The Latest LTOs: What’s To Eat Over Christmas Break

The holiday season always brings with it a special set of flavors and foods that we all look forward to eating. Think pumpkin, cranberry, turkey, gingerbread and peppermint. Here are the latest to grace the holiday table:

Torchy’s Tacos: Austin’s own Torchy’s Tacos has a Taco-of-The-Month program and the December feature is the South Pole which is available between December 1 and 31.    Available at all 34 locations, the special features braised leg of lamb topped with a slightly sweet cranberry-habanero jam, fresh avocado, Diablo Hot Sauce, cotija cheese, cilantro, and French-fried onions. I actually tried this taco and the lamb was very well seasoned and tender. I would definitely recommend it if you are in Texas around Christmas time.

Bruster’s Ice Cream:  Bruster’s is celebrating the holiday with two seasonal flavors, Chocolate Peppermint and Eggnog. The Chocolate Peppermint features a velvety chocolate ice cream with red and green peppermint candy pieces swirled in. The Eggnog version features custardy vanilla notes.  Enjoy them plain, in a cone, or with your favorite sundae toppings.

Dog Haus: This southern California eatery touts itself as a craft hot dog concept. Featuring 100% beef skinless wieners. Their seasonal LTO centers on that Louisiana legend the Turducken. A sausage made with turkey, duck, chicken, cranberries, and sweet potatoes is topped with sage gravy, crispy onions and a Brussels sprout-bacon slaw. According to Adam Gertler, the company’s official würschmacher (that’s sausage maker to you and me), the sausage was also inspired by holiday sides including stuffing and the ubiquitous green bean casserole.

Einstein Bros. Bagels:  Gingerbread is one of my favorite seasonal flavors and Einstein Bros. loves it too. Just in time for Christmas, they released the Gingerbread Bagel, featuring the classic spices of your favorite holiday cookie. The Nutcracker bagel also premiers this year. It starts with a French toast bagel, and from there, it’s topped with maple schmear, bacon and walnuts.

Buffalo Wild Wings: though not entirely holiday related I did have to include the new wing flavor from Buffalo Wild Wings.  Mountain Dew flavored wings  were developed in conjunction with the Citrus Bowl which takes place on New Year’s Day. Dressed in Mountain Dew, soy, ginger and red pepper notes, the wings are available starting December 14th. Buffalo Wild Wings flavor combination should be no surprise since they started the Sauce Lab last year as a showcase for new and innovative wing flavors.

Enjoy your holidays and don’t forget to try one of these delicious holiday-inspired treats!

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