Try These Family-Style Meals to Go
Takeout options exploded during quarantine. Some are so popular they may be here to stay.
If you like mixing and matching, you’ll love what Patrick Crump’s got going on at The Renegade. The Meals 2 Go menu allows you to order three-course meals for parties of four, six or eight ($20-$23 per person), cherry-picking from a selection of starters, entrées and sides. Depending on what you and your kin are craving, that might translate to a Fattoush salad with lamb chops, basmati rice, Moroccan carrots and roasted eggplant. Or pork loin with Caesar salad, orzo salad, grilled asparagus and ratatouille. Certain menu items can also be ordered by the pound, including the chef’s “dangerous mac ’n’ cheese.” There’s dessert too—like bread pudding or baked apple crisp—for an extra $4 per person. At press time, the stage remained dark at this café and live music venue. But the online order form includes the option of making a donation to support your favorite local band. // 3100 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington
If you’re tired of the same old same old, here’s something different. Every Wednesday, Oby Lee chef and co-owner Ula Piotrowska whips up a traditional Polish feast ($44 for two; $82 for four) with goodies like grilled kielbasa and sauerkraut, chicken Kiev with dill sauce, or kopytk (potato dumplings) with porcini mushroom sauce and meatballs. Equally tempting are the sides—buckwheat-walnut salad, beet salad, four-bean casserole, housemade pierogies—and desserts such as strawberry-cream cake, chocolate cake roll or Bavarian cream puffs. Pair your dinner with a chef’s choice bottle of wine for another $20. And though they’re not part of the prix fixe dinner, might we suggest throwing in an order or two of the café’s signature crepes or chocolate-covered strawberries? Just because. // 3000 N. Washington Blvd., Arlington
Social distancing continues, but there are birthdays and anniversaries to celebrate. Let chef Bertrand Chemel hook you up with a special-occasion dinner starring roasted leg of lamb, filet mignon with thyme jus, poached lobster or yuzu-marinated sea bass—plus your choice of soup, salad, greens and sides that are much more than an afterthought. We’re talking composed accompaniments such as porcini velouté, haricots verts with shallot confit, and crispy rice with ramps and pickled ginger. The restaurant’s Celebrate at Home packages can be scaled to feed groups of four ($150-$245), eight ($300-$490) or 12 ($450-$735), and they include dessert and sparkling wine. You can even customize your own cake (vanilla chiffon with white-chocolate-raspberry mousse, or double chocolate chiffon with chocolate mousse filling) with a personalized message. // 2941 Fairview Park Drive, Falls Church