You know those nights: You get stuck late at the office, or spend hours chauffeuring the kids around to soccer and dance practice, or arrive home only to realize you never turned on the crockpot that morning. When the week gets crazy, you don’t have to turn to fast-food chains for dinner. Familiarize yourself with some of the local dining establishments that offer many quick and nutritious options.
Adorn Goods, a home accessories and gift store in Centreville, also sells frozen to-go meals. Find dishes like lemon-baked ziti, farro veggie casserole and hearty meat lasagna from local eateries. Grab-and-go meals come in two sizes: small (four servings) or large (eight to 10 servings).
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Thursday: 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
5712 Kennett Pike, Centreville • 575- 9657
In addition to homemade soups and spreads, the gourmet market at Bachetti Bros. offers “Dinner for 2” specials from Tuesday through Friday, which entail ready-to-serve family-style meals that can feed two to three people. The menu changes weekly but past dishes have included homemade dumplings, beef stroganoff and steamed veggies.
Hours: Monday–Friday: 9 a.m.–7 p.m., Saturday: 9 a.m.–6 p.m., Sunday: 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
4723 Kirkwood Hwy., Wilmington • 994-4467
The lunch and dinner carry-out options from Big Fish let you have seafood night at home without the hassle of cooking or cleaning up yourself. Try the jumbo lump crab cakes or shrimp salad sandwich. Family-style meals are available to go at the market for on Fridays.
Hours: Monday–Thursday and Sunday: 11 a.m.–8 p.m., Friday and Saturday: 11 a.m.–9 p.m.
20312 Coastal Highway, Rehoboth Beach • 227-3665
Forget frozen dinners from the grocery store, and head instead to the “take and bake” menu from GoodEase. Entrees like spinach-artichoke chicken come fully prepared with up to six servings—and all you have to do is pop it in your oven. As of October, the “hot meals to go” selection—buffet-style trays of steamed veggies and crispy potatoes—are available from 3 to 7 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday.
Hours: Monday and Friday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday: 9 a.m.–6 p.m., Thursday: 9 a.m.–7 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
3619 Silverside Road, Wilmington • 478-5935
Preparing a variety of gourmet, ready-for-pickup foods daily, Janssen’s is the solution for those days when time seems to be your worst enemy. From crab cakes to couscous, there’s an option to satisfy even your pickiest family members.
Hours: Monday–Saturday: 7 a.m.–7 p.m., Sunday: 8 a.m.–6 p.m.
3801 Kennett Pike, Greenville • 654-9941
Need a night off from cooking? The gourmet takeout shop at Movable Feast offers daily specials, fresh vegetables, and super-creative entrees (think: meatloaf cupcakes with mashed potato frosting!). Meals are available in individual servings or can be tailored to fit your needs.
Hours: Monday–Friday: 11 a.m.–7 p.m., Saturday: 11 a.m.–3p.m.
2510 W. Fifth St., Wilmington • 656-8892
The Well has something for everyone’s taste buds. There are sandwiches (everything from turkey to hot roast beef), soups, salads, brisket, pulled pork and even ribs. The Well is owned and operated by Trinity Community Church, and all profits go to local and global missions.
Hours: Monday–Friday: 7 a.m.–7 p.m.
6949 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin • 352-1717