Right now, being a restaurant obsessive in Houston is tough. The city’s dining rooms are closed and its residents have been ordered to stay at home unless leaving is absolutely necessary, which means that many of us are stuck indoors eating our mediocre home-cooked food and begging for the return of normalcy.
That feeling has to be even worse for Houstonians who are practicing social distancing far away from their home city. Fortunately, a number of the city’s best dining establishments ship their most beloved wares nationwide, and that’s good news for anyone who wants to eat well without leaving the house right now.
Whether you’re in search of a gift to send a faraway friend or just looking to show one of your local favorites a little love, use the list below as a guide to the city’s restaurants that are shipping everything from brisket to beautiful bonbons nationwide.
Goode Company BBQ
- What to order: Stock up on everything from smoky brisket to Goode Co.’s beloved pecan pie and pralines. For a serious barbecue feast, consider the Davy Crockett package of smoked meats, which includes a full brisket, four links of sausage, two slabs of pork ribs, and two loaves of jalapeno-cheese bread.
- How to order: Via Goode Company’s official website. Prices range from $6 for a loaf of jalapeno cheese bread and $30 for a box of pralines to $200 and up for massive barbecue packages that will make for multiple meals.
Kenny & Ziggy’s Delicatessen
- What to order: Indulge in the finest Jewish deli favorites from this Houston icon, including Hungarian-style stuffed cabbage, matzo ball soup, fresh bagels, and nova lox. Kenny & Ziggy’s also sells pastries online, including its chocolate babka and cheesecake.
- How to order: Via food delivery platform Goldbelly, prices range from $24 for a dozen frozen pierogi to $80 for a full bagel spread with lox and schmear.
Cacao & Cardamom
- What to order: Intricately decorated chocolate truffles, mendiants, chocolate covered nuts, and more in a wide range of flavors, including a ton of vegan and gluten-free options.
- How to order: Via Cacao & Cardamom’s website. Prices range from $12 for a five-pack of truffles to $35 for an expertly sculpted high heel shoe made entirely out of chocolate.
- What to order: Ship two, five, or ten pounds of spicy, Viet-Cajun style crawfish anywhere in the U.S. via FedEx overnight delivery. Heat levels and spice blends are customizable.
- How to order: Via Crawfish Cafe’s official website. Prices range from $18 for two pounds of crawfish to $90 for a ten-pound feast. Note: orders should be placed on Wednesdays by 8 p.m. for delivery on Friday.
- What to order: Consider this local cheesemonger’s Cheese of the Month Club, which ships three cheeses per month to lucky recipients. Gift boxes with three and five cheeses, plus accoutrements like crackers and Texas honey, are also an option.
- How to order: Via the Houston Dairymaids website. Prices range from $70 for a three-cheese gift box to $360 for a six-month Cheese of the Month Club subscription.
Three Brothers Bakery
- What to order: Pretty much anyone could use a slice of pie right now, and the Texas fudge pecan pie from Three Brothers Bakery sounds like the perfect antidote to the social distancing blues. Or, go seriously over-the-top and order the Pumpecapple Piecake, a ginormous monstrosity that includes three distinct layers of cake stuffed with an entire pie each.
- How to order: Via Goldbelly, prices range from $40 for a Texas pecan pie to $250 for the enormous Pumpecapple Piecake.
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