly to nourish those in need by assisting local nonprofits with nourishing plant-based meals and informational resources on its nutritional benefits.

Vegan Sunday Supper’s new gourmet ready-to-bake 100% Plant-Based Six-Layer Lasagnas are now available for home delivery anywhere Nationwide, so celebrate this Christmas by visiting www.VeganSundaySupper.com and order now to help fight hunger and climate change one meal at a time.