During the coronavirus crisis, social media feeds are filling up with photos glorifying meal prepping and baking in self-quarantine. But not everyone has the energy or the wherewithal to tackle an ambitious cooking project, particularly parents who are suddenly finding out what teachers and daycare providers face on a daily basis. The restaurants on this map all offer family-size packages that simplify decisions for ordering group meals.Read More
Where to Find Family-Style Meal Deals for Takeout and Delivery Around D.C.
Skip the meal prep and order out instead
Oohh's and Aahh's (Multiple locations)
For a dose of comforting soul food, head to Oohh’s and Aahh’s on Georgia Avenue or U Street NW. For $45 plus tax, a family meal comes with a choice of two mains (chicken wings, beef or turkey meatloaf, fried or blackened whiting, chicken leg quarters) and three sides, with options like mac and cheese, collard greens, or potato salad Order takeout or PostMates delivery online.
This new Latin pop-up with a charitable spirit comes from Oyamel alum Christian Irabién and the owners behind neighboring upper Northwest restaurants Comet Ping Pong and Buck’s Fishing and Camping. A family-size taco kit ($55) has protein options like skirt steak fajita or citrus-braised Chihuahua-style carnitas. It also comes with eight fresh corn tortillas, sides of beans and rice, and a tres leches cake . A portion of each takeout or delivery sale is donated to Tables Without Borders, helping refugee chefs find jobs, and Friends and Family Meal, supplying groceries for DC’s hospitality industry.
Chicken isn’t boring when you order the family meal at Maydan. This bird gets roasted over a wood-burning hearth and comes with generous portions of smoked-paprika potatoes, hummus, and garlicky toum for $65. Order online for pickup.
Looking for back-to-back, ready-to-eat meals? Last week, Nina May launched a meal delivery service, called FEAST, which reaches a 25-mile radius from the new, local-sourcing American restaurant in Shaw. Options for brunch ($70) and dinner ($100, include two seperate three-course spreads from chef-owner Colin McClimans with dishes like pumpkin seed-crusted barbecue pork ribs or squash and rosemary braised meatballs.
Martin's Tavern, Est 1933
The 87-year-old Georgetown bar just reopened for takeout and delivery with family-style packages centered around shepherd’s pie ($50), Parmesan-crusted chicken Milanese ($60), and a couple other optios.
Chef-owner David Deshaies is running a “Stay-at-home supper club” that offers six different family-style packages ($40) that easily feed four. Meals are built around highlights like jambalaya, crab-stuffed salmon filets, and fried chicken with cheddar chive biscuits and bacon jam.
Jaleo (Multiple locations)
Paella from José Andrés’s Spanish flagship comes in vegetarian, seafood, and chicken options in portions big enough for two to four people. At the D.C. location, each paella comes in an enameled 12-inch pan that diners get to keep. Jaleo locations in Penn Quarter, Bethesda, and Crystal city have takeout menus online and delivery available through Uber Eats. Meanwhile, Peruvian and Mexican-style family meals are offered at Oyamel and China Chilcano, just down the street.
Ambar’s Clarendon location remains open for pick-up and to-go orders. A Balkan feast feeds two for a bargain price of $35.99. The multi-choose menu includes a side vegetable or salad, plus spreads, a main dish like short rib goulash or vegetable Carbonara, baked pita bread, cornbread, house-made pickles, and dessert. You can also build the meal to scale based on the number of mouths to feed.
Erik Bruner-Yang’s new Italian-Asian pasta shop in Navy Yard has a nightly family meal deal, including cocktails, that feeds two for $50. The menu changes daily, ranging from Filipino comfort dishes on Fridays to Peking duck or a fried chicken and potato salad night. Every Saturday, the meal comes with a suggested movie pairing for a date night in.
Pearl Street Warehouse
This bar and concert venue in the Wharf development serves homestyle-family favorites like meatball lasagna or enchilada casserole that feed six for $40. It also offers recurring livestream-YouTube concerts by local musicians.
Busboys and Poets (Multiple locations)
Busboys and Poets remains open around the DC region, including its Anacostia location, which opened this time last year. The family meals come in Italian, Southwestern, and vegan options that feed six to eight people for $80. Order online for contactless pickup.
Cheesetique (Multiple locations)
Both the Del Rey and Shirlington locations have family meal deals for cheeselovers. These heat-and-eat meals include lasagna, mac’n’cheese, and chicken parm, all for around $35. That’s in addition to free meals that Cheesetique serves daily from 2-4 p.m. daily for anyone in the restaurant industry. Call or order online for pickup or DoorDash delivery.
Succotash (Multiple locations)
Order a to-go meal from the National Harbor Succotash, or any participating restaurant in the watefront district, and you’ll receive two free tickets to ride the Capital Wheel once it reopens, with parking validation included. Chef Edward Lee’s Southern menu has packages for groups of two ($34) or four ($68) with comfort foods like buttermilk fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and chocolate bourbon pecan pie.