M’Tucci’s serves up family faves. Photograph by Douglas Merriam.
When chef Howard Richardson had to move his five small tables to the chilly back patio, he doubled down on takeout, adding frozen “common table” dinners. Customers call in their orders, pay by phone, and pull up to the curb, and Richardson delivers the food. The chef creates a different three-course menu ($15 for one, $28 for two) every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night, each orbiting around a theme of global comfort food. “Asian, Cajun, Italian, Indian—you name it, we do it,” he says. A recent Friday offered leek-and-asparagus soup followed by cilantro-garlic shrimp, saffron rice, and curried vegetables, topped off with honey-lemon pound cake. 300 S. Bullard St., Silver City; 575-590-2603
A destination for foodies near Los Alamos, this cozy café serves breakfast pastries, elegant lunches, and early dinners. Chef and owner Laura Crucet already had a strong takeout business, especially with her boxed lunch specials. But she moved quickly to add family dinners (approximately $60; serves four) on Wednesday nights that have included smothered pork chops and tagliatelle Bolognese. “A lot of people were cooking for themselves at home,” says Crucet, who added a delivery service just for the dinners. “We wanted to give them some relief.” 11 Sherwood Blvd., White Rock; 505-672-2742
The upscale Italian favorite’s three Albuquerque-area locations sell six varieties of fresh Gourmet TV Dinners ($9) to go and for delivery through DoorDash. “I’m not a vegetarian, but the cannelloni is fantastic,” says managing partner John Haas. So is the bacon-chicken mac and cheese, which is studded with chunks of roasted chicken and shards of house-smoked bacon that cling to the noodles with the help of melted Gouda. (The offerings change slightly with the seasons.) Add a loaf of house-made sourdough and salad for an ample dinner for two. Various locations