Food & Drink

MSP's Best Delivery to Help You Survive Winter, Sorted by Cuisine

Published On 11/19/2015 Published On 11/19/2015

The fact that it’s hard to leave our houses for six months out of every year due to the weather can be really overwhelming. Fortunately, due to several modern advances in technology, we don’t have to worry about starving to death while living the life of a shut-in (hooray!). With that in mind, we’ve gone through and put together our top delivery picks for your stay-at-home consideration.

Vina

Best Chinese: Little Szechuan

Midway (& other locations)

Delivery service: Bite Squad

Once upon a time Chinese delivery could leave hungry eaters feeling a little... well, dissatisfied. But fortunately for everyone, we’ve entered into an age where we can get legitimate, fresh Szechuan cuisine delivered right to our door steps. Check out their classic dan dan Noodles, the twice cooked pork belly, or even the crispy duck.

Vina

Best Vietnamese: Vina

Richfield (& other locations)

Delivery service: DoorDash

Sometimes the only motivating factor in getting you to leave your house during the frigid months of winter is the promise of a giant steaming bowl of pho, but now you don’t even have to bother putting on anything more than your favorite pair of sweatpants as it can be brought straight to you. Of course there are a lot of other options, but for now, let’s just focus on the pho.

Krungthep

Best Thai: Krungthep

Whittier

Delivery service: Bite Squad

Thai delivery is a thing of beauty, especially when you can get it from one of the best Thai places in town. Delicious stuffed chicken wings, fresh spring rolls, spicy noodles, and a variety of aromatic curries can now be delivered directly to your doorstep which is certain to help make getting through the oncoming winter just a little bit easier.

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Best Japanese: Zen Box Izakaya

Downtown

Delivery service: Bite Squad

Japanese food can take a lot of different forms, but the folks over at Zen Box are crushing it when it comes to Japanese style bar food, which just so happens to go extremely well with a night in watching Netflix. Their wings are absolutely some of our favorites, and an order of tender, succulent grilled short ribs will never steer you wrong. You might also want to go for an order of the katsu curry or the chasu yakisoba.

Gandhi Mahal

Best Indian: Gandhi Mahal

Longfellow

Delivery service: Bite Squad

A bowl of creamy, rich lamb curry or a lush chicken tikka masala with a side of crispy samosas are one hell of a way to keep your soul feeling satisfied during the cold months, and fortunately for us, we don’t have to leave your house or dirty a dish to get them. This spot also has a slew of delicious vegetarian options making it a good delivery go to for the vegetarians in your life.

Café Royal

Best Mediterranean: Café Royal

Phillips

Delivery service: Grub Hub

This place has a great mix of Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and North African inspired options which is great when you’re trying to mix things up a bit. The thought of having succulent and beautifully seasoned lamb shanks delivered to your door, along with hummus and pita and some delicious sambusas should keep you warm for a while.

Broders’

Best Italian: Broders’ Pasta Bar

Southwest

Delivery service: DoorDash

When you can have fresh-made pasta, gnocchi, or risotto delivered, you have to start wondering what the point of leaving your house is, especially when it’s coming from one of the Twin Cities' best loved Italian restaurants.  Seriously, when their Fettuccine con coniglio with house-made spinach & egg pasta and a ragu of braised rabbit legs, pancetta, white wine, tomatoes & herbs can be brought right to you, why go anywhere else ever again?

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Best Mexican: Las Teresitas

Nokomis

Delivery service: Bite Squad

We’ve often dreamed of the day that delicious burritos as big as our heads could be delivered to our houses, and if you didn’t know this already, that time has arrived. If you’re looking for something that’s really going to hug your insides this winter, go with one of their chorizo burritos, in particular, go for the chorizo chimichanga.

World Street Kitchen

Best “fusion”: World Street Kitchen

Lyndale

Delivery service: RockIt Delivery and DoorDash

One of our favorite food trucks-turned-brick & mortar restaurants can now be enjoyed while having minimal interactions with the real world. Bangkok burritos, yum yum rice bowls, and the sweet onion stuffed falafel burger can all be achieved via bike messenger, so long as you live in the Uptown area (or you can also have them delivered via a regular vehicle if you happen to live outside of their biking radius, which is really just a win for everybody in the Twin Cities).

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Best burger: Muddy Waters

Lyndale

Delivery service: Bite Squad

Sometimes what you need is a big fat burger. Sometimes you need that burger to have chicken fried bacon on top, but what do you do when your needs might force you to have to leave your house? Well, fortunately that’s no longer an issue as you can have one of our favorite Twin City burgers delivered right to you, so yeah, tragedy averted.

