Triangle-Area Family Meal Roundup (UPDATED)

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Photo courtesy of Poole's Diner/AC Events
Many local restaurants have pivoted to creatively serve customers during COVID-19 restrictions.

Are you already tired of your own cooking? I know I am, and if they’re honest, I think my family tired of it long ago. The great news is that local restaurants have us all covered with great deals of their delicious dishes served up family style. The even better news is that this is nowhere near a comprehensive list of what’s available out there if you just look. Consider this list a jumping-off point. Find your favorite neighborhood joint’s website or social media accounts and there’s a good chance they’re offering something up that you can depend on for a filling, satisfying, cooked-by-someone-else meal during this pandemic. These deals are subject to change.

Bu•ku Wake Forest

Options include Thai Family Meal (Chicken Satay, Shrimp Pad Thai, Vegetable Masaman Curry, Green Papaya Salad, Steamed White Rice, and Chile Green Beans) and Mediterranean Family Meal  (Chicken Kabobs, Falafel, Pita, Hummus, Tzatziki, Orzo Salad, Fattoush Salad, Beet Salad, and Toum). Vegetarian options available. Each feast costs $40 and feeds 4- Add a bottle of wine for an additional $10. Call to reserve your meal and pickup time. 1228 Heritage Links Dr., Wake Forest 919.435.1595

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Caffé Luna

Get four servings of a long list of pastas ranging from $44.85-$56.85. Add salads for $15-$18, depending on which type you choose. Call ahead and prepay for no-contact pickup. 136 East Hargett St. Raleigh 919.832.6090

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Chef’s Palette Restaurant & Bar

Call to preorder Tuesday-Saturday from noon-7 p.m. for pickup from 4-8 p.m. Choose from two themes: “A Taste of Italy” ($39.99, with main dish being either Shrimp & Tortellini or Chicken Broccoli Alfredo) or “Grandma’s House” ($49.99, with main dish options being Chicken Fried Chicken or Beef Medallions). Each package feeds four adults. Add a freshly-baked whole pie du jour for $10. 3460 Ten Ten Rd., Cary 919.267.6011

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ClubHouse by AC Events

AC Restaurants are closed right now, but there’s no need to deprive yourself of Ashley Christensen’s genius. Feed four with one of the following $60 take-homes: steakhouse-style roast chicken, summer vegetable lasagna with truffle-corn bechamel, heirloom tomato pie with buttermilk cheddar and basil, or overnight-smoked beef brisket (for $10 more). Each meal comes with reheating and assembly instructions. Other restaurant-quality meats, homemade pies, beer and wine are also available. Preorder online for Friday or Saturday pickup. 1519 Brookside Dr. Raleigh

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Foster’s Market

Order by Fridays for Monday pickup from a long list of dinner items with gluten-, dairy- and nut-free options available. Feed two people five scratch-made meals for $115. Vegetarian meals are available, as are items geared toward children’s tastes. 2694 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd. Durham 919.489.3944 

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La Rancherita

Serve four to six with family meals like ACP for a crowd, a shrimp, steak, grilled chicken or  classic taco bar, or a “Fajita Fiesta.” Prices range from $49.99-$69.99 depending on what you choose. If the whole family can’t agree on the same dinner, their entire menu is available prepared to go. Order online and choose your pickup time. Apex, Raleigh

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Order either a “Tour of Milton’s” or Mediterranean Chicken Power Bowl family meal and feed six. Meals include sides and desserts and can be ordered ready to eat or refrigerated so you can heat when you’re ready. If you plan ahead, they offer more options to heat and eat later. Check out all of your options–including take-and-bake pizzas–hereRaleigh, Wake Forest

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Tupelo Honey

Choices include for four ($35.00), one of the following: “Our 24-hour brined and fried whole bird sprinkled with our signature ‘bee dust’; our 24-hour brined and fried whole bird topped with sriracha honey sauce & cilantro; our glazed beef & chorizo blend meatloaf; or our 18-hour brined and roasted whole bird with scratch-made memphis dry rub.” These are also available in a “four 6” format for $50. Includes biscuits with blueberry jam and family-style sides. More options available for take and bake. Order online for curbside pickup. 425 Oberlin Rd. Raleigh 919.723.9353 

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Texas Roadhouse

Get a family pack of cheeseburgers, “Chicken Critters®,” pulled pork, pork chops, sirloins, ribeyes or barbecued chicken to feed four for $24.99-44.99. Includes family-sized salad, individual sides and fresh baked bread. The individual sides are key here when different people in the family crave different things. Ready-to-grill steaks are also available. Order online. Durham, Holly Springs, Wake Forest

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