Valentine’s Day Takeout Options for Your One True Love… Yourself… or more!

Valentine’s Day Takeout Options for Your One True Love… Yourself… or more!

You don’t need to be in a romantic relationship to enjoy these seasonal specials!

Eater Twin CIties: Whether you love or hate February 14, it is a day of bright colors and spontaneous desserts in the middle of a month of old, gray snow. For that reason alone, it has the potential to be something to look forward to — even if just to break up the monotony of a Minnesota winter.

Everyone should be able to enjoy what Valentine’s Day has to offer, whether they’re in a relationship or not. Really: what about all the people are single by choice? Or those who are heartbroken? To quote the ever-so-wise Dr. Akopian from the show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, “Love doesn’t have to be a person. It can be a passion.” (You know, like food.) So celebrate love in whatever form you have it: self-love, familial, friendship, or otherwise. Brush off those societal expectations and order yourself something special.

Treat Yourself – Dinners Under $200

Rectangular thinly sliced potatoes with chives on top.
Travail Kitchen and Amusements/Facebook


Travail’s Valentine’s Day “Just the Two of Us” Take-Home, $175

Travail’s indulgent kit is listed as serving two or more people, but as with all of these options, let’s leave that up for interpretation. The dinner includes elevated dishes such as beef Wellington with a lemon truffle sauce, prosciutto-layered pave potato, king crab salad with crackers, curried deviled eggs, red velvet chocolate cake trifle, chocolate-covered nuts, and a butterscotch pancake mix for breakfast. If you really want to go for it, the $350 luxury box, recommended for two to four people has all you could ever want and more. And then some more.

Preorder on Tock to pick up your meal at Travail starting at noon on February 13.


Petite León’s Valentine’s Day Take & Bake, $125

Do you know who deserves a five-course dinner just because? You do. Enjoy onion dip with caviar and crunchy potato chips, a bitter green salad with citrus vinaigrette, wood-fired lamb shoulder in mole poblano, fresh tortillas by Nixta, wood-roasted vegetables with herbed chile butter, and a chocolate mousse layer cake from Patisserie 46. Each dinner comes with reheating instructions and other tips from the Petite León team. To pair with the meal, two wines are also available for pickup: a pink, bubbly Tissot Crémant du Jura Rosé, $32, or a bottle of Alvaro Palacios Camins del Priorat, $25, a rich red.

Preorder on Resy for pickup on Sunday, February 14 from 12 to 5 p.m.


Grand Cafe’s Keep it Grand Valentine’s Day Kit, $185

Grand Cafe has put together the ultimate luxurious and decadent dinner kit for February 14. For $185 you will receive instructions to prepare the cotes de boeuf with pommes puree and accouterments at home, while the rest of the menu will be prepared for you. The other stunner dishes include Norwegian king crab with baguette and butter, kale and wood-fired vegetable salad with sherry vinaigrette and blue cheese, and a chocolate pot de creme with mandarin and yogurt. Add-ons include $30 for a floral arrangement and a $100 bottle of Veuve Fourny Blanc de Blancs Champagne. Live it up.

Preorder and pick up at Eastside on Saturday, February 13. Email with any questions and for details on dietary substitutions, special pickup times, or delivery arrangements.


Union Hmong Kitchen/Facebook

Union Hmong Kitchen’s Heat-at-Home Dinner, $165

Union Hmong Kitchen’s Valentine’s option, is, in their words, a “Surf ’n’ Turf party with a side of nostalgia.” The dinner kit includes smoked trout, a 12-ounce New York strip steak, khao soi (coconut red curry broth, egg noodles, beef brisket, crunchy fried noodles, and pickled mustard greens), a romaine and cabbage carrot slaw salad, string beans with oyster sauce, carrots, sticky rice, and Thai tea pavlova with dark chocolate and coconut for dessert. This package comes with all you need to sip on strawberry passionfruit night-mosas, which, one can assume, are some delicious fruit juices to mix with bubbly.

Get A Little Bang for Your Buck – Dinners Under $100

Hark! Cafe

Hark! Cafe’s Prix Fixe for One, $45 or $80 with wine pairing

For a meal perfectly portioned and plant-based, Hark! Cafe is offering cold-packed dishes with instructions to heat and serve at home. Dinner options for one and two are available and 100 percent vegan, gluten-free, and celiac safe for anyone with dietary restrictions. Start your feast with a truffled mushroom amuse-bouche, rissole with romesco sauce, grilled broccolini with preserved lemon and pomegranate molasses, “lobster” pot pies (made from black pearl mushroom stems from R&R Cultivation), and the choice of either an orange-cranberry cheesecake or orange-caramel and chocolate tart. Add-on your choice of white or red wine pairings by Libation Project for an additional $35.

