Take-and-bake, heat-and-eat, whatever way you say it, Twin Cities restaurants have stepped up their game in terms of unique home “cooking.” This outside the box thinking has helped keep many eateries afloat during unprecedented times. Plus, it offers another option besides the usual suspects of takeout, curbside, and delivery.
Check out some of our favorites “heat-and-eats” in the metro area, sure to offer a lovely break from all the monotony of meal prep, grocery shopping, and washing dishes. And feel good about supporting local while you’re at it.
These take-and-bake meals are actually called “coping mechanisms” on the menu, and that sounds about right. Order red coconut curry, adobo chicken, smoked mac and cheese, and more online.
All three locations of Red Cow, North Loop, Selby Avenue, and 50th Street, are offering four make-your-own-burger kits for at home, grilled perfection. Each kit feeds four people, so it’s perfect for a family, two meals for a couple, or one meat-loving single. Choose from the ultimate burger, blues burger, mushroom and Swiss burger, and Barcelona burger. Order online.
Two St. Paul locations of this eatery offer take-and-bake selections. Comfort food faves like pot pies, ribs, and corned beef hash make this an extra special offering. Be sure to pre-order online for Thursday through Sunday pick up slots.
In extra charming fashion, ie has come up with a “Whole Kit and Ka-Noodle” take-and-bake package. It feeds 4-5 and allows for eaters to pick their sauce and pasta preferences. Be sure to remember this South Minneapolis favorite for your next meal.
Another great restaurant with heat-and-eat meal kit options is Foxy Falafel in St. Paul. Meals like chicken shawarma and numerous falafels feed two people. Falafel options include the classic foxy falafel, curry falafel, beet falafel, and stoplight which is one of each flavor. There’s also a combination foxy and chicken dish for the indecisive diner. Order online.
Both the North Loop and St. Paul locations of this un-fussy Italian spot boast some solid take-and-bake choices. Hungry diners will love the hearty pasta picks that feed four to six people. Options like Bolognese, lasagna, chicken Alfredo, spaghetti and meatballs , and chicken parmesan (chicky-chicky parm parm if you’re Tom Haverford) will be sure to delight. Numerous to go pizzas are also available, including the ever elusive vegan pie. On the appetizer front, classics like garlic bread, meatballs, and grilled kabobs (both chicken and steak) round out their offerings.
Longtime St. Paul staple The Lexington has a prime date night opportunity in their to-go meal kit. Check out the Porterhouse dinner for two, which includes steak to be grilled at home, a salad, loaded baked potatoes, veggies, and a dessert. Wine add-ons are also available for a complementary sip. Order online.
Check out this charitably-minded St. Paul business for some inventive to-go picks. Dry biscuit ingredients, complete with a video tutorial, is just the beginning at Hot Hands. They also offer four fluffy biscuits with a heat at home quart of gravy and take-and-bake frozen biscuits as well. Order online for zero contact local delivery or pickup.
Thursday through Sunday, numerous take-and-bake combinations can be procured at Mucci’s in both Minneapolis and St. Paul. Categories like pizza, pasta, and sauce make the online menu a breeze to navigate, with easy peasy heating directions available right when you order.
South Minneapolis’ Grand Café takes heat-and-eat to the next level with their combination meal and wellness kits. With twelve total meals designed for two people, plus wine pairings, fun activities, and fresh flowers, these kits can’t be beat. Simply order on Wednesday for Saturday delivery. Menus rotate each week, based on what local goods are available.
This Longfellow neighborhood favorite just announced new take-and-bake options starting today. Order this fresh Asian food locally delivered, or pick up curbside. This week’s menu includes pork, veggie, or chicken dumplings, 25 pieces for $25 with sauce included. Delivery is a $5 fee, free curbside pick-up. Order online.