10 easy pickup dinner kits from local establishments

Restaurants are offering meal kits to enjoy favorites at home
food fully spread out on a table in to-go containers
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Pasture and Plenty

While you may not feel comfortable dining out in a restaurant, some are offering meal kits so you can enjoy your favorites in the safety of your own home. Here are 10 ideas for easy pickup dinners from local establishments.

If you’re in a pinch, Banzo is offering a take-and-bake meal that will satisfy your entire family and maybe leave you with some leftovers. Get a pound of marinated chicken and 12 falafel balls plus rice, chopped salad, hummus and pitas for $45. You can also make it vegan with 24 falafel balls instead of chicken. Banzo is participating in Cook It Forward, so while you order your meal, you can also add a donation to feed someone in need. 2105 Sherman Ave., 441-2002, banzomadison.com

Brasserie V/Longtable Beer Cafe
Matt and Andrea Van Nest, who own sister restaurants Brasserie V and Longtable Beer Cafe, created take-and-make meal kits for both restaurants. At each place you’ll find kits inspired by favorite menu items based on local, seasonal ingredients. Pick between two different sizes of meals great for a couple’s night in or a meal for the whole family to enjoy. 1923 Monroe St., 255-8500, brasseriev.com; 7545 Hubbard Ave., Middleton, 841-2337, longtablebeercafe.com

Award-winning, fine dining restaurant L’Etoile has pivoted to offer family meals for five and dinner for two throughout the pandemic. Each Wednesday through Saturday you’ll find something different, and with chef Tory Miller at the helm, you know each offering will be top-notch and feature many local ingredients. 1 S. Pinckney St., 251-0500, letoile-restaurant.com

The Heights
Treat you and your significant other to a fancy indoor date night courtesy of The Heights. Four nights a week, The Heights offers dinner for two. Each week it changes, but you’re guaranteed to get a gourmet meal. To really up the experience, add a bottle of wine expertly paired with dinner. Pre-orders are required. 11 N. Allen St., 405-5500, theheightsstore.com

La Taguara
East Washington spot La Taguara has created delectable Venezuelan and Latin American take-and-heat family meals. Choose from an arepas kit (which is gluten-free) or a Venezuelan comfort dinner featuring shredded beef, shredded chicken, eggplant or roast pork. 3502 E. Washington Ave., 721-9100, lataguara-madison.com

Morris Ramen
Assemble your own gourmet ramen courtesy of Morris Ramen. With foolproof instructions and four options (Morris with chashu pork belly, spicy, miso and veggie), it’s really easy to compose a satisfying bowl that will warm you up on the chilliest winter day. For extra warmth, add a spicy bomb, if you dare. 106 King St., 416-5547, morrisramen.com

Pasture and Plenty
Pasture and Plenty is known for its weekly meal kits, so if you haven’t tried them yet, now is a great time. In each kit you’ll find three dinners: One is designed for you to cook yourself, one just needs to be heated up and one can be stored in your freezer for whenever you’re ready to enjoy it. 2433 University Ave., 665-3770, pastureandplenty.com

Savi Cafe & Catering
While Savi Cafe is not open right now, you can still enjoy a delicious meal through Christine’s Kitchens’ delivery service. While it requires a bit of planning ahead, as orders close Monday for Thursday delivery, it’s worth it to enjoy pulled pork, baked macaroni and cheese, chicken cacciatore and oven-roasted chicken wings created by Savi Cafe. 215 S. Hamilton St., 283-4903, christines-kitchens.com

Sugar River Pizza
Get your kids involved in the kitchen with a pizza kit from Sugar River Pizza in Verona. With raw dough, sauce, cheese and two toppings included, they will have fun helping make dinner. While you’re at it, Sugar River also offers unbaked loaves of bread. All you have to do is pop one in the oven and impress the family with a warm slice. 957 Liberty Drive, Verona, 497-1800, sugarriverpizza.com

Tapatios Cocina Mexicana
Satisfy everyone at your dinner table with a fajita family pack from Tapatios. While you can choose chicken or steak, the ultimate option is El Trio, which includes chicken, steak and shrimp in addition to rice, beans, guacamole, pico de gallo, sour cream and tortillas. While you’re at it, consider adding a margarita, paloma, michelada or vampiro cocktail kit. 2990 Cahill Main Suite 100, Fitchburg, 467-7400,

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