Spotlight on Takeout: Fried chicken and our favorite ramen

This week, many restaurants began to offer dine-in service again, but many of us will likely prefer to grab takeout as a way to support until we are vaccinated or the weather gets nice enough to sit outside. So we’re going to continue telling you about all the great takeout we have tried.

This week, the kids chose one meal and I chose the other. You can probably guess who chose what.

Please consider ordering as much as you can from local restaurants during this time. If not the ones I mention, then your favorite place. Have you had some great takeout lately? Tell us about it (we love photos, too!) at eat@pioneerpress.com.

REVIVAL

Nashville Hot chicken, grits and collard greens takeout from Revival in St. Paul. (Jess Fleming / Pioneer Press)

My youngest child is a burger lover. He takes his opinions on them very seriously, and has a running list of his favorites.

At the top of that list: Revival. So when we asked him where he wanted to get takeout, he jumped at the chance to nosh on his favorite burger. I really like that you can get it as a single patty now — the original was a double, which was delicious, but too much for many people. The kids got single burgers, and my husband and I got Nashville Hot fried chicken, which is coincidentally some of our favorite takeout. We always get the decadent, buttery grits and the tender collard greens to go with it. We also shared a seasonally appropriate (and delicious) squash and spinach salad, for, you know, balance.

For the record, the youngest, who is turning into somewhat of a foodie, tried the Nashville Hot chicken and declared it tasty.

525 Selby Ave., St. Paul; 651-340-2355; revivalrestaurants.com

TORI

I hadn’t ordered from my favorite ramen place since it relocated to West Seventh Street, so was eager to get a bowl. The kids weren’t entirely sure they’d love it, and two of the three had other plans, so I talked the youngest into giving it a try.

The new location, in the former Chris and Rob’s Taste Authority diner car, has a handy window where you pick up your order when you arrive. We loved that the ramen came with instructions for re-heating, as everything tends to cool off by the time you get it home. The broth is packed separately, and you heat that on the stovetop while microwaving the noodles for a bit, so that when you put the two together, everything is piping hot, just like it would be if you ordered it in the restaurant. My husband and I got the rich, flavorful Bali, which uses tahini to create a creamy, somewhat thickened base. It was as good as I remembered it. The youngest went with the more traditional chicken shoyu, and he slurped up every last noodle.

 603 W. Seventh St., St. Paul; 651-340-5866; toriramen.com


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