During my time running a restaurant, I learned that the work is stressful and profit margins are slim. It’s still some of the most rewarding work I’ve ever done. Guests became friends and employees became family. During this pandemic, local restaurants need our help — as they help us. We’ve highlighted local spots offering family meals and dinner kits. If you don’t see your favorite restaurant here, reach out to them and see how you can order and support.
Curry Up Now
Choose between family-style entrees or burrito pack plus daal lentils and turmeric rice. Meals feed four to eight ($55-$101). To order curbside, visit curryupnow.com or download the Curry Up Now app, DoorDash, Grubhub or Postmates for delivery.
922 Spectrum, Irvine
Family meals, like their eight-piece bucket of fried chicken, two sides and cornbread ($20), are available for curbside pickup at us.orderspoon.com/georgia-s-restaurant. Delivery is available via Grubhub or DoorDash.
440 S. Anaheim Blvd. Ste. 209A, Anaheim
The Mendo Meal Deal lets you mix and match four sandwiches or salads with two deli sides ($40). Use code MENDOKIDS at order.MendocinoFarms.com to enjoy a free kids meal with purchase of a regular sandwich or entree salad.
2847 Park Ave., Tustin
SAJJ Mediterranean’s Feast For 4 ($30), includes falafel, chicken shawarma, rice, hummus, tzatziki, mixed green salad, lentil soup, pita bread and Sajj sauces. Order via the SAJJ Street Eats app.
6636 Irvine Center Dr., Irvine
The Family Pack ($98) includes black edamame, miso soup, four types of sushi and four rolls. Order curbside pickup by calling 949-706-3622. Orders of $50 or more receive a $20 bonus card to use when dine-in resumes. Free delivery via Postmates, DoorDash and Uber Eats.
327 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach
24 Carrots Catering
24 Carrots Family Meals feeds four to six. New menus post on Thursdays, with meal options like Prosciutto-wrapped chicken, gnocchi marinara, roasted broccoli, chopped Italian salad and garlic bread ($32/$56). Place orders at firstname.lastname@example.org by 2 pm the day before for delivery or will call.
150 Baker St. E., Costa Mesa
Sgt. Pepperoni’s Pizza
Your family can order Pizza Kits to bake pies at home by calling 949-852-9500. Curbside pickup is available 11 am-9 pm daily. Delivery available via Grubhub.
2300 SE. Bristol St. Ste. F, Newport Beach
The Blind Pig Kitchen + Bar
Besides 20 percent off gift cards and a rotating choice of dishes for curbside pickup and delivery, The Blind Pig has Grill Kits too. The Burger Kit ($30) includes 2 1/2 lb. patties, two brioche buns, fixings and chips. Call from 12-8 pm to pre-order at 714-485-2593 (Yorba Linda) and 949-888-0073 (Rancho Santa Margarita).
31431 Santa Margarita Pkwy., Rancho Santa Margarita; 4975 Lakeview Ave., Yorba Linda
Khan Saab Desi Craft Kitchen
Khan Saab’s Family BBQ Kit ($50) feeds four and includes a choice of beef kabob, Malai chicken tikka or Afghani Seekh kabob, with vegetable biryani. Call 714-853-1081 to order and enjoy 10 percent off.
229 E. Commonwealth Ave. Unit A, Fullerton
Little Onion Mexican Restaurant
Little Onion’s variety of Family Meal Kits brings the fiesta home. Like the Fajita Kit ($68) with choice of steak, chicken or shrimp fajitas, with tortillas, rice, beans, pico de gallo, sour cream and guacamole. Visit littleonion.com/online-ordering.
110 W. MacArthur Blvd., Santa Ana; 14429 Culver Dr., Irvine
— Sarah Mosqueda