Boston’s Best Restaurant Meal Kits During Quarantine
Boston’s Best Takeout and Delivery During the Coronavirus Shutdown
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We’ve already compiled a list of our favorite spots that continue to offer takeout or delivery during the state-mandated closure—but some local restaurants are making it easier for you to cook at home, too. The venues below are selling meal kits for pick-up and/or delivery, from make-your-own-pizza kits, to fresh pasta and sauces, to boxes filled with pierogi and kielbasa.
Last updated 7/21/20
As part of its takeout menu offered from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, Bar Mezzana is selling “ready to boil” pasta kits containing everything needed to make their standout pasta dishes. Choose from the Tagliolini Bolognese or the Orecchiette with sausage, radicchio, caramelized fennel, and parmesan fondue. Place your order between 12 and 6 p.m. the same day.
Bow Market’s premier empanada supplier is delivering “Buenas Self-Care Kits” that come with either frozen ready-made empanadas or frozen dough discs that you can stuff and fold at home. You can also add half-pints of chimichurri or pebre (a Chilean salsa) to your kit. Order online.
The Butcher Shop
The Butcher Shop is selling fresh pastas, including Fettuccine, Strozzapreti, Spaghetti, Duck and Ramp Ravioli, and Pork Tortellini. Add a homemade Pesto or Braised Beef & Wild Mushroom Ragu to your order to complete the meal.
As part of its takeout and delivery program, Chickadee is selling fresh pastas by the half pound, as well as homemade sauces like Cacio e Pepe, Mushroom Ragu, and 12-Hour Wagyu Bolognese.
The “Coppa to Cook at Home” section of the South End enoteca’s takeout and delivery menu features serves-four pasta dishes like Rigatoni with pork sugo or Gemelli Verde with herb and ramp pesto. They’re also selling pizza kits and an easily reheatable risotto.
Flour Bakery + Cafe
The Back Bay location of Flour is delivering pantry staples including eggs, butter, and yes, flour, in addition to egg sandwich packs, heat-and-serve pizzas, and kits containing everything needed to make scones, chocolate cream pies, and more. Order via Flour’s “Pantry” location on Caviar.
Fox & the Knife
Fox & the Knife continues to serve a limited menu of favorite entrees to-go nightly, but from 12 to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday they’re also selling freshly made pastas (such as campanelle and bucatini), sauces (including amatriciana and Bolognese), and snacky sides (like house-made ricotta and prosciutto with mortadella) to enjoy at home. Place your order by calling the restaurant.
The takeout menu served Tuesday through Saturday at Giulia includes fresh pasta to cook at home. Choose between a pound of fusilli with pesto alla trapanese or a pound of bucatini with amatriciana sauce and freshly grated pecorino.
Jaju Pierogi, another Bow Market favorite, is delivering “Polish Meal Kits” that can be ordered online. The kits include at least two dozen frozen pierogi and a pound of smoked kielbasa (with the option to add dozens more), plus sour cream, sauerkraut, mustard, and horseradish. Check the link above for delivery times and locations. Due to high demand, you might have to give about a week’s notice—but the good news is that Jaju will be delivering kits far and wide, from Portland, Maine, to Western Mass.
Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant; Capo
South Boston sister restaurants Lincoln and Capo are offering takeout and delivery through Caviar daily. (Lincoln is open from 12 to 8 p.m.; Capo is open from 3 to 9 p.m.) In addition to ready-made offerings, both are also selling “DIY Pizza Kits” that come with two balls of pizza dough, sauce, a mix of three cheeses, pepperoni, basil, and flour.
If you’ve been pining for a Double Awesome (Mei Mei’s famous breakfast sandwich in a scallion pancake) while in quarantine, you’re in luck: Mei Mei is selling “The Double Awesome Meal Kit” that includes everything you need to make five servings at home. Order in advance via Toast to pick up between 3 and 5 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekends.
Myers + Chang
The takeout menu served Wednesday through Sunday at Myers + Chang (also available delivered via Caviar on Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday) features a “Take + Make” section for at-home cooking. Try your hand at making their Dan Dan Noodles, Mama Chang’s Pork + Chive Dumplings, and more.
Life Alive Organic Cafe
The plant-based cafe is delivering three- and five-day meal plans that includes reheatable meals, stews, salads, and sides. You can also order their bowls, salads, and sauces a la carte.
Monument Restaurant & Tavern
Charlestown’s Monument & Tavern is delivering “Make Your Own Pizza Kits” through Caviar. Select from plain cheese, margherita, or pepperoni to customize your homemade ‘za.
Perillas is selling serves-four “Bibimbap Meal Kits” that can be pre-ordered online and delivered for free throughout the Greater Boston area. Each starts with a base of white rice with vegetable toppings, including kimchi cucumbers, carrots, and red radish; plus sauces like gochujang or aioli; and your choice of bulgogi beef or baked tofu, with soft-boiled eggs available as an add-on.
Row 34 is selling a Lobster Roll Kit containing everything you need to recreate the restaurant’s beloved rolls at home, as well as a Shrimp Taco Kit and readymade Clam Chowder and Butterscotch Pudding. Orders can be placed online starting at 9 a.m. each Tuesday for pick-up between 4 and 7 p.m. each Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. 100 Lobster Roll Kits will be available each pick-up day.
The Salty Pig
In addition to ready-made pies, The Salty Pig is selling “Make Your Own Pizza at Home” kits that can be picked up or delivered via Caviar or DoorDash. Each contains enough sauce, cheese, and dough to make two pies, and can be supplemented with pepperoni or pork sausage.
During select hours Wednesday through Sunday, you can pick up Sofra favorites including Sultan’s Delight, Moussaka, and Baked Stuffed Sweet Potato as serves-two, oven-ready meals, plus a Shakshuka Kit that includes six eggs, tomato-hawaij sauce, and zhoug.
The ever-inventive Somerville restaurant has launched TC@Home, a two-hour virtual dining experience hosted over Zoom by chef Peter Ungár at 5:45 p.m. each Friday and Saturday. Participants must first book their experience online; then they’ll receive a box containing everything needed to cook a three-course tasting menu at home, with the option of adding a beverage pairing from Tasting Counter’s cellar of natural wines, sakes, and non-alcoholic beverages.
Whole Heart Provisions
Via its Central Square location, Whole Heart Provisions is selling serves-two kits containing everything needed to make its signature Cassie bowl, as well as a serves-two Brunch Kit that contains a quart of “buttermilk” pancake batter, homemade strawberry rhubarb jam, bananas, toasted pumpkin seed crumble, and house-made sausage and potato hash browns. Orders can be picked up between 3 and 6 p.m. on Saturdays and must be placed by 8 p.m. the preceding Friday.