Although a regular Memorial Day with social gatherings might not be on the agenda for this year, one essential element for the holiday weekend is still viable: food fresh off the grill. While normally a grill master has to prep his or her own nosh for the sears, this year, the pandemic has enabled many local restaurants to offer grilling kits for the weekend. Snag a package from one of these places and set yourself up for a fresh air feast.
Red Cow offers not only one Cook at Home Burger Kit to choose from, but four. That is, if it’s possible to choose between options like the Barcelona burger, with prosciutto, Manchego, and piquillo pepper slices, or the Blues burger with local blue cheese and apricot-rosemary black pepper jam. If choosing proves too difficult, rest comforted that all options come with house chips and onion dip as well as Wuollet’s buns. Call in or order online to pick up at the four metro area locations.
Count on Minnesota-raised meats with a grill pack from Chowgirls Killer Catering. Pick between hamburgers from Peterson Craftsman Meats, brats from Gerhard’s, and vegan brats from Herbivorous Butcher. On the side, savor house made items like spicy pickle relish and French potato salad. Order by Wednesday, pickup or delivery on Saturday.
Secure the full grill-out experience with Saint Dinette, where potato salad, baked beans, and coleslaw accompany pulled pork and smoked chicken on the grill. Mud pie, complete with Oreos and gummy worms on top, will satisfy the sweet tooth of the family. Place orders online by Thursday for pickup Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.
A grilling kit from Popol Vuh & Centro includes a whole striped bass or pork chops, accompanied by cauliflower, chayote salad, and dinner rolls. Popol Vuh is known for its open fire cooking and this is an excellent opportunity to recreate that experience in your backyard. Orders open Saturday.
Rely on Lowry Hill Meats, an exceptional butcher shop in Minneapolis, for everything destined for the grill: chicken, turkey legs, ribs, pork shoulder, burger patties, several cuts of steak, and more. Plus, pick up charcoal and wood chips for a one-stop grill shop. Pickup or delivery, Tuesday through Saturday.
A step above a burger or brat for Memorial Day is naturally, steak. At Minneapolis’ swanky steakhouse, P.S. Steak, opt for a flat iron or a Denver for the grill, and pair it with the buttery aligot potatoes and honey lemon glazed carrots. Or, go the barbecue route and enjoy cornbread, mac and cheese, braised greens, and carrot cake with sticky ribs. Order one day in advance online or on the phone, pickup Wednesday through Sunday.
Bar Brava takes ramps to the next level by marinating its chicken in olive oil and the wild spring onion before customers take it to the grill. On the side, smoked potatoes and lemon garlic broccolini ramp up the meal another notch for a flavorful Memorial Day meal for two. Add on an exceptional bottle of wine to pair with the meal, the natural selection is what this spot is known for. Order online, pickup Thursday through Saturday.
For a meal with a little European flare, order from Italian Eatery. Drizzle its basilicata barbecue sauce on fungi and veggie skewers. Or, level up with items like chicken thighs, prawn skewers, Calabrian salsa, and potato insalata. Round out the meal with an American summer tradition of s’morers, because IE provides house made marshmallows, a cacao bar and graham crackers ready for the grill. Order online, pickup Friday through Sunday.
Go the fancier route with the Lexington, where two 16-ounce, bone-in pork chops come with apricot dijon jus, potato pave, and grilled ramps. The perfect cap to this classy meal? Thin mints. Order online, pickup Saturday.