Ultimately, your favorite local businesses and restaurants workers will need the support of legislators to save them. But community members can also stand behind the local food industry with their dollars by patronizing those spots that are still open, in the form of takeaway orders. Purchasing meal kits and take-and-bake dinners is just one way to do help the local economy while also keeping yourself and your family entertained and fed during the “stay at home, stay safe” order in Michigan. Below are some of the options right now for DIY-dining and drinking in metro Detroit.
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Detroit Vegan Soul (West): The West Village outpost of DVS is closed but the Grandmont Rosedale restaurant is still open with limited service. In addition to offering curbside pickup and no-contact delivery, DVS is selling seven-day meal packages containing soul platters and seitan pepper steak, almond tempeh, a sweet and sour tofu bowl, spaghetti with meatballs, a DVS burger with yam fries and coleslaw, and an okra stew bowl. The cost is discounted $75.
Bigalora Wood-Fired Cucina: In addition to offering its regular menu, Bigalora restaurants are selling pints of sauce and dough balls so customers can build-their-own pizzas at home. Select a location and place an order through the Toast Tab app for pickup only.
Pietrzyk Pierogi: This pierogi shop in Gratiot Central Market just rolled out Polish meal boxes in several sizes depending on how many people are eating in your household. The basic $30 box is stuffed with one dozen pierogi, a quart of soup, an onion, and 8 ounce containers of sour cream and sauerkraut. Others feature kielbasa, bread, and mustard. Purchase online for pickup or delivery within a 20-mile radius. The restaurant also offers shipping.
Castalia: Folks looking to brush up on their cocktail skills while cooped up indoors, should consider checking out Castalia. The pint-sized Cass Corridor cocktail bar is selling cocktail kits online for curbside pickup. The bar has combined all the essential ingredients for a cocktail (minus the booze) into ice cubes with serving instructions. There’s also jiggers, bar spoons, and ice cube trays for sale.
Folk: Folk is doing a little bit of everything from curbside groceries to a delivery menu, but the restaurant is also preparing meal kits and produce boxes. The weekly farm box comes with essentials like vegetables, yogurt, cheese, bacon, eggs, and grain, while the Sunday Supper box features a rotating weekly meal with wine and fresh bread. Both boxes are priced at $50 and can be purchased online.
Beyond Juicery and Eatery: This metro Detroit juice bar chain offers no-contact delivery and curbside pickup for its “essentials kits” through a proprietary app. Select your location and choose from salad kits, charcuterie kits, smoothie kits, and more.
Zingerman’s Cornman Farms: Stock up your freezer with meals prepared by Zingerman’s Cornman Farms. The restaurant and events venue is selling frozen items like chicken spaetzle soup and bangers and mash, which can be ordered online for pickup and reheated at home at your pleasure.
Rocco’s Italian Deli: This Italian deli and market in Cass Corridor is selling take-and-bake meals for curbside pickup. Choose from options like ziti with mushroom marinara and herbed ricotta or the $50 meal package. Menu items rotate daily and are available for online ordering.
Ferndale Project: The Ferndale Project is doing a little bit of everything from beer and cider delivery to Detroit-style pizza. The brewery also offers frozen pasties in flavors like butter chicken and vegan apple.
Guerrilla Food: This grassroots culinary organization (the same folks behind Corktown’s Pink FlaminGo) has expanded its soup program to include a broader range of prepared meals to eat at home — order them online.
Forest: Expect salads, spaghetti bolognese, cheeseburgers, and some fanciful daily specials from this Birmingham restaurant, which is doing family meals for pick-up and delivery from Tuesday to Saturday. Sister restaurant Phoenicia is also open with upscale Lebanese food, although it’s more of a ready-to-eat menu.