Preorder before February 7 for pickup from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m, on February 13 or 14.


Saint Dinette’s Valentine’s Dinner, $60

Saint Dinette’s Valentine’s dinner will be prepared for pickup, so there is no reheating required. Each meal includes meat and cheeses and your choice of side, entree, and dessert. Choose between grilled carrots or grilled cauliflower and marjolaine (chocolate, hazelnut buttercream) or pot de cheesecake for dessert. Entrees include brochettes (skirt steak, vadouvan, eggplant) and lumache (pasta with escargot, maitre d’hotel butter, and breadcrumbs). Since you have the option, pick one of each entree and try a bit of everything. Add on some Hamm’s, sparkling rosé, or an Old Fashioned kit depending on the mood.

A charcuterie plate of fruit, meats, and cheeses.


France 44’s Valentine’s Cheese Tray, $44

For those who don’t want to bother assembling or reheating multiple dishes, a cheese tray featuring a selection of best-selling cheeses, prosciutto di parma, fresh fruit, Valrhona chocolate, house-made crostini, and jam is yours for the taking. There is also an option to add some bubbles for $30 or cold-weather red wine for $20. France 44’s website says this tray is “for two”; we say it’s for two days. Order this and snack on it for a couple of days in a row. It’ll keep.

Preorder for pickup Saturday, February 13, or Sunday, February 14.


Brasa Catering’s Valentine’s Day Package, $45

Brasa is offering a more than reasonably priced dinner that comes with a rotisserie chicken, gumbo fried rice with shrimp, mixed green salad with cucumber, tomato, and vegan ranch dressing, signature green sauce, Creole sauce, 16 ounces of chocolate pudding, and two gluten-free chocolate chip cookies. There are options to add wine to your order include either cava, rose, or malbec, of course. Reheat the dishes at home, pour yourself a glass, and put your feet up.

Preorder for pickup Saturday, February 13 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.


Virtual Foodie Experiences

A charcuterie board with cured meats and cheeses is surrounded by three bottles of wine and three glasses.
Chowgirls Catering/Facebook 
Chowgirls Catering/Website


Chowgirls Virtual Wine Pairing Event, $80-$135 with wine pairing

Order a Treat Yourself experience with Chowgirls Catering founders Heidi Andermack and Amy Brown talking wine pairings with Angie Heitz, a sommelier, wine rep, and owner of the forthcoming wine bar Coquette & Colibri on Valentine’s Day at 4 p.m. on Zoom. For $80, they will lead tastings of wine and charcuterie. Spend an additional $50 for three bottles of wine: a brut rosé, Côtes du Rhône, and primitivo. However, you have the option to source your own wine for the experience as well. An added bonus is that a portion of sales from the virtual event will go to Minnesota Central Kitchen. There are boxes for two available as well.

Cooks of Crocus Hill’s Virtual Cooking Classes, $50

Consistently, Cooks of Crocus Hill offers innovative and seasonal cooking classes for home cooks of all skill levels. Whether you know a little or a lot, cooking along with charming chef instructors is a guaranteed way to get better. This year, participate in the comfort of your own kitchen. Sign up for the macaron class on the 13th, Valentine’s Dinner surprise, or Big Heart Valentine’s brunch.

All three of these virtual experiences are $50 each, not including ingredients. One week prior to the class date, Cooks will email you the virtual class login information, recipes, equipment list, and ingredient list for shopping ahead of time.

Check out their February classes here.


Savor Something Sweet

A red velvet cake slice layered with red cream cheese frosting.
Jojo & Co
Foreword St. Paul


Jojo & Co’s Valentine’s Cake, $55

A cake for one, you say? Yes, but hear me out. Jojo & Co, a new online boutique patisserie from longtime local pastry chefs Joanna Biessener (Surly Beer Hall, Solera) and Els Young-Haug (Butcher & the Boar, Pazzaluna) has desserts to die for. If you want to buy a whole cake and eat a whole cake, we won’t judge … at all. If this black chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting appeals, I’m just saying, you’ve got options. You can freeze slices for a future treat or cut up a slice or two and pop them in some Tupperware to leave on a friend’s doorstep. Other smaller options available for preorder include 12 bonbons filled with passionfruit ganache, salted caramel, or dark chocolate ganache, Valentine’s Day hot chocolate bombs, and more. If dessert is your cup of tea, check out Jojo & Co.


