Across COVID, restaurants have turned in every way – they have built elaborate restaurants, expanded take-out options, and started selling meal sets.
With pre-measured ingredients, simple recipe cards, and often clever, creative packaging, restaurant meal sets have become a way to stay connected (and support) the restaurants we love. They’re a far cry from the blue apron-style dishes you might imagine – often they allow inexperienced chefs to recreate beloved, elaborate dishes that you probably wouldn’t otherwise try (such as an entire Shabbat dinner, for example by Pittsburgh’s Abe Fisher).
Most restaurant meal sets are limited to local pickup and delivery, but some ship nationwide. That means you can make a sandwich from Katz’s Delicatessen in New York City in your Oregon kitchen or serve Chicago’s Publican pub chicken to your friends in Miami. Read on for eight of the best restaurant meal sets shipped nationwide.
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Cote’s Butcher’s Feast comes with four pieces of meat. All you have to do is grill it.
Cote Korean Steakhouse Butcher Festival
New York’s Cote Korean Steakhouse is known for pairing great American steaks like Ribeye and American Wagyu with the hallmarks of a great Korean BBQ experience: table grills, delicious on-table banchan and flowing ssamjang. Their meal sets, which come in servings for two to six people, include all of the above. A great entry point with enough food for four, the Butcher’s Feast kit includes raw and marinated cuts like hanger steak and galbi, as well as cooking instructions to help you achieve a Cote-like result. Pre-portioned ingredients like pickled vegetables, lettuce to wrap and ssamjang sauce are also included.
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The Publican meal set contains a complete chicken, a side dish with grilled carrots and a dessert.
Paul Kahan’s Perfect Publican meal set
The Publican in Chicago is known for upscale, yet absolutely soothing American cuisine. The Pub Chicken menu (one of several from The Publican and its sister restaurants, like Avec, which includes a paella kit and stuffed Medjool dates) serves four and pays homage to their dining experience with an easy-to-perform meal of pork and Duck rilettes, “to nibble while you prepare the bird,” a fully marinated farm chicken, grilled carrots as a side dish and brown butter and chocolate chip cookie dough for dessert. This is the kind of meal you could possibly trick your family into thinking you made it from scratch.