If a family that's lost the will to cook on Christmas is fortunate enough to live near one of Luby's 95 U.S. locations, the comfort-food chain is willing to set the holiday menu for the right price.
Much like Boston Market, Luby's best attempts at setting the holiday table come through its heat-and-serve meals. For $80, a family of 10 to 12 gets its choice of a whole roasted turkey, whole smoked turkey, whole deep-fried turkey, whole roasted turkey breast, spiral ham or a turkey breast and spiral ham combo with trimmings, rolls and either a pumpkin or pecan pie. Bump the holiday order up to $110 and Luby's will sub in roasted prime beef, mashed potatoes, strawberry cheesecake and holiday pie.
If you don't need the whole meal, Luby's will supply those meat options, sides such as caramelized yams and macaroni au gratin and desserts including chocolate ice box pie or German chocolate cake a la carte. All of the above still takes two to two and a half hours to heat, which is why those who want to limit their workload to lifting glasses of eggnog and passing out to a Love Actually DVD should consider Luby's catering service for 10 or more that runs from $7 to $11 a head.