Hot Hands Pie & Biscuit Chocolate Passion Fruit Pie, $34

Hot Hand’s Valentine’s pie is a milk chocolate passionfruit mousse with passionfruit syrup and a chocolate cookie crust. Preorder a pie for pickup and enjoy something ever-so-slightly pink. Freeze what you can’t finish and you’ll have pie on deck for the next time the craving strikes.

All pies are available for pickup only from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. To place a pickup order for any other items, like biscuit sandwiches or hot items, visit

Milkjam Creamery’s DIY Valentine’s Sundae Kit, $38

Milkjam Creamery has everything you need to make and devour a sundae that will surely make your friends jealous. The kit includes two pints of ice cream (I ❤ You, a white chocolate ice cream with raspberry rose jam and XOXO, a dark chocolate ice cream with hazelnut chocolate waffle cones, chocolate-marshmallow bar), passionfruit caramel sauce, berry lychee sauce, homemade rose and salted caramel brittle, and a little something they’re calling “chocolate-covered everything.” If you aren’t a chocolate fan, order February’s other two seasonal flavors instead. Ruby Rose is a bergamot and lavender ice cream or Drunk in Love, a rosé and hibiscus sorbet with edible flowers.

Preorder the kit to pick up on February 13 and 14 from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.


Seven cupcakes in a circle decorated to look like roses.
Vegan East

Vegan East’s Floral Cupcake Bouquet, $39

To hit two birds with one stone, so to speak, preorder a floral cupcake “bouquet.” For $39, you will receive seven beautifully piped vegan cupcakes. For only $2 more the cupcakes can be made gluten-free. If you prefer cookies to cupcakes, the Valentine’s Day cookie kits go on sale starting Monday, February 1, at the Uptown location. Cookie kits include eight unfrosted heart-shaped cookies and three bags of cookie frosting. Decorate them for yourself or gift half to a friend.

Preorder for pickup from the Uptown location 9 a.m. to 3 p.m on February 13 and 14.

Last Minute Thanksgiving Take Out Options That Are Still Available – Twin Cities, MN

Last Minute Thanksgiving Take Out Options That Are Still Available – Twin Cities, MN

However you are celebrating this year, let us make your Thanksgiving meal a little easier and a lot more fun!
Order turkey from Union Hmong Kitchen with eggroll stuffing. Union Hmong Kitchen [Official]

Here are some local Thanksgiving takeout options for your Turkey Day delight. Whether you prefer a more carnivorous approach, a plant-free feast, or simply think the side dishes are the best part, the following restaurants are accepting pre-orders. Some have deadlines this week, so ordering sooner rather than later is best practice here.


All Sides, All the Time:

Redeye gravy and classic herb stuffing, Wise Acre Eatery

If you desire gravy with a kick of coffee smothered over whatever you can, dial up Wise Acre. There is also maple ginger roasted carrots, cranberry raisin sweet relish, garlic mashed potatoes, and a pickle plate sold a la carte for your fully customizable Thanksgiving needs. For carbo-loading purposes, Baker’s Field butternut squash rolls for $6 and four flavors of Viking & Goddesses pies are also available for pre-order. The most unique offering? A sweet corn custard pie that is studded with corn kernels.

Get it: Pre-order by Sunday, 11/22 at noon for a Tuesday, 11/24, or Wednesday 11/25 pick up from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Thanksgiving Take and Bake (Everything but the Turkey), Stewart’s

For $160, Stewart’s will provide rolls, cranberry relish, smashed potatoes, green bean casserole, sweet potato gratin (with marshmallow), stuffing, and turkey gravy. Additional add ons include shrimp cocktail, monkey bread, or a perfectly paired bottle of wine for $20. If you are a fan of some of the offerings but not others or can’t have them due to dietary restrictions, call the restaurant about ordering items a la carte.

Get it: Pre-order by noon on Sunday, 11/22 for pick up Wednesday 11/25 between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.


Meat is the Main Event:

Smoked Turkey and Sides, Old Southern BBQ

If you want to enjoy a smoked turkey but are one of us unfortunate plebes (just kidding)that don’t have an at-home-smoker situation, or you simply…live in an apartment, never fear Old Southern BBQ has come to the rescue. For $79.99 you will receive a 12-14 lb turkey, creamed corn mashed potatoes, and gravy. Whether you are serving it up for the 8-10 guests suggested or plan to live on smoked turkey sandwiches for days afterward, good BBQ doesn’t sound too shabby.

