Local Eateries Still Shine

Have fun making genuine Fong’s pizza at home with these kits and your kids.

By Karla Wals

Even more reasons to keep those frozen veggies on ice: These small businesses* are pulling out all of the stops to keep their customers well-fed and in good spirits. We’ve rounded up one for every day for the rest of the week so you can plant a little “carrot” daily to help power you through another week of quarantine.


Add a culinary class to your home-school curriculum with these kits that allow a family of four to channel their inner pizzaiolo. With pizza dough, sauce and toppings for four personal pizzas, each $20 pack is available at the Ankeny, Drake and downtown locations via curbside pick-up and delivery. All tips are donated to team members who had to be laid off due to the pandemic’s impacts on business. (Three locations across the metro; fongspizza.com)

Tequila Thursday: El Guapo’s Tequila + Tacos Margarita Mix
At last check, this new south-of-the-border-inspired hot spot is offering three varieties of margarita mix (via carryout or $3 delivery) for $12 per quart. Just pour a serving into a shaker, add tequila and ice, shake and serve. Email info@elguaposiowa.com or call 515.216.2198 to inquire about today’s flavors and to place an order. (8950 University Ave. Suite 105, West Des Moines; elguaposiowa.com)

●     Guapo’s House: OJ, lime, lemon, agave, orange zest syrup.
●     Street Snack: Lime, lemon, house pineapple tepache, agave, sumo mandarin syrup.
●     Hellfire: Lemon, house sour, muddled jalapeño, habañero shrubs, Bittermens Burlesque Bitters, citrus syrup.

Fish Friday: The Hall To-Go Fish Fry Fridays
Order via email (orders@thehalldsm.com) by Thursday at 3 p.m., and enjoy curbside pick-up fish fry dinners from FoodWorks in honor of Lent. Each meal comes with two pieces of breaded Atlantic cod, a pile of chips (aka fries), homemade coleslaw and tartar sauce. Orders can be picked up between 4 and 7 p.m. on Fridays, and the Hall is offering 25% off to-go crowlers of beer. (111 S. 11th St., West Des Moines, thehalldsm.com)

Snack Saturday: The Cheese Shop To-Go Monger Boards
Flip on a movie and enjoy an at-home date night with a perfect-for-two Monger Board. With three cheeses and two meats for $25, these beautiful boards feature the best of the Cheese Shop’s world-class cheese and charcuterie. Call 515.528.8181 to reserve your spread for curbside carryout. (833 42nd St., Suite B; thecheeseshopdsm.com)

Sweet Sunday: Cha Cha’s Confections Cookie-Decorating Kits
Once you’ve mastered and devoured your Creme Cupcake kits, try your hand at Cha Cha’s perfect-for-Easter 12-cookie kits. Complete with royal icing, sprinkles, and spring-shaped almond sugar cookies and available while supplies last, the $25 kits can be ordered via chacha1212b@gmail.com and picked up at the confection kitchen. (1614 McKinley Ave., chachasconfections.net)

*Since this is a rapidly evolving situation and menus change frequently, please call or check the social media sites for the brands before attempting carryout.

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