Food delivery options to spice up winter

 

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You’ve finally trapped your body heat under a blanket on the couch, oh so carefully. You’re ready to binge watch Game of Thrones. Would it be so wrong to let someone else pick up dinner? After all, the nights are long, the days are short, and winter isn’t coming — it’s already here. But you’ve already had OTTO twice this week, Leonardo’s once, and you misplaced that coupon for Papa John’s. Aren’t there other options out there for the couch-bound? Except for Saigon, which takes orders directly, you can get delivery for the following restaurants through Portland-based 2dinein.com, which charges a $4.99 delivery fee (its prices may differ from the restaurants’ menus, but generally not by more than a dollar per item, according to the site.) There’s a $15 minimum for dinner orders and a $25 minimum for lunch. Po’ Boys & Pickles A hot, spicy bowl of Louisiana gumbo or red beans is the next warmest thing to sauntering down Bourbon Street in a second line, and if a side of fried pickles and some of those famous coconut macaroons make their way into the order, well, that wouldn’t be so wrong either. Saigon Ten Ten Píe pastry chef Atsuko Fujimoto suggests in this week’s Deep Dish that pho, a Vietnamese staple, is becoming American comfort food. The slow-cooked, steamy, fragrant broth is the perfect antidote to winter’s chill, and Saigon has some of the best in town. The delicate rice noodles need to be consumed quickly or they’ll get soggy, so slurp them first before moving on to the rest of your order. Blue Rooster Mac and cheese. Hot dogs. Tater tots. The Old Port’s ultimate late night snack stop, Blue Rooster takes childhood junk food to the next level, amping up the decadence but balancing it with locally-sourced and house-made ingredients. Pretend you’re eating the fried Brussels sprouts for their hint of healthiness, then tear into the tot-tine. TAJ It’s tough to find worthwhile Indian food in the Portland area, but South Portland’s TAJ is the real deal. The extensive and descriptive menu even differentiates between regional cuisines, so South Indian and North Indian appetizers are listed separately. If you’re having trouble choosing, follow the signs to the chef’s specials (marked “Chefs Spl”). If you’re craving a hot drink, try the hearty tea, which is made with chai spices and can be sweetened to taste. Benkay Of course, sushi wants to be fresh and immediate, and it goes against your better judgment to get it delivered. But if there’s ever a time to call out for the bounty of Casco Bay, it’s now. Maine is nature’s walk-in cooler through June — as long as the driver doesn’t set the bag directly in front of his car heater, your precious fish is no closer to spoiling than it would be on ice at the restaurant. Dutch’s Sandwiches get soggy, man. That’s why you get your oil on the side when you take an Amato’s Italian to go. But the trick at Dutch’s is to steer toward menu items served on the Dutch Crunch, a California-style loaf with a sweet, crackly outer layer that’ll remain crisp even as the soft inner layers are infused with toppings like whole grain mustard slaw (on the pulled ham) or garlic aioli (a twist on the Italian cold cut). Slab Think you’re over delivery pizza? Enter the hand slab. No frills, just $6 for one pound of pillowy, billowy dough brushed with tomato, mozzarella, and provolone. Get one hot and ready to eat, plus two more of the frozen slabs to stash in the freezer for when the HBO marathon runs long. 2dinein.com | Delivers dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5 to 10 p.m. Friday through Saturday. Delivers lunch 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday | 207.799.3463

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