Give Yourself the Night Off From Cooking and Order a Family-Style Meal
We know that one of Champaign-Urbana’s favorite pastimes is eating at restaurants and supporting our local food ecosystem.
That hasn’t changed, even if right now we are all doing our best to stay home, and stay safe. We still need to eat, and our community has rallied around restaurants and other small businesses that are considered essential at this time. (Of course if you’re looking for grocery store info, find our grocery store update roundup over HERE.)
There are many restaurants offering takeout (whether it’s no contact delivery, curbside pickup or other means). We can’t keep up with them all; if you want to see more ideas, check out the Champaign County Rallies group on Facebook.
We’ve put together this resource of Champaign-Urbana area restaurants that now offer family-style takeout options.
For many, eating out is (and continues to be) a luxury, but these family-style options make it a bit more budget-friendly. There is a range of pricing – one family value meal is as little as $3.50 per person, while others are around $8-10 per person.
Please note that each family pack is defined differently. Some meals may be for four people; others might be for six. If you have two adults and two teenagers, you might need more food than a family that has kids under 10. Most restaurants also have other options available, as we all know those families who have the outliers that won’t eat what the rest of you are eating.
This list has specifically been put together during the stay-at-home order in April 2020, and is subject to change at any time; while restaurants are doing their best to serve customers, many have changed hours and menus with fluidity.
Biaggi’s, Champaign – The Biaggi’s Pronto Pack is pretty much a lifesaver anytime, but it’s been a great option during the stay-at-home order. Serves 4-5 people – pasta or pizza; salad; and Biaggi bread. $30-$40. Curbside and delivery.
Big Grove, Champaign — Offers a rotating assortment of family meals, which change daily; range from Korean BBQ Pork Belly to short ribs to pizza to taco platters. Family meals feeds four. Pricing: around $45. More info on curbside and ordering online or call 217-239-3505.
Dish Passionate Cuisine, Champaign: Family meals for $35 and $40 (recent example: roasted vegetable lasagna. For $40, get lasagna, garlic bread, salad, and toasted ravioli or for $35 2lbs of Pulled Pork with Buns; Creamy Mac and Cheese; Green Beans with Onions; Southern Coleslaw). Takes orders up to 6 pm each day, curbside pickup and delivery available.
Einstein’s, Champaign and Urbana: Has multiple options for family meal kits, which are perfect for the weekend. Brunch box is huge! Also, pizza bagel kits, breakfast burrito kits, bagel deli kit, and take-bake cookie kits. Pre-order one of these kits (or whatever you like) by 10am Friday and pick-up Saturday 8am-12pm. Email your order to email@example.com, let them know your preferred pickup time Sat AM, your phone, and location you want to pick up from (Champaign, Urbana, Bloomington).
Fiesta Cafe, Champaign – Offering family pack specials daily; call for updated menu options. A recent example: $40 for 8 chicken or cheese enchiladas OR 10 Alex tacos, $25 6 Tinga tostadas 0R $24 6 cheese chili rellenos OR $30 6 chili rellenos with any meat. Served with beans and rice for the family. Pickup or delivery available. Call 217-352-5902 or check on Facebook.
Jenkins Catering: Lasagna, chicken and dumplings – homecooked comfort food. Each meal comes in a single serving tray. Heat in microwave (times vary); meals stay fresh in fridge for five days. Taking orders for next day until 6:00pm and offer FREE delivery within Champaign-Urbana area, delivery between 11:00am and 3:00pm on that day. Ranges $24-40. To order: https://squareup.com/store/jenkins-catering
Lodgic Everyday Kitchen is keeping meals simple with their family-style selections — a complete meal with a wide range of entrees to choose from. From meatloaf to flatbreads, salads to spitfire chicken, they’ve gathered their most popular dishes from their menu. They’ve even added a few new items! Order online here or call 217-607-1960.
LongHorn Steakhouse, Champaign– Offering multiple family meal deals (generally for 4 people), starting at $9/person (up to $13/person). Choices include chicken tenders, sirloin steaks, parmesan-encrusted chicken, and ribs. Comes with salad, bread and sides. See their menu for details, look for coupon code on their Facebook page. Order for curbside pickup online, call (217) 352-9189 with questions.
