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Dinner, Solved

June 25, 2015
Our weeknight dinner dilemmas have been solved.

After a busy workday, figuring out how to get dinner on the table—one that’s healthy, tasty and suitable for everyone’s dietary preferences—can be like solving a word problem.

Do you:
A. Shop, cook and hope it’s ready by midnight?
B. Order takeout from four different restaurants?
C. Admit defeat and go to Chipotle?
D. Live the dream and hire four private chefs?

Thanks to Munchery, we’re choosing D. The new-to-L.A. meal delivery service puts wholesome, freshly prepared dishes from four talented local chefs (and one pastry chef) at your doorstep.

The chefs and their cooking styles reflect the cultural diversity of L.A. Options on the ever-shifting menu of entrees, salads and sides run the gamut from Caribbean chicken with rice ($9) to Asian-style peppered steak and soba salad ($10) to all-American herbed salmon ($12). Dishes arrive fully cooked and chilled, so there’s no prep aside from a quick warm-up or addition of dressing.

With no dish over $13, Munchery is an affordable luxury, and a healthy one, to boot: gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan and nut-free choices are clearly labeled (there are never any additives or preservatives). Produce is local, sustainable and organic when possible; the majority of meats are antibiotic- and hormone-free. Packaging is recyclable or compostable, and carbon offsets make your delivery “carbon neutral.” Major bonus: every time you order, Munchery provides a meal to someone in need.

Order up to seven days in advance ($2.50 delivery fee) or, for a $4.50 fee, get your goodies within 45 minutes. Delivery, which happens from 4pm to 9pm Monday through Friday, is currently available on the Westside, expanding across the city to Downtown by mid-July. So, consider your meal riddle solved … at least until breakfast. For that, we’re glad Munchery also delivers vegan berry muffins and Blue Bottle coffee!


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