Eve/Frita Batidos: Chef Eve Aronoff Fernandez has a weekly three-course menu with diverse options from Thai-style barbecue chicken through to a shellfish-prosciutto lasagne. See the menu online and order via the Frita Batido site — alternatively, you can just grab a Frita Batido sandwich kit. f
Coriander Kitchen and Farm: These farm to table caterers are doing weekly deliveries of at-home meals, from a rotating menu that focuses on fresh vegetables and also features options for kids. Order by noon Thursday to get it delivered the following Monday.
Jolly Pumpkin: Anybody getting into quarantine baking may be interested in the sourdough starter kit on offer from this cafe and brewery: for $5, you get the starter, instructions for feeding it, and a pizza dough recipe.
Buddy’s Pizza: Detroit’s famed pizzeria is still churning out square pies (and healthcare workers and first responders get 50 percent off with ID), but also has a half-baked option (read: pizza you can bake at home). If you order them between 1 and 4 p.m. over the phone, you’ll get $4 off to boot.
Grey Ghost: This hip Cass Corridor haunt has a cook-at-home menu with options like barbecue spare ribs, meatloaf, and a burger kit. Order online and pick it up from Thursday to Saturday.
Mabel Gray: Chef James Rigato’s Hazel Park destination just launched an at-home menu for carry-out, with options ranging from soups and baba ghanouj through to a steak kit featuring dry-aged wagyu. It’s available Tuesday to Saturday; orders should be made a day in advance.
PizzaPlex: Customers can now purchase pizza kits as well as beer, wine, 00 flour, and cheese from PizzaPlex in Southwest Detroit. The restaurant is also selling ready-to-bake bread dough. Place orders online for pickup or delivery with a minimum $40 order and a $10 fee.
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Hey all! We decided to open to offer our delicious kits, among other things! Until we can resume normal operations, we will be selling Pizza Kits - where you get all the necessities to make the PizzaPlex pizza you love in your own kitchen! You can visit our website to order kits at pizzaplex.com. We will be offering both SAME-DAY pickup for all orders placed before 3pm, and NEXT-DAY pickup and delivery for all orders placed after 3pm or at your preference. You can also add wine for $20 or beer (price varies). Thank you all for your support and patience
Marrow: In addition to packages of groceries, Marrow is selling kits for a variety of items including dumplings, ramen, paella, and spaghetti. Customers can place orders online for curbside pickup.
The Kitchen By Cooking With Que: This New Center-based restaurant and cooking education company offers vegan and pescatarian meal prep with contactless delivery. Packages are available through the online store.
Shimmy Shack: This vegan restaurant in Plymouth is selling ready-to-bake gluten free and vegan meals. Options change weekly, but previous menus have featured enchilada casserole, creamy mushrooms and rice, and not-tuna noodle casserole. Pickup is available on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Order online, call 734-228-5990, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nosh Pit: Purchase items like vegan nacho cheese, bulk vegan sloppy joe mix, and lentil chorizo from this Hamtramck restaurant and food truck. Orders are accepted online.
SheWolf: Find pasta kits, ready-to-grill meals, take-and-bake cookie dough, and more at SheWolf’s mercato shop. The restaurant takes orders for curbside pickup by email at email@example.com. Include your name, phone number, and preferred pickup time. More details and a full menu are available online.
Berkley Common: This Berkley-based restaurant and bar is offering take-and-bake kits, family meals and cocktail kits for delivery and curbside pickup. Call 248-677-0795 to place orders.
Bobcat Bonnie’s Ferndale: Pick up cocktail kits at the 9 Mile location of Bobcat Bonnie’s. The restaurant offers options for mojitos, cucumber-jalapeno mules, elderflower gin and tonics, margaritas, and more. Orders can be placed online.
Magnet and Takoi: This curbside market has returned with kits for khao soi soup, kimchi and gigante bean soup, and chicken dinner meals. Orders can be placed online for pickup.
Social: Pick up kits for making your own steak and burgers at home from Social in Birmingham. The restaurant is accepting orders for carryout and delivery. Call 248-594-4200.