Now that we’re spending a lot of time dining at home, it’s fun to try out new delivery and takeout options, especially when the kids can pitch in on the cooking. Lots of our favorite Bay Area restaurants are offering DIY dinner kits of menu favorites and heat-and-eat family meals that will stretch your dollar. Support our local restaurant community and plan your next dinner to-go today!

photo: Jessie & Laurent

Jessie & Laurent

Save your sanity and order up some gourmet meals from Jessie & Laurent for your family. This San Rafael-based company has delivered delicious, chef-made meals to the Bay Area for nearly 40 years and parents need their service more than ever now that we are all cooking at home. 

With weekly rotating dishes that include family favorites like Braised Hungarian Beef Stroganoff and Fresh Baked Salmon with Curried Spinach, there's something that will satisfy even the pickiest toddler. Customers are easily able to tailor their selections to fit their dietary restrictions and preferences, with an assortment of family-sized and freezer-friendly options also available. All meals are heat and eat, and they recently added brunch as an option. Don't miss the cookie dough of the week to satisfy your sweet tooth. 

Pro tip: Think ahead and get Jessie & Laurent to deliver this year's Thanksgiving feast

Online: jessieetlaurent.com

photo: Noodles & Company

Noodles & Company Family Meals—Concord, San Jose & Vacaville

When it comes to meals, parents want their families to eat healthy nutritious options, especially for dinner after a long day of work and school. And for days where there just isn’t enough time to meal prep, turn to Noodles & Company’s family meals to do the heavy lifting. Noodles & Company has a handful of family meal options that serve a family of four, and whether you go for the Mack Pack, Italian Classics or Asian Bowls, there’s an option sure to satisfy even the pickiest of the bunch. 

We recently tried out the Asian Bowls and it was more than enough food for our family of five, plus enough leftover for lunches the next day. 

Bay Area locations: Concord, San Jose & Vacaville
Online: noodles.com/familymeals/

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Burger Kits from Balboa Cafe—San Francisco

Balboa Cafe’s famous and beloved Balboa Burger, on its signature baguette (now with a baguette from Jane the Bakery) with house made pickles and pickled red onions, is available for take-out and delivery for $25.

Balboa Cafe’s at-home Balboa Burger Kit for two includes:

  • Two eight-ounce vacuum-packed custom burger blend patties, ground in-house in the signature oval shape, ready for customers to grill at-home 
  • House made pickles and pickled red onions served in mason jars
  • Half of a baguette baked by local baker, Jane the Bakery
  • Recipe card includes seasoning, tips and guidance on making fries at home

Online: balboacafesf.com

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Paella Kit from Telefèric Barcelona—Palo Alto

Telefèric Barcelona, known for its authentic Spanish cuisine and atmosphere, has launched its new online market, El Merkat (and mobile app) full of Spanish market goods to-go—including DIY paella making kits—available for pick up at Teleferic Palo Alto and for delivery within a 10 mile radius.

El Merkat is adjoined to the Teleferic Barcelona Palo Alto restaurant and offers a variety of imported goods from Spain, perfect for creating Spanish feasts at home. Now conveniently online, the new online shop showcases Telefèric’s favorite prepared dishes to-go as well as market items for purchase. For those seeking an interactive experience with the family to spice up dinner, or just cook a Spanish inspired meal at home, Telefèric Barcelona’s paella making kits provide all the necessary tools to make authentic paella. Customize each kit to feed your family’s needs, with options including paella pans in a range of sizes, bomba rice, saffron seasoning and a complete paella kit. Simply add any vegetables or meat that you have in the fridge or freezer for a complete meal.

Online: telefericbarcelona.square.site

Carnitas Meal Kit from Pier 23 Cafe Restaurant & Bar—San Francisco

San Francisco historic favorite Pier 23 Cafe Restaurant & Bar, located on the Embarcadero, now offers delicious, prepared meal kits that are easy to cook at home and enjoy without the hassle of grocery store lines. Choose from meal kit options like crab cakes, Dungeness crab mac n' cheese and fish tacos. We think families will really love the carnitas meal kit that comes with one pound of roasted carnitas to be reheated, a pint of loaded mashed potatoes, a pint of braised greens, one cup pineapple chili glaze, one cheesy bread and for dessert, four fresh oatmeal cookie dough balls. Tip: add a five-serving cocktail jar of prepared margaritas.

