Pity poor Santa: Everywhere he stops during the wee hours of Christmas morning, he gets a plate of cookies and a glass of milk. This year, do him a favor and put out something different at your house, like a slice of satiny lemon tart and a cup of liqueur-laced hot chocolate from the Cattle Kings Grill in Houston (5430 Westheimer).

The tart’s mellow pine-nut crust makes a fine foil for the assertive citrus filing, and the steaming cup of chocolate is a splendid pick-me-up—just what the jolly old elf needs before cranking up the sleigh and reindeer again and heading out to deliver toys to the next 1,374,938 boys and girls on his list.

Two recipes from Cattle Kings Grill, Houston
Lemon Tart with Pine-Nut Crust Recipe
Hot Chocolate Recipe.