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 so many other aspects of 2020 are different. We still need to eat, and our communities have rallied around our restaurants that need a little extra help these days to survive. Now that the start of the school year is looming on the horizon, families are even more pressed for time.
Whether your family budget allows take-out food to be a regular occurrence or a rare treat, ordering family-style can be easier on everyone’s wallet.
We’ve put together this resource of Champaign-Urbana area restaurants offering family-style takeout options. 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 came into being during the pandemic, has been updated repeatedly, and is subject to change at any time. While restaurants are doing their best to serve customers, many are changing hours, menus, or delivery method (third-party delivery, curbside pickup, etc.) with fluidity according to public health guidance and/or state restrictions. For more ideas, check out the Champaign County Rallies group on Facebook.
Biaggi’s – 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 — 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: Family meals serve 4 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). Menu changes weekly. Takes orders up to 6 pm each day, curbside pickup and delivery available.
Einstein Brothers Bagels: 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 calling the Champaign or Urbana store.
Everyday Kitchen: They will deliver their Brunchbox straight to your door on weekends. “Featuring some of our favorite brunch hits, this box feeds 2-4 and comes complete with coffee!” Call 217-607-1960 or order online.
Farren’s – Their family-style meals debuted in November, intended for approximately 5 people. Please note that family meals require 24-hour-advance ordering. Total meal prices range from $30 to $60, and entree offerings range from bacon-wrapped meatloaf to cavatappi alfredo with sauteed shrimp, and more. For an additional charge, add a family serving of appetizer, salad, or even a pan of brownies! Some a la carte options available as well. Order online or call 217-359-6977 or 217-355-7689.
Fiesta Cafe – 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.
Hamilton Walker’s – $75 to feed “an average family of 4.” Takeout only. Choose between blackened salmon, signature meatloaf, steak pasta or penne seafood. Each dinner comes with pre-selected sides and one whole fresh baked baguette. Call (217) 350-0363.
Harvest Market – offering weekly special “Meal Kits” from their store dietician (past examples include Pasta Ratatouille, Chicken Salad Sammies, Greek Orzo Salad). Can often customize with vegetarian or gluten free options, alternate ingredients, or # of servings (usually 2 or 4). Order online, pick up ingredients curbside, and follow instructions (or even a Facebook Live demo) to cook at home. Pricing appears on order form.
Maize at the Station – Their menu offers several Family Platters for $40, featuring enchilades/fajitas/etc. and accompanied by your choice of 2 sides and chips and salsa. Vegetarian options available. Click on “Order Pickup” on their website (not clear if these are available for delivery or not), or call 217.355.3611. You know what else is available? Homemade margaritas. Just saying.
Mia Za’s – Offering “Fresh Fast Meal Kits”! Choose from any combination with a choice of sides: Made from Scratch Pasta Meal Kit, Gourmet Flat Bread Pizza Meal Kit, Fresh Tossed Salad Meal Kit. Each Meal Kit feeds four hearty or six average appetites. For pickup or delivery; see online or call (217) 298-3198.
El Patio – This southwest Champaign restaurant now features 5 different Family Packs (for 4), as well as a Family Pack for 2 that includes margaritas. Entrée choices include arroz con pollo, enchiladas, and others; most come with rice and beans. Prices range from $25.99 to $30. El Patio has carryout, curbside pickup, and free delivery. Call (217) 600-7683.
Red Lobster – 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 217-355-2577 to get these deals.
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.
Filippo’s Pizza and Italian Food: On Wednesday they offer a Family Spaghetti Special — spaghetti with meat sauce, garden salad, dressing, parmesan, and bread. Feeds a family of 6 and costs $45. Add 6 home made meatballs for an additional $15. Call (217) 586-4657.
Philo Tavern: In addition to their regular menu they offer a family dinner option of the day. Feeds 2 for $12.50, feeds 4 for $25 (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 Downtown Rantoul: Family meal feeds 2 adults and 2 kids for $26. Comes with choice of 1 or 2 meats, dinner salad, choice of 3 sides, and butterscotch oatmeal cookies. (Some options add a small charge.) Add adult serving for $8, kid’s serving for $5. Call 217-893-0222 to order.
The Wheelhouse: Check out their weekly Dinner Box special, with locally sourced ingredients and instructions for you to prepare the dinner at home (including a Facebook demo video). They’re usually $55 and feed 4; past entrees have included spaghetti and meatballs, apple-cider-brined pork chops, and pan-seared chicken breast with mashed potatoes. You can add to your order with groceries from local farms. Schedule: they post Thursday, you order by Sunday, you pick up the following Thursday. We are also intrigued by their Quarantine Date Night Special: a carry-out 4-course dinner for 2 (wine included) for $50. Call (217) 469-6252 for more info.
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. Available for drive-through pickup or delivery (fee).
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.
Siam Terrace: Now offering DIY meal, $9 per kit/person. Including easy instructions and fresh ingredients. Choices include Pad Thai, Pad See You, Pad Kee Mao, Thai Fried Rice with chicken or tofu. Pre-order by Wednesday(?), pick up or delivery available Fri-Sun. Call 217-367-8424 or email email@example.com.
Toro Loco: Call (217) 344-7855 to ask about their Party Pack menu, which they posted back for Cinco de Mayo but it looks like they are still honoring. Prices for dinners for 4 range from $32 to $44 and include choices like nacho bar, taco bar, fajita dinner, etc. For an additional fee add cheese dip or guac. Margarita kits also on the menu! Available for pickup.
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