Meal kits are available for pre-order before 3 p.m. Wed.-Sun. Wednesday-Sunday.

Online: pier23cafetakeout.square.site

MYO Pizza Kit from Fiorella—San Francisco

If you are craving some Fiorella's Pizza that's hot out of the oven, this kit is for you! You can make your very own Fiorella-style Margherita pies with dough, sauce, three cheeses and condiments (basil, red chili flakes, oregano, chili oil) for two or four pizzas. Your little pizza chefs can get right to work making their masterpieces in the time it takes you to preheat your oven.

Online: fiorella-sf.com

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Family Meals from Curry Up Now—SF, San Mateo, Oakland, Palo Alto, San Jose

Curry Up Now, the Bay Area's beloved Indian eatery, has just launched three new Family Meals that make feeding the entire family simple, cost-effective and crowd pleasing. The three packages are designed to feed from 4-8 people (for $55, $79, $101, respectively) and each comes with three entrees, turmeric rice, samosas, naan, chutneys, pico kachumber and cookies. Families can choose from Curry Up Now favorites like Butter Chicken, Paneer Tikka Masala and even their best-selling Tikka Masala Burritos!

All five of Curry Up Now's locations in the Bay Area are serving the new Family Meals for takeout, which can be ordered by phone, online, or the Curry Up Now app.

Online: curryupnow.com

Family Meals from Saison Smokehouse—San Francisco

Saison Smokehouse, an all-new to-go barbecue restaurant from Saison Hospitality, is now offering family meals for four ($135) and for two ($72). Meals come with smoked chicken, spice-rubbed pork ribs, pastrami brisket (choice of two proteins for the two-person meal), biscuits with honey, pickles, sauce and sides. End the meal with an embered caramel frosty. 

Guests can order via Tock. Saison Smokehouse is open Tuesday-Saturday from 3-8 p.m. with contactless pick up at Angler (132 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105). Follow on Instagram at @SaisonSmokehouse.

Online: saisonsmokehouse.com

Brunch Kit from Lazy Dog Restaurant—Concord, Cupertino, Dublin, Newark

There is nothing better than waking up at home to the smell of bacon coming from the kitchen! This kit from Lazy Dog Restaurant includes everything you need for an awesome breakfast at home. Cook eggs your favorite way, brown up the breakfast potatoes and get ready for the pancakes of your dreams with all the fixin’s! Whether it’s weekend brunch or breakfast for dinner, dreams will come true with this kit.

They also offer a backyard BBQ kit, a pizza night kit and a home essentials kit (chicken breast, eggs, milk, bread, potatoes and more)

Online: lazydogrestaurants.myshopify.com

Little Lao Table from Farmhouse Thai—SF and Oakland

Who wants a party at home?! Order the Little Lao Table for a delicious feast in the comfort of your own home. Choose from the regular menu or vegetarian menu that includes fresh rolls with peanut sauce, samosa, Mieng Kum bite, papaya salad, grilled Snake River Farm wagyu beef flank steak, Hat Yai fried chicken, shrimp fries rice, Pad Thai with fried egg and more. You'll also get two free kids meals and your choice of two Thai ice tea or two Singha beers. 

Online: farmhousethai.com

Pizza Kit from Giovanni's Italian Specialties—San Francisco

Inspired by his customers who are seeking easy meals to make with the whole family, 13-Time World Pizza Champion Tony Gemignani is offering pizza kits from his artisanal retail shop: Giovanni Italian Specialties. The kits include pizza dough, sauce and cheese (for only $7.50), with the option to add Genoa Salami ($12.50)—making for a delicious and easy-to make family activity for those hunkering down at home. They also have a dinner for two option that includes a pound of fresh pasta, sauce and a bottle of wine. Add on some cannoli for the best Italian meal you've had in months. 

