Lola’s Fine Kitchen’s family meal has options for both vegetarians and carnivores.
Writer: Karla Walsh
We’re more than two months into coronavirus-related closings or changes, and if you’re anything like most of the dsm staff, you are over washing dishes and cooking three meals a day. These to-go feed-a-crowd meals require zero prep time, so you can either serve your entire family or have a few meals covered for one or two.
Aposto: A cozy casserole of homemade cavatelli, Graziano’s sausage, marinara sauce and plenty of melted cheese hits just right in the middle of a stressful week. And that’s only the beginning: The Italian Family Meal pack from this Sherman Hill Italian restaurant includes garlic bread, salad and two pints of homemade dressing in portions enough to feed six to eight adults for $65. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for curbside carryout Wednesday through Saturday between 4 and 7 p.m. (644 18th St., www.apostodm.com)
Republic on Grand: This chic East Village rooftop bar/bistro is open for dine-in, too, but a snack-a-thon in PJs at home sounds good for some (OK, most) days right now. Call 515-518-6060 and your “Grand Smorgasboard” will be ready for curbside carryout in 20 minutes at the AC Hotel lobby. For $50, choose two small plates (like a flatbread, hummus, or goat cheese terrine), a cheese or charcuterie board and one bottled cocktail for an epic physically distant double date night. Bonus menu items and drinks are available as add-ons to round out your meal. (401 E. Grand Ave., therepublicongrand.com)
Lola’s Fine Kitchen: If you have special dietary needs or menu preferences, this Ankeny fast-casual Filipino-Pakistani fusion restaurant will more than fit the bill. Order online to customize your family meal for $30.99. You can choose two starches, then pick two proteins (lentils and tofu will please vegetarians, while tandoori chicken and pork sisig cover the carnivores). Tack on two veggies, one appetizer and up to four sauces to round out your fresh and filling feast. (1615 S.W. Main St., #106, Ankeny, lolasfinekitchen.com)