Get it: Pre-order by Friday, 11/20 for pick up Monday, 11/23 through Wednesday 11/25.

Double Smoke Ham or Roasted Turkey Dinner, Cossetta’s

Keep it classic and comforting despite a tumultuous year with Cossetta’s. Decision making is difficult, so choose from one of these three heat and serve options: double smoked ham hock with Madeira glaze, half or whole turkey with turkey gravy and cranberry relish. Sides include mashed potatoes, roasted sweet potatoes, a spinach cranberry salad, green beans with oven-roasted peppers, house-made French baguette, and pumpkin pie.

Get it: Pre-order for Wednesday, 11/25 pick up from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Turkey Dinner for Two, The Bungalow Club

The Bungalow Club’s Thanksgiving Dinner comes complete with turkey, sides, and honey nut squash pudding with a cocoa crust crumble. The menu of either a turkey or pork shoulder dinner comes in intimate sizes for two or four, with tons of appealing add ons. The pickles, spreads, focaccia, and drink options make for a creative and highly customizable option perfect for ordering with the intention of next-day leftovers.

Get it: Pre-order by 7 p.m. Friday, 11/20. Pick up on Wednesday, 11/25 between 12 p.m. and 7 p.m.


Upgrade Over Tradition:

Turkey Packed with Eggroll Stuffing, Union Hmong Kitchen

If you’d rather a cheffy Thanksgiving with heat and complex acidity, Yia Vang and crew promise to deliver. Never had a turkey with eggroll stuffing inside it before? This could be your year. The takeout meal is on the larger side and comes to serve groups of eight to ten suggested guests for $385. Whether it’s the Hmong tater tot hotdish baked in carrot curry, Chef Vang’s mother’s galabao recipe, or the blistered string beans with crispy garlic… you’re definitely going to want seconds. As if the dishes didn’t sound flavorful enough on their own, two sauces are included: a tiger bite hot sauce and a bright lemongrass ginger sauce. Out of control.

Get it: Pre-order on Tock for a Wednesday, 11/25 pick up.

Hawaiian Luau Feast, The Buttered Tin

The 50th state has virtually the opposite weather to Minnesota, but if you ache at the thought of summer’s departure, order this feast and play pretend. The Buttered Tin’s Hawaiian Thanksgiving Feast is complete with smoky pork shoulder and braised cabbage, sushi-inspired white rice with furikake and rice wine vinegar, roasted vegetables, and macaroni salad are more than affordable at $25 for two. Options for four or six people are available if your family or company is larger than a twosome, or just if you want to eat serving after serving of macaroni salad in judgment free sanctity.

Get it: Pre-order by Wednesday 11/18 at 3 p.m. for pick up Tuesday, 11/24, and Wednesday, 11/25 between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. No substitutions are available.

A bowl of jerk chicken over coconut rice

Jerk chicken all day. Pimento Jamaican Kitchen [Official]

Jerk Chicken combo dinner, Pimento Jamaican Kitchen

Neighborhood jewel Pimento Jamaican Kitchen will be serving up $25 per guest meals via pre-order or Bitesquad, Grubhub, Uber Eats, or Doordash. Each combo comes with a choice of either jerk chicken with coconut rice and beans, jerk pork with sweet fried plantains, or curry veggies with island slaw. All art served with Lutunji’s Palate gourmet cobbler and a choice of either red stripe beer or island soda. My advice? Order them all and eat family style. It’s cold outside and eating savory warming spices never hurt anyone.

Get it: Pre-order by emailing and check out their holiday menu here.


Leftovers Front and Center:

Turkey cranberry sliders and cheese boards, France 44/Minneapolis St. Paul Cheese Shop

The myriad of trays serves 10-15 people or up to 5 that are really dedicated. Turkey cranberry sliders with cranberry chutney on sweet dinners rolls are available if you like your entrees to be plentiful and bite-sized. There is something to be said of a Thanksgiving picnic spread full of cheese and charcuterie boards kicked up to 25, and it is: it sounds like a really good idea.

Get it: Pre-order from their menu by emailing They require 48 hours minimum for all orders.

