Bud & Marilyn’s
Call it mama’s cooking in a box. Dynamic duo (and owners of several Midtown Village restaurants) Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran prove, once again, why they’re the reigning queens of homey comfort food. The dinner box consists of buttermilk fried chicken or stuffed meatloaf alongside Brussels sprouts, garlic mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, buttermilk biscuits, and a hefty slice of cake for dessert. It’s meant to serve 2 and is ideal for celebrating a special occasion at home.
1234 Locust St, Philadelphia, +1 215-546-2220
Every day can be Taco Tuesday if the folks at El Poquito have a say. Build-your-own taco bundles come with enough trimmings to build a pretty impressive at-home taco bar. Your best option is to go big with the trio box with prepared chicken tinga, shrimp, and carnitas — rice, black beans, queso, and a host of toppings round out the kit.
8201 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, +1 267-766-5372
Courtesy of Fork Restaurant
The meal delivery box from the hit Old City restaurant is perhaps the coolest one in the city. Inspired by the family-style meal that the restaurant’s workers share before opening hours, the kit allows patrons to eat like the staff and features a rotating offering of hearty mains like Lancaster Farm chicken with braised fennel, capers, olives, and thyme, served with a variety of sides, including: charred cauliflower with romesco; garlicky braised greens; warm white beans with garlic, herbs, anchovy; lemon; marinated olives; country sourdough loaf, citrus and thyme custard. In the spirit of serving others, the chef at Fork offers free meal kits to those in need.
306 Market St, Philadelphia, +1 215-625-9425
Courtesy of Joy Box
The appropriately named concept has been credited with uplifting the spirits of many Philadelphians throughout the current health crisis. The company, a multi-partner venture, is a genius effort from Triple Bottom Brewing, Weckerly’s Ice Cream, Lil Pop Shop, Câphé Roasters, Third Wheel Cheese, and Mycopolitan Mushroom Company and features customisable boxes of some of Philly’s best offerings.
The celebrated Thai BYOB has earned quite the reputation thanks to its intricate, complex curries, but you can now imitate chef-owner Chutatip Suntaranon’s handiwork thanks to at-home cooking kits that come with a sampling of curries, spices, and pastes. Add your own protein to give your meal a personal spin; show up early to snag a bag of the highly sought-after Tha Siam instant boat noodles.
764 S 9th St, Philadelphia, +1 215-385-3777
The Twisted Tail
Booze and beignets might seem like an unlikely delivery duo, but it truly is the combination you didn’t know you needed. The inventive box includes cocktail mixers — pint-sized containers of everything you need to recreate the margaritas, Bloody Marys, and signature punch (just add the liquor at home) — and 8 delicious powder sugar-sprinkled beignets.
509 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, +1 215-558-2471
The posh steakhouse located in the Logan Hotel is now offering its menu beyond the hotel’s parameters with assembled delivery boxes brimming with indulgences like truffle butter, macarons, and other little fancy bits and bobs. Naturally, the restaurant’s signature 8-ounce Piedmontese steak is included and can be ordered cooked or raw (in the event you want to test your cooking skills at home).
1850 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, +1 215-963-2788