4 restaurants (and a pretzel place) that offer take-and-make meal kits

With everyone observing the stay-at-home order in Ohio, people are spending more time in their kitchens, cooking meals, baking, and maybe even having a go at cocktail mixing.

What this means for Dayton families is extra time preparing nutritious meals at home, leaving many home chefs curious about new flavors, unexplored cuisines, and old favorites they’ve never made themselves. It’s the perfect time to try making some of your favorite dishes and a few local restaurants are supplying everything we need to try our hand at making their specialties.

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1200 Brown St., Dayton | (937) 223-5173

2733 Fairfield Commons, Beavercreek | (937) 999-2772

1024 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, Centerville | (937) 259-8286 | Website

Fusian is a local Ohio chain that builds custom sushi rolls for their customers, one ingredient at a time. Recently, they’ve added a grocery section to their online ordering website, as well as a selection of take-home meal kits. Fusian’s meal kits come with everything needed to create four servings of each meal including cooked rice, whole produce, sauces, seasonings, toppings, and more. They advise that each kit takes around 15 minutes to prepare from start to finish. Some of their options include chicken teriyaki stir fry, tofu Thai peanut stir fry, and chili ponzu roasted salmon, to name just a few.

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Beavercreek Pizza Dive

4021 Dayton-Xenia Road, Beavercreek | (937) 431-8669 | Website

With some of the tastiest pizza around, including gluten-less, vegan, and dairy-free options, “The Dive” has been offering its customers a chance to try their hand at making its pizza since 2013 with its popular Take-N-Make Pizza Kit. Every kit includes dusting flour, pizza dough, garlic butter sauce, pizza sauce, shredded cheese, and any toppings you order. The instructions also assure you that it doesn’t matter if the pizza ends up being perfectly round because “any shape tastes good.”

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Fifth Street Brewpub

1600 E. 5th St., Dayton | (937) 443-0919 | Website

As the temperature starts to climb, one of the things we miss most is Fifth Street Brewpub’s patio. Luckily, we can take a little of the patio experience home with us now that they’re offering Taco Take-Out. These kits come with everything you need to make delicious tacos at home including meat or black beans, rice, shredded cheese, salsa, scallions, and soft corn tortillas. Of course, no meal is complete without a growler full of one of Fifth Street Brewpub’s brews.

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Roost Modern Italian

524 E. 5th St., Dayton | (937) 222-3100 | Website

This upscale Dayton restaurant had to switch gears amid the coronavirus crisis and it started offering online ordering with a popular pasta bar format. Alongside these tasty pasta dishes, diners looking for a fine meal will be delighted with their Butter Poached Filet Kit (available in a four pack or two). This take-and-make meal kit features butter poached, sous vide 7-ounce filets, seasoned mashed potatoes, and asparagus — not to mention the option to add Chianti to the order for an additional $10. Cooking the steaks requires pan searing and oven baking to your liking.

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Smales Pretzel Bakery

210 Xenia Ave., Dayton | (937) 253-7482 | Facebook

When you think of longstanding Dayton establishments, Smales tops the list. Opening in 1906, Smales has delighted Daytonians with their delicious pretzels for generations, and even operated a stand in the Arcade. Although the bakery itself is closed, you can still get your Smales fix in the frozen foods aisle at Dorothy Lane Market stores. Follow the simple steps, including adding as much or as little salt as you like, bake, and enjoy!

When you’re a little burned out on your normal, routine meal plan at home, try one of these tasty meal kits and enjoy creating some new flavors for your family.

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