Thanksgiving Leftovers Sandwich Take-n-Bake Pizza, Wrecktangle Pizza

If for Thanksgiving you’d just rather… not, why not order a pizza? Wrecktangle’s Detroit-style Thanksgiving pie is, let’s face it, positively unhinged and comes assembled and ready to pop into your home oven for those maximum crispy corner edges. Topped with cheese, cranberry, and poblano chili roasted turkey for a little sweet and a little heat, turkey gravy, bouquet garni AKA a bunch of herbs, and in true Minnesota fashion: tater tots. Each pizza will come with a pumpkin spiced krispy bar to drive this evil genius concoction for the low price of $20 further into the ground. Pair with a delicata squash salad with whipped goat cheese, pomegranate, and basil balsamic vinaigrette for a high-brow low-brow moment.

Get it: Pre-order to pick up: Wednesday, 11/25 from 12 p.m until 8 p.m

A table is set with sides and salads with pumpkins in a cornucopia and purple cloth napkins. There’s a sliced loaf, cucumber salad, and stuffing

The turkey-free feast from The Herbivorous Butcher. The Herbivorous Butcher [Official]


Vegetarian and Vegan Options:

Wild Rice Stuffing and mulled wine, The Lynhall

The Lynhall’s Thanksgiving take-home dinners come in three sizes: single, for two, or groups up to four in both their turkey and veggie option with roasted squash and a Beyond Beef “loaf.” Rolls with whipped butter, mushroom gravy, pies, and bottles of wine are available to add on a la carte. The mulled wine option comes complete with a spice blend and fruit since it is officially warm wine season.

Get it: Pre-order on Tock by Wednesday, 11/18 at 5 p.m., for pick up Tuesday 11/24 or Wednesday 11/25 from noon to 7 p.m.

Plant-Based Thanksgiving meal kit, Seed Cafe

Seed Cafe’s plant-based Thanksgiving Kits come packaged and ready for 2-3 or 4-6 people. The kale Caesar salad, creamy scalloped potatoes, quinoa salad, vegan meatloaf, and apple crisp are sure to be flavorful and comforting without any animal products.

Get it: Pre-order by Saturday, 11/21 at noon for pick up Wednesday, 11/25 between 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Turkey-Free Feast, The Herbivorous Butcher

The Herbivorous Butcher’s turkey-free feast feeds 8-10 and includes a 2.5 lb stuffed turkey, maple sage breakfast sausage, hickory bacon, camembert sauce, herb cheddar, savory herb gravy packet and Dandies vegan marshmallows. Perfect for those that still like to do a little cooking and preparation, their website’s blog has recipes to follow or use for inspiration.

Get it: Pre-order for Tuesday, 11/24 or Wednesday 11/25 pick up.

Alkaline plant-based Friendsgiving meal, Keiko’s Kitchen

With a mindful focus on food that’s good for us and good for the earth, Keiko’s Kitchen is offering a special Friendsgiving meal. The following dishes are all plant-based and soy-free: Fried Oyster Chk’n, greens, jalapeño no-corn bread, mac n cheeze, and elderberry sweet tea. Add ons include $5 sides of fried oyster chk’n, $6 gallons of elderberry soursop sweet tea, and $4 sweet potato pie. Yes, please.

Get it: Pre-order by 11/22 (more details here). Pay via Venmo, PayPal, or Cashapp.

Consider paying it forward or donating what you can, they will also offer free meals.

The best of all meaty and vegan worlds in one package

Thanksgiving Dinner Package, Soul Bowl

Soul Bowl’s catered Thanksgiving menu is $50 for each half pan which serves 15-20 per pan. Macaroni and cheese, vegan or not, candied yams, black-eyed peas, and smoked turkey breast or vegan fried chicken are a few options up for grabs. Add a gallon of Beyonce blueberry lavender lemonade, sweet tea, or sides like gravy, cranberry sauce, and twelve cornbread muffins for $15 each. If it sounds like a dream but is simply too much food for your family’s get-together: convince a dear friend to go in on it with you, pack their portion in some tupperware, and wave through the window or from a safe distance away. Check out the full list of offerings here.

Get it: Pre-order via their websites inquiry form for pick up Wednesday, 11/25 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. or Thursday, 11/26 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.


But what about Wednesday?

Thanksgiving Eve Pasta Family Feast, Estelle

Estelle’s $99 meal for four instead of turkey has casarecce bolognese pasta as the star with butternut squash soup, caesar salad, garlic rolls, and a Piedmontese chocolate hazelnut cake. If Turkey isn’t your thing, treat yourself to some pasta and the like rife with autumnal flavors.

Get it: Pre-order on Resy by Sunday, 11/22 at 5 p.m. for a Wednesday, 11/25 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. pick up.

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