Online: giovannispecialties.com

Carnitas Meal Kit from Nopalito—San Francisco

The Broderick Street location of Nopalito is offering ready-to-heat-and-eat meal kits for pick up and delivery. The carnitas kit come with Nopalito's famous carnitas served with Mexican rice, rancho gordo beans, salsa cruda, pickles and six handmade tortillas. They also offer a pozole kit, birria de res kit and a vegetales a la plancha vegetarian kit. 

Online: nopalitosf.com

photo: Audrey Ma

Noosh Feast—San Francisco

Noosh is open for business and offering family-style meals and select Eastern Mediterranean-inspired menu items a la carte, including salads, soups, house-made spreads and desserts. Options include the Noosh Feast ($54), which offers a selection of family-style favorites meant for sharing, like Noosh’s signature chubby pita, a selection of sides and spreads, a choice of grilled chicken and lamb or spiced cauliflower (vegetarian), and chocolate muhullabia pudding for dessert. A la carte items include flavorful spreads and sauces like whipped hummus, smoked yogurt, red pepper muhammara and lemon garlic tahini sauce—the perfect pairings for a side of fresh-baked chubby pita! The restaurant’s house cocktail, the Noosh Mule, is also available to-go along with a selection of wine and beer by the bottle.

For the latest updates on hours, services, and menu offerings, follow Noosh on Instagram and Facebook.

Contactless curbside pickup is available every Wednesday and Friday from 4-7 p.m. Delivery is available via Caviar from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday and Friday

Online: Curbside pickup orders can be placed here. Delivery orders available through Caviar.

Make-Your-Own Sushi Kit from Sushi Confidential—Campbell

Not only can you satisfy your sushi cravings with this hands-on kit from Sushi Confidential, but you can teach the kids a new skill! You'll get all the ingredients you need to make California rolls, spicy tuna rolls and whatever else you can think up. The kit makes up to eight rolls and serves four for $99.

Online: sushiconfidential.com

photo: Boudin

Crab Feasts and Family Meals—Boudin Bakery

Grab a taste of Fisherman's Wharf at home from Boudin Bakery. Boudin has recently debuted its at-home fresh Dungeness Crab Feasts along with new take-out offerings including Sourdough Saturdays and Family Meals.

Diners wanting to indulge in the quintessential San Francisco meal have the opportunity to pre-order the fresh at-home Dungeness Crab Feasts for pick-up at their neighborhood Boudin location. The feast includes: a loaf of Boudin’s world-famous Original San Francisco Sourdough™, classic Caesar salad, pasta marinara, fresh steamed Dungeness Crab served with drawn butter and homemade cocktail sauce and of course, crab bibs. To order Boudin’s fresh at-home Dungeness Crab Feasts, please call 1-877-988-1849 anytime from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mon.-Thurs.  Orders must be placed by 4 p.m. on Thursdays for pick-up on Fridays and Saturdays.  

Boudin has also launched Sourdough Saturdays, gifting diners a free one-pound Original San Francisco Sourdough™ loaf with purchase of a take-out order of $15 or more. Or, try one of Boudin's three new Family Meals for take-out including salad and sandwich, salad and bread bowl soup, or sandwich and bread bowl soup. These can all be ordered online. 

Online: boudinbakery.com

DIY ShackBurger Kit from Shake Shack—Nationwide

If you've got a craving for a Shackburger, get yourself a DIY Shackburger kit delivered to your home, pronto! Shake Shack has teamed up with goldbelly to get this deal to your door. Each kit features ingredients to make eight ShackBurgers (including their custom blend of 100% Angus beef, Martin’s potato rolls, American cheese and their secret ShackSauce).

Online: goldbelly.com/shake-shack

For An At-Home Date Night

Gourmet Bento Boxes from ONE65 Bistro—San Francisco

If you have an anniversary or other celebration coming up, consider a gourmet bento box from ONE65. You'll get a four-course meal: appetizer, entree, cheese and dessert with selections like beef cheek wagyu with gratin pommes puree and lobster bisque with espelette cappuccino. Add on a charcuterie board and you will be ready to celebrate!

Online: trycaviar.com

—Kate Loweth

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