Pizza Nea

Best pizza: Pizza Nea

Northeast

Delivery service: Bite Squad

Pizza may be one of the easiest foods to acquire without having to leave your domicile, unless of course you’re looking for a beautifully wood-fired Neapolitan-style pizza, in which case the difficulty level rises. Now, through the miracles of technology, science, and engineering, you can have all your favorite wood-fired pies brought straight to you, including the capricciosa pizza with mushrooms, artichokes, prosciutto, sausage, capers, mozzarella, and basil or the Melanzana pizza with eggplant, roasted red & yellow peppers, onions, mozzarella, goat cheese, and parsley.

Hen House Eatery

Best breakfast: Hen House Eatery

Downtown

Delivery service: Dine In

That’s right. No longer do you have to fry your own eggs, make your own omelets, or hash your own browns, because it can all be made and then delivered right to you. It may seem hard to believe, but doing late afternoon brunch with friends can now be done from the safety of your own couch, where the strength of the mimosas is up to you.

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Keane Amdahl is a veteran Twin Cities food blogger who sometimes dreams of never having to leave his home. You can follow him on his path to becoming the perfect curmudgeon on Twitter @FoodStoned.

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1. Little Szechuan 304 Oak St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

Here you'll find the best Chinese food in Minneapolis.

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2. Vina 6401 Nicollet Ave, Richfield, MN 55423

We are obsessed with the Vietnamese dishes served up at Vina.

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3. Krung Thep Thai 2523 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

You will quickly become obsessed with the Thai food at Kungthep. They are by far one of the best places in Minneapolis.

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4. Zen Box Izakaya 602 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55415

The wings at this Downtown Minneapolis spot are some of the best in the Twin Cities. They're marinated overnight in a homemade teriyaki sauce before they hit the fryer. Be sure to stop by and try some.

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5. Gandhi Mahal 3009 27th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406 (Longfellow)

All it takes is to step foot in this place and you’ll be completely sold. Like a lot of Indian restaurants, the menu can be large and intimidating, but I’ve yet to be disappointed with anything on it. The goat curry is fantastic and rich while the chicken tikka is a delicious take on classic butter chicken. Also, if you order tilapia, it's raised right there on site. It doesn’t really get any fresher than that.

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6. cafe royal 2999 Bloomington Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407

We can't get enough of the Mediterranean food at Cafe Royale.

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8. Las Teresitas 5744 34th Ave S, Minneapolis, 55417 (Nokomis)

There's no messing around at Nokomis' Las Teresitas. Although they've got a massive menu - over 100 items! - these folks are only serving up what they want, and what they want is straight forward Mexican food. Chow down a $2 taco filled with your choice of one of eleven meat options (including tongue, cheek, and brisket), or go big with a combo and choose three items at once. Go ahead, clear your not-so-busy schedule.

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9. World Street Kitchen 2743 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (Uptown)

WSK offers a beautiful amalgam of global flavors that introduces Uptown diners to tastes of the Middle East, Asia, and the Mediterranean with additional American and Mexican influences, all in a fast-casual brick and mortar version of their food truck that started it all. “Fusion” menu items include Bangkok burritos, yum yum rice bowls, and the sweet onion stuffed falafel burger. It’s a family-run joint, and the Wadi family certainly has done an awful lot to progress food culture in the Twin Cities via its restaurants, food truck and cookbook.

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10. Muddy Waters Bar & Eatery 2933 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (Uptown)

Moving on up after a recent rent-jacking, the storied Uptown coffeehouse has transformed a storage building down the street into an indoor/outdoor, loft-like wonderland with mismatched vintage décor and exposed concrete fronting a full kitchen and bar, all in an effort to create the feel that "an amazing party happened there 80yrs ago", meaning it's probably now safe to show up without looking like you had nothing to do beforehand.

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11. Pizza Nea - Northeast 306 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414 (Northeast)

Pizza Nea in the Northeast is a cozy gourmet wood-fired Neapolitan pizzeria offering salads and microbrews. It stands above other pizzerias in the Twin Cities with its fresh and varied toppings. For wine lovers, not only does PN have its own pizza-shop wine list, but it’s also located right across the from wine-and-cheese spot Surdyk’s, making it a perfect launching pad for (or resting place during) a night downtown.

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12. Hen House Eatery 114 S 8th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402

The Hen House is a classic diner that's got food made form locally grown, ethically harvested ingredients. Be sure to stop by for the brunch too.

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