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Spotlight on takeout: Family style meals

25November 2020

Restaurants need our help, now more than ever.

To that end, we would like to encourage you to order gift cards, merchandise or takeout from your favorites to see them through the next few weeks of in-person dining being shut down.

My family has been getting takeout from local restaurants whenever we can, and I especially love family-style meals that mean I don’t have to take everyone’s orders.

Here are some awesome meals we’ve had lately. I have a whole long list of places offering family-style to try, so expect me to tell you about them as I do.

We will get through this, together. And hopefully, these restaurants will be there on the other side of it.

If you’ve had some great takeout lately, tell us about it (photos are welcome too) by emailing us at [email protected]

Frozen lasagna from Mucci’s in St. Paul. (Jess Fleming / Pioneer Press)

Mucci’s

On any given day, if you ask my kids what they want, in their heart of hearts, barring time limits or anything else, their answer will be lasagna. So how awesome is it that Mucci’s has figured out how to package one of their favorite versions of it in frozen form? Buy one to feed the family today and grab another to throw in the freezer next time you don’t have an answer for the question, “What’s for dinner?” It takes over an hour to bake in the oven, but the tender noodles, zippy sauce and tasty meat are nearly as good as when you get it fresh from the restaurant. They also have fresh pasta and sauce and frozen pizzas if you’re looking for a delicious shortcut that’s a little faster.

786 Randolph Ave., St. Paul; 651-330-2245; muccisitalian.com

Urban Growler

Oh, how I love this little brewery, for its delicious beers, but also its earnest, tasty bar food. On a recent night, while perusing menus for family-style options, I happened upon its pandemic-inspired menu, which includes fried chicken, mac and cheese, braised pork and more. Of course, my kids chose lasagna (I told you) and it was really, shockingly good and came with a salad and garlic bread. We also ordered a family-style box of brownies, which were ultra chocolaty and came with caramel whipped cream and caramel sauce, which my dessert-loving teens were really happy about. If you’re in the market for individual meals, their entire menu of sandwiches, tacos, kids meals and appetizers, including some of our favorite nachos in town, is available, too. And of course, don’t forget the beer. You can pick up crowlers of fresh, delicious suds with your order.

2325 Endicott St., St. Paul; 651-340-5793; urbangrowlerbrewing.com

Bennett’s Chop and Railhouse

Family-style meatloaf from Bennett’s Chop and Railhouse in St. Paul. (Jess Fleming / Pioneer Press)

This scrappy little West Seventh steakhouse is still plugging along, offering curbside takeout, including some very homestyle family meals. We argued a bit before settling on the meatloaf, which turned out to be a solid choice. Thick slabs of griddled meatloaf are served with mashed potatoes and gravy, a chopped salad and a vegetable, which was shaved brussels sprouts when we ordered. It’s … a lot of food. We are not the biggest eaters but got two full meals worth out of it. The family-style menu also includes barbecue ribs and mac and cheese, chicken kiev and cajun chicken fettuccine.

1305 W. Seventh St., St. Paul; 651-228-1408; bennettschopandrailhouse.com

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