The home-cooked meal is taking on a new look with help from local restaurants. These metro Detroit eateries are flipping traditional takeout on its head and offering fresh meal kits and packages with restaurant-quality ingredients and recipes.
Located in southwest Detroit, PizzaPlex offers build-your-own pizza meal kits. The restaurant’s Margherita and Diavola pizzas are available in meal-kit form, and packages include instructions, two dough balls, fresh mozzarella, tomato sauce, and toppings. Pricing ranges from $20 to $27, with gluten-free crust available at a higher cost. Preparation and cooking should take about an hour. Customers can call or visit the PizzaPlex website to place their order, and packages can be picked up from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday or Wednesday, and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. from Thursday to Saturday. Pizza Plex, 4458 W. Vernor Hwy., Detroit; 313-757-4992; pizzaplex.com
Detroit Vegan Soul
Detroit Vegan Soul’s West location is selling $75, seven-day meal packages. The meal packages, which are 100 percent plant-based and organic, include five main courses, a DVS Burger, and the Okra Stew Bowl. Customers can place their order over the phone or online. Same day pick-up is available for a last-minute spread so long as the order is placed before 1:00 p.m. Customers can pick up their package anytime between 4:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Once you get your package home, the only step left is popping your meal into the oven or on the grill to reheat. Most meals should take roughly an hour to cook. Detroit Vegan Soul – West, 19614 Grand River Ave., Detroit; 313-766-5728; detroitvegansoul.com
Pietrzyk Pierogi has all its usual pierogi with various fillings — including potato and cheese, spinach and artichoke, and farmer’s cheese and blueberries — available in a build-your-own meal box. The cost of the box increases with each additional item you select, with pierogi ringing in at $15, small kielbasa at $8, dill pickle soup at $9, and NY strip steaks at $16. If you don’t want to customize your own box, you can choose from Pietrzyk Pierogi’s curated options like the Polish Meal Box – Family Box and Basic Vegan Meal Box. Reheating the perfect pierogi should take between 30 minutes to an hour. Customers can place and pick up orders from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday or 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Pietrzyk Pierogi, 1429 Gratiot Ave., Detroit; 313-614-9393; pietrzykpierogi.com
Chef Anthony Lombardo specializes in luxury comfort food at SheWolf, and the restaurant’s meal kits let you enjoy that cooking philosophy in your own kitchen. SheWolf’s Mercanto menu includes a $16 Cacio e Pepe Kit, which contains bigoli pasta, a SheWolf cheese blend, SheWolf peppercorn blend, and butter. Or, you can select your own noodles and sauce to make pasta at home. Starting at $7 a bag, choose from noodles like rigatoni, gemelli, campanelle, and spaghettoni. Sauce options, which start at $9, include pomodoro, bologense, mushroom ragu burrata, pesto trapanese, and gorgonzola butter. Most options include two servings. Customers should expect to be in the kitchen for 30 minutes to an hour, and Lombardo’s guide to cooking his food is available on the SheWolf website. Customers are welcome to order and pick up their kits anytime between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. SheWolf, 438 Selden St., Detroit, 313-315-3992; shewolfdetroit.com
Mabel Gray is offering a meal kit that gives customers the chance to cook up a 60-day aged American wagyu strip steak with the bone at home. Priced at $65, the At-Home Steak Kit serves one to two people. This steak, which is paired with house spice and truffle aioli, can be prepared in 30 minutes to an hour. Mabel Gray is accepting online orders from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, and 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday. The restaurant is also accepting online orders for rotating menu of carryout items, so you can add on a side, salad, or second entrée to your meal kit. Mabel Gray, 23825 John R Rd., Hazel Park; 248-398-4300; mabelgraykitchen.com