Maize, Champaign: Offers a family meal for 2-3 people or 4-6 people. $25-45. Your choice of meat or vegetable along with fresh handmade corn tortillas, rice, a pint of refried beans, cilantro, onions and lime. Chips and salsa! More info (and ordering) online.
Red Lobster, Champaign – Offering multiple family meal deals, from shrimp to whitefish to chicken to pastas. Range in price from $19.99 to $45, with sides and biscuits; each meal is different. Call 217-355-2377 ext. 3 to get these deals.
Scotty’s Brewhouse, Champaign – Multiple options, including a cheeseburger dinner, steak and salmon, and ribs and wings meal. Comes with choice of two family portion sides, with four options. Pricing varies $27- $35. Call 217-530-4394; curbside pickup and delivery available.
Texas Roadhouse, Champaign – Multiple options for family packs, including grilled chicken, ribeye, pulled pork and cheeseburgers; also include rolls, salad, and sides. Generally feeds four people, although portions tend to be for two adults and two children. Prices range from $19.99-$44.99. call (217) 355-9901. Available for curbside pickup.
Watson’s Shack & Rail, Champaign – “Feed your Crew for $50” is the name of Watson’s family deal (no substitutions): chicken, taters, mac ‘n cheese, slaw, apples, sauces. Call (217) 607-0168. Available for curbside pickup.
Party in a Pinch Catering: Get as many meals as you would need, as they are priced per person $6-9. Head to Facebook for recent menu updates. Meals will be available for pick up after 4pm or by special arrangement Wednesday – Saturday or for delivery.
Project 47 Smokehouse: Family packs include two pounds of brisket or pulled pork, quart side of choice, corn bread muffins, basket of tots, and more. $50; get a $10 gift card for dine-in when they reopen. Closed Mondays.
Monarch Brewing Company, Monticello: Has been offering two options for Saturday Special Family Meal, feeding six. (On April 11, one was baked ziti with garlic bread and the other one was a pork roast family meal with potatoes, vegetables and brownies.). Order online with curbside pickup. Note: family meals require advance ordering.
Route 45 Wayside: has a family 4-pack deal everyday; four double cheeseburgers and fries for $15. (Plus packaged beer to-go!) We hear it’s worth the short drive to Pesotum (south of Tolono). Curbside pickup. Call 217-867-2000.
Philo Tavern: In addition to their regular menu they offer a family dinner option of the day. Feeds 2 for $10, feeds 4 for $20 (add a family salad for $5 more). See their Facebook page for the nightly family dinner option; past family dinners have featured tacos, pulled pork, and chicken pasta. Call (217) 684-2117 for curbside carryout; local delivery available.
ET’s: We’ve been looking for an excuse to head to Rantoul to eat at ET’s, and this $24 meal deal – for two adults and two kids – might be the right moment. Choice of meats (pulled pork, crack chicken, brisket or chicken strips), sides, and cookies. Find the info HERE. Call to order, curbside pickup.
Industrial Donut: The Family Fun Mini-Donut Bar is now legendary. 2 Icings ➕ 3 Toppings ➕ a Dozen Plain Donuts, ready for dipping: $19.99. Call ahead at least 1 hour before pick up. (217) 607-1323 (Closed Sundays, reminder).
Hickory River: Family pack includes two pounds of pit meat (your choice), choice of bread, and sides – potato salad, ranch beans and cole slaw. $40. Example here. Available for drive-through pickup or delivery (fee).
Rosati’s Pizza of Urbana: Pizza is the original family pack. In addition to some of our very favorite pizza in town, Rosati’s offers pasta with generous family-pack portions. Go online for the menu and to order. Curbside pick-up or delivery. Call (217) 328-2334.
Red Herring: If your family trends toward vegetarian options, don’t overlook what the Red Herring is doing. You can order food that will last multiple days through its meal club. Comes with prepared meals, soups, and other bulk foods. Don’t be scared by the price; it’s a TON of food. Family packs can be ordered for 4 or 6. Starts at $140 and goes up. Delivery only.
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